This week Asus introduced another product that will be released under their Republic of Gamers product line.
Called the ROG XG Station 2, it is an external GPU enclosure that has been designed to increase the performance of any compatible laptop or 2-in-1 PC, featuring a Thunderbolt 3 connection, it can provide data transfer rates of up to 40 gigabits per seconds, allowing it to provide the needed performance from an external GPU.
On top of that, the ROG XG Station 2 will also act as an external hub, as it features four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, and a USB Type-B port at the back, and on top of that, you get the video output ports from the graphics card that you choose to install on it.
This makes it great for a desk solution as it allows you to get everything plugged in with one Thunderbolt 3 cable.
It will work with any full-length GPU from Nvidia or AMD that measures up to 2.5 slots wide.
It also uses its own internal 80 Plus Gold power supply for up to 500 watts of power for that GPU, and allowing it to charge compatible devices over the Thunderbolt 3 port.
The XG Station 2 will support Asus’ Aura Sync platform, with LED and plasma tube lighting inside that will sync with Asus ROG cards that also support Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync.
However, at the moment, Asus is only stating a few notebooks that the new external GPU is compatible with, which are only their own devices, however, it’s likely that it might also work with other devices.
The current list of devices is:
- Rog Gaming Series
- ROG G701V1
- ROG GL502VM
- ROG GL702VM
- Transformer Book Series
Asus haven’t revealed a price for the ROG XG Station 2 yet, but they did say that it will be released in the beginning of 2017.