ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today welcomed visitors to its Computer 2017 showcase at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center, revealing its vast line-up of gaming innovations — including some never-before-seen ROG Swift HDR gaming monitors and whole new ROG Strix gaming monitor lineup, all-new X299 gaming motherboards and the latest ROG Strix gaming laptops and desktops for esports of all kinds.
All the following products will be on display at booth L0432 between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. from May 30 to June 2, and between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on June 3.
ROG X299 gaming motherboards
The next generation of high-end desktops debuted at Computex today, and ROG was there with three brand-new motherboards designed to help gamers and enthusiasts get the most out of their PCs. The new Intel® X299 platform and accompanying Intel® Core™ X-series processor family raise the bar for CPU, cores and threads, and memory performance with up to 18 cores and 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. And they add bandwidth for an army of graphics cards and NVM Express® SSDs with up to 44 PCIe® lanes through the CPU and even more from the chipset. It’s a gloriously potent foundation that we’ve used to push the cutting edge for gaming PCs.
We have three models expertly tailored for different priorities: Rampage VI Extreme lives up to its name for creating dream gaming machines with custom liquid-cooling and ultrafast networking; Rampage VI Apex unabashedly targets peak performance and record-breaking overclocking; and ROG Strix X299-E gives gamers the powerful tuning, cooling and personalization options they need to get the most from their rigs. For more information please click here.
ROG has always been actively involved in case modding, and we took the opportunity at the ROG booth to show off two of its newest projects — ROG Moto-Monster and Halo Master Chief. Both demonstrations come from well-known modders — China’s Wei Zheng, also known as Ai-Mask; and Australia’s Stephen Hoad, aka Oz Modz — who finished their builds at the ROG press event and leveraged various ROG gaming products in their creations. Ai-Mask’s ROG Moto-Mod is reminiscent of his dream Ducati motorcycle, with Strix Z270-E Gaming as its powerful engine; while Oz Modz’ Maximus IX Formula-based Halo Master Chief draws its inspiration from the lead character in the famous Microsoft game. ROG is very proud of both of these PC builds and excited to continue creating the best components to fuel future case modding projects.
ROG gaming monitors
ROG Swift PG35VQ
ROG Swift PG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440) curved gaming monitor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. It features an ultrafast 200Hz refresh rate for stunning and smooth gaming experiences, while the HDR technology delivers a peak luminance of up to 1000cd/m² for brighter images that allow gamers to see even the darkest darks. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 512 zones to further highlight the subtle differences between white and black hues. Quantum-dot technology provides a wider color space and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 color gamut. It also features G-SYNC™ technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter.
ROG Swift PG35VQ has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect-ratio curved display that provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. It also takes gaming aesthetics to a new level, with ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back cover to synchronize with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice.
ROG Swift PG27UQ
ROG Swift PG27UQ, a 27-inch monitor and winner of a Computex 2017 Best Choice Golden Award, is the very first High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming monitor to run 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) content at a 144Hz refresh rate to provide gamers with detailed ultra-high-definition visuals at super-smooth frame-rates, and is designed to take gaming visuals to a whole new level.
Swift PG27UQ features HDR technology to offer a higher range of luminance that is closer to what the human eye can experience than traditional monitors. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 384 zones, enabling very high contrast for richer, more natural dark scenes.
Quantum-dot technology supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 color gamut — which has a 25 percent-wider color range than sRGB — resulting in more realistic colors. In-plane-switching (IPS) technology also gives Swift PG27UQ wide viewing angles so there is no color shift even when viewing the monitor from extreme angles. It also features G-SYNC technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter. ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back cover allows light effects to be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — providing limitless customization possibilities.
ROG Strix gaming monitors for the best of gamers
ROG Strix is an all-new gaming monitor series, designed for intermediate gamers — and with a great variety of screen sizes on offer.
ROG Strix XG32VQ is a 32-inch 2K WQHD curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio for panoramic gaming and a 144HZ refresh rate for incredibly smooth gameplay. It features ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back panel, and light effects can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.
The 27-inch ROG Strix XG27VQ gaming monitor also has a curved panel to provide an immersive and panoramic gaming. It features a wide-view panel with a super-narrow bezel, which makes it perfect for multidisplay surround setups. The display’s curvature ensures every point is equidistant to the player’s eyes. Strix XG27VQ also has a 144Hz refresh rate to provide super-smooth gaming visuals, and a gaming-inspired design that features ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back to add ambience to any gaming setup.
