XConnect Technology

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!

GPU and Laptop

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 for AMD XConnect™

  • Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (for selected enclosures such as Sonnet eGFX Breakaway™ Box 550 or similar)
  • Radeon™ RX 500 Series
  • Radeon™ RX 400 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 Fury
  • Radeon™ R9 Nano
  • All Radeon™ R9 300 Series
  • Radeon™ R9 290X
  • Radeon™ R9 290
  • Radeon™ R9 285

Supported Radeon™ Pro GPUs for AMD XConnect™

  • Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 (with Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650 only)
  • Radeon™ Pro WX 7100
  • Radeon™ Pro WX 5100
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Thunderbolt logo


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

  • Notebooks, 2-in1s, small form factor PCs and all-in-ones with available Thunderbolt3™ port
  • Thunderbolt™ enclosures designed for Graphics cards such as:
    • Sonnet eGFX Breakaway™ Box 350/550
    • Sonnet eGFX Breakaway™ Puck Radeon™ RX560/RX570
    • Razer Core
    • ​AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt™ 3 eGXF box​
    • ​PoweColor Devil Box

System Requirements

System requirements for AMD XConnect™: 

  • Radeon™ Software 17.11.1 driver (or newer) 
  • 1x Thunderbolt™ 3 port 
  • 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 cable 
  • Windows® 10 build 15063 (16299 preferred) or newer 
  • Certified Thunderbolt™ 3 graphics enclosure configured with supported Radeon™ GPUs Latest Thunderbolt™ 3 software and Thunderbolt™ 3​ firmware (NVM) – please check manufacturer website for the latest available versions for your hardware​​ 
  1. ​Not all notebooks or 2-in-1s feature AMD XConnect™ technology, and not all external graphics (eGFX) enclosures are pre-configured with an AMD Radeon™ graphics card and/or feature user upgradability. Base system’s software package and BIOS must be configured to support AMD XConnect™ technology. System must have Thunderbolt™ 3 connection. Check with your manufacturer for full specifications and capabilities. GD-86
  2. GPU upgrade must be supported by the system and enclosure OEM. New GPU must be supported by AMD XConnect™ technology. Visit your product’s support documentation for additional information. GD-87

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