Asus have this week unveiled their new external graphics enclosure in the form of the ASUS ROG XG Station 2 which has been designed to add extra graphics processing power to your notebook or desktop system thanks to a Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) connection.
The Thunderbolt 3 is not only used to supply the bandwidth required for the graphics cards but also a gigabit Ethernet controller, and a 4 x USB 3.0 hub offering a range of different functions above and beyond just an external graphics card.
It’s also possible to enhance the Thunderbolt connection further by using an additional USB 3.0 or 5 Gbps connection to your host machine, which Asus says will improve performance further.
The Tech Power Up website Explained a little more about the design and functionality of the ROG XG Station 2 external graphics enclosure :
A successor to the pioneering XG Station by the company, which launched way back in 2007, this box has the connectivity to drive high-end graphics cards, and expand connectivity of your machine. The enclosure features a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and two 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, with which it can supply the card with up to 500W of power. Its power supply can further provide up to 100W of power to recharge your notebook.
The internal power supply meets 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. The walls of the enclosure are perforated, but a trio of 70 mm fans actively ventilate it. The enclosure also features RGB LED lighting, which can be managed using ASUS Aura software. ASUS plans to sell the ROG XG Station 2 from Q1-2017.
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