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This table aims to provide a comprehensive list of which docking stations are supported and recommended with which laptop.
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For more information on USB-C technologies and power delivery, please see the footnotes and FAQ at the bottom left.
-- Laptop capabilities ---- Docking Station Compatibility and Recommendations --
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Some XMG and SCHENKER are 100% compatible with each other because they are based on the same hardware. Those models are listed on the same line in this table. In some models (e.g. SCHENKER MEDIA), the USB-C support depends on the chosen GPU.YearDoes laptop supply DisplayPort via USB-C?

1×DP or 2×DP?
Is DisplayPort via USB-C connected to iGPU or dGPU?

(This collumn only addresses the *main* USB-C port, such as Thunderbolt. Other ports may have different connection.)
Does laptop support the Thunderbolt protocol?Maximum data bandwidth over USB-CCan the laptop's battery be charged via USB-C?

(In other words, does the laptop support power input via USB-C Power Delivery?)
Can the laptop perform close to 100% with an appropriately sized USB-C adapter or dock?

(If not, then we recommend to use the original power adapter besides the dock.)
What is the laptop's USB-C power requirement?Seagate FireCuda Gaming DockWD_Black D50 Game Docki-tec TB3TRAVELDOCKPDKensington SD5700Ti-tec TB3CDUALDPDOCKPDIcy Box IB-DK4040-CPDCable Matters 201046Cable Matters 201055Kensington SD5600Ti-tec TB3TRIPLEDOCKPDi-tec C31QUATTRODOCKPDi-tec C31TRIPLEDOCKPDPROIcy Box DK2102i-tec CATRIPLE4KDOCKPDi-tec CATRIPLEDOCKPDPROi-tec U3DUALHDMIDOCKi-tec U3HDMIDVIDOCKClub 3D CSV-1460 SenseVision
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XMGProduct IDSCHENKERProduct IDPlatform:
[see footnote #1]
TBT3 | DPTBT3 | DPTBT3 | DPTBT4 | DPTBT3 | USB-C | DPUSB-C | DPUSB-C | DPUSB-C | DPTBT3 | USB-C | DP | MSTTBT3 | USB-C | DP | MST | DLUSB-C | DP | MSTUSB-C | DP | MSTUSB-C | DP | MSTUSB-C | DP | DLUSB-C | DP | DLUSB-A | DLUSB-A | DLUSB-A | DL
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CPU
Platform
GPU
Platform
Power Delivery:
[see footnote #2]
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SCHENKER VISION 15 (E23)SVS15E23Intel Core
12th Gen
iGPU2023✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 65 W
[see footnote #2]
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XMG CORE
(M22)
XCO15AM22AMD Ryzen
6000
RTX 30602022dGPU10 Gbps-❌❌✔✔✔✔✔✔❌❌❌❌✔✔❌❌
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XMG FOCUS
(M22)
XFO15M22, XFO16M22, XFO17M22SCHENKER MEDIA Pro
(M22)
SME15M22, SME16M22, SME17M22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 30602022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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SCHENKER MEDIA
(M22)
SME15M22, SME16M22, SME17M22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 30502022-40 Gbps-
[except HDMI]

