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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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RE: PCIE - e ( External )
By kelmon on 1/7/2007 5:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


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