More ASUS XG Station Details Unveiled

At CES 2007, ASUS revealed an external graphic card "enclosure" aimed at OEMs - dubbed the XG Station. ASUS plans to bundle the XG Station with ASUS PCIe graphics cards: pricing will therefore vary depending on the bundled graphics card. The device, slated for release next month, takes advantage of a notebook's ExpressCard slot to provide a PCIe x16 slot for additional graphical processing capabilities. As well, there is a single headphone output jack on the XG Station, but no 5.1 output support. However, the XG Station supports Dolby Headphone technology for simulated six-channel surround sound audio. A control knob allows users easy overclocking controls too, limited to the GPU core clock.

The XG Station includes a large LED display to monitor vital system 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
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News source: DailyTech

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is it still going to use a 7900gs (as the 7900's are being phased out now).
Also, as I posted in back page news, this now has a competitor from ATI. And the ATI one uses PCI-e cabling, so will not be bottlenecked (the ASUS XG station will, as it uses expresscard, so can only use PCI-e x1).

WelshBluebird said,
is it still going to use a 7900gs (as the 7900's are being phased out now).
Also, as I posted in back page news, this now has a competitor from ATI. And the ATI one uses PCI-e cabling, so will not be bottlenecked (the ASUS XG station will, as it uses expresscard, so can only use PCI-e x1).

It's for notebooks... not many have a spare x16 slot soemwhere available on them for a cable to be plugged in to it...

Emmy said,

It's for notebooks... not many have a spare x16 slot soemwhere available on them for a cable to be plugged in to it...

Last month, the PCI SIG approved a type of PCI-e cabling, allowing PCI-e devices (up to PCI-E x16) to be connected via cable.
It is very likely that future laptops will have a port to connect external PCI-e cards to.

surely they could put a coaxial optical connector on it, or even 2 hdmi out's. this way laptop ppl could have 5.1 sound which i THINK isnt possible at the moment.

Croquant said,
This is kind of a silly idea. You're actually better off with a good on-board graphics solution because at least then your GPU can be connected to the main data bus by more than a 1x PCIe lane. Just because most laptops come with a crappy Intel GPU is no reason to try and cram a 7900 card down a 1x lane.

Oh, and by the way:
There's no such thing as "pci-e"
The proper nomenclature is "PCIe."

Deal with it, OK? :ermm:

PCI-E is an acceptable acronym (note: nomenclature is not the correct use there, as it is in fact an acronym not an official naming, the nomenclature would be PCI Express -- even then I'm not sure if it's correct as the term refers to the system of names used in a particular field... unless you're talking about the literal french translational which simply means 'name to call'?) as it does not conflict with any else. It shouldn't be confused for PCI-X, though.

Too bad it is only for ExpressCard slots not firewire/usb. But this is good for those who want a portable laptop on the go and a bit of juice when at home

Wonder if someone would be able to answer a question,

I have a Dell i9300 with a 6800Ultra, I can't seem to find a 7800GTX to upgrade to (though I know you can) and the laptop only has a PC Card slot. Is it possible to upgrade to a PCIe Slot?

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