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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus VII Formula Series

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs, Z97 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboards ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core processors - codenamed 'Haswell', 'Haswell Refresh', 'Haswell Refresh K-Series' ('Devil's Canyon') and 'Broadwell' - and engineered with many new and exclusive ROG game-boosting features.

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-processing units (multi-GPU). 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.

ASUS Unveils the Strix GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 750 Ti OC, a new graphics cards powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics-processing unit (GPU) and designed for players who like to game on the edge of instinct.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers' blood, just as it is in ours.

ASUS Introduces the H97-Pro Gamer LGA1150 Motherboard

ASUS today announced H97-Pro Gamer, a new ATX motherboard that speeds up gamers' fun with 10 Gbit/s M.2 and SATA Express connectivity, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and exclusive GameFirst ll networking technology. H97-Pro Gamer additionally benefits from exclusive SupremeFX for unrivalled in-game audio and exclusive Sonic Radar ll technology to lend players a stealthy advantage in first-person-shooter (FPS) games.

The new motherboard also includes ASUS Gamer's Guardian, a collection of components hand-chosen for exceptional safety, durability and performance to protect gamers' backs.

I'M Intelligent Memory Debuts 8 Gb DDR3 Components, 16 GB Modules

I'M Intelligent Memory, a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manufacturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8 Gb components, I'M is also introducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.

The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8 Gb density for DDR3 memory devices. While most DRAM manufactures are waiting for a 2x nm process to fit such high memory capacity into a single DRAM IC package, I'M has developed its own a revolutionary way to manufacture 8 Gb DDR3 components with single chip-select utilizing existing 30 nm manufacturing technologies.

PC Shipments Down 1.7% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market.

Buoyed by both continued business PC replacements and returning consumer interest, the preliminary results for 2Q14 are markedly better than the projected decline of -7.1% for the quarter. Despite the end of Windows XP support in early April, it appears many Windows XP migrations continue to take place. Most major vendors saw solid growth, and early indications also point to desktop shipments being stronger than expected in some areas, signaling continued business buying. The consumer side also appears stronger than expected, with growing activity among the lower-priced models as well as Chromebooks.

EK Introduces New ASUS ROG Matrix Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana-based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to introduce two new Full Cover water block for custom circuit board design NVIDIA and AMD powered ASUS Republic Of Gamers Matrix series graphics cards - ROG MATRIX-GTX780TI and -MATRIX-R9290X-P-4GD5.

EK-FC780 GTX Ti Matrix as well as EK-FC R9-290X Matrix directly cool the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks. These CNC machined Full Cover water blocks also features a very high flow design therefore it can be easily used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

ASUS Unveils the HZ-2 USB 3.0 Docking Station

ASUS today announced the USB 3.0 HZ-2 Docking Station. Designed for desktop or notebook users, the HZ-2 lets users connect up to 10 devices or accessories through a single USB cable. The HZ-2 includes the latest drivers and firmware for full compatibility with Windows 8.1 and earlier versions; and is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 PCs and devices. Users can also connect their notebooks to larger displays via the HDMI or VGA ports found on the HZ-2.

Full connectivity options
The ASUS USB 3.0 HZ-2 Docking Station has all the connectivity and expandability features required to turn any notebook into a complete desktop workstation. The HZ-2 features an HDMI port with a VGA adapter supporting HD resolutions up to 2048 x 1152 pixels in 32-bit color, making it compatible with the latest range of monitors and televisions that deliver visuals at resolutions greater than HD. The HZ-2 is ideal for those looking to mirror or extend their Windows desktops. The HZ-2 has a built-in video processor, allowing users to work with two additional external displays via video output ports found on the notebook and dock.

ASUS Enables Overclocking on H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series Motherboards

ASUS today announced that its H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards are able to overclock the latest Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor (G3258), 4th-generation Intel Core K Series ('Haswell') and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series ('Haswell Refresh') processors. The combination of the Pentium Anniversary Edition processor and non-Z chipsets represents the best choice for mainstream overclocking, delving both great value and superb performance.

