ZOTAC AMP BOX Mini Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure  

 

theitsage
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December 21, 2017 2:56 pm  

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.

https://www.zotac.com/product/accessories/amp-box-mini

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Eightarmedpet
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December 21, 2017 3:07 pm  

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?

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touchbar + GTX1060@32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10
2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070@32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway Box) + Win10


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December 21, 2017 3:15 pm  

No word on pricing and availability yet. I hope ZOTAC brings these new enclosures to CES 2018.

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December 21, 2017 3:17 pm  

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. 

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December 21, 2017 3:32 pm  

3.9″/99mm and external PSU? What’s the allure of this vs the 212x96x162 Aorus box which has the PSU inside? What am I missing?


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December 21, 2017 3:51 pm  

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.).

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December 21, 2017 5:14 pm  

I like the looks. Bigger than the AGB is surprising, especially with external PSU, but 150W switchable GPUs should be nice, especially if AMD gets ITX lower powered GPUs in there for us Mac guys.

Any word on power delivery?


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December 21, 2017 11:55 pm  

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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February 10, 2018 1:49 am  

@itsage would you like to review the AMP BOX MINI? MSG ME.


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February 10, 2018 2:21 am  

@pushthelimit Thank you for reaching out. I sent you a PM.

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February 11, 2018 7:03 am  

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…

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February 12, 2018 4:36 am  

Well, this looks like the same definition as AORUS box but without a GPU, so you can fit current 150W mini GPUs and be future proof to bring in other 150W mini GPUs (especially if Vega ever gets mid range cards)


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February 13, 2018 5:24 pm  

@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.

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February 14, 2018 6:06 am  

$219 is a great price! Now if only GPUs would come down in price… and hopefully one day AMD comes up with some Vega mid-range cards


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February 15, 2018 10:05 am  

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.

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touchbar + GTX1060@32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10
2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070@32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway Box) + Win10


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February 15, 2018 2:14 pm  

Vega Nano is so much needed now.. Also, I wish the companies recognize how important is the power delivery over cable for some users.


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February 15, 2018 4:04 pm  

@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

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February 15, 2018 5:20 pm  

Do you think “MSI Radeon RX 580 8G V1” will work?  The box supports up to 150w tdp cards. If you check the manual, it says there is only one 6-pin cable inside.

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February 16, 2018 1:17 am  

Great device! I will keep an eye on it

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Juan C. Yunis
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February 16, 2018 1:18 am  

it is cool, but they should have made it to support their GTX 1080 Ti mini.

UPDATE:
I checked the website, and they already have the regular AMP Box that supports the 1080 Ti mini.

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