And now for something completely different, there has always been a drive for new and innovative tech applications, from transformers style political illustrations to the latest in gaming titles, tech is always moving in different directions. This avenue is an educational yet quite fun way to convey mathematical Equations and formulas in the form of a moving map art display.
Below is the first GIF, this is, well, a sumo wrestler if I am not mistaken, now, I have had to research these as I am not a mathematical genius and it turns out this is an “epicycloid or a plane curve that is produced by tracing the path of a chosen point of a circle. This is therefore called an epicycle which rolls without slipping around a fixed circle”
Next up below is what appears to be an early 2000s music player pattern, this in fact conveys “Fermat’s Spiral” or also known as a “parabolic spiral” and follows this equation or the below image follows this equation r(θ) = a*sqrt(θ)
Next up below is what looks to be a hypnotizing eye, it’s not thankfully but represents a Hyperbolic Spiral and is also known as a “transcendental plane curve or in this case a Reciprocal Spiral“. If you’re wondering what that is then it is defined as a “spiral in which the length of the radius vector is inversely proportional to the angle through which it is turned”, The polar equation of a reciprocal spiral is r = 1/θ”.
Last up below is what video games looked like years ago, anyway, this is defined as “Grid Art using Equations and Inequalities” in basic terms an “inequality means finding all of its solutions. A “solution of an inequality is a number which when substituted for the variable makes the inequality a true statement”.
In layman terms, it’s a mathematical ghost.
Even though these are slightly complicated they are pieces of artwork that are fascinating and present a subject in an engaging way, If I had not found these then I would not have naturally searched for high-end mathematical equations.
The new ASUS RoG Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch_Dogs motherboard series has been revealed. Featuring the new Intel Z97 chipset the boards are based around the latest 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors. That includes Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-Series and Broadwell.
The Maximus VII Formula series supports dual-channel up to DDR 3300+ (OC) memory, and quad-GPU SLI and 3-way CrossFireX for gaming rigs with multiple graphics cards. The new motherboard series also includes two SATA Express and ten SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as eight USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports – connectivity is certainly not going to be an issues here!
All the premium bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from the ASUS RoG series are here, as well as a few new additions. Hybrid cooling thanks to the CrossChill copper, high-end audio performance from the SupremeFX hardware, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst II, LANGuard, Extreme Engine DIGI+ III, TrueVolt 5V, ROG Armor, as well as a multitude of ultra high quality components.
The standard VII Formula will come with the motherboard and usual accessories, while the Watch_Dogs bundle will also see a copy of Ubisofts latest title bundled along with it.
More details on release date and price are expected follow soon. Just keep in mind that this is a flagship board, so expect an eye-watering price tag to match its expectedly high-end performance.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
With Haswell on a close horizon and Intel still holding the fort under close guard with regards to their 4th Generation chips, we’ve been seeing the lid slowly lift from each of the motherboard vendors on what their new boards will have to offer. Asus is next in line to show off some of their new boards from their Series , TUF (The Ultimate Force) and ROG (Republic of Gamers) lines and at each level they are offering up the best they can in terms of performance, user experiences, stability and upgrade paths.
Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales commented “ASUS possesses the best research and development expertise, and as always we are confident that we offer our customers the finest quality with these new motherboards. We’re including a variety of media-praised exclusive features with each model, and are proud to announce that we have the most comprehensive Z87 motherboard launch line-up, all available simultaneously”
On the bottom end of Asus’ new line-up is a completely re-branded set of Series boards. The most notable part of this re-brand is the drop of the blue and black colour scheme that we have come to know with Asus entry level boards – the new colour scheme is based around a two tone yellow/gold, but thankfully this is not a shiny gold which would be rather displeasing to the eye. Whilst there are a number of boards in the Series range, looking at both ends of the range, Asus have covered all the grounds when it comes to compatibility – something which we have seen previously on their Z77 boards of a similar level. Between this board is a number of models that make a transition from a board for more mainstream builds, offering all the Z87 features. These include the Z87-C, Z87-PRO, Z87-PLUS and the Z87I-Delux (a mini ITX offering).
Top top end of the Series range see native PCI fully replaced with PCIe amongst other subtle changes. All the new series boards will see the integration of Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-way optimisation, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 2 amongst other now offerings from Intel.
Moving up one stage and on to the TUF line of boards, this line only see some subtle changes with a full ATX board that in some respects looks very similar to the previous generation Z77 board. This is all because of the thermal armour that is laid across the PCB to keep the board as cool as possible and keep dust away from all empty slots with a series of Dust Defender plugs that fill empty ports. On the back of the PCB we see a new Fortifier metal plate that reinforces the PCB to prevent it warping whist in use and an airflow boosting valve design around the CPU power areas.
Making a fresh appearance to the TUF line-up is one of Asus’ many new boards. The Gryphon is a mATX version of the Sabertooth and like its bigger brother, it features all the same top quality components and features as well as the extended expected lifetime from its higher temperature tolerance. What is missing though is the thermal armour, however Asus will be supplying this separately and the two piece kit can be quickly mounted to the Gryphon’s PCB.
Top top of the new Z87 range is Asus’ top end ROG boards. These boards for a number of generations now have been renowned for their top end performance and overclocking abilities. New to the ROG line of boards and sitting mi-range is the HERO. This new board’s purpose is to offer mainstream the gamers the stepping stone into the ROG brand, but at a price point that is far more manageable compared to the flagship Maximus IV Extreme. As well as these two boards, Asus will also be launching an updated Maximus IV Gene and all these boards will feature Supreme FX audio as well as a new on-screen ‘Sonic-Radar’ that works as a viual overlay to any game to indicate the direction a proximity of a gun fire for example in a visual format.
The flagship Extreme board see a new overclocking tool, that unlike the previous generations OC-key is set to be far more user friendly and intuitive to use and alongside this in the Extreme box, users with find a 5.25″ drive bay adaptor to allow the OC Panel to operate as a fan control panel from the front of a case.