The overclocking features of the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor, 4th-generation and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series processors have traditionally been limited to Intel Z chipsets. With ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards, performance enthusiasts are now able to exploit the overclocking power of those processors via the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS.

ASUS Announces the Zenbook NX500 Ultrabook

ASUS today announced Zenbook NX500, the stunning new flagship of the multiple-award-winning Zenbook Ultrabook range. Echoing the timeless, classic design of Zenbook, NX500 introduces a new sleek and elegant all-aluminum chassis housing state-of-the-art components for ultimate performance. NX500 premieres the incredible new ASUS VisualMaster display technology, and has the world's first 15.6-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) touchscreen using 3M QDEF (quantum dot enhancement film) technology for unbelievably natural and vivid color reproduction.

NX500 uses a powerful 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, teamed with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics for seamless multitasking, smooth 4K/UHD video playback and responsive gameplay.

ASUS Unveils Hyper M.2 X4 Adapter

For all those without M.2 slots on their motherboards, and want to buy some of the new-generation SSDs that offer transfer rates as high as 1.8 GB/s, ASUS unveiled a cost-effective new way, with its ASUS Hyper M.2 X4 adapter. It's a simple half-height add-on card, which converts PCI-Express 2.0/3.0 x4 to M.2, with gen 2.0/3.0 x4 wiring, so not only can you install current-generation M.2 SSDs with PCIe 2.0 x2 link layer, but also certain upcoming ones based on SandForce 3700 series processors, that feature PCIe 2.0 x4 link layer, offering stellar 1.8 GB/s sequential transfers. The card is also future-proof against an M.2 standard that makes use of PCI-Express gen 3.0. In addition to the M.2 slot, which can seat drives as long as 12 cm, the card also features some basic electrical circuitry, and M.2 SSD link/activity LEDs. For use on older (pre-M.2 motherboards), you may need BIOS support and/or F6 drivers from the SSD manufacturer, this card is merely an adapter, of the kind Plextor bundles with its M6e SSDs.

Lucid and ASUS Announce Desktop PC Power Optimization

Lucidlogix (Lucid), pioneers in multi GPU virtualization technologies, and ASUS, the leader in PC solutions, today announced the integration of Lucid VirtuWatt software inside select models of ASUS desktops. VirtuWatt will automatically and seamlessly power-off discrete GPU when not required, and power-on again when needed. This dramatically minimizes power draw, maximizes system life and reduces noise levels making the ASUS ROG G20 the ideal solution for ultimate marathon gaming session.

The recently launched ASUS G20, an extremely powerful compact gaming desktop PC, which the Eco Energy Mode integrate VirtuWatt, Lucid's eco-friendly GPU virtualization technology into its new system, resulting in a more powerful, cost-efficient PC user experience.

ASUS Also Shows off H97 Pro-Gamer Motherboard for Gamers Who Don't Overclock

ASUS also showed off its H97 Pro-Gamer motherboard, designed for gamers who don't overclock their CPU or memory. Branded outside the ROG series, the board still retains its black+red product styling. Its feature set includes an 8-phase CPU VRM, four DDR3 DIMM slots; two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with both populated), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, three legacy PCI, making up the expansion area; storage connectivity that includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, a SATA-Express slot, and an M.2 slot; Intel-made gigabit Ethernet with GameFirst II, and SupremeFX II audio.

ASUS Shows off its First Socket FM2+ ROG Motherboard

ASUS showed off its first socket FM2+ motherboard in its Republic of Gamers family, the ROG Crossblade Ranger. Based on the AMD A88X FCH chipset, the Crossblade Ranger offers an 8-phase CPU VRM, four DDR3 DIMM slots, two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (gen 3.0 x8/x8 when both are populated), a third PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4) slot, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, Intel-made gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard, and SupremeFX audio. The board supports both SLI and CrossFire. We expect this board to be priced under $150.