ROG Strix XG258Q is a 24.5inch Full HD gaming monitor that has an incredibly fast 240Hz native refresh rate without overclocking, making it twice as fast as conventional 120Hz monitors. This results in amazingly-fluid gaming visuals with no frustrating lag or motion blur, giving gamers the upper hand in first-person shooters, racing, real-time strategy and sports titles. ROG Strix XG Series gaming monitors feature ASUS-exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur technology to make objects in motion look sharper, so gameplay is more fluid and responsive. This series also features Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology, which eliminates screen tearing and choppy frame rates to give seamless visuals and smooth gameplay.
ROG is Beyond VR ready
After last year’s successful co-branded VR demo with Oculus, for 2017 we have enhanced our exhibition space to create an even-more-immersive experience inside the ROG VR zone — lavishly kitted out with the latest high-performance ROG gaming machines. These include the all-new ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop, and the ROG G20CI and ROG GR8 II gaming desktops. We’ve also installed a complete Powered by ASUS (PBA) system equipped with a discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. Through this setup we demonstrate that ROG offers a complete gaming family that provides the best VR-gaming experiences in the market.
We also continue our cooperation with Oculus to demonstrate Dead & Buried, the company’s stunning online multiplayer game set in the Wild West. With the Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers precisely tracking player movements and ROG’s powerful gaming hardware delivering unbeatable, stable performance, gamers are fully immersed and able to lock, load and indulge in some heart-pumping 2-on-2 shootouts.
ROG GR8 II 6G
The ASUS ROG GR8 II mini-gaming PC, winner of a Computex 2017 d&i Award, delivers full desktop gaming power, and is the smallest four-liter gaming PC built for VR. This compact PC is equipped with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and will be updated with a ASUS GeForce® GTX 1060 (6GB VRAM) graphics card to bring smoother game visuals and faster performance for intense games with high-quality texture modes or HD texture pack, including Full HD 1080p gaming.
GR8 II has a cleverly designed cooling system with dedicated cooling chambers for both the CPU and graphics card, giving it super-stable performance during intense gaming marathons. GR8 II comes with awesome SupremeFX audio technology that delivers the best recording quality and immersive audio. And with 12 ASUS Aura Sync modes to choose from, it takes RGB lighting to the next level.
Powered by ASUS, an alliance between the best PC components maker and local PC builders
ASUS displayed some of its latest creations stemming from the Powered by ASUS (PBA) project, the world’s most versatile DIY system program that fosters ‘glocalization’ ideals to provide local PC builders with the best components to make superior builds. Powered by ASUS is a global program that spreads across more than 40 countries and involves over 500 partners who are providing gamers with the best customized systems.
Being No. 1 in motherboards, graphic cards, and gaming monitors, ASUS contributes the best gaming components to the program to allow local PC builders to create their own unique masterpieces that suit their local preferences. The PBA program provides the greatest diversity of gaming system options for gamers, often including our latest technologies such as water-cooling and ASUS Aura RGB lighting. With the best ASUS components inside, which undergo continuous testing and validation, users can rest assured that they have solutions with the best possible compatibility, safety, and durability.
The Computex booth featured some of the most recent systems created in the PBA program, highlighting the themes of performance, aesthetics and personalization. Some of our worldwide partners involved include Alza, Digital Storm, iBuyPower, Ipason, Preflow PC, Scan Computers and Scorptec.
ROG Strix gaming laptops and desktops for all kinds of esports
The all-new ROG Strix Series gaming laptops and desktops are tailored specifically to serve the demands of the burgeoning ranks of esports contenders, delivering the perfect combination of hardware and software to provide gamers with the tools they need to win. The esports-customized gear on show at the ROG booth is as follows.
ROG Strix GL503 and Strix GL703
ROG Strix GL503 and Strix GL703 are essential tools for excitement-seekers who covet mastery of the game and to be honored for their heroic achievements. Engineered with the newest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, the 15.6-inch GL503 and 17.3-inch Strix GL703 equip gamers to control the competition — so they can gear up, stake their ground and get ready to win.
ROG Strix Hero Edition
ROG Strix Hero Edition is built from the ground up for fearless Multiplayer Online Battle Arena heroes – optimized to gain a competitive edge in MOBA games such as League of Legends®, Dota® 2 or SMITE™. Strix Hero Edition allows gamers to lead the way armed with powerful Intel® Core™ i7 processors and awesome NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics. Strix Hero Edition is also kitted out with 120Hz wide-view display with rich color fidelity and a desktop-style keyboard that’s made for victory. Born for the battlefield, Strix Hero Edition raises the game — so enabling players to score more wins and rise through the ranks.
