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We have seen Gundam-themed PC parts before, and none of them were really up to snuff. At an event in Japan, ASUS Republic of Gamers showed off a solid execution of the Gundam theme. A whole lineup of Gundam PC parts and peripherals were showcased, and they all look pretty slick. If you are a Gundam anime fan, you may have to go to get these parts shipped from Japan and pay a bit of markup to get them. Recently, on social media site BiliBili, a video was posted giving people an up-close and personal look at the show's star: a Gundam-themed NVIDIA RTX 3090. ASUS ROG nailed the execution, as the NVIDIA card looks robotic, but not in an over the top and tacky kind of way. The card is largely... Read more...
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...
We've been hearing quite a bit about ASUS' upcoming Republic of Gamers (ROG) Android gaming smartphone in recent months. The company first gave us a hint that such a device was in the works back in April, and more recently the phone was tipped to debut at Computex. Today, we're getting official word that a "new member" is joining the ASUS’ ROG family. The image shows a shadowy device with the words "Coming Soon" hovering over it. The reveal date in the tweet is June 4th, 2018, which is one day before the official start of Computex 2018. Although it's hard to see in the original tweet, a little fiddling around in my photo editor shows what looks to be a smartphone attached... 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, as it is in ours," ASUS explains. Though the two brands exist separate from one another, ASUS has... Read more...
The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is the latest in Asus' flagship line of enthusiast-class motherboards for gamers. It’s a top-end premium solution with a dizzying array of tuning options to supercharge your next build and tweak overall performance in games, networking and more. Our previous motherboard eval featured the Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable, which was a budget-friendly Z170 motherboard that offered strong performance, without a ton of superfluous bells and whistles. Yet the Gigabyte board was quite the performer, holding its own in most tests and even coming out ahead of a couple of competing Z170 boards in others.The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII ExtremeThe Asus Z170... Read more...
New processor architectures inevitably lead to a flurry of refreshed product lines from PC makers. That's how things have been playing out with Skylake, a "tock" in Intel's tick-tock design cadence and its 6th generation Core processor family. As usual, ASUS is on the bleeding edge with new Skylake systems ready to go, one of which is the ROG G752VT. The specific model ASUS sent us is the ROG G752VT-DH72, a slightly toned down update to the ROG G751JY-DB72 we reviewed back in September. Like that laptop, the G752VT falls into the desktop replacement category and takes aim at gamers with high-end hardware and, the coup de grâce, a 17.3-inch IPS panel supporting NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. If this... Read more...
It was just last month that we raved about the Asus ROG G751, which hammered our gaming benchmarks. Now, Asus is taking the wraps off its latest gaming laptop series, the ROG G752. Sporting Skylake processors and Nvidia graphics up to a GTX 980M, the three new ROG models look like they’ll be bringing even more muscle to your game. The systems should arrive in time for the holidays and start at $1,499. Asus showed off the ROG G752VL, G752VT and G752VY at IFA Berlin 2015. As it turns out, the hardware is generally the same in all three models, with the exception of the graphics. The systems have Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors and up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory. And they have 17.3-inch LED-backlit,... Read more...
ASUS took the wraps off its ROG GR6, a tiny PC with some serious hardware. The system is meant to be your LAN party go-to or a full-time resident of a desk with limited space and it’s loaded with style. It’s also loaded with Windows 8.1 and Steam Big Picture, so can bring a controller with you to the next LAN event. The ROG GR6 feature an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, as well as 8GB of memory and an SSD. It also has two USB ports on the front, as well as headphone and mic jacks. At the back, it has a lock port, additional USB and audio ports (including SPDIF), a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port and a DP port. It also has 802.11ac wireless connectivity. One of... Read more...
