[Unboxing] Razer Core V2 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure
I've been impatiently waiting for the Razer Core V2 since the announcement almost two months ago. It finally came in today! Here are some unboxing pictures and my first impressions.
The retail box is similar to the Razer laptop's packaging, light brown corrugated cardboard with black print displaying the essentials.
"Welcome to the cult of Razer" message as soon as you open the box. A smaller black box contains the manuals, power cable, and Thunderbolt 3 cable.
The Razer Core V2 is snuggly padded and wrapped with a thick plastic film that feels very nice to the touch.
Here is the enclosure by itself. There's a foam block that shows you how big of a graphics card you can fit inside the Razer Core V2.
There are two lighting zones, one at the front of the base and the other on the PCIe slot side.
One of the many subtle refinements is the PCIe slot release. There's a handle extending to the other side for easy of reach when removing the GPU.
Another change is the lighter weight of the enclosure. I have not put it on a scale but could tell it is lighter than the first gen Razer Core.
The ports are the same. So is the PCIe mounting thumb screw.
There's plenty of room inside to accommodate many more GPUs than the first Core. I mounted the Vega FE, Chihuahua for scale. 😀
I will be doing tests for a full review of the Razer Core V2. Please let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.
Nice, looking forward to the review!
A (quick) question though: is there any quick-and-easy distinction externally to the V1? It would be great to see a distinguishing feature as to detect whether Amazon.de is selling the V2 instead of the V1.
Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts
I checked over power delivery and Thunderbolt firmware. The Razer Core V2 provides 65W PD, up from 45W in the first version. The firmware is 26,1. This is the newest one I've seen. Perhaps, this is a new version for eGPU enclosure with dual TB3 controllers.
@juniordiscart The outer enclosure is identical on the Razer Core vs. Razer Core V2. The only way to distinguish one from another is to look at the rear. Here's a picture of them side by side [V2 on the left]. A quick way to tell whether it's the Razer Core V2 is the Thunderbolt port below power plug.
@irev210 the PSU in this Razer Core V2 is not able to handle the Vega FE. I ran a few basic benchmarks and laptop display went black. The only Vega card AMD XConnect team certified for eGPU use is the RX Vega 56.