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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RE: PCIE - e ( External )
1/7/2007 2:23:22 PM
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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