ASUS was showing off their ROG XG Station 2 external graphics card enclosure at Computex. This enclosure was first shown at CES back in January. It has the same cool ROG alien Mayan-themed design to it. Out of all of the enclosure’s we’ve seen so far this one has to be the best looking. There is a side half-window that will show off your card and some pretty cool lighting as well.
The ROG XG Station 2 works like many of the other external graphics cards enclosures that we’ve seen recently. Install your desktop-grade graphics card, connect it to your laptop, and now your laptop will have the performance of that graphics card. The ROG CG Station 2 uses a Thunderbolt 3 connection so you will only be able to use it with newer laptops. The unit also will give you an extra four USB 3.0 ports (Type-A) and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It is basically is like a home gaming dock for your laptop!
As far as card support inside ASUS says that it will support all recent graphics cards, even the newly announced GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards. There is a 680W power supply inside that will power the unit as well as your graphics card. The unit opens easily from the middle so you can install your card or do any maitaince. We also spotted three cooling fans at the top part of the unit. It is hard to tell, but they look like 40 mm fans.
The ROG XG Station 2 not only gives you the power that you need for some pretty hardcore gaming, but it also makes any laptop (with a Thunderbolt 3 connector) VR-ready! That could be a big selling point and other companies like Razer and PowerColor are banking on that as well as they have already announced their external hard drive enclosures.
No word yet on pricing or availability.
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