All major hardware manufacturers attended CES 2017 and Gigabyte was among them as well. During the event the company showcases a bunch of their upcoming products but didn’t give that many details about them, still leaving customers to wonder. What’s interesting is that among the showcased hardware pieces Gigabyte decided to show a new motherboard and graphics processing unit. What CES visitors were able to see is that an unannounced Aorus graphics card was unveiled as a Gigabyte GTX 1080.
Regarding the upcoming graphic card, reports are showing that it comes with dual 8-in PCle power connectors alongside a custom RGB illuminated back plate that’s also accompanied by two SLI fingers. On close inspection it’s easy to see that the Aorus graphics card resemblances the way ASUS’s latest Strix GPU is build. In comparison with the ASUS GPU, the Aorus card ships with a premium look especially since a few minor cosmetic changes have been added to its design. Also worth mentioning is that while there isn’t that much information about the GPU’s features, we do know that it will be SLI compatible.
We can expect the GPU to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2017. In fact, a few months ago the PC community was filled with rumors that were pointing out that an upcoming Aorus GPU is coming their way. In regards to the hardware’s launch date, the best opportunity for the company to launch it is certainly during PAX East 2017 which takes place in March.
It looks like all major hardware companies are following this trend of keeping their mouths shut about upcoming products. This marketing scheme is a bit of a double edged sword because while customers will be enthusiastic to hear that a new product has been launched, there won’t be non pre-existing hype around it. Nonetheless, it’s great seeing that hardware manufacturers are making advancements in terms of technology and we can expect that during 2017 we will be able to get our hands on a bunch of hardware parts. Especially since the tech competition is at its highest level right now with everyone trying to build a new PC for themselves.