Items tagged with Asus

Full disclosure, I've never been much of a mini-ITX form factor kind of guy. I mean I get the allure of a space-efficient PC design that can more easily integrate in to an office or home environment, but there are almost always caveats. Typically the trade-offs are either sacrificing performance and features, or you end up having to tolerate the noise of a small and overwhelmed cooling solution. And so when I considered the Maingear Turbo for evaluation here, at first I wasn't all that enthused. However, it seems the folks at Maingear, a highly respected custom performance PC builder out of New Jersey, set out to address some of the inherent shortcomings of the traditional SFF (Small Form Factor)... Read more...
Since its inception, ASUS has gone the extra mile to bill the ROG Phone as a gaming-first smartphone, and not simply another high-end handset with a flagship processor and fast refresh rate. Now in its third iteration, the ROG Phone 3 takes what we liked about the previous two models and improves upon the brand's gaming-oriented features, to enhance the experience even further. And yes, it's also delightfully fast, armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G SoC that ASUS claims gives the ROG Phone 3 a double-digit (10 percent) performance advantage over top-shelf phones rocking a regular Snapdragon 865. As such, this handset is not only quick on the draw, it is the speediest Android handset... Read more...
We recently had a chance to wrap our hands around the ASUS ROG Phone 3, which is a magnificent beast of a flagship smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s potent Snapdragon 865+ SoC. In addition to the incredibly power CPU and GPU onboard, one of the headlining features of the smartphone is its 144Hz 6.59-inch OLED display, which is the fastest available in the mobile world. However, it wasn’t known during its unveil that 144Hz isn’t the upper limit for the ROG Phone’s display. In fact, ASUS has hidden another display mode that unlocks a higher 160Hz refresh rate that puts the ROG Phone 3 on a higher plane than any other smartphone. The 160Hz option was discovered by the code... Read more...
If you're a mobile gaming enthusiast, you're likely going to be in your happy place this morning. ASUS has just announced the third coming of its ROG Phone, aptly named the ROG Phone 3. Hailing from the ASUS Republic Of Gamers line of products, everything about this new mobile beast is dialed in for serious gaming, from its 6.59-inch 144 Hz OLED display to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform that powers it for measurable gains in performance. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus has both goosed-up CPU and Adreno 650 GPU clocks, in a specially-binned octal core SoC that scales up to 3.1GHz. Our device is also equipped with a bodacious 16GB of fast LPDDR5 memory and 512GB of storage, though... Read more...
We came away thoroughly impressed with the ASUS ROG Phone II when we reviewed it last year. It offered a compelling balance of performance, a beautiful 120Hz OLED display, and marathon battery life to get you through some intense gaming sessions. Thankfully, ASUS has just confirmed that the ROG Phone III is coming and it won't be a long wait for anxious gamers. The company has posted a countdown timer on its website which indicates that the ROG Phone III will be unveiled on July 22nd. Other than revealing when the phone will be unveiled, ASUS simply says that it will be a "Game Changer". It's expected that the ROG Phone III will be powered by at least some version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
It is confirmed, folks, go ahead and bet the farm on NVIDIA releasing a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in the near future, it is definitely, without a doubt, for sure going to happen. Yep. Probably so. Well, it is certainly likely. Okay, maybe it will happen? Hmm, perhaps you should hold on to the deed to the farm a little longer. However, a supposedly leaked presentation slide seemingly indicates ASUS is working on a custom variant of the rumored part, as shown in the image above. So, there's that. In case it is not obvious by the watermark, the folks at Videocardz got their mitts on the photo. The site believes it was taken during an internal meeting at ASUS to discuss possible designs for... Read more...
The good people at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been helping kids with critical health conditions make their dreams come true for decades now. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish "grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future." In its 32-year history, the organization has granted over 8,500 wishes for children in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.  Recently, we were fortunate enough to... Read more...
ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance has teamed up with TEAMGROUP to design some new storage products that are available for gamers. The new storage products include the T-FORCE CARDEA II TUF Gaming Alliance M.2 SSD and the T-FORCE Delta TUF Gaming Alliance RGB Gaming SSD. Both of the storage devices have been certified and tested by the TUF Gaming Alliance. Both SSDs have an exterior design that looks very cool and interesting complete with a TUF Gaming camo logo. The T-Force Delta SSD has complete RGB lighting on the outside that can be synchronized with the ASUS AURA SYNC motherboard lighting control software. The drive is also etched with military-style camouflage to take a boring storage product and... Read more...
