Gigabyte is joining the trend of graphic processing, which is based on the advanced communication standard of Intel, And the hope to stand out on the ground with a product that comes ready for use
This is slower than we expected, but the external Thunderbolt enclosure for video cards seems to be gaining momentum as Zotac, PowerColor,Sapphire All show concrete intentions to join the modest amount of players have already launched products dedicated to this use.
Another company that is due to join the race soon is Aorus, the young gaming brand of the company GIGABYTE, Which will try to surprise with the most compact case in the field that waives the user's requirement for the addition of its own graphics card - and comes with a GeForce GTX 1070 card built into a mini configuration right out of its box. The case will include the standard video ports of the video card inside, with one full-size HDMI 2.0, one full-size DisplayPort, a pair of DVI connections and four more USB 3.0 connections to expand the system capabilities to which it will be connected - via a connection Thunderbolt Dedicated 3, obviously. There is even a carrying case that conveys that it is a product that can be taken with you wherever you go (and there is a power outlet available, of course).
The Aorus case, meanwhile known as the GTX 1070 Gaming Box, will try to beat all the others not only in physical size but also in price - which should stand at $ 600 including the video card that comes inside, while offsetting its relative cost (about $ 350) gives a badge A price of about $ 250 for the outer case itself, the power supply built into it and the USB hub, which is about 50 to 250 dollars cheaper than the cases Thunderbolt 3 other outsiders we met in the last year. Not exactly the cheap Zil - but this is also a positive progress.
Such a product will certainly not suit everyone, all the more so when focusing on that of a specific Aorus where the future upgrade potential will be quite limited (but still exists), but on the other hand one can not ignore the flashy concept where one outdoor unit can give great graphics processing power to any system A computer that is at home (or in the office) when needed - especially with a look to the future where the Thunderbolt 3 technology on which everything is based will become available and much more common thanks to the new usage model it prepares Intel.
ChassisThunderbolt External 3 AORUS Is due to arrive in the stores in the coming months, and we hope that we are already approaching the critical mass required to transform the field from a small niche into a legitimate new computing category for a wide range of consumers.
The new competitors
As we mentioned in the previous paragraphs, in Computex 2017 we have seen a number of vendors with external Thunderbolt 3 cases for video cards that you should be familiar with, assuming that the idea seems to have the potential to succeed in an age where several very compact, Which include the most powerful video cards available in the market.
A company named Sonnet announced a pair of boxes Thunderbolt 3 of its own, which are primarily aimed at professionals and content creators but will work just as well for various gaming applications - one with about 300 watts designed for the external video card and 15 watts available for charging the smartphone via one of the additional USB connections in the unit, and the other with card support With extremely high powers of up to 400 watts and even a counter-channel in the connectorThunderbolt 3 that can provide up to 87 watts for the connected computer to load simultaneously. The launch in July and the intended prices of 300 USD and 350 dollars make this sound like a potentially very good deal.
Zotac also introduced a chassis Thunderbolt 3, designed and built of its own, which it spoke at the beginning of this year, with its support of cards requiring two slots in a package, up to 22 centimeters long and with a maximum power of up to 400W, USB Additional 3.0 both front and rear - but so far we do not yet have a target price or launch date, so it is a bit difficult to relate to this product compared to those already sold in stores.
Company Sapphire Introduced chassis Thunderbolt Its own 3, which looks a bit like a complete computer chassis for Mini-ITX panels with an internal black plastic shell and silver metallic overlay, USB 3.0 and an Ethernet connection added to the system that will connect to it - and without a price intended unfortunately, although there seems to be an intention to launch it practically before the end of the current year, so we may get this critical detail in the near future.
For dessert, Powercolor gave us a peek at its second external system, which was also named GamingBox - this time with support for both the latest tabs of NVIDIA And in AMD, Plus the Devil Box case last year that focused on the red manufacturer. We do not have too much technical information in the meantime, but we are holding our fingers to a price that is more accessible than last year, and was about 420 Euro.