Asus has finally launched the XG Mobile external GPU module for its critically acclaimed ROG Flow X13 gaming laptop in India. While the laptop has already been on sale in India for quite some time, the XG Mobile eGPU Finally adds two of the best GPUs available on the market right now. At the time of its introduction, the Asus ROG Flow X13 was marketed as a super portable and easy-to-use gaming laptop without the bulk of one, and featured an AMD Ryzen 9 5000 series processor to the interior. With the XG Mobile eGPU, Asus has now enabled ROG Flow X13 owners to also add the power of an RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 GPU to the laptop, which otherwise has a very paltry GTX 1650.
Asus XG Mobile eGPU: price and availability
The XG Mobile eGPU modules will be available in two shades – either an RTX 3070 with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, or the full-fledged RTX 3080 with 16GB of GDDR6 memory. They can both be purchased separately or as a bundle with the Asus ROG Flow X13 Supernova Edition. The latter will come with the laptop and the RTX 3080 eGPU unit. Availability and exact prices are as follows:
- RTX 3070 stand-alone: Rs 69,990, available from the second half of July 2021 in Asus, Vijay Sales, Crome, Reliance Digital and Flipkart stores
- RTX 3080 stand-alone: Rs 1.39,990, available from the second half of July 2021 in Asus, Vijay Sales, Croma, Reliance Digital and Flipkart stores
- Asus ROG Flow X13 Supernova Edition: Rs 2.69,990 (with RTX 3080 eGPU), available from July 9 in Asus, Vijay Sales, Croma and Reliance Digital stores, and second half of July 2021 on Flipkart
Asus XG Mobile eGPU modules have one of the two GPUs mentioned above. In terms of connectivity, they come with one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.4, one Ethernet port, one DC power port, four USB-A 3.2 Gen1 ports and one SD card reader port. The eGPU connects through an 8-lane PCIe Gen3 connector and USB-C combo port, and has a built-in 280W power adapter that must be plugged in when the eGPU is in use. The unit measures 1kg on its own and is approximately 3cm thick.
The Asus ROG Flow X13 laptop itself, which is bundled in the Supernova edition, features the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor, an integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 32 GB LPDDR4X memory, M.2 SSD of 1TB and 13.4-inch 4K IPS touchscreen with 116% sRGB color gamut coverage.
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