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ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti 20th Anniversary Gold Edition

ASUS today celebrates 20 years of producing the world's most award-winning and innovative graphics cards with the release of a special limited 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti graphics card. Featuring the latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics processing units (GPUs) - clocked at 1367MHz - this meticulously-crafted, highly-collectible graphics card delivers up to 21.6%-faster performance than reference cards in the 3DMark 11 Extreme benchmark test and 22.1%‑faster gaming performance in GTA V.

Combined with exclusive ASUS technologies including industry-exclusive, fully-automated Auto-Extreme manufacturing for premium reliability, and Memory Defroster for subzero overclocking stability, 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti continues the pioneering ASUS spirit of developing the world's fastest, most-innovative GTX 980 Ti graphics cards.

ASUS Also Unveils the New X Series Laptops

ASUS today announced the latest X Series laptops - X456, X556, and X756. These 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch laptops feature elegant glossy, spun-, or brushed-metal-effect finish chassis and are available in five expressive colors: Chocolate Brown, Navy Blue, Arctic Snow, Glamour Red, and Icicle Gold. ASUS X Series is powered by up to the latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and feature up to NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics for gaming-grade Full HD visuals. In addition, ASUS Eye Care technology reduces blue light emission by up to 33% to protect users' eyes during long hours of use.

Intel Core performance and NVIDIA graphics
ASUS X Series laptops are powered by the up to latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 8GB RAM (expandable to 16 GB), and NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics. With Windows 10 preinstalled, X Series is ideal for daily computing and entertainment tasks. Users can opt for a 2 TB hard disk, or upgrade to a solid-state disk for faster data access speeds.

ASUS Announces the N552 and N752 Laptops

ASUS today announced two new N Series laptops, the 15.6-inch N552 and the 17.3-inch N752. These are the latest and most powerful models in this entertainment-focused range, delivering unprecedented performance from the latest 6th-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with gaming-grade NVIDIA GTX series graphics.

The new models incorporate the latest and fastest technology, including 10 Gbit/s SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2) with the revolutionary Type-C port, DDR4 RAM, and ultra-fast PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD storage options. Stunningly-detailed, immersive visuals with accurate color reproduction are provided by up to 4K/UHD (3840x2160) wide-gamut IPS displays. Both models feature exclusive ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower technology, for incredible sound quality. The aluminum-clad, easy-to-open design of N552 and N752 is practical yet sophisticated, with a wealth of gorgeous design details that make these stunning laptops stand out from the crowd.

Three AIB Branded Radeon R9 380X Graphics Cards Pictured

Here are the first pictures of three AIB-branded Radeon R9 380X graphics cards, including one each from ASUS, XFX, and GIGABYTE. The ASUS branded Radeon R9 380X graphics card, the R9 380X STRIX, features the company's dual-slot, dual-fan DirectCU II cooling solution. ASUS is also giving it a slick back-plate, and offering it in two variants based on factory-overclock (or lack of it).

The XFX branded R9 380X features a similar product size to the ASUS card, featuring a moderately long PCB, and a dual-slot, dual-fan "Double Dissipation" cooler. XFX will sell variants of this card in reference and factory-overclocked speeds. Lastly, there's GIGABYTE. Like the others, this card features a medium-size PCB, with the company's dual-slot WindForce 2X cooling solution. Based on the 28 nm "Tonga" aka "Antigua" silicon, the R9 380X reportedly features 2,048 GCN 1.2 stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. It's expected to launch later this week.
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ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming-Aura and B150 Pro Gaming

ASUS today announced B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming, two new ATX motherboards packed with multiple exclusive features for superior gaming experiences, including gaming-grade SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, gaming-grade Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies for fast, safe and lag-free networking - plus awesome illumination technology in B150 Pro Gaming/Aura.

Based on the latest Intel B150 Express chipset and ready for the newest 6th-generation Intel processors, B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming also deliver gaming-grade cooling with a dedicated water-pump header plus intuitive Fan Xpert 3 controls. The new boards also have the very latest connectivity built in, including both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C, plus NVM Express (NVMe) M.2.

ASUS Unveils a Limited Edition Radeon R9 Nano with White Cooler Shroud

ASUS unveiled a limited edition Radeon R9 Nano graphics card with a matte white cooler shroud, replacing its matte-black reference twin. Besides this, there's absolutely nothing that sets this card from AMD's reference design. The underlying PCB is reference, and so are the clocks, with up to 1000 MHz core, and 500 MHz (512 GB/s) memory. It remains to be seen if ASUS seeks a small premium for this card, and if that's enough to lure case-modders building machines around this color scheme.


EK Releases Monoblocks for ASUS Maximus VIII Series Motherboards

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to release ASUS MAXIMUS VIII motherboard monoblock - EK-FB ASUS M8G Monoblock. It's compatible with three ASUS MAXIMUS VIII motherboard models - Hero, Ranger and Gene.

