ASUS Unveils The GT51CA ROG Gaming PC

In the current gaming PC market, there’s a huge amount of companies to choose from offering pre-configured PC builds at very respectable price points. This allows those without technical expertise to acquire a gaming rig with good cable management and an attractive aesthetic design. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range initially began as a premium motherboard brand opting for the very best components. Since then it’s expanded into peripherals, graphics cards, gaming laptops and much more! Yesterday, ASUS unveiled their latest gaming desktop sporting the ROG brand which features a 6th generation Intel core i7 processor with Turbo Gear functionality to enable an overclock in a single click. The cheaper model utilizes a core i5-6600K and can be overclocked to 4.3GHz while the higher end model has a core i7-6700K and reaches speeds of 4.6GHz. On another note, the GT51CA’s base model has a GTX 970 and can be upgraded all the way up to two GTX Titan X cards in SLI.

The system is bundled with up to two 512GB NVMe drives in a RAID0 configuration capable of staggering data speeds around 3.2 Gbps. The base package contains 16GB 2133MHZ DDR4 memory which can be overclocked to 2400MHz. Please note, the memory is upgradable to 64GB if you require additional performance. The 64GB higher end option allows for overclocks up to 2800MHz.

Effective cooling for stable marathon gaming sessions
The ROG GT51CA delivers efficient heat management for stable high-performance gaming sessions. It boasts a multi-zone thermal solution that lowers the system’s internal temperatures by up to 31%, even during heavy-load marathon gaming sessions.

It features the liquid-cooled Hydro Overclocking System for the CPU and dedicated air channels to draw cool air into the chassis for the graphics card. In addition, its power supply unit – situated in the bottom corner of the chassis – also has its own isolated airflow design for cooling.

Aggressive, award-winning design
The ROG GT51CA has a bold aerodynamic-inspired design with aggressive, sharp-angled polygonal edges, smooth surfaces, and a fully-functional turbine-like air intake on its front panel. The latter features a pulse-width modulation (PWM) fan that draws air into the cooling system. Inside, a carefully thought-out design ensures perfectly neat cable routing.

The ROG GT51CA is designed to impress, with dynamic 8-million-color LED effects in 4 zones across its chassis, and a preset OC lighting mode that is activated whenever the system is overclocked. ROG GT51CA’s bold design helped it win a 2016 iF Design Award and a 2016 CES Innovation Award.

Additional gaming enhancements
The ROG GT51CA boasts an ESS Sabre headphone DAC and amplifier on its front audio jack to give users incredible audiophile-grade sound. It provides high dynamic range (DNR) and low noise levels for rich audio with less distortion.

The wearable ROG BAND gives users access to Shadow Drive – a hidden hard drive space for managing personal and confidential data safely. ROG BAND can also be used to activate overclocking mode.

The ASUS-exclusive AEGIS II application lets gamers monitor system performance, record and edit gameplay with Gamecaster, and easily share their gaming experiences on social media.

Unfortunately, there’s no information regarding price, but don’t expect it to be cheap given the impressive specification and ROG styling.

Lian Li Launches ROG Certified PC-Q17 Chassis In The UK

It has been a little over a month since Lian Li introduced us to the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) certified PC-Q17 chassis, but at the time we didn’t get a release date nor a price. The good news is that we now have both these details and can provide them to you. All that’s left now is for you to decide whether you want one of these and if it will be worth the asking price.

The UK availability of the ROG certified Lian Li PC-Q17 chassis is set to early October where you’ll be able to pick one up from our friends at Overclockers UK. The initial retail price is set to £159.90, a hefty price for such a small chassis.

The small chassis has just as a unique shape on the outside as it has on the inside. The side panel is basically just one large piece of tempered glass while the rest of the case comes in Lian Li’s trademark aluminium with a brushed front. You’ll find two USB 3.0 port and audio jacks at the bottom of the case and not on the top as usual and that is because that’s where you can mount a slot-in optical drive and make it pop the disks directly up.

The top-mounted drive bay doesn’t just work for optical disk drives, it also works for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk drives and solid state drives. Very few people still want to retain the optical drive, but most people would probably rather use it for a normal storage drive. The place behind the ODD bay is designated for the power supply and that also explains why the bay is upwards. The PC-Q17 uses a default ATX power supply that can be up to 150mm long.

You can mount two 3.5-inch drives at the bottom of the chassis, two 2.5-inch drives on the side of the PSU and one 2.5-inch on the bottom of it. The motherboard tray has a large cut-out for easy assembly and maintenance. There is clearance for GPUs with a length up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm. These are values that you should watch carefully when building in a case like this. Nothing worse than ordering a fancy GTX 980 Ti card, only to find out that it doesn’t fit into the chassis.

There isn’t much room left on the insides for liquid cooling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. The top panel can take up to 240mm radiator that will be mounted on the outside of the chassis. A clever design also allows AIO coolers to be used, just remove the top plate and the tubing can be passed through.

Product Features of the PC-Q17

  • Removable acrylic side window displays lit ROG logo and hides the PSU
  • Water cooling: 240mm on top pop off panel with mouse ears for AIO support
  • ROG Certification
  • Sloped and angled front compartment for looks, options and airflow.
  • ATX type PSU, GPU and CPU cooling support
  • Accommodates longer VGA card – up to 270mm
  • Accommodates larger CPU cooler – up to 140mm
  • Accommodates larger PSU – up to 150mm Long

ASUS Z170 ROG Lineup Pictured

We’ve already seen what MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock and BIOSTAR plan to do with Intel’s upcoming Z170 platform. Today, we’re bringing you the launch lineup for the ROG series from ASUS. Short for Republic of Gamers, ROG has been the main gaming focused lineup from ASUS and offers their own gaming focused theme and features. These boards mark the 8th iteration of the ROG series.

From the looks of it, we have the complete launch ROG lineup with the usual suspects. We have the mATX Gene, the more budget friendly ATX Ranger, the mainstream Hero and the aptly named E-ATX Extreme. As with the Haswell launch, we can expect the ATX Formula and mITX Impact to come a bit after the Skylake launch.

Despite sticking to the familiar black and red motif, the colours are much more subtle this time around, taking a more stealthy look. The red parts act more like a highlight rather than being a main colour on the boards. ASUS also looks to have chosen a more grey colour for the metallic parts of the board, eschewing the older black.

The VRM heatsinks on the Hero and Extreme are also much more substantial than before, consuming the back I/O port as well.Given the hefty VRM sections and their beefy heatsinks, the new ROG boards should do well in the overclocking department as the FIVR is removed with Skylake.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information 

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Dream Gaming Machine Global Online Campaign

ASUS Republic of Gamers division recently invited a dozen world-class modders to build twelve dream gaming machines with very few conditions. The system should be based on either G20 and GR8 gaming desktops or the G57 gaming laptop and the modding should be completed in just 30 hours. The outcome and modded systems look amazing.

