Subject: Displays | May 23, 2018 - 04:21 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync hdr, displayhdr 1000, asus, acer
We're one step closer to the official launch of G-SYNC HDR displays with the official announcement of a release window and pricing from ASUS for their PG27UQ 27" G-SYNC HDR Display. While the Acer Predator X27 was put up for pre-order last week and is set to ship on June 1st, this is the first indication of release details we have for the ASUS PG27UQ.
ASUS is touting the PG27UQ as the first "gaming monitor" to achieve VESA's DisplayHDR 1000 certification. While we've seen the announcement of another DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the Phillips Momentum, it comes in at a TV-sized 43 inches.
DisplayHDR 1000 certification is achieved through the utilization of a 384-zone 1000cd/m2 peak brightness backlight as well as a quantum dot layer which allows the IPS panel to support 97% DCI-P3 and 99% AdobeRGB color gamut.
The PG27UQ also features ambient lighting controlled by their the ASUS Aura Sync software. A built-in ROG Light Signal will allow users to cast the ROG logo on the wall behind their monitor if they so choose.
The ASUS PG27UQ will be available in North America for a price of $1,999.99 starting in late June 2018.
Subject: Motherboards | May 18, 2018 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ASUS ROG, crosshair vii hero wifi, ryzen 2, amd, x470
Upon first meeting the Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero Kitguru were impressed with the features and design of the board but underwhelmed by the performance. After contacting ASUS they received a new BIOS and resumed testing, publishing their results here. The board now performs admirably on the default settings, at the cost of an extra ~40W of power being consumed, while when manually clocked you can replicate the performance but without that extra power draw.
Kitguru explains how Synchronous and Asynchronous mode differ and how this relates to the extra power draw. In Synchronous mode the CPU memory and PCIe all share the same clock signal while in Asynchronous mode the CPU clock can be adjusted without any effect on the memory or PCIe clocks. Check out what they think this means for Ryzen users here.
"As we expected, the Crosshair VII Hero is a high end motherboard that is loaded with overclocking features and while it looks and feels really solid, our initial testing suggested that performance was nothing special."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming @ Guru of 3D
- ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming @ Guru 3D
- ASRock X370 Pro4 @ Kitguru
- MSI B360 Gaming Plus Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2018 - 12:02 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Predator X27, PG27UQ, hdr, g-sync, asus, acer, 4k, 144hz
Thanks to a listing that appeared on Newegg this morning, we seem to finally have an idea of what pricing will be like for the long-awaited 27" 4K HDR G-Sync displays in the US region.
For the amount of $2,000, you can now preorder the Acer Predator X27 monitor from Newegg, with a scheduled release date of June 1, 2018.
While $2,000 is a lot for a display, this pricing doesn't come as a surprise. After several rumors and leaked pricing from other territories, it became apparent that this would be a costly product.
Originally announced at CES 2017, G-SYNC HDR displays have been delayed several times, with the latest word being that they will be available by the end of the month.
We still have no word on pricing of the ASUS PG27UQ with the same specifications as the Predator X27, but I would expect it to be very similar if not nearly identical.
Subject: Motherboards | April 12, 2018 - 01:34 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: asus, ASUS ROG, ROG Strix, AM4, mini ITX, amd, x470
Asus appears to be planning a Republic of Gamers branded updated motherboard for AMD’s Ryzen 2000 series processors. The ROG STRIX X470-I is a mini ITX form factor board that is loaded with RGB, higher end power phases and onboard sound, and built-in Wi-Fi.
Videocardz obtained several images of the new X470 chipset based Mini ITX motherboard.
Asus is using a unique design with this board where it has moved the rear IO down a bit to make room for a larger 8-pin CPU power connector to be tucked into the upper left corner. The AM4 socket is surrounded by the VRMs, two full size DDR4 DIMM slots, and a heat shield that hides the M.2 slot. For storage, there are four SATA 6 Gbps ports (two next to the M.2 slot and two along the right edge) and for graphics cards there is a single PCI-E x16 slot. The board further has a USB 3.0 header, USB 2.0 header, audio header, three fan 4-pin connectors (one AIO pump header), and two RGB headers.
Around back, ASUS has provided a single HDMI output for those wishing to use an APU, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports, Gigabit Ethernet, two 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna ports, and three LED-backlit audio jacks.
Because this motherboard is a refresh of the X370-I, I think it’s safe to say that it is very likely that Asus is using Intel for the Gigabit Ethernet and the same SupremeFX S1220A codec (with high end Japanese capacitors and dual TI op amps) on the shielded M.2 Audio combo card.
