Subject: Motherboards | January 18, 2019 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG, maximus XI formula, Z390, Intel
The ROG Maximus XI Formula is a rather nice looking board, for those who prefer their guts hidden beneath a nice RGB encrusted, waterblock enhanced covering. Beneath the covering are some interesting design choices, for instance you will find a pair of M.2 mounts between the first and second PCIe slots which fit into that small space by being installed in opposite directions. There are numerous features on this high end board which are covered in [H]ard|OCP's review, and at the end you will also find an official statement from ASUS about their "Twin 8-Phase" VRM claims and the removal of phase doublers.
"ASUS brings us the one of it most aesthetically pleasing and expensive Z390 motherboards this generation. Even if you have no interest in spending a ton of money on an LGA 1151 motherboard, you will want to give this Formula a look as it certainly shows us that ASUS is not sitting around on its thumbs on the high end"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero Z390 @ [H]ard|OCP
- ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 @ TechPowerUp
- Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 AMD EPYC Workstation @ Kitguru
Subject: Systems | January 9, 2019 - 02:51 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: ryzen, RX 560X, radeon, notebook, mobile, laptop, gaming, asus, amd
ASUS had a pair of AMD-powered gaming laptops to announce at CES 2019, with the TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705DY, both of which feature the latest Ryzen 3000-series mobile CPUs as well as discrete Radeon RX 560X graphics.
“Experience smoother, more immersive gameplay with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 AMD Edition. Featuring a cutting-edge IPS-level NanoEdge display with AMD® FreeSync™ technology and a refresh rate up to 120Hz, and armed with the latest AMD Ryzen™ processor and discrete Radeon™ graphics, it delivers high-performance gaming at an affordable price. It’s also tested and certified to military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, so you’re guaranteed toughness and durability that’s second to none.”
The CPU powering these systems is the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, a 4-core/8-thread CPU with clock speeds ranging from 2.1 GHz up to 3.7 GHz and a 35W TDP.
"AMD’s Ryzen processors have taken desktops by storm, and TUF Gaming laptops lead the deployment of the newest version. Otherwise known as Picasso, this 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile APU is built with industry-leading 12nm technology. The Ryzen 5 3550H chip powering FX505DY and FX705DY boasts four cores and eight threads that deliver capable performance for popular games and everyday work. Multithreaded performance is particularly strong, yet the processor fits into a 35W power envelope that doesn’t compromise battery life.
Vega-based integrated graphics allow the APU to power the laptop all on its own, which helps conserve power and extend battery life to over seven hours of 1080p video playback on FX705DY and nearly six hours on FX505DY. Discrete GPUs are where it’s at for proper gaming so when it’s time to play, AMD Switchable Graphics tech automatically activates the laptop’s discrete Radeon RX 560X. The GPU pumps out smooth frame rates in mainstays like Fortnite and Overwatch, as well as esports classics like League of Legends and Dota 2."
Both models have NanoEdge displays with thin bezels and wide viewing angles and variable refresh rates, and while the larger FX705DY provides a FreeSync range of 40-60Hz, the FX505DY offers 48-120Hz capability.
Specifications from ASUS for the TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY include:
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
- 15.6" FHD NanoEdge wide-view display up to 120Hz
- 17.3" FHD NanoEdge wide-view display
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 560X
- Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz
- Storage: Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
- Up to 1TB FireCuda SSHD
- Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen1
- 1x USB 2.0
- 1x HDMI 2.0
- 1x RJ-45 jack
- 1x 3.5mm headphone and mic combo jack
- 1x Kensington lock
- Keyboard and touchpad : 1.8mm key travel
- Customizable RGB or red backlighting
- Audio: DTS Headphone: X
- Battery: 48Wh Lithium-polymer battery (FX505DY), 64Wh Lithium-polymer battery (FX705DY)
- OS: Windows 10
- Weight: 4.85 lbs (FX505DY), 5.73 lbs (FX705DY)
Official pricing was not revealed in the press release, but we should be able to expect some fairly agressive sub-$1000 pricing with these at the base configuration level.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2019 - 10:17 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: ProArt, mini led, monitor, local dimming, hdr, FALD, display, ces 2019, CES, asus, 4k, 1200 nits, 1000 zone
ASUS has their most advanced HDR monitor so far on display at CES 2019, and the ProArt PA32UCX combines a 4K resolution panel with a mini-LED backlighting system offering a whopping 1000 individual lighting zones. Another advantage of the powerful backlighting system is overall brightness, and this can reach a maximum of 1200 nits and exceeds VESA DisplayHDR 1000 requirements.
