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ASUS proving to be a gaming machine’s ‘Macho’

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) recently hosted the Join the Republic event at Computex 2016, marking its first full decade of premium gaming innovation and market leadership by unveiling a new line-up elite gaming gear.

The gaming industry has been gradually on the rise save for the home gadgets and kid devices. Asus too has been adamant in manufacturing gaming devices for both the African and overseas market. The latest of Asus is the  ROG Avalon, a proof­of­concept build that is in the right track of  envisioning the future of gaming PCs beyond the standard form­factors.

ROG’s flagship gaming motherboard, and G31 and GX800 were among a refresh of the gaming history.. Also shown for the first time were Swift PG248Q, a super­narrow­bezel gaming monitor with an overclockable 180Hz refresh rate, the Centurion gaming headset that delivers true 7.1­channel surround sound, and XG Station 2, an innovative external graphics dock.

Strix was also introduced as the newest recruit to Join the Republic, with ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 revealed as the first gaming graphics card to carry the ROG Strix branding. The last ten years the company has been working on the newly revealed gadgets to sustained the gaming superiority that has since been diminished by most manufacturing companies.

INDUSTRY ‘MACHOS’

Intel and Asus have been working together for the last three decades to deliver computing experiences but the epitome of the partnership has shown in the last 10 years with products such as desktops and laptops both for home and commercial use.

SPECS

ROG AVALON

Asus being the worldwide top­three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best­selling, most award­winning motherboards, the gaming niche has been upgraded a notch high to ease usability for consumers.

The ROG Avalon comes with a prototype motherboard hybrid for enhanced Do It Yourself experiences. This is an improvement from previous designs in the gaming category. It is the first step to the vision of the future of DIY, built around the motherboard and chassis design.

By rethinking the limits of the ATX form­factor and redesigning the motherboard and case as a single entity, rather than as two items in tandem, we were able to optimize the layout to alleviate the most frustrating parts of the DIY process.

Avalon features SSD, PSU and graphics­adapter boards for plug­and­play simplicity without messy cabling, and simultaneously brings each component to the forefront for easy access. Avalon’s Z170 chipset­based motherboard also comes with a modular rear I/O for customized connectivity options to fit every need. Join us and Avalon to forge a better future for PC gamers.

ROG Rampage V Edition 10:

The gaming motherboard happens to be the selling point of the gaming device. Rampage V Edition 10 is a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship extreme­performance motherboard designed to let gamers break every limit.

Based on the Intel® X99 chipset for the new Intel® Core i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011­v3, the new motherboard sets fresh industry standards. It features the ultimate RGB lighting scheme with five independently­ controlled onboard LED areas plus one 4­pin RGB header, and all can be synchronized by the all­ new Aura software for stunning aesthetics.

ROG has also teamed up with well­ known RGB strip­ makers and case manufacturers, including CableMod, IN WIN, DEEPCOOL, BitFenix, and Phanteks — helping gamers to light up as easy as RGB wherever they see the Aura Ready logo. Exclusive technologies hooked to the devices is meant to aid in extreme over clockers to provide stability.

For sound, it provides Supreme FX Hi­Fi audio amplifier to ensure flawless audio, dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst combine forces for no­lag networking, and extensive connectivity onboard, includes U.2, M.2, USB 3.1, and 3×3 Wi­Fi.

ROG G31 Edition 10:

It has been awarded as the most­powerful compact gaming desktop. It features a 20­liter chassis, one­click CPU overclocking, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 2­way SLI for the ultimate 4K UHD gaming experience. ROG­exclusive 3D vapor­chamber thermal technology with dual hidden­airflow channels that help keep the system cool and quiet. A dedicated ESS® audio DAC and amplifier headphone jack delivers Hi­Fi­grade audio to a gaming headset.

ROG GX800:

GX800 builds on the success of GX700 which is the world’s first liquid­cooled gaming laptop — to claim the crown of the world’s most­powerful gaming laptop.

GX800 is engineered with the latest algorithm linking two or more video cards together to produce a single output.  It has two 330W power supplies for uncompromising gaming experiences. It also offers upgraded exclusive liquid­cooled docking station to enable extreme overclocking of the CPU, GPU and DRAM.

ROG GX800 also features a mechanical keyboard — called MechTAG, or Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming — with a solid keystroke action. It is also illuminated by multicolor (RGB) LEDs with key­level customization, and has anti­ghosting technology across the whole keyboard to prevent missed key­presses.

ROG Swift PG248Q:

Known for its super-narrow- bezel display, Swift PG248Q is a 24­inch 16:9 LED­backlit display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Its overclockable 180Hz refresh rate and 1ms grey­to­grey (GTG) response time help eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates for seamless visuals and smooth gameplay enabling gamers to react instantly to what they see on screen.

