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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Whatever happened to...
1/8/2007 3:14:33 AM
MXM or Mobile PCI Express Module which is supposed to allow GPU upgrades? This sounds much more portable than say external cards.
Then again MXM would mean longer wait time for GPU releases to slim them down and make more efficient cards.
RE: Whatever happened to...
1/8/2007 8:26:21 AM
i'm afraid the money hungry prefab businesses have too much pull to allow that to ever happen, most unfortunantly. I still think this is a promising idea. The only thing i can't upgrade on my laptop (TM8200) will be the gpu, and this will allow me to breathe new life back into it in six months or so, should i decide not to build another desktop.
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