Gigabyte reveals the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box: The world's first water-cooled external graphics solution
If you currently happen to have an ultrabook that sports a Thunderbolt 3 port but lacks a discrete GPU then you might want to have a look at Gigabyte’s latest offering. The Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is an external graphics solution that is so powerful it requires a water-based cooling system to help dissipate the heat it will generate. Inside the case is a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11G card, which has a GPU clock of 1545 MHz.
The Waterforce cooling system contains a 240 mm aluminum radiator, 2x 120 mm fans, copper base plate, composite heat pipes, and FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) tubes. The supposedly quiet Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box comes with a 450 W PSU and has dimensions of 300 mm x 140 mm x 173 mm. Connectivity is offered in the form of 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x USB Type-C (VirtualLink), 1x Ethernet, 3x USB 3.0, and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
The Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box even has a built-in network chip to make sure that latest foray into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare doesn’t get interrupted. Gigabyte hasn’t advertised a price for the high-end eGPU yet, but you can bet it won’t be cheap. One source has gone with around 1,800 Euros (~US$2,010), and with Newegg offering the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme Waterforce WB 11G card for US$1,349.00, it seems like a fair guess (the same price on Amazon).