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Backpack, Notebook & eGFX Breakaway Puck In a Coffee Shop
 

Extremely Portable, High-performance
External Graphics Acceleration

Office • Dorm Room • Coffee Shop • LAN Party

External GPU to Go!

Gaming or graphics processing on a thin/light notebook? Even when equipped with a beautiful display and a high-performance CPU, you probably wouldn’t have thought of loading games onto one (unless you like playing at low frame rates, resolutions, and detail settings).

With the development of Thunderbolt 3 connected external GPUs, such as Sonnet’s eGFX Breakaway Box, desktop boxes that support a range of desktop GPU cards that can boost your computer’s graphics performance are now available, making Ultrabook™ gaming and video editing a reality. But, they are, at best, transportable. What if you could instantly boost your computer’s graphics performance anytime and anywhere you need it, without being anchored to a desk? Here’s an idea—Pack a Puck!

 

eGFX Breakaway Puck Being Removed from a Backpack

eGFX Breakaway Puck High-Performance Gaming or Video Production

Sonnet’s eGFX Breakaway™ Puck is an extremely-portable, high-performance, all-in-one external GPU for Thunderbolt 3 computers that provides accelerated graphics and multi-display connectivity. With a Puck connected to your computer, you can dramatically accelerate popular graphics-intensive games and pro applications anywhere.

eGFX Breakaway Puck Hero Shots

Gamer in Coffe Shop Gaming with Notebook and the eGFX Breakway Puck

Backpack Icon
Highly Portable

The eGFX Breakaway Puck conveniently packs with your notebook in a backpack or computer bag when you need GPU acceleration while on the road. Connected to your computer with a single 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable (included), the Puck provides 45W of Power Delivery, which means it will power and charge your computer(3) while connected, even when not in use, allowing you to leave your computer’s power brick behind. Whether you’re looking for a ultra-convenient way to game with an ultrabook at a LAN party, or you’re a pro who needs an extra computational power boost for on-location rendering, color grading and video editing, the Puck injects extra GPU power to go.

Front of eGFX Breakaway Puck

Small

Measuring a compact 6 inches wide by 5.1 inches deep by 2 inches tall,
the eGFX Breakaway Puck has a minimal footprint on the desktop,
and is the right size to compliment your thin/light notebook.

eGFX Breakaway Puck with Notebook and 4K Display

eGFX Breakaway Puck VESA Mounted to Back of Display

eGFX Breakaway Puck VESA Mounted to MonitorZero Desktop Footprint
(with Optional VESA Mounting Bracket)

Using the optional VESA Mounting Bracket Kit, you can free up desk space and mount the eGFX Breakaway Puck to the back of a monitor with open VESA mounting holes (VESA 75 and VESA 100 hole patterns supported). The bracket is secured with provided hardware, and provides simple cable management. To further cut down on cable clutter, Sonnet includes a 0.5-meter DisplayPort cable in the kit to connect between the Puck and your display. The Mounting Bracket Kit also includes parts that enable it to be attached to virtually any multi-monitor stand on any shaped stand upright or monitor arm.






For single monitor mounting, the optional Puck VESA Mounting Bracket Kit is mounted
to its open VESA mounting holes (VESA 75 and VESA 100 hole patterns supported) with
provided screws

Multi-Display Graphics Dock for Ultrabooks

When you choose an Ultrabook, you don’t get all the same capabilities as a desktop computer can offer, such as connecting multiple displays. But, of course, you wouldn’t want to carry a desktop computer in your backpack. Why choose between the ultimate in notebook portability and multi-display support? With its three DisplayPort ports and one HDMI port, the eGFX Breakaway Puck leverages AMD’s Eyefinity multi-display technology to support up to four 4K displays with its single Radeon GPU! With the Puck connected, there’s no need to compromise between the super-light notebook you want and the number of displays you need on your desktop.

Back of eGFX Breakaway Puck
AMD Eyefinity Logo

AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology supports up to four 4K displays configured for
the perfect gaming, productivity, and entertainment setups



The optional Puck VESA Mounting Bracket Kit also includes specialized cable ties and fasteners that enable secure mounting of the bracket on a multi-monitor stand upright or a monitor arm

40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Performance

Thunderbolt 3 Port IconThunderbolt 3 is a leap forward in every way. Whether you’re editing 4K video at high frame rates or blasting aliens out of the sky, you can now transform your notebook into a true desktop experience. With up to 2750 MB/s available bandwidth(1), the Breakaway Box exploits its 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface to offer the best-possible eGPU experience, or handle the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards.

AMD XConnect Technology Logo


Supports AMD XConnect technology, enabling easy connection and disconnection of the Puck without having to power cycle your computer

Two eGFX Breakaway Puck ModelsPick a Puck:

Sonnet offers two eGFX Breakaway Puck models from which to choose, enabling you to select one best suited to your needs. Both deliver powerful GPU acceleration, packing big performance into a conveniently small package. Both support AMD XConnect™ technology, enabling easy connection and disconnection of the Puck without having to power cycle your computer. Both Pucks enable you to enjoy smooth gameplay at 60+ FPS with many of the most popular games, or boost the performance of professional graphics applications while using a notebook computer on-location.

