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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Game Deals

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Game Deals, a program that offers registered ROG product owners unique access to up to 50% off MSRP on a huge range of PC games. Created in collaboration with Gamesplanet, Game Deals will be available worldwide through the Armoury Crate application starting October 23. As Gamesplanet is an official partner to many of the game industry’s top publishers, Game Deals will include a wide variety of titles from Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Rockstar, 2K, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Konami, and many other game publishers.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is among the first special deals available the week of October 23. Registered ROG VIPs can pre-order one of the year’s most anticipated upcoming titles at a price exclusive to ROG.

These new Game Deals are integrated into Armoury Crate software, which provides a single, centralized platform for gamers to purchase, download and personalize their PCs for the perfect game experience. ROG is passionate about engineering innovative gaming machines with deep customization options so that every gamer can create their ideal system. Through this collaboration with Gamesplanet, ROG will finally be able to offer gamers a crucial part of their user experience: easier and more affordable access to the games they love to play.

Anyone who has purchased an ROG product is eligible to become an ROG VIP. All users need to do is create an ROG ID and register their devices. Owners of ROG gaming laptops can create an ROG ID at the ASUS official website or within the User Center section of the Armoury Crate app, available for download at the Windows Store. Owners of other ROG products can download and install Armoury Crate from the official website and then create an ROG ID within the User Center section of the app.

Registered ROG VIPs get exclusive pricing on five or more specially selected titles each week, in addition to a wide collection of everyday deals powered by Gamesplanet. Offers can encompass everything from massive AAA blockbusters to cult indie hits, pre-orders for future favorites, or a host of critically acclaimed classics. Launched games can see deep discounts of up to 50% off MSRP, while game pre-orders will be available for up to 30% off MSRP.

The rotating calendar of special deals will always feature at least five offers with prices not available anywhere else but ROG.

Once they’ve selected a game they would like to purchase, users will complete a one-time process of creating a Gamesplanet account, and then proceed through the purchase process as normal. After redeeming the game code they receive and installing their new title, the game can be added to their Game Library in Armoury Crate. The Game Library feature will be available soon and lets users launch, organize, and keep track of the games they’ve downloaded on any platform, all in one place.

Ready to glow

In addition to collaborating with Gamesplanet, ROG has been working closely with ecosystem partners in gaming, including game developers and studios to offer users a more personalized and unique gaming experience just for ROG users.

Within the Game Deals section of Armoury Crate, users can also find a section with exclusive Aura Ready titles developed to work seamlessly with Aura RGB. When players download titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Anthem, they will experience Aura lighting effects queued to in-game events that deepen the immersion of their gaming experiences. More titles are being added to the Aura Ready program regularly and will be showcased within Game Deals as soon as they launch.

Deeper PC personalization
Armoury Crate software was created to give users access to all of the customization and system optimization settings they could need in a single, easily accessible utility.
Over the years, it’s grown to include Aura Sync personalization that allows users to perfect their gaming environments with coordinated lighting effects across their full ecosystem of compatible devices. Scenario Profiles let users define their system’s personalization settings and performance for any task. Armoury Crate has even expanded to a mobile app that provides gamers with ROG gaming laptops with a way to
monitor their CPU and GPU load on a second screen, adjust optimizing operational modes on demand, and more.

Since these personalized touches matter most in combination with the games users love to play, Game Deals is an integral part of the Armoury Crate vision to create the perfect gaming experience. With this new update, ROG is closer to ensuring that users can get everything they need from ROG devices, from deep personalization to easier access to great and affordable games.

Celebrating launch

To kick off the launch of Game Deals, huge deals on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, eFootball PES 2020, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and Age of Wonders: Planetfall will be available between October 23 and October 30. Additionally, ROG and Gamesplanet will be giving away two free titles to ROG VIPs: Regions of Ruin and We Are the Dwarves, while supplies last.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Game Deals is now available worldwide through the Armoury Crate application.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Announces Availability of the Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD). ROG Swift PG65UQ features a 65-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution HDR panel, overclockable 144Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 95% professional colour gamut as well as DisplayHDRTM 1000 and Ultra HD PremiumTM certification.Over the last few years, there has been a shift from PCs to displays as the undisputed leaders in gaming technology.

