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ASUS Partners With ESPN At EXP Esports Gaming Series

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 11, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced it will be the official hardware sponsor of EXP, an esports gaming series created by ESPN. This series exemplifies ESPN’s commitment to expanding their esports coverage across all platforms and content types to better serve every kind of sports fan.

The EXP summer tournaments kick off July 11 with a Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition that will feature players from across the gaming community, from influencers and fans to celebrities and esports champions. Following it up is the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis on August 2 and 3, where 20 of the best Apex Legends squads will fight for a $150,000 prize pool.

ROG is proud to have sponsored ESPN’s inaugural EXP event in May 2019 at the Collegiate Esports Championship and will continue supporting and supplying competition-level gaming hardware for both of the upcoming tournaments. Tournament participants will compete on ROG Strix GL12CX gaming desktops and ROG Swift PG248Q gaming monitors provided by ASUS.

Elevating esports

The upcoming events underscore both ROG and ESPN’s dedication to bringing professional esports to a wider platform. These tournaments will be available to watch live on multiple digital platforms, including the ESPN app. A tape-delayed show focused on key moments and storylines will air across ESPN and ABC linear networks after each event, making this a solid first step in familiarizing mainstream audiences with pro gaming.

In sponsoring events such as PAX, Dreamhack, and ESL One, and this EXP series, ROG has worked to elevate every cross-section of the games industry, from developers to streamers to pro athletes.

Gaming excellence

Tournament participants in the upcoming EXP series will play on ROG gear designed for competitive high-FPS gaming.

The Strix GL12CX is a liquid-cooled and factory-overclocked gaming desktop engineered to give competitors a serious edge in battle. Developed specifically for tournament play, its case features a hot-swap SSD bay hidden behind a magnetic front cover. These are useful at esports events, since players often store their games and profiles on 2.5” SSDs. With the hot-swap bay, organizers can easily remove and insert SSDs without ever lifting a screwdriver or rebooting the system.

This gaming machine is equipped with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 GPU, powerful enough to deliver the huge, triple-digit frame rates required for pro-level play. Competitors will immerse themselves in the action on a blazing fast ROG Swift PG248Q monitor. This high-refresh gaming panel features an overclockable 180Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA® G-SYNC, which reduces stuttering and eliminates tearing. It also has an ultra-responsive 1ms grey-to-grey response time, which means enemies and other targets will be rendered clearly without any ghosting or blurring.

Game casters and commentators will follow the action on new Strix SCAR III gaming laptops, which represents the top tier of portable esports gaming. Released in Spring 2019, the Strix SCAR III was the world’s first gaming laptop to offer 240Hz gaming panels for both 15 and 17-inch options. Slim bezels frame the display, giving casters a more immersive and in-depth view of the game.

Equipped with a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070, the Strix SCAR III delivers silky smooth visuals at any speed of play. The SCAR III also features a latest generation 9th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU, a blazing fast M.2 NVMe PCIe® SSD, and up to 32GB of RAM, so that content creators can spectate, take notes, participate in stream chats, and more all at the same time.

Let the games begin

The upcoming EXP tournaments are a major step forward in making esports a must-see, mainstream sporting event. ROG is excited to help bring esports to a wider stage with ESPN, the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment entity.

Tune in to the events live online and on the ESPN app. The EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am Presented by The Real Cost will be held the day following The 2019 ESPYS, July 11, and the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis is on August 2 and 3.

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ASUS Announces High Performance Gaming Graphics Cards

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced eight new GeForce® RTX 2080, 2070, and 2060 SUPER graphics cards, spanning the ROG Strix, ASUS Dual, and Turbo lines. These new GPUs bring even more competitive performance to high-end NVIDIA Turing™ graphics card options, offering a sweet deal for gamers looking to pull the trigger on an RTX build this summer.

The new GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs leverage almost a year of exhaustive architectural and process optimizations to deliver the fastest gaming performance in traditional rasterized games and the flood of blockbuster titles implementing real-time ray tracing. They are poised to offer the best performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar of any gaming GPU in their class.

ROG Strix: Take flight

The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series graphics cards are paired with a host of power and cooling features for a truly top-tier gaming experience. On the RTX 2060 SUPER, our tried and true Wing-blade fan design provides excellent cooling. Moving up to the top-end 2070 and 2080 SUPER cards, new Axial-tech fans enter the fray with better all-around performance, while MaxContact technology provides a better connection between heatsink and die for superior thermal transfer. The high-end hardware is supported with an arsenal of software utilities that allow users to customize and tweak settings.

