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:
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- 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: 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: 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: 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: General Tech | January 8, 2018 - 09:00 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: ROG Strix, mechanical keyboard, keyboard, gaming keyboard, Cherry MX, CES 2018, CES, ASUS ROG, asus
ASUS today announced the ROG Strix Flare, an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.
Featuring Cherry MX switches, dedicated media keys, a USB passthrough port, and a detachable wrist rest, the ROG Strix Flare aims to combine "top-notch performance with ergonomic comfort." Oh, and those dedicated media keys? They're all located on the upper-left side of the keyboard, enabling gamers to adjust volume and control their tunes without needing to take their hands off the mouse (sorry, southpaws...).
ROG Strix Flare is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that combines top-notch performance with ergonomic comfort, and brings customizable style to a whole new level. Constructed with world-renowned Cherry MX RGB switches — the preferred choice of professional and amateur gamers alike — every press of the ROG Strix Flare is of optimal actuation to deliver satisfying and reliable keystrokes. Dedicated media keys, including a convenient volume wheel, are located on the upper left of the keyboard for instant access, so the gamer’s right hand can remain on the mouse at all times. A USB pass-through port lets gamers connect a mouse or other device, and a detachable wrist rest provides extra comfort during extended gaming sessions.
The ROG Strix Flare will be available in the first half of this year, with pricing information to be announced at launch.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2017 - 10:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vega 64, vega 56, rx vega, ROG Strix, ASUS ROG, asus
ASUS is launching two new factory overclocked graphics cards with all of the RGB in the form of the ROG Strix RX Vega 64 and ROG Strix RX Vega 56. Measuring 11.73" x 2.58" x 2.07" these graphics cards are beastly 2.5 slot designs with large triple fan coolers. On the outside, the graphics cards have a black shroud with RGB LEDs around the fans, on the Strix side logo, and the ROG backplate logo. Asus is using a massive heatsink that is divided into two aluminum fin stacks that connect to a copper baseplate using five heatpipes each. The baseplate is reportedly 10% flatter for improved contact with the GPU. There are three fans to push air over the heatsinks that are of the dust resistant Wing-Blade variety.
The cards have two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors feeding ASUS' Super Alloy Power II VRMs. Other connectors include hybrid fan headers for system fans and an Aurora Sync RGB LED header. Display outputs are "VR Ready" and include two HDMI, two DisplayPort, and a single DVI output.
While ASUS has not yet revealed clockspeeds on the RX Vega 56 card, eTeknix has gotten their hands on the ROG Strix RX Vega 64 graphics card and figured out the clocks for that card. Specifically, the Vega 64 card clocks its 4096 GPU cores at 1298 MHz base and 1590 MHz boost. The site further lists the memory clockspeed at 945 MHz which doesn't appear to be overclocked as it matches the referece Vega 64 HBM2 clocks of 1890 MHz. Users can use the GPU Tweak II software to push the card further on their own though.
ASUS has not yet revealed pricing or exact availability dates but expect them to sell out fast and over MSRP when they do surface thanks to the resurgance of GPU mining! With that said it is promising that we are finally seeing factory overclocked cards being announced!
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2017 - 11:40 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: xbox one, x370, VROC, video, ROG Strix, podcast, nzxt, forza 7, b350, asus, ARM PSA, amd
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