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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...
You can definitely count ASUS among the hardware makers that will be releasing laptops built around AMD's recently announced Ryzen 4000 series of mobile processors based on the Zen 2 CPU architecture. Some of the upcoming models have already been leaked, and now an actual photo (read: not a press render) has emerged of an ASUS TUF Gaming laptop with a Ryzen 9 4900H inside. Part of what makes this interesting is that AMD has not announced a Ryzen 9 4900H yet. If you head over to its Ryzen 4000 series product page, you will find the following CPUs listed... Ryzen 7 4800H: 8 cores / 16 threads, 2.9GHz to 4.2GHz, 8MB L3 cache, 45W TDP Ryzen 5 4600H: 6 cores / 12 threads, 3GHz to 4GHz, 8MB L3 cache,... Read more...
ASUS has been catching heat over uncomfortably high temperatures observed by some users regarding its Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards. Potentially compounding the issue, AMD is investigating reports of black screen issues affecting its higher end Navi parts. Could the two issues be related? That's not yet clear, but as far as ASUS is concerned, the issue over temps is AMD's fault. The message is clear if reading between the lines of an ASUS ROG blog post on the topic. ASUS does not come right out and say, "Blame AMD" in those exact words, but does insinuate that AMD's guidelines for what level of pressure is needed when applying a heatsink assembly to a Radeon RX 5700 series... Read more...
Normally we would not be all that interested in a random firmware update for a 1U rack server. However, ASUS appears to have tipped the pending launch of four additional AMD EPYC "Rome" processors with the latest firmware update for its RX700A-E9-RS12, which packs a dozen 2.5-inch hot-swap drive bays and sells for $1,649 and up. The related CPU support document (as first spotted by Twitter user @momomo_us) lists the unannounced server chips as being supported with BIOS revision 0401. These run the gamut from 8 cores to 64 cores, depending on the specific SKU. Have a look... Starting at the top (in terms of core count), the EPYC 7662 features 64 cores and 128 threads with a 2.0GHz base clock.... Read more...
Forget about bang-for-buck or any semblance of a value proposition, because without apology, ASUS chucked those notions out the window and built a beastly motherboard for AMD's third-generation Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, a monstrous high-end desktop (HEDT) CPU with 64 physical cores and 128 threads of computing muscle. The Threadripper 3990X is not even available to purchase yet, but it soon will be—it launches to retail on February 7, 2020, for a whopping $3,990. That is a lot of coin, and to be fair, the Threadripper 3990X offers a whole lot of multi-threaded muscle. And as with the rest of the third-generation Threadripper lineup, it requires a socket sTRX4 motherboard. That is where... Read more...
We had boots on the ground again at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and we of course ran across a number of stellar products that will hopefully be making their way to consumers this year. Even though we saw literally hundreds of exciting new tech products and gear at CES 2020 this year, a few stood out that were near and dear to our hearts, and we think will be for you as well.  This year's CES was punctuated with lots of burgeoning new technologies from AI bots, to 8K TVs and all new mobile PC platforms. In fact, we were encouraged and impressed at the pace of innovation this year, especially in the PC and gaming arenas. To be honest, sometimes CES shows can be real... Read more...
Right on cue, ASUS has announced a couple of miniaturized graphics cards for Intel's recently unveiled NUC 9 Extreme (or Ghost Canyon NUC). They include the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini, and Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini OC Edition, the latter of which is essentially the same card but with a more aggressive factory overclock. "We are proud that Intel came to us for a GPU solution for their innovative new design and are very satisfied with the performance we are able to squeeze into such a small footprint," said Kent Chien, corporate vice president and general manager of the multimedia business unit at ASUS. In case you missed it, Intel previewed its Ghost Canyon NUC earlier this week at CES. it is... Read more...
At long last, AMD came out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and finally introduced the Radeon RX 5600 XT, a SKU that had been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors prior to the official unveiling. As expected, several of AMD's hardware partners flipped the switch on product pages with custom models sporting fancy cooling solutions and, in some cases, factory overclocks. In a moment, we will give a rundown of the various custom Radeon RX 5600 XT models that have actual product pages. In time, even more custom models will appear, but our focus here is on the ones that we know to be real. Before we do that, however, let's quickly recap the specs and features of the Radeon RX 5600 XT. AMD... Read more...
