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itsage
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This Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure was a total surprise at CES 2020. At first glance it looks almost identical to the Razer Core X. I've seen an earlier prototype that was simply badge engineering. This announced version has different front fascia, rear handle, and internal component arrangement.

Dimensions of 6.77 x 14.37 x 8.35 in (172 x 365 x 212 mm) is slightly smaller than the Razer Core X. It weighs more at 18.74 lbs (8.5 kg) due to hard drive caddy and carrier. The power supply is rated at 500W with 100W Power Delivery. Besides SATA connection for the drive, expansion ports are 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 2.0, and 1x RJ45 Ethernet. Retail availability is set for May 2020 at $249.99. Here are some photos I took at Lenovo exhibit space during CES 2020.

 


Unboxing pics provided by @jbattermann here

 

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@itsage

Looks nice. I've also seen reports that this enclosure has a pair of M.2 slots for storage but haven't been able to find any images showing this.

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@crayonshin Most likely an error on release notes. If Lenovo was to include M.2 slots for the expansion drive, there wouldn't be caddy and carrier for 2.5"/3.5" drive.

 

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It looks like they’ve chosen to base it on the Razer enclosures to save on manufacturing costs I’d guess, or maybe the manufacturer is white labelling the chassis?

its a shame no ones trying to reduce the size of these enclosures, my Louqe ghost arrived today and it’s a tiny bit smaller than my mantiz and it’s a full pc. 

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Is it a dual-controller configuration? Looks nice and is competitively priced.

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@mac_editor I could not tell when I was at Lenovo (due to installed components blocking full view of mainboard). I asked a rep there but they don't have an answer. It would be a great value if this eGPU enclosure has dual-TB3 controller.

 

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MrCat
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Is there anything new about this enclosure? Any info about the amount of TB3 controllers?

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itsage
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@mrcat, I don't think there's new feature with this Legion BoostStation. The main appeal will be its low price and Lenovo distribution network.

 

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Well there was an article from it (March 2020, James Woodcock) but there was nothing about the controllers. The datasheet, available online as well doesn't give any info unfortunately. This would be great for a one-cable solution if the I/O ports were connected to a 2nd TB3 controller.. I guess we have to wait a bit more

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MrCat
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First of all sorry for double posting! We're in the middle of May and this enclosure is nowhere to be seen unfortunately. Does anyone has any info about it?

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