GIGABYTE Releases AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box Liquid Cooled eGPU
Gigabyte has been working on improving its Gaming Box lineup. To produce more powerful options with better cooling and acoustic performance, the footprint needed to be larger than the current Mini-ITX Gaming Boxes. This is the second generation Gaming Box with enough room for AIO liquid cooling system. The radiator is 240mm with a pair of 120mm fans. This new Gaming Box also uses dual Thunderbolt 3 controller configuration for expansion ports. From early renders, the graphics card is placed horizontal rather than vertical in most enclosures. It helps with component arrangement to minimize enclosure footprint. Bottom layer is the PSU, Thunderbolt 3 main board, and expansion board. Middle layer is the GPU PCB with its monitor output ports (3x DisplayPorts, 1x HDMI, 1x USB-C/VirtualLink). Top layer is the liquid cooling system so that hot air blown out the top through the 240mm radiator. I would imagine there’s intake fan/s in the bottom layer. Once my media sample arrives in the coming weeks I will post unboxing with further detail.
The world’s 1st water-cooling external graphics
Taipei, Taiwan, November 1st, 2019 – GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer,today announced AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box, the world’s 1st water-cooling external graphics. AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is equipped with the most powerful NVIDIA TuringTM architecture GeForce RTXTM 2080 Ti graphics card and the latest ThunderboltTM 3 high-speed transmission interface and this combination not only brings powerful 3D gaming performance to the Thunderbolt™ 3-enabled Ultrabook laptop but also upgrades the Ultrabook for real-time ray tracing game, creators and deep learning. The AORUS WATERFORCE Cooling System is the only solution that combines performance and comfort, allowing users to enjoy a quiet and comfortable environment while handling heavy work.
AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is the world’s 1st external graphics box with a built-in all-in-one water cooling system. In order to enjoy the best GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti computing performance and both a quiet and comfortable environment at the same time, AORUS WATERFORCE is the only solution that can satisfy both demands in a compact size. AORUS provides an all-around cooling solution for all key components of the graphics card. We take care of not only the GPU but also the VRAM and MOSFET to ensure a stable operation and longer life. AORUS WATERFORCE all-in-one cooling system integrates a large copper plate, a 240mm aluminum radiator and two 120mm fans. With an optimized pump and water block, it provides the most efficient water flow and cooling performance at a lower noise level.
I was just thinking its been a while since we had a new release! Looks interesting, still waiting on a couple of releases Mantiz has promised us...
Well that’d be one expensive box then. Where are the official tech specs and pricing? A quick google search didn’t turn it up.
It still appears to have the same 40 mm PSU fan size though. makes me wonder how much less noisy it can be in stock condition.
Also questionable how much profit you gain by getting this one over a Razer Core X Chroma. The Chroma is only slightly bigger (74 mm in length, 28 mm in width and 57 mm in height) now and keeps the upgradability which appears to be gone with the 2080 Ti Gaming Box.
@the_livy I’m very curious about the power supply too. I hope it’s not the exact same one in 1st gen Gaming Box. As for pricing, the RTX 2080 Ti Extreme Waterforce graphics card is $1,350 on Amazon currently. An enclosure with comparable features to this new Gaming Box is the Core V2 ($499) or Core X Chroma ($399). Given how aggressive Gigabyte has been with their Gaming Box pricing, I think this new eGPU will be in the range of $1,500 – $1,700.
I've been eyeing the 2070 Gaming box for a while now, but was waiting for them to update their lineup. So this is quite good news. However.... not sure if double the price (currently listed as $1500 on amazon) will be worth it. It's also quite a bit bigger than the previous gaming boxes, as I wanted something relatively portable.
Would love to see some benchmarks once this is out and in people's hands. Both how it compared to the 2070 gaming box, and to the internal 2080 TI.
That’s impressive! A high performance 2080 Ti eGPU providing a “quiet and comfortable environment.” It reminds me a little of the Corsair One if it were designed to be placed on its side. Are those removable dust filters?
I’m partial to the smaller form factor of the current Aorus gaming box tho. It would be nice to see an update to that design.
Been waiting for something like this. Now I'm looking forward to seeing some benchmarks with one of the newer ultrabooks. I'd love to game or VR after a full day on battery! And the carry on bag would be perfect when I'm travelling for work.
Here's some better photos showing the removable side filters. I'm still very curious to see how easily the GPU might be replaced later. Might future Waterforce cards be compatible?!
Official marketing video
Unfortunately everything is in Japanese. This is the only I can find
Unfortunately everything is in Japanese
Auto-translate ftw! sort of... There was a phrase "riding a woman" which I don't think was correct...