Asus' New Graphics Amp Could Put Desktops Out of a Job
One big advantage desktops hold over gaming notebooks is the ease with which you can upgrade its parts. But with Asus' ROG XG Station 2, that lead could be a thing of the past.
That's because Asus' second iteration of its stand alone graphics amp has the potential to support any system with a Thunderbolt 3 port. So no matter if pint-sized 2-in-1 or a giant 18-inch desk anchor, almost any system has the ability top-notch gaming machine.
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Furthermore, if your system features a beefy Intel Core i7-CPU, by hooking up the XG Station 2: you can transform your PC into a VR-ready machine.
However, there are a couple caveats to consider. While the XG Station 2 features a pretty reasonable price of just $300, that number doesn't include the price of the GPU you're going to need to power your games. That means you're still going to need an additional $600 or so in order to get a card like the Strix Nvidia GTX 1080 like the one that was in Asus demo unit.
While the main requirement for the XG Station 2 to work is a Thunderbolt 3 port, each PC maker will need to work with Asus on some software to ensure full compatibility.
Even so, Asus' XG Station 2 looks to be a lot more adaptable than something like Alienware's graphics amp, which requires a proprietary cable and connector in order to send data from the amp to your PC.
Your move, Alienware.