ASUS unveiled a number of new gaming products at CeBIT in March this year, including Republic of Gamers (ROG) notebook PCs, high-performance motherboards, graphics cards, 3D monitors, router and headsets.
The new Republic of Gamers (ROG) G Series notebooks includes the G74Sx model, which uses the latest Intel 'Huron River' Core i5 and i7 processors as well as the latest NVIDIA enthusiast level graphics card. NVIDIA 3D Vision is supported as standard too, as is big-screen 3D output via HDMI 1.4 to a compatible display. Cool running is ensured at all times by a unique thermal management system that uses two intelligent fans to cool the CPU and GPU, while also drawing cool air through vents at the front of the case and expels warm air through the rear to keep the system cool. The case is designed for easy upgrades too, and offers quick access to the dual internal hard drive bays and memory slots.
Joining the G74Sx is the new ROG G53 notebook with a 3D display that can be viewed without the need for special 3D glasses. By combining 3D lenticular lens technology with the AUO 'naked eye' eye-tracking system, the G53 screen renders full 3D images that can be viewed from any angle. Both 2D and 3D modes can operate on the screen at the same time too.
The ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard features a stylish black-themed design, plus many hardware and software improvements.
Most notable is the supplied ROG ThunderBolt expansion card that enhances both LAN and audio performance. This incorporates a Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 networking platform that automatically classifies and accelerates online game traffic for maximum networking performance. XONAR audio technology also provides increased sound quality and a built-in headphone amplifier with adjustable impedance settings.
The ASUS GPU TweakIt utility that is upgraded feature combined in ROG Connect and allows gamers to modify the graphics card settings.
The new ROG MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card ships with a number of proprietary ASUS iROG technologies, including TweakIt for real-time GPU voltage adjustment, ProbeIt for instant voltage readings and a Safe Mode reboot button for a foolproof overclocking experience. The all-new ASUS GPU Tweak utility also allows enthusiasts to monitor and optimize clock speed, voltage and fan speed to achieve extreme levels of performance.
The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 also runs cool, thanks to the exclusive DirectCU II design that places copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU for improved thermal efficiency. Twin custom-made fans circulate up to 600% more air for a 20% cooler operation too, while the 16-phase Super Alloy Power components ensure greater operational stability.
Since a successful gaming experience depends on more than just what is inside a PC, ASUS has also introduced a 3D monitor and a new range of PC peripherals. The VG278H 3D display features a 27-inch LED backlit screen and supports 3D graphics cards via HDMI 1.4 and a built-in infrared emitter.
The new RT-N66U Dual-band Wireless-N Gigabit Router is aimed at gamers looking for a lag-free experience with online gaming; and anyone who wants speedy internet and network access. Support for simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections allows HD content to be streamed over 802.11n Wi-Fi at speeds up to 450Mbps for lag-free enjoyment. The 600MHz processor ensures both snappy response times and capable multi-tasking performance too, with support for up to 300,000 data sessions.