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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Great idea, poor implementation (need for external LCD)
1/9/2007 9:14:18 PM
I'd buy this in a heartbeat if it worked through the laptop onto the screen. Anyone that sees this as useful, isn't the type of user to buy this anyway. This is needed, it's just needed minus the need for an external LCD. Why get this when you can just build a SFF+LCD, and use the laptop elsewhere? It's useless.
The main reason why I think they haven't implemented this to display on the notebooks screen is because there isn't a way to bypass the inverter card. Until that can be done, this is basically a non entity. Just by a desktop and be done with it.
It really makes me sad that this *doesn't* use the laptop's LCD.
Why hasn't someone made a 20 inch screen you can hold in your lap (like a foldup LCD shell w/keyboard like those rackmount 1Us, only lighter, obviously), and leave the tower, SFF or whatever elsewhere? Then you could flop out on the couch with the screen in your lap, chill with the headphones, and game or watch movies.
Now THAT would be innovation. This is useless.
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