Last Updated on May 8, 2021 by paularo
Using an eGPU has become such an incredible and relatively easy way of adding graphics to your laptop. These days, all you need is a thunderbolt 3 –port that makes it more likely for you to be able to connect an external GPU, and adding an eGPU provides extra benefits of excellent graphics for your gaming, rendering and the overall enhancement of the performance of your system.
Does an eGPU come with a graphics card? Not all eGPUs come with a graphics card, we have two types of eGPU – preinstalled eGPUs like the Aorus RTX 3080 Gaming Box which comes with a graphics card and DIY type eGPUs enclosures like the Razer Core X Chroma which doesn’t come with a graphics card.
eGPUs in this category are the exact opposite of the preinstalled eGPU as they don’t come with any graphics card like their other counterpart, instead, the user would have to separately pick out a compatible graphics card of their choice.
Preinstalled eGPU provide the buyer with everything they need when they decide to purchase an eGPU, they don’t have to shuffle around looking for a graphics card that would be compatible with their external graphics card because it would already be provided.
The good thing about getting the graphics card with the eGPU is that it is way more cost-effective than buying an eGPU without a graphics card.
There are also different categories of enclosure eGPUs as well, there are enclosures that are of the swappable eGPU format that expects the user to get their own graphics card, then there’s an enclosure that comes with a replaceable graphics card; allowing you to upgrade when you need to, and lastly, there’s the type of enclosure that comes with an almost permanent graphics card; this means the graphics card comes with the eGPU and you might not have the chance to change it.
Buying an eGPU means you need a device that will help you boost the performance of your laptop. The external graphics processing unit serves as the processor of the graphics card, so there are sometimes where you would buy an external GPU and you get just the box-like device with no graphics card in it; in such cases, you would have to separately get a graphics card that is compatible with the eGPU.
Most people, on the other hand, would rather buy an eGPU that comes along with its own graphics card, that way you don’t have to go through the stress of looking for a graphics card or even extra equipment. Buying an eGPU that comes with a graphics card, makes usage easier because you might avoid the whole process of installing a graphics card yourself.
The only downside to this might be the fact that you could either get an eGPU that has a permanent graphics card or an eGPU that allows you to upgrade the graphics card. Choosing the former means that the graphics card is planted in the enclosure, meaning you might not be able to upgrade your graphics card to a faster model.
Everything You Need To Know about Preinstalled eGPUs
Preinstalled eGPUs, as stated previously, are eGPUs that come along with their own graphics card, as the name implies, the graphics card is already installed and you wouldn’t have to buy an empty box without a card in it.
With this king of eGPU, you would completely avoid the hassle of looking for a graphics card that is compatible with your Egpu; you would also avoid any form of installations when it comes to the graphics cards and most importantly; the use of the eGPU only boils down to a process as easy as the ‘plug and play’.
What this means is that all you have to do is to plug your eGPU and you’re good to go, you instantly start enjoying the performance and graphics enhancing perks the device has to offer your gaming and rendering purposes.
Choosing An eGPU That Comes With Graphics Card
List Of eGPUs That Come With Graphics Card
It is very important that you know the difference between the preinstalled eGPUs and the swappable eGPUs. So far, we’ve established that the preinstalled eGPUs could either have a permanent graphics card installed or you could get a preinstalled eGPU that allows you to replace the graphics card that came along with the eGPU in case you need an upgrade.
To make the best choice, it is important for you to read reviews and choose the best docks that have their graphics card preinstalled.
Compatibility is a huge part of picking a graphics card for your eGPU, if you decide to go for an eGPU that doesn’t come with a graphics card; you will have to put in a lot of research in order to pick a graphics card that is compatible with the device. Even if you pick a preinstalled eGPU that comes with its own graphics card but gives you room to upgrade; you will still have to put in the work to find an upgrade that is compatible with your device.
One top eGPU that comes with a graphics card is the Razer Core X Chroma, it can be plugged into your laptop and the great thing about it is that you could remove the preinstalled card and replace it if you want. It is known to be compatible with an Nvidia graphics card.
There is also an eGPU known as the sonnet breakaway box, this eGPU is an example of one that does not come with it a graphics card, it is known as a barebones eGPU enclosure that is sold without a graphics card. However, the installation of the graphics card isn’t so hard.
The Blackmagic eGPU, on the other hand, is easy to install but the graphics card is fixed in the enclosure and there’s no hope of removing it for a replacement or even an upgrade.