ASUS Showcases Gaming Innovations at CES 2016
New product line-up provides the ultimate gaming experience
Las Vegas, USA (5th January, 2016) — ASUS is showcasing its latest line-up of gaming motherboards, displays, desktops, laptops, and peripherals at the 2016 International CES®. Making their debut at CES are three brand-new gaming motherboards with Aura RGB lighting for flexible, customizable color — the ROG Maximus VIII Formula, ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura, and B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura. Also on display for the first time are the MG 4K Series gaming monitors, ROG GT51 gaming desktop, and ROG XG Station 2 external graphics card dock. Other products at the ASUS Media Lounge include the ROG Swift PG348Q display, ROG G752 and GX700 gaming laptops, ROG Claymore mechanical gaming keyboard, and the soon-to-be-released ROG Spatha wireless/wired gaming mouse.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the world-renowned ROG brand. ROG is committed to producing innovative PC hardware that delivers the ultimate computing experience for gamers and enthusiasts. The brand’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of design and engineering has given gamers cutting-edge motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks, desktops, monitors, sound cards, and peripherals that stand out from the rest of the crowd.
ROG Maximus VIII Formula motherboard
The ROG Maximus VIII Formula is a Z170-based ATX gaming motherboard with an innovative cooling design that uses an exclusive CrossChill EK water block to cool its VRMs. ROG teamed up with EK Water Blocks to develop a custom solution with a high-conductivity copper channel for quiet and cool operation with air- or liquid-cooled builds. During internal testing with a liquid cooling system, the CrossChill EK reduced MOSFET temperatures by up to 23°C.
The Maximus VIII Formula features all-new Aura LED illumination and durable, laser-engraved ROG Armor. Onboard LEDs combine with a header for standard RGB strips to let users illuminate their systems like never before. Customizable Aura effects include breathing, strobing, and color-cycling modes. The lighting can also pulsate to the beat of your favorite music or change color based on the CPU temperature.
The Maximus VIII Formula has the very latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet along with LANGuard to optimize network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming. 5-Way Optimization lets users maximize CPU performance for gaming, entertainment, or productivity with a single click. SupremeFX 2015 brings together the best audio inputs and outputs, special shielded designs, and a collection of professional-grade hardware to ensure crystal-clear sound.
ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard
Based on the AMD® 970+SB950 chipset, the ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura is the world’s first AMD 970 motherboard certified by NVIDIA to offer SLI support. It features Aura RGB LEDs for customizable lighting, SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio for precise in-game sound, and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies for fast, safe, and lag-free networking. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura also has a dedicated water-pump header and dual USB 3.1 ports. It even supports M.2 SSDs based on the NVM Express protocol.
ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard
The ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura is a mini ITX motherboard that features advanced Aura LED illumination for more customizable lighting effects. With five additional controllers and special firmware, The ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi-/Aura lets gamers customize the frequency and direction of the lighting effects via the Aura utility. This allows more advanced lighting options in addition to the standard static, breathing, strobing, color-cycle, music, and CPU temperature effects.
The ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura also has several exclusive technologies for superior gaming experiences, including SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, plus Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
A built-in M.2 socket provides access to the latest high-speed solid-state drives (SSDs), while dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi lets users connect to the fastest wireless networks. The onboard Wi-Fi supports multi-user MIMO and comes with an external 2×2 antenna to deliver optimal performance for online gaming. In addition, a dedicated onboard water-pump header ensures the very best water-cooling efficiency.
ASUS MG 4K Series monitors
The much-lauded ASUS MG Series now features 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution options on 28- and 24-inch models. The 28-inch MG28UQ has a rapid 1ms response time to eliminate ghosting and motion blur, while the 24-inch MG24UQ has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and outstanding color accuracy. Both use VESA Adaptive-Sync to deliver smooth gameplay without visible tearing. They also boast GamePlus in-game enhancements, GameVisual picture profiles, and Ultra-Low Blue Light filter technology for comfortable viewing.