By offering higher refresh rates and synchronized frame delivery, gameplay has become noticeably smoother and more responsive. So far, these new developments have been confined to desktop monitors and gaming laptops that lack the sheer size to rival big-screen TVs. But not anymore.

With full array local dimming (FALD) LED backlighting that’s dynamically controlled across 384 zones and a peak brightness of 1,000 nits in each zone, ROG Swift PG65UQ delivers nuanced and realistic shadows and highlights, stunning contrast, cinematic colour and low latency to deliver the best HDR gaming experiences.

Fast and super-smooth big-scale gaming

ROG Swift PG65UQ features a 65-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution HDR panel, packing over eight million pixels into that great screen space. With an amazing overclockable 144Hz rate, it handles fast- moving visuals with ease and makes them smoother and more realistic than ever. To smooth out the stuttering that can occur when performance dips below the maximum refresh rate, ROG Swift PG65UQ features NVIDIA G-SYNCTM Ultimate technology to synchronize with the frame rate of compatible GeForce graphics cards, and to make games alive with stunning contrast, cinematic colour, and low latency.

The ultimate HDR experience

With full array local dimming (FALD) technology, ROG Swift PG65UQ dynamically controls LED backlighting across 384 zones, providing very high contrast for richer, more natural-looking dark scenes. The LEDs can be turned on and off independently to create a wide range of dynamic luminance for a much richer, more nuanced image. DisplayHDR 1000 and Ultra HD Premium certified, ROG Swift PG65UQ can achieve a peak brightness 1000 nits in each LED zone, ensuring bright whites and brilliant colours.

ROG Swift PG65UQ features quantum-dot technology, enabling a wide colour gamut with 95% coverage of the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour space, and a thorough factory pre-calibration process ensures incredibly accurate colour (Delta-E < 2) out of the box. The display also features a wide viewing angle for a natural-looking image with minimal colour shifting from any viewpoint.

Putting the gaming in BFGD

For cross-platform gamers, ROG Swift PG65UQ is a natural option. It works seamlessly Xbox OneTM, supporting variable refresh rates (VRR) of 48–60Hz via an HDMI connection.

ROG Swift PG65UQ is equally adept at movies and other big-screen entertainment as it is with gaming. With Ultra HD Premium certification, it delivers exceptional onscreen clarity and detail together with immersive audio.

In addition to its advanced panel, ROG Swift PG65UQ comes with built-in 15W speakers and exclusive ASUS SonicMaster technology for a powerful, immersive audio performance. An included remote control enables full control of the on-screen display for quick adjustments and input selection.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) will be available in Canada in Q4. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Announces I Am ProArtist Campaign

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 10, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced I am ProArtist, a worldwide contest that invites content creators to submit their best original 2D or 3D digital artwork or film clip for a chance to win ASUS ProArt products. Prizes on offer include ProArt Display PA32UC, PA27AC, PA24AC, ProArt Station PA90, ProArt StudioBook Pro 17, and Mini PC PB60G.

The I am ProArtist campaign is live today, and the competition runs globally until September 30, 2019. Full details are available at the campaign website: https://www.asus-campaign.com/iamproartist

The spark of inspiration can ignite at any time and content creators need a trusted, professional platform that matches the way they work and gives them the power to realize their creative vision. Inspired by professionals, every aspect of the ProArt platform is built to remove creative barriers and deliver the immense performance professionals demand to support the creative process and bring the best ideas to life.

That is the ProArt brand promise, and we believe everyone can be a ProArtist. It is about being proud of individuality, persistent in seeking perfection and strong-spirited in chosen fields of excellence. To celebrate the wellspring of creativity empowered by ProArt we want content creators of all abilities to produce an original artwork and share its story.

