ASUS brings a suite of products designed to enhance the gaming experience at CES 2012.
These include the RT-N66U dual-band wireless gigabit router, EA-N66 dual-band wireless Ethernet wireless adapter, ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX motherboard, and ROG Xonar Phoebus gaming soundcard set.
ASUS RT-N66U dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router
The RT-N66U dual-band gigabit wireless router is effectively two routers in one, delivering combined wireless speeds of up to 900Mbps through double 450Mbps bands operating separately at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The RT-N66U is the first router to implement the new advanced ASUS user interface. Basic Wi-Fi settings are pre-configured out of the box and once connected to a wireless network, the user is automatically directed to a web-based setup page. The ASUS dashboard lets users monitor and adjust network settings easily; while a download manager allows for file downloads with the PC off, along with remote management of mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
ASUS EA-N66 dual-band wireless Ethernet adapter
The ASUS EA-N66 is a dual-band wireless Ethernet adapter that delivers selectable 450Mbps bands at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Featuring a patented orthogonal antenna design that optimizes wireless signal coverage, the EA-N66 also acts as a 3-in-1 home networking solution with its Ethernet adapter, repeater and access point modes. When paired with the RT-N66U, the EA-N66 gives gamers incredible network speeds and coverage for multiplayer gaming sessions.
ASUS ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX gaming motherboard
The Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX features the Intel X79 chipset along with an exclusive audio and LAN gaming solution – the SupremeFX III and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with GameFirst technology. 4-Way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX™support maximizes visual performance while overclocking potential is a level beyond that of other gaming motherboards
The SupremeFX III onboard audio solution is an 8-channel HD audio equipped with high-quality capacitors, a metallic EMI cover and optimized layout design on the PCB, while advanced SupremeFX Shielding technology isolates analog audio signals from digital sources for high fidelity. In addition, a gold-plated jack ensures minimal audio distortion. In real world testing, a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 110dB was achieved, yielding almost lossless audio.
In addition to the high-end onboard audio solution, the bundled ThunderFX is compatible with PCs and game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It delivers crystal clear audio amplification to 120dB for audio that is cleaner than that of high-end motherboards. ThunderFX also enables users to pair their PC gaming headphones with their game consoles.
A built-in headphone amplifier lets users enjoy a full range of dynamic audio, and is able to drive 600 Ohm high-end headphones. With ENC support, along with dedicated channels for headphone audio and headset in-game voices, ThunderFX allows gamers to communicate with one another even in the heat of battle. It has three pre-set gaming profiles (FPS, RTS, and Racing) and has four audio settings optimized for gunshots, footsteps, engine noises.
ROG Xonar Phoebus gaming soundcard set
The ASUS ROG team worked with Xonar audio specialists to develop the ROG Xonar Phoebus gaming soundcard set that includes an internal soundcard and a break out control box. The internal PCI-E card is made from carefully selected components and shielded to block electronic interferences from other components housed within the computer case. With a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 118dB and a headphone amplifier that can drive 600 ohm audiophile-class headphones, the Phoebus promises to offer a boost in sound clarity to ensure great in-game audio.
The Xonar Phoebus control box gives users complete control over volume settings right at their desk; while the latest ROG Command Technology integrates array microphones can reduce up to 50% of environmental noise, helping gamers to command and direct team members with seamless communication. Dolby Home Theater V4 surround sound and GX3.0 gaming audio engine have been specifically tuned to provide a true-to-life experience for those into racing, flight simulation or FPS games.