Alongside ASUS’s announcement of its newest ROG Stream X13 13-inch gaming pocket book, it has additionally unveiled an attention-grabbing new exterior graphics dock to go along with that pocket book. Dubbed the ROG XG Cellular GV301, the exterior graphics dock is designed to enhance the ROG Stream X13’s capabilities, turning it into a strong and light-weight moveable gaming rig. And although graphics docks themselves are nothing new, this one stands out because of its portability, with the dock being related in measurement to a second laptop computer.
From a high-level perspective, the graphics dock lives as much as its title. At its coronary heart, after all, is a high-performance GPU, with ASUS tapping NVIDIA’s new laptop-grade RTX 3070 and 3080 adapters, each of which shall be a major 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 affords a number of ports together with HDMI and DisplayPort, a Gig Ethernet jack, 4 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 somewhat than counting on Thunderbolt. The unnamed connector is break up intwo two segments, with one carrying PCIe 3.0 x8 knowledge whereas the opposite phase is a USB-C connector for carrying energy and USB knowledge. This considerably limits the compatibility of the dock, nevertheless it does present twice as a lot PCIe bandwidth as Thunderbolt 3 or 4 in any other case would.
As beforehand talked about, one among ASUS’s design objectives for the ROG XG Cellular is portability, in order that it may be carried round with the Stream X13 somewhat than serving as a comparatively static dock at dwelling. 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 related (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 Cellular, simplifying this course of some.
The thermal resolution on the ASUS ROG XG Cellular
The ROG XG Cellular is due this quarter, with pricing to be introduced.
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