ROG GT51 gaming desktop
The ROG GT51, winner of a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category, is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor and up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics cards in SLI. ROG Turbo Gear lets users maximize the GT51’s overclocking potential with just one click, while the ASUS-exclusive Aegis II application helps monitor system parameters. In addition, a USB 3.1 Type-C port on the front panel pushes transfer rates up to 10Gbps and can quick-charge mobile devices. The GT51 also features the exclusive ROG Band, which lets users overclock the system or activate Shadow Drive, a hidden portion of the hard drive.
The GT51 has an internal cooling system with a dedicated air tunnel that takes advantage of natural convection to efficiently manage heat during marathon gaming sessions. It has an aggressively designed ATX chassis with an Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper finish, a transparent side window, and customizable lighting effects with up to eight million colors.
ROG XG Station 2 external graphics docking station
The ROG XG Station 2 is an external graphics card docking station specially designed for ASUS laptops and graphics cards. It has a custom interface that lets notebooks harness the power of desktop graphics cards to significantly boost gaming performance. This docking station also helps charge the laptop, so users don’t have to carry the latter’s power adapter. It’s easy to hook up, as well, and it can be unplugged without restarting the laptop.
ROG Claymore mechanical gaming keyboard
The ROG Claymore is a gaming keyboard with Cherry MX RGB mechanical switches and a detachable, macro-infused numpad to give users flexible placement options. This backlit keyboard features customizable keys with RGB lighting and N-key rollover technology. It can be synced to ROG motherboards, with hotkeys allowing users to control fan speeds, boot up, overclocking, and BIOS access. The ROG Claymore has a durable aluminum-alloy frame with Mayan-inspired detailing for a premium look.
ROG Spatha wireless/wired gaming mouse
The soon-to-be-released ROG Spatha is an 8200-DPI laser gaming mouse crafted for MMO glory. It has a magnesium-alloy chassis and features a total of 12 programmable buttons, including six ergonomic thumb buttons. The left and right buttons have a socketed design that lets users easily swap switches to customize the click feel. Out of the box, the sockets are populated with Omron® switches rated for a 20-million-click lifespan. Users have the freedom to use the mouse in wired or wireless modes, and they can enjoy polling rates up to 2000Hz in wired mode. In addition, the Spatha has customizable RGB LED effects across three zones.
ROG Swift PG348Q gaming monitor
The ROG Swift PG348Q is a 34-inch gaming monitor with an Ultra-Wide Quad HD (UWQHD) 3440 x 1440 IPS panel that gives users highly detailed visuals across an expansive viewing area. Its 21:9 aspect ratio and curved panel provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. The Swift PG348Q’s fast 100Hz refresh rate and built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC technology help eliminate input lag and frame-rate stutters for the smoothest, fastest, and most breathtaking gaming imaginable.
In addition, the Swift PG348Q features ASUS GamePlus in-game enhancements, ASUS GameVisual technology for optimized gaming visuals, and an exclusive Turbo hotkey so users can toggle refresh rates on the fly, without accessing the graphics driver control panel.
ROG G752 gaming laptop
The ROG G752 is a powerful gaming laptop powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 (‘Skylake’) processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M discrete graphics. The G752 has an aggressive design and sports the new ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme. It features the ROG-exclusive mobile 3D Vapor Chamber thermal system for more efficient cooling and increased stability, along with a backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover for precise input. The G752 also uses NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to smooth out frame delivery and eliminate tearing.
ROG GX700 gaming laptop
The ROG GX700 is the first liquid-cooled gaming laptop with the detachable Hydro Overclocking System cooling module. The GX700 is powered by the 6th-generation Intel® Mobile K-SKU processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics to give users desktop-grade power at home and ultra-fast performance on the go. It’s also the world’s first 17-inch 4K UHD gaming laptop to feature NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
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ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.