The boxes for connecting external graphics cards (eGPU) began to become fashionable with products like the Razer Core, and we have gradually been seeing more and more candidates reaching both the PC world and even the Mac world .
At HP, its Omen product family has been bringing more and more solutions to gamers, and now we have one of these boxes as a novelty in that family. This is the so-called HP Accelerator, which we can connect to a laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 port to gain many points in graphics performance.
Not only eGPU: also external hard drive
The box, with a spectacular design that inherits the line of the striking Omen X, has a power supply and enough space to house both a graphics card and an additional hard disk, an idea that we had not seen implemented until now but we it looks very interesting.
In the back part we will find a GbE port, four USB 3.0 ports with the traditional USB-A connector and a USB-C port, which is precisely the one that makes use of the Thunderbolt 3 interface. It is this port that allows the PC or Laptop to which we connect the HP Accelerator benefit from the graphics card that we decide to use inside this box.
In HP, that does not guarantee that the HP Accelerator will run on all types of laptops with Thunderbolt 3. Mike Nash, head of the PC division at HP, explained that there are too many variations on the integration of the Thunderbolt standard, and that Can only guarantee their correct operation with HP laptops and not with those of other companies. That does not mean, however, that it does not work with them, but at HP they can not guarantee that there are no problems.
One of the most interesting facets of the HP Accelerator is its price: it will come for $ 299.99 (without graphics, of course), a much lower cost than alternatives such as Razer. The eGPU market is encouraged, and it is certain that the owners of conventional laptops are happy about this new competitiveness in this segment.