I was looking at eGPU enclosures such as the Cooler Master eg200 and Razer counterpart when it crossed my mind to raise this as an idea.
Was also inspired by this other post: My portable eGPU setup (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3) [FULL BENCHMARKS AT EGPU.IO]
Would anyone else be interested in a Framework branded eGPU enclosure/dock? I think it would fit in very nicely with the modular ecosystem and satisfy users wanting higher graphics output potential without having to create a new mainboard that would be interoperable with the current platform. At least I would think it unlikely the engineers could figure out a way to add a mobile GPU to the mainboard and retain the same form factor.
A framework version of the CM eg200 case could ditch the extra cost of the sata connections and extra usb ports. As well I bet they would support a replacement PCIe bracket if needed.
Looking at the current cost sfx psu’s and what I think is the same pcie bracket it wouldn’t be that price competitive.
For a reliably repairable pcie to thunderbolt bracket that provides charging to the laptop I bet Framework could get it competitive or less than the cost of Razer’s Core X enclosure. Especially if they skipped the extra USB/Ethernet ports, leave that for a separate hub. Just an eGPU enclosure with charging pass through.
On a side note, cause I just thought of it now, has it been suggested to have a skeleton usbc hub that provides 3-4 more expansion card slots?