The very best LED-backlit LCDs employ a technology called full-array local dimming to improve their contrast ratios. The LEDs are arranged in zones, with each zone corresponding to part of the screen, and dimming individual LEDs makes it possible to display an image with bright and dark areas while preserving detail in both.
Our ProArt PA32UCX expounds on this technology with Mini LEDs. These physically smaller LEDs are packed in more densely, which increases the granularity of our brightness control. Less space between the LEDs means small details, like a white cursor on a black background, can be illuminated more precisely. The halo effect that’s common with coarser LED arrays normally manifests as light bleed around bright points, but that’s minimized when there’s a higher number of smaller LEDs.
The ProArt PA32UCX packs 1,000 zones into its 32” form factor, compared to other monitors that use 384 local dimming zones. This is no small achievement, and we had to work closely with the panel and scaler manufacturers on a custom design for controlling all those lighting zones. This technology didn’t exist before, and it took months of testing different proposed solutions before it could be perfected. As a result, the PA32UCX is one-of-a-kind. It offers 1,200 nits of luminance and offers improved whiteness and color uniformity compared to larger OLED panels.
The ProArt PA32UCX, which supports the HDR10 standard, also offers 97% DCI-P3 and 89% Rec. 2020 color space coverage, connecting via USB Type-C as well as the conventional DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2019 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, g-sync, freesync, benq, asus, AOC, amd, adaptive sync, acer
G-SYNC is showing some signs of defeat as today NVIDIA announced that several Adaptive Sync monitors have been tested and rated as G-SYNC compatible. Adaptive Sync is the official VESA technology which is present in AMD's FreeSync monitors and it offers a definitive financial advantage over NVIDIA's G-SYNC as the module required for G-SYNC can add hundreds of dollars to the price.
So far only a dozen monitors out of around 400 tests have been rated as G-SYNC compatible, so don't expect to be mixing your monitors quite yet but it does imply in some cases the extra controller is not required for variable refresh rates with either NVIDIA's or AMD's GPUs. The results of this test give AMD bragging rights for implementing adaptive sync in the most attractive way but this change could hurt GPU sales as users can now opt for an GeForce card paired with a FreeSync display.
Even if your display is not listed in those models, you can try enabling adaptive sync over DisplayPort and see if it works, though your results may vary. Ars Technica lists the models here.
"Besides being unexpected good news for gamers who already own one of these FreeSync monitors, this is also great news for gamers that want to add VRR to their Nvidia graphics card setup without breaking the bank."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers @ The Register
- Asus ZenBook S13 brings the display notch to laptops @ The Inquirer
- New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets @ The Register
- Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued To Grow Last Year @ Slashdot
- 2018 review and 2019 outlook: Sharp price falls to boost NAND flash penetration @ DigiTimes
- Controlling Non-Googley Devices With Google Assistant @ Hackaday
- Huawei's 7nm Kunpeng 920 is 'industry's fastest' ARM-based processor @ The Inquirer
- The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Graphics Card @ Techspot
- ThunderX3 UC5 HEX RGB Gaming Chair Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2018 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x299, prime x299-deluxe II, Intel, i9-9980XE, asus
ASUS have refined their Prime X299-Deluxe with a second version, which includes a redesign of the VRMs and power phases that lead to much discussion about the original board. The Tech Report noticed that the change is not as simple as the marketing material would lead you to believe and they go into great detail about that in the beginning of their review. In the end, the changes did result in decent thermals on the VRMs when overclocking and no discernible stability issues. That's not all that is new about the board, mostly good with the exception of the default enabling of Windows Platform Binary Tables to load ASUS' software hub in the UEFI
"Motherboard manufacturers are introducing refined X299 boards in the wake of Intel's Basin Falls platform refresh, and Asus' Prime X299-Deluxe II promises to fix some of the teething pains of its predecessor. We paired this board up with the Core i9-9980XE to see whether it's up to the job of hosting Intel's highest-end desktop chip yet."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming @ Kitguru
- MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC @ OCC
- MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon @ TechARP
- MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2018 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RTX 2080 Ti, asus, ROG Strix
It was September when we last looked at the rather expensive and powerful ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti and since then there has been a new driver so taking a peek at [H]ard|OCP's recent review is worth your time. They had a bit more success with overclocking, hitting a GPU Boost of +120, or 1770MHz and a memory speed of 15.5GHz, with the memory being the limitation as it would raise the temperatures enough to cause the core to downclock when pushed further. More exotic cooling solutions than ASUS' proprietary triple cooler might mitigate that, as well as slimming it down from it's current 2.7 slot design. You will pay a large sum for the card, but the new 2080 Ti is the best on the market.
