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Gigabyte shows external GPU solution with Thunderbolt 3


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Marcel Niederste-Berg

gigabyteExternal graphics amplifiers are becoming more and more important. Before this year's Computex officially kicked off, ASUS presents an external graphics solution. Gigabyte has followed suit and shown its GP-T3GFx graphics solution. While the case itself was produced by Silverstone, a Gigabyte graphics card with a Wind Force cooler is found inside of the impressive exterior. A mesh grill is on the side, in order to supply enough fresh air to keep the graphics card cool.

The Gigabyte GP-T3GFx graphics solution in the overview.

In order to give the graphics card air to breath, the power supply was mounted on the other side of the case. The power cables are located below, while the graphics card and power supply are mounted and connected above them. Here, the power cable and the DVI cable are guided outside. Graphics are transmitted over Thunderbolt 3, with 40 Gbit/s. Thunderbolt 3 has become a major topic for the Taiwanese company.

Gigabyte focusing on Thunderbolt 3

As of yet, Thunderbolt 3 has not yet garnered all the attention one had hoped for. Gigabyte has its own thoughts on the standard and presented interesting products. A very good example is the new GP TBT3 box that acts as a docking station and offers numerous ports. One side offers ten USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, (9x Type-A and 1 Type-C), one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A and Type-C port, a Gigabit LAN port, a (micro)SD card reader, as well as 3.5 mm line-in and line-out audio jacks. On the back one can find a Gigabit LAN port, a PS/2 port, a DisplayPort and HDMI graphics port. Two M.2 interfaces are also offered inside the unit.

Gigabyte's GP-TBT3 docking box.

A smaller box is Gigabyte's GP-T3X550-AT2, which comes with a 10 Gbit/s network card installed with two RJ-45 connectors. An Intel X550-AT2 is used as a controller. As a USB 3.1 Gen2 hub Gigabyte showed the GP T3U3.1x8, which offers a total of eight very fast USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, four Type-A and four Type-C.