Aorus Nvidia-powered external GPU uses water cooling to deliver exceptional performance

The Aorus RTX 2080 Ti delivers great eGPU performance for laptop users.
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An external GPU (eGPU) can turn an average gaming laptop or PC into a powerhouse. It’s a terrific option for anyone that wants to boost the performance of their existing gaming setup without having to mess with any internal components. The latest Aorus RTX 2080 Ti model from Gigabyte uses state of the art water cooling to keep the system running smoothly.

With GPU clock speeds of 1545MHz, the model is in a league of its own. Combined with a proprietary Waterforce cooling system, this eGPU is powerful enough for any task thrown at it. Whether it’s gaming, 3D rendering, or AI processing, this Aorus box can handle it all.

Unlike Any Other

Before diving into the specs of this eGPU, it’s worth noting that no external system will provide the same performance as a GPU installed directly inside a desktop. However, for some people that just isn’t an option. With laptops and ultrabooks becoming more powerful every day, many gamers are turning to a more portable option that lets them take their favorite games on the go. Still, it’s nice to have luxury performance at home.

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That’s where eGPUs come in. The Aorus setup contains what is arguably Nvidia’s most powerful consumer graphics card: the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. While that model is also sold on its own for installation in a desktop, the box that surrounds it heightens its value.

Stealing the spotlight is Aorus’ water cooling system that keeps everything running at a stable temperature. It works in tandem with a 240 mm radiator and two 120 mm fans. Together, that creates an eGPU that runs quieter than most while delivering exceptional graphics performance.

Speaking of, this system boasts a 616 GB/s memory bandwidth courtesy of 11 GB of GDDR6 memory. It supports max digital resolutions of 7680×4320, which is ideal for current and future generations of video work.


Like other eGPUs, the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti syncs up with your machine via a Thunderbolt 3 connection. Though this can cause a bottleneck in some cases, it’s currently the standard across the industry. Other top performers like the Razer Core X use the same connection. Thunderbolt 3 provides a high-speed connection and is available on most gaming and high-end laptops.

As is, this is already an incredible system. However, the features don’t stop there. The Aorus eGPU plays double duty as a USB hub with 3 USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, an Ethernet port, as well as four video output channels. Coupled with spectrum RGB lighting, this box has a premium look to go along with its performance.

Perhaps the only downside is that it is not compatible with Mac laptops. Apple only supports AMD graphics cards with its machines, putting powerhouse performance from Nvidia out of reach. Perhaps one day the company will address that issue. For now, the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti is a perfect plug-and-play solution for PC users hoping to boost their graphics capabilities.

The system is available now and retails for $1,500. Fortunately, the performance is worth every penny, hands down. Sadly, it has been reported that the system is difficult to find in-stores at the moment.