ASUS unveils wide range of new gaming gearBy Johan Keyter 7 March 2011 | Categories: news
At the CeBIT 2011 conference held last week in Hannover, Germany, ASUS unveiled a large range of new gaming products, including gaming notebooks, high-performance motherboards, graphics cards, 3D monitors and headsets.
ROG G series
First up is the new Republic of Gamers (ROG) G Series gaming notebooks, designed for the hardcore gamer on the go. The new G74Sx utilises the latest Intel 'Huron River' Core i5 and i7 processors alongside the latest Nvidia graphics cards to ensure breathtaking 3D performance. The notebooks support Nividia 3D vision as standard as well as 3D output to compatible 3D TVs via HDMI 1.4. The notebook casing has also been designed to ensure easy upgrading, with easily accessible hard drive bays and memory slots.
The other newcomer on the notebook side is the ROG G53, which sports a no-glasses 3D display. This is achieved by combining 3D lenticular technology with the AUO 'naked eye' eye-tracking system, enabling the G53's display to render full 3D images that can be viewed from any angle. The display also supports both 2D and 3D modes at the same time, which means things like text will remain clear.
ROG Rampage III Black Edition
For gamers who prefer to stick with the more powerful desktop rigs, ASUS has made available the new ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard. Based on the world record setting Rampage III Extreme, the Black Edition ushers in a number of hardware and software improvements alongside a black-themed design.
The juiciest new improvement on the motherboard is the new ThunderBolt expansion card. This incorporates the BigFoot Networks Killer E2100 networking platform which automatically classifies and accelerates online game traffic for maximum network performance. Alongside this is XONAR audio technology which provides increased sound quality as well as a built-in headphone amplifier.
ROG MATRIX GTX 580 GPU
On the graphics side, ASUS unveiled the new ROG MATRIX GTX 580, a GPU that ships with a number of ASUS iROG technologies for improved gaming performance, as well as TweakIt software for real-time GPU voltage adjustment and Probelt for instant voltage readings. A Safe Mode reboot button is also included for an easy and safe overclocking experience.
ASUS' Tweak utility makes it possible for users to adjust GPU clock speed, voltage and fan speed on the fly to truly eek out every last drop of performance from your card. The card is kept very cool thanks to the exclusive DirectCU II design alongside twin custom-made fans which ensure 20% cooler operation. 16-Phase Super Alloy Power components also ensure greater stability and a longer product lifespan.
VG278G 3D monitor and ROG Vulcan-ANC headset
ASUS also released a new standalone 3D monitor in the form of the VG278H, with a 27” LED backlit display, HDMI 1.4 and built-in infrared emitter for wireless play (you still need the glasses though). The Taiwanese manufacturer also showed off its new ROG Vulcan-ANC gaming headset, with dual-noise-cancelling technology, it's the best headset for filtering out those noisy LAN parties.
No pricing or release dates have yet been announced for these new ROG products, but we're definitely looking forward to seeing how they perform in the field.
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