Asus ROG XG Station 2 Thunderbolt 3 Laptop External Graphics Dock

Asus ROG XG Station 2 External graphics dock, Thunderbolt 3, With 600w 80 Plus Gold PSU, GbE, USB 3.0, ROG Aura Support

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Product Overview Ultimate Graphics Power, Unleashed.
In 2007, ASUS introduced XG Station, an external graphics solution that let laptops achieve cutting-edge gaming performance by tapping into potent desktop graphics cards. Continuing this trend of innovation, the all-new ROG XG Station 2 is a plug-and-play external graphics card dock that turns a Thunderbolt™ 3-enabled notebook or 2-in-1 PC into a VR-ready gaming powerhouse.

Enjoy VR Gaming and Portability
Inserting a graphics card into ROG XG Station 2 is easy, and you can quickly connect to your Thunderbolt™ 3-enabled notebook or 2-in-1 PC* to create a powerful, VR-ready gaming machine. Experience an incredible new level of gaming performance without sacrificing your notebook's portability.

Upgraded Gaming Performance
With ROG XG Station 2, you can enjoy upgraded gaming performance that's even better than dedicated gaming laptops and many desktop PCs.

The Speed You Need
Thunderbolt™ 3 transfers data up to 8X faster than USB 3.0 and offers 4X the video bandwidth of HDMI 1.4. It also supplies power to your devices, so you can enjoy desktop-grade performance with demanding tasks like gaming and 4K video editing. Learn more about Thunderbolt™ 3 here.

Present Perfect. Future Ready.
Easily upgrade to the best gaming performance with current and upcoming NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 9/10 series and AMD Radeon™ R9/RX series graphics cards. ROG XG Station 2 supports full-length desktop graphics cards* with coolers up to 2.5 slots wide, letting you choose from a broad range of options to suit your needs.

Plug and Play
ROG XG Station 2 can be connected or disconnected from your notebook or 2-in-1 PC without restarting. It provides 4 USB 3.0 ports and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port for simultaneous keyboard, mouse, VR headset, monitor, and internet connectivity. When connected with both a Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB Type-B cable, ROG XG Station 2 uses an additional USB signal channel to deliver 2X faster random read speeds and 1.8X faster write speeds than with a Thunderbolt™ 3 connection alone. (Benchmarked with the CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 4KB Q32T1 test.)

Powerful Yet Efficient
The internal power supply provides up to 500W to a high-performance graphics card and up to 100W to your notebook or 2-in-1 PC via Thunderbolt™ 3, eliminating the need for a separate power cable to help keep your system tidy. With 80 Plus Gold certification, ROG XG Station 2's power supply is up to 90% energy efficient, reducing electricity use and operating costs.

Outshine The Competition
Express your own unique style with the millions of colors and 5 different effects offered by ASUS Aura RGB lighting. When paired with an Aura-enabled ROG Strix gaming graphics card, ASUS Aura Sync technology perfectly synchronizes lighting for a system that really shines.