ASUS TUF Sabranco Z97 and Sabertooth Z97 MK2 Motherboards Pictured

ASUS made an additions to its TUF (the ultimate force) line of super durable motherboards, with the TUF Sabranco Z97, and the TUF Sabertooth Z97 MK2. "Sabranco," according to ASUS is a combination of the words Sabertooth and branco (Portuguese for white). It's essentially a TUF Sabertooth Z97 MK1, with a milky white PCB, and a thermal armor that features "arctic" military camouflage pattern, used by armed forces operating in snowy conditions. The Sabertooth Z97 MK2, on the other hand, is a lighter variant of the MK1, minus SATA-Express, and a lighter CPU VRM.

ASUS Brings Two USB 3.1-Enabled Motherboards to Computex 2014

Just like its rival MSI, ASUS has decided to showcase a little USB advancement at Computex 2014. To do that the company put on display not one but two LGA1150 motherboards (probably Z97-based) featuring USB 3.1 support courtesy of an ASMedia controller.

The USB 3.1 ports on ASUS' boards - codenamed Quicksilver (ATX) and Shadowcat (mini ITX), offer maximum transfer rates of 10 Gbps and up to 100 W for connected devices. Shadowcat also packs two DDR3 memory slots, four SATA ports, one PCI-Express x16 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1 channel audio, and D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today displayed at Computex 2014 its new line-up of products for gamers in pursuit of portability, class leading design and extreme performance. These exciting products include the powerhouse G20 small-form-factor desktop, the GR8 that delivers PC gaming power in a console design and the ultra-thin, ultra-cool GX500 gaming notebook.

To tantalize gaming and performance enthusiasts, ROG also showcased the flagship Z97-based Maximus VII Formula, Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX powerhouse, Crossblade Ranger - ROG's first AMD FM2+ gaming motherboard - and the limited-edition Ares III, the world's fastest graphics card powered by dual Radeon Hawaii XT GPUs and cooled by a custom-designed EK water block.

ASUS Showcases PB279Q 27-Inch UHD Monitor at Computex

In addition to the 32-inch ProArt PA328Q ASUS has brought to Computex 2014 another 'prosumer' oriented UHD (3840 x 2160) monitor, the 27-inch PB279Q. Seen below, this upcoming model features a 'super slim' 9 mm bezel, 100% sRGB coverage, 178/178-degree viewing angles, a 5 ms (GTG) response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and one DisplayPort 1.2, one mini DisplayPort and four HDMI 1.4 inputs.

The PB279Q also offers full pivot, tilt and swivel and height adjustment. No word yet on pricing or availability.

ASUS Reveals the ProArt PA328Q UHD Monitor

Today at ASUS has taken the veil off its latest UHD (3840 x 2160) widescreen display, the ProArt PA328Q. This new 32-inch monitor offers 10-bit color and 100% sRGB coverage and features 178/178-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 100,000,000:1 'Smart Contrast', a four-port USB 3.0 hub, tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment, and an array of inputs which includes HDMI 1.4 (UHD @ 30 Hz), HDMI 2.0 (UHD @ 60 Hz), mini DisplayPort, and DisplayPort 1.2.

The ProArt PA328Q is set to arrive in Q4. No price tag was announced.

Announcing ASUS Transformer Book Flip

ASUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today, a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Flip is incredibly versatile, and can be used as a powerful laptop, a responsive tablet, or anything in between.

Flip is powered by Intel Core up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics for seamless multitasking and outstanding performance, whether for productivity, entertainment or playing the latest games. And with three screen sizes available - 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches - there's a Flip for everyone!

ASUS Announces its GeForce GT 740 Series

ASUS launched a trio of GeForce GT 740 graphics cards, the GT740-2GD3, which sticks to reference clock speeds of 933 MHz core and 1750 MHz (DDR), featuring 2 GB of DDR3 memory; the GT740-1GD5, featuring factory-overclocked speeds of 1053 MHz, and an untouched 5.00 GHz GDDR5 memory clock; and its 2 GB variant, the GT740-2GD5. Based on the 28 nm GK107 silicon, the GeForce GT 740 offers 384 CUDA cores 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide memory interface. It's NVIDIA's bid to capture the sub-$100 market.

