Gaming on Handheld PCs is something else. Years ago, I couldn't imagine playing my PC library in the palm of my hands and my wishes of playing Mass Effect wherever I am came true. While there are a ton of games that can be played on the devices, there are limitations that can't be circumvented. Games like Returnal and Starfield are extremely hard to play with the hardware that is in these handhelds, but there is a solution that could solve this a bit: A dedicated eGPU. And ONE-NETBOOK is coming out with their own version of one, the OneXGPU.
An eGPU is an external GPU that can be plugged into a device to use it instead of whatever the device has. Generally, these are more powerful GPUs that are plugged into less powerful devices to enhance their capabilities. The OneXGPU seems to be a perfect companion to go with a handheld that may need the extra power to push bigger games. And now, it has officially launched on Indiegogo and the specs are quite interesting:
The GPU Itself
The biggest part of the eGPU is the actual card that is inside, and the OneXGPU is housing a powerful one. The OneXGPU has a AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT inside, which is more than enough power to push your device and play some of the biggest games with ease. The GPU uses the RDNA 3 architecture and has 2048 pipelines with 8gb GDDR6 memory. It has a core speed of 2300MHz with a memory bandwidth of 288GB/s. It has a power consumption of up to 120W
Compared to the Z1 Extreme chip found in the ROG Ally and Legion Go, this GPU is significantly more powerful. The biggest boost is almost 3x more pipelines and dedicated memory that is used just for the GPU. With it, we can get almost 60 FPS in Returnal with Epic settings, which is pretty nuts to think about on a handheld.
M.2 PCIe Port
While there are other eGPUs that use this same card, the OneXGPU stands out in a couple of ways, but the biggest is easily the M.2 PCIe port. Unlike competitors, this eGPU has a M.2 PCIe slot that can be used for fast, convenient storage. This is perfect for storing games that will really only be playable with the OneXGPU plugged in, like the newest AAA games, which ends up saving space on your actual device!
If you would rather not have storage, you can connect sound cards, capture cards, or even expansion cards to adapt to whatever you need. The capture card option is especially interesting if you are a content creator since this can really help with recording or streaming games.
Ports and RGB Lighting
The OneXGPU is equipped with multiple different ports to expand what you can connect to your device. There is:
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 2x DisplayPort 2.0
- 2x HDMI 2.1
- 1x Oculink Port
- 1x USB-C 4.0
- 2x USB-A 3.2
The device also comes outfitted with RGB lighting around both sides of it. They fit pretty well with the OneXFly's RGB lighting and it's nice to see.
Finally, we get to the price. For the first 4 days, the OneXGPU will be $599. There are some upgrade options to add either cables or M.2 drives:
- Oculink Cable = +$29
- 512gb SSD = +3$9
- 1tb SSD = +$69
- 2tb SSD = +$119
- 4tb SSD = +$179
The OneXGPU sounds like a fantastic deal for something that can really boost the performance of handheld gaming. It seems like it would be great for a desktop experience or playing the newest AAA games with ease. I am looking forward to seeing the eGPU in action and trying it out for myself!
You can check out the OneXGPU and pre-order on Indiegogo.
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