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ASUS Launches the TUF Gaming VG27VQ Monitor: 27" VA, 1080p, 165 Hz, 1ms, 1500R

ASUS today has added another monitor to their TUF lineup. The TUF Gaming VG27VQ monitor features a fast 27" VA panel ticking at 165 Hz refresh rates and 1 ms response time. The panel features a 1500R curvature so as to keep the edges of the panel at the same distance from your eyes as the center of it, which aids in immersion. Brightness stands at a respectable 400 nits (without VESA HDR 400 labeling), contrast ratio is set at 3000:1, and viewing angles are strong at 178º.

Technology-wise, the monitor packs ASUS' Extreme Low Motion Blur; ShadowBoost, which brightens dark scenes; flicker-free tech; as well as blue light filtering, should you so choose. I/O-wise, the monitor offers 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DVI-D, as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack. A pair of 2 W speakers is also included. The stand is adjustable via -5 to 26° tilt, -90 to 90° swivel and 120 mm height adjustment, and the monitor includes a standard VESA mount. No word on pricing at time of writing.

ASUS ROG Claims Leading Gaming Laptop Market Share Spot

The gaming laptop market has grown significantly in recent years and ASUS ROG is capitalizing on this growth releasing several popular laptops across the entire price spectrum. ASUS claims to now hold the largest market share for any company in the gaming laptop segment with a global market share of 22.6 percent. This data was gathered in April 2020 and means that almost one in four gaming laptops purchased was an ASUS ROG model. This market success was likely thanks to their recent innovative devices such as the 300Hz Zephyrus S17 and the Ryzen 4000 Powered Zephyrus G14 which were both firsts in the gaming laptop market.

New BIOS for AMD AM4 series ASUS Motherboards Now Available

ASUS today announced that the new BIOS with AMD AGESA 1.0.0.2 update for X570 and B550 series motherboards are now available for download. While the existing BIOS support Ryzen 3000XT processors, the new BIOS optimize the performance of the latest AMD Ryzen 3000XT series processors (Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT). The UEFI BIOS updates are available from the respective motherboard support pages, and can be accessed via the ASUS Support website.

ASUS Intros RT-AX89X AX6000 Gaming Router with Dual 10GbE Ports

ASUS today introduced the RT-AX89X, a massive, arachnid-looking, high-end gaming router with no less than 8 antennae. Its WLAN component is as impressive as its wired networking one. On the WLAN side, you get an 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) set up with up to 4,804 Mbps over the 5 GHz band + up to 1,300 Mbps over the 2.4 GHz band, adding up to 6,104 Mbps in dual-band mode. Even over the older 802.11ac standard, the router offers up to 4,333 Mbps (5 GHz) + 1,000 Mbps (2.4 GHz). The WLAN component offers the latest security features, including WPA3-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise.

The wired networking setup of the ASUS RT-AX89X includes two 10 GbE uplinks, one 1 GbE WAN uplink, and eight 1 GbE LAN downlinks. The 10 GbE ports can be individually reconfigured as LAN downlinks. Also on offer are two 5 Gbps USB 3.1 type-A ports that can take in USB cellular Internet dongles, and USB mass-storage devices, such as flash drives, external storage devices, etc. The company didn't mention the router's signal strength in dBi, but rates it for "very large homes." The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS ExpertBook B9450 with Intel vPro Platform Now Available

ASUS today announced that the ExpertBook B9450 based on the Intel vPro platform is now available for purchase at US resellers starting at $1,599.99 USD. The ASUS ExpertBook B9450 provides unmatched business-grade performance, durability and design within an incredibly thin and light form factor weighing in at just 2.2 lbs with a 0.59-inch thin profile. Paired with the Intel vPro platform, the B9450 is ideal for businesses of any size that require top-notch performance, built-in security and better overall value and reliability for the long-term.

Designed for business professionals on-the-go, the ExpertBook B9450 delivers top-tier performance thanks to up to an 10th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor, dual-storage design accommodating up to two ultrafast 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, and up to 16 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity. Expect uninterrupted performance on the B9450 with long-lasting battery life delivering up to an impressive 24 hours of use on a single charge, with extra comfort features like the ErgoLift hinge, built-in voice assistant support, and a Harman Kardon-optimized audio system.

ASUS ROG Announces Strix Electro Punk Edition Gaming Peripherals

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the release of new Electro Punk peripherals with a striking black-and-pink color scheme. First introduced in April, the Electro Punk colors can now be found on the ROG Strix Go 2.4 gaming headset, ROG Strix Scope TKL gaming keyboard, ROG Strix Impact II gaming mouse and other gaming and lifestyle accessories.

