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ASUS has delivered two generations of Android Wear-based smartwatches, and let’s just say they weren’t exactly lookers. From their rectangular designs and unsightly bezels, they left much to be desired compared to well-rounded competition like the Motorola Moto 360 and even the Samsung Gear S2 Classic. ASUS has heard the cries of the smartwatch faithful and has gone for a classier look with the ZenWatch 3, and we’re thankful for the design shift. This time around, ASUS has employed a circular, 316L stainless steel body that is available in Gunmetal, Silver, and Rose Gold. The case is just 9.95mm... Read more...
It's kind of surprising that even in 2016, 10Gbps Ethernet is uncommon in the home. Over the past decade, every component in our PC has gotten faster: CPUs, GPUs, storage, USB, and even memory. But Ethernet? The vast majority of us are still rocking 1Gbps connections - a little disappointing when even a modest SATA-based SSD is spec'd at almost five times faster. There have been a few companies to come out with 10Gbps-equipped motherboards over the past couple of years, but they are still far and few between. We're bound to reach a point when 10Gbps becomes more common for us regular folk (rather... Read more...
NVIDIA hit a lot of high notes with the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080. When the Founder’s Edition launched earlier this summer, it received accolades for its excellent performance, power efficiency, and host of new features. If you’d like a refresher on what’s new in NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture and see what makes the GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition tick, we’d strongly suggest checking our launch coverage. We’ve got the full scoop laid out for you there.As HOT as the GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition is, we were eager to see what NVIDIA’s board partners would do with the GTX 1080. The GP104... Read more...
AMD has released virtually all of the Radeon RX 470's pertinent details over the last few weeks. If you've been paying attention to the graphics space lately, there's a good chance you're already familiar with the Radeon RX 470's GPU configuration, specifications, pricing, and expected performance levels. Today though, we're able put the final pieces of the puzzle together and reveal what AMD's board partners have in store for the Radeon RX 470 and we've got an array of benchmarks and other related data to share as well. To quickly reiterate what has been disclosed up to this point, take a look... Read more...
DirectX 12 is gaining momentum with both game developers and hardware manufacturers, and as a result, gamers as well. The Windows 10 enabled, low-level API is being adopted in more and more titles, with both legacy and cutting-edge game engines now taking advantage of it. Using an ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 Fury graphics card, along with a few other more mid-range GPUs, we cooked up a performance analysis shootout of sorts. Here, we'll pit DX12 against DX11, using a variety of today's popular game titles that leverage the new API, so we can see what performance looks like and if there are significant,... Read more...
If you’ve already read Marco’s excellent analysis of the GeForce GTX 1060, then you know that NVIDIA has produced a compelling graphics card for the mainstream market that offers respectable performance and extremely low power consumption (and if you haven’t read the review, you can find it here). And following the official reveal of a new GeForce card came a flurry of announcements from NVIDIA’s graphics partners; all of which are looking corner the market with multiple variants catering to the widest pool of gamers. So far, we’ve seen numerous entries from ASUS, MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte (among... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast! In this episode, we have special guest Tom Petersen, Director of Technical Marketing for NVIDIA, to talk about the GeForce GTX 1060. We'll also be chatting about NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV device now with Plex Media server capabilities, the ASUS ROG Strix 15-inch gaming laptop, HP's super thin 2016 Spectre ultrabook and more! Show Notes: 02:17 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Discussion With Tom Petersen32:10 - Experiencing NVIDIA's SHIELD With Plex Media Server Streaming Prowess37:05 - ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-GS74 Gaming... Read more...
AMD's latest graphics card, the Radeon RX 480, is a great release for a bunch of reasons. At the forefront, the amount of performance offered at the card's $199 price-point ($239 for the 8GB model) is fantastic. When a brand-new $200 card can almost match last year's $500 one, there's good reason to be excited. As we saw in our review, the card also offers great DirectX 12 performance - something the company takes extremely seriously. If there are real caveats to mention about the card, though, it's that it draws more power than the competition, and thus can run a bit hotter. For that reason, the... Read more...
With its ZenFone 2 series, ASUS really seemed to hit the ball out of a digital park. For $200 USD, what the phone offered was ridiculously compelling, from its large 5.5-inch 1080p screen to its dual SIM slots to its beautiful aesthetic. While it wasn't the most powerful phone out there at the time, its price still made the phone feel like a great deal. In addition to the regular ZenFone 2, ASUS also offered a 'Deluxe' model, and it'll be doing the same thing with the ZenFone 3 series. In fact, it appears that the ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first ZF3 phone out on the market, and as expected,... Read more...
NVIDIA and AMD have locked horns on the mid-range battlefield for graphics cards, the latter with its $200 (4GB) and $239 (8GB) Radeon RX 480, and the former responding with its $250 GeForce GTX 1060 ($300 for the Founder's Edition). Of course, it's the custom cards that are most interesting, and though the GTX 1060 is just two days removed from an official unveiling, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS are already teasing their own variants.Starting with ASUS, you can expect several custom versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, three of which it teased on its Republic of Gamers Facebook page. They include... Read more...
If you're in the market for a gaming laptop, you might be holding out for the first batch of notebooks to include a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's potent new Pascal architecture. The good news is you don't have long to wait—an ASUS ROG laptop has been spotted wielding a GeForce GTX 1070, along with several other high-end goodies. It's the ASUS ROG G752VS, a 17.3-inch beast that will be available in a few different configurations, all of them sporting the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Notice there's no "M" to designate that it's a mobile GPU, an interesting omission that has us wondering how close to the... Read more...
Nearly a month after introducing its last convertible, the Chrome OS-based Flip, ASUS has announced the availability of the new ZenBook Flip UX360CA that combines Intel Core M power with a thin and light design. The attractive, aluminum-intensive convertible weighs just under 2.9 pounds and is only 13.9mm thick. Like many convertibles on the market, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA employs a 360-degree hinge, but this one is also coupled with a multi-gear metal mechanism to provide a buttery smooth opening/closing action. The centerpiece of the convertible is its 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen IPS display... Read more...
ASUS takes gaming seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it has two sub-brands dedicated to hardware for gamers. One is the Republic of Gamers (ROG), a brand ASUS created in 2006 to designate products that deliver "innovative hardcore PC performance," and the other is Strix, a more recent creation that's taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl. No, we're not kidding. "Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. Strix means feeling your environment so that you detect and react to the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in your blood,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of AMD releasing its first Polaris part, the Radeon RX 480, its hardware partners are finalizing customized cards that sport factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions that help the cards run chillier and quieter than stock. Two that have just been announced include the ASUS ROG Strix RX 480 and the MSI Radeon RX 480 8G Gaming X. Before we dive into these custom cards, let's talk a moment about the Radeon RX 480. If you haven't done so already, check out our full review with plenty of benchmarks and analysis. Short and to the point, we declared the first Polaris part from... Read more...
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