Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2013 - 12:55 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: qube, htpc, google tv, ces 2013, CES, asus
In addition to the expected flood of tablets and ultrabooks, ASUS has announced a new cube shaped device–called the ASUS Qube–that runs Google TV. Similar to the Nexus Q without the expensive analog audio hardware, the ASUS Qube is a box that is designed to bring streaming media to your living room. In this case however, the ASUS Qube is running Google TV and is paired with motion, voice, or Android smartphone controls for input.
The Qube can access Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube for video content along with other standard Google TV applications. It can also display a customized TV guide and play games, for example. ASUS has paired the aptly-name Qube with a new interface that displays on screen options in a rotating cube.
To sweeten the deal over other Google TV boxes, ASUS is throwing in 50GB of WebStorage cloud storage space with each Qube.
Unfortunately there is no word on pricing or availability for the ASUS Qube.
Read more about Google TV at PC Perspective.
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Subject: General Tech, Processors, Mobile | December 13, 2012 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: asus, VIA
We have not heard too much about VIA Technologies developing CPUs in recent history. They still hold an x86 license until at least some time in 2013. VIA also develops ARM SoCs, apparently, and have recently struck a deal to get in multiple 7-inch tablets by Asustek. These models will be exclusively sold to China.
ASUS set a goal of 12 million sales for tablet PCs for 2013 and one way to accomplish that milestone is to provide cheap but decent devices. This goal is firmly in the same order of magnitude as iPad sales. Still, ASUS already has a fairly big presence in the tablet market with its strong Transformer line and more notably Google’s Nexus 7.
VIA will provide ARM Cortex A9 processors for the lower end of ASUS’ product line. The model which they will be embedded in will retail for somewhere between $99-$149 USD. These devices will be available in China for the Lunar New Year season of 2013.
Interestingly Asustek has not contracted out Pegatron to manufacture the device, opting instead for Wistron Corp. to fulfill the order. The two companies, Pegatron and Asustek, were once one-in-the-same; founded by a businessman with a fascination for the Greek mythological Pegasus. The company changed with the climate like any other and Pegatron was spun off into its own independent entity. Since then, Pegatron has been hard at work developing laptops and tablets for ASUS as well as picking up orders from Apple and others.
The first shipment of 2-3 million manufactured devices is rumored to be delivered to Asus by the end of December. Perhaps these sales can help bolster VIA and their ability to develop CPUs once more?
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2012 - 03:26 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ssd, rt-n56u, podcast, Crysis 3, asus, 8990, 8970, 7970 matrix
PC Perspective Podcast #229 - 12/06/2012
Join us this week as we talk about the ASUS RT-N56U Router, Radeon HD 8000 series rumors, Crysis 3 and more!
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- 0:01:15 Never Settle Contest Part 3 is running!
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- 0:39:22 Microsoft Surface Pro Priced/Dated/Batteried
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- 0:45:23 Crysis 3 System Requirements
- 0:47:30 Steam releases Big Picture mode
- 0:53:30 Radeon HD 8990 Rumored for 2013
- 0:58:15 Intel might make chips for...ARM?
- 1:03:30 AMD will continued to support socketed processors
- 1:07:30 Enterprise might need to buy SSDs 10000x less often?
- 1:17:30 Far Cry 3 Game Stream Summary
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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2012 - 01:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: never settle, HD 7970, asus, amd
UPDATE: We have selected a winner for this contest! If you didn't get an email from me on it, then better luck next time. We'll have more contests coming up very soon at PC Perspective!!
AMD is really excited about its Never Settle campaign and the bundle packages it has built for the holiday season. PC gamers looking for an uprade will defintely want to read up on the special promotion but we have another surprise for you as well - A FREE GRAPHICS CARD!
AMD and ASUS are partnering up with PC Perspective to hand out an ASUS HD 7970 DirectCT II graphics card, perfect for gaming on your PC!
Not only do you get the card in this sweet contest but you'll get the same software bundle as if you had purchased them at retail.
That means a 20% off coupon for Medal of Honor Warfighter, a FREE copy of Far Cry 3, a FREE copy of Hitman: Absolution and a FREE copy of Sleeping Dogs!