 

eGFX Breakaway Puck RX 560


eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon® RX 560

• Offers the best value and portability for gaming

• Use in a dorm room, bedroom, office, coffee shop, or
   at a LAN party

• Ideal for use as a graphics dock for multi-display support

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eGFX Breakaway Puck RX 560 Performance Graph

• Lenovo X1 Carbon, i7-7600U, 8GB RAM or HP Spectre x360, i7-7500U, 16GB RAM
• Attempting to play above games on these computers without the eGFX Puck connected yielded unplayable frame rates, even at lowest resolution settings.


eGFX Breakaway Puck RX 570


eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 570

• Most powerful Breakaway Puck, delivering smooth gaming
   at even higher resolution and frame rates

• Best for portable GPU acceleration for pro video applications
   such as DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premier


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eGFX Breakaway Puck RX 570 Performance Graph

• Lenovo X1 Carbon, i7-7600U, 8GB RAM or HP Spectre x360, i7-7500U, 16GB RAM
• Attempting to play above games on these computers without the eGFX Puck connected yielded unplayable frame rates, even at lowest resolution settings.


Work Hard. Player Harder. Pack Your Puck.

 

Computer hardware shown in photos for illustration purposes; items sold separately. Video game screen captures from EA Battlefield 1.
See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes

Part No.  
GPU-RX560-TB3

Sonnet Radeon RX 560 eGFX Breakaway Puck

GPU-RX570-TB3

Sonnet Radeon RX 570 eGFX Breakaway Puck

Hardware  
Warranty 1-year
Form Factor Portable external GPU system
Video Memory 4 GB GDDR5
Connectivity
  • 3 DisplayPort 1.4, 4K@60Hz
  • 1 HDMI 2.0b, 4K@60Hz
External Connectors
  • One Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • 4-pin power DIN
  • Three DisplayPort
  • One HDMI
Supported Technologies
  • AMD Eyefinity™ Technology
  • AMD FreeSync™ Technology
  • HDCP 2.2
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • DirectX® 12
  • Intelligent Fan Control
  • OpenCL 2.0
  • OpenGL 4.5
Power Delivery Provides laptop charging up to 45W
Power Adapter
(GPU-RX560-TB3)
Universal 160W, 100-240V AC, 50-60 Hz
Power Adapter
(GPU-RX570-TB3)
Universal 220W, 100-240V AC, 50-60 Hz
Operating Temperature

0˚C to 35˚C (32˚F to 95˚F)

Dimensions (WxDxH) 6 x 5.12 x 2 in. (15.24 x 13 x 5.1 cm)
Package Weight
(Part No. GPU-RX560-TB3)
4.15 lbs (1.88 kg)
Package Weight
(Part No. GPU-RX570-TB3)
5.25 lbs (2.38 kg)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • eGFX Breakaway Box Puck
  • Power adapter
  • 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
  • Documentation


Specifications subject to change without notice

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Windows Compatibility

eGFX-enabled Windows PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port

Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1703 or greater)

Mac Compatibility

See Technical Note 2


Technical Notes

  1. While the eGFX Breakaway Puck features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, some computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 use an x2 PCIe lane implementation of Thunderbolt 3 technology that limits PCIe performance to 20Gbps. Find more computer information here. Full performance also requires the use of the included Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable, or other Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cables; look for the Thunderbolt icon AND the number 3 on the connector housings to identify these cables.
  2. macOS High Sierra (10.13) currently offers only beta support for connection of external GPUs, and not all Thunderbolt Macs are currently supported with AMD beta GPU Thunderbolt drivers. For information regarding enabling the use of the eGFX Breakaway Puck with macOS, click here.
  3. Laptops with 45–60W AC power adapters (typically 13-inch models) that support Thunderbolt 3 charging (PD - Power Delivery) may be powered and charged by the eGFX Breakaway Puck, even while gaming at 100% CPU usage. Laptops with AC power adapters rated at 87W–100W that support Thunderbolt 3 charging may be powered and charged by the Puck under modest CPU usage, but may slowly discharge using the 45W of Puck power while gaming at 100% CPU usage. Connecting bus-powered storage to a laptop will draw additional power that may affect the charging (discharging) rate. When not in use, any connected computer that supports Thunderbolt 3 charging will be charged to 100% by the Puck.


