Zotac to showcase TB3 graphics dock at CES

External GPU enclosures remain an accessory in high demand but low supply. (Source: Zotac)
External GPU enclosures remain an accessory in high demand but low supply. (Source: Zotac)
Zotac will fully unveil their own TB3 external graphics dock next week at CES. The dock should accommodate most standard-size GPUs and provides four additional USB 3.0 ports. It will utilize an internal 400W power supply.

The introduction of Thunderbolt 3 has brought with it new connectivity possibilities, including high-bandwidth external storage, dual 4k displays, 100W of power delivery—and of course, external GPU enclosures. Zotac has announced an external graphics dock designed to accommodate most of today's desktop GPUs.

The external graphics dock utilizes TB3 to provide a PCIE 3.0 slot (for graphics cards) plus basic hub functionality with four USB 3.0 ports, one of which is Quick Charge enabled. The dock will also be able to power compatible computers with up to 100W using some of its 400W power supply.

If Zotac's graphics dock is up for sale soon, it will likely be competing head-to-head with Razer's US$499 Razer Core. Zotac's design is similar to the Core, but lacks Ethernet and has a slightly less powerful power supply. Availability and pricing are unavailable as of the time of writing, but it's likely Zotac will be competing at a much lower price point, given its no-frills design.

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Douglas Black, 2016-12-31 (Update: 2016-12-31)
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