In addition to ASUS ‘announcement of the latest ROG Flow X13 13-inch gamebook, it has also unveiled an interesting new external graphics dock that fits the laptop. Called the ROG XG Mobile GV301, the external graphics dock is designed to expand the capabilities of the ROG Flow X13, making it a powerful and easily portable gaming rig. And although the graphics dock itself is nothing new, it stands out because of its portability, with the dock being similar to another laptop.
From a high level perspective, the graphics dock lives up to its name. At the heart, of course, is a high-performance GPU, with ASUS draining NVIDIA’s new portable RTX 3070 and 3080 adapters, both of which will be a significant step up from Flow X1
In particular, like some previous efforts to offer graphics docks for thin and light laptops, ASUS goes with a proprietary connection here instead of relying on Thunderbolt. The named connector is divided into two segments, with one carrying PCIe 3.0 x8 data, while the other is a USB-C connector for carrying power and USB data. This significantly limits the compatibility of the dock, but it provides twice as much PCIe bandwidth as Thunderbolt 3 or 4 would otherwise do.
As previously mentioned, one of ASUS ‘design goals for the ROG XG Mobile is portability, so that it can be carried around with the Flow X13 instead of acting as a relatively static dock at home. To achieve this, the dock is 29.6 mm thick, with a footprint of 208 mm x 155 mm, which makes it comparable in size to another laptop. It also weighs similarly (if slightly denser) with a flat 1 kg (2.2 kg). Exactly right, ASUS is delivering a sleeve with Flow X13 to carry both the laptop and XG Mobile, which simplifies this process.
The thermal solution on ASUS ROG XG Mobile
ROG XG Mobile is due in this quarter, and prices will be announced.
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