External graphics card enclosures like the AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box have been around for a long time, but I think now is where they really make sense. First thing Thunderbolt connections are becoming more common and it is a single simple cable connection. Also Thunderbolt 3 has the necessary bandwidth for running an external graphics card.
The next thing is that since Ultrabooks were introduced we’ve seen some very thin and light designs. Carrying one of these around is just awesome, it feels like you are carrying a small magazine or book. Once you get used to it you really do not want to go back to something larger and heavier just so you can game. That is why the GTX 1080 Gaming Box is perfect.
With the GTX 1080 Gaming Box you can have this incredibly thin and light laptop that you can take with you on trips, to class, into the office, etc. At the same time when you get home you plug in one cable and you have the power of a GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 Gaming box is even small enough you can take it with you places no problem, definitely easier than taking a whole PC with you somewhere. Also if you want to run larger resolutions than what your laptop supports you can plug in a monitor.
There really isn’t much to not like about the AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box, but unlike some of the other external graphics card enclosures out there it is very small, which makes upgrading sort of hard. You will need to find another mini card that will actually fit inside. Also the small fan on the back of the unit can get loud, especially when you are gaming.
If you love your Ultrabook, but still want to be able to game without having to buy a whole PC the AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box is the perfect solution. Right now you can pick it up at our favorite online retailer for $699. Overall ThinkComputers gives the AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box a 9 out of 10 score.
– Significant increase in performance over integrated graphics
– Connects with one simple connection
– Allows you to game on a thin and light Ultrabook
– Small and compact design
– Hard to really upgrade
– Fans can get loud