Wednesday, May 31st 2017

ZOTAC Also Shows Off a Thunderbolt 3 External Box

In addition to the Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics Dock, ZOTAC also showed off a smaller contraption which does essentially the same thing - wire your laptop to a graphics card over Thunderbolt 3. This device is unnamed for now, too, and is referred to as "Thunderbolt 3 External Box" (with "graphics" being a notable omission).

Unlike the graphics dock, this one looks like a ZBOX. It takes in Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s) input, too, but isn't designed for high-end graphics cards. What you have instead, is a 120W power-supply which doesn't have any additional PCIe power connectors, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, which can hold on to graphics cards that make do with slot-only power. The card can be dual-slot, but no more than 17 cm in length. You also get a 32 Gb/s M.2 NVMe slot, which you don't on the dock, and four downstream USB 3.0 ports.
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5 Comments on ZOTAC Also Shows Off a Thunderbolt 3 External Box

#1
Caring1
It looks like it houses NVMe drives.
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#2
plåtburken
Well, hope the price will be lower than the rest... of the competition.
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#3
TheinsanegamerN
This makes far more sense then the full size boxes. Thsi could easily hide behind a TV allowing a user to have a gaming HTPC using their mid range laptop. Hopefully prices are lower to match.
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#4
Valantar
To me, it looks like this only supports single-slot rear I/O brackets. That's a shame, as this looks like the perfect companion to a thin-and-light laptop (alongside an RX 560 or GTX 1050). Of course there are single slot versions of those cards, but when it comes to cooling it looks like this should fit a dual-slot card easily.
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#5
rorocrocky
I'm looking for an eGPU box that I can install windows on my MacBook Pro and this is it,reasonable price with
M2 SSD and small gpu which the most powerful card for it would be GTX 1050Ti also come with 4 usb ports
for my Logitech dongle and practical to carry outside in the backpack with you.Will wait for its release.
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