You can even vote on your favourite build out of the twelve and the best part of all, you can win a gaming system yourself by doing so. ROG are asking their fans to vote for their favorite Dream Gaming Machine in a global online poll, between 30th March to 27th April 2015, with voters able to win ROG G20 and GR8 gaming desktops with VG248QE and VG278HE ultra-fast 144Hz gaming monitors, and G751 gaming laptops.

 

You can vote once a day to increase your odds and bonus giveaways are triggered with each 10.000 global votes. The bonus prizes include the ROG Gladius mouse and Whetstone mouse pad.

The winners are picked randomly and announced on the global Facebook page. Sounds good to me, I’ll go vote for my favourite right now. You can watch build videos that include interviews as well as more photos on the same page, worth a checkout.



Asus ROG G751JY-T7051H Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


With every incarnation of Next-Gen mobile GPU releases there is always a high-end selection from each major manufacturer vying for the title of “World’s Fastest Laptop”, “Ultimate Portable Gaming Notebook” or similar, and Asus is no stranger for aiming for this accolade. Their Republic Of Gamers (or “ROG” as more commonly known) series is specifically designed towards this area, and has put out regular revisions of its G-Series laptops since the launch of the G70 in 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and we have the G751 series, aimed the highest point in the market in terms of price and performance, using the latest Intel Haswell CPU and the Nvidia GTX 980m GPU based on the new Maxwell architecture.

There was a point in time where most manufacturers could get away with purchasing the latest Clevo OEM motherboard and cramming it with the latest hardware and then shipping it out – though Asus was one of the few at the time to take thermals into account and actually create a custom cooling solution that helped gamers get the most out of their the high-end hardware. Add some aggressive looking “Stealth Fighter” design choices and you have the ROG series in a nutshell.

As an owner of gaming laptops over the years including the Asus G73 back in the day, I have high hopes going into this review that Asus have delivered a monster of a machine capable of gaming till my eyes go square. After briefly looking over the hardware specifications I am looking forward to pushing the G751 to its limits, while hopefully being met with a tremendous gaming experience that will keep me glued to my seat over the New Year. As a laptop pushing the £2000 boundary, this represents a significant investment and therefore we have high expectations going into this review.

Specifications
  • Name: Asus G751JY-T7051H
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4860HQ @ 2.4GHz (up to 3.4GHz Turboboost)
  • RAM: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 1.35w (8GB*4)
  • SSD: 512GB PCIE SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
  • WLAN: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor: 3″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: Chiclet Red blacklit Asus ROG branded
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x Thunderbolt, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • ODD: BD-RW (6x)
  • Battery: 8-Cell 6000mAh 88w/h
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 41.6 x 31.8 x 5.3 cm
  • Weight: 8kg with battery (10.6lb)
  • Warranty: 2 year Global Warranty, can be extended to 3 for an extra £65
  • Price: £1999.99 Inc VAT

Packaging & Accessories

The notebook box provides a decent amount of protection to the laptop inside, and both the machine itself and accessories have an extra layer of protection in that they are inside in thin foam bags. Having said that though for a laptop of this value, it would have been nice if it had been shipped inside a padded box for extra protection, in the same way the PC Specialist Cosmos 2 was packed.

The box is well designed, with carry handle and angled sides reminiscent of the laptop’s aggressively edged design. Upon lifting the lid of the box you are greeted with the line “In Search of Incredible” on the inner lid, and the system itself wrapped inside its afore-mentioned sleeve. The power supply is located in a compartment to the right of the system, and the accessories are stored in a compartment that is revealed under the laptop once it has been lifted from the box.

Included is a power supply, UK 3 pin plug with kettle connection to the power supply, an Asus branded cable tidy wrap, manual, quick start guide, warranty card and cleaning cloth.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

ASUS Announces Strix 2.0 Multi-Platform Gaming Headset

On Christmas Eve, ASUS announced the Strix 2.0 Multi-Platform Gaming Headset that is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, smartphones, and tablets alike. The Strix 2.0 features large 60 mm drivers that should deliver some deep bass and clear sound for both gaming sessions and music listening. It also features a dual-microphone design with a detachable boom mic as well as in-line mic for when you’re on the go. To increase the portability more than just removing the boom mic, the Strix 2.0 features foldable earpieces and weighs just 320 grams.

The Strix 2.0 comes with a Y-adapter and a 1.5m braided-fiber extension cable with separate headphone and mic plugs for compatibility. Also included is a four-pole 3.5mm audio/mic combined connector enables Strix 2.0 to be used with smartphones, tablets, and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles.

The drivers have an impedance of 32-ohms, a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz, and a sensitivity of 98dB SPL. The microphone has a unidirectional pickup pattern, 50Hz to 16KHz frequency response and a sensitivity from -40 to +3dB.

Thanks to ROG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ROG

ASUS ROG Announces Matrix GTX 980

 

We’ve seen a few leaks and last week we were teased with the Matrix GTX 980 from ASUS’ Republic of Gamers department, but now it’s official and the Matrix GTX 980 has been announced. The new card has already created an impressive 3DMark 11 score of 28,557 with higher scores expected once the world’s overclockers get their hands on this new beauty.

The highlighted features on this graphics card are the DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan, the matt-black heat pipes and the ROG LED that will show the real-time load for those who have side panels with windows or open case systems. For the extreme overclockers it packs a memory defroster on the bottom side of the PCB, an extra 4pin Molex power connector and a reset button if the overclocking failed to bad.

There are many other features too, as the Matrix GTX980 will come with ASUS DIGI+ VRM with 14 phases, upgraded Super Alloy Power bits and 10k black metallic capacitors.

The card features a boosted GPU speed of 1342 MHz which is said to give up to 13% better performance in gaming, quite a nice accomplishment. The base clock is running at 1241MHz and the 4GB GDDR5 memory is running on a 256-bit interface at 7010MHz.

The Matrix features the ROG edition of GPU Tweak that adds detailed GPU load-line calibration and VRM-frequency tuning and it lets users share on-screen actions over the internet in real-time.

The new ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 is said to be available from starting mid-December, but the most shops have an estimated time of arrival set to the 2nd January. Overclockers UK currently has it listed as pre-order option at a price of £629.99 inc VAT.

While the black and red coloured theme might not be every ones cup of tea, they are the ROG colours. And even looking aside from the colour choice, once can’t deny that this is both a beauty in optics and a beast on the specifications.

Thanks to ROG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ROG

ASUS Unveils its GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinium

ASUS has unveiled its latest video card, the new GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum, the latest in its growing line of fully-custom GTX 980 video cards. The new ASUS GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum features a Boost Clock of up to 1342MHz, with its memory at stock speeds of 7GHz. We have a modified PCB allowing for 12+2 phase power design, which is provided to us as Digi+ Super Alloy Power.