NVIDIA recently launched mobile variants of their latest Maxwell GPU architecture and we gave you a quick tease to show you what they were all about. Maxwell on the desktop is potent enough. However, the performance and efficiency of NVIDIA's latest GPU architecture would surely play out well in desktop replacement notebooks that cater to gamers and enthusiast who want graphics muscle and aren't afraid of a little extra heft. ASUS quickly saw the benefits of NVIDIA's Maxwell mobile GPU as well and obviously had an early lead in engineering a new gaming notebook that employs NVIDIA's fastest mobile GPU currently, known as the GeForce GTX 980M.  In a revamp of their G750 series of ROG... Read more...
Now that Intel's Haswell-E family has finally and officially been introduced (be sure to read our Intel Core i7 5960X CPU review, if you haven't already), brace yourself for a barrage of related product announcement from eager hardware partners who have been waiting for this day just as eagerly as the rest of us. That includes ASUS, which today introduced its new Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage V Extreme motherboard. This gnarly slab of awesome-sauce is built around Intel's X99 chipset and geared towards the gaming and overclocking crowds. To accommodate the new crop of Haswell-E processors, the board sports the latest LGA 2011-v3 socket configuration and boasts eight DIMM slots with support... Read more...
Before we dive in and show you the brand-new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync enabled monitor, we have a confession to make: We are ecstatic that there is finally some innovation happening in the monitor market. For years, 30” panels with native resolutions of 2560x1600 and paltry 60Hz refresh rates remained the pinnacle of desktop displays, while the rest of the market filled up with cheap, less-than-stellar 1080p panels. As much as we all loved our 30” panels around here, it got a little boring staring at the same screen for years on end, especially when all of the hardware around it was evolving at a breakneck pace. Thankfully, this past year has seen the arrival of 4K displays, with... Read more...
Before we dive in and show you the brand-new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync enabled monitor, we have a confession to make: We are ecstatic that there is finally some innovation happening in the monitor market. For years, 30” panels with native resolutions of 2560x1600 and paltry 60Hz refresh rates remained the pinnacle of desktop displays, while the rest of the market filled up with cheap, less-than-stellar 1080p panels. As much as we all loved our 30” panels around here, it got a little boring staring at the same screen for years on end, especially when all of the hardware around it was evolving at a breakneck pace. Thankfully, this past year has seen the arrival of 4K displays,... Read more...
We’ve already given you an overview of ASUS’ line of Z97-based motherboards (as well as a group of competitors' boards), and ASUS is rounding out that series with the new Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs Edition motherboards. These boards feature CrossChill Copper hybrid cooling, which features a copper cooling channel with internal fins that fit air or liquid cooling, SupremeFX Formula 2014 audio with EMI isolation and top-of-the-line components, and an Intel Gigabit Ethernet NIC that promises “no-delay gameplay”. Other features include a DIGI+ IIIVRM, NexFET MOSFETS, and ROG Armor that offers some additional physical support for the motherboard... Read more...
ASUS is so excited to promote its G550JK gaming laptop that it felt compelled to shout it from a mountain top. No, seriously -- ASUS's Republic of Gamers (ROG) division scaled Mt. Elbert, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains at 14,440 feet, with the G550JK in tow and set a world record for the highest elevation LAN party. Talk about an extreme way to get the people's attention! Hey, whatever works, right? And certainly this quirky feat has piqued our curiosity. To our surprise, this isn't a rugged laptop sporting a bulletproof chassis and 900 pounds of heft, but a relatively thin and lightweight machine, at least for a gaming notebook. The G550JK measures 15.1 inches by 10 inches by 1.1 inches... Read more...
ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been around for a while, and ASUS has rolled out some solid pieces of ROG-branded hardware to go along with them, but the company has taken things to a whole new level by launching an entire lineup of ROG-branded gaming machines that includes a desktop, a console, a gaming notebook, a graphics card, and a monitor. G20 The ROG G20 gaming desktop is a SFF rig with no visible exhaust vents--it relies on a hidden airflow tunnel and natural convection for cooling--and ASUS claims it offers near-silent performance. Under the hood it rocks a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and it’s designed in part to run... Read more...