ROG Strix Go 2.4 Electro Punk is a USB-C 2.4 GHz wireless headset that enables stable, lag-free audio on smart devices, PC, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Switch (in Handheld mode). The Electro Punk edition features pink piping in and around the headband, ear pads, and ROG logo to give it that a special touch, while the rest stays bold black to prevent stains. Strix Go 2.4 has a detachable boom mic powered by AI Noise-Canceling technology that intelligently eliminates unwanted background noise for clear voice communication for work or play.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Leaked

Here's possibly the first picture of an ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, which not only confirms NVIDIA's nomenclature for its next-generation GeForce RTX graphics cards, but also provides fascinating insights into the direction ASUS is taking with its next-generation ROG Strix graphics cards. The design language involves matte black metal surfaces accented by brushed metal elements that conceal more RGB LED elements. ASUS's Axial Tech fans do the heavy lifting along with a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink underneath. The mention of "RTX 3080 Ti" also casts a shadow of doubt over "RTX 3090" leading the lineup. We should learn more about what ASUS and NVIDIA have in store, as we inch closer to the September unveil of this series.

ASUS Also Announces the RT-AX55 802.11ax Router Ready for Ai Mesh

In addition to the Alan Walker variant of the ROG Zephyrus G14 notebook, ASUS announced the RT-AX55, a mid-range 802.11ax home router that's ready for Ai Mesh. The router offers 802.11ax at data-rates of up to 1201 Mbps over the 5 GHz band, up to 574 Mbps over the 2.4 GHz band (1.77 Gbps combined), 802.11ac at up to 867 Mbps, and 802.11n up to 300 Mbps; along with MU-MIMO support. Both its WAN uplink and 4-port downstream Ethernet are 1 GbE. The router also offers the latest WPA3-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise security, besides older WPA standards. The company didn't reveal pricing, but the RT-AX55 could command a 2-figure price.

ASUS ROG Announces Collaboration with DJ Alan Walker for Exclusive Zephyrus Variant

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a new collaboration with acclaimed DJ and music producer Alan Walker to create gaming content, tech and other experiences that will help elevate and bring gaming to a wider audience.

Over the years, the gaming audience has expanded to include not only esports athletes and enthusiasts, but also a diverse audience of creators. ASUS ROG is committed to staying at the forefront of gaming technology by innovating products that empower these next-gen gamers in fulfilling their creative vision. As a self-made entrepreneur, gamer and music producer, Alan Walker stood out as a quintessential creator with valuable insights into what the next generation needs. His background, skills, and interest in gaming make him an ideal partner for ROG. "I can't wait to begin this journey with Republic of Gamers. Since the beginning of my career, I've wanted to combine and merge the worlds of music, tech and gaming in everything I do. And this is a great opportunity to continue that mission. A big thanks to everyone at ROG for giving me this opportunity!" said Alan Walker.

ASUS Rolls Out VA27DQSB Eye Care Monitor with Thin Bezels on 3 Sides

ASUS today rolled out the VA27DQSB Eye Care Monitor, designed for multi-display setups in office environments, as you can stack these display along the sides and above, in a 1x3 or 2x3 configuration. The VA27DQSB is a 27-inch monitor with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, an IPS panel with 178°/178° viewing angles, 75 Hz refresh rate, VESA Adaptive Sync support, and TUV Rhienland-certified low blue-light and flicker-free brightness adjustments (uses a non-PWM method of dimming the LEDs). The included stand offers height adjustments by 150 mm, 90° rotation, tilt up to 35°, and sideways pivot, besides being detachable for use with VESA-compatible multi-monitor mounts. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AMD B550 Motherboard Shown Running Zen+ "Pinnacle Ridge" and "Picasso" CPUs

The AMD B550 chipset isn't supposed to run 1st- and 2nd-generation AMD Ryzen processors, or even Ryzen 5 3400G and 3200G APUs based on the older "Zen+" microarchitecture. AMD specifically made a packaging badge that reflects this. The B550 chipset only supports 3rd gen Ryzen "Matisse," and is ready for upcoming "Renoir" and "Zen 3" based "Vermeer" processors, when they do come out.