EK-FB ASUS M8G Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel LGA-1151 socket Skylake CPU and the following ASUS MAXIMUS VIII motherboards:

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces G752

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced G752, a powerful gaming laptop powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 ('Skylake') processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M discrete graphics. ROG G752 has an aggressive design and sports the new ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme. It features the ROG-exclusive mobile 3D Vapor Chamber thermal system for more efficient cooling and increased stability, along with a backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover for precise input. ROG G752 can be upgraded to up to 64GB DDR4 RAM for faster, more energy-efficient performance.

ROG G752 has Windows 10 pre-installed and is powered by the latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics for superior gaming performance and sharp, detailed visuals. ROG G752 features support for the latest DDR4 memory, which is 30% more efficient and 20% faster than the previous-generation DDR3. The four DDR4 slots allow RAM to be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB.

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard Now Available

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VIII Impact, a mini-ITX motherboard with ATX-grade performance for enthusiast gamers, and engineered and tested for the best compatibility with both mini-ITX case designs and CPU coolers - giving users the confidence to build small to game big.

Based on the new Intel Z170 Express chipset and LGA 1151 socket for the latest 6th-generation Intel processors, Maximus VIII Impact offers extreme performance and overclocking features in mini-ITX, with the vertically-mounted Impact Power III full-scale voltage-regulator module (VRM), 5-Way Optimization and bundled Fan Extension Card for easy tuning and cooling, Pro Clock technology to push base-clock frequencies beyond the limits, and compatibility with the latest DDR4 memory modules - for extreme overclocked-RAM speeds of 4133 MHz and higher.

Microsoft and ASUS Broaden Patent Licensing Engagement

Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) on Thursday announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.

"This agreement delivers significant value for both companies. Beyond ensuring continued improvements to our products, it opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property," said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC. ASUS General Counsel Vincent Hong said, "This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers. We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry."

MSI Unveils Turbo U.2 Host Card

Ever wondered why nobody made a SATA-Express SSD? We guess it's probably because of its IDE-sized connector. The SSD industry is turning its attention to other connector standards, such as M.2 and the newer U.2 (formerly known as SFF-8639). The U.2 is essentially a cabled M.2 connector, designed for drives in more common form-factors, such as 2.5-inch. The connector itself is more narrow, although it has the same pin-count as M.2, and the same bandwidth (up to 32 Gb/s with current PCI-Express standard).

ASUS debuted the connector on its flagship Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard, but MSI doesn't plan to be left behind. MSI released a new accessory that converts M.2 slots into a U.2 port. The MSI Turbo U.2 Host Card has wiring to support 32 Gb/s physical layer. The card could be included in MSI's upcoming high-end motherboards, and looking at the way it's branded and packaged, it could even be sold separately. One of the first U.2 drives is Intel SSD 750 in its 2.5-inch avatar.

ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard Pictured

Ahead of its launch, ASUS showed off its flagship socket LGA1151 motherboard, the ROG Maximus VIII Extreme. Based on the Intel Z170 Express chipset, this board offers the largest feature-set from ASUS' stable, for the enthusiast crowd. Built in the ATX (almost E-ATX wide) form-factor, the board retains the styling of its series siblings, such as the Maximus VIII Hero, but does away with the red+black for a more contemporary golden orange+black scheme, which made its debut with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MATRIX Platinum graphics card (also pictured here).

The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX power connectors, and conditions it for the CPU with a 16-phase VRM. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16, from which three are wired to the CPU, and one to the PCH. All four are PCIe gen 3.0. Storage connectivity includes an SFF-8639 U.2 32 Gb/s connector, an M.2 32 Gb/s slot, two SATA-Express 16 Gb/s, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Networking includes 802.11 ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, and gigabit Ethernet (all Intel controllers). The new SupremeFX onboard audio solution borrows a lot of tech from ASUS' discrete sound cards, and comes with an 5.25-inch front-panel bay with rotary controls, and front-panel jacks. The board features a boat-load of overclocker-centric features, including dual-BIOS.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils the G20CB SFF Gaming Desktop

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced G20CB, a compact and powerful 9.5-liter gaming desktop designed to dominate the small-form-factor segment. ROG G20CB packs up to a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics for exceptional gaming and multitasking computing performance. ROG G20CB has an aggressive chassis design that features a matte-black finish, Mayan-inspired markings and customizable 8-million-color LED effects. The exclusive Aegis II app helps gamers monitor system performance, with GameAlive allowing for easy gameplay recording, editing, and sharing on social media.