How to enter the I Am ProArtist global challenge

All adults aged 18 or more are eligible to participate in the I am ProArtist competition, and each eligible contest is permitted to submit one entry in each of the three activity categories – True Colour, Pixel Perfection and Mighty Mini. The fundamental design requirements of each activity category are as follows:

  • True Colour (2D graphic design): Submit an original 2D picture or design in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.
  • Pixel Perfection (film production): Submit an original film clip in MP4 format. The maximum acceptable running time 20 seconds, and the maximum acceptable file size is 50MB.
  • Mighty Mini (3D design): Submit an original 3D-design work in JPEG or PNG format. The resolution should be 2560 x 1440, and the maximum acceptable file size is 5MB.

Entrants must also include a story with each submission. This story should summarize the background or design inspiration behind the original creation.

How to win I am ProArtist prizes

One winner for each activity category will be chosen based on votes in the form of ‘likes’ from the public and a creativity assessment by ASUS, with each aspect carrying a 50% weighting. Public votes are important, so entrants are encouraged to share their entry on social media – using the hashtag #IamProArtist.

The I am ProArtist winners, awards and lucky draw

Following the close of the competition on September 30, 2019, public votes will be tallied, and ASUS will then consider all entries for their creativity. The final winners will be announced on October 30, 2019. The prizes for each activity category are as follows:

  • True Colour: ASUS ProArt Display PA27AC
  • Pixel Perfection: ASUS ProArt Display PA32UC
  • Mighty Mini: ASUS ProArt Station PA90

In addition to these main prize tiers, we’ll also be awarding three additional prizes via a lucky draw for those otherwise ineligible to enter the main I am ProArtist competition. Winners will be chosen from those sharing the #IamProArtist campaign hashtag on social media. Prizes for this lucky draw include a ProArt StudioBook Pro17, ProArt Display PA24AC and Mini PC PB60G.

 

 

 

ASUS Announces The CG32UQ Console-Gaming Monitor

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 4, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced CG32UQ, a 31.5-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) console-gaming monitor that pairs perfectly with Xbox One™ X, PS4™ Pro and Nintendo Switch™. The first ASUS display designed especially for console gamers, it features high dynamic range (HDR) technology with a 95% DCI-P3 professional colour gamut and DisplayHDR™ 600 certification, delivering exceptional contrast and colour performance that makes games look their best. AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ ensures super-smooth gaming visuals and GameFast Input technology minimizes input lag and provides much faster motion delivery from consoles and other devices connected to the monitor through HDMI.

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ASUS CG32UQ provides a new standard for console gaming with console-friendly features, including a remote control for adjusting brightness, changing the input and controlling other functions from a distance, and a base with a built-in USB hub for easier controller charging. Additionally, Halo Sync provides ambient lighting that matches on-screen colours for a stunning effect that enhances gaming immersion.

Bring console games to life

ASUS CG32UQ delivers superior picture quality with 4K resolution, HDR10 support and VESA DisplayHDR™ 600 certification. It features 10-bit colour and covers 95% of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 gamut, which has a much wider range of colours than sRGB. Zone-based dimming enables a vast dynamic range with deep blacks and bright whites that push up to 600 cd/m² of localized luminance.

While competing TVs typically take 27–50 milliseconds to catch up with game-controller input, CG32UQ with GameFast Input technology cuts the delay to just 13 milliseconds. Reducing the latency between input and result can make players feel more connected to the game and even provide a competitive advantage over opponents with slower screens.

AMD Radeon FreeSync technology matches the refresh rate of the monitor with the frame rate of compatible graphics cards and consoles, eliminating visual tearing that cuts across the screen. It also minimizes stuttering when performance drops below the maximum refresh rate, a frequent occurrence when gaming at 4K on all but the most powerful desktops and Xbox One X.

More Immersive with Halo Sync

With 66 addressable RGB LEDs embedded into the back of the monitor frame, Halo Sync lighting projects a colourful ambiance across on the wall behind CG32UQ. When playing a game, watching a movie, or even using the computer for everyday tasks, Halo Sync matches the LED colours with what’s happening along the borders of the screen for a synchronized glow that extends immersion into the user’s room for their own private light show.

Console-friendly features

With ASUS Audio Wizard, ASUS CG32UQ provides four custom game-audio profile settings that let users enjoy the best audio performance for a variety of game genres, including first-person shooters (FPS), racing and combat titles. It also includes a dedicated mode for watching movies.

