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Intel today launched new 9th generation Core mobile processors, while NVIDIA unboxed brand new GeForce GTX 16 Series Turing GPUs for laptops. As you might expect, OEMs are refreshing their lineups around these new chips, and we got the chance to get some hands-on time with new hardware from ASUS. ASUS ROG Mothership At the top of the lineup is the ROG Mothership, which we first saw in January at CES 2019 with a factory overclocked Intel Core i9-8950HK processor running the show. However, this time around ASUS has upped the stakes with an available 9th generation Intel Core i9-9980HK. This 8-core/16-thread processor has a base clock of 2.4GHz, but can turbo boost... Read more...
In case you haven't been keeping up with all things Turing, NVIDIA is reportedly set to announce a new budget graphics card this week. Called the GeForce GTX 1650, this new SKU will sit at the very bottom of NVIDIA's Turing graphics card lineup. With an official launch eminent, it should come as no surprise that retail cards are beginning to leak out of the woodwork. In this case, VideoCardz has unearthed a whole slew of new GeForce GTX 1650 cards from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac. Here's the rundown of the latest bach of cards that have been leaked: ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 Dual OC GeForce GTX 1650 Phoenix OC GeForce GTX 1650 ROG Strix OC Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC GeForce... Read more...
ASUS has a product for you, whether you are heading into the office for an important meeting or taking down an opponent in Apex Legends. ASUS just released its ZenBook S13 (UX392) and the ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix Scope mechanical keyboard. ASUS boasts that the ZenBook S13 is the “world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics”, while the Strix Scope has been “engineered for FPS success”. The ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392) incorporates an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX150, up to 16GB of RAM, and 512GB PCIe x4 SSD. Although the device is small, it still features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, and a microSD card reader.... Read more...
ASUS is showing off some new monitors at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. Two of note include the ProArt PA32UCX and ProArt PQ22UC. According to ASUS, its newest ProArt displays are the first computer monitors to support Dolby Vision, a form of high dynamic range (HDR) that competes against the HDR10 standard. On paper, Dolby Vision is the superior standard. It supports up to 10,000 nits brightness with a 4,000 nits target, whereas HDR10 supports up to 4,000 nits brightness with a 1,000 nits target. Dolby Vision also supports a 12-bit color depth (versus 10-bit for HDR10), and dynamic metadata. That latter bit allows Dolby Vision to adjust the brightness levels of HDR content... Read more...
2018 was the year of the notch, and it looks as though 2019 is the year where smartphone OEMs seek out new ways to minimize the appearance of the notch or get rid of it altogether. Companies like Samsung have gone with a punch hole cut-out for the front-facing cameras, while this new smartphone concept from one of ASUS’ designers takes a completely different approach. The renders, which were uncovered by reliable leaker Evan Blass, show that the ASUS 5G smartphone concepts have a dual slider design, which sets them apart from similar implementations by Xiaomi. The dual slider design seems to pay homage to the Nokia N95 from many moons ago. One of the ASUS concepts... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on a rather alarming security exploit which took advantage of a weakness in the ASUS Live Update utility installed on millions of PCs. Operation ShadowHammer took advantage of Live Update to gain a backdoor to users’ PCs and download malware in the background. ASUS was initially notified of Operation ShadowHammer by Kaspersky Lab on January 31st, but Motherboard reported that the company, “has been largely unresponsive since then and has not notified ASUS customers about the issue.” Well, after widespread coverage of the backdoor yesterday, ASUS has finally issued an official response on its website. The company downplays any widespread... Read more...
If you have an ASUS computer that is running the company’s Live Update utility, it’s possible that your system was susceptible to backdoor intrusions during the latter half of 2018. The folks at Kaspersky say that they first discovered the existence of Operation ShadowHammer on January 29th, and has been performing forensic analysis on the security exploit ever since. According to Kaspersky, ASUS Live Update, which is preinstalled on ASUS systems, was compromised, allowing Operation ShadowHammer to propagate between June 2018 and November 2018. ASUS Live Update is intended to allow users to easily update a system’s BIOS/UEFI, drivers and OEM apps. But holes in the software gave... Read more...
