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ASUS Announces 4K UHD Mini LED ProArt PA32UCX Professional Display

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 6, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced ProArt PA32UCX, the world’s first 32-inch 4K UHD HDR display with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting. This technology enables 1,152 zones of local dimming control and support for multiple HDR formats, including Dolby Vision®, HLG and HDR-10 to produce the brightest whites and the deepest blacks with sharper, more detailed imagery.

The first PC displays to support Dolby Vision have been developed in partnership with Dolby®, and they are made for content creators who demand exceptional display performance and colour accuracy for their visual workflows.

ProArt PA32UCX perfectly translates a story to the screen with its true 10-bit colour and quantum-dot technology that provide wide-gamut support for the DCI-P3, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020, sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces. It also offers a rich selection of connectivity, including dual Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and three HDMI 2.0 ports.

ProArt PA32UCX also includes advanced calibration technology. Certified for both Windows and macOS, every PA32UCX is pre-calibrated to ensure Delta-E (∆E) <1 colour accuracy, providing an ideal solution for filmmakers and professionals working in video post-production, or anyone looking for exceptional colour fidelity.

 

Word’s first 4K display with mini-LED backlighting

The ProArt PA32UCX 4K UHD display is designed to deliver extremely sharp, detailed visuals. Its mini-LED backlight packs in smaller-sized LEDs to increase the granularity of brightness control. With local dimming that’s dynamically controlled across 1,152 zones, ProArt PA32UCX can reproduce brighter whites and deeper blacks to deliver the best contrast and accurate reproduction of HDR content. ProArt PA32UCX also has a peak luminance level of almost 1,200cd/m2, enabling it to achieve VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and additional HDR standards, including Dolby Vision.

 

World’s first 4K UHD display with Dolby Vision support

ASUS Smart HDR Technology

ProArt PA32UCX monitors feature ASUS Smart HDR Technology, which supports multiple high-dynamic-range (HDR) formats and multiple PQ curves to suit the specific needs of content creators. Dolby Vision HDR transforms entertainment experiences with ultra-vivid quality, providing incredible brightness, contrast, colour and detail to make storytelling come alive. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver colours never seen on a screen before, including highlights that are up to 40 times brighter and blacks that are 10 times darker.

HDR-10 support ensures compatibility with existing streaming video services and a growing list of HDR-enabled games, including hard-clipped, optimized and basic PQ curves. Hybrid log gamma (HLG) support addresses broadcast and satellite TV, including the BBC’s iPlayer and DirecTV.

 

World’s leading colour performance

Industry-Leading delta-E (∆E) <1

True 10-bit colour depth with 1,200 nits of peak brightness provides an entire spectrum of colours to work with for video editing and post-production. Quantum-dot technology supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour gamut, resulting in more realistic colours. It also delivers a wide colour gamut of 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 89% Rec. 2020, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 for high-end video editing and post-production.

ProArt PA32UCX monitors are pre-calibrated to guarantee industry-leading delta-E (∆E) <1 colour accuracy. Each monitor features advanced gray-scale technology to ensure images are accurately reproduced onscreen. The monitor also includes technology to ensure 95% uniformity compensation to guard against brightness and chroma (colour) fluctuations across different parts of the screen.

 

ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology

Whether on a desktop or laptop, PC or Mac, ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology offers colour-accuracy tuning and uniformity compensation to make things easy when it’s time to recalibrate the display’s brightness and colour consistency. Users can choose from a variety of advanced setups to achieve optimum colour accuracy, and write back all colour parameter profiles on the monitor’s integrated scaler integrated circuit chip.

 

Ergonomic design

ProArt PA32UCX is created for everyday use, from the inside out. Its 32-inch screen is virtually frameless on three sides, making it perfect for side-by-side, multi-display setups. An ergonomic stand offers extensive swivel, tilt and height adjustments to ensure an ideal viewing position.

ProArt PA32UCX features an HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt 3 USB-C and a USB hub, allowing content creators to conveniently connect to peripherals and gadgets, including a Blu-ray player.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX will be available in Q3 in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q Is Available Now

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 2, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix XG438Q, the world’s biggest and fastest 4K UHD FreeSync 2 HDR gaming monitor, offering the perfect balance of smooth visuals and high contrast HDR performance for incredibly immersive gameplay. The new display features a 43-inch 4K UHD panel with an astonishing 120Hz refresh rate, high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology with 90% DCI-P3 professional colour gamut coverage and exceptional contrast for DisplayHDR™ 600 certification, plus support for AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology.

