Alongside ASUS’s announcement of its newest ROG Stream X13 13-inch gaming pocket book, it has additionally unveiled an fascinating new exterior graphics dock to go along with that pocket book. Dubbed the ROG XG Cell GV301, the exterior graphics dock is designed to enhance the ROG Stream X13’s capabilities, turning it into a strong and light-weight transportable gaming rig. And although graphics docks themselves are nothing new, this one stands out as a consequence of its portability, with the dock being comparable in measurement to a second laptop computer.
From a high-level perspective, the graphics dock lives as much as its identify. At its coronary heart, in fact, is a high-performance GPU, with ASUS tapping NVIDIA’s new laptop-grade RTX 3070 and 3080 adapters, each of which might be a big step up from the Stream X13’s built-in GeForce GTX 1650 graphics adapter. Together with this, the dock can energy the Stream X13 – because of its built-in 280W energy provide – and provides a number of ports together with HDMI and DisplayPort, a Gig Ethernet jack, four USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and an built-in SD card reader.
Notably, like some previous efforts to offer graphics docks for skinny & mild laptops, ASUS goes with a proprietary connection right here slightly than counting on Thunderbolt. The unnamed connector is break up intwo two segments, with one carrying PCIe 3.zero x8 information whereas the opposite section is a USB-C connector for carrying energy and USB information. This considerably limits the compatibility of the dock, but it surely does present twice as a lot PCIe bandwidth as Thunderbolt Three or four in any other case would.
As beforehand talked about, one in every of ASUS’s design objectives for the ROG XG Cell is portability, in order that it may be carried round with the Stream X13 slightly than serving as a comparatively static dock at house. To that finish the dock is 29.6mm thick, with a 208mm x 155mm footprint, making it comparable in measurement to a second laptop computer. It additionally weighs comparable (if a bit denser) at a flat 1kg (2.2lbs). Fittingly, ASUS is supplying a sleeve with the Stream X13 to hold each the laptop computer and XG Cell, simplifying this course of some.
The ROG XG Cell is due this quarter, with pricing to be introduced.
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