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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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PCIE - e ( External )
By iwod on 1/7/2007 4:10:00 AM , Rating: 2
Wasn't there a spec for PCI Express External? Which bascially allow the same thing? ( External PCI E Express ). Like External SATA plug.

I wish Dailytech / anandtech could find out more on the subject. As google does not help.

Also wondering if this is OS specific?
Could i plug a External Geforce 8800 GTS with a iMac?

RE: PCIE - e ( External )
By cochy on 1/7/2007 4:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
Could i plug a External Geforce 8800 GTS with a iMac?

Since Nvidia does not have Mac OS drivers, no you can not plug it in and have it work. If 3rd party Mac OS drivers exist then I don't see why not.

RE: PCIE - e ( External )
By kelmon on 1/7/2007 5:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
Could i plug a External Geforce 8800 GTS with a iMac?

While the other respondent correctly notes that drivers would be an issue until Apple officially sanctions the product such that the OS not only recognises the device to receive display information but also how to speak to the specific graphics card installed, I think the main iMac problem is the lack of an ExpressCard slot. As far as I am aware the iMac doesn't have any ports that allows access to the PCI Express bus. I have one of the new MacBook Pro laptops that do have an ExpressCard slot so at least there is hope for me, although I have to confess to being quite happy with the graphics performance of the system anyway.

It's an interesting idea but unless there comes a game that I MUST play (and that's not happened in a long time) and my laptop can't handle it normally then I can't see myself playing around with such a setup.

RE: PCIE - e ( External )
By mlittl3 on 1/7/2007 2:23:22 PM , Rating: 1
Of course it will work on a Mac because you can now install windows on a Mac.

I now have exactly what I'm going to buy in May. A Santa Rosa Centrino Pro based MacBook Pro w/

2.4 GHz 800 MHz FSB Core 2 Duo
2 GB DDR2 667MHz
Chipset with integrated flash memory (Robson Technology)
1x Express Card slot for this ASUS adapter
Dual boot (Boot Camp) WinXP/Mac OS X officially supported in Mac OS 10.5

This is the nicest laptop setup for all purposes I can imagine.

BTW, for all you people complaining about the point of this thing, you can still own a laptop and a high-end gaming rig at home. Just take the video card out of your PC and install it into the ASUS adapter when you want to go LANing at your Buddy's house. No more need to bring your PC.

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