At CES this past week, Asus Republic of Gamers announced a slew of new products aimed at gamers. The complete lineup included G-series gaming laptops and desktops, Maximus and STRIX motherboards, gaming peripherals, and the company’s very first ROG-branded gaming router.
The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router has been designed exclusively for gamers, featuring tri-band Wi-Fi, eight-port gigabit-LAN, and powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor. The router also offers two USB 3.0 ports, Game Boost, and Game Intrusion Prevention System (Game IPS).
The ROG GX800VH is Asus’ latest 18-inch gaming notebook with the unique Hydro Overclocking liquid-cooling system for extreme overclocking performance. It features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in a 2-way SLI configuration for desktop-grade performance, a MechTAG mechanical-switch keyboard with customizable Aura RGB LED effects, and a 4K UHD display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
The ROG G752 features a 120 Hz panel with NVIDIA G-Sync technology, an unlocked Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, high-speed DDR4 DRAM overclocked to 2800 MHz, HyperDrive RAID 0 with latest NVMe and PCI Express technologies for blazing-fast storage speeds, 3D Vapour Chamber cooler, and the world’s first backlit anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover.
The ROG G701 is yet another new model with a 120Hz panel supporting NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, unlocked Intel Core i7 processor, DDR4-28000 MHz RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, and a premium Bio-Armour design with the new ROG Armour Titanium and Plasma Copper colors.
The ROG STRIX GL502 and GL702 offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/1060 graphics, 120 Hz NVIDIA G-Sync panels, and backlit anti-ghosting keyboards with 30-key rollover.
Finally, we have the ROG STRIX GL553 and GL753 models with the latest Intel Core i7 processor and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/1050 graphics, backlit keyboard with ASUS Aura illumination, 30-key rollover and 2.5mm key travel.
The ROG GT51CH is an extremely powerful gaming desktop PC that features an overclocked 4.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7-7700K processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 2-way SLI graphics and 64GB of fast DDR4 2800MHz memory to allow gamers enjoy the latest games with blistering performance and beautiful, stutter-free 4K/UHD visuals. The exclusive Aegis III three-way overclocking technology enables easy and safe processor, graphics1, and memory overclocking for even better gaming performance and also provides the ability to monitor system stats in real-time.
The ROG GT51CH features dynamic ASUS Aura lighting effects for its central air intake and motherboard-mounted LEDs. Gamers can customise Aura with different lighting colours and effects to reflect the feel of the game that is currently being played or to show their own unique style. The ROG GT51CH also has an ESS® SABRE headphone digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier that deliver 32-bit/384kHz output for immersive, dynamic sound with tight, defined bass and minimised noise for incredible gaming audio.
The ROG GT51CH also offers expandability and fast connectivity with support for M.2 PCIe 3.0 x 4 (RAID 0) and one front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port and supports quick charge (3A/5V).
The ROG G20CI is a deceptively powerful small form factor (SFF) gaming PC housed in a compact 9.5-litre chassis. The ROG G20CI can be specified with up to the latest 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM for extreme gaming performance and exceptional in-game visuals. It also features full Microsoft DirectX® 12 support. The ROG G20CI isn’t just powerful; it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle and has an efficient heat-management system, including two internal fans and copper pipes to dissipate heat. The ROG G20CI has a host of gaming-centric features, including ASUS Aura LED effects across three zones of the chassis, an ESS SABRE Hi-Fi audio headphone DAC and amplifier for incredible audiophile-grade sound, Sonic Suite for the finest gaming-audio experiences with upgraded noise cancellation for crystal-clear in-game communications, ROG GameFirst IV for lag-free gameplay, and other ROG-exclusive gaming software. It also features a new USB 3.1 Gen 2 port with a reversible USB Type-C™ connector.
The ROG GD30 has a brand-new look, with a unique customisable design featuring interchangeable black and white front panels for gamers to express their style. It features the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics for unrivalled performance. ASUS engineers created an intelligent thermal solution to effectively cool the system, with large front and underside air intakes for increased airflow and more efficient cooling. The latest ASUS Aegis III software enables gamers to monitor system performance, as well as tune and control other system parameters. All new ASUS gaming desktops feature Aura RGB lighting on the motherboard, which can display millions of colours and multiple effects, adding unique style to gamers’ systems. Additionally, the cooling fans are ringed with red LEDs for a colourful accent.
