Asus unwraps external graphics card

Taiwan-based Asus has just introduced the world’s first external graphics card for notebooks.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 8, 2007

Taiwan-based Asus has just introduced the world’s first external graphics card for notebooks. The firm claims that its newest product, known as the XG Station, will enable laptop users to enjoy high-resolution gaming without investing in a dedicated desktop PC. The XG Station can be connected to any notebook’s ExpressCard slot and offers a PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards. The device is powered via an external power brick and Asus claims that this design allows any PCI-E graphics card to work with its latest solution. The firm also says that the XG Station can be connected and disconnected with minimal effort, making it possible for notebook users to disconnect it when graphics power isn’t as important as portability. The product features an integrated LCD screen and a control knob. The LCD can be set-up to display game frame rates, fan speed, GPU temperature and more whilst the control knob can be used to manipulate GPU core and memory clock speeds. Pricing has not yet been announced though Asus plans to begin selling the XG Station in the second quarter of this year.

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