CES 2010: ASUS unveils new ROG motherboards, graphics cards

Subject: Motherboards | January 11, 2010 - 12:26 AM |

The guys at ASUS pulled out all the stops on their massive booth at CES this year and brought with them tons of new netbooks, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, and even some conceptual products from their Waveface line.

The ASUS Rampage III Extreme is an LGA 1366 ATX motherboard with four PCIe slots (two of them x16) for quad SLI or CrossFireX graphics configurations that will be helped out a bit by NVIDIA's GF200 chip. It also has six DIMMs that support up to 24GBs of DDR3 2133. It also includes ROG Connect with the ability to overclock using Bluetooth and support for SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0.

Ryan also got Juan Guerrero to discuss the features on the new Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The video has some pretty technical information, but Juan does a good job of explaining these features so they make sense to consumers.

The ASUS P6X58D Premium is very similar in technical specifications to the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, but only includes three PCIe slots and doesn't support many of the feature associated with the ROG brand. It still has USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s on board, and also will support next-gen 32nm, six-core processors from Intel.

ASUS's first board sporting Intel's new H57 chipset is the P7H57D-V EVO. This LGA 1156 board supports the new i3 and i5 processors and has a unique PCIe x4 bridge chip to boost performance. It also includes support for 16GBs of dual channel DDR3 2133 memory.

The P7H55D-M EVO is a micro ATX motherboard that boosts a single PCIe slot with x16 speeds, USB 3.0 support, and uses Intel's H55 chipset with Remote PC
Assist Technology and support for two independently controlled display

One awesome display we saw at ASUS's booth was this Rampage III Extreme running with quad ATI Radeon 5870 graphics cards.

A new addition to the Republic of Gamers brand is the Matrix GTX285 that includes 1GB of DDR3 memory and a 512-bit memory interface. The GPU runs at around 662MHz while the shader clock tops out at around 2.484GHz. This card gets up to a 14 percent boost from ASUS's SuperHybrid Engine. There is also a five-level LED indicator for real-time hardware monitoring.

This Bravo series graphics card runs of a GeForce 9500GT and is bundled with Bravo Media Center, which gives users access to view pictures and video as well as transcode video for use with devices like the iPod and PSP. It has 512MB of DDR2 memory on board with a 128-bit memory interface. The engine clock runs at 550 MHz while the shader clock hums along at 1375MHz.

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