ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) showed off some new gaming gear at Computex 2014 including new gaming desktop, laptop, motherboard, keyboard, mouse and more. Here are the upcoming ROG products unveiled at this year's Computex:
The portable and powerful gaming products include the G20 desktop designed to dominate small-form-factor gaming, the market-redefining GR8 that delivers PC gaming power in console form, the ultra-thin, ultra-cool GX500 gaming notebook, the Gladius gaming mouse with epic ergonomics and the GK2000 keyboard, which employs mechanical switches for high tactility and superb responsiveness.
ROG showcased Maximus VII Formula, our flagship Z97-based gaming ATX motherboard, the Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX powerhouse, Crossblade Ranger -- ROG's first AMD FM2+ gaming motherboard -- and the limited-edition Ares III, world's fastest graphics card powered by dual Radeon Hawaii XT graphics-processing units (GPUs) and cooled by a custom-designed water block.
ROG G20 gaming desktop
ROG G20 is designed to dominate the field of small-form-factor gaming desktops, and has already received the exclusive Best Choice of the Year Award and Best Choice Golden Award at Computex. The G20 features a compact 12.5-liter case that houses an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics card for unstoppable HD-gaming performance and entertainment.
G20 has no visible exhaust vents, but takes advantage of natural convection with a thermal design featuring a hidden airflow tunnel that ensures efficient heat management and near-silent operation, measuring just 25dB at idle. G20's case has a sophisticated design, with aggressive lines, Mayan stenciling, matt-black finish and customizable lighting effects that showcase up to eight-million colors across three different zones.
G20 is as energy-efficient as it is powerful. In Eco Energy Mode, it requires only 20W -- delivering energy savings 50% better than the industry average. It also features the ASUS-exclusive Aegis application for monitoring system performance through a gamer-friendly user interface.
ROG GR8 console gaming PC
ROG GR8 is full-on PC gaming with high style and fantastic convenience. With an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics, GR8 packs immense PC power into sleek console dimensions for gaming experiences that push far beyond your expectations. From the outstanding SupremeFX audio output to 4K/UHD graphics and no-lag Gigabit Ethernet networking, along with a design allowing easy upgrades of storage devices and memory, GR8 is hardcoded for gaming. The slimline design is as at home in the living room as it is in a bedroom, and occupies hardly any space. It also has a built-in Miracast receiver, allowing HD content from supported Android smartphones and tablets, Windows 8.1 PCs and WiDi 3.5+ devices to be streamed straight to the big screen.
The first GR8 runs Windows 8.1 and is fully compatible with SteamOS and the Steam Controller. A SteamOS-powered ROG GR8 will be launched at a later date, in alignment with Valve's Steam Machine schedule.
ROG GX500 gaming notebook
GX500 is ROG's new ultra-thin, ultra-cool notebook that offers gaming power to go. Just 19mm thick -- the thinnest in the 15.6-inch gaming notebook class -- and 2.2kg in weight, GX500 packs specifications far beyond its size, with the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It also boasts a 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) 3840 x 2160-pixel display with exclusive VisualMaster technology that provides an incredibly wide color gamut of 100% NTSC, a world-first on a notebook. Gaming on the go has never looked this sharp. GX500 is also equipped with intelligent dual-fan cooling system for exceptionally-efficient and effective cooling.
ROG Gladius gaming mouse
ROG Gladius is an optical wired mouse that's engineered for first-person-shooter games and shaped by the needs of the world's finest gamers, who demand advanced ergonomics, precision control and fast, flexible customization.
Gladius is designed to fit the right hand perfectly and is manufactured with smooth-touch materials that stay cool in the hand, while high-quality, Mayan-patterned rubber ensures a secure grip. A fingertip DPI switch, all-programmable buttons, including two side-mounted switches, complete the epic ergonomics and impressive functionality. Gladius has a 6400dpi optical sensor capable of tracking at up to 200 inches per second and 50G acceleration. It is even customizable, with an exclusive socket design that lets users slot in new or favorite switches to set their ideal click resistance, plus the unique detachable cable design allows gamers to remove the connecting cable for tidier transport.
