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jdstephens
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So this was providing graphics to the internal laptop display not an external monitor? If so what was the performance like?

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itsage
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@jdstephens it was powering the laptop's internal display. I did not have time to run any benchmarks.

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Casey Toney
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If anyone was curious, the Pro has finally released in the US!

I honestly don't know how long it's been out. I've been checking Google, Amazon, and here basically every other day for the past couple weeks for signs of its release. The only reason I finally found out is because I checked out an ASUS Valentine's Day post that had "XG Station Pro" tagged. It had a corny ad for the product with the Newegg link.

Can't believe I'd forgotten to check Newegg the whole time, hahaha.

Anyway, I braved Newegg's ridiculous shipping prices and ordered one to arrive Wednesday. I'll be out of town this weekend and won't have much time to play around with it, but if I remember, I'll try to post some first impressions with some pics Thursday or Friday.

I'm especially interested to investigate the effectiveness of its dual-fan exhaust system, the quality of the extra long active-Thunderbolt 3 cable (its inclusion being a key part of the value, for me), and how it handles a GTX 1080 Ti (the reason I returned my Node).

I might be the only one who was eagerly waiting for this but I hope some more impressions help anyone else in the market for a new (or their first) eGPU enclosure this Spring.

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Laxlad
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Love the design of this, can’t wait to see some benchmarks on this.

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@casey_toney keep us updated please! Agreed nice looking case. Hope UK pricing isn't stupid....

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How'd you go with your order? I'm really interested to see how this performs! Particularly whether it provides any power delivery over USBC. I know that's not in the spec, but I'm hoping it'll charge when the power load allows but they just didn't want to advertise it.

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Locky28, I bought the Asus XG Station Pro and now need to sell or throw or discard it, because it does *not* charge the laptop, and I need a second Thunderbolt device on my laptop now.

As it looks I will get a Sonnettech Breakaway 650 or 550, and replace its PSU with this one https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=797&area=en . This would achieve the same quietness profile as you get from the Asus XG Station Pro.

I will discuss this solution in a separate thread.

The Asus XG Station Pro's PSU is 330 watts, maybe its output is 295 watts, not sure. I think this may be why they chose to do no laptop charging at all. However, also, I would think that their PSU really would be able to give my laptop 45 watts and then the GPU 245 watts, as I am only doing office programs anyhow.

Thunderbolt eGPU enclosures, and Thunderbolt PCI enclosures, are a jungle. The Breakaway will be the *THIRD* enclosure I buy in my quest for a silent, useful Thunderbolt setup !!! ..

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Posted by: cmm

Locky28, I bought the Asus XG Station Pro and now need to sell or throw or discard it, because it does *not* charge the laptop, and I need a second Thunderbolt device on my laptop now.

As it looks I will get a Sonnettech Breakaway 650 or 550, and replace its PSU with this one https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=797&area=en . This would achieve the same quietness profile as you get from the Asus XG Station Pro.

I will discuss this solution in a separate thread.

The Asus XG Station Pro's PSU is 330 watts, maybe its output is 295 watts, not sure. I think this may be why they chose to do no laptop charging at all. However, also, I would think that their PSU really would be able to give my laptop 45 watts and then the GPU 245 watts, as I am only doing office programs anyhow.

Thunderbolt eGPU enclosures, and Thunderbolt PCI enclosures, are a jungle. The Breakaway will be the *THIRD* enclosure I buy in my quest for a silent, useful Thunderbolt setup !!! ..

I have a Sonnet 350 I would be willing to trade. If not I’d be interested in buying your Asus outright if you are ok to ship to the UK?

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