ASUS CG32UQ also functions as a peripheral and charging hub with two USB 3.0 ports on its base. The ports are reserved for charging, so users can keep their gamepads charged and ready or plug in their phone if it’s running low on battery.

To give users the same easy control while sitting across the room on the couch, CG32UQ comes with a convenient remote control that lets users adjust the brightness, change inputs, and perform other on-screen display functions quickly and easily. It also comes with an innovative dynamic graphic on-screen display (OSD) provides an intuitive overview of all key settings. And, with animations triggered by adjusting settings, dialing in the right look and feel of the monitor feels almost like playing a game.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS CG32UQ monitor will be available in Canada in Q4. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

ASUS Celebrates 30 Years At IFA 2019 With A Livestream Next Week

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 30, 2019 by itnerd

On Wednesday, September 4, ASUS will be making several announcements leading into IFA 2019 in Berlin. I invite you to tune into the livestream, which kicks off at 7:00 a.m. ET and you can watch it here.

The announcement will build on the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations at Computex, reinforcing its commitment to refined design, outstanding performance and delivering exceptional user experiences.

After the livestream, I’ll also be sharing a recap of the announcements. So stay tuned for that.

ASUS Republic Of Gamers Hosts Intelligent Evolution Event At Gamescom 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today opened the doors on its Intelligent Evolution press event at Gamescom 2019 to demonstrate the latest innovations resulting from the ASUS Design Thinkingphilosophy — our holistic product-development cycle that sees user feedback result in R&D that leads to iteration in the form of new products.

“Gamers and media are the inspiration for ROG’s fast-paced and passionate product development, because they drive us to push the limits of every feature to enhance every aspect of the gaming experience. Every user comment and product review feeds into this intelligent evolution of ROG products, triggering ever-new and exciting innovations” said Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales for the ASUS Open Platform Business Group.

This year ROG unveiled seven intelligently evolved products. These include the bar-raising ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore motherboard for dream PC rigs and the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II motherboard for overclocking without extravagance. Three new gaming monitors were also revealed, including the 43-inch ROG Strix XG43UQ and 27-inch ROG Strix XG27UQ, both supporting Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology for native 4K resolution with 144 Hz refresh rates, and the 17.3-inch ROG Strix XG17 with a 240Hz IPS panel and ROG Tripod for serious on-the-go gamers.

We also took the wraps off ROG Chakram, a new 16,000-dpi gaming mouse with a built-in joystick for ultimate control; and ROG Strix Go 2.4, a wireless gaming headset with a USB-C™ 2.4GHz and an AI-powered noise-canceling mic.

 

ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore gaming motherboard

Designed to raise the bar for dream builds, ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore follows the pedigree of the popular ROG Rampage Extreme and Omega motherboards. This latest board makes many powerful statements, from intelligent tuning, robust power design and cutting-edge ROG technology, to give the most discerning gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers everything they need to push the limits. This includes 16 power stages and a comprehensive thermal design that comprises an active heatsink with two integrated VRM fans, a PCIe-zone M.2 aluminum heatsink and a one-piece aluminum backplate.

It also benefits from all the latest connectivity, including USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (Type-C), Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200, onboard Aquantia®10Gbps LAN and Intel Ethernet, plus unmatched personalization with a 1.77-inch LiveDash colour OLED, and second-generation addressable RGB headers.

 

ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II motherboard

Many enthusiasts and gamers in particular often have a specific set of requirements for a motherboard: solid performance, ease of overclocking, stylish looks, and a set of features that’s still upmarket but doesn’t delve into extravagant excess. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II is absolutely perfect for all these tasks, and more.

It features 12 power stages and a pre-installed 40mm fan, plus a great aesthetic design with an I/O cover that has a unique dual-layer design to display a laser-engraved ROG logo against a lighted backdrop of cybertext patterns. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II offers superb connectivity, with three M.2 slots, Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200 and both Realtek 2.5Gbps and Intel Ethernet on board. It also has a 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED, a second-generation addressable RGB header and DIY-friendly designs that include FlexKey and BIOS Flashback.

