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ASUS expects to launch its XG Station next month to OEM and channel partners -- no retail availability expected

Notebook users rejoice: ASUS is set to produce its XG Station external graphics card for notebooks. ASUS previously pulled the wraps off the XG Station at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. The XG Station will not have retail availability, however, ASUS plans to ship the XG Station to OEMs and channel partners.

ASUS will not sell the XG Station as a barebones external graphics card enclosure. Instead, ASUS will bundle the XG Station with ASUS PCIe graphics cards. Pricing on XG Stations will vary depending on the bundled graphics card.

ASUS’ XG Station takes advantage of a notebook’s ExpressCard slot to provide a PCIe x16 slot for additional graphical processing capabilities. ASUS demonstrated the XG Station with an EN7900GS graphics card at CES 2007.

In addition to the enhanced video capabilities, the XG Station features audio output capabilities. There is a single headphone output jack on the XG Station – sorry folks, there is no 5.1 output support. However, the XG Station supports Dolby Headphone technology for simulated six-channel surround sound audio.

Audio and video capabilities aside, ASUS equips the XG Station with a large LED display to monitor vital system information. The LED display shows the following information:
  • System master volume
  • GPU clock speed
  • Current GPU temperature
  • Dolby® Headphone feature status
  • Current actual Frames Per Second (FPS) information
  • GPU fan speed Indicator
A control knob allows users easy overclocking controls too. Overclocking functionality of the control knob is limited to GPU core clock though.

Expect the ASUS to release the XG Station to eligible customers next month. Pricing information on XG Station-based graphics cards is unknown now. Expect XG Station bundles to cost slightly more than an ASUS graphics card itself.

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what about display?
By hardwareking on 3/5/2007 5:12:45 AM , Rating: 2
Any idea if the laptop's lcd screen can be used to display the video output,instead of an external lcd screen.
If u can that makes a sweet deal(although u lose some performance from the GPU)

So i could get myself a ASUS geforce 8800 GTX or R600 and use it with my fully loaded laptop(without GPU) and wouldn't need to compromise on battery life

RE: what about display?
By erwos on 3/5/2007 8:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, won't work. The video card in the XG Station doesn't have an output path to the laptop's LCD. You'll need to use a separate display.

However, you should still be able to use your laptop's video card at the same time, so you'll still be able to use the display - just not for gaming.

RE: what about display?
By Hyperlite on 3/5/2007 5:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
and it appears that the 7900GS is the largest and fastest card it will accommodate, so no 8800's.

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