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That's it - we love our fans so we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to win some free stuff! Sorry though, North American readers only on this one!
We will close the contest on Wednesday December 12rd at 1pm EST or so - so get your entries in! Thanks again for being a fan of PC Perspective, thanks to AMD for the great prizes and stay tuned for MORE contests and giveaways in the coming days!
A ton of technology in here
In the world of graphics cards there a lot of also-rans, cards that were released but didn't really leave a mark on the industry. Reference cards are a dime a dozen (not really, though $0.10 HD 7970s sounds like a great thing to me) and when the only thing vendors can compete on is price it is very hard to make a compelling argument for one card over another. The ASUS Matrix Platinum HD 7970 that we are looking at today in no way suffers from these problems - it is a custom design with unique features that really give it the ability to stand out from the clogged quarters of the GPU shelf.
As you should expect by now with the ASUS ROG brand, the Matrix HD 7970 not only has a slightly overclocked clock speed on the GPU and memory but also some unique features like VGA Hotwire, TweakIt buttons and more!
ASUS ROG Matrix Design
Before we dive into performance and our experiences in overclocknig the HD 7970 with the ASUS Matrix Platinum we wanted to go over some of the design highlights that make this graphics card unique. Available in both Matrix and Matrix Platinum (hand picked chips) revisions, this triple-slot design will include a custom built PCB with 20-phase power and quite a bit more.
This "exploded" view of the Matrix HD 7970 shows a high-level view of these features with details to follow below. Some of the features are really aimed at the extreme overclockers that like to get their hands into some LN2 but there is still a lot to offer users that just want to try their hand at getting additional performance through air overclocking.
ASUS' custom DirectCU II cooler is at work on the ASUS Matrix HD 7970 using all copper heatpipes to help lower temps by 20% compared to the reference HD 7970 while also running quieter thanks to the larger 100mm fans. These fans can be independently controlled and include the ASUS dust proof fan technology we have seen previously.
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Review
On deck for review today is the ASUS RT-N56U “Black Diamond” Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router. ASUS has a broad stable of networking equipment including wireless adapters, wireless routers, wired networking gear and even some power line networking gear. Released in late 2010, the RT-N56U is one of the lower cost offerings in ASUS’ Dual Band N series and can be found online for around $99.
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Router Overview
The media review information supplied to us by ASUS claims the ASUS RT-N56U “Black Diamond” offers “Extreme performance in style.” The router’s “Aesthetic design” has a “Sexy and stylish approach with streamlined, meticulously designed and well-rounded appearance, just like diamonds sparkling and twinkling in the dark.” Now I don’t know about you, but if it’s dark, I’m not sure how you see diamond’s twinkling? But I digress; the RT-N56U is a great looking router, with the black cross hatched lattice surface we liked from previous ASUS routers.
Subject: Displays | November 20, 2012 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, PLS, lcd, 2560x1440, PB278Q, 27
Before they even turned the ASUS PB278Q on, Hardware Canucks had formed several opinions about the monitor; on the positive side the stand was very versatile and more stable than other 27" displays but on the negative side was the complete lack of an anti-glare coating. The OSD was quite comprehensive, especially if you contrast it with some of the high definition displays from Korea we have seen recently. The overall performance of monitor was not quite up to the Samsung SyncMaster 27A850 which is another PLS display on the market, however you can get the ASUS display for at least $100 less which may make it the preferred choice of those needing something better than a TN display but can't afford the top model.