AMD is expected to launch its Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family this summer. Otherwise known as Matisse, the upcoming chips are based on AMD's 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture, which yields faster clockspeeds and an improved IPC for better overall performance. The new chips will also be accompanied by a new X570 chipset, and we are starting to see motherboard models based on that chipset leak out. If you plan on building a PC around a Ryzen 3000 series processor, an X570 motherboard makes the most sense—the upcoming chipset is said to offer PCI Express Gen 4 support and will likely include other goodies not found on the current batch of X470 motherboards. That said, Ryzen 3000 processors... Read more...
If the rumors are correct, NVIDIA will be launching the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti tomorrow. We tend to believe that rumor considering how many branded cards have leaked out of the woodwork over the past few weeks. Just yesterday got a glimpse at a couple of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti cards from Zotac. Today, it's ASUS' time to show us the [leaked] goods, and we have three variants. There's the ROG Strix Gaming model with a triple fan setup, a Dual OC card with... you guessed it... dual cooling fans. Finally, there's a Phoenix OC variant with just a single fan and a much shorter printed circuit board (PCB) for small form factor (SFF) builds. As we've mentioned before, the GeForce GTX 1660... Read more...
ASUS in January announced new TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY laptop lines built around AMD's Ryzen 3000 series of mobile processors with Vega graphics, and now a little over a month later, those new systems are starting to show up in retail. The ones we have seen so far are in Europe, though we imagine a US launch is not far behind. As far as we can tell, these are the first laptops to use AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. Only recently announced themselves, the Ryzen 3000 line combine AMD's newest-generation Zen CPU cores with Vega graphics. AMD unveiled half a dozen Ryzen 3000 CPU models, plus an Athlon chip. Here's a look at the full lineup: Click to Enlarge The new TUF Gaming laptops from... Read more...
Intel recently announced its Xeon W-3175W processor, a beastly workstation chip based on Skylake-SP with 28 physical cores and 56 threads of computing muscle. It's big, it's burly, and of course it's expensive—$2,999 when buying in bulk (that's the price per chip in 1,000-unit trays). What about an accompanying motherboard? ASUS launched its ROG Dominus Extreme, and as you might imagine, it's not cheap either. "The W-3175X normally runs at 3.2GHz with a Turbo frequency of 4.3GHz. However, during our overclocking exploits, we successfully pushed the CPU to a stable 6.5GHz on all cores using LN2. ROG is one of only two companies selected to work with Intel on motherboards for this monstrous... Read more...
If you head over to the graphics card section on ASUS's website, you'll notice a couple of new product listings based on NVIDIA's latest Turing GPU architecture—the TUF GeForce RTX 2060 OC Edition (TUF-RTX2060-O6G-GAMING) and TUF GeForce RTX 2060 (TUF-RTX2060-6G-GAMING). As the model names imply, these new cards have been given the "TUF" treatment, which means they're built with a bit more durability in mind than non-TUF cards. Part of that entails the use of dual-ball fan bearings, which ASUS claims can last up to twice as long as sleeve-bearing designs. IP5X dust resistance is also part of the package. "Dust is enemy number one for fans. It's easy to clean the blades, but taking the housing... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is one of the biggest events in the Tech space each year. We typically see a dizzying array of new products launch during the week of CES; more than we are likely to see in the following few months. Not all products are block-buster standouts though, and some of these technological spectacles inevitably shine brighter than others. After sifting though all the products we saw last week, we've compiled a list of the best products that we got time with at CES 2019. And with that, we'll just dive right in... Asus ProArt PA90 Asus's ProArt PA90 is a cylindrical mini-PC that packs a surprising amount of power into it a compact enclosure. These systems... Read more...
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... Read more...
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