 

ROG Strix XG43UQ DSC gaming monitor

Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology is an industry-wide compression standard for transporting ultra-high definition video streams across a single interface at high speed with no perceptible loss of visual quality. It also allows support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and high dynamic range (HDR) from the single connection. With DSC technology, ROG Strix XG43UQis able to display incredibly detailed and smooth visuals at native 4K resolution with a 144 Hz refresh rate via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection without chroma sub-sampling, and without the need to use dual DisplayPort.

Strix XG43UQ’s 43-inch non-glare HDR display has achieved DisplayHDR™ 1000 compliance and supports 90% DCI-P3 professional colour gamut for exceptional contrast and colour performance, and also works flawlessly with AMD Radeon™ FreeSync 2 HDR technology for buttery-smooth gameplay, low latency, and better brightness and contrast.

 

ROG Strix XG27UQ DSC gaming monitor

ROG Strix XG27UQ is a 4K UHD gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. This 27-inch IPS display with quantum-dot technology heralds a new generation of gaming. It provides a wide 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and DisplayHDR 400 compliance and offers the same DSC support as its Strix XG43UQ stablemate.

 

ROG Strix XG17 portable gaming monitor with ROG tripod

Designed for competitive gamers that wish to hone their skills while on the move, ROG Strix XG17 is a 17.3-inch IPS Full HD portable gaming panel that delivers a blistering 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time — making it the fastest portable display in the world. It weighs just 1 kg and has a built-in battery that supports up to 3 hours of 240Hz operation off a single charge. Thanks to its fast-charging system, a one-hour charge will power the panel for 2.7 hours. Other salient features include adaptive-sync that operates between 48-240Hz, making it easier to derive smooth gameplay from modest GPUs. There’s also a built-in speaker, for those times when a headset just won’t do.

ROG Strix XG17 also comes with a ROG tripod accessory that enables the gamer to set ROG Strix XG17 at various angles and heights, making it perfect for almost any gaming scenario. For example, ROG Tripod makes it easy to position Strix XG17 directly above a gaming notebook, effectively creating an expansive extended screen and play area. It also serves to support XG17 as an on-the-go monitor for console gamers, or as an extended display for mobile gaming.

 

ROG Chakram wireless gaming mouse

ROG Chakram is an all-new ergonomic, optical gaming mouse with Qi wireless charging and an integrated joystick for ultimate control. In addition to Qi, charging Chakram by wire for just 15 minutes provides enough power for up to 12 hours of gameplay. The joystick is both programmable, enabling personalized settings and superior control, and removable for when it’s not needed. The new mouse also packs an advanced 16,000-dpi, 400-ips sensor, and offers three connectivity methods — wired, 2.4GHz and Bluetooth (BLE). It also features detachable magnetic covers, an exclusive push-fit switch-socket design and a customizable badge for effortless DIY.

ROG Chakram is also loaded with thoughtful and exciting control, design and aesthetic features. These include a one-touch button for switching DPI on the go, a pivoted button mechanism for rapid response and accurate performance with a clean, tactile feel, and integrated Aura Sync lighting for instead illuminated style. These combined with the many other features elevate ROG Chakram to the ultimate gaming mouse, ready for any battlefield,

 

ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless gaming headset

ROG Strix Go 2.4 is the world’s first wireless gaming headset that can be used with Nintendo Switch in handheld mode and also works with mobile phones and PCs. The headset connects via an included USB-C 2.4GHz wireless adapter that provides a more stable connection with less latency than Bluetooth, making it a better choice for gaming. ROG Strix Go 2.4 features an integrated AI-powered noise-cancelling microphone for clear communications, and large, Hi-Res Audio-certified 40mm drivers with a ROG-exclusive airtight-chamber design for lifelike audio reproduction, all in a lightweight, foldable design that tips the scales at a mere 290 grams.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG products are available worldwide. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Reveals Trio of New X299 Motherboards

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced three new X299 motherboards to support upcoming Intel®CoreX-series processors. Many computing itches can only be scratched by processors with that magical combination of plenty of cores and sizable amounts of cache and memory bandwidth. The latest refresh of Intel’s high-end desktop platform upgrades maximum RAM capacities to 256GB and adds support for more PCIe connectivity directly from the CPU — just the ticket for multi-GPU rigs and massive NVMe solid-state drive arrays.