"PLS panel technology hasn't been around for all that long but it has already made a lasting mark upon the display market. ASUS' new PB278Q puts this technology to good use in a 27" 2560 x 1440 WQHD monitor that is targeted towards gamers and professionals alike."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Asus PB278Q Review @ TechReviewSource
- ASUS PB278Q Review: An IPS Competitor Emerges @ AnandTech
- Philips Brilliance P-Line 241P4QPYKES 24″ LED Monitor @ Kitguru
- Dell UltraSharp U2713HM Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: Mobile | November 13, 2012 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, vivo tab rt, tegra 3, winRT
Hopefully the rounded corners on the VivoTab will not catch the attention of Cupertino but until it does this convertible tablet/notebook will be popular. The tablet portion has a 10.1" 1366 x 768 SuperIPS+ display, aka 155 PPI, powered by a Tegra 3 T30 @ 1.3GHz. It has an 8MP camera at the rear and a 2MP camera which faces you for video conferencing and while it does have the ability to provide a USB connection it does so with an adapter and the docking port, so USB is unavailable when you are docked. Overall The Tech Report mostly liked the device, it might load some WinRT apps slowly but once they are running they perform admirably; lack of support for x86 programs was disappointing and in some ways they preferred the previous Android versions. See why that is so in the full article.
"Asus' Transformer approach to convertible tablets has finally come to Windows. We take a closer look at the new VivoTab RT."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Microsoft Surface Tablet (64GB / Windows RT) Review @ HardwareHeaven
- HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A Ultrabook Windows 7 and 8 Testing Review @ TechwareLabs
- Asus S56CA-DH51 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Maingear Vybe 15 Gaming Laptop @ Tweaktown
- Schenker XMG P722 Gaming Laptop @ HardwareHeaven
- Dell Inspiron 14z: Ultrabook with DVD and SSD @ Hardware.info
- Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon @ Hardware.info
- 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro @ AnandTech
- Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina @ Hardware.info
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime @ Tweaktown
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (16GB, Sprint) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Samsung Galaxy Xcover review: robust smartphone
- Samsung Galaxy Note II 16GB Smartphone Review @ Legit Reviews
- Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Performance Preview @ AnandTech
- Apple iPad Mini Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 Tablet @ XSReviews
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Nook Simple Touch Glowlight @ The Inquirer
- Apple Ipad Mini @ The Inquirer
Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2012 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, a85, F2A85-V Pro, trinity
The ASUS F2A85V Pro is a high end AMD board with a quite reasonable price for the features present on the board. The two PCIe-16x slots can handle Crossfire with both cards running at 8x and the spacing between the slots means that even a three slot GPU will fit with no problems. There are 7 SATA 6 Gbps ports which support a variety of RAID settings, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and a single eSATA port but it is the graphics outputs which really shine, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and DVI outputs are all available for your Trinity processor. Take a look at those features, the new Network iControl software to manage your connections and the UEFI BIOS at Bjorn3D.
"ASUS has released their the F2A85V-Pro for the socket FM2. The board retails at around $140, but is packed with features."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT @ Hardware.info
- Three AMD A85X Socket FM2 motherboards @ Hardware.info
- Sapphire Pure Black 990FX Review @ OCC
- apphire Pure Platinum A85XT (A85X) Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 (A85X) Motherboard Review @ eTeknix.
- BIOS Option Of The Week - FPU OPCODE Compatible Mode @ TechaRP
- Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 @ Kitguru
- ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Review @ OCC
- EVGA Z75 SLI Motherboard Review @ HCW
- GIGABTYE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS Maximus V Extreme @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review @ OCC
- MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- MSI Z77 MPOWER @ Tweaktown
- ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Asus P8Z77-V Premium Review: Flagship Mainboard from Asus @ X-bit Labs
- Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X @ Hardware.info
- Gigabyte H77N-WiFi Review – First Look at Ivy Bridge with mITX @ AnandTech
- GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 @ [H]ard|OCP
- GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 @ Tweaktown
Introduction and Specs
Courtesy of ECS
As part of their Black Extreme line of motherboards, the ECS Z77H2-AX pairs the promise of performance and a mile-long feature list with looks that could kill. We decided to put this board through the paces, throwing our normal suite of benchmark and functionality tests to see how well it lived up to its reputation. The ECS Z77H2-AX seems to be well priced at its $309.99 base price with all the higher-end features and bling built into the board.
Courtesy of ECS
From the initial unboxing of the board, I was dumbstruck. ECS literally gold-plated every heat-producing surface on this board, giving it a very unique look and feel. The board itself has no shortage of features with SATA 2, SATA 3, mSATA, and eSATA ports, support for 3 different networking types, and enough USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports for anyone.