[except HDMI]
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SCHENKER VISION 14
(E22)
SVS14E22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 3050 Ti
(optional)
2022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps
limited RTX performance
≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
✔✔✔✔✔✔
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SCHENKER VISION 16 (Pro) (L22)SVS16L22, SVS16PL22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 3050 Ti/60/70/80
(optional)
2022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps
limited RTX performance
≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
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XMG FUSION 15
(M22)
XFU15M22Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3060
RTX 3070
2022✔ ×2dGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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XMG NEO 15
(E22)
XNE15IE22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 3060
RTX 3070 Ti
RTX 3080 Ti
2022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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XMG NEO
(M22)
XNE15AM22, XNE17AM22AMD Ryzen
6000
RTX 3060
RTX 3070 Ti
RTX 3080 Ti
2022dGPU10 Gbps-❌❌✔✔✔✔✔✔❌❌❌❌✔✔❌❌
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XMG PRO
(E22)
XPR15E22, XPR17E22SCHENKER KEY
(E22)
SKE15E22, SKE17E22Intel Core
12th Gen
RTX 3060
RTX 3070 Ti
RTX 3080 Ti
2022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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SCHENKER WORK
(E22)
SWO15E22, SWO17E22Intel Core
12th Gen
iGPU2022✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
❌❌
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XMG APEX 15 MAX
(E22)
XAP15XE22AMD Ryzen
5000
RTX 3060
RTX 3070
2022dGPU10 Gbps-
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SCHENKER VIA 15 Pro
(M22)
SVI15PM22AMD Ryzen
5000
iGPU2022iGPU10 Gbps≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
❌❌
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XMG CORE
(M21)
XCO15IM21, XCO17IM21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 30602021✔ ×2dGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-❌❌❌❌❌❌✔✔✔✔❌❌✔✔
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XMG FOCUS
(M21)
XFO15M21, XFO17M21SCHENKER MEDIA
(M21)
SME15M21, SME17M21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3050 Ti2021-10 Gbps-
[except HDMI]

[except HDMI]
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XMG NEO
(M21)
XNE15IM21, XNE17IM21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3060
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
2021✔ ×2dGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-❌❌❌❌❌❌✔✔✔✔❌❌✔✔
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XMG PRO
(L21)
XPR15L21, XPR17L21SCHENKER KEY
(L21)
SKE15L21, SKE17L21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3060
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
2021✔ ×2dGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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XMG ULTRA
(E21)
XUL17E21SCHENKER DTR
(E21)
SDT17E21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
2021dGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps-
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SCHENKER WORK
(E21)
SWO15E21, SWO17E21Intel Core
11th Gen
iGPU2021✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 65 W
[see footnote #2]
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SCHENKER VISION 15
(E21)
SVS15E21Intel Core
11th Gen
iGPU2021✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 65 W
[see footnote #2]
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SCHENKER VISION 14
(M21)
SVS14IM21Intel Core
11th Gen
RTX 3050 Ti
(optional)
2021✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
✔✔
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XMG APEX
(M21)
XAP15M21, XAP17M21AMD Ryzen
5000
RTX 3060
RTX 3070
2021dGPU10 Gbps-
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XMG CORE
(IE21)
XCO15IE21, XCO17IE21Intel Core
10th Gen
RTX 30602021dGPU10 Gbps-❌❌
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XMG CORE
(AE21)
XCO15AE21, XCO17AE21AMD Ryzen
5000
RTX 30602021dGPU10 Gbps-❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌
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XMG NEO
(E21)
XNE15AE21, XNE17AE21AMD Ryzen
5000
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
2021dGPU10 Gbps-❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌
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XMG CORE 14
(L20)
XCO14L20SCHENKER MEDIA 14
(L20)
SME14L20Intel Core
11th Gen
GTX 1650
(optional)
2020✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 100 W
[see footnote #2]
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SCHENKER VIA 14
(L20)
SVI14L20Intel Core
11th Gen
iGPU2020✔ ×2iGPU✔ (TBT4)40 Gbps≥ 65 W
[see footnote #2]
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SCHENKER VIA 15 Pro
(M20)
SVI15PM20AMD Ryzen
4000
iGPU2020-10 Gbps≥ 65 W
[see footnote #2]

[except HDMI]

[except HDMI]
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XMG FUSION 15
(L19)
XFU15L19Intel Core
9th Gen
GTX 1660 Ti
RTX 2070
2019✔ ×2dGPU✔ (TBT3)40 Gbps-
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Footnote #1: Platform technologies

The "Platform" does not indicate what kind of I/O ports the docking station provides. Instead, it describes the core technologies that drive the I/O ports of this dock - especially on the "input" side. This is relevant in deciding which laptop is compatible and recommended with which dock. For example, a docking station that requires Thunderbolt is not compatible with a laptop that does not support Thunderbolt.