Compared to the previous entry in the ROG Matrix line up from ASUS, which featured the GTX 780 Ti GPU, the cards are pretty much identical. The full specs on the new ASUS GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum are as follows:

Matrix GTX 980 Spec Overview

  • Nvidia GTX 980 GPU with 1342 MHz GPU Boost Clock
  • 4GB, 7010 MHz (effective) GDDR5
  • 3 x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x dual-link DVI-I display outputs
  • ROG color-coded load Indicator
  • ROG Edition GPU Tweak
  • DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan, 10mm matt-black heatpipes
  • Extreme OC Features: Memory Defroster, Safe Mode,
  • DIGI+ VRM power control with 14-phase Super Alloy Power and Black Metallic capacitors.

Source: VideoCardz.

 

EK Releases Full-Cover Water Block for the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX

If you’ve been waiting to buy the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX GPU, now might be your time. EK Water Blocks has just announced the new Full-Cover waterblock that is designed for the new ASUS STRIX series NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, the EK-FC980 GTX STRIX.

The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) engineering team worked hand-in-hand with EK Water Blocks to co-develop the Full-Cover water block, which cools the GPU, RAM and VRM. The new EK-FC980 GTX STRIX water block features “EK unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, such design offers great hydraulic perfromance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps,” according to VideoCardz.

The new EK-FC980 GTX STRIX water blocks are made in Slovenia, Europe, and can be purchased through the EK Webshop, or Partner Reseller Network.

Source: VideoCardz.

ASUS Crossblade Ranger (FM2+) Motherboard Review

Introduction and Closer Look


The last time ASUS released a Republic of Gamers series motherboard for an AMD platform was way back in late 2011. The motherboard in question was the ASUS Crosshair V Formula which ASUS have since refurbished and re-released as the Crosshair V Formula-Z. The key theme with ASUS ROG motherboards for AMD platforms is that they have never been produced for AMD’s APU platforms, until now. In a somewhat surprising move in August of this year ASUS announced their first ROG motherboard for AMD’s A-Series platform; to be called the Crossblade Ranger.

The Crossblade Ranger’s existence makes sense given the recent speculative report from Digitimes that claims AMD and ASUS have planned stronger cooperation together on APU related matters. Even if such speculation is untrue the Crossblade Ranger is still a welcomed addition to the marketplace as many ASUS ROG fans have been requesting such ROG treatment for the AMD APU platforms. While AMD’s FM2+ platform isn’t the obvious choice for a gaming system, having the flexibility to take advantage of AMD’s latest Steamroller based CPU architecture is only possible on the FM2+ socket. AMD recently released their fastest Steamroller-based CPU the Athlon X4 860K Black Edition. With 4 cores at 3.7-4GHz and a 95W TDP the 860K is identical to the A10-7850K in terms of the CPU component, the only difference is at $90 the 860K is half the price of the $180 7850K making it a great choice for gamers who want to go with a discrete graphics solution.

With all that in mind AMD’s FM2+ A88X platform makes an interesting choice for a budget gaming system; you can pair up AMD’s Athlon X4 860K with a sweet-spot discrete GPU like an R9 280X or GTX 770 and you’ll have no trouble smashing through the latest games at 1080p or 1440p. Where does the ASUS Crossblade Ranger fit in you say? Well the Crossblade Ranger brings all of the coveted gaming motherboard features from the expensive Z97 and X99 ROG boards down to a more attractive price point. By gaming motherboard features we aren’t just talking of “sticking on a Killer NIC and make it red”. I’m referring to things that Gamers can actually notice and make use of like the ASUS KeyBot hardware and software package that allows you to bind macros to your keyboard even if it doesn’t have macro keys. Or the ASUS ROG GameFirst III packet prioritisation software with Intel’s high-spec Gigabit controller that allows you to accelerate and organise your internet connection priorities. There’s also the ASUS SupremeFX audio implementation with automatic headphone impedance detection (Sonic SenseAmp), custom hardware level audio profiles for different game types that are set via an onboard switch (Sonic SoundStage) and a variety of software enhancements for in-game voice chat, bass enhancement and virtual surround sound (Sonic Studio). It doesn’t stop there either, ASUS also offer their Sonic Radar II software which provides positional data on audio signals received in-game as well as a functional RAMDisk package for users who have enough RAM to load one of their favourite games onto.

Packaging and Accessories

Being an ROG series motherboard the accessory bundle for the Crossblade Ranger is well-endowed. Among the usual assortment of documentation we find four SATA cables, a dark metallic rear I/O shield, ASUS Q-Connectors for your front panel connectors, an ASUS ROG mousepad, an ROG door-hanger and some sticky-labels for marking up each of your SATA devices to avoid confusion.

Closer Look

While all motherboard vendors now have a red and black motherboard offering there’s just something special about the ASUS ROG design. The Crossblade Ranger is a stunning looking board for gamers.

Along the right hand edge of the motherboard we find 8 SATA ports, a fan header, USB 3.0 header, the motherboard 24 pin, a MemOK! button, an LN2 mode jumper, a Slow Mode switch, probes for voltage read-offs, a reset button, a power on button and a debug LED.

The bottom starts with premium ELNA audio capacitors on the left, the audio front panel header next to that, the SoundStage button for hardware level audio profiles, a TPM header, ROG_EXT header, clear CMOS button, dual USB 2.0 headers, a KeyBot button and the front panel connectors.

The SupremeFX 2014 audio package comes on its own isolated PCB which is illuminated red. That red illumination can be disabled within the BIOS too.

The rear I/O offers up all of the essentials for any system: plenty of USB, a legacy PS/2 for those who like it, a variety of display connections if you choose to use an APU, Intel Gigabit LAN and a plethora of audio jacks.

At the top of the motherboard we find a pair of CPU fan headers, the first of two stylised CPU VRM heatsinks and an EPS 8 pin CPU power.

The second CPU VRM heatsink holds the Ranger nomenclature. Around the CPU socket ASUS use an 8 phase VRM which equips their newly designed allow chokes, 10K black metallic caps and the NexFETTMMOSFET design.

PCIe connectivity will allow for dual-GPU configurations but being an FM2+ motherboard we can’t imagine many users will be opting for more than a single graphics card. The lack of any M.2 ports is the noticeable omission when comparing this board to an ROG Z97 equivalent like the Maximus VII Ranger.

The back of the motherboard features reinforcement plates for improved stability and cooling: something no other motherboard vendors do.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches the GR8 Gaming mini-PC

ASUS has launched their newest addition to the gaming scene in form of the Republic of Gamers branded GR8 Gaming Mini-PC. This tiny PC has a volume of just 2.5 liters while packing an Intel Core i7-4510U Haswell processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell graphics card. Asus packed some mighty performance into the form-factor of a gaming console and it comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed.