ASUS Dual EVO: 2x fans. 2x fun.

Delivering the latest NVIDIA Turing gaming experience in its purest form, the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 20 SUPER EVO series graphics cards meld performance and simplicity like no other. With Axial-tech fan design all around and a beefy 2.7-slot footprint to house a thick heatsink, these dual-fan cards deliver exemplary cooling performance. The entire assembly is reinforced by a protective backplate, making the Dual series a solid choice for those who prefer substance over style.

ASUS Turbo EVO: Blow them away

The ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 SUPER EVO graphics cards are designed from the ground up for systems with restricted airflow. A redesigned shroud preserves the air intake area above each fan, ensuring enough cool air can get to the card, even in a cramped chassis. Both models also feature dual ball fan bearings, which last up to twice as long as sleeve bearing designs.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Strix, ASUS Dual EVO, and ASUS Turbo EVO GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and 2060 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 9, 2019.

ROG Strix and ASUS Dual EVO GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 23, 2019.

Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Announces Swift PG35VQ

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

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced that the ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor is now available Featuring a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution HDR panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio, overclockable 200Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, ROG Swift PG35VQ is an ultra-wide masterpiece brimming with advanced features and technology to take gaming visuals to the next level of immersion and fluidity.

With full array local dimming (FALD) LED backlighting that’s dynamically controlled across 512 zones, a peak brightness of 1,000 nits in each zone with DisplayHDR 1000 certification, and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ Ultimate technology, ROG Swift PG35VQ delivers nuanced and realistic scenes with detailed shadows and highlights stunning contrast, cinematic colour, and low latency to deliver the best HDR gaming experiences.

In addition to its advanced panel, ROG Swift PG35VQ comes with Smart Fan Control, a ROG‑exclusive feature that ensures optimized cooling and whisper-quiet operation by dynamically controlling the fan speed based on thermal requirements. The monitor also features a foolproof VESA mounting kit, ASUS Aura sync for harmonized, system-wide lighting effects and a hi-fi-grade ESS 9118 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) for exceptional gaming audio.

Fast, silky-smooth and immersive gaming

ROG Swift PG35VQ features a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution HDR panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio. With an astonishing overclockable 200Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time (gray-to-gray), it handles fast-moving visuals with ease and makes them smoother and more realistic than ever. It also features NVIDIA G-SYNC™ Ultimate technology with the latest NVIDIA G-SYNC processors to make games come alive with stunning contrast, cinematic colour, and low latency.

The ultimate HDR experience

With full array local dimming (FALD) technology, ROG Swift PG35VQ dynamically controls the LED backlight across 512 zones, providing very high contrast for richer, more natural-looking dark scenes. The LEDs can be turned on and off selectively to create a wide range of dynamic luminance for a much richer, more nuanced image. DisplayHDR 1000 certified, ROG Swift PG35VQ can achieve a peak brightness 1000 nits in each LED zone, ensuring bright whites and brilliant colours. Quantum-dot technology provides accurate colour imagery and supports a cinema-standard DCI-P3 90% colour gamut. DCI-P3 enables a wider colour range than sRGB, resulting in more realistic colour reproduction.

Optimized hardware design

In addition to its advanced, ultra-wide display, ROG Swift PG35VQ has an array of carefully considered design features that further enhance performance, usability and style. ROG-exclusive Smart Fan Control ensures the exact rotational speed needed to maintain ideal thermals without overdoing it and causing unnecessary noise. The platform’s fans operate efficiently, generating barely more than a whisper.

Considering that many gamers will prefer to mount ROG Swift PG35VQ on a wall, the monitor comes with an intuitive VESA mount kit that provides easy attachment with just four screws and leaves plenty of space for venting thermals. In addition to wall mounting, the VESA mount enables ROG Swift PG35VQ to be attached to a display arm for maximum flexibility and viewing comfort.

ROG Light Signature is a feature of ROG monitors that enables gamers to project personalized lighting effects on the desktop surface. ROG Swift PG35VQ takes this iconic design feature a step further as the first ROG monitor to incorporate Aura Sync. In addition to being able to create their own lighting patterns, gamers can now customize the colours and harmonize the effects with their whole gaming system for a unified look that expresses their individual gaming style.

