Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 30, 2011 - 11:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, asus, GTX 580, mars, matrix, ROG
While also announcing a set of new motherboard at Computex 2011, ASUS was also showcasing two new graphics cards in the Republic of Gamers line based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 GPU. The MATRIX GTX580 and MARS II cards will offer a unique take on performance and engineering that haven’t been seen in the enthusiast graphics markets before.
The MATRIX GTX580 will offer support for TweakIt, ProbeIt and SafeMode overclocking capabilities at the hardware level while the GPU Tweak software will allow the user to adjust setting and monitor the card in the OS. The card is built with a 19-phase construction (!!) which should offer very impressive power efficiency as well as stability during overclocking. The cooler on the MATRIX card also promises to be 20% improved on the NVIDIA reference design.
The MARS II goes a step further by including a PAIR of GTX 580 GPUs on a single PCB offering what will likely be the fastest graphics card on the planet. The same hardware features like TweakIt and ProbeIt as well as the GPU Tweak software and the 19-phase power construction.
It looks like if you want the fastest graphics solutions available ASUS will have you covered with either the MATRIX GTX580 or the MARS II, depending on your wallet capacity.
Subject: Motherboards, Chipsets | May 30, 2011 - 11:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, ROG, asus, crosshair, z68, maximus
On the first day of Computex 2011, ASUS held an event in Taipei to announce a host of new ROG (Republic of Gamers) branded devices including motherboards, displays, headphones, notebooks and even a desktop system.
For the Intel Sandy Bridge platform ASUS is releasing the Maximus IV GENE-Z and Maximus IV Extreme-Z that will both obviously use the Intel Z68 chipset and support the host of new features it introduces including Smart Response Technology and dual-graphics capability with Lucid Virtu. The GENE model is the micro-ATX variant that that supports SLI and CrossFire in addition to the Sandy Bridge graphics technology. For a full size solution the Maximus IV Extreme-Z offers four full-size PCIe x16 slots and support for 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX.
For the AMD platform the Crosshair V Formula is the first ROG board to use the new AMD 990FX chipset as well as the first AMD board in a LONG time with support SLI in addition to CrossFire graphics scaling. Not only that, but this board will be the first ASUS option to offer the innovative UEFI BIOS that users on the Intel front have had access to for some time. While the Crosshair V Formula will work with current Phenom processors the big selling point is that it will support the upcoming AMD Bulldozer-based processors with the AM3+ socket due later in 2011.
A slightly more expensive Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt SKU will be available as well that will include an ASUS Thunderbolt card that combines ASUS Xonar audio capability (and built-in headphone amplifier) with the BigFoot Networks Killer NIC E2100 NPU. We can debate the value of Killer NIC addition to your system all day, but if you want it, that option will be available from ASUS in July.
All three boards will include the overclocking and performance features that users of the ROG brand have come to expect and will be available this month. Be sure to check out PC Perspective for reviews of all the new ROG offerings!
Subject: Systems, Mobile | May 30, 2011 - 09:06 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ultraportable, padfone, meego, computex, asus, Android
Asus is starting their Computex 2011 showing off strong with a bevy of product announcements. Most of their new products fall into their mobile lineup. The new mobile devices include a thin MeeGo OS powered Netbook, an ultralight Core i7 laptop, a new 3D Eee Pad, the MeMO 3D, and a phone-docking tablet dubbed the “Padfone.” Beyond the mobile market, the company has further announced a home entertainment media hub, and an All-In-One ET2700XVT desktop computer.
On the mobile front, and notebooks specifically, Asus has announced new N and UX series notebooks. The N series notebooks focus on incorporating higher fidelity speakers into a laptop chassis than is standard. The latest N models include a dedicated and external subwoofer to bring “deep bass extension that would otherwise be possible,” according to Asus. The audio technology in question has been developed by Asus and David Lewis has been dubbed SonicMaster. This same audio technology is also integrated into their new AIO desktop, which you can read about below.
The UX series is Asus’ ultraportable laptop lineup. Measuring 17mm at its thickest point, 2.4 pound aluminum ally body houses a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor and a SATA 6 Gb/s SSD. Asus further claims that the laptop features an “Instant On” feature that is capable of resuming the laptop from sleep states in seconds. The newest UX21 model is a silver colored aluminum body housing a glossy display, large track pad, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, and likely a non-user replaceable battery. The device is very slim and appears to be very competitive against Apple’s MacBook Air.
The last addition to their mobile lineup is a MeeGo powered Eee PC X101 netbook. Powered by an Intel Atom N435 at 1.33GHz, the 10.1” netbook comes equipped with the Intel-backed MeeGo operating system. The Eee PC X101H is another such model with the option for MeeGo or Microsoft Windows 7 operating system in addition to the choice between a hybrid hard drive or solid state drive. At 17.6mm thick, and weighing under 950g, the netbook is fairly small. IO (input/output) on the device(s) include 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB, and a headphone jack.
