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ASUS ROG XG Mobile External GPU

MSRP 1000 EURExt score 66%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG XG Mobile is a compact external GPU designed for the ROG FLOW X13 unveiled at the same time. In a chassis that weighs just 1kg, ASUS packs a 280W power supply, a range of additional I/O ports, and an NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPU of the consumer's choosing, up to RTX 3080.
Unlike larger eGPUs designed to be a docking station at home, the XG Mobile is meant to be used on the go. According to ASUS, it is just 6% the size of a conventional eGPU. To achieve this, ASUS has endowed the ROG XG Mobile with an efficient vapor chamber cooling system with a single exhaust fan.
To ensure the bandwidth between the eGPU and the laptop, ASUS has adopted a proprietary PCIe 3 x8 interface with a separate USB 3.2 Gen2 connection in the same cable. The former provides a much higher bandwidth than even Thunderbolt 4, while the latter is used exclusively for the additional I/O ports.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful enough for a full-fledged gaming laptop
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • Does not provide additional USB-C port

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Compact and light
  • Full HD resolution
  • Compact, portable design
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No eGPU included
  • High price
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

RTX 3070RTX 3080

Connectivity

Ports4x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x RJ45 (1Gbps) + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x SD Card reader | ROG XG Mobile interface (PCIE Gen3 x8) and USB Type-C combo port

Construction

ColorsOff Black

Dimensions

Size | Depth155 mm
Size | Height29.6 mm
Size | Width208 mm
Weight1 kg

Function

ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (125W) or RTX 3080 (150W)
ResolutionMax Resolution (8K UHD) 7680 x 4320

Performance

Frequency1720MHz boost clock1810MHz boost clock
Power Supply280W, internal

Production

Debut2021-01 (CES 2021)
Model NameGC31S/GC31R

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Ext 81%

External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Asus ROG Flow X13 with the XG Mobile is a serious candidate to take on even the fastest gaming laptops. The external graphics solution performs very well in the synthetic benchmarks. However, we didn't experience unplayable frame rates in the native Full HD resolution with the 13-inch device. If you want to use the device with an external display, you get a full-fledged desktop replacement with the compact convertible.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact and light
  • Full HD resolution
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The XG Mobile-Flow X13 bundle is an expensive and not-quite-as-capable alternative to a beefier gaming laptop. At $3,000 and up, you're spending at least $850 more than you would on an Alienware m15. In return for a lighter wallet, you get a far more portable laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, portable design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • High price
  • No eGPU included

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG XG Mobile in review - Gaming convertible with AMD Ryzen 5980HS and GeForce RTX 3080. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-XG-Mobile-in-review-Gaming-convertible-with-AMD-Ryzen-5980HS-and-GeForce-RTX-3080.525927.0.html. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
2. ^ Asus ROG XG Mobile Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-xg-mobile. 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-08-08.

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