ROG Swift PG35VQ is the first gaming monitor with a built-in ESS 9118 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC), a single-chip audio processor delivering 24-bit/192 kHz lossless playback with unprecedented dynamic range and ultralow distortion for clear and immersive gaming audio.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Swift PG35VQ will be available in Canada in Q3. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces New Strix SCAR III and Hero III

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 13, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the new Strix SCAR III and Hero III gaming laptops, which are designed to deliver the speed, precision, and responsiveness required for high-level play. Users can catch every nuance of battle with the smooth, crystal clear graphics that pros demand on ultrafast displays up to 240Hz.

The high refresh rate and quick response time take full advantage of the triple-digit frame rates pushed out by powerful NVIDIA®GeForce RTXGPUs. Equipped with the latest 9th Generation Intel®Coreprocessors and a comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system that tweaks settings for the current scenario, these machines power through graphically-intensive games and anything else that comes their way.

Dual personas driven by innovation

The distinctive Strix SCAR III and Hero III personas are each available in 15-inch (G531) and 17-inch (G731) sizes to suit the gamer’s preference. They combine a sturdy, portable chassis with an upgraded aluminum lid. The FPS-inspired SCAR III wears a Gunmetal Grey finish with subtle carbon-weave styling on the inner deck, while its futuristic Hero III counterpart is finished in Midnight Black with a stealthy cyber-text pattern on the interior.

Both styles are based on the same forward-thinking design inspired by a collaboration between ROG and the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops. The sculpted surfaces echo a key element of the Face Off concept that resulted from the collaboration, with raised ridges that artfully accent the ventilated 3D Flow Zone at the back. The asymmetrical cut below the display also borrows a design cue explored during brainstorming workshops for the final concept.

Evoking a deeper physical connection with the machine was another key theme of the BMW Designworks Group collaboration. Strix SCAR III and Hero III channel this idea with the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalized link to your laptop. These NFC-enabled devices act like physical keys: docking one can transform system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides important files. In addition to offering new capabilities today, Keystones lay the groundwork for additional functionality in the future.

Game-changing graphics

Delivering the frame rates needed for the fast pace of high-level esports is a serious business. NVIDIA graphics up to the GeForce RTX 2070 give the Strix SCAR III and Hero III offer major firepower. With ROG Boost, the GPU outperforms slower GeForce RTX 2070 configurations by clocking up to 1540MHz at 115W, offering incredibly smooth gameplay for action-packed encounters.

High frame-rates need a display that can deliver them. ROG works closely with professional esports teams and top tournaments that require a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is four times the speed of conventional screens. Displays this fast have traditionally been limited to high-end desktop monitors, but the new ROG Strix series can be configured with panels that make 240Hz gaming portable.

ASUS showed 240Hz laptop gaming with a 15.6-inch panel demo at CES 2019 in January and integrated the same display into the SCAR III and Hero III that were introduced in April. At Computex 2019 in May, ASUS took that speed to a bigger stage in larger versions of those designs; the SCAR III and Hero III are world’s first 17.3-inch laptops with 240Hz panels.

Each display has 3ms grey-to-grey response times to provide the crisp, clear visuals needed to track targets in the heat of battle. They’re also framed by ultraslim bezels that offer a more seamless view of the screen and enable a more compact body that fits into any bag.

Power through anything

Games are just the beginning with up to the latest Intel Core i9-9880H CPU. This processor pushes frequencies as high as 4.1GHz with a single core, and its eight-core design can execute up to 16 parallel threads to power through demanding workloads like video editing and 3D rendering.

Heavy multitasking is fast and efficient, especially with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory. Gamers can play, chat, and stream simultaneously, while content creators can run all the apps they need for maximum productivity. They can also get the best of both worlds for speed and capacity with a mix of superfast SSD and spacious SSHD storage. The M.2 NVMe SSD significantly speeds up load times and transfer speeds for the most critical programs and files.

Visible cooling

A comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system sustains the potent performance of Strix SCAR III and Hero III by melding the right mix of hardware for the chips and chassis, along with software that adapts to the current scenario.