Aside from notebooks, Asus showed off a tablet-docking concept phone and a 3D tablet. The Padfone is basically a larger screen and extra battery for your smartphone. Once your smartphone is connected inside the case and hidden, the tablet becomes a larger display and battery charger. The phone in turn, is able to share its 3G and Wi-Fi connections with the tablet.
The MeMO 3D tablet, on the other hand, is a 7” tablet with a 3D display at a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The portrait device supports both multi-touch and capacitive stylus input. Android Honeycomb is the operating system of choice that powers the glasses-free 3D IPS display.
Asus has also announced a desktop All-In-One computer called the ET2700XVT which is 27” display coupled with a PC. Capabilities of the AIO include a digital TV tuner, HDMI-in, SyncMaster audio speakers, and optional 10-point multi-touch input.
In addition, the WAVI Xtion is 3D motion sensing technology much like that of Microsoft's Kinect. Asus hopes to combine this technology with computers and media centers. The Xtion Portal is a wireless home entertainment center for the living room. The device functions as a media playback box, web browser, app store, and game console. The game bundle includes MayaFit, Beat Booster, and DanceWall. Both the games and the interface is controlled via Kinect-like gestures.
X Fastest, a Chinese language technology website today posted images of the Asus ROG Matrix version of the NVIDIA GTX 580 graphics card. The three-slot (no, that is not a typo) graphics card is claimed to have a 16 phase VRM design, GPU clock of 816 MHz, shader clock of 1632 MHz, and a memory clock of 4008 MHz. Further, the card contains 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384 bit bus. All this power is delivered via two 4x2 PCI-E connectors (8 pin). The following table compares the claimed Asus card's speeds to NVIDIA's reference design.
|Asus ROG Matrix GTX 580||NVIDIA Reference Design|
|GPU Clock||816 MHz||772 MHz|
|Shader Clock||1632 MHz||1544 MHz|
|Memory Clock||4008 MHz (effective)||4008 MHz (effective)|
|Memory Amount and Bus||1.5 GB GDDR5, 384 bit bus||1.5 GB GDDR5, 384 bit bus|
|PCI-E Connections||Two 4x2 PCI-E (8 pin) connector||One 6 pin, One 8 pin connector|
The card features several overclocker friendly features, including nodes to directly measure voltage, hardware buttons to increase/decrease voltage to the card, and a “safe mode” button that promises to restore the card to factory settings located next to the uppermost DVI output.
Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2011 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, Sabertooth, p67, tuf
[H]ard|OCP took a look at the ASUS Sabertooth P67, which is a member of ASUS' armour plated TUF series. The two PCIe 16x slots, three PCIe 1x slots and two SATA 6Gb/s ports do not look unusual the TUF Thermal Armour does not. Almost all of the components are covered by the heatsink, don't worry though as ASUS' Thermal Radar can see them. That feature will keep an eye on your components temperatures, which is good thing as the TurboV EVO software makes overclocking a breeze. The review was not barren of complaints, there are several improvements that [H] felt were necessary but that was not enough to spoil the overall stellar performance of the board.
"The Sabertooth P67 motherboard is the latest member of ASUS' TUF series of products. The board is built to be champion, with some of the best performance we have seem to date out of the Intel P67 platform."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Z68X UD7 B3 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard @ SPCR
- ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) @ techPowerUp
- ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Zotac H67ITX Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ECS H67H2-M H67 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8P67 PRO @ techPowerUp
- Zotac H55ITX-C-E @ Modders-Inc
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- Asrock Z68 Extreme4 (Intel Z68) @ Techspot
- MSI 890FXA-GD70 @ iXBT Labs
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 22, 2011 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: gtx 570, giveaway, contest, asus
As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift recently to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0". I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.
But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!! Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...
The tenth (!!) prize is a wicked ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II card that is a triple-slot design and that supports 3D Vision Surround out of the box!
What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?
Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking ASUS for its sponsorship of PC Perspective as well as what feature in a graphics card you would most like to see in the future. Be creative! You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!
Subject: Motherboards | May 21, 2011 - 12:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: asus, amd, 990fx
Soon, Intel based ASUS motherboards will be joined at the high end by one based on the AMD 990FX chipset. TechPowerUp has the scoop on an upcoming Sabertooth motherboard.
While Intel seems to get the honors of the majority of high end motherboards, AMD enthusiasts will soon be able to get their hands on an ASUS 990FX Sabertooth motherboard with an AM3+ socket. ASUS is bringing out both the Republic of Gamers (ROG) as well as their "The Ultimate Force" branding. Let's see what that marketing speak purports to give AMD enthusiasts:
According to TechPowerUp, the Sabertooth board for the AMD 990FX chipset "is designed to run up to four discrete graphics cards." Further, The board hosts an AM3+ socket, 10-phase digital VRMs, four DDR3 RAM slots connected to the CPU via a HyperTransport 3.1 link. TechPowerUp claims that the board will be able to accomodate up to 1866 MHz memory modules. The black PCB and green heatsinks keep with ASUS' TUF branded motherboards, and supports such features as UEFI BIOS and MemOK.
