[Unboxing] ASUS ROG XG Station 2 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure
The ASUS ROG XG Station 2 has been on the market since Q1 2017. It’s less popular than other eGPU enclosures due to its high price and unusual design. However, there are unique features this enclosure has that makes it the highest-performing Thunderbolt 3 eGPU + dock currently available.
It came in a very large package. This box is only smaller than the OMEN Accelerator. The box opening is very cool to match the way the eGPU enclosure itself opens and closes during use.
Sitting atop of the padding foam is a cardboard box with a plastic handle. It serves as the handle of the package. It also contains manuals and cables.
The ROG XG2 enclosure is very hefty. The build-quality is definitely better than all the plastic enclosures I’ve handled.
ASUS paid great attention to detail when it built this ROG XG Station 2. The Thunderbolt 3 cable while .5m long like all eGPU enclosures, has these printed icons on the ends. It’s a nice touch to make you feel justified spending the money.
Top of the enclosure, there’s a sliding lock to release/secure the two side panels. It’s labeled as “PUSH” which is somewhat misleading because pushing down on this will not work. You need to slide it forward for the latches to come unhooked. In the rear are 4x expansion USB 3.0 ports, 1x Ethernet port, 1x USB-B port, and 1x Thunderbolt 3 port.
When this enclosure opens up, it feels like the thing is going to take flight. It’s very fun to play with the opening/closing mechanism of the side panels; it’s similar to the way a slow-release glove box operates. You get double the fun with this thing…then they reveal the innards with a red START button!
I have a serious issue with this START button. You need to push it every time to turn the enclosure ON or OFF. I can understand some people prefer a physical ON/OFF switch. However, placing it inside the enclosure in a rather secluded spot is absolutely maddening. Maybe the designer has a young child that pushes his buttons all the time. Trust me, most of us who spend money on eGPU cannot afford children.
ASUS advertised this eGPU enclosure sports a 600W 80 Plus Gold power supply. The PSU is actually rated for 680W. It should be capable handling power-hungry GPUs such as the RX Vega 64 and Vega FE.
I will be doing tests for a full review of the ASUS ROG Station 2. Please let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.
Someone please design something that isn’t for 14 year old gamers tweaking out on Monster Energy drinks.
I just bought a new Asus XG Station 2 and now im reading that you always need to press that start button inside?? 😀
Are you serious? Is there no way to control that with the software or plug and play??
You can leave it on all the time which means the plasma tube always runs even when there’s no computer connected. There’s no software utility to turn off the enclosure when disconnected from a host.