It supports up to 16GB DDR3 memory on its two SO-DIMM slots and comes with either a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard disk or a 256 GB solid state drive. For the wireless pleasures it has dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. There are plenty of connection options on this gaming PC with two USB 2.0 ports on the front where one of them features extra charging power. There are two 3.5 mm audio jacks for microphone and headphone connections and of course of a power button.

On the rear of the PC we find four USB 3.0 ports for high-speed connections and a RJ45 connector for the Intel Gigabit Ethernet. It has tree 3.5 mm audio jacks on the back for line-in, line-out and microphone as well as a S/PDIF optical out. You can connect up to two monitors to this gaming PC with the built-in HDMI and DisplayPort connections that both support Ultra HD 4K resolution. There’s also a Kensington lock to prevent sticky fingers from running away with your little treasure.

The GR8 Gaming mini-PC is built with easy access to memory and storage for convenience while upgrading or just doing the ordinary maintenance. This isn’t just a tiny form factor PC, it’s also tiny on the power consumption. It comes with a 19Volt DC adapter with 6.32A and 120W power output and the system itself is rated to 0.4 watts when off, 13 watts at idle and 70 to 77 watts when running with full 3D loads.

This wouldn’t be a Republic of Gamers product without a long-range of exclusive features. This Gaming mini-PC features the SupremeFX Audio, Sonic SoundStage, Sonic SenseAmp, Sonic Studio, Sonic Radar II, GameFirst III and can work as Miracast receiver. It also gives you access to 100 GB of Asus HomeCloud storage for 12 months.

The mini-PC is whisper-quiet at just 20dB when idle or low loads and 28dB when running at full capacity. The optional bundle version comes with a ROG Gladius optical gaming mouse and a M801 compact mechanical keyboard. The Asus Republic of Gamers GR8 Gaming Mini-PC will be available this month but there isn’t any word on pricing yet.

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Thank you ASUS for providing us with these information

Images and video courtesy of ASUS

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces G751 Gaming Laptop

Asus’ gamer brand Republic of Gamers has announced their newest laptop, the G751 Gaming Laptop. It is packed with enthusiast grade Intel i7 processors and the newest Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M mobile GPUs to give the best gaming experience on the go. The new G751 retains the classic stealthy F-22 Raptor inspired look and sports an aluminium finish with an illuminated ROG Logo

Asus managed to achieve what they call an intelligent and near silent cooling system for this laptop. Heat and thereby noise created by tiny fans is a common problem with laptops that are being pushed to their limits. By using direct copper heat sinks and placing the components strategically, Asus managed to achieve this silent laptop. It has a dual-fan system that blows the hot air out the vents to the rear of the laptop. The large vents allow for sufficient hot air to escape and at the same time give the laptop a roaring look.

The screen is a 17.3-inch matte, anti-flare FULL HD IPS display with a 178 degree viewing angle. The laptop supports external 4k/UHD displays and has the Trinity Display technology that allows a total of 4 screens to run simultaneous by using three external and the built-in display.

The keyboard is ergonomically angled for comfort even during marathon gaming sessions. The keys have adjustable backlight and the WASD keys are extra highlighted.

This is a laptop for gamers and as such has dedicated buttons to access steam and perform one-click gameplay recording. It also has a custom macro button you can assign to what ever you’d like. The GPU uses the Asus TurboMaster GPU-overclocking to get even more power from the already great GTX 980M. Sound is also important when gaming and as such it has Asus Sonicmaster and ROG Audiowizard for the best audio experience on the go. Optimal network traffic is ensured by the GameFirst III that optimizes networks to give users lag-free gameplay by prioritising it.

The G751 Gaming laptop also features plenty of connectivity options. It has two USB 3 ports on each side for a total of four ports to connect input devices and extra storage, three stereo audio jacks for 5.1 surround sound. HDMI 1.4, mini DisplayPort and DSUB for additional monitors and Gigabit Ethernet to get online. It also has a Blu-Ray drive and card reader.

Thank you ASUS ROG for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of ASUS ROG

ASUS Rampage V Extreme (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


The Rampage line of ASUS motherboards are famed for their class-leading performance and prestigious reputation. With every new CPU on Intel’s High-End Desktop (HEDT) Platform we’ve seen new ASUS Rampage motherboards. The first Rampage arrived with LGA 775 and the X48 chipset, we saw the second iteration Rampage II come with socket LGA 1366, the X58 chipset and Bloomfield CPUs. The Rampage III arrived with the same socket and chipset but with the new 32nm Gulftown CPUs that introduced 6 cores for the first time. Intel continued the 32nm and 6 core trend when ASUS brought out the Rampage IV Extreme for X79 and Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. With Ivy Bridge-E ASUS refreshed the Rampage IV Extreme with a Black Edition variant that used the same socket and chipset as the original board it improved on. Now we’ve got Intel’s Haswell-E 8 cores and ASUS have brought the Rampage motherboard into its fifth iteration – and it’s more bada$$ than ever before.

The ASUS Rampage V Extreme is the complete package for the Intel LGA 2011-3 X99 platform. It supports all the bells and whistles….. and then ASUS added a gong and foghorn just for good measure. The R5E draws its inspiration from its predecessor and continues to target a broad user-base with features suitable for extreme overclockers, gamers, workstation users and elitist PC users. ASUS haven’t just settled for the X99 chipset, they decided to keep on adding more and keep on improving. Of note for this board is the ASUS OC Socket which adds extra pins to allow for additional voltage controls with Intel Haswell-E CPUs, ASUS claims better DRAM and CPU overclocking than on rival motherboards. We could go through all the new features of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme but there’s just so much, we refer you over to our ASUS X99 launch article which explains in-depth all the new features of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme and other ASUS X99 motherboards.

Packaging and Accessories

An ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard wouldn’t be complete without a lavish package. Straight away you notice just how big the Rampage V Extreme is, there must be a ton inside the box!

Flipping the box over gives us a detailed break-down of features, specifications and other technical details of which more can be found at the ASUS Rampage V Extreme product page.

Normally we wouldn’t bother showing you all the different parts of a product’s packaging but with the R5E there’s an exception to be made, it comes beautifully presented and ASUS certainly know how to make their buyers feel special.

You get a tonne of accessories with the R5E so let’s work our way through them. Firstly, you get a variety of documentation, a driver utility DVD, a door hanger and some stickers for managing your internal components.

Next we find an alternate backplate for LN2 pot mounting, the rear I/O shield which is padded, a 2 way Crossfire bridge and 2/3/4 way SLI bridge.

ASUS include 10 SATA cables, a variety of temperature probes, Q-Connectors for the front panel connectors and a WiFi Antennae for the dual band 2.4/5GHz WiFi.

