Razer Core + TB3 dock ?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Badgertista, Jun 13, 2018.

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  1. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    Hello all!

    Has anyone ever tried to connect the Razer Core (any version) to a Thunderbolt 3 dock? If so, does it work well?

    I currently have this dock : http://www.caldigit.com/thunderbolt-3-dock/thunderbolt-station-3-lite/ and I was wondering if I would connect the Razer Core X to it, then the dock to my Blade ... it would save me the $ difference between the V2 and the X, since I already have the dock.

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  2. AssembIer

    AssembIer Active Member

    You can daisy chain TB3 docks if it is supported (the Core is technically just a dock), but honestly I doubt that it will work without issues. You have to try and see...
  3. SeddyRZ

    SeddyRZ New Member

    If you decide to try this, please post your experience. I'd like to try myself
  4. TimDogg

    TimDogg Member

    i doubt it, theres docks that have trouble displaying 1080p and 4K to monitors. Daisy chaining an eGPU to a dock sounds like a reach.

    I've used Docks frequently for my Macbook Pro with OWC (thunderbolt 2) and the other one that looks similar that they sold int he apple store.

    It works ok, but they tend to run hot at times. I'm also looking for a nice Dock (without connecting it to a eGPU) The Razer Core looks nice, if a V3 comes out I might get it to upgrade this Razer Blade 15 later.
  5. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    I didn't have any issues with my TS3 lite as far as displaying 1080p, 4k, Ultrawide 1440p using the dock's DP or even using DP to HDMI adapter.

    The dock stays cool too, and I have a 7 ports powered USB hub connected to it with many peripherals and 2x external SSD.

    With the bandwidth difference, you can't really compare TB2 to TB3

    However, I would probably remove the USB hub from the dock and connect it straight to the laptop if I was to add/daisy chain an eGPU.

    I am still undecided it about if I'll take the risk to buy it without knowing the end result or not ;)
  6. mrvortep

    mrvortep New Member

    I’m totally ignorant on docks - but what’s the point of his dock you have if you separately use a powered usb hub anyway? Can’t you just stick the usb hub into the laptop directly and then connect the external monitor to the laptops T3 port, and thereby obviate the point of the dock? I know I’m missing something...thanks!
  7. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    The point is to have only 1 cable connected to the laptop and make use of the bandwidth of TB3 instead of USB3

    I have :
    --> 1 TB3 cable connected to the laptop for the dock
    --> Connected to the dock : monitor, 1x external SSD, speakers, 1x 7 ports powered USB hub (and maybe soon : an egpu)
    --> Connected to the USB hub : mouse, keyboard, usb headset, 1x external SSD, Roccat Sova (2 ports), spare retractable cable for my phone

    All dock/hub/eternal SSDs/cables are hidden under my desk and I only need to connect the TB3 to my laptop.

    EDIT : If I had to buy a dock again, I would go with the "non-lite" version, which has more ports
  8. mrvortep

    mrvortep New Member

    Ok I think I understand - so you’re saving one cable (ie instead of having a big usb hub connected to your laptop (could you get a bigger usb hub than 7 ports?) and a separate TB3 port to the monitor, you have just one TB3 cord to the dock?)
  9. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    When I bought the TB3 dock, it was to cover my needs "back then". It changed over time and instead of investing for a new dock, I'm using a USB hub I had laying around.

    And also : 2 external SSDs to a single USB 3.0 port = frequent crashes. That's another scenario where TB3 bandwidth comes into play and that's why they are split in my current setup. I even have the option to add a 3rd one with the usb-c on my dock or even a tower of external SSDs with the 2nd TB3 port. ....... try that with a USB 3.0 hub ;)

    This would better fit my current needs : http://www.caldigit.com/thunderbolt-3-dock/thunderbolt-station-3-plus/

    EDIT : I could also add a monitor by using the 2nd TB3 port on the dock (but I'm not sure que RB14 supports it). So yeah, there are others reasons that just "saving a cable"
  10. mrvortep

    mrvortep New Member

    Thanks Badgertista, I really appreciate the detailed explanation!
  11. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    And this is how it looks like under my desk :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  12. Ulq151

    Ulq151 New Member

    Wow thats clean compared to my setup which is just stuffing the wires between the wall and my desk.
    If by any chance u do get either the core V2 or X and set it up with the TB3 hub, please share your experience, I've been debating whether to keep my core V1 and add a TB3 hub between the V1 and laptop, or just buy the V2.
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  13. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    I'm waiting for the Core X to be available in MS Store Canada. That way, if it doesn't work properly, I can just return it ;)
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2018
  14. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

  15. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    I also didn't want anything laying on the floor because of my robot vacuum cleaner. This is how I set up my UPS & the other power cables

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