Strix XG438Q also includes GameFast Input technology for responsive, lag-free control that heightens gameplay experiences and gives games a vital edge over their opponents.

Big-screen, no-distraction gaming and entertainment in full 4K HDR glory

The standout feature of Strix XG438Q is its vast 43-inch panel, which delivers big-screen gaming and entertainment experience without sacrificing the high- and variable-refresh-rate technologies usually found only in smaller panels.

Strix XG438Q also has a special anti-glare coating to deliver a consistent viewing experience across the display under all types of indoor lighting conditions, enabling the enjoyment of on-screen content without distraction – making the display perfect for everything from fast-action gaming to kicking back to watch a movie.

Ultra-fluid performance for super-smooth gameplay, and superb colour accuracy

Strix XG438Q is loaded with technology to deliver world-leading gaming experiences and superior visual fidelity on a 43-inch display. The ultrafast 120Hz refresh rate, ensures that even the fastest-paced games played at the highest visual settings remain buttery-smooth and completely lag-free. The display also features Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology to render buttery-smooth visuals with low latency and improved brightness and contrast. In particular, FreeSync 2 stipulates low-latency processing for both standard and HDR content, reducing the input lag typically associated with HDR content. ASUS-exclusive GameFast Input technology further reduces input lag, by providing faster motion delivery so gamers are always up to speed with the action – affording them precious extra milliseconds to respond.

Brilliant brightness, contrast and colour accuracy are also cornerstones of Strix XG438Q. The display supports HDR technology across a range of luminance up to 700cd/m2 to deliver a wider colour range and higher contrast than traditional monitors – so the brightest whites and the darkest blacks bring out details like never before. Strix XG438Q also delivers DCI-P3 90% colour gamut and contrast performance that meets the requirement for DisplayHDR™ 600 certification, making it ideal for professional design endeavors.

Ready for kick-back entertainment, with included remote control and integrated speakers

Strix XG438Q’s expansive 4K UHD panel lends itself to enjoyment of all kinds of entertainment, from gaming to television and movies. The included remote control makes it easy to manage the monitor’s output, enabling at-a-distance control of the on-screen display (OSD) to make quick adjustments to brightness, contrast, input source and other settings. The remote zapper also includes volume-control buttons – perfect for fine-tuning the output of Strix XG438Q’s integrated 10W stereo speakers.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q will be available in Canada in Q3. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

ASUS Showcases Comprehensive Lineup of Content-Creation Hardware Solutions at SIGGRAPH 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 1, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today opens its booth at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques), an annual conference on computer graphics (CG) for tens of thousands of computer professionals. The booth showcases the comprehensive lineup of ASUS laptops, monitors, mini PCs and workstations, all designed to provide world-class content-creation experiences for professionals in the field of visual effects, 3D design, and animation. There are three main product demonstration areas where the dual-touchscreen ZenBook Pro Duo, NVIDIA®Quadro RTXStudioBook laptops, E900 G4 4‑way graphics workstation, and ProArt PA32UCX monitor are deployed in a variety of professional scenarios.

Create stunning content with RTX Studio laptops

The latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX GPUs utilize the NVIDIA Turingarchitecture and are the first to support real‑time ray tracing, capable of rendering beautiful scenes with more accurate light effects, shadows, and reflections. The AI prowess of RTX GPUs handles time‑consuming, repetitive tasks such as accelerating upscaling, photo enhancements, colour matching, face tagging, and style transfer. The latest ASUS laptops, including ZenBook Pro Duo, StudioBook W700G3T, and StudioBook W500, take advantage of RTX capabilities, catering to the needs of content creators and meeting the stringent requirements of the NVIDIA RTX Studio program. RTX Studio laptops are precision crafted to deliver dramatic improvements in productivity and performance across everyday creative apps.

World’s first dual-touchscreen laptop: ZenBook Pro Duo

ZenBook Pro Duo features the ASUS ScreenPadPlus secondary full-width touchscreen that offers versatile creative possibilities for content creators, allowing productivity-enhancing workflows and easy multitasking. It integrates seamlessly with the primary display, and the built-in ScreenXpert software includes a wide selection of useful apps, tools and utilities that allow users to easily enjoy the efficiency benefits of ScreenPad Plus. ScreenPad Plus enables different creative scenarios — such as video editing with auxiliary split screens, intuitive controls with digital instruments and cross-screen 3D design and editing — that open up new possibilities for creators.