Swift PG248Q also boasts ASUS­exclusive GamePlus including crosshair, timer, FPS counter, Display Alignment and GameVisual technologies for six preset display modes. With a super-­narrow­bezel design that’s brilliant for surround­display setups, Swift PG248Q is made for frantic­action gaming — and it’s perfect for eSports fans.

ROG Centurion:

Centurion is ROG’s latest gaming headset, delivering true 7.1­channel surround­ sound direct to the listener’s ears, through 10 individual neodymium­magnet drivers. It includes a noise­ canceling digital microphone for clear communication, and a Hi­Fi­grade ESS headphone amplifier.

Full audio control is available through ASUS Sonic Studio, and two sets of interchangeable ear cups are included, offering instant customization and maximum comfort. Centurion also includes a USB audio station for fingertip control over almost every aspect — ideal for mid­game adjustments.

ROG XG Station 2: 

External graphics dock to turn your laptop into a VR machine. ROG XG Station 2 is an external graphics­card dock that turns a laptop into VR­gaming powerhouse. ROG XG Station 2 is equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 and an exclusive proprietary connector that improves performance up to a further 15%. It’s easy to connect and can be unplugged without restarting the laptop — and includes four USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit LAN socket for extended connectivity and convenience.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080: 1936MHz­

 Famous for overclocked gaming graphics with Aura RGB illumination.The new card features ASUS­exclusive FanConnect design, with two 4­pin GPU­controlled headers that can be connected to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling and optimal thermal performance.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 includes exclusive ASUS Auto­Extreme technology, the industry’s only

100%­automated production process for premium quality and reliability, and benefits from two VR­friendly

HDMI ports.Gamers therefore enjoy immersive virtual­reality experiences without having to swap cables. It also has integrated Aura RGB LED lighting to display millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system. ASUS­exclusive GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster are included intuitive performance­ tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

This is the Best­selling ASUS ROG products on display. Headlining is the new ROG Strix X99 gaming motherboard, with a bold design and bright colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism. ROG Strix X99 Gaming features Aura RGB lighting and controls plus custom color decals for beautiful aesthetics, and delivers superior gaming experiences with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio technologies, Intel Ethernet and GameFirst for no­lag networking, while OC Socket and 5­Way Optimization auto­-tuning technology including Fan Xpert 4 deliver maxed­out performance and ultimate cooling.

ROG G701 is a portable and stylish gaming laptop powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics and 6th­generation Intel Mobile K­series (‘Skylake’) processor. It allows gamers to enjoy desktop­grade power and ultra­fast performance on the go. G701 provides up to 64GB DDR4 RAM for faster, more energy­efficient performance, and also goes along with a backlit anti­ghosting gaming keyboard with 30­key rollover for precise input. It also provides an ESS DAC and amplifier for richer, more detailed in­game audio with less distortion.

VR demo areas

ROG and Oculus combined forces to create truly immersive gaming thrills.These dual demonstration areas offer a taste of VR today and enticing vision of tomorrow, as ROG will continue to work closely with industry partners to ensure that ROG’s revered gaming gear offers the best compatibility with the latest VR technologies.  

 A good number of the gadgets emerged winners of a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category, with most of this powered by a 6th­generation Intel Core  processor and hi-tech usability features incorporated to accommodate versatility.

SPECS

ROG AVALON

Asus being the worldwide top­three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best­selling, most award­winning motherboards, the gaming niche has been upgraded a notch high to ease usability for consumers.

The ROG Avalon comes with a prototype motherboard hybrid for enhanced Do It Yourself experiences. This is an improvement from previous designs in the gaming category. It is the first step to the vision of the future of DIY, built around the motherboard and chassis design.

By rethinking the limits of the ATX form­factor and redesigning the motherboard and case as a single entity, rather than as two items in tandem, we were able to optimize the layout to alleviate the most frustrating parts of the DIY process.

Avalon features SSD, PSU and graphics­adapter boards for plug­and­play simplicity without messy cabling, and simultaneously brings each component to the forefront for easy access. Avalon’s Z170 chipset­based motherboard also comes with a modular rear I/O for customized connectivity options to fit every need. Join us and Avalon to forge a better future for PC gamers.

ROG Rampage V Edition 10:

The gaming motherboard happens to be the selling point of the gaming device. Rampage V Edition 10 is a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship extreme­performance motherboard designed to let gamers break every limit.

Based on the Intel® X99 chipset for the new Intel® Core i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011­v3, the new motherboard sets fresh industry standards. It features the ultimate RGB lighting scheme with five independently­ controlled onboard LED areas plus one 4­pin RGB header, and all can be synchronized by the all­ new Aura software for stunning aesthetics.

ROG has also teamed up with well­ known RGB strip­ makers and case manufacturers, including CableMod, IN WIN, DEEPCOOL, BitFenix, and Phanteks — helping gamers to light up as easy as RGB wherever they see the Aura Ready logo. Exclusive technologies hooked to the devices is meant to aid in extreme over clockers to provide stability.

