AMD XConnect™ Technology - Connecting external graphics cards & GPUs

​Plug In and Game On

Now it’s easier than ever to connect and use an external Radeon™ graphics card. With AMD XConnect™ technology, external GPU enclosures configured with Radeon™ Graphics can easily connect and disconnect to a compatible ultrathin notebook or 2-in-1 over Thunderbolt™ 31 at any time, just like a USB flash drive—a first for external GPUs!

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External video card with Xconnect

External GPUs Done Right

Portability meets performance with AMD XConnect™ technology.1

  • Serious framerates: Get the performance of a gaming PC on the go.
  • Easy to use: Great gaming on the go doesn’t have to be complicated thanks to AMD XConnect™ technology.
  • Easy to carry: Performance and portability on your terms – take powerful graphics when you need them, or leave them behind when you don’t.
  • Game bigger: When your high-resolution screen isn’t enough, put your games on the big screen with support for external displays up to 4K resolution.
  • Work smarter: Take it to the next level at your desk with all the comfort and capability of a desktop PC on your notebook with support for multiple monitors, additional peripherals and more.
  • Keep playing: Gamers know that most gaming notebooks can never be upgraded, but with AMD XConnect™, Radeon™ graphics can be upgraded at any time to keep you in the game in the future.2


 Supported Radeon™ GPUs

AMD XConnect for Radeon Graphics 

Supported Radeon™ GPUs for AMD XConnect™:

  • Radeon™ RX 400 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Fury
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano
  • All Radeon™ R9 300 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 290X
  • Radeon™ R9 290
  • Radeon™ R9 285


The following Thunderbolt™ 3 systems and eGFX enclosures are compatible with AMD XConnect™ technology when configured with supported Radeon™ GPUs:

 System Requirements

System requirements for AMD XConnect™:

  • ​Radeon™ Software 16.2.2 driver (or later)
  • 1x Thunderbolt™ 3 port
  • 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 cable
  • Windows® 10 build 10586 (or later)
  • BIOS support for external graphics over Thunderbolt™ 3 (check with system vendor for details)
  • Certified Thunderbolt™ 3 graphics enclosure configured with supported Radeon™ R9 Series GPU
  • Thunderbolt™ firmware (NVM) v.16