The striking structural design is not just a treat for the eye; it’s designed to carve out multiple cooling advantages. Scissor-door hinges are shifted forward, opening up additional room for the 3D Flow Zone at the back. Inside, dual 12V n-Blade fans deliver maximum cooling. Made from a special liquid-crystal polymer, their blades are 33% thinner than conventional designs yet still strong enough for high RPMs.

Cooling and performance requirements vary based on the usage scenario, so there are multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode minimizes acoustics for less demanding everyday tasks like web surfing and video streaming. Balanced mode adjusts the clocks and cooling to lower noise levels for gaming. Turbo reaches even higher performance, offering maximum speed for more intense projects and tasks.

Gain an illuminated edge

Aura Sync accents add RGB shine to the distinctive structural design. A new wraparound light bar glows under the front and side edges of the chassis, extending illumination into the environment and complementing the backlit ROG logo on the lid. Plenty of USB ports provide connectivity for a collection of compatible Aura Sync devices that let gamers match RGB colours and effects across a mouse, headset, and other peripherals to make the gaming environment feel like home.

The lighting on the keyboard offers per-key control that can be used to highlight critical bindings and shortcuts for your favourite games and frequent workflows. Versions of Strix SCAR III and Hero III are also available with four-zone keyboard lighting that uses transparent caps on the WASD keys to provide a quick visual guide to standard in-game movement controls.

The right connections for maximum versatility

Whether expanding a home battlestation at home or taking games on the road, Strix SCAR III and Hero III have connectivity covered. Maintaining a stable Wi-Fi connection stable enough for on-the-go gaming can be tricky, but RangeBoost eliminates makes it easy by using a smart, quad-antenna system that regularly evaluates the environment and chooses the right pair of antennas to maximize signal strength for the surroundings.

Multitasking can be made more efficient with multiple monitors. The USB Type-C(USB-C) port has DisplayPort technology that supports a second G-SYNC®desktop monitor. To enjoy media and games at higher resolution, gamers can connect a 4K UHD monitor or big-screen TV via HDMI.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III will be available in June in Canada. Please check with your local ROG representative for details.

ASUS Announces New AMD Ryzen-Powered Gaming Machines

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 11, 2019 by itnerd

By embracing emerging technologies and new platforms, ASUS has been able to create a variety of dynamic machines that deliver on gaming fundamentals in streamlined packages. The latest Ryzen mobile APUs have also boosted the TUF Gaming and ROG Zephyrus laptop lineups. The new TUF Gaming FX505DV raises the bar with a 144Hz/3ms display and a GeForce RTX2060 GPU tuned for fast-paced gameplay, and the sleek ROG Zephyrus G GA502 brings an ultraslim form factor and long battery life to a wider audience.

Durability and power unite

Earlier in 2019, TUF Gaming FX505DY was the first adopt AMD’s Picasso platform, combining a Ryzen mobile APU with discrete Radeon graphics and a FreeSync display. TUF Gaming FX505 DD/DT/DU laptops followed, pairing the same processor with GeForce®GTX graphics to maximize gaming performance.

The new TUF Gaming FX505DV is the next step forward. Teaming the latest Ryzen mobile APU with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 144Hz/3ms panel, FX505DV pumps out reliable frame rates that take full advantage of its NanoEdge display. The 144Hz refresh rate makes fast-paced gameplay much smoother than on standard 60Hz displays, and the quick response time keeps the picture sharp at speed, giving players a competitive advantage in esports and FPS gaming. Wide-view technology also ensures consistent colours when viewing the screen at any angle.

FX505DV is paired up with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H mobile APU. The APU’s quad cores and eight threads offer enough power for everyday multitasking and productivity. Its performance is further bolstered by an efficient cooling system that pairs innovative internal design with on-demand switching that optimizes the system for the task at hand. With a keyboard shortcut, HyperFan lets users adjust system settings to optimize their cooling. Turbo mode pushes fan performance to the max, unleashing the power of FX505DV. Balanced mode optimizes operation to deliver strong performance with lower acoustic levels. Silent mode minimizes fan noise for less demanding tasks, like streaming videos.

Under the hood, the self-cleaning cooling system channels debris out of the laptop through anti-dust tunnels integrated into the fan housings. This preventative measure prevents dust buildup on the heatsink and fans, which is essential to maintaining long-term performance and stability, helping FX505DV live up to its TUF Gaming name.

Like its predecessors, FX505DV is defined by its durability. It meets stringent MIL-STD-810G standards in a range of tests, from basic drops and vibration to extreme temperatures and altitude.

