Thunderbolt 3 has finally brought the promise of external graphics docking into reality, allowing notebook PC's with Thunderbolt 3 ports to easily add graphics processing power. With external graphics docks like the TUL PowerColor Devil Box, notebook PC's can keep their mobility when toted around, but once back at the desk and connected via Thunderbolt 3, can take advantage of external graphics cards like the Radeon RX400 and Nvidia Geforce GTX 10 series to supporting computationally intensive gaming and tools.
The TUL PowerColor Devil Box's hexagonal shaping stands out boldly and when opened reveals one fan in the back to keep the heat generated by the graphics cards regulated.
LED's lined at the bottom of the TUL PowerColor Devil Box give it some additional pizzazz.
The TUL PowerColor Devil Box not only allows you to add external graphics cards, it also comes built in with USB 3.1 Gen 1, and Gigabit Ethernet ports to serve as a docking station for your Thunderbolt 3 based notebook PC. There is one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port in the front of the dock, while in the back there are three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port. Make sure you don't get the USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port mixed up with the Thunderbolt 3 port which is used to connect to the notebook PC.
Another benefit of connecting the Thunderbolt 3 based notebook PC to the TUL PowerColor Devil Box is that using USB Power Delivery technology, the TUL PowerColor Devil Box can provide up to 60 watts to keep your notebook PC charged.
There is even a SATA Gen 3 (6 Gb/s) connector that is inside the TUL PowerColor Devil Box which you can use to add an additional hard drive inside your dock.
Typically the larger powerful graphics cards will plug into a single PCI Express connector and occupy the 2-slot bracket in the back, giving your multiple display interface options like HDMI 1.4 or 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 or 1.4, and legacy DVI. The TUL PowerColor Devil Box can support 310 x 140 x 50mm graphics cards that can fit into a 2-slot bracket.
Adding the graphics cards requires you to unscrew 4 screws from the side and 4 screws from the top of the TUL PowerColor Devil Box.
There are also two screws at the top of the case that you need to loosen.
The TUL PowerColor Devil Box provides all the power connections needed by your graphics card providing up to 375 watts.
We will be testing the TUL PowerColor Devil Box with several Kaby Lake based Thunderbolt 3 PC's to see how much performance increase can be achieved.