Buy an external GPU enclosure with an RTX 2060 for £300

Buy an external GPU enclosure with an RTX 2060 for £300

A refurbished Lenovo Legion Graphic BoostStation with an RTX 2060 graphics card normally costs £400, but right now you can pick one up on Ebay for £300 with code CROWN20. That’s a good deal on the entry-level RTX graphics card, giving your laptop access to hardware-accelerated ray tracing, DLSS to boost frame-rates and a solid card for 1080p AAA gaming.

External GPU enclosures are a great way to boost the gaming performance of a laptop without a discrete graphics card (or one with a slightly older GPU). Using a desktop graphics card like the one provided with BoostStation, even over Thunderbolt 3, should provide a noticeable boost to frame rates over most laptop solutions.

I’d say that the ideal candidate for this enclosure is somewhere in the GTX 10-series or earlier, but honestly you could take out the RTX 2060 and put in something more powerful if you wanted – the enclosure supports up 300W graphics cards, so anything at an RTX 3070 Ti or below should be accommodated!

It’s rare to find good external enclosure for under £250, especially this well-reviewed model from Lenovo, so getting one *with a graphics card* for £300 is pretty spectacular. I’m tempted to get it and I’ve already got a GPU enclosure sitting in my office!

The units are ‘certified – refurbished’ from Laptop Outlet and come with a 12 month warranty. Generally these devices are pretty straightforward – just a power supply, a PCIe slot and some circuitry to facilitate the Thunderbolt connection – so it ought to be a pretty safe purchase compared to buying new.

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What do you think of this deal? Let me know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more deals on the down low. Or something.