Desktop sales are going down from year to year, as most people prefer portable laptops. However, gamers have quite a difficult choice because in case of a laptop they would have to buy entire new computer in order to upgrade just a graphics card. Also, gaming laptops do not have much to do with mobility. Therefore, external graphics cards, i.e. eGPU stations, can be an interesting alternative. The KFA2 SNPR with GeForce GTX 1060 is quite attractive also from price perspective.
External graphics cards for laptops are not a fresh idea. However, in the past, these solutions were not practical because of too slow interfaces. This problem was solved by popularizing the Thunderbolt 3.0 connector, which has a data rate comparable to the PCI Express bus. Razer Core is one of the most powerful eGPU solutions available on the market, but it costs $500 and does not include a graphics card. On the other hand, you can buy the most suitable GPU for you and replace it later yourself.
The KFA2 SNPR with the GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to cost 500 euros.
People with desktops are still in a better situation. KFA2 SNPR is relatively cheap, but the graphics card alone accounts for about 60% of the total value of the device. The model included in KFA2 SNPR is GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1531 MHz (1746 MHz in boost mode). In addition to the required Thunderbolt 3.0 port, the manufacturer also included DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 interfaces. The station is powered by an external 230 W power supply. In terms of performance, the manufacturer states that the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s with KFA2 SNPR gets a score of 3040 in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark and 6655 points in the 3DMark Fire Strike test. Sales in Europe are expected to start next month.