The ROG GR8 II is the smallest gaming PC built for VR, and has the most advanced graphics in its class — offering full-on performance with a desktop-grade ASUS-customised NVIDIA® GeForce® 1060 graphics, 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and 32GB DDR4 memory. The PC is housed in a tiny four-litre chassis and includes Aura Sync for stunning RGB light shows that can be synchronised with a variety of ROG peripherals with 10 different effects. The ROG GR8 II can be specified with blisteringly-fast M.2 PCIe SSDs and a 2.5-inch SSD/HDD storage for both increasing game boot-up speeds and hosting a large game library. Two VR-friendly HDMI ports enable simultaneous connection of both a VR headset and a gaming display. The ROG GR8 II has a specially-tuned cooling system with an optimised airflow design, copper heat pipes and dual fans to purge heat from the system. Cleverly-designed vents and dedicated chambers for the processor and graphics card ensure the right amount of airflow to each component to provide you with stable performance for non-stop gaming marathons. The ROG GR8 II also comes with renowned audio performance with ROG SupremeFX, Sonic Studio III, and Sonic Radar III. In addition, GameFirst IV and Intel® Gigabit Ethernet provide gamers epic gaming experiences.
We have already covered the new gaming motherboards from Asus in a previous article, so click on this link to find out more about the latest Z270 motherboards from Asus.
The ROG STRIX Magnus is ROG’s very first gaming microphone with three studio-grade condenser capsules for enhanced clarity and sensitivity. Designed for live-streamers and avid gamers, The ROG STRIX Magnus is both compact and stylish, and is also the industry’s first gaming microphone to offer both environmental-noise cancellation (ENC) and customisable Aura RGB lighting effects. The new gaming mic has an auxiliary port for recording audio from a musical instrument or smartphone, and comes with an external USB hub for connecting additional devices.
The ROG Gladius II is an optical gaming mouse optimised for FPS games, with customisable Aura Sync RGB lighting and durable 50-million click Omron® switches. Featuring the exclusive easy-swap switch socket design, The ROG Gladius II gives gamers the freedom to customise click-resistance and extend the life-span of the mouse. The ROG Gladius II also has a DPI button to toggle sensitivity and a DPI target thumb button for short bursts of instant precision.
The ROG STRIX Evolve is an innovative mouse featuring a changeable-shape design and Aura Sync RGB lighting. Easily changeable top covers enable four different ergonomic designs, thus making the mouse equally comfortable for both left and right-handed gamers alike. Durable 50-million-click Omron switches will ensure that the most-used parts of the mouse, the mouse buttons, will reliably withstand the extra clicks.
The ROG STRIX Impact is a lightweight and ergonomically-designed ambidextrous mouse designed for maximum comfort during marathon MOBA gaming sessions. Aura Sync RGB lighting offers personalised customisations, and durable 50-million-click Omron switches will deliver dependable clicks for a long time to come. The ROG STRIX Impact also comes with a two-level DPI button for on-the-fly DPI switching, and an indicator to show the current level setting.
The GX970 is a wired gaming mouse featuring a detachable side panel for optimised button layouts in different gaming scenarios. The standard side panel has two thumb buttons that are ideal for light gaming and general computer use. This panel can be switched with the included 10-button thumb panel that is perfect for quickly issuing commands during intense gaming action. The GX970 also features onboard memory and intuitive companion software that allows gamers to create and store up to three different profiles for optimal performance in different types of games. Additionally, adjustable tracking speed can be set from 50–12,000 DPI and a customisable weight system allows gamers to change the weight of the mouse based on their personal preference.
Designed for gamers on the go, the Shuttle 3 Backpack is ROG’s third-generation carry case and is able to accommodate laptops with up to 18-inch displays. It includes ample interior storage space and a built-in fast-draw laptop sleeve, making it easy to remove the machine in moments. The Shuttle 3 Backpack also has an easy-reach pocket for mobile phones and a special security compartment for other essentials.
The ROG Premium Backpack has an asymmetric, modular design with an internal suspension system and well-padded compartments that offer great protection, keeping the ROG Premium Backpack’s contents safe from everyday knocks and bumps. Its durable exterior is manufactured from a water-resistant polyurethane to provide protection against the elements.