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Key Features

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Connects a High Performance External GPU (built in) to Your Computer with Thunderbolt 3 Ports—Connects an AMD Radeon 570 or 560 GPU to your eGFX-compatible computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports, to substantially uplift graphics performance

Small and Highly Portable—Measuring a compact 6 inches wide by 5.1 inches deep by 2 inches tall, the Puck has a minimal footprint on the desktop, fits easily into a computer bag or backpack

Provides 45W of Power Delivery—The Puck powers and charges your computer(3) while connected, even when not in use, allowing you to leave your computer’s power brick behind

VESA Mounting Bracket Kit Available—Optional mounting kit enables a zero desktop footprint installation, securing the Puck to the back of a monitor or multi-display stand and connecting it with an included DP cable

 

 

Multi-Display Graphics Dock for Ultrabooks—With its three DisplayPort ports and one HDMI port, the Puck can support up to four 4K displays

40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface with One Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Port—Ensures full 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth is dedicated to the GPU

Choice of Models—Radeon RX 560 model offers the best value and portability for gaming, and ideal for use as a graphics dock for multi-display support; while the more powerful Radeon RX 570 model delivers even smoother gaming at even higher resolution and frame rates and is the model best-suited for pro video application support

 
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Accessories

VESA Mounting Bracket for eGFX Breakaway Puck VESA Mounting Bracket Kit for eGFX Breakaway Puck CUFF-PUCK Mounts eGFX Breakaway Puck to the back of a monitor or
multi-monitor stand
Thunderbolt 3 Cable Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) Cable TCB-TB3-1M 1-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
 

 

 
     


External Graphics under Windows 10


Thunderbolt 3 PCs with 64-bit Windows 10

eGFX Breakaway Pucks are supported on some, but not all Windows computers.

 

HP Notebook with eGFX Breakaway Puck

Sonnet supports only computers running 64-bit Windows 10.
(32-bit Windows 10, Windows 7 and Linux are not supported.)

Sonnet has compiled a partial list of computers compatible with
external graphics cards.
ASUS, Razer, and Intel report their compatible computers. Other listed computers may be Sonnet tested or user reported.

 

Compatibility List
Acer

• Acer Aspire R 13
• Acer Aspire Switch 12
• Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
• Acer Aspire V17 Nitro

ASUS

• ASUS ROG G501VW
• ASUS ROG GL502VM
• ASUS ROG G701VI
• ASUS ROG GL702VM
• ASUS ROG G752VL
• ASUS ROG G752VM
• ASUS ROG G752VS
• ASUS ROG G752VT
• ASUS ROG G752VY
• ASUS ROG GX800VH
• ASUS Transformer 3 Pro T303UA
• ASUS Transformer 3 T305CA
• ASUS UX501VW
• ASUS ZenBook Pro UX490UA
• ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW
• ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VD
• ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE

Dell


• Dell Latitude 7280
• Dell XPS 13 9350
• Dell XPS 13 9360
• Dell XPS 13 9365
• Dell XPS 15 9550
• Dell XPS 15 9560
 

Gigabit


• AERO 15

HP


• HP EliteBook x360 G2
• HP Spectre 13-ac076nr
• HP Spectre 13-w063nr
• HP Spectre 13-v011dx
• HP Spectre x360
• HP Spectre x360 (2nd Generation 2017)
• HP ZBook 15 G2 without dGPU
• HP ZBook 15 G3 without dGPU
• HP ZBook 17 G3 without dGPU
• HP ZBook Studio G3
• HP ZBook Studio G4

Intel

• Intel NUC6i7KYK NUC
• Intel NUC7i5BNH NUC
• Intel NUC7i5BNK NUC
• Intel NUC7i7BNH NUC

Lenovo

• Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Gen 2017)

Razer

• Razer Stealth (All Gens with Thunderbolt 3)
• Razer Blade (All Gens with Thunderbolt 3)
• Razer Blade (All Gens with Thunderbolt 3)

 

Installation Guide

1. Update Windows. Sonnet strongly recommends Windows 10, 64-Bit  Version 1703 (OS Build 15063) or newer. This is also called the Creator’s Update. To check the version number, enter  winver in the search bar and click enter.

2. Update your computer’s BIOS to the latest version. If you need help updating your BIOS, contact your computer manufacturer for further information.

3. Update your Thunderbolt Bus Driver to the latest version. You will need version 16.3.61.275 or newer. To check your driver version, go to Settings:Apps:Thunderbolt(TM) Software and you will see the version number. If it is not 16.3.61.275 or greater, then you need to update it. Check with your computer manufacturer for an update.

4. Connect the Breakaway Puck to your computer. You should get a message asking whether you want to connect this Thunderbolt peripheral. Select “Connect Always”. (You may get an additional message from Windows alerting you that External Graphics is not supported on this computer. Click OK and continue.)

5. Download and install the driver software. Go to the AMD website to find, select, download and install the appropriate graphics driver for your system. If the installer fails to recognize the Puck, then restart your computer. If the installer still does not recognize the Puck, then you either have a computer that has not been fully updated or else it is not compatible with external graphics.

6. There are a few additional things you need to know:

• You may not be able to hibernate your computer.

• You should not unplug external graphics while your computer is sleeping.

• When you disconnect external graphics, you may need to wait for Windows to recognize the disconnection
(two beeps) before you plug external graphics back in again.

• You may have to close applications running on external graphics before unplugging. Applications may have
no issues, may migrate to the internal graphics, may display an error message, or may crash.

7. Share your experience with the community! Please share whether you were successful and which computer and graphics card you were using by joining our Facebook eGFX Breakaway Puck community:

https://www.facebook.com/SonnetTech/

 

 



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