ASUS has unveiled some new laptops and desktop computers that are aimed directly at the gamers out there that are looking for an upgrade. The first are new gaming notebooks that slot into the TUF Gaming family including the 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and F15 along with the 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 and F17. All of the machines are designed to deliver high-performance and dependability. The notebooks use the latest AMD Ryzen 7 4000 Series Mobile processors or 10th gen Intel processors. They can be fitted with NVIDIA Turing-based GPUs and offer display options with up to 144Hz refresh rates. The TUF Gaming A15 and A17 are the AMD Ryzen versions of the notebooks that pair the Ryzen 7 4000 series mobile... Read more...
ASUS sprung a few leaks in the weeks leading up to CES 2020, and with the show about to kick off in Las Vegas, one last leak has made its way to the internet. Previously, listings from LambdaTek alerted us to the existence of incoming ASUS laptops powered by AMD Renoir Zen 2 processors. Today, those laptops featuring these new Ryzen 4000 mobile processor have been unveiled for the ROG and TUF Gaming product families. The ROG Zephyrus G14 features a 14-inch display, although it can be configured with either a 120Hz Full HD panel or a 60Hz QHD panel, both of which support AMD FreeSync. The ROG Zephyrus G15 is a 15.4-inch class gaming notebook that will only be available with a Full HD display FreeSync.... Read more...
ASUS has debuted several new notebooks at CES 2020, and among them is the Chromebook Flip C436 which has an elegant design and a convertible form-factor. It features a 13-inch frameless NanoEdge touch display that is designed to maximize screen size in the smallest form-factor possible. The Chromebook Flip has a magnesium alloy chassis and weighs in at 2.4 pounds. The notebook emerged from the Intel Project Athena program and uses up to 10th gen Intel Core processors with 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and WiFi 6 connectivity. The machine will launch in Q1 or Q2 2020, with pricing unannounced at this time. ASUS has also rolled out several VivoBook notebooks at CES, including the VivoBook S... Read more...
When it comes to high refresh rate displays, it appears that OEMs are in a global arms race to one-up each other. Just a few weeks ago, we were alerted to the existence of the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM, which is a 27-inch Full HD panel that flexes its muscles at 280Hz (overclocked). However, NVIDIA and its partners are swinging for the fences with 360Hz G-SYNC displays. The first display to come with this blazing fast refresh rate is the ASUS ROG Swift 360, which NVIDIA announced tonight. Interestingly, ASUS hasn’t provided us with its own full rundown of the display’s specs, so we’ll have to go by what NVIDIA has told us. Besides the 360Hz headlining spec, the display measures... Read more...
If you're looking for a gaming phone, but don't want to break the bank, you can get the original ASUS ROG Gaming Phone for just $350 with a hot eBay deal. And in case you were wondering, you'll be purchasing from a highly reputable seller, as this is Microsoft's eBay Outlet Store. The original ROG Gaming Phone – read our review here -- debuted last year priced at a staggering $899, so this represents a hefty discount off the original price. While the ROG Phone might not come packing the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/855+ SoC, it's no slouch with its older Snapdragon 845. Likewise, the ROG Phone uses a 90Hz display, while its successor -- the ROG Phone II -- rocks a... Read more...
We've become spoiled with riches when it comes to high refresh rate gaming monitors these days. Depending on your hardware and gaming requirements, you can purchase gaming monitors with 120Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz refresh rate panels. However, the folks at ASUS are aiming for the fences with the world's first 280Hz gaming monitor. The display is being marketing under ASUS' TUF Gaming brand, and is called the VG279QM. The monitor measures 27 inches across, and features an IPS panel. Resolution checks in at Full HD (1920x1080), with a gray-to-gray response time of 1ms, brightness rating of 400 nits (VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified), 8-bit color depth, and 99 percent of the sRGB color space. ASUS... Read more...
