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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1/7/2007 7:25:41 PM
You wont get the clear labels on motherboards. You'll have to read about it in the chipset spec to see which slot has how many x PCIE speeds available. I think they assume most people who build computers should know.
There is one thing that i did forget about is PCIE 2nd Generation. Speed should theoretically double for 2.0.[ie. x16 1.0PCIE = x8 2.0PCIE] An expresscard with this interface could be tolerable.
It explains how 2.0 will be 5GT/s whereas 1.0 is 2.5GT/s.
The Point to point thing is a valid observation but loading the computer with alot of PCIE devices is still troublesome for the controller. Fortunately most devices only need x1 [Gigabit ethernet, tv tuners, maybe soundcards]
If you guys want to test x1 mode all you have to do is tape down the upper 15 lanes of your PCIE card. There are 4 notches per lane. Also do not attempt if you don't know what you are doing. I'm sure reviewers have done this before for x16 and x8 mode.
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