ZOTAC's new Amp Box: external GPU enclosure for 2018

ZOTAC unveils its new external GPU enclosure ahead of CES 2018.

Published Thu, Dec 21 2017 10:29 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

ZOTAC is making moves into the external GPU enclosure business, with the announcement of two new eGPU products: Amp Box, and Amp Box Mini.

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Both of ZOTAC's new external GPU enclosures are smaller than competing external GPU enclosures, making them perfect for their own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini graphics card.

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Starting with the normal Amp Box which measures in at 5.8 x 10.1 x 10.7 inches (15 x 26 x 27 cm), while the smaller Amp Box Mini is 3.9 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches (10 x 18 x 28 cm). Both the normal Amp Box and Amp Box Mini can house dual-slot graphics cards at up to 7.8 inches (20nm) in length.

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ZOTAC notes that the external power supply on the Amp Box Mini can handle up to 150W, while the larger Amp Box supports up to 250W.

The company includes Thunderbolt 3 for 40Gbps of bandwidth, compared to just 10Gbps courtesy of USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity. We can't have a GPU-related product without RGB, right? So, ZOTAC has included their Spectra RGB utility as well as built-in USB 3.1 Gen 1 hub, and Quick Charge 3.0 technology on the front to super-charge your QC3.0-capable smartphone.

ZOTAC hasn't provided any pricing on their new Amp Box or Amp Box Mini just yet, but we're only two weeks away from CES 2018 where I'm sure we'll receive pricing and availability details.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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