ASUS Announces the GeForce GTX Titan Z Dual GPU Graphics Card

ASUS today announced the GTX Titan Z, a brand new high performance graphics card with dual NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs) and GPU Tweak for real-time graphics tuning. Additional features like 12 GB GDDR5 memory and NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 provides users with the visual performance required for today's cutting-edge games.

Real-time graphics tuning for gamers
The high performance GTX Titan Z graphics card comes with GPU Tweak - an ASUS-exclusive interface that allows users to tune graphics parameters in real-time. This intuitive tool helps modify clock speeds and voltage levels, as well as cooling fan speeds to let gamers overclock the GTX Titan Z graphics card with confidence. The addition of an online streaming function lets users share their gaming action live with friends.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces the G550JK Gaming Notebook

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announces the G550JK gaming notebook, an ultra-compact powerhouse with an ultra-crisp 15.6-inch display that offers all the benefits associated with the award-winning ROG notebook range in an even more portable form factor. Powered by 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, and featuring an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU that can be overclocked thanks to ASUS TurboMaster technology, G550 provides the ultimate gaming-on-the-go experience for discerning users.

Power to go
G550JK may be compact, slim and portable, but it packs a big punch. ROG-exclusive ASUS TurboMaster technology with GPU Tweak software allows the enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M GPU to be safely overclocked by up to 5%. And even when running at maximum speed, G550JK keeps its cool thanks to the intelligent dual-fan cooling system, which uses two independent fans and copper heat-sinks to cool the CPU and GPU perfectly when needed.

ASUS Also Announces Radeon R9 280 Strix OC Edition Graphics Card

The GeForce GTX 780 6 GB Strix isn't the only graphics card in the Strix series from ASUS, the company also launched one based on the Radeon R9 280, armed with 3 GB of memory (model: STRIX-R9280-OC-3GD5). The card appears to feature the same exact DirectCU II based cooling solution as the one on the GTX 780 Strix, and likely a similar PCB to the R9 280 DirectCU II series. The cooler offers 0 dBA cooling when the GPU is running at temperatures below 65 °C, and begins to spool up only beyond that. So handling most desktop and mild 3D loads should be completely quiet. The card also offers a factory OC. The GPU is clocked at 980 MHz, and the memory at 5.20 GHz, compared to reference clocks of 823 MHz core and 5.00 GHz memory. Based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon, the Radeon R9 280 offers 1,792 GCN stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. APIs supported include DirectX 11.2 (feature level 11_2), OpenGL 4.4 and AMD Mantle. ASUS didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Announces Strix Pro Gaming Headset

ASUS today announced its new Strix brand and Strix Pro, a multi-platform gaming headset engineered with powerful 60mm neodymium-magnet drivers, full-size hexagonal ear cushions (130mm across at the widest point) and technology that filters our over 90% of environmental noise. Strix Pro is compatible with PCs, Macs, PlayStation 4 consoles and many smartphones and tablets.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers' blood, just as it is in ours.

ASUS Unveils the GeForce GTX 780 STRIX 6 GB Graphics Card

ASUS today took the veil off a new graphics card powered by NVIDIA's GK110 GPU, a custom GeForce GTX 780 that packs 6 GB of memory (double the amount found on 'regular' GTX 780s) and makes use of a DirectCU II cooling solution that can be totally silent, in certain situations. Named GeForce GTX 780 STRIX, the card in question will not be running its two fans when idle or during light workload scenarios (assuming the GPU temperature is below a threshold) but will power them up as soon as the GPU load increases.

The GeForce GTX 780 STRIX has 2304 CUDA Cores, a 384-bit memory interface, SLI support, dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and will be available in two versions - one with stock clocks and one with an overclocked GPU. ASUS is promising more information 'soon'.


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