At this point, we can pretty assume AMD will in fact launch a Radeon RX 5600 graphics card at some point. Falling into the 'where's there's smoke, there's fire' category, we have seen several leaks pointing to a Radeon RX 5600, dating back to at least July of this year. The most recent, however, is a pair of new listings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) registry. This is a common stepping stone for new products, before they are officially announced. We have seen this play out many times in the past. This time, both ASUS and ASRock have made pit stops at the EEC, both with references to multiple custom Radeon RX 5600 SKUs. Click To Enlarge (Source: EEC) Starting with ASUS, I count no... Read more...
Earlier this year, we reported that Frank Azor -- who was one of the original co-founders of Alienware and served as VP and GM for Dell's XPS, G Series and Alienware gaming brands -- was exiting the company to take position at AMD. Today, we have received confirmation from multiple reliable sources that Azor's official replacement has been named, and she is none other than Vivian Lien of ASUS. For those that have been around the enthusiast computing and gaming community for a while, Vivian should be familiar to you. She most recently served as the Global Head of Marketing for ASUS Gaming. Vivian has been with ASUS since 2007, where she has become a powerhouse presence in the marketing... Read more...
ASUS and Google have partnered on a mini PC project. The two companies are collaborating on Tinker Board single board computers (SBCs), which like the Raspberry Pi are credit card sized systems that can be used for a variety of projects. What makes this partnership somewhat unique, however, is the focus on edge AI computing. There are two "Tinker Edge" models—Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R. The Tinker Edge T (shown above) pairs an NXP i.MX8M ARM processor with an Edge TPU to accelerate local inference workloads using TensorFlow Lite. It also features a USB Type-C port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a GbE LAN port, and an HDMI port. ASUS Tinker Board R The Tinker Board R, meanwhile, is powered... Read more...
The concept of a purpose-built gaming phone is still somewhat in its infancy, though we are starting to see generational upgrades, such as the ASUS ROG Phone II. As the name implies, this is the second generation of ASUS' gaming handset. Like the original ROG Phone released last year, the ROG Phone II combines bleeding edge hardware with gaming-centric software optimizations. ASUS sprinkles in some nifty features (like Air Triggers) and then surrounds it all with optional accessories to amp up the experience. What ASUS has essentially created is not just a gaming phone, but a smartphone gaming ecosystem. For this second act, ASUS sets the stage with some notable upgrades. One that perhaps stands... Read more...
The wait is finally over—AMD on Thursday formally introduced its next generation Ryzen Threadripper lineup consisting of the 24-core/48-thread Threaderipper 3960X and 32-core/64-thread Threadripper 3970X (there will likely be more SKUs to follow). Following suit, AMD's hardware partners have come out with new TRX40 motherboards to house this next round of high-end desktop (HEDT) silicon, including multiple models from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. The TRX40 platform is stout. It offers quad-channel DDR4 memory support (ECC optional), a total of 88 PCI Express 4.0 lanes, multi-GPU support (CrossFire and SLI), up to 12 native USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, up to 4 native USB 2.0 ports, two x4 NVMe ports, up to... Read more...
The list of graphics cards based on NVIDIA's newest generation Turing GPU architecture has been growing, first with the expansion into GTX territory, then with the release of faster Super models to its GeForce RTX series. As it pertains to the latter, there have been rumors of NVIDIA refreshing its GeForce GTX series with Super models as well. ASUS may have confirmed that to be the case. Before we get to the rumor, let's have a look at the current Turing stack in the consumer sector (linked to our reviews of each model)... GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GeForce RTX 2080 Super GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2070 Super GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2060 Super GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GeForce GTX... Read more...
If you're looking for the ultimate Android gaming phone on the market, the ASUS ROG Phone II is now available to purchase in the United States... and it actually costs less than a new Apple iPhone 11 Pro. The smartphone is priced at $899, which undercuts the iPhone 11 Pro by $100 (it's also $200 cheaper than the iPhone 11 Pro Max). That price will get you a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080) AMOLED 10-bit HDR panel with a speedy 120Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate can be adjusted from 60Hz to 120Hz on command from Settings, and can even be set on a per-app basis. Powering the smartphone is Qualcomm's current top dog SoC: the Snapdragon 855+. This beastly chip features boosted CPU and GPU... Read more...
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