Baseline features for the upgraded boards include improved power circuitry with additional power stages, support for faster RAM, Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) support, and better networking and USB connectivity. All three models also include our AI Overclocking intelligence for automatically turning the knobs on the CPU to find the optimum frequency and voltage settings for the system.

ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore

ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore is one sharply dressed board in the EATX form factor. Right from the get-go, Infinity Lighting holographic accents dazzle and impress atop stylish aluminum ROG Armor. We fortify the primary M.2 slots, I/O shield, and audio signal components with the same material. A 1.77-inch LiveDash OLED display can present POST codes, system information or custom graphics. For those who prefer a stealthy look, the display and onboard lighting can be shut off entirely. Around the back, a single-piece backplate covering most of the board allows for extra heat dissipation and structural reinforcement. All the main PCIe®slots are clad in SafeSlot metal reinforcement, so heavier graphics cards can be plugged in without worry.

Extreme Encore has the ability to handle and overclock the most powerful chips in the Intel Core X-series family. That’s where its humongous 16 power stages come in. Since Intel Core X-series processors can draw a lot of power when overclocked, we used ProCool II auxiliary power connectors with solid pins to maximize current capacity and minimize conduction loss. The VRM sits underneath heatsinks connected by a heat pipe and cooled by two compact fans that will only spin up when needed. Our space-saving DIMM.2 module employs a heatsink to chill NVMe devices also installed there.

One of the reasons to acquire a high-end desktop chip is the copious amount of memory bandwidth it can tap. Extreme Encore lets users take advantage of 256GB of RAM across the quad-channel controller, clocked at blistering speeds as high as 4266MT/s. Our exclusive OptiMem III enhancements help extreme overclockers find the limits of their RAM.

The extra lanes available in the upcoming Intel Core X-series enabled us to increase the onboard NVMe storage device support to four, meaning it’s possible to run massive NVMe RAID arrays with optional Intel VROC technology and push gigabyte-per-second transfers to double digits. Two M.2 slots rest underneath the main heatsink, while the DIMM.2 slot can take in two drives up to 110 mm long on a riser card. And with compatible chips, the three x16 PCIe slots can be run in a x16/x16/x8 configuration for high-speed multi-GPU action, massive deep-learning tasks, and heavy-duty 3D rendering. A USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector provides 20Gbps of bandwidth to compatible devices.

To ensure multi-terabyte data sets can be easily delivered over the network, Extreme Encore comes with an Aquantia 10Gbps Ethernet controller humming alongside a tried-and-true Intel Gigabit Ethernet chip. When it’s time to let go of wires and send bits through the atmosphere, an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 adapter pushes throughout up to 2.4Gbps.=

Extreme Encore has a total of four RGB LED strips: two on standard headers, and another two on addressable Gen 2 RGB headers that can detect how many LEDs are present in an attached device to preconfigure effects accordingly and make for easier customization. The included ASUS Fan Extension Card II has three extra RGB strip headers, as well as NODE input and output ports for further expansion. The extra RGB LED headers on this card naturally support RGB LED fans with the proper cabling, as well. Our proprietary NODE connector enables the connection of compatible hardware for control and monitoring.

Extreme Encore’s SupremeFX S1220 audio circuitry includes a dedicated headphone amplifier, Japanese-made capacitors, and its own PCB layers for improved signal integrity. We’ve included DTS Sound Unbound enhancements, so that when a compatible game is played, the player takes a dive deep into a soundscape where every object has a pinpoint-accurate aural location, even if it’s above or below.

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The majority of enthusiasts and gamers in particular often have a specific set of requirements for a motherboard: solid performance, ease of overclocking, good looks, and a set of features that’s still upmarket but doesn’t delve into extravagant excess. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II fits that bill.