For sound, it provides Supreme FX Hi­Fi audio amplifier to ensure flawless audio, dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst combine forces for no­lag networking, and extensive connectivity onboard, includes U.2, M.2, USB 3.1, and 3×3 Wi­Fi.

ROG G31 Edition 10:

It has been awarded as the most­powerful compact gaming desktop. It features a 20­liter chassis, one­click CPU overclocking, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 2­way SLI for the ultimate 4K UHD gaming experience. ROG­exclusive 3D vapor­chamber thermal technology with dual hidden­airflow channels that help keep the system cool and quiet. A dedicated ESS® audio DAC and amplifier headphone jack delivers Hi­Fi­grade audio to a gaming headset.

ROG GX800:

GX800 builds on the success of GX700 which is the world’s first liquid­cooled gaming laptop — to claim the crown of the world’s most­powerful gaming laptop.

GX800 is engineered with the latest algorithm linking two or more video cards together to produce a single output.  It has two 330W power supplies for uncompromising gaming experiences. It also offers upgraded exclusive liquid­cooled docking station to enable extreme overclocking of the CPU, GPU and DRAM.

ROG GX800 also features a mechanical keyboard — called MechTAG, or Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming — with a solid keystroke action. It is also illuminated by multicolor (RGB) LEDs with key­level customization, and has anti­ghosting technology across the whole keyboard to prevent missed key­presses.

ROG Swift PG248Q:

Known for its super-narrow- bezel display, Swift PG248Q is a 24­inch 16:9 LED­backlit display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Its overclockable 180Hz refresh rate and 1ms grey­to­grey (GTG) response time help eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates for seamless visuals and smooth gameplay enabling gamers to react instantly to what they see on screen.

Swift PG248Q also boasts ASUS­exclusive GamePlus including crosshair, timer, FPS counter, Display Alignment and GameVisual technologies for six preset display modes. With a super-­narrow­bezel design that’s brilliant for surround­display setups, Swift PG248Q is made for frantic­action gaming — and it’s perfect for eSports fans.

ROG Centurion:

Centurion is ROG’s latest gaming headset, delivering true 7.1­channel surround­ sound direct to the listener’s ears, through 10 individual neodymium­magnet drivers. It includes a noise­ canceling digital microphone for clear communication, and a Hi­Fi­grade ESS headphone amplifier.

Full audio control is available through ASUS Sonic Studio, and two sets of interchangeable ear cups are included, offering instant customization and maximum comfort. Centurion also includes a USB audio station for fingertip control over almost every aspect — ideal for mid­game adjustments.

ROG XG Station 2: 

External graphics dock to turn your laptop into a VR machine. ROG XG Station 2 is an external graphics­card dock that turns a laptop into VR­gaming powerhouse. ROG XG Station 2 is equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 and an exclusive proprietary connector that improves performance up to a further 15%. It’s easy to connect and can be unplugged without restarting the laptop — and includes four USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit LAN socket for extended connectivity and convenience.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080: 1936MHz­

 Famous for overclocked gaming graphics with Aura RGB illumination.The new card features ASUS­exclusive FanConnect design, with two 4­pin GPU­controlled headers that can be connected to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling and optimal thermal performance.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 includes exclusive ASUS Auto­Extreme technology, the industry’s only

100%­automated production process for premium quality and reliability, and benefits from two VR­friendly

HDMI ports.Gamers therefore enjoy immersive virtual­reality experiences without having to swap cables. It also has integrated Aura RGB LED lighting to display millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system. ASUS­exclusive GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster are included intuitive performance­ tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

This is the Best­selling ASUS ROG products on display. Headlining is the new ROG Strix X99 gaming motherboard, with a bold design and bright colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism. ROG Strix X99 Gaming features Aura RGB lighting and controls plus custom color decals for beautiful aesthetics, and delivers superior gaming experiences with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio technologies, Intel Ethernet and GameFirst for no­lag networking, while OC Socket and 5­Way Optimization auto­tuning technology including Fan Xpert 4 deliver maxed­out performance and ultimate cooling.

ROG G701 is a portable and stylish gaming laptop powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics and 6th­generation Intel Mobile K­series (‘Skylake’) processor. It allows gamers to enjoy desktop­grade power and ultra­fast performance on the go. G701 provides up to 64GB DDR4 RAM for faster, more energy­efficient performance, and also goes along with a backlit anti­ghosting gaming keyboard with 30­key rollover for precise input. It also provides an ESS DAC and amplifier for richer, more detailed in­game audio with less distortion.

 

ROG and Oculus have combined forces to create truly immersive gaming thrills.These dual demonstration areas offer a taste of VR today and enticing vision of tomorrow, as ROG will continue to work closely with industry partners to ensure that ROG’s revered gaming gear offers the best compatibility with the latest VR technologies.  

 A good number of the gadgets emerged winners of a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category, with most of this powered by a 6th­generation Intel Core  processor and hi-tech usability features incorporated to accommodate versatility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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