Asus this week introduced an external desktop GPU that is built for use with laptops, building up what MSI and Alienware have already done in previous years.
Called the Asus ROG XG Station 2, it is a new external graphics solution that has been designed to work specifically with Asus notebooks, stating it as “a custom interface that lets notebooks harness the power of desktop graphics cards to significantly boost gaming performance.”
However, that’s about all we about the device so far, Asus haven’t announced many details, so the rest is pure speculation.
This speculation is that it will take advantage of a full-sized GPU through a custom PCI-express connection, so it’s likely that the XG Station will use this same technology.
However, it could instead use something like a USB-C or Thunderbolt 2.0 port.
As of yet we don’t have any official details or pricing, or availability, but if we hear anything more we will let you know.
Given that the both the Alienware 17 and MSI GS30 were able to leverage the power of a full-sized GPU through a custom PCI-express connection, it’s likely the XG Station utilizes the same sort of technology. Alternatively, a USB C cable with Thunderbolt 3.0 support would be able to push out just as much data.
We’ll have more details on how it works and hopefully get a list of machines that it will work. Asus has yet to announce pricing or availability.