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

ZOTAC unveils its new external GPU enclosure ahead of CES 2018

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 21, 2017 @ 22:29 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.

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