ASUS has announced that it is planning a dedicated external graphics card system designed for notebook users, named the XG Station
, which should allow users to experience high end graphics power to match desktops. The dock connects to the ExpressCard interface using an adaptor, meaning it can be easily unplugged from the system if it needs to be moved. ASUS has revealed it will work with any notebook featuring the ExpressCard system, which provides an equivalent to the PCI Express X16 slots desktops use. The XG Station itself features a PCI Express slot and is capable of running AMD (ATI), NVIDIA and Matrox graphics cards.
The unit itself is powered by an external power brick and features a customisable LCD display, which can display information including frame rate, fan speed and GPU temperature. A control knob on the front is used to control various settings including core and memory clocks, so it will potentially be able to overclock or underclock your graphics card. ASUS is expected to release this in the second quarter of 2007, although pricing is still unknown.