ZenBook Pro Duo is powered by up to a 9th Generation Intel®Corei9 eight-core processor with up to an unprecedented 5GHz Turbo Boost frequency and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The GeForce RTX 2060 is a game-changing GPU that offers users the power of ray-tracing for the ultimate visual realism. ZenBook Pro Duo also features a stunning 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED touchscreen,an exceptionally wide colour gamut with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and HDRfor breathtaking visuals.

SIGGRAPH attendees can try out ZenBook Pro Duo to create their own artwork, and have them printed on their own custom tote bags.

Quadro on the go: StudioBook W700 and W500

ASUS StudioBook series laptops pack desktop‑grade performance into a sleek, portable chassis featuring the innovative NanoEdge display design for immersive visuals and a more compact footprint.

StudioBook W700 is one of the world’s slimmest laptops to feature NVIDIA Quadro graphics, packing the Quadro RTX 3000 GPU in an 18.4 mm‑thin chassis. This combination of cutting‑edge graphics and portability makes it perfect for creative professionals. Its 17‑inch NanoEdge display features slim bezels, effectively allowing a larger display to fit into a more compact chassis, as well as provide a more immersive visual experience. In addition, W700 offers the exclusive NumberPad, a 180° lay‑flat hinge, and additional hot keys.

The smaller 15‑inch StudioBook W500 features a 4K UHD panel, an Intel Core i7‑9750H CPU with up to 32GB of DDR4‑2666 memory, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics, and a dual‑storage design. With Quadro RTX graphics, creative and technical professionals can take advantage of the power of hardware‑accelerated ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading techniques to create amazing content faster than ever before.

Created for the studio: ProArt PA32UCX display and E900 G4 workstation

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX is the world’s first 32-inch 4K HDR monitor with a peak brightness of 1200 nits and mini-LED backlighting: this enables over 1152 zones of local dimming control and provides support for multiple HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR-10, enabling the display to produce the deepest blacks and the brightest whites with sharper, more detailed visuals. PA32UCX has true 10-bit colour and quantum-dot technology that supports the DCI-P3, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020, sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces. To cater to studio workflows, PA32UCX also has a rich selection of connectivity options including dual Thunderbolt3, DisplayPort and three HDMI 2.0 ports.

ASUS E900 G4 is an extreme-performance workstation for achieving excellence in a wide variety of fields, including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), scientific research and design. Powered by up to dual 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, for up to 56 cores, up to four NVIDIA or AMD®GPUs, and up to 1536GB of memory, E900 G4 is engineered for the most intensive applications, from AI and machine-learning configurations to real-time rendering, simulation and visualization scenarios. Itʹs built to last, designed to be easy to scale up or scale out, and benefits from multiple independent software vendor (ISV) certifications for total peace of mind.

Become an ASUS ambassador

Attendees to SIGGRAPH are invited to submit their portfolios on‑site or online for the opportunity to become an ASUS Ambassador. If chosen, they will be a part of a group of finest creative professionals selected for their diverse styles and expertise, and will have a chance to work with ASUS as a featured creator and ambassador, including having early access to the latest devices.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) will be available in Canada in Q3. The StudioBook (W700 and W500), ProArt PA32UCX, and E900 G4 will be available in Canada in Q4. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

 

 

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ASUS 300 and 400 AM4 Motherboards Fully Support AMD Ryzen 3000 Processors

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 1, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today reiterated that its complete lineup of 300 and 400-series, AM4-socket-based motherboards offer full-feature support for the latest AMD Ryzen™ 3000-series CPUs and APUs, via an easy UEFI BIOS update that’s available immediately.

Not content with creating the industry’s best X570 motherboards, ASUS puts the needs of its customers first, and is committed to providing the best possible BIOS support for both new and existing motherboards. Our engineers have been working to ensure that the both the interface and all key features of the acclaimed ASUS UEFI BIOS are available to users of existing ASUS 300 and 400-series, AM4-socket motherboards.

Consistent, dependable features and support, via the same award-winning UEFI BIOS interface

A significant benefit of the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS is that our engineers work carefully and methodically to ensure that both the popular graphical interface and all key features are still available to users of all ASUS 300 and 400-series, AM4-socket motherboards. For ASUS customers, regardless of the ROM size of their motherboard, there’s no need to purchase a new motherboard simply to access features that had been available prior to the update. The upshot is that those using ASUS 300 and 400-series, AM4-socket motherboards who wish to upgrade to 3rd Generation Ryzen 3000 APU or CPU can do so safe in the knowledge that their existing BIOS experience and feature set will remain intact. In addition, ASUS will ensure that older CPUs are still supported after the BIOS update. The full compatibility list is as follows: 

ASUS motherboards and AMD Ryzen 3000 processors: a perfect match

For the ultimate Ryzen 3000 platform, users need look no further than our flagship X570-series motherboards. But those who want a more budget-friendly way to enjoy the performance benefits offered by Ryzen 3000 processorsan choose from our wide range of 400 and 300-series motherboards. Popular models in this series include the ROG Strix B450-E Gaming, TUF Gaming B450 Pro Gaming and TUF B450M Pro Gaming, all featuring a beefy VRM design with extended heatsink, thermal pad and premium components that are ready to unleash the Ryzen 3000’s performance.