ROG Strix SCAR Edition
ROG Strix SCAR Edition is built exclusively for the sharpest shooters in the meanest gunfights — optimized to gain a competitive edge in FPS games such as Counter-Strike®, Overwatch® or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege. Powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics with an ultra-fast 120Hz and 5ms display, styled with unique focus, and with desktop-style keyboard layouts engineered for victory, Strix SCAR Edition keeps the gamer centered on the battlefield — so they’ll rank high, and kill with absolute precision.
ROG Strix GD30
ROG Strix GD30 is a powerful gaming desktop featuring a sleek black-and-white design, with interchangeable front panels that allow gamers to customize the system to suit their unique style. Equipped with up to the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics and a plug-and-play hot swap 2.5-inch SSD module for esports tournaments, Strix GD30 delivers unrivaled performance for incredible gaming and multimedia experiences. An advanced thermal system — featuring large air vents at the front and underside plus an isolated power supply chamber — provides improved airflow for better cooling and greater system efficiency. Exclusive ASUS Aegis III software enhances gaming experiences by allowing gamers to track CPU and memory usage, monitor networking status, and control fan speeds and ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects.
GD30 had a projection mapping area in the ROG booth, using visuals to communicate its unique design story involving its two separate white front panels, asymmetric lines and unique patterns inspired by the exploration of space in science fiction. To additionally celebrate ROG’s design spirit at Computex, the ASUS Design Center displayed a variety of different GD30 front panels that highlight different gaming sub-cultures and themes — including hardcore military, street culture, futuristic transcendence and sci-fi modifications. The gallery shows the breadth of creativity that can be applied to our GD30 design, and inspires attendees to join our Facebook group to get designers from all around the world involved in creating their own creations. For more information, visit http://woobox.com/o5o7uq.
ROG laptops with the latest AMD Ryzen
ROG Strix GL702ZC
ROG Strix GL702ZC is the world’s first gaming laptop featuring the AMD® Ryzen™ 7 processor. Combining the sheer power of AMD’s revolutionary Ryzen platform with ROG’s gaming design legacy, Strix GL702ZC delivers amazing performance to satisfy the needs of hard-core gamers and users with demanding, multimedia-heavy workloads. With a 17-inch, wide-view panel for incredible visuals, an anti-ghosting backlit keyboard for fast, accurate control, and ROG Gaming Center with a wealth of gamer-oriented features, ROG Strix GL702ZC is a finely tuned weapon backed by eight-core power for gaming with a competitive edge.
ASUS G11DF is the first ASUS gaming desktop with the AMD Ryzen processor. This gives G11DF the processing performance required to run the latest games smoothly at their highest visual settings and support 4K UHD video playback.
G11DF is also the first in the G11 range to feature ASUS Sonic Studio for immersive gaming audio and improved quality for internet calls, streaming and recording. In addition, the exclusive ASUS Aegis III gaming utility provides easy access to system features and XSplit Gamecaster gameplay recording and sharing.
ROG Strix GTX 1080 gaming laptop
ROG Strix GL702VI
ROG Strix GL702VI is the gaming laptop that packs everything gamers need to win, including NVIDIA GeForce 1080 GTX graphics, Windows 10 Pro, the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a tremendous 120Hz G-SYNC panel. Loaded with premium components and styled for success, ROG Strix GL702 is the all-conquering companion for every gaming adventure.
ROG gaming graphics cards
The booth of course included a selection of ROG gaming graphics cards for all performance needs and budgets. The cards on show were as follows.
ROG Poseidon GTX 1080Ti Platinum
ROG Poseidon GTX 1080Ti Platinum features our next-generation DirectCU H2O cooler, combining liquid and air in a larger 2.5-slot design. The expanded heatsink boasts 40 percent more area than its predecessor, while the updated plumbing improves the liquid flow rate by 22 percent. Support for standard G1/4 fittings make it easy to add the card to custom loops, and dual FanConnect II headers let the card manage system fans for gaming-optimized cooling.
Poseidon GTX 1080Ti Platinum of course features ASUS Aura Sync lighting, and adds a new twist with an ‘infinite-reflection’ badge giving the illusion of a lighting effect that extends to infinity. It’s also produced using Auto-Extreme technology, the industry’s first and only 100 percent-automated production process, for the very best quality and reliability.
ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition
ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition delivers 35 percent-faster performance than the GeForce GTX 1080, and has MaxContact technology that makes 2X more contact with the GPU for improved thermal transfer. The patented wing-blade fans enable maximum airflow and for better cooling, and offer IP5X-certified dust-resistance for extended lifespan.
Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC Edition also has FanConnect II, Aura Sync illumination, Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components, VR-friendly HDMI ports and GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.
ROG Strix GTX 1080 OC 8GB 11Gbps
ROG Strix GTX 1080 OC 8GB 11Gbps Edition is a 2.5-slot-width card with MaxContact technology and for the coolest and quietest gaming performance, plus The patented wing-blade fans enable maximum airflow and for better cooling, and offer IP5X-certified dust-resistance for extended lifespan.
Strix GTX 1080 OC 8GB 11Gbps Edition also has FanConnect II, ASUS Aura Sync illumination, Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components, VR-friendly HDMI ports and GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.
ROG Strix RX580 8G
ROG Strix RX580 8G is a gaming graphics card with MaxContact technology for the coolest and quietest gaming performance. The patented wing-blade fans enable maximum airflow and for better cooling, and offer IP5X-certified dust-resistance for extended lifespan.
Strix RX580 8G also has FanConnect II, ASUS Aura Sync illumination, Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components, VR-friendly HDMI ports and GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.
ROG SLI HB Bridge
The all-new ROG SLI HB (High-Bandwidth) Bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth of the previous generation to deliver detailed graphics and silky smooth gameplay. It supports multiple 2-way configurations — both three-slot and four-slot — for maximum flexibility. ROG SLI HB Bridge features ASUS Aura RGB lighting and ASUS Aura Sync for perfectly synchronized lighting across an entire gaming setup. It also has the ASUS Aura RGB Touch-Sensitive Lighting Panel to easily configure the lighting effects to express your own style.
ROG Rapture GT-AC5300
ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the first ROG router designed specifically for gaming. It features ROG Gaming Center, which provides an instant overview of the gaming network, so players can see at a glance the current internet status, stability, and device connections.
Rapture GT-AC5300 offer users three levels of game acceleration. Two of the eight LAN ports are dedicated gaming ports that prioritize network traffic to devices connected to those specific ports. The router also has a Game Boost feature that works in conjunction with two dedicated gaming ports to prioritize gaming traffic for the best networking speeds, as well as individual speeds for each connected gaming device. Users also have the ability to set up a private gaming network, to accelerate the connection between the router and preferred game servers.
Rapture GT-AC5300’s Game Intrusion Prevention System (Game IPS) offers integrated security based on Trend Micro™ technology to provide robust front-line protection for gaming networks.
ROG gaming accessories
ROG Strix Fusion
ROG Strix Fusion is the world’s first gaming headset to have headset-to-headset RGB lighting synchronization. These lighting effects, known as ASUS Aura Sync, can be controlled via Bluetooth® to synchronize across multiple headsets at once via a dedicated mobile app for Android™ and iOS — eliminating the need for pausing during gameplay. Strix Fusion comes with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound on-board, which combines with our in-house-tuned Essence drivers to provide full, rich surround-sound experiences.
The ROG Pugio gaming mouse offers a truly ambidextrous design with configurable side buttons, so gamers no longer have to alter their natural grip style to avoid accidental clicks on unwanted side buttons. The optical gaming weapon also features an exclusive push-fit switch-socket design, allowing gamers to easily vary click resistance and extend the lifespan of the mouse by replacing the mouse switches. Pugio’s performance is topped off with aggressive aesthetics and dynamic ASUS Aura RGB lighting with Aura Sync support.
ROG Scabbard is a massive, extended mouse pad that provides gamers with ample space for their mouse and gaming gear. Crafted from military-grade Cordura Lite fabric technology for superior splash-resistance and durability against scuffs and scrapes, it provides a consistent and responsive tracking surface that is easy to maintain. With glow-in-the-dark lettering, anti-fray stitched edges and a non-slip base, Scabbard is a gamer’s best ally.
ROG Strix Edge
ROG Strix Edge is a large, unconventional vertical mouse pad that offers flexible placement. It’s made with a smooth cloth surface that’s optimized for gaming, enabling accurate and responsive tracking, and has a thin, lightweight and flexible design for great portability. Strix Edge also has full-color anti-fray stitched edges for superb aesthetics, and a durable non-slip rubber base.