The board’s cybertext motif, sleek angular lines and smooth finishes all meld together to create a distinctive style that looks fantastic whether on its own or under RGB LED lighting. A translucent ROG logo on the I/O shield can light up to reveal more cybertext embedded in the acrylic nameplate. A 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED display sits just underneath the CPU socket for at-a-glance view of system information or just to show off.

To feed and overclock the CPU, Strix X299-E Gaming II uses a 12-power-stage VRM. The power-delivery cooling system has a two-piece heatsink with a heat pipe running through it, and it’s further chilled by a 40-mm fan that’ll only kick in under high power draw. For those choosing to overclock their processor, the AI Overclocking function will intelligently figure out the best settings.

Power plugs can get a little toasty when overclocking CPUs to their limit, so the auxiliary 12V ProCool II connectors have solid-core pins to deliver more current. Two columns of four DIMMs can take in a total of 256GB of RAM. Sticks clocked at 4266MT/s and beyond will slot right in with ease.

Strix X299-E Gaming II features SafeSlots on all three PCIe slots to easily support multi-GPU setups. Three M.2 slots are ready to take in fast NVMe devices as long as 110mm and have dedicated heatsinks, all using PCIe x4 connectivity. Intel VROC support enables multi-drive NVMe action for the fastest storage transfer rates this side of a server. USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports in both Type-Cand Type-A flavors grace the back panel, and there’s a header available for an extra front-panel port.

For networking, a Realtek 2.5Gbps and Intel gigabit Ethernet adapter handle communications. There’s also Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter for up to 2.4Gbps of wireless bandwidth, plus Bluetooth®5.0 support.

Strix X299-E Gaming II comes with two standard RGB LED strip headers, plus another pair of connectors for addressable Gen 2 RGB LED strips. A NODE port also lets the board monitor and control compatible components.

Strix X299-E Gaming II has an additional set of handy niceties. The FlexKey allows the reset button to toggle lighting effects on/off, or boot directly into the firmware. SupremeFX S1220A audio includes its own shielding alongside the usual niceties like Japanese capacitors, and it comes bundled with Sonic Studio III and DTS®Sound Unbound.

Prime X299-A II

Our Rampage and Strix boards have the looks and over-the-top luxury to match their performance, but some users prioritize straightforward results over a flashy appearance and a mile-long feature list. However, not every PC has to be a lavish affair – even if it’s using a high-end Intel Core X-series chip. There are plenty of times when the most important aspects are stability, horsepower and subtlety. For those looking for a simple and solid X299 motherboard, we have ASUS Prime X299-A II.

While X299-A II is the most affordable model in our refreshed trio, it’s not bare-bones by any stretch of the imagination. After all, it’s got a 12-power-stage, all-digital VRM ready to juice up even top-end Intel Core X-series processors, along with ProCool II auxiliary power connectors. Much like on our higher-end boards, three PCIe x16 SafeSlots can deal with multiple graphics cards in SLIor CrossFireXarrays. Likewise, eight RAM slots in a quad-channel topology can take in as much as 256GB clocked at 4266 MT/s, and there are three PCIe x.4 M.2 slots. This model supports Intel VROC arrays with the necessary hardware key, as well.

White-and-silver accents and heatsinks lend the X299-A II a subdued look that’ll blend with any build. For those looking to add RGB LED flair, the board’s neutral shades will look fantastic under coloured light. Standard LED strips can be hooked up to a pair of available headers, and extra-fancy illumination is possible thanks to an addressable Gen 2 RGB header for compatible addressable strips.

Prime X299-A II does upstage its fancier brethren in one way, though. Since professional users are more likely to pick out this model, we fitted it with a Thunderbolt3 header so opening up the option of next-gen peripherals with the optional ASUS ThunderboltEX3 card. Audio and video gear in particular makes great use of Thunderbolt 3’s low latency and massive bandwidth, and the X299-A II will happily become the centerpiece of any AV studio. Naturally, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 peripherals can go into any of the several ports in those formats. Sonic delectation emanates from the Realtek S1220A codec enhanced by DTS:X®Ultra  3D audio positioning.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Check with your local ASUS representative for details on availability and pricing in your region.

For further information, product images and specifics on these new motherboardsplease check out our article at Edge Up ASUS.