"We’ve put the new ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti video card to the test, pushing the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU at 4K in twelve games default and overclocked against an MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO also default, and overclocked to find the real value. All real-world gaming, no canned benchmarks."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- The RTX 2070 Overclocking Showdown vs. the GTX 1080 @ BabelTechReviews
- EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8G @ Kitguru
- Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Dual @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX Performance In OctaneRender, Redshift & V-Ray @ Techgage
- AMD's Affordable Workstation Vega: Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review @ Techgage
- Adrenalin 18.10.2 Driver Performance Analysis featuring the RX 580 vs. the GTX 1060 @ BabelTechReviews
- AMD Radeon ProRender: GPU, Multi-GPU & CPU+GPU Rendering Performance @ Techgage
Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2018 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG Strix, B360-I Gaming, lga1151, RGB, mini-itx
For someone looking to build a small system for a reasonable price and doesn't want or need to put effort into tweaking it, this ASUS ROG Strix motherboard is a decent choice. The chipset simply doesn't support overclocking which also means less to break when investigating the UEFI. With the small size, single PCIe 16x slot and two DIMM slots it will not satisfy a power user, but a build for a friend or family member who has fairly basic needs it might be perfect.
"It seems there is a new mini-ITX motherboard model every time you turn around. We’ve often looked at the higher end of the spectrum on these little power houses. This time we switch gears and look at a more budget oriented option than we are used to, how does this $128 motherboard hold up to its more expensive brethren? "
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE @ TechPowerUp
- Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master @ Guru of 3D
- ASRock Z390 Taichi @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Mobile | October 15, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG Strix, ASUS ROG Strix Hero II, GL504GM, gaming laptop
ASUS released the updated ROG Strix Hero II, which Kitguru grabbed for review. The 15.6" laptop is powered by an Intel i7-8750H and GTX 1060, with 16GB DDR4-2666 and a 256GB PCIe SSD paired with a 1TB hybrid drive. The screen is 1080p IPS, with a top refresh rate of 144Hz sadly lacking in either Freesync or GSYNC. The gaming performance was as expected, but Kitguru did find a couple of things they wish ASUS would improve, which you can find out about in the full review.
"That brings us to today where we finally have our hands on the Strix Hero II GL504GM. In this review we put it through its paces to find out if this is a must have laptop for gamers on the go and whether it is worth the £1800 asking price."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Google Pixel 3 XL @ The Inquirer
- Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware @ Ars Technica
- Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei @ The Register
- Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X @ TechARP
- iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices @ Ars Technica
- Amazon Fire HD 8 2018 @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2018 - 11:14 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, asus, ROG, rtx, 2080 Ti, amd, microsoft, surface, gigabyte, Intel, Thinkpad, yoga, Ampere, Xilinx, Versal, arm, GOG.com, cooler master, C700M
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With the release of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti just last week, the graphics card vendors have awakened with a flurry of new products based on the Turing GPUs.
Today, we're taking a look at ASUS's flagship option, the ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX 2080 Ti.
|ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti|
|Base Clock Speed||1350 MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1665 MHz|
|Memory Clock Speed||14000 MHz GDDR6|
|Outputs||DisplayPort x 2 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 2 / USB Type-C x1 (VirtualLink)|
12 x 5.13 x 2.13 inches (30.47 x 13.04 x 5.41 cm)
For those of you familiar with the most recent STRIX video cards, the GTX 1080 Ti, and the RX Vega 64, the design of the RTX 2080 Ti will be immediately familiar. The same symmetric triple fan setup is present, contrasted against some of the recent triple fan designs we've seen from other manufacturers with different size fans.
Just as with the STRIX GTX 1080 Ti, the RTX 2080 Ti version features RGB lighting along the fan shroud of the card.