A lot has happened in a decade in the world of gaming. On 30 May at Computex in Taipei ASUS’ of Gamers (ROG) marked 10 years of service at their Join the Republic Press event. To celebrate the milestone, ROG unveiled eight new products, including a proof of concept ROG Avalon motherboard as well as their new entrants into the Desktop and Laptop markets.
Whilst ROG have made a name for themselves with fully built PCs, the ROG Avalon is what they consider the future of DIY. It moves away from the standard ATX form-factors that have become so well known for anyone who has dabbled in building their own PC, instead opting to make case and motherboard a two-in-one. Says ASUS during the press event, “By rethinking the limits of the ATX form-factor and redesigning the motherboard and case as a single entity, rather than as two items in tandem, we were able to optimize the layout to alleviate the most frustrating parts of the DIY process.” Avalon has all the standard adaptor boards for SSD, PSU and graphics cards without cabling, which they believe will add simplicity to DIY projects. Currently Avalon is just a prototype, but might hold the key to DIY PCs of the future.
Also on show was the latest iteration of ROG’s Rampage V motherboard, updated to make the most of the latest generation of Intel processors and designed for overclockers to get the most out of their designs. The Rampage V edition also features what ASUS calls the SafeSlot, which they say is designed to add strength to any PC build and protect graphics cards. Pricing and availability of the Rampage V edition 10 will be announced at a later date.
Next in line were slew of laptops, desktops, monitors and other gaming equipment. The ROG G31 Edition 10 is a compact PC which will make use of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU in a two-way SLI format, emphasis on enabling 4k gaming. Meanwhile the GX800 is their latest gaming laptop, which makes use of the latest outings by NVIDIA and Intel, but exact specifications are not available yet.
In peripherals, the Swift PG248Q is a narrow-bezel gaming display. Whilst it does not allow for 4k gaming, the 24inch display is specifically designed with gaming in mind with a 180Hz refresh rate to minimise screen-tearing. The Centurion is a no-nonsense gaming headset, with 7.1 digital surround sound and built in ESS amplifier to allow for clear communication and audio recording. More interesting is the XG station 2. This is an external graphics dock, compatible for both NVIDIA GeForce GTX and AMD Radeon cards. Here the express idea is to make your laptop a quote, “VR-gaming powerhouse.” Finally, the new ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 was showcased. More information can be read here.
More information about pricing, availability and detailed specifications will become available in the upcoming days, so make sure to keep VR-Zone bookmarked.