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Friendly and easy UEFI BIOS update for instant compatibility with AMD Ryzen 3000 processors

Updating an ASUS 300 or 400-series, AM4-socket motherboard for compatibility with the latest AMD Ryzen APUs and CPUs processors takes just moments, via one of two simple methods.

With the ASUS-exclusive USB BIOS Flashbackfeature ― which is built in to selected ASUS motherboards ― users need only to download the latest UEFI BIOS to a USB flash drive and connect the motherboard’s power supply; then insert a FAT32-formatted USB drive and press the motherboard’s USB BIOS Flashback or Reset button. No AM4 processor or memory modules need to be in place, and the update will complete in a few moments.

Alternatively, users may update via the EZ Flash 3 utility that’s integrated with the ASUS UEFI BIOS. This tool allows the update to be applied via an inserted USB drive or downloaded directly from the internet.

The UEFI BIOS update is available from the relevant motherboard-support page, via the ASUS Support website at https://www.asus.com/support. 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS 300 and 400-series motherboards are available in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Strix Series Power Supply

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

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Strix power supply series, comprised of 750W and 650W models designed for high-performance gaming rigs. Both PSUs leverage a potent combination of exclusive ROG cooling technology and premium components to deliver ultra-low noise while fueling the latest multi-core processors and graphics cards.

ROG Heatsinks and Axial-tech Cooling

Low noise is essential for premium gaming rigs, so ROG Strix series power supplies utilize the same heatsinks as the venerable ROG Thor series. A careful balance of mass and surface allows the PSU to pump out judicious amounts of power before the 135mm Axial-tech fan needs to spin up.

Based on the same design used on high-end ROG Strix graphics cards, Axial-tech fans feature a smaller hub and longer blades connected to a barrier ring which improves static pressure by directing air downwards. Durability is paramount, so the propeller is mounted on a dual ball bearing setup that will last up to twice as long as a sleeve bearing design. When combined with ROG heatsinks, the cooling is so effective that the fan only needs to spin at low speeds, keeping noise levels to a minimum.

Premium Components

A robust mix of Japanese capacitors and low RDS(on) MOSFETs provide the foundation for a 10-year warranty and allow Strix series PSUs to achieve 80 PLUS® Gold certification. The result is an incredibly efficient power supply with the endurance to handle the most intense gaming scenarios.

Cosmetic Customization

ROG Strix series power supplies are fully modular and are bundled with a full complement of cables ready to hook up to the latest hardware. The 24-pin, two 6+2-pin PCI-e, and two 8-pin EPS 12V power cables come with embedded capacitors to reduce ripple and ensure stability when the going gets tough.  For users that wish to personalize their build, the package also includes a 20% discount coupon courtesy of CableMod, granting access to custom cable materials, lengths and colours.

Further customization is made possible by a convenient magnetic logo and a range of decals that can be used to reskin the visible sides of the PSU. The default red slash can be switched to neutral colours for a stealthier vibe or provide the ideal backdrop for an all-ROG Strix system accented with Aura Sync RGB lighting.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ROG Strix series power supply units will be available in Canada near the end of Q3. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information and pricing.

 

ASUS ROG Phone II Unveiled

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

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveiled ROG Phone II, the exciting successor to the game-changing ROG Phone.

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ROG Phone II builds on the innovative gamer-centric design of the first-generation ROG Phone, and takes performance to an epic new level with the world’s first implementation of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, which is clocked at up to 2.96GHz. Graphics are provided by the new Adreno 640 GPU running at up to 675MHz, and the uprated GameCool II 3D vapor-chamber cooling system sustains full-speed performance for even longer.

ROG Phone II also features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR 6.59-inch display, which offers a world-beating Delta-E <1 colour accuracy and unrivaled touch response for a truly extraordinary visual experience.

Non-stop marathon gaming is provided by the monster 6000mAh battery and the innovative side-charging design, combined with a 30W ROG HyperCharge power adapter for safe, ultrafast direct charging.