The final piece of the accessory pack is the OC panel, this allows you to easily overclock and tweak your motherboard.

ASUS also give you the option to mount it into a provided 5.25 inch bay and access it from the front of your case, a USB cable is also provided for interfacing between the OC panel and the system.

ASUS X99 Motherboard Launch Coverage

Introduction & The Boards


The run-up to the launch of Intel’s new X99 chipset has been very similar to that of Z97 in that nothing has been kept a secret. Everything about the new chipset, the new CPUs and the different motherboards vendors will produce has been exposed to the press in recent weeks. However, ASUS have been one of the vendors who have done a fairly good job at keeping a lid on things: leaks from the ASUS camp have been few and far between. Yet launch day is finally here so we can share all about the new ASUS X99 motherboards. We were invited to attend an ASUS X99 technical seminar in London where ASUS revealed their X99 line-up which consisted of four motherboards. These four motherboards will be the initial offerings from ASUS at launch but we may see other models launch a little later down the line. On show were three ASUS X99 motherboards that will be part of their Channel Series and a solitary motherboard from the Republic of Gamers series – the hotly anticipated Rampage V Extreme. Interestingly, the release of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard means we will probably not see an Extreme SKU on the Z97 chipset but that’s a story for later on, first let’s dive into each of the motherboards shown off by ASUS and then take a look at some of the new features ASUS are bringing to the market with their X99 motherboards.

ASUS X99-A

As is always the case with ASUS motherboards of recent generations the “A” moniker denotes the entry level variant. It is possible that we may see better (and worse) motherboards released by ASUS in the future but generally speaking the A model is the baseline for what we should expect of ASUS X99. As you can see this baseline motherboard is still high-end – let’s face it there’s no way an X99 platform couldn’t be. The ASUS X99-A comes with the new ASUS OC Socket, support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and it adds the ASUS 5-Way optimisation technology that we saw introduced with Z97. We will discuss in more depth shortly what the ASUS OC Socket and 5-Way Optimisation entail, but there is a lot more to it than just marketing speak.

ASUS X99-DELUXE

Next up in the channel series is the DELUXE model. This is the flagship ASUS motherboard for consumer-targeted connectivity. The noteworthy features include triple band 802.11 AC WiFi and Hyper M.2 which is a standard of M.2 that provides 32 Gbps instead of the usual 10 Gbps. ASUS have also added a unique fan accessory daughterboard which allows you to connect and control additional fans and you can control these with all the features of the latest ASUS Fan Xpert 3 utility, we’ll detail this more a bit later.

ASUS X99-E WS

The ASUS X99-E WS motherboard is the main Workstation board to launch and this quite obviously brings with it an overall feature-set and range of connectivity that is higher than the DELUXE model. As we’ve seen in the past this will be matched by the price, but the target market for this kind of product is prosumers and working professionals so the premium is assumed as justified. The headline feature of the X99-E WS is that it supports 4 Way SLI and CrossFire and has abundant connectivity including M.2, SATA Express and Thunderbolt 2. ASUS have also kitted out the power delivery with their highest end components such as 12K rated capacitors which enhances the stability and reliability of the platform: a crucial consideration for a workstation where time is money, avoiding downtime is vital.

ASUS Rampage V Extreme

The star of the show is still arguably the Rampage V Extreme, or as ASUS like to describe it: “the one to rule them all”. The Rampage V Extreme builds on the success of the Rampage IV Extreme as well as the modifications to it we saw with the Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition. Aside from the obvious upgrades to DDR4, X99 and Haswell-E CPUs there’s also upgrades to the audio, which is now the SupremeFX 2014 implementation, and we see the return of the OC Panel add-on to control overclocking and other hardware-level features. Many of the features to the ASUS R5E are actually inherited from the ASUS Z97 ROG boards such as the KeyBot, Sonic SoundStage and so on. For those who are interested in more details about the SupremeFX 2014 audio package ASUS tell us that it is roughly equivalent to the ASUS Xonar D1 sound card although it actually performs quite a bit better than the Xonar D1.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Striker Platinum GTX 760 4GB SLI Review

Introduction


It isn’t very often that the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand brings a graphics card to a fairly mainstream price point. However, with the ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 that’s exactly what ASUS did – well, kind of. As you might expect it certainly will cost you a bit more than a “bog-standard” GTX 760, 20% more in fact, but you do get a fair bit more for your money. The stand-out difference is that your RAM gets doubled from 2GB to 4GB, but there’s also a hefty GPU overclock and a custom ROG-styled cooling solution. This features a full aluminium backplate, the new Direct CU II design with 10mm heat pipes and the ASUS CoolTech fan design. ASUS have also upgraded the power delivery components over the standard GTX 760 reference design with their DIGI+ VRM black metallic capacitors, an 8 phase Super Alloy Power implementation and extra POSCAPs behind the GPU to filter power further.

Being an ROG product it wouldn’t be cool without some extra gadgets and trinkets so ASUS have added a colour-coded ROG logo which changes colour depending on the GPU load.

Looking at the raw specifications we can see exactly how the GTX 760 Striker Platinum fares against a normal GTX 760. More importantly for us though, is how SLI GTX 760 Striker Platinums do against a GTX 780 Ti. ASUS were kind enough to send us a pair of these GTX 760s and they recommended taking on the GTX 780 Ti : a pair of these GTX 760 Striker Platinums costs $600 compared to the $700 of the GTX 780 Ti.

Packaging and Bundle

The usual ROG theme is offered on the packaging and the term “Gaming Graphics Card” is used with this product: for once ASUS isn’t really targeting overclockers with this product.

Around the back we get some more details about the product with a labelled exploded diagram, similar to the slide we’ve already shown you.

The bundle is fairly modest with a speed setup guide, driver and utility DVD, SLI cable (which we’re actually using for once!) and a dual 6 pin to 8 pin power adapter.

ASUS Showcase New ARES III & STRIX Series Graphics Cards At Computex 2014

Computex: The ASUS ARES series has been renowned for providing the absolute best of dual-GPU AMD graphics cards since its first incarnation with the original ARES, that was dual 5870 based. We then saw the ARES II which moved from air cooling to hybrid water cooling and this took advantage of dual HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs. Now enter the ASUS ARES III, taking advantage of dual AMD R9 290X GPUs this is effectively the AMD R9 295X2 with a speed bump from the stock 1018MHz clock speed. Not only that but it comes with a custom limited-edition EK single slot water block that is hand-made and limited edition laser-etched. This is really one of the ultimate graphics cards to get your hands on. Of course water cooling is an essential but if you’ve got the money then ASUS have got the card for you! Expect this to cost upwards of $1500, which is the cost of the reference AMD R9 295X2.

