Republic of Gamers Means Business
I have got to be honest with you - most of the time getting me excited for graphics cards any more is a chore. Unless we are talking about a new architecture from NVIDIA or AMD, card vendors are hard pressed to the same attention from me they used to a couple of years ago when every card release was something to pay attention to. Over the next week or so though it turns out that ASUS and Gigabyte have a few noteworthy items definitely worth some grade-A analysis and reviewing starting with today's: the ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 580 beast.
The Republic of Gamers brand is reserved for the highest-end parts from the company that are obviously targeted at three main segments. First, the serious gamers and enthusiasts that demand the top level performance either because they can't stand to lose at gaming or just want nothing but the best for their own experiences. Secondly are the professional overclockers that live on features and capabilities that most of us could only dream of pushing and that need LN2 to get the job done. Finally, the case modding groups that demand not only great performance, but sexy designs that add to the aesthetics of the design as whole and aren't boring. The ROG brand does a very commendable job of hitting all three of these groups in general and specifically with the new Matrix-series GTX 580.
In the following pages we will document what makes this card different, how it performs, how it overclocks and why it might be the best GTX 580 card on the market today.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2011 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, GTX 580 Platinum, factory overclocked
The ASUS GTX580 Platinum is an overclockers dream, from the hand picked cards and components to the Mod Zone area of the PCB which has solder points that allow you to turn off overcurrent and overheating safeguards and turn up the voltage. You don't have to be an extreme overclocker to enjoy the card, right out of the box the GPU runs 44MHz above stock at 816MHz and [H]ard|OCP hit 891MHz without changing any settings but the frequency ... they also passed 1GHz with some extra voltage. At $529 it does cost you quite a bit to purchase but it surpasses even the MSI Lightning Xtreme Edition that so impressed Josh. As you can see below, it is also larger.
"ASUS has launched the new ROG MATRIX GTX580 Platinum video card that can be described as the pinnacle enthusiast GeForce GTX 580 GPU. Will all of this customization and new features mean you get fast video card? If this overclock doesn't impress you we suggest trading in your computer and finding a new hobby."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gelid Icy Vision Rev. 2 VGA Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 @ TechARP
- AMD's Open-Source Radeon Driver After Four Years @ Phoronix
- AMD Radeon 6950 Triple CrossFireX Review @ eTeknix
- sus HD 6870 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 Video Card @ Hi Tech Legion
- Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Toxic Edition Review @ OCC
- ASUS HD6670 1GB GDDR5 with DisplayPort DirectX11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2011 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: lga1155, asus, P8P67 Pro rev b3
When testing the ASUS P8P67 Pro, [H]ard|OCP managed to get 4.8GHz out of an Intel i5 2500K; about as good a recommendation as you could hope for. That is in addition to ASUS' specific BIOS which will disable Turbo scaling, pegging the CPU to the top speed whenever it is in use, which explains the higher scores in some of the benchmarks they ran. The built in OC Tuner BIOS application will overclock the board for you, in the tests after about 5 minutes and a few reboots it stabilized a 2600K on the board at 43x102.1 or 4.39GHz and could be pushed higher if you manually raised the multiplier. The board may not have some of the extras available on other makes but as far as stability goes this board is hard to beat.
"ASUS' latest foray in to the Intel LGA1155 market shows up in a competitive package, the P8P67 Pro. The board combines the features and technologies you've come to expect from ASUS and promises not to disappoint. This motherboard also happens to target the sub-$180 market so it will be on the list for budget minded builds."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- MSI Intel 1155 Z68 PCI Express 3.0 Motherboard Z68A-GD65G3 @ TechwareLabs
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme @ Bjorn3D
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard + 20GB Intel SSD Review @ PCSTATS
- Asrock Z68M-ITX/HT @ Legion Hardware
- Z68 vs. X58 - Which Is The Better Gaming Platform? @ Tweaktown
- BIOS Option Of The Week - TV Standard @ TechARP
- Dueling Zacate motherboards from Asus @ The Tech Report
- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Motherboard Review @ HardwareLOOK
Subject: Motherboards | August 9, 2011 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, rampage III, ROG, X58
If you fell the inescapable need to overclock your CPU to insane speeds and get the bit of extra oomph that triple channel DDR3 can provide then the ASUS Rampage III is the ~$600 motherboard for you. [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed the board and its incredible list of extra components, even going so far as trying to kill it in a three day incubation test. Four PCIe 16x slots (dual 16x, quad 8x), two PCIe 1x slots, two SATA Gbp/s ports, a half dozen SATAII ports with two eSATA round out the internal connections. Externally two USB 3.0 ports and eleven USB 2.0 ports will get your peripheral connected and there is not only a normal gigabit ethernet connection, they included wireless and a KillerNIC which happens to be on an ASUS ThunderBolt card. Read on at [H]ard|OCP.