Intel Core performance and NVIDIA GeForce graphics
ROG G20CB is designed to be a one-stop gaming and entertainment system. Its 9.5-liter chassis houses a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics. The former delivers a 10% performance boost and 23% more efficiency over previous-generation Intel processors to give ROG G20CB the power to take on the most demanding of tasks, allowing users experience today's games at their highest settings. NVIDIA GeForce-powered graphics draws gamers into an immersive world of colors and 4K/UHD resolution visuals; it even supports output on up to three HD displays, while a fourth display can be added via a HDMI connection.

ASUS Announces STRIX Series Sound Cards

ASUS today announced Strix Raid DLX, Strix Raid Pro, and Strix Soar, gaming sound cards that deliver sensational, high-definition 192kHz/24-bit audio, 7.1-channel surround-sound, and Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for incredible gaming experiences.

Strix Raid DLX is a premium soundcard built with high-end components to satisfy gamers who demand the ultimate audio performance. Strix Raid DLX features an ESS SABRE9016 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) - the world's highest performance 32-bit and 24-bit audio DAC - to deliver rich, immersive, and clear sound with an incredible 124dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Designed for enthusiast gamers, Strix Raid Pro and Strix Soar come with the high-performance ESS SABRE9006A DAC for pure, full-sounding audio with an impressive 116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Low-dropout (LDO) regulators and Hi-Fi-grade Nichicon FineGold, Nichicon Muse, and German WIMA capacitors ensure optimized power delivery.

ASUS Announces H170 Pro Gaming and B150 Pro Gaming D3 Motherboards

ASUS today announced H170 Pro Gaming and B150 Pro Gaming D3, two new ATX motherboards packed with multiple exclusive features for superior gaming experiences, including SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II technologies for flawless audio and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technology for fast, safe and lag-free networking.

Based respectively on the new Intel H170 Express and B150 Express chipsets, H170 Pro Gaming and B150 Pro Gaming D3 also benefit from Gamer's Guardian components for durability and easy DIY, and the latest connectivity with both 10Gbit/s SuperSpeed USB 3.1 and M.2 on board. Pro Gaming motherboards are designed for today's modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS-exclusive innovations to unleash the full gaming-performance potential.

ASUS Announces ROG G11 Gaming Desktop

ASUS today announced G11, a high-performance gaming desktop aimed at casual gamers. G11 is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics for unstoppable gaming performance. It also features an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 solid-state drive (SSD), DDR4 memory, and 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 for high speed data access. G11 has a futuristic chassis design, and features Mayan-inspired markings and 8-million-color LED effects. The exclusive ASUS Aegis II gaming utility even allows for easy gameplay recording and sharing.

ASUS G11 features the latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor to give users the performance to take on the most demanding of tasks, allowing them to play games at the highest quality settings, watch stutter-free 4K/UHD videos, or create websites and 3D models for work. The latest processor is 23% more powerful and 22% more energy-efficient than the previous generation.

ASUS Announces Zen AiO S Series

ASUS today announced the 23.8-inch Zen AiO S Z240IC and the 21.5-inch Zen AiO S Z220IC, the first models in the incredible new Zen AiO S Series, a premium range of all-in-one PCs that fuse art with industry-leading technology. Zen AiO S provides a perfect balance of beauty and performance for the ultimate all-in-one computing experience.

Featuring a stunningly-elegant all-aluminum design, Zen AiO S looks amazing. But the beauty is not just skin-deep, with superb performance delivered by 6th-generation Intel Core up to i7 processors and gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with up to 4 GB of video memory. Other leading-edge technology showcased in the Zen AiO S Series includes the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, up to PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD storage, and up to an Intel RealSense camera.

ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti Poseidon Platinum Graphics Card

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Poseidon GTX 980 Ti, a super-cool new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either water or air, and ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for premium quality and reliability.

Powered by the latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics-processing unit (GPU), ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Ti features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1203 MHz in gaming mode and 1228 MHz in OC mode. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU H2O cooling technology with dual dust-proof fans to deliver 2X (30°C) cooler performance with water cooling and 10% (5°C) cooler performance with air cooling.

ASUS Announces the TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard

ASUS today announced TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1, an enduringly-tough new ATX motherboard with many exclusive TUF features, including trailblazing TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier technologies, TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 for ultimate cooling, strength and easy monitoring and control.

The new Intel Z170 Express-based motherboard for 6th-generation Intel Core processors also boasts bang-up-to-date connectivity with both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C on board, and delivers 24/7 durability with military-grade TUF Components, upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to fend off electrostatic discharge and a five-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 950 STRIX OC

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 950, a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance and ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for premium quality and reliability. Powered by the latest GeForce GTX 950 graphics-processing unit (GPU), Strix GTX 950 features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1329 MHz in gaming mode and 1355 MHz in OC mode, delivering up to 11.5% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher 3. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II with a patented wing-blade 0dB fans to deliver maximum airflow for 20%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance.

