So, if you were to ever need an upgrade in the future, you won’t have to buy a completely new enclosure to do so. The first provides a way to connect two or more monitors to a single computer. So, really, an external GPU is only a viable option for laptop users that don’t have a strong GPU inside of their system. ASUS does have a higher-powered option in the ASUS ROG XG Station 2, which comes with a 600W internal power supply. At the moment, the Gaming Box comes in two different GPU options: an RX 580 or a GTX 1070. Next up, we have the OWC Mercury Helios FX external expansion chassis. If an external GPU is not for you, check out the graphics card buyer’s guide listed below for some other potential options: (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Hey, I’m Brent. For starters, at just under $330, the XG Station PRO is much more expensive than both the Akitio Node and the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box. An eGPU (or, external GPU, or external graphics card) is, essentially, a graphics card that sits in an external chassis apart from the main computer (be it a laptop or a desktop.) The RX 580 comes in at a little under $400 and comes with a 400W power supply. And, the Node does come with a carrying handle as well, so, even though it is a bit larger than the Gigabyte Gaming Box, it should still be fairly easy to move around. You’ll likely just have to swap out the graphics card inside of the external enclosure (and maybe the power supply, to.). With the rise of USB-C and Intel’s Thunderbolt interface, external graphics card are now a legitimate option for users who need high-end GPU computing power in a compact and mobile form-factor. *To read about the eGPUs listed above, click on the “Read Review »” link to skip down to our write-up on that option. And, despite being ~$100 more expensive than the Node and ~$130 more expensive than the Breakaway Box, it only comes with a 330W power supply—which is less power than both of the two options listed above. However, its extra interior space will be able to accommodate full-size video cards, whereas, with the Gigabyte Gaming Box, you’ll be limited to using low-profile graphics cards. I’ve been building computers and writing about building computers for a long time. They give you the option to install the graphics card of your choice. Ultimately, if you don’t have a large budget and you want an affordable option that will allow you to install a mid-range-level GPU inside of it, then the Breakaway Box is worth considering. And, most older laptops (or even slightly older budget-friendly laptops) won’t come with a USB-C port. For our Honorable Mention picks, keep scrolling down. StarTech.com USB to VGA Adapter - 1920x1200 - External Video & Graphics Card - Dual Monitor Display Adapter - Supports Windows (USB2VGAE3), Razer Core X Aluminum External GPU Enclosure (eGPU): Compatible with Windows & Mac Thunderbolt 3 Laptops - NVIDIA /AMD PCIe Support - 650W PSU, Laptop External Independent Video Card Dock,for Mini PCI-E, Expresscard,6Pin+8Pin Interface Output,Without Power Supply, PowerColor Gaming Station Graphic Cards Thunderbolt EGPU Box, MSI Gaming GeForce GT 710 2GB GDRR3 64-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 OpenGL 4.5 Single Fan Low Profile Graphics Card (GT 710 2GD3 LP), StarTech.com USB naar dual DisplayPort mini docking station - 2x 4K 60Hz - GbE - USB 3.0, ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini, 4GB GDDR5 DisplayPort 128-bit Gaming Graphic Card (ZT-P10510A-10L), Blackjet UX-1 RED Edition Thunderbolt 3 [Intel Certified] Cinema Dock Video Workflow, RED Mini-MAG, 4K, Digital Cinema, ASUS ROG-XG-Station-2 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.0 External Graphics Card Dock, ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 Graphics Card (PCIe 2.0, 2GB GDDR5 Memory, 4X HDMI Ports, Single-Slot Design, Passive Cooling), Laptop External Independent Video Card Dock for Mini PCI-E Without Power Supply, Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 OC 2G Graphics Card, 3-in-1 USB 3.0 to HDMI VGA DVI Video Converter Adapter (Displaylink Chipset), BolAAzuL External Graphics Video Card Dock Station for Multiple Monitors - DVI to VGA HDMI Adapter Included, StarTech.com USB to VGA Adapter - 1920x1200 - External Video & Graphics Card - Dual Monitor - Supports Mac & Windows and Mirror & Extend Mode (USB2VGAPRO2),Black, V.TOP USB 3.0 to DVI-VGA-HDMI External Graphics Card Adaper - 2048x1152 PC,Mac - USB to HDMI DVI/USB to HDMI VGA +3.5mm Audio for Multi Monitor Adapter, Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050TI-4G) Graphic Cards, Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S 1TB Solid State Drive - NVMe Expansion SSD for Xbox Series X|S (STJR1000400), MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio Graphics Card, 10GB GDDR6X, Ray Tracing, VR Ready, Tri Frozr 2 Thermal Design, 3X DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.1 8K, Forza Horizon 3, Essenc V8.0 EXP GDC Beast Laptop External Independent Video Card Dock NGFF Notebook PCI-E Expansion Device, Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB GDDR5 128 Bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N105TOC-4GD), ASUS XG-Station-PRO Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 External Graphics Card Dock Space Grey, StarTech.com USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Adapter - 4K 30Hz - External Video & Graphics Card - Dual Monitor Display Adapter - Supports Windows (USB32HD2),Black, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio Graphics Card, 10GB GDDR6X, Ray Tracing, VR Ready, Tri Frozr 2 Thermal Design, 3X DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.1 8K, Battlefield V, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio Graphics Card, 10GB GDDR6X, Ray Tracing, VR Ready, Tri Frozr 2 Thermal Design, 3X DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.1 8K, Mytrix HDMI Cable.