"While P67 and Z68 is all the rage, if you are looking for the most powerful computing system money can buy, then X58 is still it. ASUS promises to deliver everything you expect out of X58 and then some with its latest Republic of Gamers branded board. If you are looking for the ultimate X58 motherboard, it's the Rampage III Black Edition."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard caught on camera @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Pureblack P67 Hydra @ XSReviews
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z @ Tweaktown
- Asus Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper and GA-X58A-OC: LGA1366 Mainboards for Gamers and Enthusiasts @ X-bit Labs
- GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2: A Preview @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 GEN 3 Intel Motherboard Review @ TechwareLabs
- Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS Rampage III Black Edition @ Bjorn3D
- BIOS Option Of The Week - USB Mass Storage Reset Delay @ TechARP
- Understanding All Voltage Configurations from the Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS F1A75-M PRO Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS F1A75-V PRO vs ECS A75F-A vs Gigabyte A75-D3H @ t-break
- Biostar TA75A+ Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe Review @ Neoseeker
- ASRock A75 Pro4 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS E35M1-M Pro Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
As Superman fans well know, Kal-El is faster than a speeding bullet, and NVIDIA’s new Tegra 3 Kal-El chip is no different. We reported on a demonstration of the Kal-El chip running games with dynamic lighting and realistic cloth physics earlier this year, and it is certainly an impressive mobile chip.
Speaking of “impressive,” Asus’ chairman Jonney Shih was quoted by Forbes recently in stating that the upcoming Transformer 2 device would be “impressive.” While Shih was not able to share any details about the device in question, he did mention that Asus will be unveiling new tablets before the end of this year. With the NVIDIA Kal-El chip set to launch this month, the timing is certainly favorable for a quad core Transformer 2.
The Transformer 1, will the second iteration have even more oomph?
Of all the Android tablets, the Transformer has been one of the most well recieved; therefore, it seems likely that Asus would pursue another iteration of the device. Whether that device will be powered by the Tegra 3 chip is still uncertain, however. Do you think the rumor of a quad core Transformer is likely, or is this something that is "too good to be true?"
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2011 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG, Vulcan ANC Pro, headset, audio
If you find yourself gaming in a noisy environment and are trying to keep your contribution to the noise down by using headsets it can be frustrating if you cannot hear the game you are playing. ASUS has a way to solve that, thanks to the active noise cancellation in their Republic of Gamers Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming Headset. Red & Blackness Mods tried out a pair for review and were impressed by the light weight of the headset as well as detachable mic for when you don't need to communicate with team mates. They were not overly impressed with the sound quality but as these are specifically designed for gaming that is not a major concern and not attempting for high end audio helped keep the price down.
"Asus mostly known for their high end laptops and motherboards have recently started pumping out various accessories and even touchpads. Today we are taking a look at the Asus Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming headphones that you can pick up for around 50$. What type of quality and sound quality can we expect from these?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ASUS Vulcan ANC (Active-Noise-Cancelling) Pro Gaming Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cooler Master Sirus Gaming Headset @ XSReviews
- Tt eSPORTS Shock One Gaming Headset Review @ eTeknix
- SonoCore Cindy COA-805 IEM @ reviewstash
- CM Storm Sirus Headset Review @ Hardware Secrets
- CM Storm Sirus @ OC3D
- TTesports Shock Spin Headphones @ Rbmods
- Grace Digital GDI-IRMS300 Internet Micro Hi-Fi Stereo System Review @MissingRemote
- Thermaltake Shock One Headset @ Bjorn3D
- Roccat KULO 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Headset Review @ Real World Labs
- Scythe Kama Bay AMP 2000 Rev. B Amplifier Review @ Madshrimps
- SteelSeries Siberia V2 for PS3 @ OC3D
Introduction and Design
We’ve reviewed several gaming laptops here at PC Perspective, but strangely, we’ve usually reviewed systems with 15.6” displays or smaller. Although large by most any other measure, these laptops are actually small by the standards of gaming laptops. Many gamers prefer laptops with a display over 17 inches because the extra screen real estate results in a better gaming experience.
Today, however, we finally have a giant in our hands – the ASUS G74S. At first glance, this appears to be nothing more than a minor update to the original ASUS G73, adding Nvidia’s latest GTX 560M in replacement of the older GTX 460M.
Take a closer look, and it becomes apparent that laptop has been completely redesigned. While the lines of the chassis are similar, the cooling vents in the rear are larger and in different locations. A new strip of gray plastic covers the display hinge, and the optical drive has been moved further forward. All of this communicates a new internal configuration that could make or break this laptop.
Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2011 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, eee pad transform
The Tech Report has had a while to form an impression of the utility of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, the tablet and smartbook hybrid device that was first shown at CES. More than just a quick review of the capabilities, this article covers a month of actual usage. The keypad dock, which is how the tablet transforms into a smartbook was perhaps the only letdown for The Tech Report, the quality was a little lower than on an nondetachable netbook. The screen on the other hand was a big factor in the positive feelings that this review shares, being able to play 720p HD video without scaling is a big thing. Read on, and start thinking of saving up the $400-$500 you need to pick one up.
"Asus' Eee Pad Transformer may cost $100 less than the competition, but you wouldn't know it from using the thing. I've spent more than a month with one, and there's much to like about this tablet/smartbook hybrid."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Impressions from a few months with the iPad 2 @ The Tech Report
- Alienware M11x R3: Portable Powerhouse @ AnandTech
- Samsung Series 5 Chromebook @ Ars Technica
- HP Touchpad vs Apple Ipad 2 @ The Inquirer
- HP Pavilion dv6-6170us Review @ TechReviewSource
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M Review featuring Alienware M17x R3 Laptop @ HardwareHeaven
- Lenovo Essential G570 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Galaxy Tab vs Playbook vs Flyer video review @ The Register
- HP Touchpad @ The Inquirer
- Mid 2011 Tablet Round-up @ t-break
- Le Pan TC970 9.7-inch Android Tablet Review @ ThinkComputers
- Motorola Droid 3 @ TechSpot
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2011 - 03:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ROG, matrix, just delivered, GTX 580, asus
Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.
We like big graphics cards and we can't deny...when the FedEx guy shows up with a great big box and....okay, sorry about that. But it is true, we definitely love it when new GPUs find their way to our testing facilities. Today is no different as the delivery guy dropped off a box that gave us the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 1.5GB.
We first saw this card at Computex in June and we are without a doubt preparing a full review of it in the next week or so, but we wanted to show it off right away - after all, we like to share the goodies that make their way to PC Perspective as often as we can. At first glance you can easily tell that the ROG MATRIX GTX 580 is more than just your standard 580-based solution - it takes up three slots with its large cooler and uses dual 8-pin power connectors rather than an 8-pin and 6-pin combination.
It has some very unique options including buttons directly on the PCB that instantly put the fan at the full 100% speed and + and - keys for increasing and decreasing the GPU clock rate without the need to go into software. Pretty damn cool!
There are voltage measurement positions on the PCB and a Safe Mode button to instantly revert back to the standard clock rates if you have pushed the card too far - this will make things much easier for those overclockers that push things well past reasonable limits.
The cooler is GARGANTUAN but keeps the temperatures reasonable while the card runs on a 19-phase PCB.
ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 - Reference GTX 580 - ASUS ARES
This probably won't beat out the Radeon HD 6990 for the fastest graphic card around but we are thoroughly expecting to be impressed in our full review.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2011 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xonar, xense, audio, asus
The ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set is more than just a soundcard you pick up to take a bit of load off of your CPU, it is an audiophile class sound card with replacable op-amps. The list of supported technology reads like a sound techs dream, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Prologic IIx, Dolby Digital Live, Xonar GX2.5 and ASIO 2.0. and it can process up to 192kHz/24bit bit stream. There is nothing minimalist about the software controls that come with the card, you have significantly more control over your audio than with just about any other sound card and the screenshots that Think Computers posted show a fairly intuitive interface. The only potential drawback is the Sennheiser PC350 Xense headset that the card ships with, which Think Computers was not overly impressed with.
"When you first see the ASUS Xonar Xense’s EMI shield, you get a sense that this isn’t anordinary soundcard. The non-ironic conclusion is, you’re right. ASUS has put together another great soundcard and bundled it with a great pair of headphones, the Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition. The Xonar Xense offers a myriad of inputs and outputs, and can chug out high definition audio up to 192kHz/24bit without breaking a sweat. It easily is one of the coolest pieces of hardware you can add to your rig. Need more convincing? Continue reading to check out all of the details of the ASUS Xonar Xense."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sharkoon X-Tatic SX Stereo Headset Review @ eTeknix
- Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones @ techPowerUp
- Steelseries Spectrum 7XB Xbox @ XSReviews
- Corsair HS1A Gaming Headset Review @ Techgage
- KICKER iKICK iK501 Digital Stereo System for iPhone and iPod @ Madshrimps
- Sandberg StreetBlaster Stereo Headset Review @ Real World Labs
- Sharkoon X-Tatic SP Stereo Headset Review @ eTeknix
- Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Earpiece Review @ Real World Labs
- Steelseries 5HV2 USB Review @ t-break
- Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround Headset Review @ Real World Labs
- Raptor-Gaming H3 Gaming Headset Review @ HardwareHeaven