ROG Phone II is designed from the ground up for fully immersive gaming, with its unique landscape-oriented design incorporating upgraded AirTrigger II ultrasonic sensors, Dual Surrounding Vibration technology, and powerful front-facing stereo speakers. Brand-new accessories include the TwinView Dock II for immersive dual-screen gaming, and the multi-configuration ROG Kunai Gamepad for the ultimate console-like gaming experience.

Dominating performance

ROG Phone II delivers dominating performance in every arena, with no compromises. It’s the world’s first gaming smartphone to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, clocked at up to 2.96GHz for a 4% performance boost[i] over the standard Snapdragon 855 and teamed with up to 12GB RAM for effortless gaming power. The special Adreno™  640 GPU — running at 675MHz, 15% faster[ii] than the standard Adreno™  640 — offers faster display throughput and greater power efficiency, making ROG Phone II a graphics powerhouse that’s unfazed by today’s demanding visuals.

To ensure maximum sustained performance, the second-generation GameCool II cooling system in ROG Phone II has a newly designed 3D vapor chamber that’s even more effective at removing heat from the phone. There’s also a new AeroActive Cooler II featuring redesigned fan blades that deliver even more airflow into the ROG Aerodynamic System, and which can fit over the bundled ROG Phone Aero Case. The AeroActive Cooler II is now whisper-quiet, with a 24dBA noise level — 4X quieter than the original design.

And it doesn’t end there: the high-capacity 512GB UFS 3.0 ROM provides ultrafast data storage, and connectivity is supercharged with 4G LTE Cat 18 download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and wireless speeds of up to 4.6Gbps[iv]with WiGig(802.11ad). Gamers craving mind-blowing performance need look no further than ROG Phone II.

Supercharged visuals

ROG Phone II takes gaming visuals to the next level with the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display, a truly magnificent 6.59-inch display that delivers unbelievably fluid, blur-free gaming and entertainment. Its world-beating colour accuracy — with a Delta-E of less than 1 — ensures games look just like the developer intended, and the world-first 49ms touch latency delivers instant responsiveness for a competitive edge. To protect this state-of-the-art display, it’s covered with super-tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6.

Non-stop stamina

The monster 6000mAh battery in ROG Phone II provides non-stop gaming power anywhere. ROG HyperCharge direct-charging technology — which takes the charging circuitry out of the phone and puts it in the special 30W charger — gives ROG Phone II shorter, safer charge times (up to 66% charged in just 58 minutes). Support for PD charging means gamers can easily charge their phone with any USB Type-C (USB-C) charger, or conveniently charge other devices with their ROG Phone II.

Fully immersive gaming

ROG Phone II is engineered for victory from the ground up, with its pioneering landscape-oriented ergonomic design. Uprated AirTrigger II technology provides extra-precise ultrasonic touch controls with a vibration latency of just 20ms. They now also support both tap and slide motions — with fine-tuned feedback for a console-like button feel, and the Dual Surrounding Vibration technology creates a powerful 3D force-feedback experience. The unique side-mounted USB-C charging port and 3.5mm audio jack let users keep their phone topped up and their headphones plugged in without cramping their style during marathon sessions. And it doesn’t end there: the dual front-facing speakers are positioned at top and bottom of the phone for perfect stereo imaging in landscape mode, while the groundbreaking multi-antenna Wi-Fi is designed to deliver maximum landscape-mode performance.

The all-new TwinView Dock II offers a genuine dual-screen gaming experience, with a 6.59-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2340 x 1080) auxiliary screen that’s great for split-screen live-streaming, extended game display or group communication. This accessory is now lighter and better balanced, featuring a new turbo-fan cooling system and a high-capacity 5000mAh extended battery pack. The ROG Kunai Gamepad can also be used to add full physical controls and create a complete self-contained dual-screen gaming system.

For the ultimate gaming experience, ROG Phone II can be expanded with a unique range of accessories. The existing ROG WiGig® Display Dock Plus and Mobile Desktop Dock are both supported, and there’s a new modular ROG Kunai Gamepad that provides physical console-like gamepad controls. The ROG Kunai Gamepad consists of three components — the ROG Kunai Bumper, ROG Kunai Controllers and ROG Kunai Holder. The two-part Kunai Controllers can be attached to the Kunai Holder to create a standalone gamepad, or combined with the Kunai Bumper to add physical gamepad controls to ROG Phone II itself.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Phone II will be available for pre-order at the end of August in Canada. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

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.