ROG GK2000 gaming keyboard
ROG's new GK2000 gaming keyboard exhibits mechanical mastery to ensure gamers dominate the battlefield. With mechanical Cherry MX Red switches, gamers using GK2000 are treated to input that's both tactile and superbly responsive.
GK2000 allows users to customize almost all keys, and multiple actions can be applied to each one, meaning even complex sequences can be enacted with one touch. Built-in anti-ghosting technology ensures that every key press counts.
GK2000 also looks as great as it commands, with premium metal accents and ROG-red backlighting with five eye-catching effects.
ROG Maximus VII Formula gaming motherboard
Maximus VII Formula is ROG's flagship Z97-based ATX gaming motherboard. All-new CrossChill Copper is engineered with a copper cooling channel that's incredibly effective at removing heat. It's great on air, and with liquid-cooling critical MOSFET temperatures are lowered by up to 23*C. The G1/4-inch threaded fittings mean CrossChill Copper is ready for existing cooling setups.
Maximus VII Formula includes ROG's celebrated SupremeFX Formula 2014 technology for audio that's as great as a dedicated sound card. With cutting-edge electromagnetic interference (EMI) isolation and exceptionally-premium components, SupremeFX Formula 2014 delivers best-in-class 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) audio output for gaming punch and Hi-Fi excellence. Exclusive Sonic SenseAmp technology automatically detects headphone impedance and adjusts accordingly, and SupremeFX Formula 2014 is able to drive up to 600ohm headphones. Moreover, hardware-level Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres.
ROG's best motherboard is pre-fitted with mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0, a compact connectivity module that delivers the latest wireless technologies along with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) and M.2 (10Gbit/s PCIe x2 and 6Gb/s SATA) slots.
ROG Maximus VII Impact gaming motherboard
Maximus VII Impact is the most powerful and highly-specified Z97-based mini-ITX gaming motherboard, with a layout that delivers maximum compatibility with CPU coolers and expansion cards. It includes Impact Power II, a specially-engineered full-scale power card for exceptional performance, the SupremeFX Impact II dedicated audio card and the mPCIe Combo IV + 802.11ac/ Bluetooth 4.0 module, which features PCIe x4 bandwidth. It also benefits from Impact CoolHub, an optional card with two additional 4-pin fan headers along with an LN2 header for ultra-low-temperature overclocking adventures.
ROG Crossblade Ranger gaming motherboard
Our loyal users have long demanded that we produce an AMD-based powerhouse and the result is Crossblade Ranger -- ROG's first FM2+ gaming motherboard. Crossblade Ranger is equipped with ROG's core game-boosting features, available on the latest Maximus VII (Z97) motherboards, including expertly optimized SupremeFX 2014 audio with SenseAmp and Sonic Studio technology, ultra-fast Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay, as well as the KeyBot, an instant keyboard-upgrade utility.
ROG Ares III water-cooled gaming graphics card
ROG exhibited the limited-edition Ares III, the world's fastest gaming graphics card powered by hand-chosen dual Radeon(TM) Hawaii XT GPUs, water-cooled to deliver 25%-cooler performance than reference R9 295X, and supported by 8GB of super-fast GDDR5 memory. The Ares III showcases exquisite craftsmanship and this can be seen in its sleek custom-designed EK water block and hand-carved details. Just 500 Ares III units will be manufactured, and each will be numbered individually, reflecting its collectible status.
ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor
ROG Swift PG278Q is a stunning premium 27-inch gaming monitor that is the first and fastest in the world to support NVIDIA G-SYNC(TM) technology for stunning smoothness, and crisp 2560 1440-pixel (WQHD) resolution visuals.
ROG Swift PG278Q is able to synchronize with the GPU's render rate to provide stunning smoothness and ultra-fast response -- for incredible images today and ready for the next generation of gaming. Tearing, graphics stutter and latency are a thing of the past, and a smooth visual experience is ensured by a rapid refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast 1ms response time. An exclusive dedicated Turbo key allows the user to select refresh rates of 60Hz, 120Hz or 144Hz with just one click, removing the need to faff with on-screen display (OSD) settings.
ROG Swift PG278Q will be available worldwide from July, 2014.