ASUS has unveiled a new mesh Wi-Fi system that promises to deliver wireless connectivity everywhere, securely. The product is called the ZenWifi AX Mini (XD4) and can be purchased in a package of three with coverage for up to 4800 square feet and more than five rooms. A smaller system promising to cover up to 3300 square feet and four or more rooms is also available as a two-pack. Both systems support true 8K streaming and Wi-Fi 6, with data throughput of 1800 Mbps. ASUS says that 1800 Mbps is up to 1.4x faster than Wi-Fi 5 routers. One caveat is that a compatible Wi-Fi 6 device is required to achieve those speeds, meaning devices that don't natively support Wi-Fi 6 won't get the full speed the... Read more...
It's official: from what we've seen so far, AMD's Ryzen 4000 series of mobile APUs are a hit here in the HotHardware labs. It started with the svelte ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook, which impressed us with excellent performance at a reasonable price point, all packed into a lightweight 2.7-pound 14" chassis. After that came the Dell G5 15 SE, which brought together Ryzen and Radeon in an exclusive (for now) combination with similarly excellent performance and an even lower, more entry-level starting price. Talk about a strong showing for AMD yet again, with both Ryzen 4000 and Radeon RX mobile technology as well. Ryzen and Radeon are on a roll. The Dell G5 15 SE in particular left us pretty... Read more...
During the coronavirus pandemic around the world, hordes of businesses and educational institutions have turned to videoconferencing as people are unable to be in the office or the classroom. Demand for hardware to support videoconferencing has boomed, making some hardware needed to support video calls difficult to find. ASUS has announced new products that slide into the Google Meet hardware kit range. The core component of the hardware range is the Google Meet Compute System. The device is essentially a Chromebox that runs Chrome OS and features an Intel Core i7 processor, packing 128 GB of storage. The hardware supports 4K video and can be connected to multiple displays at the same time. ASUS... Read more...
There's a lot movement in the AMD camp these days with respect to its processors. Just this week, we gave you a performance review of the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X processors and they'll likely be paired up with budget-minded B550 motherboards. And there’s word that Renoir-based Ryzen 4000 APUs are right around the corner. We're now learning that ASUS has a family of A520 motherboards that are on the horizon, which will be even cheaper than their B550 counterparts. ASUS is reportedly delivering five A520 motherboards: PRIME A520M-A PRIME A520M-E PRIME A520M-K TUF GAMING A520M-A TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS B550 motherboards aren't as feature-packed as those featuring the X570 chipset,... Read more...
Intel is officially taking the wraps off of its 10th Generation Core S-Series processors, spearheaded by the new flagship 10-core / 20-thread Core i9-10900K. Although this new line-up continues to leverage Intel’s 14nm process node – the 10th Generation Core S-Series processors are not next-generation, 10nm parts based on a new microarchitecture – Intel has tweaked, tuned, and modified quite a number of things to produce an extensive family of processors that target a wide array of price points and use cases. Although we haven’t been able to run a Comet Lake-S based 10th Gen Core processor though its paces just yet (that should be happening in just a few weeks), we do... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like the 17.3-inch laptop form factor is dying out, but fortunately for those who (like myself) prefer a bigger notebook, they can still be found. Proof of this exists with the larger of the two ASUS ROG Strix Hero III options. Offered in both 15.6-inch (G531GW, G531GV, and G531GU) and 17.3-inch (G731GW, G731GV, and G731GU) builds, buyers can go big if they want to, and not at the expense of portability—surprisingly, the 17.3-inch models are not very cumbersome at all. We can confidently state as much after spending several weeks with the ASUS ROG Strix Hero III, model G731GV-DB74. Compared to the ASUS ROG G751JY that this editor has been using for the past several... Read more...
ASUS has announced the latest addition to its Chromebook lineup with the Chromebook Flip C436. The machine promises premium features with high performance. The computer has a convertible form factor with a frameless NanoEdge touch display meant to put a 14-inch screen into the smallest possible form-factor. The screen measures 14-inches diagonally, and the machine weighs just 2.58 pounds overall. The Chromebook Flip C436 was verified by the Intel Project Athena program and engineered specifically for mobile performance. Along with the new 10th generation Intel Core processors is up to 16GB of RAM (8GB base) and up to 512GB of SSD storage. The machine features Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and a fingerprint... Read more...
