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Acer unveils its first external mobile GPU dock powered via Thunderbolt 3

Acer has announced a new mobile graphics dock that allows you to plug in an external mobile graphics card through Thunderbolt 3. The mobile graphics chip included appears to be an NVIDIA GTX 960M. The mobile dock offers three USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, and an RJ45 port. It also includes a Thunderbolt 3 port to plug into a compatible device and a DC-IN for simultaneous charging.

Acer has demonstrated the graphics dock using its Acer Switch 12 S convertible laptop which is running an Intel Core M processor. Initial benchmarks in 3DMark11 show a score of 940 without the mobile graphics dock and 4048 with the dock plugged in. The potential for future devices using Thunderbolt 3 for mobile graphics looks to be promising.

Other computing devices, such as the Razer Blade Stealth, have already promised to include the capabilities of a full desktop graphics card via Thunderbolt 3. While Acer's graphics dock only houses a NVIDIA GTX 960M, it does this in a thin form factor that makes it a great portable solution.

North American pricing is yet to be revealed, but reports state that it will retail for approximately 300 Euros, although there is no news in regards to a release date.

Source: Winfuture | Image: Gizmodo

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