Two other prominent manufacturers join the race whose ultimate goal is to enable us to turn any computer into a machine with great graphics performance
We continue to follow with interest the emerging market of packaging Thunderbolt External xnumx for vista graphic cards, Which has already proved to us that this is the first time ever a real and effective solution to add significant processing power to an existing system, which requires only a single connection to operate.
The business is still too expensive for most average consumers, but our main hope is that the entry of more and more competitors into the market will spur significant price cuts, which will bring the good news to the mainstream audience, not just to devout gaming enthusiasts and those looking to create a stationary workstation based on a portable system. Not sure this is what will spur the revolution, but these days we are getting a pair of new products joining this race: the ROG XG Station 2 of Asus, And the Extrenal Graphics Dock, just like that, of Zotac.
The new, old chassis from Asus is certainly the more mature of the two, and it is specifically designed for gaming with aggressive branding and design (and probably a high price accordingly, although it has not yet been officially disclosed). The manufacturer has introduced the package in the past when it comes with a dedicated external PCI-Express connection, but it seems that the final model of the XG Station 2 this concept has been abandoned and the USB Type-C connection supports theThunderbolt 3 has become the chosen favorite, in what is a happy line alignment for us with the other models already sold in stores.
The XG Station 2 includes a built-in power supply of 600 watts, of which up to 500 watts can be allocated to the video card (ie support for any modern graphics card, with many more redundancies) and an additional 100 watts will be allocated to support charging the laptop to The case will be connected, based on the same cable. The external station will also offer four USB 3.0 Type-A connections to expand the capabilities of the connected computer, a Gigabit Ethernet wired connection - and another USB 3.0 Type B connection, which is a rather unique addition that is designed to atone for the coding methods built into the bandwidth standard.Thunderbolt 3, for an effective bandwidth of 40 gigabits per second in full, and not one drop less than that.
On the other hand, it has the outer case of the Zotac company, whose generic name may indicate that it is not as ripe for launch as the Asus station - you will find a rounded silver design that looks like something you would expect from an oversized external storage drive, along with a built-in 400 watt power supply It also charges the laptop connected to the system in addition to feeding the graphics card that will be assembled inside, four USB 3.0 Type-A connections, a USB Type-C connection that supports Thunderbolt which is intended for the external system connection of course, and support for video cards from both AMD and home NVIDIA, Up to 33 in length and up to 2.5 in standard slots.
Zotac states that their external graphics processing unit can support any computing product that includes its own Thunderbolt 3 connection, and although the situation is probably not that simple without proper firmware support on the same side - the company's willingness to offer as wide technology support as possible It is encouraging, compared to the products of Asus andRazer For example, who declare in advance the official support only for specific computing products, where any other device whose model name is not specified may or may not operate without any certainty or responsibility on the part of the manufacturer.
Even in the case of Zotac, we still do not know what the price of the external case will be, but we hope there will be a model that will compete with products such as the Powercolor's Devil Box and the AKiTiO Node at the bottom of the price spectrum. Who knows, with some luck we might get a surprise and get a package Thunderbolt First one that is priced at less than $ 3 - we will continue to follow and update you.