Connectivity options include:
|ASUS 990FX Sabertooth AMD Motherboard|
|PCI-E||4x PCI-E 2.0 (x16/x4/x16/NC or x16/x4/x8/x8)|
|SATA||6x SATA 3 ports and 2x SATA 2 ports|
|1x USB 3 header, 1x USB 2|
|Firewire||1x Internal Firewire header|
|SPDIF-Out||1x Internal header|
1x PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
1x Optical Out
6x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
2x eSATA (one powered)
1x Gigabit Ethernet
6x HD Audio ports (2.1 out + mic in or 5.1 output)
It's nice to see that AMD is still getting some high end motherboard love from manufacturers and consumers. You can find more photos over at TechPowerUp.
Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2011 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, z68, sandybridge
The expiration of the NDA on the Z68 chipset has launched an impressive amount of reviews, which represents just how much choice you will have if you upgrade to a high end SandyBridge motherboard. That is also easy to see if you search NewEgg for Z68 based boards, which range from $120ish to over $350 depending on the features. One possibility is the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro, a middle of the road $210 board sporting two PCIe x16 slots running 8x is you use dual GPUs along with an impressive array of output and input ports and 7.1 sound. Legit Reviews didn't hand it an Editors Choice Award for nothing, this board has a lot going for it.
"Prior to the Intel Z68 chipset, you would have to choose. Either you could have integrated graphics and no overclocking capabilities, or overclocking abilities as well as the need to invest in a discrete graphics card. Fortunately that is no longer the case. We now have the best of both worlds at our fingertips with motherboards like the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro that we have been looking at today. Every gaming benchmark that we ran, the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro was able to out perform the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7..."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock Z68 Pro3 @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- MSI Z68A-GD80 @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Z68X UD5 @ OC3D
- Asus Sabertooth P67: an Armored LGA1155 Mainboard @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution @ Overclockers.com
- MSI P67A-G43 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review @ ReviewDesk
- Gigabyte G1.Assassin Review @ Neoseeker
- GIGABYTE X58-USB3 @ Tweaktown
- How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug @ TechARP
- BIOS Option Of The Week - SDRAM ECC Setting @ TechARP
Subject: Motherboards | May 13, 2011 - 03:56 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: z68, motherboard, asus
Interested in a first look at Asus' latest Gene series offering for z68? PC Perspective has you covered with quite a few photos of the up and coming motherboard for you to drool over!
To start off with, here is the proposed box art along with a view of the entire motherboard:
As you can see, the motherboad is adorned in bright red and dark black colors, and the area around the LGA 1155 socket is accented with black finned heatsinks covering the VRMs. A close-up of the heatsinks can be seen below:
For even more detailed shots, and a run down of the connectivity and overclocking friendly hardware, please use the "Read More" link.
Z68 is what we wanted all along
In reality, this is what we wanted all along. When the Intel P67 chipset launched in conjunction with the Intel Sandy Bridge desktop processors, the combination of the new architecture of the x86 processing cores and the newly revamped overclocking capability (courtesy of the enhanced Intel Turbo Boost technology) made for a lethal configuration. Without a doubt it was the highest performing platform for enthusiasts and gamers and put even more pressure on the AMD CPU division to step up its game. Intel asserted itself again as the dominant CPU vendor.
The other key feature addition to Sandy Bridge was the inclusion of some fairly high performing integrated processor graphics on the CPU die itself, NOT on the chipset. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 / 2000 far exceeds the horsepower of the integrated graphics on the Clarkdale processors but that really wasn't hard to achieve. Along with that added graphical performance was the inclusion of a very interesting feature called Intel Quick Sync that allowed specific applications to take advantage of fixed function hardware on the CPU for incredibly fast video transcoding times.
The problem was that even mainstream users that decided to use a discrete graphics card in their computer rather than depend SOLELY on the integrated graphics of the Sandy Bridge architecture, lost out on the Quick Sync feature all together. Why? The P67 chipset that supported overclocking and other "high-end" features didn't include video output support. The H67 chipset that DOES support video output does not offer overclocking functionality. And since the Quick Sync technology was only available when the integrated graphics were initialized, most of our readers that really wanted to game and use a discrete GPU from NVIDIA or AMD were out of luck.
Today's reveal of the Intel Z68 chipset finally presents a solution that combines the features of the H67 chipset with those of the P67 chipset to create the best option for Sandy Bridge system builders.
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