It’s impossible to deliver the full performance of the latest GeForce RTX graphics cards inside a gaming laptop.
However, you can add a good chunk of this with the help of a Thunderbolt 3 cable and an external graphics box.
Gigabyte offers exactly this with the new water-cooled GeForce RTX 3080 Ti in an Aorus Gaming Box.
The AORUS RTX 3080 Ti Gaming box comes with great graphics performance for anyone with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
A liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sits inside Gigabyte’s latest Aorus Gaming Box.
The liquid-cooled, twin graphics card RTX 3080 Ti is now available from Gigabyte Aorus and is built with a triple external heat pipe design that includes cooling fins on the underside of the PCB.
It has an axial fan design that delivers high-quality airflow over all three of the VRAM chips and power phases.
This gen3 ray tracing engine combines with next-gen Nvidia Turing GPU architecture to deliver more than 10 GigaRays per second.
Gigabyte included a custom PCB with its own 12+2 phase power design.
This board was designed specifically for the Aorus Gaming Box system, and Gigabyte didn’t reveal what parts were used.
We did see that this card had two 8-pin PCIe power connectors and three DisplayPorts.
The Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti card that is cooled by liquid has a base clock of 1650 MHz that is boosted to 1770 MHz.
The GDDR6 memory runs at 14 GHz with a bandwidth of 616 GB/s.
The CPU cooler design on this air-cooled card is quite good, and it uses an aluminum heat sink to keep temperatures in check when the fans aren’t spinning.
The LED lighting on Gigabyte’s Aorus Gaming Box is really pretty. It has a new style that you won’t find on most boards, and Gigabyte did an excellent job with the finish as well.
In a nutshell, this is what you get with this new water-cooled black box:
- Graphics Processing: GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti
- Graphics card:
- GIGABYTE WATERFORCE GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti 12G
- GPU clock: 1665 MHz
- Memory size: 12G
- Memory clock: 19000 MHz
- Memory bandwidth: 912 GB/s
- Memory type: GDDR6X
- Digital max resolution: 7680×4320
- Multi-view: up to 4
- I/O: Thunderbolt™ 3 type-C
Video output ( HDMI, DP )
- PSU: 550W, >90% efficiency (equal to 80 plus Gold), PCI-E 8pin+8pin power
- AC INPUT: 100-240V ~ / 6A / 50-60Hz
- System Requirement: Laptop PC/Desktop PC with Thunderbolt™ 3 port and support external GPU.
Please confirm the Thunderbolt™ 3 compatibility with your PC manufacturer.
It supports up to four displays with a maximum resolution of 7680 by 4320 and so it should cope with even the most extravagant display setups and whatever game you want to throw in.
It has a closed-circuit cooler consisting of a 240mm radiator and a pair of 120mm fans.
This setting keeps noise to a minimum as the fans are adjusted based on the temperature and hot air pumped through the top of the case.
You can further reduce noise with clever box placement, even if the included cable is only 50cm long.
The main limiting factor for performance is the Thunderbolt 3 link, which only allows a 4x PCIe 3.0 connection.
However, it will outperform any GPU contained in your laptop and work just as well with a desktop PC, but either way, Windows 10 is required.
The price has yet to be revealed. Even without the pandemic causing a major shortage of graphics cards, this box also contains the water-cooling components, so expect a good premium compared to what Gigabyte charges for its 3080 Ti cards.
Based on version 3080, the price is likely to exceed $ 2,000.