ASUS Outs Fleet Of High Performance Gaming Hardware And Peripherals At CES 2019
ASUS is on hand at CES 2019, and it has unveiled a slew of new gaming gear that runs the gamut from keyboards to all-in-one CPU coolers, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards, and routers. ASUS has three new GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards including the ROG Strix RTX 2060, ASUS Dual RTX 2060, and Turbo RTX 2060.
The Strix RTX 2060 has Aura Sync RGB lighting with "almost limitless color customization" and is aimed "showpiece builds" according to ASUS. It has three patented Wing-blade fans for increased cooling efficiency and better overclocking. The card also features a unique metal brace to reduce tension on the PCB and FanConenct II headers to allow hybrid fan control.
ASUS' Dual RTX 2060 is aimed at gamers who want pure performance with a large heatsink that is 50% larger compared to previous designs. It uses a pair of Wing-blade fans and offers a 0dB mode and IP5X dust resistance rating. The Turbo RTX 2060 was explicitly designed for systems that use multiple GPUs or have airflow-restricting builds. It uses 80mm IP5X dual-ball bearing fan with a new shroud to allow more air flow even when pressed against another graphics card or side panel. All three of these video cards will be available on January 15; pricing is unannounced.
ASUS also has a line of big-screen gaming monitors that fall into the Strix XG HDR family. The range includes the Strix XG438Q billed as the world's biggest and fastest 4K FreeSync 2 HDR gaming monitor measuring in at 43 inches with a 120Hz refresh. The Strix XG49Vq is a 49-inch super ultra-wide 32:9 3840 x 1080 native resolution display with 144Hz refresh rate; it can view up to three sources at once. The last is the Strix XG32VQR at 32" and 2560 x 1440 native resolution with a 1800R curve and 144Hz refresh rate. The XG49Vq and XG32Vq will launch at the end of January with the XG438Q expected to launch this spring; no pricing details are offered.
On the gaming keyboard front ASUS has the ROG Strix CTRL featuring an enlarged control key with a pair of added side-stabilizers for improved accuracy in games. It features per-key Aura Sync RGB illumination along with Media and Fn Lock quick-toggles and aluminum top plate construction. This keyboard supports Armoury II software for macros, key re-mapping, and disabling of keys stored in onboard memory. The ASUS TUF Gaming K7 uses TUF Optical-Mech switches and has an IP56 certification. The keyboard has an aluminum top plate, magnetically detachable wrist rest, per-key Aura Sync RGB illumination, and onboard memory for storing macros. ASUS will launch the keyboard in January at an unannounced price.
For gamers who want liquid cooling, but don't want to buy individual pieces, ASUS has the new STRIX AiO cooler that is a single enclosed system for liquid cooling your CPU. The cooler has a special pump cover, ROG Wing-Blade fans, 16 addressable Aura Sync RGB LEDs and comes in 120mm or 240mm options. ASUS has a new wireless router for gamers called the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900.
This router supports 802.11ac networking standards and packs dual wireless radios with up to 750Mbps peak throughput on 2.4GHz and 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band. It sports three dual-band external detachable antennas and a fourth hides inside just for 5GHz traffic. The router has Adaptive QoS to prioritize gaming, streaming, or web traffic. Both the AiO cooler and router will launch this spring.