HP's new Accelerator: external GPU support up to 300W

HP's new external GPU enclosure supports up to 300W.

Anthony Garreffa
Published Wed, Jun 7 2017 2:02 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

HP unveiled their new Omen desktop gaming PC that can be figured with GTX 1080 in SLI or RX 480/580 in CrossFire, but it also teased it was going to be configured with the unreleased Vega 10 GPU from AMD. At the same time, HP announced their new HP Accelerator, their new external GPU enclosure.

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HP has stepped it up with their new Accelerator, which can handle graphics cards with up to 300W TDP, meaning virtually everything on the market. It comes with an internal 500W PSU and an integrated charging port that will charge your notebook at up to 60W, while there's also 4 x USB 3.0 Type-C ports, and a single USB 3.1 Type-C port that's Thunderbolt certified. There's even an RJ-45 network port on the back of the new HP Accelerator, in case your wireless-only laptop needed a faster, more stable network connection.

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The company has put a lot of design effort into the Accelerator, which includes a 2.5-inch bay for an additional HDD, or super-fast SSD. There's just a single cable required, and it has an easy access door that makes replacing and installing the graphics card and HDD/SDD a simple procedure.

HP has a great product here with Accelerator, but now I need to know if it'll work with only HP devices, or will it work on another laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port. I also want to see how Vega 10 is going to perform in this thing, especially with HP stating RX 480/580 in CF and GTX 1080 in SLI - but Vega 10 in single form could mean AMD needs a fair amount of power from Radeon RX Vega. How will RX Vega perform in the Accelerator? HP, I need one of these so bad.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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