As for the RGB, the board supports Asus Aura Sync and has a 3-pin addressable LED header and a 4-pin RGB header as well as built-in RGB LEDs along the right edge and on the M.2 heatsink.
Not much else is known about this small form factor motherboard, but with the launch of Zen+ coming any week now (allegedly), we should know more soon! You can find more photos of the motherboard over at Videocardz.
With the previous generation X370-I going for $230+ online though, I would not expect the X470-I to be cheap, however. It is interesting that it will continue to carry the ROG and STRIX branding though in light of ASUS moving its Radeon graphics card offerings to a new AREZ brand to get around the whole GeForce Partner Program situation. I am glad to see the SFF boards getting updates this quickly from many manufacturers in time for the launch of the 400 series chipsets and Ryzen 2000 series processors.
In other Mini ITX X470 news:
- ASRock Shows Off Mini ITX X470 Fatal1ty Gaming ITX/ac Motherboard
- Biostar's Refreshed Mini ITX Racing X470GTN AM4 Motherboard Revealed
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2018 - 12:11 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: Z-NAND, video, Samsung, project trillium, podcast, p20 pro, nuc, msi, Lenovo, Jedi Challenges, Intel 8th Gen, Intel, Huawei, H370, gigabyte, fractal design, Bloody Gaming, asus, apple, adata
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Subject: Motherboards | April 4, 2018 - 06:03 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: asus, mini ITX, ASUS ROG, ROG Strix, H370, Intel H370, 8th generation core
Asus has launched a new Mini ITX motherboard using Intel’s new H370 chipset and LGA 1151 socket for 8th Generation Core Coffee Lake processors. The H370-I Gaming motherboard is part of Asus’ ROG (republic of gamers) Strix lineup and supports Aura Sync addressable RGB LEDs along with other enthusiast features like SupremeFX audio and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
The ROG Strix H370-I Gaming pairs the LGA 1151 socket with two DDR4 memory slots (up to 32GB 2666 MHz before overclocking), four SATA 6 Gbps ports, a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, and two M.2 PCI-E (one also supports SATA mode) 2280 slots with one under the heatsink above the PCI-E x16 slot and one on the back of the motherboard. Power delivery is handled by the Digi+ VRM and fed by an eight pin CPU power connector (I'm not sure how the power phases are split.) Asus offers overcurrent and ESD protection as well as the various Q-DIMM, Q-LED, and Q-Slot convenience features along with a front panel connector breakout cable.
The motherboard Is fairly barren of chips as it uses the Intel H370 chipset for Wi-Fi and USB. There is a Realtek RTL8111H chipset and Intel I219-V chipset for Gigabit Ethernet as well as SupremeFX S1220A audio with dual op amps. Wireless is handled by the intel 9650 and features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The board features “Fan Xpert 4” technology which amounts to three 4-pin fan headers (one geared towards AIO water pumps) and multiple temperature sensors across the board.
Rear I/O on the Strix H370-I Gaming includes:
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x HDMI
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C)
- 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1 x Optical Audio Out
- 5 x Analog Audio Out
- 2 x Wi-Fi Antenna connectors
Surprisingly, it appears the Mini ITX motherboard is already available for purchase with a going price of around $140 USD. If you are looking for a motherboard for a SFF system using Coffee Lake (and love RGB), the H370-I Gaming may be worth a look.
- GIGABYTE H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI Motherboard Review
- Intel Adds New Processors and Chipsets to 8th Generation Desktop Lineup
- The Coffee Lake Story: Intel Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8400 Review
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards | March 8, 2018 - 02:55 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: passive cooling, mini ITX, j4005i-c, Intel, gemini lake, fanless, asus
Asus is launching a new Mini ITX motherboard packing a passively-cooled Intel Celeron J4005 "Gemini Lake" SoC. The aptly-named Asus Prime J4005I-C is aimed at embedded systems such as point of sale machines, low end networked storage, kiosks, and industrial control and monitoring systems and features "5x Protection II" technology which includes extended validation and compatibility/QVL testing, overcurrent and overvoltage protection, network port surge protection, and ESD resistance. The board also features a EUFI BIOS with AI Suite.
The motherboard features an Intel Celeron J4005 processor with two cores (2.0 GHz base and 2.7 GHz boost), 4MB cache, Intel UHD 600 graphics, and a 10W TDP. The SoC is passively cooled by a copper colored aluminum heatsink. The processor supports up to 8GB of 2400 MHz RAM and the motherboard has two DDR4 DIMM slots. Storage is handled by two SATA 6 Gbps ports and one M.2 slot (PCI-E x2) for SSDs. Further, the Prime J4005I-C has an E-key M.2 slot for WLAN and Bluetooth modules (PCI-E x2 or USB mode) along with headers for USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, LVDS, and legacy LPT and COM ports.
