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 8:37:51 PM
Regardless of whether it needs external monitor, the idea is long overdue. I use both desktop and laptop computers and would just use one if it had adequate graphic card and sound to go with fast cpu and lots of RAM. I use docking station for laptops and external monitor. I have long wondered why Creative or another didn't come out with external sound card AND graphic card for us mobile users [as well as better drivers and less bloatware] as a gamer's docking station. I don't know that this is the right graphics solution or whether a different bus needs to be provided for external access -- someone once was calling for external SATA2 or such to meet similar demands for faster hard drive capabilities for laptop docking. It would allow very portable laptops with fast cpu and lots of RAM but externalize some of the heat generating tech we need for gaming. This seems at least a step in the right direction. My wistful $.02
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