ASUS also demonstrated their recently released STRIX series graphics cards. The STRIX series is offered the AMD R9 280, the Nvidia GTX 750 Ti and the Nvidia GTX 780. The STRIX brings to the table a 0 dBA fan up until a certain temperature threshold as well as the renowned Direct CU II cooling and 4K capabilities.

Images courtesy of eTeknix at Computex 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


During the launch of Z87 motherboards ASUS surprised a lot of people when they announced their “Hero” SKU of the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards. When the Hero was released it was an extremely popular motherboard simply because it brought an ASUS ROG motherboard into the reaches of most peoples’ budgets. A surprising move because ROG motherboards have traditionally been extremely expensive products that target a fairly niche market. It is unlikely that ASUS ROG would have made this move last generation without the price pressure of rival brands such as Gigabyte, with their G1 Sniper Z87, MSI, with their Z87-G45 Gaming and ASRock, with their Z87 Fatal1ty Killer. All of these competing products have driven the price of gaming motherboards down to the point where gaming motherboards are no longer exclusive or expensive products, but accessible to the fairly mainstream PC user and mainstream budget. Now ASUS have added the Ranger to sit just below the Hero for the Z97 platform which is another smart move given that Gigabyte and MSI have become even more aggressive with the pricing of their Gaming Series motherboards which start at just £100/$140. The main benefit of the ASUS Maximus VII Ranger is that it carries a 10-15% lower price premium (depending on the region and retailer) than the ASUS Maximus VII Hero but drops fairly little in terms of features or specifications. From our discussions with ASUS they have clarified that the main differences between the Hero and the Ranger are that the Hero has:

  • Better power componentry (such as 4 more PWM drivers and 60A ferrite chokes) to provide more efficient power delivery and better overclocking potential
  • Two more SATA III ports via an ASMedia controller for additional storage options
  • A heat pipe joining the two CPU VRM heatsinks to provide more effective cooling and longevity
  • Additional onboard lighting to provide more striking aesthetics
  • A dual colour PCB design which includes red PCB accents around the heatsinks, audio codec and across parts of the motherboard
  • A slightly better bundle which includes a few extra SATA III cables

Of course, while those extras on the Maximus VII Hero are nice and will be useful to a lot of people, they are not essential for the more value-minded user so the Ranger offers a way for users to save a bit of money by opting out of those extra features. That said the Maximus VII Hero and the Ranger both still have a place in the market but it is important to distinguish the differences between the two. We anticipate a fair amount of confusion about the differences between the two models, and we expect consumers interested in the Ranger will be interested in the Hero (and vice versa). Hopefully this has cleared up some of the differences so let us now move onto to taking a look at the specifications of the ASUS Maximus VII Ranger:

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging is the usual high quality we’ve come to expect from ASUS ROG. Once you open up the product you are greeted with a couple of glossy “marketing” sheets on an additional internal box. The basic jist of those can be seen on the product page.

The back details the specifics and features of the motherboard, of course you can find those in full on the product page.

The accessories include an ASUS ROG door hangar, user guide and some cable labels.

ASUS ROG also provide four SATA III ready cables, a black labelled rear I/O and front panel Q Connectors.

ASUS Z97 Motherboard Launch Coverage

Introduction


The official Intel Z97 chipset launch day is finally here but it’s hardly been a surprising arrival. There have been leaks left, right and centre so most of today’s revelations probably won’t come as a surprise to most of our readers. However, this article (as the title suggests) is about the ASUS Z97 launch. ASUS went to great lengths in April to communicate with the global media about what is actually new with their Z97 motherboards. Making people aware of the “new” is important because as some of you may know, the new Haswell Refresh CPUs are not yet ready, we don’t have DDR4 support and the Z97 chipset doesn’t really bring anything new. In fact the Z97 chipset still has 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, six SATA III and six USB 3.0 ports just like Z87. Don’t let that fool you though, Z97 does bring some new features to the table even if many of these features will be vendor specific. A couple of the more important features that Z97 is pushing are storage related – SATA Express support and PCIe M.2 support. Most vendors will vigorously taking advantage of these and ASUS are certainly no exception.

Today we will be taking an in-depth look at all the Z97 motherboards ASUS are launching today across their three main areas: the Channel Series, the TUF Series and the ROG Series. In this article we will be going through the new features specific to each series before taking a look at each of the motherboards individually. ASUS have certainly pulled out all the stops with Z97 and we can tell that a lot has been learnt from the Z87 generation. Without any further ado let’s proceed to take a look through the ASUS Z97 lineup! Please do skip past any motherboard ranges that are not of interest to you, by the end of it we hope to have given you a good idea of why you might want to upgrade to a (ASUS) Z97 based motherboard.

Asus Booth At Insomnia i51

As we start to round-up on an busy day here at Insomnia i51, we stopped by the huge Asus booth to check out what they had on display. First up is the Tom Logan built system which features the Corsair 760T chassis, SLI GTX 760 graphics cards and some very funky vinyl detailing.

The new Asus graphics cards and motherboards are on display, featuring the huge coolers which make the cards wider than most any other on the market, but they certainly do look stunning. On the left you’ll see the ROG Mars 760 4GD5 and on the right the mini-ITX ROG Maximum VI Impact motherboard.

The ROG Maximum VI Formula on the left offers some of the highest specs on the market, a great choice for those wanting a high-end gaming system and even better when paired with something like the Striker GTX760-P-4GD5 graphics card you can see on the right.

Moving further into enthusiast teritory you’ll find the incredibly powerful (and expensive) Matrix GTX 780TI-P-3GD5, one of the fastest graphics cards ever created! and when you pair that up with the ROG Maximum Extreme motherboard on the right, you’ve got one of the greatest combinations in gaming history.

Finally in this cabinet we have the gorgeous ROG Maximus VI Hero and the ROG Poseidon GTX 780-P-3GD5 Direct CU H20 edition graphics card, which offers up the choice of both water and air cooling for maximum performance.

 

Plenty of ROG gaming rigs on display for people to sit down and have a go on.

I’m not normally a fan of this kind of pre-built system, but the ROG systems do stand out from the crowd, especially in those funky custom Asus chassis.

That’s all from the Asus booth for now, but we’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from this weekends show at Insomnia i51.

Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Graphics Card Revealed

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) have announced their new Poseidon GTX 780 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either air or water.

The new card is powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU, featuring DirectCU H2O on board which offers users the unique ability to cool either by air or water, ROG Poseidon GTX 780 achieves running temperatures that are up to 24°C lower than reference designs and that’s up to 140% cooler for gaming performance, up to 12% faster in both Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and BattleField 4 and lets face it, fast and cooler performance is exactly what gamers want from their GPU’s.

ROG Poseidon GTX 780 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armour for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, DIGI+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors power design for incredible stability and reduced noise. The new card also comes with GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software that squeezes maximum performance from the GPUs — real-time graphics tuning and live streaming has never been this easy.

