Asus ROG has confirmed the specifications and availability of the XG Station 2 external graphics station which will be available to buy early next year.
Specifications include support for both AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards, 680W power supply and a Thunderbolt 3 connection.
Combining portability and virtual reality (VR) compatibility, the external graphics station enables users to install a standard GPU and connect to their laptop, providing enhanced graphics.
Other features include a proprietary connector which Asus promises will boost graphics performance by 15 per cent. There is also support for the Aura Sync platform, and users can customise the RGB lighting effects of the external station and card via a free download.
The vendor said: “There’s a slight overhead due to encoding and decoding when connecting only via Thunderbolt 3, XG Station 2 allows you to connect an additional USB Type-B cable to help compensate and push the performance further.
“The performance can then be pushed up to within 10 per cent of the graphics card’s maximum performance.”
Users can also plug and unplug the external graphics station whilst a laptop is still in use, and there are four USB 3.0 ports as well as a LAN port.
Pricing has not been made available yet.