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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1/8/2007 3:28:52 AM
at the first glance it's cool, but...
this thing might cost a lot...and i highly DOUBT eg. putting a high-end card in there aka X1950, X8800 etc...people say that cardexpress is pcie 1x / usb2.0...so there will be a bottleneck which makes putting a high-end0card in there sound VERY retarded.
I do see the point in people arguing it's cool...take your laptop to school or the cafe...then come home, plug that stuff in..and game.
BUT....a) this thing does NOT provide portability and more gaming-power, since you do NOT carry around thi thing, brick and a MONITOR :)
b) if it only makes sense to have all those exterenal add-ons AT HOME...then i rather prefer my desktop. There is also so much more which makes laptops USUALLY bad machines for gaming
The much intelligenter solution (my $0.2) is having a kicka$$ desktop, no stupid interface-bootlenecks..and one of the zillion CHEAP notebooks without fancy/schmanzy which you can take to your starbucks or to school. And no halfa$$ solution like a 8800gtx in a otherwise totally insufficient laptop and then additional cabling and stuff.
Nevertheless there might be a market...dont knows.
1/8/2007 2:41:26 PM
that's the problem. it sucks a lot of $$ that a lot of people don't want to pay, and what about the occasional gamer with only a laptop?
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