ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils a Slew of Gaming Products at Computex 2014
ASUS and Republic of Gamers, ASUS’s gaming brand, have unveiled a new line-up of gaming products at the company’s press conference at Computex 2014. The new line of products designed specifically for gamers include the G20 compact desktop gaming computer, the GX500 4k gaming notebook, the GR8 console PC and Steam machine, the ROG Gladius, the ROG GK2000 mechanical keyboard, the new Maximus VII Formula Z97-based gaming ATX motherboard, the Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX motherboard, the Crossblade Ranger FM2+ motherboard, and the Ares III water-cooled customized graphics card.”
“Performance is what we live and breathe for! And aesthetics is about creating a sense of pride and belonging, way beyond the use of lines and colors,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih. “We take it upon ourselves to transform your desires and imagination into myriad products that are both beautiful and powerful — to deliver the most epic gaming experience. This time, we aim to break all the boundaries that confines hard-core gaming into any designated space.”
The new gaming computers – the G20 gaming desktop, the GR8 console PC, and the GX500 4K gaming laptop – all feature Intel’s i7 processor as well as graphics solutions from NVIDIA. The G20 features NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, the GR8 utilizes NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 750Ti, and the GX500 uses the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M mobile graphics solution. Individually, the G20 gaming desktop features a 12.5-liter custom PC case, the GR8 console PC supports both Windows 8.1 and SteamOS, and the GX500 is equipped with a 15.6-inch 4K/UHD display at a screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
In the peripherals section, the company’s new gaming mouse, the Gladius, features a 6400dpi optical sensor, a total of 6 programmable buttons, replaceable switches, and a detachable cable. The GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard features Cherry MX Red switches, red backlighting, full key customization, macro creation, and anti-ghosting technology.
ASUS also revealed three different motherboards at their press conference at Computex – the Maximus VII Formula, the Maximus VII Impact, and the Crossblade Ranger.
The Maximus VII Formula is a Z97-based ATX motherboard which features the company’s CrossChill Copper technology, support for third-party cooling setups which utilize G1/4-inch threaded fittings, the company’s SupremeFX Formula 2014 audio technology, and support for mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0, miniPCI Express slots, and M.2 slots.
The Maximus VII Impact is a mini-ITZ motherboard which also uses Intel’s Z97 chipset and includes Impact Power II, SupremeFX Impact II, and mPCIe Combo IV + 802.11ac/ Bluetooth 4.0. Lastly, the Crossblade Ranger is a FM2+ gaming motherboard which features SupremeFX 2014, SenseAmp, Sonic Studio technology, Gamefirst III network optimization, and KeyBot, an instant upgrade utility.
Lastly, ASUS unveiled its special and limited edition of the R9 295X, dubbed the Ares III, which supports up to 8GB of super-fast GDDR5 memory. The Ares III is fully water cooled and, according to ASUS, only 500 units will be manufactured for sale. The company did not reveal any information on availability and pricing of any of these products.