The Aorus Gaming Box GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turned Our Tiny Intel NUC into a 4K Powerhouse

In review: Aorus Gaming Box GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Test unit provided by GigabyteIn review: Aorus Gaming Box GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Test unit provided by Gigabyte

The data speaks for itself. Performance is remarkably close to a desktop PC powered by the same GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The gap widens if gaming at 1080p where the higher frame rates are bottlenecked by the narrow PCIe x4 Thunderbolt 3 lanes and weaker Core U-series CPU. Owners are encouraged to game at 4K resolution to get the most out of the Gaming Box.

Performance is extraordinary to the point where it can best even the latest GeForce RTX 2080 or 3080 gaming laptops. However, owners should watch out for some software bugs and coil whine peculiarities along the way.

The portability and small size of the Gaming Box are worth mentioning especially when compared to the larger Razer or Alienware alternatives. However, the price to pay is a GPU that is more difficult to remove or upgrade. The software could also use a facelift as its UI feels like an unfinished product.

We can’t ignore the prominent coil whine or electronic noise from our test unit that new owners should absolutely check for. There is definitely room for improvement in regard to power consumption when the Gaming Box is idling with no PC activity.

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