Strix GTX 950 features GPU Tweak II, an intuitive yet powerful overclocking tool designed to let users get maximum performance out of their graphics card. It also comes with a free 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license,so gamers can easily stream or record their gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. Additionally, Strix GTX 950 includes a free 15-day World of Warships premium account together with an exclusive invite code for a Diana Cruiser ship.

ASUS Announces MG278Q 27-Inch 144 Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

ASUS today announced MG278Q, a 27-inch widescreen-quad-high-definition (WQHD) display designed for professional gaming. It features an almost-instantaneous 1 ms response time; as well as an incredible 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology for smooth, seamless gameplay. MG278Q has an ergonomic design, and has Ultra-Low Blue Light and Flicker-Free technologies to protect users' eyes during marathon gaming sessions. ASUS-exclusive enhancements like GamePlus and GameVisual technologies give users an advantage in the gaming arena.

Highly-detailed cinematic visuals
ASUS MG278Q represents a new generation of displays, boasting a WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440) panel with a pixel density of 109 pixels per inch (PPI). The latest MG278Q display delivers highly-detailed images, and has up to 77% more onscreen desktop area than similarly-sized standard Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays.

G.SKILL Demos DDR4 4266MHz and DDR4 4133MHz Memory Kits

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory solid state storage, power supplies, and gaming peripherals, demos two ultra-fast DDR4 memory kits at DDR4 4266MHz 8GB (2x4GB) and DDR4 4133MHz 8GB (2x4GB) extreme speed at the Intel IDF 2015 event this week.

Featuring the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processors and Z170 motherboards, G.SKILL is pushing dual channel DDR4 speed to new heights. The DDR4 4266MHz 8GB (2x4GB) kit is demoed on the Intel Core i7-6700K processor and ASRock Z170 OC Formula overclocking motherboard, while the DDR4 4133MHz kit is demoed on the Intel Core i7-6700K CPU and ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero motherboard. Both kits represent the fastest DDR4 memory speed ever seen on live air-cooling demo systems.

Lian Li Outs ASUS ROG-Certified PC-Q17 Mini-ITX Case

Lian Li released the PC-Q17, an ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) co-branded, mini-ITX tower-type case, designed to go well with the ROG Maximus Impact line of premium mini-ITX motherboards. The case retains the sharp-edge design language of the ROG brand, with a sloped brushed-aluminium front, a trapezoid side-profile, and a faux-sloped rear panel. The side is characterized with a large acrylic window held to the case by four thumb-screws, which doubles up as the overall side-panel. A large, glowing ROG logo decks up its unique drive/PSU cage.

The PC-Q17 features a unique drive-bay arrangement, with a front drive bay that's arranged along the front panel, opening up to the top. This can be used to house either a slot-in type slimline optical drive, a 3.5-inch drive, or a 2.5-inch drive. Behind it, where you'd normally expect a stack of 3.5-inch bays, is the ATX-type PSU bay, with an AC cord leading to the rear panel AC receptacle. Behind this PSU bay are two 2.5-inch drive mounts. Two additional 3.5-inch mounts along the bottom panel of the case complete its drive bay loadout.

ASUS Announces Mainline and Signature Z170 Motherboards

ASUS today announced the Z170 Signature Series motherboard, a fully-featured design that enables flexible, wide-ranging PC builds for day-to-day productivity, entertainment and gaming. The Z170 has a best-in-class overclocking design that includes a dedicated overclocking microprocessor - the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) - and ASUS Pro Clock technology to give users unlimited overclocking potential. ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization technology dynamically optimizes multiple system parameters for exceptional performance with a single click; while second generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to up to 3733MHz. There is also enhanced DDR3/3L support on select motherboards for additional flexibility and compatibility.

Crystal Sound 3, Intel Ethernet with LANGuard, and Turbo LAN deliver incredible gaming experiences; while onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports and M.2 support provide rapid data transmission. The Z170-Deluxe motherboard further includes six USB 3.1 ports, 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as a Hyper M.2 x4 Mini card and U.2 Hyper Kit to offer the most complete Z170 experience.

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Announced

ASUS today announced Z170 Pro Gaming, an ATX gaming motherboard packed with many exclusive features optimized for the best gaming experience and incorporating multiple performance-boosting overclocking technologies - and the first product in the new ASUS Pro Gaming series. Pro Gaming motherboards are designed for today's modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS-exclusive innovations to unleash the full gaming-performance potential.

Z170 Pro Gaming delivers flawless gaming audio with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II, plus superior gaming networking and speed with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst and RAMCache technologies. The new motherboard even protects itself and the gamer with Gamer's Guardian components and multiple smart DIY features.
Based on the new Intel Z170 chipset, Z170 Pro Gaming's ASUS-exclusive performance-enhancing features include 5-Way Optimization auto-tuning technology for instant speed boosts, second-generation T-Topology for next-level DDR4 memory overclocking, and Pro Clock technology for turbo-charged base-clock (BCLK) frequencies.
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