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Palit's new external GPU enclosure is packing a custom GTX 1060 and cooling solution

Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Palit (via their sub-brands Galax and KFA2) are releasing their compact eGPU solution, the SNPR External Graphics Enclosure, within the next few weeks. Their solution is more along the lines of Aorus’s compact enclosure or the Breakaway Puck from Sonnet, rather than the larger and more modular docking hubs that are available from Razer and Alienware.

The arrival of Thunderbolt 3 and native Intel support for eGPUs propelled the idea of external graphics solutions from a niche product that was shoehorned in or relied on a proprietary connector, into a more mainstream product that brought a genuine benefit to thin-and-light ultrabooks and laptops.

The SNPR is just 165 x 157 x 73 mm (6.50 x 6.16 x 2.87 inches), making it similar to two 3.5-inch hard drive enclosures stacked on top of each other but a little bit squarer. To achieve this size, Palit had to use a custom PCB GTX 1060 with 6 GB VRAM 1531/1746 MHz (base/boost) and cooling setup explicitly designed for the SNPR. The 230 W power supply was also removed from inside the enclosure and is instead an external power brick.

The connections are somewhat barebones with just a single port for each connector: power in, Thunderbolt 3, DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4. Although that is enough to run two external 4K displays at 60 Hz and routing the signal back to the internal laptop display is also possible. The Galax product page says "up to 15 W system charging," and we aren't sure if this means it only provides 15 W over the thunderbolt connection, or if it is rated to keep notebooks with a 15 W processor fully charged. The GTX 1060 has a power draw of around 120 W, so even once we allow for efficiency there should be enough headroom in the 230 W power supply to keep an ultrabook charged.

The SNPR External Graphics Enclosure will retail from EU€499 including tax (US$595), but the MSRP for North America unknown at the time of writing.

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Rear connections on the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Rear connections on the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Internal design of the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Internal design of the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Custom GTX 1060 in the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)
Custom GTX 1060 in the Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)

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Craig Ward, 2017-11-26 (Update: 2017-11-27)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.