AMD Introduces XConnect Technology for Notebooks

SUNNYVALE, CA — AMD has introduced AMD XConnect technology, making it easier than ever to pair a powerful external Radeon graphics card with a compatible notebook or 2-in-1 using Thunderbolt 3. AMD XConnect technology is a groundbreaking new feature of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.2.

Traditionally, PC gamers have been faced with the problem of choosing between gaming notebooks, sacrificing portability for gaming performance, or ultrathin notebooks, sacrificing gaming performance for portability. A lightweight notebook or 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 that is compatible with AMD XConnect technology brings the best of both worlds to life — conveniently lightweight on its own, but as needed, can easily tap into serious framerates and image quality of a gaming notebook with a powerful external GPU. The connection between the external GPU enclosure configured with Radeon R9 300 Series graphics is made possible over Intel Thunderbolt 3, and can be connected or disconnected at any time, a first for external GPUs.

“AMD XConnect technology is representative of the Radeon Technologies Group’s on-going commitment to gamers. With the introduction of our user-friendly plug-and-play external GPU solution, gamers no longer need to sacrifice portability for powerful performance in notebook gaming,” said Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “As innovators paving the way with an ingenious external GPU solution for notebooks, we look forward to creating a thriving ecosystem of notebooks enabled with AMD XConnect™ technology in collaboration with leading manufacturers.”

AMD is also pleased to reveal that there is a notebook available today that can unlock the potential of AMD XConnect technology, brought to you in a historic collaboration with the Intel Thunderbolt group and Razer: The Razer Blade Stealth, a brand new ultrathin notebook compatible with AMD XConnect technology, and the Razer Core, an external GPU enclosure that connects to the Razer Blade Stealth notebook via Thunderbolt 3. When the Razer Core is equipped with a Radeon R9 300 Series GPU, gamers can experience desktop-like gaming performance in a convenient plug-and-play solution on a Stealth running an AMD XConnect compatible driver. Configuring the Razer Core with a Radeon R9 300 Series GPUs even allows gamers to play on the Blade Stealth’s high-resolution IGZO screen, or connect to an external AMD FreeSync-enabled monitor for a breathtakingly smooth gaming experience.