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PowerColor shows graphics amplifier, adds AMD Polaris cards

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Marcel Haber

powercolorPowerColor has officially presented its Devil Box external graphics amplifier at Computex 2016. Just like competing products, the Devil Box is intended to be used in combination with a notebook, in order for increased graphics performance thanks to a desktop card installed in the unit. PowerColor's model on display was not yet the final product, therefore the design and one or two specs are likely to be different when the unit hits the market.

The external graphics amplifier allows AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics cards and above to be installed, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and above. PowerColor added a 375 watts power supply with 375 watts will be installed, and this ought to be large enough for all current cards. The 375 W also provides a certain margin for overclocking the installed graphics card. Thunderbolt 3 will be used to hook up the Devil Box with a notebook. The interface will be implemented as a USB 3.1 Type-C port. Features include four USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet. A SATA interface is also included, allowing a HDD to be installed with a transfer rate of up to 6 Gb/s.

The PowerColor Devil Box will be finalised in around two months, and then reach stores a bit later. PowerColor has yet to determine a price.

Apart from presenting the upcoming Devil Box, PowerColor also had a few things to say about AMD's upcoming Polaris generation of graphic cards. While no concrete details were revealed, PowerColor did say it will change the naming of his custom designs. The manufacturer has been selling its premium graphics cards under the "PCS" name, but the Polaris models will be marketed under the "Devil" brand. Furthermore, the manufacturers again confirmed that Polaris will launch in late June. PowerColor is also set to launch watercooling solutions for Polaris cards, again it has yet to finalise the respective products that were on display. The design is therefore subject to change until Polaris is launched. PowerColor will definitely launch Polaris cards with watercoolers.