Glowing with Power
Check out the all-new Plasma Tube adorning the front of ROG XG Station 2. Its ROG-inspired glow crackles with electricity, providing a stylish hint at the formidable gaming horsepower within. Features ROG XG Station 2 Thunderbolt™ 3 external graphics dock for upgraded gaming performance
• Enjoy VR gaming without sacrificing notebook's portability.
• Upgraded gaming performance that's even better than dedicated gaming laptops and many desktop PCs.
• Thunderbolt™ 3 for 8X faster data transfer and 4X the video bandwidth while also supplying power.
• Supports the latest GeForce® and Radeon™ graphics cards.
• Plug and play with expanded connectivity.
• 600W 80 Plus Gold certified power supply for up to 90% energy efficiency.
• ASUS Aura Sync with all-new plasma tube to press your energized gaming style.
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Details
Duration:
36 months
Type:
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DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
36 months
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Reviews
Asus ROG XG Station 2 External graphics dock, Thunderbolt 3, With 600w 80 Plus Gold PSU, GbE, USB 3.0, ROG Aura Support is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what it says on the tin. Couple of minor gripes though. Bought this to boost the gaming performance of my Skull Canyon NUC. Paired it with an RX480 GPU. Pros: * Very easy to set up. Plug it in, authorise it via the Thunderbolt software and install the drivers just as you would with any other graphics card. Simple. * Even only using a 20gbps Thunderbolt cable, performance with the RX480 is about on par with what I'd expect from a traditional setup. If you were to benchmark it with synthetics against an equivalent desktop machine, you'd probably see a bit of a performance hit, but it's not enough for me to notice during gameplay so I'm happy enough. Knocks the socks off the IGPU on the NUC in any case. * The design may be a bit Marmite, but personally I quite like it. It fits in well on my desk, and there's plenty of RGB lighting too if that's your thing. * The extra connectivity on the rear panel is a nice touch. I haven't tested the Gigabit LAN port, but the additional USB ports are very useful. Cons: * For some reason, the power button is inside the chassis. That means you have to open it up every time you want to turn it on or off. Not sure why this couldn't be done via firmware whenever the host PC is powered up/down... * The included cables are ridiculously short. I had to buy longer USB-B and Thunderbolt 3 cables, which means I'm running at a reduced bandwidth of 20gbps instead of 40gbps. This doesn't seem to have much of an effect on performance, thankfully. * It can get quite loud under full load, and even at idle there's a noticeable hum (although to be fair I do have it sitting directly in front of me on my desk, YMMV if you place it somewhere else). * For what it is, it's a bit expensive. This is to be expected for a niche product, though. As competing TB3 docks start to appear, the price might come down a bit.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive, but does it's job well. Check Compatability. The ROG Station has performed brilliantly so far. I've done no benchmarking, but I bought it (along with a GTX1060) in order to power a VR setup, and it hasn't let me down yet. Couple of gripes though. 1: I couldn't get it to work with my ASUS UX501V Zenbook. Despite spending an evening messing with drivers and upgrading my Thunderbolt firmware, I couldn't get them to talk. I should have checked compatibility properly first but I foolishly assumed it would be okay as the Zenbook is listed on the ROG site, but the specific model list is 'to be updated'. For different reasons ended up buying a new PC, and went with an Intel NUC, which I knew was compatible. 2: I don't know if I'm missing something, as this seems like a ridiculous problem which I haven't seen anybody else mention, but the start button for the unit is INSIDE the case! Meaning that in order to switch the station on you have to open it up and reach inside to the power button which is mounted on the main board!! - every time! it's very inconvenient, and I can't fathom the reason for this design decision. I was hoping it may have some sort of auto-wake feature when connected to the PC, but unless i'm missing some software (which isn't impossible) it has to be started manually. All in all, very expensive (although there seems to be very little choice in alternatives). But does what it is supposed to very well, and provides lots of extra connectivity (like a docking station) The launch switch issue is very strange and you need to make sure it's compatible with your pc.
Date published: 2017-03-19
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Questions & Answers

Is this compatible with the Asus ROG GL702VT Laptop?

I know my laptop has thunberbolt 3, but was wondering if it's compatible - The Asus website seems to suggest it isn't as they only list 3 compatible laptops from their ROG series ROG G701VI ROG GL502VM ROG GL702VM Are these really the only laptops within the ROG serious it's compatible with?
Asked by: crazymoose
Actually, these things will work with most thunderbolt3 laptops and Nucs, however, the software isn't always easy to install, and the support for things like connecting and disconnecting isn't always seamless. For example if you disconnect the GPU through the nvidia application, it actually disables the card in the device manager, and you can only re-enable it via the device manager, because the Nvidia software won't load because there is no GPU! When it does work, it works quite nicely, but I'd just go for something different, like the Akitio Node, or any other eGPU thing which puts the on off button on the outside...
Answered by: NikD
Date published: 2017-06-03
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Asus ROG XG Station 2 Thunderbolt 3 Laptop External Graphics Dock
Asus ROG XG Station 2 Thunderbolt 3 Laptop External Graphics Dock