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 a while, the XG Mobile eGPU finally adds two of the best GPUs available in the market right now. Back when it was introduced, the Asus ROG Flow X13 was marketed as a super portable and easy to use gaming laptop without the bulk of one, and featured a 5000 series AMD Ryzen 9 processor inside. With the XG Mobile eGPU, Asus has now enabled the ability for ROG Flow X13 owners to also add the power of an RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 GPUs to the laptop, which otherwise features 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 GDDR6 memory, or the full fledged RTX 3080 with 16GB GDDR6 memory. They can both be bought 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. The availability and exact prices are as follows:
- RTX 3070 standalone: Rs 69,990, available from second half of July 2021 from Asus stores, Vijay Sales, Crome, Reliance Digital and Flipkart
- RTX 3080 standalone: Rs 1,39,990, available from second half of July 2021 from Asus stores, Vijay Sales, Croma, Reliance Digital and Flipkart
- Asus ROG Flow X13 Supernova Edition: Rs 2,69,990 (with RTX 3080 eGPU), available from July 9 from Asus stores, Vijay Sales, Croma and Reliance Digital, and second half of July 2021 on Flipkart
The Asus XG Mobile eGPU modules feature either of the two above mentioned GPUs. In terms of connectivity, they come with an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.4, an Ethernet port, a DC power port, four USB-A 3.2 Gen1 ports and an SD card reader port. The eGPU connects through an 8-lane PCIe Gen3 connector and a USB-C combo port, and has an integrated 280W power adapter that needs to be plugged in when the eGPU is in use. The unit measures 1kg by itself, and is roughly 3cm in thickness.
The Asus ROG Flow X13 laptop itself, which is bundled in the Supernova Edition, features the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 integrated GPU, 32GB LPDDR4X memory, 1TB M.2 SSD and a 13.4-inch 4K IPS touchscreen display with 116 percent sRGB colour gamut coverage.