A custom vapor chamber is in direct contact with the card’s GPU for faster heat dispersal, while copper heat-pipes and extended cooling fins further transfer heat out and away from the card to keep it running cool. What’s more, with standard G¼-inch threaded fittings, ROG Poseidon GTX 780 easily accommodate existing cooling equipment – so users can get going with water cooling right away.

The new card features dust-proof fans that deliver cooler, quieter operation and extend lifespan — Poseidon GTX 780’s increased resistance to dust and other particulates mean that the card will remain working for up to 25% longer than reference designs.

The card includes exclusive DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology. Black metallic solid-state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs all withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials — increasing reliability and overall card lifespan up to five times (5X). DIGI+ VRM delivers digital voltage regulation that ensures ample room for experimental performance tuning, making it ideal for overclocking.

The card will be available at retail in January for £499, and with ROG already having a great performance reputation behind them we really can’t wait to see how well this card performs in benchmarks.

Thank you Asus for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Asus.

ASUS Z87 Maximus VI Formula (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction


ASUS released a very extensive range of Z87 motherboards for Intel’s new Haswell platform. To date we’ve already reviewed their Z87 Sabertooth and Z87-C motherboards and today we’ve got something new from their Republic of Gamers series. The ASUS Maximus Formula VI takes a very different stance to the Z87 Sabertooth, with the primary focus being on offering gamers a stylish yet high performance solution. The Maximus VI Formula is as much about the core ASUS principles of reliability, solid overclocking and added functionality as it is about Gamer aesthetics and features. ASUS have put a lot of effort into the “thermal armour-style” shroud which mainly serves aesthetic purposes and they’ve also gone to town on the main heatsink design with a similarly rugged looking aesthetic that combines the worlds of water and air cooling. Other stand out points from a design aspect include the new Supreme FX audio implementation which ASUS claims offers superior audio for gamers, and the extensive connectivity which means virtually every uncovered space on the motherboard is occupied by something important that Gamers can put to good use. For a more in depth overview of all that connectivity you can check the full specifications below:

Some of the stand-out features of the Maximus 6 Formula that readers may be interested in include the new “CrossChill” hybrid thermal design for the VRM heatsink around the CPU. This allows you to water cool your CPU VRM to lower temperatures, by as much as 23 degrees ASUS claim, or of course (as most users will do) you can just leave it as it is and it will run just fine with air cooling.

ASUS are also singing the praises of their audio implementation claiming that the following combination of audio components make it an audio solution ideal for gamers:

  • Premium ELNA audio capacitors
  • SupremeFX shielding and an EMI cover
  • A differential circuit design with operational amplifiers
  • WIMA film capacitors
  • 120dB Digital to Analogue converter (Cirrus Logic CS4398)
  • Hi-Fi level 600 ohm headphone amplifier (TPA6120A2)

 

The final main point I want to cover in a bit more detail is the rather striking thermal armour. The ROG armour, ASUS claim, is designed to serve three main purposes. Firstly, it blocks the heat from graphics cards reaching the motherboard by effectively shielding it. Secondly, it adds a unique aesthetic with ASUS says DIYers can customise (presumably by painting). Thirdly, it provides structural rigidity (read: prevents PCB bending) and cooling (via thermal pads) to the rear of the motherboard.

There are a few more “features” that I will briefly list, but I won’t go on to explain them all at the risk of losing your attention. Let’s face it most motherboard vendors know how to make literally everything into a unique feature and ASUS are certainly no exception.

  • ASUS CrossChill Hybrid Thermal Design
  • SupremeFX Formula Audio
  • Perfect Voice
  • Sonic Radar
  • ROG Armor
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III
  • mPCIe Combo II (802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 card)
  • Dual Intelligent Processors 4 (TPU/EPU/Digi+/Fan Xpert 2)
  • Upgraded ROG UEFI BIOS
  • SSD Secure Erase
  • ROG RAM Disk
  • Intel I217 Gigabit LAN with GameFirst II
  • Extra Software (Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Daemon Tools Pro Standard, ROG CPU-Z, Mem TweakIt

As always if you’re interested in seeing more details on all the features of the Maximus VI Formula motherboard then check out the official ASUS product page right here.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard Revealed

With the launch of Ivy Bridge-E comes a new high performance motherboard from ASUS. The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition is not to be confused as the Rampage IV Extreme painted black because this is a totally new motherboard. The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition is a brand new X79 LGA 2011 motherboard with the feature set updated to the best that ASUS can offer in 2013 because current LGA 2011 motherboards were mostly released in 2011. ASUS has optimised this new motherboard for Ivy Bridge-E.

The motherboard has 8 fully fledged DIMM slots and some beefy heatsink assemblies over the chipset and VRM.

Other key features of the new motherboard include:

  • Ivy Bridge-E optimized design
  • The only ROG with an all-black color-scheme.
  • SupremeFX Formula [2013] with WIMA and ELNA capacitors, OpAmp headphone amplifier and 120dB SNR.
  • Sonic Radar software
  • Extreme Engine DIGI+ III (VRM design)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 12 SATA [8 SATA 6Gbps]
  • 8 USB 3.0
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • 2013 UEFI updates, including Secure Erase, Last Modified Log, Quick Note and ROG Pulse (see more on our innovations page)

Images courtesy of ASUS, Via TechPowerUp

ASUS Reveal Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASUS have just unveiled their latest mini-ITX creation and yes this time we’ve got a mini-ITX motherboard that is part of the Republic of Gamers series. This is a motherboard that is absolutely ram-packed with exclusive features. One of the first is a special audio daughter-board discrete sound card, dubbed the “SupremeFX Impact” sound card, which uses a totally custom design to not take up any of your PCIe ports. ASUS comments on the audio that:

The exclusive dual-differential circuit design splits the audio chip’s analog signal into opposing phases that are combined by four operational amplifiers (op-amps) to produce a single, stronger and cleaner output, while premium ELNA audio capacitors smooth high and low-frequency signals to deliver warmer sounds.Maximus VI Impact also features Perfect Voice technology that uses active noise cancellation on the microphone input to keep VoIP chat clear in noisy environments, and Music PnP technology that allows external sound sources to play through PC speakers when the PC is shut down. Together with exclusive SupremeFX Shielding that reduces audio distortion from electromagnetic interference, lossless 115dB output and the ability to drive high-impedance headphones (up to 600ohms), Maximus VI Impact takes mini-ITX audio to new heights.

The motherboard also uses highly rated components to ensure optimal system stability as well as the ability to push your Haswell processor to its maximum.

ROG engineers designed Maximus VI Impact for demanding gamers who want the convenience of mini-ITX size without sacrificing overclocking and compatibility features. Based on ROG Extreme Engine DIGI+ III technology, Impact Power is compact voltage-regulator module (VRM) with 60A BlackWing chokes and 10K black metallic capacitors that gives precise digital power management for complete overclocking control that’s on a par with ROG full-size ATX motherboards.

