Lenovo is supposedly working on its own external GPU enclosure, just like the Razer Core. In fact, the company even displayed a Lenovo-branded Razer Core at its workstation event earlier today, paired with a ThinkPad mobile workstation.
When asked, a company representative confirmed that the external GPU enclosure is indeed a Razer Core fitted with an Nvidia Quadro M6000 GPU inside, paired to the new ThinkPad P51s mobile workstation which has an Nvidia Quadro M520M GPU.
The system also works, but Razer Synapse requires an external display to enable the GPU switching.
When asked regarding the presence of the Razer Core at a Lenovo event, the representative stated that this setup was shown off to corporate clients who require powerful mobile workstations and more computing power when in the office. The ThinkPad workstation plus external GPU combination, the representative claims, is more cost efficient than buying two machines.
What’s also interesting is the fact that many ThinkPad models released in 2017 support external GPUs via the Thunderbolt 3/USB Type C port, allowing what is the holy grail of those who are always on the go: a light and portable laptop, with more graphical firepower at home.
The representative refused to confirm about the presence of a Lenovo-branded external GPU enclosure – but hinted that more announcements will come very soon. With Lenovo already in partnership with Razer, an expansion like this would not be too surprising.