Wednesday, June 21st 2017

GIGABYTE Releases AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box, a true plug-and-play external graphics solution that was unveiled earlier at COMPUTEX 2017 with much attention received for its innovative design and affordability. Pre-installed with a high-end GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, the device can easily transform any Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptop into a powerful gaming battle station.

Unlike most conventional external graphics enclosures that come with an empty dock, the AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box is a complete package with a factory-overclocked GTX 1070 graphics card already built inside, requiring no extra hassle or cost to put together an accommodating graphics card separately. Thanks to the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the device is able to provide a significant graphics boost to laptops with a blazing-fast data transfer speed of 40Gbps, while delivering up to 100W of power to the connected laptop at the same time with the embedded 450W PSU. The Thunderbolt 3 plug-and-play support also allows for quick, easy connections without having to reboot the PC.
The AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box also provides a more compact solution compared to other external graphics alternatives with its small form factor, which takes up very little space and can be easily stored or carried on the go with the included carrying bag, enhancing the device with better portability. On the side of the chassis, there is customizable color lighting powered by RGB Fusion.

In addition to the graphics performance upgrade, the AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box acts as a docking station. Aside from the HDMI, DisplayPort, and two dual-link DVI outputs to pair with single or multiple external monitors, the device also has a collection of three USB 3.0 ports available at the back for connecting peripherals or external storage for an enhanced user experience. There is also an extra Quick Charge 3.0 port that allows for personal mobile device charging at up to 4 times the speed of a conventional charger.

For more information, visit the product page.
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Releases AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box

#1
Rehmanpa
Sadly thunderbolt has huge performance decreasing issues when using it with external cards like this. The thing looks pretty awesome though, gotta give em that. Hopefully we'll see a version that doesn't come with a gpu so you can plug your own into it.
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#2
Nichotin
What I really like about this is the size, which seems to put it among the smaller offerings per date.

It seems that the current eGPU solutions are mainly geared towards those who wish to dock their laptop at home and have more GPU power. My use case is a bit different, I have a powerful desktop at home, but would really like to have a laptop with only iGPU, and have a portable eGPU for when I am gaming at a friend's house. This eGPU should preferably be as compact as possible, e.g. with the laptop version of GTX 1060. Does anyone know of such a product?
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#3
Dethroy
A niche product (eGPU enclosure) that only accepts niche GPUs (non-full-size). I bet it's going to sell a lot of units ...
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#4
notb
Dethroy said:
A niche product (eGPU enclosure) that only accepts niche GPUs (non-full-size). I bet it's going to sell a lot of units ...
But then again... Designing costs are tiny, so sales volume is not an issue.

And I bet the audience is larger than you think. Think about all those notebook owners that would like to try mining.
And yeah... there's also that old-school thing called "gaming".
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Franzen4Real
notb said:
Think about all those notebook owners that would like to try mining.
And yeah... there's also that old-school thing called "gaming".
I think what he meant was that it accepts mini itx versions of cards, not a typical full sized card, making the choices of gpus to use with it (other than the included 1070) extremely limited. So you are cutting your potential customers down to those who need an eGPU solution, and those who only want to use the very few available mini itx versions of a gpu.
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notb
Franzen4Real said:
I think what he meant was that it accepts mini itx versions of cards, not a typical full sized card, making the choices of gpus to use with it (other than the included 1070) extremely limited. So you are cutting your potential customers down to those who need an eGPU solution, and those who only want to use the very few available mini itx versions of a gpu.
But you're not buying an empty box. You're buying the 1070 as well - a good card.
They're not cutting potential customers at all - they're actually doing the opposite. Yesterday they had GPUs just for desktop owners. Now they also have a product for notebook users.
Keep in mind this is not an external GPU module with a 1070 bundled. This is a 1070 with an external case included. The box itself is a fairly simple and cheap product.

And I think making this so small was an excellent move, since larger extGPU solutions are available already. Not only are they making a unique product for a (IMO relatively large) niche, but they're also one of the leaders in small dGPUs, so they have a larger change of sale in this market.
In fact the Gigabyte card in this box is 1 of only 2 really small 1070 GPUs available (the other one is MSI Aero ITX).
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#7
The Data Master
To me this is a hard sell. I still like the empty box approach. As a desktop gamer, I have a ton of older yet still powerful video cards that are just collecting dust. I would love to plug them into an enclosure and use them with my laptop. Problem is that there is no lightning adapter on it. So now I would have to buy a new laptop with a cpu that doesn't bottleneck the gpu and then buy an enclosure case for that old gpu or in this case buy the gpu with the enclosure case and then have the experience I am looking for. In the end, I would rather just spend the money on a high end gaming laptop and not have the enclosure. For the people who already have thunderbolt and a cpu that won't bottleneck the 1070 in this thing, they most likely already have an igpu in the laptop. Same goes for my ITX htpc in the living room. Most of those don't have thunderbolt either, but with an expansion card it would be great to plug in a video card when friends come over and I want to load up some shared screen steam games, then put away the clutter on the entertainment center for my everyday netflixing. Again, why buy a GTX 1070 already in the enclosure when I could use my 550ti, 750ti, or 1050 that are now in a drawer.
Also as mentioned above, thunderbolt does bottleneck, but a 1070 at 40Gbps I would think comes pretty close to hard plug performance.
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#8
notb
The Data Master said:
To me this is a hard sell. I still like the empty box approach.
But you have to consider the fact that notebook owners are used to the comfort of pre-built product. A lot of people <=20 never had a desktop, let alone assembled it.
Finding and mounting a compatible GPU could be an issue for them. They will love the fact that this is just a "black box" - as easy to use as an external drive.
This is pretty much the essence of making technology accessible. :)
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#9
TheinsanegamerN
I'd prefer it if they made this box a tad bigger and include mounts for a mini ITX board. Would be far more intriguing then another eGPU box. Make it a half inch taller and it would fit a mini ITX mobo, or even make one the size of the box with a custom mobo with a feature set to match.

An ITX case that size is nearly impossible to find. imagine this box with an integrated 1700 CPU.
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#10
notb
TheinsanegamerN said:
I'd prefer it if they made this box a tad bigger and include mounts for a mini ITX board. Would be far more intriguing then another eGPU box. Make it a half inch taller and it would fit a mini ITX mobo, or even make one the size of the box with a custom mobo with a feature set to match.

An ITX case that size is nearly impossible to find. imagine this box with an integrated 1700 CPU.
?
This is an external GPU.
Why would they change it into another ITX case?
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#11
Caring1
Now all we need is more GPU manufacturers to jump on the Mezzanine platform for cards and make the eGPU enclosure smaller and affordable.
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