Given this, imagine our surprise when someone with access to a B550 motherboard was able to run older processors on it. PC enthusiast 188 "momomo_us" posted screenshots of an ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus motherboard running "Zen+" based Ryzen 5 3400G APU based on the "Picasso" silicon, and Ryzen 5 2600X processor based on the "Pinnacle Ridge" silicon, complete with CPU-Z validations. The board is shown running BIOS version 0608 (dated 15/06/2020). There's nothing in the official change-log to indicate Zen+ support, nor in its CPU support list, and the CPU-Z screenshots don't reveal AGESA version in the BIOS version string. An impressive feat nonetheless. We still can't recommend taking the risk of buying B550 motherboards with older processors. Find the CPU-Z validation for the 3400G+B550 and 2600X+B550.

ASUSTOR NAS Enrolled as Adobe Video and Audio Partner

ASUSTOR Inc. is now included in the list of Adobe official video and audio partners. Every ASUSTOR Network Attached Storage (NAS) provides high capacities as well as backup capabilities, providing professional creators with a secure and professional video and audio creation environment. In order to meet the needs of both professional creators and remote workers, ASUSTOR has optimized this solution for Adobe Creative Cloud video applications, providing a safe storage solution for both video and audio content as well as enabling smooth collaboration between teams of content creators. ASUSTOR NAS devices support a wide variety of videos, music, images and other files in a safe and stable storage space, exceeding the standards of professional designers in both content creation and remote collaboration.

Newer ASUSTOR NAS devices have faster Ethernet connections, including but not limited to 2.5-Gigabit or 10-Gigabit Ethernet. These connections enable quicker uploads and downloads, especially for those who work with files in Adobe products. For those working with Adobe products, ASUSTOR provides a comprehensive backup solution that greatly improves the experience for working with photos, images, videos and music. ASUSTOR also has multiple ways that content creators can manage and store multimedia, including, but not limited to remote backups, cold storage with MyArchive and ASUSTOR Live, which broadcasts and records live streams to multiple platforms. ASUSTOR NAS continues to be an excellent choice for Adobe creative professionals.

Bitspower Intros Mono Block for ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero

Bitspower today introduced its Mono Block for ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero, and its Wi-Fi variant. The monoblock provides liquid cooling for both the LGA1200 socket and the CPU VRM of the board. The block's main coolant chamber passes not only through a micro-fin lattice over the CPU socket area, but also over the CPU VRM area. The Bitspower Mono Block uses nickel-plated copper as its primary material, with a clear acrylic top that's studded with addressable RGB LEDs. The contact areas feature a mirror finish. A single 3-pin ARGB connection lights them all up. The Mono Block measures 141 mm x 115 mm x 27.5 mm (LxWxH), and features standard G1/4" threading for your own fittings. Available now, it is priced at USD $210.

ASUS Intros ZenScreen MB14AC Portable Monitor

ASUS today introduced the ZenScreen MB14AC, part of the company's growing line of portable monitors. Unlike the ROG Strix ZXG17AHP, the ZenScreen is targeted more toward the portable mainstream. The MB14AC is a downscale of the MB16ACE from 2019, and a 14-inch 16:9 screen offering Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, using an IPS panel. A single USB-C connection provides both power and display from your notebook to the ZenScreen (it uses a DisplayLink USB video adapter of its own). It also accepts DisplayPort TMDS signals from the USB-C connector, if found. Other display specs include 250 cd/m² maximum brightness, 700:1 static contrast ratio, and 178° H/V viewing angles. The company didn't mention pricing.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today launched the groundbreaking ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, which integrates two displays in an ultraslim form factor to bring a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops, without sacrificing any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG.

Empowering gamers who also create with flexible designs that streamline their work is a passion at ROG. Multi-monitor arrangements enable gamers, creators, and power users to work more effectively on their desktops. Laptop users are also commonly seen using their phones as a second screen. To make that level of productivity portable, the Zephyrus Duo 15 doubles down on displays with an elegant Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) Plus design that makes the full-width ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen an integral part of the cooling system. As the AAS Plus system tilts the laptop up, the second display also rises for comfortable viewing, while revealing a large air intake for deep airflow. The sophisticated cooling design gives Zephyrus Duo 15 ample thermal headroom to fit powerful flagship processors in a ground breaking multi-screen gaming laptop.

ASUS Announces SC4000A-E10 GPGPU Server with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

ASUSTek, the leading IT Company in server systems, server motherboards and workstations today announced the new NVIDIA A100-powered server - ESC4000A E10 to accelerate and optimize data centers for high utilization and low total cost of ownership with the PCIe Gen 4 expansions, OCP 3.0 networking, faster compute and better GPU performance. ASUS continues building a strong partnership with NVIDIA to deliver unprecedented acceleration and flexibility to power the world's highest-performing elastic data centers for AI, data analytics, and HPC applications.