In case you missed it, NVIDIA earlier this week refreshed its mobile GPU lineup up with a couple of new Super models, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and GeForce RTX 2070 Super, both with support for an enhanced version of the company's Max-Q technology. What about the rumored GeForce RTX 2060 Super for mobile? NVIDIA did not announce such a thing, though a slide that was put together by ASUS suggests it might still be coming. At present, NVIDIA's mobile GPU lineup in RTX territory consists of five primary SKUs. They include the following... RTX 2080 Super: 3,072 CUDA cores, 1,365MHz base / 1,560MHz boost, 8GB GDDR6, 256-bit RTX 2080: 2,944 CUDA cores, 1,380MHz base / 1,590MHz boost, 8GB GDDR6, 256-bit... Read more...
ASUS is a company that isn't afraid to take design risks with its laptops. That is even more apparent with today's announcement of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 gaming laptop, which features dual screens (as its name implies). The primary point of focus is on the 15.6-inch display, which is available either as a 300Hz Full HD panel or with an optional 4K 60Hz panel. Neither display supports touch input, which probably isn't that big a deal considering that these laptops are aimed primarily at gamers. The secondary display, called the ROG ScreenPad Plus, is situated above the keyboard and tilts up at a 13-degree angle when the laptop is opened. It measures 14.09 inches diagonally and has a... Read more...
We first got our hands on the AMD Ryzen 4000-powered ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 during CES early this year. If you are unfamiliar with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, it is a new breed of thin and light gaming notebook, that packs the performance of a much larger desktop-replacement type machine into a slimmer and sleeker 14”, sub-20mm class notebook. There will be multiple models of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 available when it hits store shelves in the coming days, but at the heart of the particular system we’ll be showing you here today is the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-core / 16-thread processor. Although the processor features on-board Radeon Vega graphics, our ROG Zephyrus G14 also kicks... Read more...
Ready, set...FIGHT! Well, not quite yet, actually—I'm jumping the gun a bit on the next-generation laptop wars that will pit Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-H processors against AMD's Ryzen 4000 series. It's going to be interesting to see how the dust settles. As we wait, the leaked benchmark scene is providing yet another glimpse of what is to come, this time in the form of a presumed ASUS gaming laptop with a Core i9-10880H processor inside. I say "presumed" because even though the laptop is not labeled in the leaked 3DMark entry (fist bump to @_rogame for spotting the entry), the GPU section lists the vendor as ASUS. There are three possibilities (listed here in order of likelihood)... This... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you a rather hot deal on the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, which was available for just $165 after a discount code and free shipping at Newegg. Today, Newegg is offering a new combo deal that pairs the processor with a mainstream ASUS X570-based motherboard. The retailer is putting the two products together for $284.98, which it says is a $40 discount from their normal sales price. In the case of the ASUS Prime X570-P, being that it is an X570 motherboard, it is fully PCIe 4.0 compliant. There are dual M.2 slots for your PCIe 4.0 SSDs, USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, an Aura Sync RGB header, support for DDR4-4400 memory, and ASUS OptiMem support on the quad DIMM slots.... Read more...
A recent submission to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) website seemingly suggests NVIDIA is getting ready to refresh its GeForce RTX 2060 with more video memory. The listing outlines a handful of products from ASUS, one of NVIDIA's hardware partners, including no less than three GeForce RTX 2060 models with 8GB of RAM. To be clear, the models referenced in the listing are not GeForce RTX 2060 Super cards, or at least there is nothing in the model names to indicate that might be case. This is important to note because the GeForce RTX 2060 Super already boasts 8GB of GDDR6 memory, compared to 6GB of GDDR6 memory on the regular (read:non-Super) variant. Here's how the two models compare...... Read more...
Over the last few years, integrated graphics in modern processors have seen something of a revival, particularly from AMD's camp. Raven Ridge's Vega-based (Ryzen 3000 series) integrated GPU provides a surprisingly capable IGP solution that lets folks play some of the latest games, albeit with the resolution and detail levels turned down. Intel's Gen 11 Iris graphics in Ice Lake has also shown promise in some of the current crop of laptops. Obviously, there's still plenty of room to grow though, which is why AMD and NVIDIA have spent years releasing a whole new top-to-bottom lineups of discrete graphics cards. All those desktop systems with integrated graphics are ripe for an upgrade, however,... Read more...
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