ASUS Unveils External Graphics Card
January 7, 2007 2:12 AM
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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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Buy a real PC and forget the gimmicks
1/7/2007 10:27:17 AM
I mean really, this is just another way to extract money from people who think a laptop is a practical PC. A laptop is a portable solution and a poor one at best compared to a desktop PC. Gaming on a laptop must rank right up there in frustration with trying to get customer service these days.
Asus is notorious for selling gimmicks and poor quality electronics in recent years. External graphics cards make little sense. I'm sure that won't stop people from spending their money however and then they will really be frustrated. If you like it, buy it. Me I'll stick to a desktop PC for everyday use.
RE: Buy a real PC and forget the gimmicks
1/7/2007 1:46:13 PM
OK. I have an e1405. Great laptop. I love it. But for gaming, it sucks.
This item would let me run a desktop GPU, the only real problem with it. I already have an old screen to use it with, along with externel keyboard and mouse.
I can bring the laptop with me to class, and then bring this and the externel setup to LANs. (believe me, Ive been to a couple with the e1405. Gaming is possible at low settings, but even source is a slideshow at minimum settings).
The point isn't that this turns you laptop into a gaming desktop. But it would do a very good job of preventing me from spending $1700 on a new desktop just for gaming like Im doing next week.
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