Hands-on with Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock

Lenovo didn’t want to be left out of the eGPU fun and made a surprise announcement at CES 2018 of its first Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock. This dock follows the growing trend of smaller footprint enclosures with external power adapters. The new Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock reminds me of the Acer graphics dock from a year or two ago.

It didn’t take long to locate the dock once I got inside the Lenovo suite. I immediately went after the external power adapter. It’s surprisingly reasonable in size. I placed my iPhone SE on top of the power brick for scale. A helpful Lenovo representative answered most of my questions about the unit. The output is 170W. Power Delivery is 65W. The graphics card is a MXM GTX 1050 with 4GB of VRAM.

Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock 170W power brickLenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock

Here’s what I gathered on the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock:

  • Dimensions: 130 x 248 x 22.6mm (5.12 x 9.76 x 0.89 in)
  • Weight: 1.51 lbs (686 g) for the enclosure only
  • Full-feature Thunderbolt 3.0 port: data, video & power delivery (65W)
  • MXM GTX 1050 4 GB GDDR5 graphics card
  • Up to three 4K displays: 1 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x DisplayPort 2.0
  • 1 x always on USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 x 3.5 mm audio port
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock front portsLenovo Graphics Dock rear ports

Lenovo connected this eGPU dock to one of its new VR headsets. It was running full speed in order for the headset to work. The enclosure felt warm to the touch and the cooling fan was audible through the rear exhaust vents. Lenovo didn’t specify the length of the included Thunderbolt 3 cable. What I saw on display was a .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Lenovo Graphics Dock Thunderbolt 3 portLenovo Graphics Dock vents

MSRP is $399, and it should be available at the end of January. According to the User Guide for this Lenovo Graphics Dock, it’s been in testing since July 2017. The decision by the world’s largest PC OEM to release this product at the beginning of 2018 is a clear sign it’s prime time for external graphics.

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Rycco
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Looks like a cheaper option with integrated GPU. Do you think its possible to run games like Overwatch in 2k 60fps with a gtx 1050?

Eightarmedpet
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Love the look of this! If it does as a 1060 or above I’d have my cash in hand… CES is looking exciting.

jonah765
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agreed. the 1050 is a little underpowered imo. atleast a 1050ti would be nice

Rycco
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Would it work with a Macbook?

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No version without a built-in GPU, bummer.
I’ve had my eye on the ASUS XG Station Pro since they announced it but was excited to see another new contender enter the fray (especially one with a slim form factor and minimal design).

BryanL
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WIll it work with Macbook pro natively with High Sierra + Davinci Resolve ? If yes, please take my money now.