Game anywhere

The mobile Ryzen platform makes ultraslim gaming more affordable in ROG Zephyrus G GA502. Despite being only 20mm thin and weighing 2.1kg, this machine delivers on gaming performance. Configurable with up to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics and a 120Hz display framed by super-narrow bezels, GA502 capably cuts through a wide range of popular games. In Turbo mode, ROG Boost clocks the discrete GPU up to 1435MHz at 60W, which is ample power for everyday gaming and streaming.

Equipped with the same quad-core, eight-thread AMD Ryzen 7 3750H mobile APU as TUF Gaming FX505DV, modern multitasking is also well within the range of GA502. The processor optimizes performance and power consumption with SenseMI technology, allowing the battery to last up to nearly nine hours in the MobileMark benchmark, or provide almost seven hours of video playback or Wi-Fi web browsing.

Paired with a superfast NVMe SSD, Zephyrus G zips through everyday tasks with quick load times across games and applications, while up to 32GB of RAM guarantees enough memory for major multitasking. The laptop’s brushed black exterior and tasteful white keyboard backlighting distinguish it from other gaming machines, letting it blend in anywhere.

Bringing premium gaming to everyone

The collaboration between ASUS and AMD underscores the ASUS philosophy of taking early advantage of new platforms and emerging technologies, and experimenting with new ideas. As a result, ASUS has produced a wide range of affordable gaming machines suited to different interests and needs.

The military-grade TUF Gaming FX505DV puts mobile Ryzen horsepower into a reliable, do-it-all laptop that’s exceptionally durable. And ROG Zephyrus G GA502 provides an ultraslim, ultra-versatile machine portable enough for gamers who want to stream, work, and play anywhere.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus G GA502 and ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DV will be available in Q3 in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information

ASUS Republic Of Gamers & Tencent Games Join Forces

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a strategic partnership with Tencent Games, aleadinggame developer and publisher in China, to enhance the mobile game experience in ROG Phone II, the next-generation of the game-changing ROG Phone, which took the gaming world by storm with its high-performance processor and GPU, innovative cooling system and collection of accessories designed to enhance the gaming experience.

As a leader in gaming hardware, ROG has consistently impressed users with incredible performance, functionality and design. Through the partnership, ROG and Tencent Games will develop the ROG Phone II together, bringing powerful new hardware and optimized software to deliver next-generation performance.

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.

ASUS Announces TUF Gaming FX505DV

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 7, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced TUF Gaming FX505DV, a gaming laptop that combines the latest AMD Ryzen™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 GPU with an up to 144Hz/3ms IPS-level NanoEdge display, delivering immersive, high-performance gaming at an affordable price. The laptop is tested and certified to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, ensuring the toughness and durability needed to withstand the knocks and bumps of everyday work and play.

For years, savvy gamers and enthusiasts have combined AMD processors with GeForce GPUs to create powerful PCs that deliver incredible performance per dollar. Now, ASUS gaming laptops let users take that potent combo wherever they go. The new FX505DV teams the latest Ryzen mobile APUs with a potent GeForce RTX 2060 GPU to bring greater power than ever to affordable gaming laptops.

Turing architecture geared for gaming

The GeForce RTX 2060 deploys NVIDIA’s latest Turingarchitecture with a tighter focus on today’s games. Upgrades to its CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem produce a significant per-core performance increase over the previous generation. Live-streamers can also reap the benefits of a new video encoder that improves video quality using hardware-accelerated capture that reduces burden on the CPU.

The powerful GPU puts triple-digit frame rates within reach in popular games, and it’s paired with a fast display that allows enjoyment of every frame. The display’s refresh rate of up to 144Hz and 3ms response time make it twice as fast as standard screens; FX505DV enables smoother gameplay that provides an edge on the battleground. Its high refresh rate is especially helpful in fast-paced esports titles.

The screen size feels expansive thanks to NanoEdge bezels that focus attention on the display rather than what’s around it. In addition to heightening immersion, the narrow frames shrink the footprint of the chassis, making the laptop more compact. The panel inside is based on IPS-level technology that maintains vibrant colours over wide viewing angles, allowing a variety of viewing scenarios; such as sitting off to the side while playing games or streaming videos with friends.

