ZOTAC AMP BOX Mini Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure
Competition is heating up. Today ZOTAC announced a compact eGPU enclosure. It uses an external power brick to achieve the small form factor. You can use an mini-ITX GPU [upto 150W and 200mm/7.8in]. There are also 4x expansion USB ports.
OH BOY! Now we are getting somewhere... this looks, dare I say it, nice? They also have their AMP box on that link which also looks nice, now when can I buy one?
I'm thoroughly excited by what may appear at CES. I'm redecorating/arranging my studio/study in Jan so a new eGPU could fit in well with all that, something smaller and neater than my current Sonnet.
Didnt notice it was actually a little bit bigger than the Auros, but it appeals as you can change the GPU easily and it should be priced accordingly (just a box and no gpu unlike the Auros.).
Finally someone GETS IT. Give us an easily transportable, decent-looking eGPU. If I hadn't just purchased an AGB 1080 I'd consider this in a second. Thanks Zotac!
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What do you want to put in a mini box anyways? nVidia wise, Lenovo has the advantage of the bottom with their ultraportable, Aorus has the 1070 and 1080 markets. And eBay is flooded with empty Aorus boxen because miners keep the GPU and sell the box. (Or resellers do the same.)
AMD wise, you have the Sonnet Puck covering the RX560 and the RX570. There is no retail RX580 mini. The R9 Nano would fit the Zotac box but it's too power hungry, Vega even more so and there's no mini anyways.
What did I miss, what's the intended market here? All those people who want an 1060 and not happy with the Puck RX570 instead (the KFA2 1060 box disappeared after a short run)? That's a very thin market...
@chx there's certain appeal to this box. The AORUS Gaming Boxes are definitely the best value choice atm. However, their build quality are not great. Some may also prefer a non-gamer style enclosure. I got confirmation on pricing of this AMP Box mini. It will retail for $219.99 and soon be available on Newegg.
Another feature I find attractive about this enclosure is the easy-to-remove top lid and two thumb screws. This provides very quick access to the internals. Imagine you need a portable TB3 PCIe expansion box to swap between NVMe, NIC, and GPU, this box is a nice choice imo.
219 is indeed a great price! gutted I didn't hang on to my ITX 570 now... just hit your link, works out at 178 quid inc postage, thats a really great price.
Tempted to grab one and just run a 1060 or something... struggling to find a compatible GPU list though.
FFS... £235 once duty and postage is factored in. I'll grab one when I'm stateside next instead.
@ondert I agree the Vega Nano is a sweet card for portable eGPU setup. It needs more juice than the 150W this Zotac AMP BOX Mini can provide though. For now, the few AMD cards that will work natively with macOS are:
- Radeon Pro WX 5100
- MSI Radeon RX 580 8G V1
- Sapphire Radeon RX 570 ITX Pulse
- Radeon RX 460/560 Mini-ITX
Can you please let me know a list of GPU:s that fit in this Zotac Amp Mini chassi and should be able to deliver 8K via two displayport 1.4 connectors?
In particular a silent graphics card would be great.
This is a part of my quest to drive my 8K Dell UP3218K display via Thunderbolt, https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/drive-the-8k-display-dell-up3218k-fed-via-two-dp1-4-using-sonnet-puck-560-570-or-other-solution-thoughts-comments/ .
Ideally it would be a GTX 1070, as GTX 1080 would take too much electricity right, GTX 1050 would be unnecessarily old maybe, and the user mbp8k reported that Radeon not is stable for 8K yet.
Please let me know your card recommendations, thanks!
Is there a list of cards that would fit in this anywhere? I imagine next gen Nvidia may be a great choice to pair with this (2060?).
If you can find a 6-pin connector card that's less than 200mm long it should work. Here are some of the cards that fit this AMP BOX Mini and work with the 150W power limit.
|Nvidia GeForce||AMD Radeon|
|Zotac GTX 1060||Pro WX 5100|
|EVGA GTX 1050 Ti||Sapphire RX 570|
|MSI GTX 1050||Gigabyte RX 560|
Would be quite sweet if one of these would work in it, to go with my silent Akasa-cased NUC: http://www.palit.com/palit/vgapro.php?id=2823