External cases for graphic cards Are an especially exotic and fascinating field even today, many years after we met the first products that tried their luck in the field - because who does not dream of combining the best of all worlds, with a compact mobile system to use on the go and a system with graphics capabilities similar to those of a real desktop Once it gets to the home workstation, everything is based on one and only one computer. This field remains very niche despite the entry of some prominent international players into the race - but despite this it seems that some of them continue to believe in it and its ability to break into the mainstream somewhere down the road.
GIGABYTE is the one who chooses to take up the gauntlet now - with the first combination of graphics cards from the powerful and advanced Ampere generation of NVIDIA In cases that will happily and quickly connect to any computer with a Thunderbolt 3 connector available, plus a juicy bonus in the form of a system Cooling Built-in water that takes the concept in an even more advanced and prestigious direction.
The Taiwanese manufacturer has recruited the AORUS gaming brand and the Gaming Box case created for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - and is expanding the range with up-to-date GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 cards that will be available within it from now on, with no significant physical difference in product (other than weight Large by a few tens of grams for the leading RTX 3090) and with Cooling Waterforce series closed circuit designed to ensure quality working temperatures and especially as quiet operation as possible, which is very important for a device designed to be placed on the desk next to the laptop and not in some hidden bottom corner.
The two new Gaming Box cases feature a height of 17.3 centimeters, a width of 14 centimeters and a depth of 30 centimeters with a total weight of just under 4 kilograms, which included an internal power supply of 550 watts with a higher efficiency than 90 percent and both offer a connector Thunderbolt 3 single for connecting the system to computers with a counter Thunderbolt 3 (which supports operation with external graphics, under system Windows 10), three USB Type-A 3.0 connections, one Gigabit Ethernet connection and a pair of full-size HDMI 2.1 ports and three ports DisplayPort 1.4 originating from the video cards themselves.
The model that includes the RTX 3080 in the Waterforce version will include 10GB of memory GDDR6X of course, along with a maximum operating frequency guaranteed for a core of 1,710MHz, while the model that includes theRTX The 3090 in the Waterforce version will include 24GB of GDDR6X and a guaranteed operating frequency for the 1,695MHz graphics core.
In previous generations we have come to know that external graphics processing solutions are far from perfect when it comes to harnessing hardware potential, both due to the bandwidth and coding limitations that exist in the Thunderbolt 3 interface, both due to long latency challenges and programmatic compatibility. Processors Mobile Limited in power and capabilities that tend to create a bottleneck in many uses and applications - it will be very interesting to find out what percentage of the performance of RTX 3090 "real" desktop can be obtained when connecting the Gaming Box on computers Mobile Of different types, and whether this figure will be large enough to justify the very existence of the product or will constitute further proof and reminder that we are at a technological barrier until a new and even more advanced external connection standard lands.
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