ASUS ESC4000A-E10 is a 2U server powered by the AMD EPYC 7002 series processors that deliver up to 2x the performance and 4x the floating point capability in a single socket versus the previous 7001 generation. Targeted for AI, HPC and VDI applications in data center or enterprise environments which require powerful CPU cores, more GPUs support, and faster transmission speed, ESC4000A E10 focuses on delivering GPU-optimized performance with support for up to four double-deck high performance or eight single-deck GPUs including the latest NVIDIA Ampere-architecture V100, Tesla, and Quadro. This also benefits on virtualization to consolidate GPU resources in to shared pool for users to utilize resources in more efficient ways.

ASUS Unveils ProArt Display PA32UCX-PK: 32-inch UHD with Off-Axis Contrast Optimization

ASUS today unveiled the ProArt Display PA32UCX-PK professional monitor. This 32-inch 4K UHD monitor features Off-Axis Contrast Optimization, and is targeted specifically at professionals working on HDR content. It offers an IPS panel with 1,152-zone dimming Mini LED illumination, 1,200 nits maximum brightness, DisplayHDR 1000 certification, 1,000,000:1 native contrast ratio (not dynamic contrast ratio), and certification for Dolby Vision, HDR-10, and HLG. Among its color reproduction chops include ΔE < 1, 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, and 100% sRGB/Rec. 709. Inputs include Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 2.0. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Announces ROG Strix B550-A Gaming and TUF Gaming B550-Plus WiFi

ASUS today announced ROG Strix B550-A Gaming and TUF Gaming B550-Plus (Wi‑Fi), the latest additions to the ever-growing ASUS B550 motherboard lineup designed for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors. The new arrivals feature WiFi 6, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, robust power delivery, high-frequency RAM compatibility, BIOS FlashBack and AI Noise‑Canceling Microphone (AI Mic) technology. The latter works by applying advanced filters to ensure background noise is cleanly filtered out.

ASUS also announced that ROG Strix B550‑I Gaming set a new DDR4 memory overclocking record, pushing the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 5 3600x processor to an astounding 6068 MHz. Details of the record can be found on https://valid.x86.fr/bqtrnr. Extreme overclocking aside, ASUS B550 motherboards support next generation AMD Ryzen PRO, pushing DDR4 memory frequencies to up to 5100 MHz (O.C).
ASUS ROG Strix B550-A Gaming ASUS TUF Gaming B550-Plus WiFi

ASUS Readies PN50 Mini PCs Powered by AMD "Renoir" APUs

ASUS is giving finishing touches to the PN50 line of mini PCs (desktops) powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 "Renoir-U" APUs. Under the hood, these 115 mm x 115 mm x 49 mm boxes feature processor options ranging from the Ryzen 3 4300U all the way up to the Ryzen 7 4800U, an 8-core/16-thread beast, along with storage options that include up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, M.2 NVMe SSDs, 802.11ax networking, and 10 Gbps USB 3.2 ports. Swedish retailer Inet listed a few variants. The model powered by the 4300U is listed at the equivalent of $326, the one powered by the 4500U at $335, the one with the 4700U at $386, and the one with the 4800U at $506.

ASUS Announces Partnership with Light Illusion, Color Management Specialists

ASUS today announced a new partnership with Light Illusion, who specializes in critical color management for the film, post-production and broadcast industries. Through the partnership, ASUS ProArt displays now feature integration with ColourSpace CMS, a software calibration system that connects to a wide variety of display calibration probes to correctly assess display color rendition, providing advanced and precise SDR and HDR calibration for ultimate color accuracy.

The latest ASUS ProArt PA32UCX, PA32UCX-P and PA27UCX displays are the first to support Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS for SDR and HDR calibration, offering support for the Rec. 709, DCI-P3, DCI P3 D65 and Rec. 2020 color spaces, as well as ST2084 and HLG multiple-HDR-format for HDR hardware calibration. ColourSpace CMS is used in display calibration and color management in the professional media industry and is compatible with most major calibrators, including those from Colorimetry Research, X-Rite, Datacolor and Klein.

ASUS Announces AI Noise-canceling Microphone Technology

New technology eliminates background noise for clear voice communication with ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter, ROG Strix Go, ROG Theta 7.1 headsets and more. ASUS today announced new AI Noise-Canceling Microphone (AI Mic) technology that intelligently eliminates unwanted background noise for clear voice communication for work or play. The new technology uses chipset-based machine learning to filter out and remove other human voices and ambient sounds like wind or traffic noise. This new technology is now available on the ASUS AI Noise Canceling Mic Adapter and the latest ROG headsets.

ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter is the world's first USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter with integrated AI Mic technology. It connects to any headset via a 3.5 mm audio jack to provide users with crystal-clear voice communication. The built‑in chipset handles all of the sound processing, so the adapter does not affect the performance of the mobile device, PC or laptop it is connected to. Weighing just 8 grams, the AI Noise-Canceling Mic Adapter includes exclusive ASUS Hyper-Grounding technology to prevent electromagnetic interference for noise-free audio. In select markets, it is available with a USB Type-C-to-Type‑A adapter.

ASUS Releases Polaris 12 Phoenix Radeon 550 Card

The Polaris architecture was debuted by AMD in the RX 400 series almost 4 years ago, since then AMD has released two new generations of graphics processors, Vega and Navi. It seems that the Polaris architecture will be living on a bit longer with the release of the ASUS Phoenix Radeon 550 2GB GPU, based on the Polaris 12 GPU.

This product may seem familiar and that's because ASUS released the Phoenix Radeon RX 550 back in 2017, the new Phoenix Radeon 550 uses a different memory configuration of 2 GB GDDR5 / 64-bit / 6 Gbps which is a significant step down from the 2/4 GB GDDR5 / 128-bit / 7 Gbps of the Phoenix Radeon RX 550 especially considering that card was released 3 years ago. This new card seems to have been available to OEM's for some time and is only now making it's way to retail at a hopefully cheap price.

ASUS Intros ROG Strix XG17AHP Portable Gaming Monitor: Now with a Tripod Stand

ASUS today introduced the ROG Strix XG17AHP, a variant of the ROG Strix XG17AHPE 17.3-inch portable gaming monitor the company launched in January. The new XG17AHP includes an innovative new tripod stand. The feet of the stand fold outwards from the main stock, which is telescopic, and can extend in height. This lets you orient the display like a conventional desktop monitor, and not just like an iPad with its cover folded into a prism-like shape. The magnetic smart cover is still included in the package, so you even have that option.

These aside, the ROG Strix XG17AHP is identical to the ROG Strix XG17AHPE from January. It is a 17.3-inch 16:9 IPS display with Full HD resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, features VESA Adaptive Sync, and a non-glare surface. Since it's meant to be a portable gaming monitor that you pair with your gaming notebook, it packs a 7,800 mAh battery that can provide up to 3 hours of use on a full charge. A USB-C connector is used both for recharging as well as DisplayPort passthrough input; while the monitor also features a micro-HDMI input (cables included that convert this to a standard HDMI). A premium ESS Sabre DAC converts digital audio from the display inputs to high-quality audio for the display's internal speakers, or a 3.5 mm jack. ASUS also includes a pouch that lets you carry the display around. By itself, the display weighs about 1.06 kg (1.76 kg with the tripod stand). ASUS didn't reveal pricing.

ASUS Announces ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) for Whole-Home Wi-Fi 6 Coverage

ASUS today announced the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4), an ultracompact dual-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system designed to provide whole-home Wi-Fi 6 coverage in a stylish, space-saving format.

Available in three-pack bundles containing one router and two extension nodes, the ZenWiFi AX Mini is a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) device offering Wi-Fi speeds1 of up to 1800 Mbps. It's designed to deliver fast and reliable Wi-Fi with easy setup and management. The units are ultracompact — ZenWiFi AX Mini has a footprint of just nine square centimeters — with a premium elegant design that suits any décor and also matches existing ZenWiFi devices. Users can download the free ASUS Router app for easy three-step setup. Free lifetime network security is provided by ASUS AiProtection, which is powered by Trend Micro and includes parental controls.

AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.6 Surfaces in Beta BIOS Updates for ASUS Motherboards

ASUS released a beta BIOS updates for its top AMD 400-series chipset motherboard that includes the AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.6 microcode. A HardwareLuxx.de community member tracking AGESA updates posted screenshot of a Crosshair VII Hero (X470) motherboard with a AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.6 version (not to be confused with AGESA PinnaclePI 1.0.0.6). The beta BIOS version for the motherboard bears version number 3101. The BIOS file was originally released to web by Shamino on the OCN forums, earlier today.

While not much is known about ComboAM4 1.0.0.6, the Beta BIOS 3101 for Crosshair VII Hero enables per-CCX overclocking, meaning that you can set different manual OC multiplier values per CCX on your processor. We're not sure if both "Pinnacle Ridge" and "Matisse" support it, or just the latter. We also don't know at this point if per-CCX overclocking is an ASUS innovation or a feature of ComboAM4 1.0.0.6. Find the BIOS ROM file here.
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