Alongside ASUS’s announcement of its newest ROG Circulate 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 Circulate X13’s capabilities, turning it into a robust 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 related in dimension 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 will likely be a major step up from the Circulate X13’s built-in GeForce GTX 1650 graphics adapter. Together with this, the dock can energy the Circulate 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 supply graphics docks for skinny & gentle laptops, ASUS goes with a proprietary connection right here slightly than counting on Thunderbolt. The unnamed connector is cut up intwo two segments, with one carrying PCIe 3.0 x8 knowledge whereas the opposite section 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 in all ASUS’s design objectives for the ROG XG Cell is portability, in order that it may be carried round with the Circulate X13 slightly 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 dimension 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 Circulate X13 to hold each the laptop computer and XG Cell, simplifying this course of some.
The thermal answer on the ASUS ROG XG Cell
The ROG XG Cell is due this quarter, with pricing to be introduced.
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