It’s that time of year again folks, and we’ve been getting some previews of the hot new motherboards coming down the pike. We already discussed what Gigabyte has in store, but ASUS gave us the grand tour of their new, extensive lineup of Z97 motherboards. We’re talking the whole socket LGA 1150 schmeer here, from mainstream boards to deluxe models to ROG gaming boards to the TUF and workstation models.    Z97-Deluxe First off, I have to say that ASUS’ deluxe and mainstream motherboards are just about the prettiest I’ve ever seen. Those pewter-ish accents look superb in person--metallic and cool without being ostentatious--and just look at those circular... Read more...
ASUS, like the other major motherboard manufacturers, has an extensive lineup of boards that now support Intel's 4th-generation Haswell processors and come packing the Z87 chipset. There are motherboards in ASUS' quiver that run the gamut from gaming boards to workstation boards to consumer-focused boards and beyond, but the company seems proudest of its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) line. There are multiple Z87-based ROG boards in the series, and we took a look at three of them that represent a nice variety of form factors and features--the Maximus VI Impact, Maximus VI Gene, and the Maximus VI Formula--and also look at the work that the company has put into developing a robust gaming platform...... Read more...
ASUS, like the other major motherboard manufacturers, has an extensive lineup of boards that now support Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors and come packing the Z87 chipset. There are motherboards in ASUS’ quiver that run the gamut from gaming boards to workstation boards to consumer-focused boards and beyond, but the company seems proudest of its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) line. There are multiple Z87-based ROG boards in the series, and we took a look at three of them that represent a nice variety of form factors and features--the Maximus VI Impact, Maximus VI Gene, and the Maximus VI Formula--and also look at the work that the company has put into developing a robust gaming... Read more...
There’s gold in them thar motherboards, or so the saying (sort of) goes. ASUS announced that its upcoming line of Intel Z87-based motherboards will sport a decidedly gold color scheme, from the heatsinks to the DIMM slots. The boards will also feature black PCBs and silver accents. For the record, we’re talking nearly the whole line, including ASUS’ TUF, and WS motherboards, so if you prefer the older blue scheme over the new gold one, you're out of luck unless you roll with an ROG board. ASUS Z87 WS ASUS says that the new “gold imbued” heatsinks actually do offer better cooling performance, with a larger surface area for better heat dissipation than its earlier... Read more...
Ever since AMD debuted the HD 7000 series, there's been rumors that a high-end HD 7990 dual-GPU version of the card would appear and take on Nvidia's GTX 690. Thus far, the company has avoided launching such a card in the consumer space (the S10000, which we covered last November, packs two 7970 cores on a single PCB but is aimed at data centers and the virtualization market). Asus has evidently gotten tired of waiting. Like the other top-end cards the company has built, the new Ares II combines two of AMD's fastest 7970 GPUs on a single PCB. According to Asus, it'll be building just 1000 of these cards. Each will ship with a serial number etched into its aluminum backplate. The GPU uses a liquid... Read more...
ASUS’ line of G73 Stealth notebooks proved to be all-around solid desktop replacements, equally ideal for gaming, multimedia, and productivity. In fact, the Asus G53 and G73 line, from Asus' Repulic of Gamers (ROG) family, has been very successful in the market, praised by press and end users alike. We took a look at the previous generation 17-inch G73SW not long ago and it earned high marks with us HH as well. This class of machine is definitely bulky however, though not that many gamers would mind. Now, the G73 is being phased out in favor of the ASUS G74 series, the next step forward for the company’s family of desktop replacement notebooks. We took a long hard look at the ASUS... Read more...
Asus today added another model to its growing Republic of Gamers (ROG) notebook line, this latest one being the G74SX. The G74SX sports the same overall aggressive design as previous models, but according to Asus, it features certain improvements to give users an easier way to upgrade, as well as a better gaming experience. Towards the latter, Asus says they keyboard is more spacious with extra room for the number pad and arrow keys, and also has bigger shift keys. As far as upgrades go, the G74SS now includes an Easy Upgrade Cover. This allows users access to the underbelly by simply prying the cover off with a coin. In addition, Asus also upgraded the rear venting system, which now consists... Read more...
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