Additionally the motherboard is packed with connectivity include 802.11 AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an M.2 slot for high performance SSDs. Being an ROG motherboard it features features to assit gamers such as ASUS’ Sonic Radar which maps audio on an OSD and ROG GameFirst II internet prioritisation software that optimises ping and minimises lag over your Intel Gigabit LAN port. The motherboard also bundles a copy of ROG RAMDISK and SSD Secure Erase.

Finally we have an abundance of diagnostic features to help you overclock your system and get up and running without any problems:

Built-in diagnostic and troubleshooting features on the I/O backplate make it easier for PC enthusiasts to test different overclocking configurations with ROG Maximus VI Impact. The Q-Code display shows two-digit codes for rapid identification of POST errors, while pressing the DirectKey button enters the UEFI button immediately. Maximus VI Impact also features a MemOK! button on the motherboard that automatically loads failsafe memory settings when overly aggressing timing prevents the PC from booting.

Pricing is around £185-205 in the UK and €190-€210 in Europe. American pricing will probably be in the region of $230 but I have not seen any U.S listings yet. Availability will come in the next week or so but in the UK and Europe you can already buy these right now.

Image courtesy of ASUS

 

ASUS Debut The Maximus VI Formula Z87 Motherboard

It has been quite a long time coming but finally ASUS has released its Maximus VI Formula Z87 motherboard for Intel’s new Z87 Haswell platform. At first glance the Maximus VI Formula is a radical overhaul of the typical ROG design with a hybrid thermal armour implementation. The “CrossChill” hybrid air and water cooling features allows end users to pick between water or air cooling for their system. You can see the water cooling ports on the motherboard heatsink, for G quarter inch fittings, to help cool the VRM and MOSFETs while the the wraparound ROG armour helps keep it cool. The ABS plastic helps prevent other components from touching and interfering with the motherboard while the rear of the motherboard has thermal pads for improved cooling and a frame for better rigidity.

Furthermore ASUS are really pushing a higher level of audio quality with their SupremeFX Formula onboard audio implementation that has a dedicated 600 Ohm headphone amplifier. Additionally there are ELNA audio capacitors, WIMA film capacitors, high-fidelity op-amps and a Cirrus logic CS4398 DAC with a 120dB sound to noise ratio. ASUS also provide a dual band 802.11ac WiFi networking card.

The CPU is powered by the Extreme Engine DIGi+ III technology and as well high quality components like NexFET MOSFETs, 60A BlackWing chokes and Japanese 10K black metallic capacitors.

Specifications

  • Chipset Intel Z87 Express
  • Memory Dual-channel DDR3 (32 GB max), 3100 MHz (OC)
  • Power delivery Extreme Engine DIGI+ III (8+2 phase) with NexFET MOSFETs, 60A BlackWing chokes, 10K black metallic solid-state capacitors
  • Expansion slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (single @ x16, dual @ x8), Three-way CrossFireX @ x8/x4/x4 (native from CPU), 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1
  • Multi-GPU support NVIDIA SLI / AMD 3-way CrossFireX
  • Video outputs DisplayPort/HDMI (up to 4K x 2K Ultra HD)
  • Ports 10 x SATA 6 Gbit/s, 8 x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0
  • Networking Intel Ethernet with ROG GameFirst II technology, mPCIe Combo II with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio SupremeFX Formula, DTS Connect
  • Other Sonic Radar V, ASUS OC Panel (optional)
  • Form factor ATX

Images courtesy of ASUS

ASUS ROG “RAIDR Express” PCIe SSD Officially Launched

We’ve seen the ASUS RAIDR Express SSD as long ago as CES 2013 but it is now finally ready for a consumer release. ASUS’ RAIDR Express has taken so long to get to market because ASUS have had to work really hard on trying to develop a PCIe SSD that is compatible with the widest variety of motherboards. The ASUS RAIDR Express comes with “DuoMode” which allows it to work with both a legacy BIOS and a modern UEFI BIOS. The DuoMode is changed by a hardware level switch.

The RAIDR Express has a 240GB capacity with sequential reads of 830 MB/s and writes of 810 MB/s. IOPS are up to 100K for 4K read/write performance. The flash used is 19nm Toshiba MLC sync-NAND chips. Additionally ASUS have also bundled a RAMDisk utility with the RAIDR Express to allow up to 12,000 MB/s and reduce the number of write cycles on the RAIDR Express SSD thus extending its life span.

ASUS have developed ROG HybriDisk technology which allows the RAIDR Express to be an SSD Cache for a traditional hard drive up to 4TB in capacity. The ASUS RAIDR Express has TRIM support and a MTBF of 620,000 hours.

Specification

  • PCI Express 2.0 x2
  • 240 GB capacity
  • Dual LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers
  • Toshiba 19 nm 16K page size MLC Sync-NAND Flash
  • Sequential read/write speed: 830/810 MB/s
  • Up to 100,000 4K read/write IOPS (Input/Output operations Per Second)
  • Legacy and UEFI BIOS support
  • Driver-free with TRIM support
  • Windows 7 / Windows 8 compatible
  • Windows 8 Secure Boot compatible
  • 157 x 120 x 20 mm
 Images courtesy of ASUS

Ultra High Speed ASUS ROG RAIDR Express SSD Detailed

ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG) is bringing us their new RAIDR Express SSD, giving us some of the fastest in desktop storage. The new RAIDR Express is extremely fast, capable of speeds upwards of 830 MB/s. If you are interested in having some of the fastest desktop storage around, this might be the way for you to go! Keeping up with what is coming out within the coming months allows us to be ready to have the most current and up to date hardware available. The RAIDR Express is set to release in Mid-May and available in two sizes, 120 and 240 GB of storage. The 240GB is faster of the two giving us read and write speeds of up to 830 and 810 MB/s with the 120GB giving us slightly slower speeds of 765 and 775 MB/s, do you think you will really notice a difference though?

ASUS took a leap of faith and decided to get their feet wet designing their new PCIe Solid-State Storage device, giving gamers an all new edge for when “When SATA isn’t fast enough”.   We have all experienced slow load times and ROG is coming to the rescue. This new device will be a bootable drive, so you will be able to accelerate your performance. The RAIDR Express will be fully compatible with all of the major chipsets and operating systems, making it just amazing! With the new RAIDR we will be able to have even faster load times for our operating systems, launching games, running our applications and even our installs will be faster.

Though ROG is mainly designed for gamers, I feel that all of the ROG products would work well for anyone who is in a high functioning high productivity environment. Not only giving gamers the ultimate edge in performance, but anyone who is looking for that better edge. Giving you significantly faster load times and data transfer speeds, everyone is able to benefit from this new cutting edge technology.

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