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The ASUS XG Station is connected via a dongle to the notebook ExpressCard interface
ASUS introduces the world's first external graphics card for notebook users

ASUS today introduced a dedicated external graphics card for laptops -- the XG Station. The XG Station is an external graphics card that allows laptop users to enjoy high end graphics performance while plugged in. As the XG Station is an external graphics it can be unplugged when portability is needed.

The XG Station connects to any notebook’s ExpressCard slot and provides a PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards. Since ASUS has opted to equip the XG Station with a standard PCI Express x16 slot, the station can be equipped with any PCI Express based graphics card: AMD, NVIDIA or even Matrox. ASUS launched the default XG Station with an NVIDIA 7900GS powered graphics card.

The XG Station is powered externally.  A separate power brick plugs directly into the adaptor.

An integrated LCD display and control also grace the XG Station. The display is customizable and can display information such as frame rate, fan speed, GPU temperature and more while the control knob can change various settings of the XG Station such as the core and memory clocks.

Expect ASUS to release the XG Station in Q2'07 this year. Pricing of the XG Station is unknown at the moment.

The XG Station adaptor only interfaces with ExpressCard interfaces at the moment, but will work with with PCIe ExpressCard interfaces installed in a desktop PC.

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ah if this works out..
By crazydrummer4562 on 1/7/2007 3:53:55 AM , Rating: 2
things will be good. No more extreme PSU/cooling woes, no more having to purchase nice cards separately for my desktop and laptop.

RE: ah if this works out..
By qwerty1 on 1/7/2007 4:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
Though there will be less heat in the computer, don't expect the external unit to be cool and quiet just yet. There is most likely a fan attached to the external unit somewhere and the stock fan is going to be loud... Fresh air circulation will also be something needing to be tackled as there is no more case fans to supply them. I've been looking forward to modular systems for a long time, and this seems like a good 1st step.

RE: ah if this works out..
By kdog03 on 1/7/2007 5:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yea no kidding, I would love to be able to use this for my AGP setup-then i wouldnt need to upgrade evything jsut to get PCI vid cards...

RE: ah if this works out..
By phusg on 1/7/2007 6:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
Or buy an X1950 Pro AGP card. It's the fastest AGP card ever and has just become available.

RE: ah if this works out..
By Targon on 1/7/2007 10:01:50 AM , Rating: 2
The problem many of us have is that if we spend money on an AGP video card, that is money wasted if our long-term goal is to gradually upgrade our entire system. I'd love to start with a $400 PCI Express video card(which would make me happy in the short term), and then in another few months upgrade the motherboard, CPU, and Memory which together might cost only $500 or so.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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