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 10:42:30 PM
Still though, I'd have to imagine this will be worthless for anything beyond a low end card. If you can get anywhere near current performance on this, then PCI cards didn't need to die so long ago. Heck, we could have had PCMIA graphics cards.
Also, Wikipedia seems to indicate that ExpressCard has the same bandwidth as Pci Express 2x and not 1x.
And what laptop is that in the original picture. Looks like a Mac.
Additionally, this thing brings up a point...why don't laptop makers just make gaming associated docking stations? Make them at a reasonable price point and you'd probably sell a bunch, and include a pci-e slot on them or two, it wouldn't even have to be full pci-e bandwidth to be worthwhile. IMO, adding keyboards, mice, and monitors onto a laptop doesn't defeat the portability aspect, but having tons of numerous connections to undo everytime you want to move it would. It would be much easier just to have a single docking station that your laptop can slide out of when you need to move it.
And one last thing...where can I get that trident xp4 graphics card that was mentioned? Was it ever produced? Cause it looks like it'd be faster than an Intel GMA 900, not to mention that the DVI support is nice.
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