With Nvidia’s new Max Q GPUs, it’s fair to expect the next generation of gaming laptops to be barely thicker than most ultrabooks in the market. Simply put, you can now have a reasonably slim computer that can run AAA games at full force. Of course, doing so will require to purchase an entirely new laptop that’s on the expensive end of the price range – something not everyone is looking forward to doing. A more affordable solution for gamers? Just hook up your existing computer to the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box instead.
An external GPU case, the rig gives laptops and computers with underpowered GPUs access to a powerful gaming graphics card, so you can finally play Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3, and Outlast 2 without needing to make a complete system upgrade. It should handle any VR content with veritable ease, too, so throwing this into your existing workstation can turn an erstwhile productivity-focused setup into a capable gaming system.
The Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box houses an embedded 8GB GEForce GTX 1070 GPU inside, which should put enough power in your arsenal to run every modern game imaginable at peak (okay, maybe near-peak) settings. It hooks up to your laptops and desktops via a Thunderbolt 3 connection, so as long as your machine has one of those available, you should be able to set up and play in a jiffy. That means, most ultrabook users should be covered, along with MacBook Pro diehards, so that’s a whole lot of folks that can turn their erstwhile productivity machines into absolute productivity killers. Yeah, good luck getting anything done once you realize you can now play any video game you want.
For hooking up to low-latency gaming displays, the box comes with one HDMI slot, one DisplayPort, and two DVI-D connectors, so you can connect up to four separate monitors for multi-screen gameplay. From what we can tell, it won’t be possible to use your laptop’s display for the GPU-processed output, so a separate monitor or TV is a must-have requirement. For hooking up peripherals, the box comes with three USB 3.0 slots, allowing you to use it as a central hub for gaming accessories, with a fourth USB port serving as a high-speed charging slot, courtesy of its Quick Charge and Power Delivery support.
The Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box, by the way, handles the cooling for the GPU on its own (it has its own oversized fan), so you need not worry about making your own arrangements to minimize overheating. It’s pretty compact, too, at 8.3 x 3.8 x 6.4 inches (depth x width x height), allowing you to throw it in your luggage, so you can play games even while living out of hotels during business trips. Oh yeah, this requires a wired power connection the entire time it’s used, so gaming on the go isn’t likely to be a very convenient affair.
Slated for availability in the second half of the year, the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box is priced at $599.99.