Ample processing for any task

Impressive gaming credentials are balanced with everyday versatility powered by AMD’s latest Ryzen processors. Also known as Picasso, these second-generation mobile APUs are based on the updated Zen+ architecture and built using industry-leading 12nm fabrication technology. TUF Gaming FX505DV is available with up to a Ryzen 7 CPU that features quad cores and eight threads with ample performance for gaming, entertainment, and everyday work. Despite the ability to slice through multithreaded workloads and aggressive multitasking, the processor fits into an energy efficient 35W power envelope that preserves battery life.

With room for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, there’s enough RAM for productive multitasking and light content creation. A range of storage options accommodates varied needs and budgets: solid-state drives up to 1TB boast high speeds across the board, a 1TB FireCudaSSHD accelerates access to frequently used data, and 1TB HDDs offer affordable storage at 5400 rpm. The storage bays and memory slots are readily accessible with a standard screwdriver, so it’s easy to upgrade as needed.

Self-cleaning cooling that stands the test of time

Effective cooling is crucial to maintaining strong performance, so HyperCool technology covers the CPU and GPU with independent fans and heatsinks. A shared heatpipe links them all together to maximize cooling in situations where only one processor is under load.

Warm air vents out the back under a patented trapezoidal cut in the lid that ensures exhaust escapes unobstructed, even with the screen tilted back. Special anti-dust tunnels on the edges of the fan housings catch and direct particles out of the laptop to prevent them from clogging the heatsinks and fans. This self-cleaning design prevents buildup that could impede performance and stability over time.

Fan speeds adapt automatically to component temperatures. With a quick keyboard shortcut, users can switch between three operating modes that mix different cooling and performance profiles. Turbo mode delivers maximum performance and fan speeds for intensive tasks, while a Balanced mode optimizes speed and acoustics for the best gaming experience. A Silent mode backs off to reduce noise for lighter loads like day-to-day productivity, web surfing, and video streaming.

Military-grade toughness

Two chassis variations bring different looks to TUF Gaming FX505DV. One features a Gold Steel and Gunmetal Grey aluminum finish on its lid, and is complemented by customizable colours through Aura RGB lighting in the keyboard. Stealth Black keeps a lower profile with a shadowy exterior punctuated by keyboard backlighting. Both exhibit the sharp lines and angular accents that define the TUF Gaming aesthetic, right down to the distinctive Radiating-X design on the lid.

The bottom of the chassis adds structural strength and rigidity with a honeycomb design that helps the laptop live up to the TUF name. To meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, it passes rigorous tests that ensure survival when subjected to harsh conditions, ambient vibration, accidental knocks, and short drops.

A familiar, desktop-inspired keyboard

The keyboard is optimized for gaming with a layout reminiscent of standard desktop designs. Function keys are separated in the usual groups to make shortcuts more intuitive, arrow keys are offset for effortless navigation, and a full numeric keypad makes number-crunching a breeze. Highlighted WASD keys clearly identify the home row for gaming, while a wider space bar provides a larger target for thumb presses.

Each keycap is gently curved to more easily cradle fingertips. The underlying switches have 1.8 mm of travel enhanced by Overstroke technology that offers responsive input with an improved overall feel. Overstroke raises the actuation point so that presses register sooner, and the resulting increase in post-actuation travel makes typing more comfortable. With a rated lifespan of 20 million presses, the switches are durable enough to hold up to years of heavy use.

Models with RGB backlighting let users add an element of personalized style across the keyboard as a whole. Users can customize RGB colours and effects with the Armoury Crate utility, which unifies vital functions like lighting control, system monitoring, and configurable game profiles that automatically load preferred system settings for different titles.

Robust connectivity to enhance the gaming experience

Gaming is more immersive with DTS®Headphone: X®technology that brings 7.1-channel virtual surround-sound to stereo headsets or speakers plugged into the laptop. Users can choose between built-in presets for games, movies, and sports or perform custom tuning with the embedded equalizer.

The 3.5 mm audio jack is joined by enough USB ports for vital peripherals like a gamepad, mouse, and external storage. HDMI 2.0 allows a user to drive a wide range of displays at resolutions up to 4K UHD, from the desktop monitors, big-screen TVs in living rooms, or projectors at school. Getting online is easy with the integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It’s hard to beat the convenience of wireless networking, but wired connections have lower latency for serious multiplayer gaming, so gigabit Ethernet is also included.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DV will be available in Q3 in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.