Acronyms used and their relevance:
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TBT = Thunderbolt 3 (TBT3) and Thunderbolt 4 (TBT4)
These two technologies are generally compatible with each other.
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USB-C = USB Type-C
USB-C is the smallest, most common denominator for modern docking stations. A dock with USB-C platform support indicates, that the docking station does not neccessarily require TBT. Instead, it can also work with a host that simply supports USB-C. Some docking stations support only TBT, some docks prefer TBT but also have a USB-C fallback mode.
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DP = DisplayPort
This indicates that the docking station requires a DisplayPort signal from the laptop. This is automatically true for all TBT3/TBT4 docking stations. For USB-C docking stations, it is very common, but optional. If you scroll all the way to the right, you will find docking stations without the DP requirement. These are only recommended for the few laptops that do not output a DP signal via USB-C themselves.
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MST = Multi-Stream Transport
This indicates that the docking station has a MST chipset inside, which is able to split up a single DisplayPort signal onto multiple, independently controlled monitor outputs. The outputs behind the MST splitter may be any kind of output, including DisplayPort and HDMI.

MST makes it possible to use multiple external monitors on a USB-C host, even if that host only sends out a single DP signal over USB-C. However, MST also naturally splits up the bandwidth of that DP signal, limiting the maximum resolution of those external monitor (typically to 4K/30Hz). Also, MST is usually not compatible with advanced technologies such as AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-SYNC. MST may also generally limit the refresh rate of the monitors to 60Hz, even at lower resolutions.

Our MST recommendation strategy:
a) When your laptop supports Thunderbolt with 2 DisplayPort signals, pick a dock without MST.
b) When your laptop has only 1 DP signal, but you also only wish to use one single external monitor on your dock, pick a dock without MST.
c) When your laptop has only 1 DP signal, but you want to use multipe monitors behind your dock, pick a dock *with* MST.
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DL = DisplayLink
This technology is a low-fidelity alternative to DisplayPort. It uses the simple USB data protocol to emulate an external monitor. Docks with DisplayLinks are only recommended as a "last resort" solution for such hosts, that do not support DP via USB-C.
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USB-A
USB-A is not able to host a native DisplayPort signal. The very far right side of our list includes a few docks that offer DisplayLink over USB-A. These are technically identical to DisplayLink over USB-C, but they may have even lower USB data rate. Use them only as a "very last resort" solution, if your USB-C port is already occupied.
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Footnote #2: Power Delivery (PD)

Many docking stations are able to provide power to their laptop hosts. Howewer, only a limited number of laptop hosts are able to receive this power. Please check the collumn "Can the laptop's battery be charged via USB-C?" to see if a laptop model is able to receive power over USB-C.

If you wish to use USB-C to power your laptop, please make sure that the power output of the docking station matches the power requirement of the laptop. Our recommendation matrix is not filtered against this aspect, because we see power delivery as an *optional* feature, not as a *must have*.

Even if a laptop is able to receive power and even if the docking station (or USB-C power supply) matches the power requirement of the laptop, it does not neccessarily mean that the laptop can reach top performance when only supplied via USB-C power. For stationary use in high-performance situation, it is generally recommended to use the original power adapter that came with your laptop, because the original power adapter usually has higher tolerances for peak and surge loads.

If a laptop does *not* support power delivery over USB-C, it is still OK and safe to use a PD-enabled dock. The laptop and the dock will negotiate their shared attributes during the USB-C handshake each time the USB-C connection is established. In other words, the dock will only attempt to provide power, if the laptop asks for it. If the laptop does not ask for power, the dock (or USB-C power supply) will not be able to provide any.
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Last Update:2023-01-25
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Permalink:https://go.xmg.gg/xmg-docking-station-recommendations
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Related FAQ articles:
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Which docking stations are recommended for XMG laptops?
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What maximum resolutions and refresh rates are supported for external monitors?
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Which XMG laptops can I charge via USB Type C?
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Why do some laptops not provide full performance when powered exclusively via USB-C?
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