What are the best external graphics cards for laptops?

Want to find the best external graphics card for your laptop? Whether you’re a gamer, a designer, a movie buff, or just someone who loves having an incredibly fast and smooth system, we’ve listed down the best external graphics card we could find, just for you!

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    #1AOURUS GTX 1070

    AOURUS GTX 1070

    The Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1070 Graphic Card features an embedded GeForce GTX 1070 for intensive gaming and VR experience. It also supports Quick Charge and Power Delivery and comes with three USB 3.0 ports for other devices.

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    Mick Fang
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "This works hella great for VR with a laptop! Don't get me wrong there are a few flaws and some things that need improving but once you figure out to work around it, it is a monster and can do anything! I'm currently using it with a HP Spectre x360 15.6in and it's definitely worth my money."
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    #2Razer Core V2

    Razer Core V2

    The Razer Core V2 is an external graphics card that comes with a USB 3.0 port, a Thunderbolt 3, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a power port. The Core V2 weighs 10.1 pounds with a size of 11.8 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches for accommodating larger GPUs.

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    Harry Lin
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I got this last month for my Macbook and it works flawlessly! It has an excellent performance, great connectivity options and definitely reliable! This is really one of the best external graphics card for a laptop that i've had and tested. "
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    #3Aorus GTX 1080

    Aorus GTX 1080

    The Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box has a memory speed of 10010 MHz and an 8GB graphics card RAM size. It's a portable external card that weighs one pound, and has three USB 3.0 ports and supports Quick Charge and Power Delivery.

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    Adam Peters
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I’m not really a gamer, so I’m not that savvy when it comes to the more technical specs. But ever since I bought this, my laptop has been running smoother than ever. I love the travel case and how small and portable this is since I go out a lot. I've also noticed that my laptop doesn’t get warm anymore. All in all, I don't doubt why this is in the best external gpu list. Nice job!"
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    #4AKiTiO Node

    AKiTiO Node

    The AKiTiO Node offers support for full-length, full-height and double-width cards. It has one internal PCIe slot and one Thunderbolt 3 port that allows up to 40 Gbps. This card requires a macOS 10.13.4 and later, or Windows 10 system.

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    Muhammad Jaiteley
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "This one is pretty easy to use. The Thunderbolt is plug and play, especially with the eGPU support and it can definitely hold a full sized GPU but i would also consider its size as a con as it's very difficult to place or hide since it's big. Plus the fans are kinds noisy but that doesn't affect its functionality so still a great external graphic card for desktop. "
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    #5Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box

    Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box

    The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway box supports computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, AVID HDX, Red Rocket-X and full-length x16 PCIe cards. This external card comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and one 0.5m Thunderbolt 3 cable for 40Gbps transferring.

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    Jason Richards
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "This is an excellent product that comes at a cheap price for an egpu. I'm using a 2015 MacBook Pro on a daily basis and I sometimes play games on my desktop and use this for both my computer, and both have been working smoothly!"
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    #6ASUS RoG XG Station 2

    ASUS RoG XG Station 2

    The ASUS RoG XG Station 2 is designed for upgrading your laptop or tablet's graphics to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series or AMD Radeon R9 series. This external has support for one full-length, dual-wide PCIe x16 card and five USB 3.0 ports.

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    Aaryan Nair
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I'm a big fan of Asus from my computer to my mobile devices - i've tried several external GPU thunderbolt enclosures before but this one is by far the best especially since it can be used as a full laptop dock with the extra USB ports, it will even charge the laptop from just one thunderbolt cable! Nice work Asus!"
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    #7OMEN Accelerator

    OMEN Accelerator

    OMEN Accelerator is an external card that features an internal PCIe slot and a 29 cm maximum graphics card length. It comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port, four USB 3.0 ports, one RJ-45, and is compatible for Windows with Thunderbolt 3.

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    Wei Xie
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "Not gonna lie, this actually works better than Razer core for me (maybe thats just me ok) but it is a 100 dollar cheaper egpu so i'd def opt for this. Also pretty essential if u are using a thunderbolt 3 computer without any graphics card. Worth the cash!"
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    #8Alienware 9R7XN

    Alienware 9R7XN

    The graphic card weighs 7.7 pounds and has a 16GB RAM. It comes with four USB 3.0 ports and support for full-length, double-wide, PCI-Express x16 graphics cards. It also has a cord that connects exclusively to the Alienware 13, 15 & 17 R2.

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    Parakram Sengupta
    Written on May 7, 2019
    "I really like that it has a lot of usb ports. I use it to plug in my keyboard, mouse and external drive. It runs nicely with my desktop and is one of the cheap external gpu out there since i'm not really a heavy user. Would definitely continue using it."

Summary

Best What are the best external graphics cards for laptops
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AOURUS GTX 1070Other 19 Paid
2Razer Core V2Other 15 Paid
3Aorus GTX 1080Other 6 Paid
4AKiTiO NodeOther 3 Paid
5Sonnet eGFX Breakaway BoxOther 2 Paid
6ASUS RoG XG Station 2Other 2 Paid
7OMEN AcceleratorOther 2 Paid
8Alienware 9R7XNOther 1 Paid
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