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    Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    It's been hauling this eGPU chassis around tech trade shows for nearly a year.
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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    All I'd like is a basic darn box to place a gpu. It doesn't have to be fancy, cost the earth, or do strange things.

    STOP making things, that should be simple, far more complicated in an effort to justify raising the price to stupid levels.

    A gpu 'caddy', which is all it pretty much is, should be no more than £199. You then have to buy the darn card so we're then heading towards £450 which is getting a bit silly really (As you also have to buy the machine to plug this into).

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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur1814 View Post
    All I'd like is a basic darn box to place a gpu. It doesn't have to be fancy, cost the earth, or do strange things.

    STOP making things, that should be simple, far more complicated in an effort to justify raising the price to stupid levels.

    A gpu 'caddy', which is all it pretty much is, should be no more than £199. You then have to buy the darn card so we're then heading towards £450 which is getting a bit silly really (As you also have to buy the machine to plug this into).
    You make a good point, but don't forget about powering it! The PSU is still a fairly necessary part.

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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur1814 View Post
    A gpu 'caddy', which is all it pretty much is, should be no more than £199.
    To be honest I feel they should be less than that, all it is is an adapter card, a psu and a case... Personally I think they shouldn't be more than about £100 but sadly the only ones I'm finding now are nearly £300... which is ludicrous.

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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    Even if it was a reasonable price I wouldn't buy it on the count of the aesthetic. It comes across as desperate for attention; "look at me, look at me, I'm legit gaming hardware!".

    Just look at the Transformer Book Pro that's sat next to the box-of-ugly in the upper most image, it's neat, it looks nice, but pertinently doesn't have bits of red-backlit plastic hanging off it at strange angles; "Unlike me, this tablet is obviously useless for gaming, it doesn't even have go-faster bits of plastic"

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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    Let's be painfully honest here - you could build a PC base that's about that size, and with careful component choices is about the same price. That'd have the benefit of not losing 10% of your GPU's performance for no good reason, and you'd have the choice of playing on your large screen connected to the gaming PC, or use a streaming service and play on your laptop without having to be tethered to the base station.

    The thing is, the port replicator dock I use at work costs around £150 and it literally just routes some monitor and USB outputs from the laptop. ASUS' external graphics box does almost exactly the same, but also adds PCIe expansion. So it's not a graphics expansion, it's a power dock. Stick a proper docking connector on the laptop rather than messing around with two cables, and it starts looking like a good solution. Currently it just looks like a kludge

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    Re: Asus ROG announces XG Station 2 final spec and availability

    No SLI then ? - kidding !

    But with a 1080 in it, it can give marginally better scores than a desktop with a lower tier card ?

    Not my idea of a great step forward then.

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