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Computex 2018 | Gigabyte shows eGPU with embedded Radeon RX 580

The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box. (Source: Notebook Check)
The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box. (Source: Notebook Check)
Gigabyte has added a new eGPU enclosure to its lineup. The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box is targeted at Apple MacBook users, although it will work equally well with Windows ultrabooks as well.

Gigabyte has added a new Gaming Box eGPU to its ever expanding lineup. The new non-Aorus-branded Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box follows the same approach that Gigabyte has adopted with the rest of its its Gaming Box range by embedding the RX 580 silicon into the design, rather than using a discrete card. The approach makes it a lot easier for non-tech savvy customers to add additional graphics performance straight out of the box, which is likely why Gigabyte is targeting this particular model at Apple MacBook customers.

Although Nvidia supplies drivers for its GPUs on Macs, Apple has preferred AMD GPUs in recent years, opting for the RX 580 in its current iMac line. A recent update to macOS High Sierra has finally enabled Apple's long promised support for external GPUs, making the timing of Gigabyte's launch of this latest Gaming Box spot on. That said, the new RX 580 Gaming Box will work equally well with any Windows-based ultrabook as well.

As with Gigabyte's other Gaming Boxes, the new RX 580 model incorporates plenty of port flexibility, taking full advantage of the 40 Gbps bandwidth of Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology. In addition to an HDMI port, the RX 580 Gaming Box offers 3 Display Ports. These are joined by 3 USB 3.0 ports and 1 Quick Charge USB 3.0 port. The Thunderbolt 3 port also delivers 100W of downstream power to help quick the connected MacBook or ultrabook charged.

Gigabyte hasn't provided any details on availability or pricing at this stage, but it already live on its website suggesting that these details will be revealed soon.

 

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-06- 6 (Update: 2018-06- 6)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.