External graphics cards (or eGPUs) are one of the hotter developments in PC gaming this year. Gigabyte is getting in on the game with the Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box, a Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure that puts one of the company's mini GTX 1070s, a 450W power supply, and a Thunderbolt 3 controller into a case that's barely larger than a dual-disk external hard drive enclosure. We've got one of these little powerhouses in the lab now:
At $590, the Gaming Box is actually one of the more affordable ways into external graphics right now. The mini GTX 1070 inside is $420 on its own, so the Gaming Box itself is under $200 extra—not bad when you consider that the most affordable competition starts at about $300 for an empty enclosure. We'll be pairing the Gaming Box with a Thunderbolt 3 gaming notebook for a full range of tests soon. Stay tuned.