Rear I/O includes two PS/2, two USB 2.0, one Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111H), two USB 3.1 Gen 1, one HDMI, one D-SUB, one RS232, and three audio ports (Realtek ALC887-UD2).
The motherboard does not appear to be for sale yet in the US, but Fanless Tech notes that is is listed for around 80 euros overseas (~$100 USD). More Gemini Lake options are always good, and Asus now has one with PCI-E M.2 support though I see this board being more popular with commercial/industrial sectors than enthusiasts unless it goes on sale.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2018 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG Strix, RX Vega 56, RX VEGA 64, amd, factory overclocked, O8G Gaming
[H]ard|OCP have posted their review of both of ASUS ROG STRIX RX O8G GAMING cards, one the Vega 56 the other the Vega 64. The Vega 56 model comes with an overclock of 1297MHz core, 1573MHz boost and the Vega 64 is similar with a core of 1298MHz and boost of 1590MHz; both cards memory clocks are at stock speed. [H]ard|OCP pushed them further with the Vega 64 set to 1700MHz and memory at 1050MHz in the driver while the Vega 56 managed 1720MHz and 850MHz memory, though it is worth noting neither card hit those speeds during use.
In the end the Vega 56 model happily surpassed the GTX 1070 Ti, even without the manual overclock and while the Vega 64 did struggle to match the GTX 1080 in some games, it was the winner in DX12 and Vulkan games. Check out [H]'s full review of the Vega 56 and Vega 64 to learn more about these two strong AMD cards..
"We have our first custom retail AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU video card on the test bench in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING video card. ASUS has created a robust ROG STRIX version of RX Vega 56 with a factory overclock and overclocking ability. Let’s see what it can do. "
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G @ Phoronix
- Radeon Linux OpenGL Driver Continues Giving Its Best Against Windows 10 @ Phoronix
- AMD Raven Ridge Graphics On Linux vs. Lower-End NVIDIA / AMD GPUs @ Phoronix
- External GPU Testing: GTX 1080 in a Box + Core i7-8550U Ultraportable @ Techgage
- Galax/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2018 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X399, Threadripper, ROG STRIX X399-E GAMING, asus, amd
ASUS' ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming motherboard for Threadripper offers a less expensive alternative to some of their higher end boards; however the $350 price tag is still a little steep. You still get a wide variety of internal and external connections, but there is no DIMM.2 adapter for an additional M.2 drive and [H]ard|OCP found the PCB to be flimsy enough that they popped out a standoff on one of the installed heatsinks due to that flexibility. The layout of the board was lauded as was the overall performance, so if you are looking to build a Threadripper system for a little less then this is a board worth investigating.
"The ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming promises to be a lower cost options for AMD’s Threadripper processors. This is a "less is more" approach to motherboard design than the exquisite and expensive ROG Zenith Extreme. The ROG brand has always been a premium brand. With these lower cost STRIX boards, does this remain true? "
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 PRO @ Guru of 3D
- MSI X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC @ KitGuru
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming @ [H]ard|OCP
- ECS Z370-Lightsaber @ TechPowerUp
- Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming K3 @ Guru of 3D
- ASUS MAXIMUS IX CODE @ TechPowerUp
- Asus Maximus IX Extreme – with Bitspower monoblock @ Kitguru
- Don't Bother with A320 Motherboards, Go for AMD's B350 Instead for Raven Ridge @ TechSpot
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2018 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, Mixed Reality, CES 2018
The ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset offers a very easy setup procedure, which might help adoption as the current configuration process for many current VR/AR headsets have created more than a few consumers to return their purchase.
The headset relies on two two built-in front facing tracking cameras with 6DoF position tracking as opposed to external sensors which track your head positioning. ASUS claims that this allows you to set up your system in 10 minutes, ensuring frustration doesn't stop you from jumping right into VR. The controllers each have 32 LEDs on them, which the cameras on the headset use to accurately track the position of your hands; we shall have to wait for hardware to test the accuracy of this tracking system but it should work well as long as the controllers are visible to the cameras.
The headset itself weighs less than a pound and has a hinge to allow you to quickly flip up the headset to revisit the real world for a moment. The headset offers a 2880 x 1440 resolution display with up to a 90Hz refresh rate, better than the current models available from HTC and Oculus, though that may change during CES.
As of now ASUS reports compatibility with over 20,000 Windows apps and more than 2,000 Steam VR titles so we look forward to testing it out. Unfortunately, as of now there is no MSRP.