Today ASUS announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) XG Station 2 external graphics enclosure. Which is the successor to the pioneering XG Station by the company, which launched way back in 2007.
The ROG XG Station 2 has the connectivity to drive high-end graphics cards and expand the connectivity of your machine. The enclosure box 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, which means it can power any GPU currently on the market. The power supply can also provide up to 100W of power to recharge your notebook. The internal power supply meets 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating.
The ROG XG Station 2 connects with notebook or desktop using Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps). The Thunderbolt 3 also provide bandwidth to drive and a Gigabit Ethernet controller, also a 4-port USB 3.0 hub. You can supplement the primary Thunderbolt connection’s bandwidth with an additional USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) connection to your host machine. This isn’t necessary, but ASUS claims it will improve performance. The top of the enclosure opens up and feature three 70mm fans for actively ventilate of hot air. The ROG XG Station 2 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.