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ROG Poseidon GTX 980

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with a hybrid thermal solution that enables efficient cooling by either air or water. Armed with a host of exclusive ROG features, the Poseidon GTX 980 is for gamers that want superlative performance without compromise.

Cooler, Quieter and Faster with DirectCU H20

The ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is fitted with exclusive DirectCU H2O technology, which employs a combined air and water channel to provide complete flexibility for the user.

A custom vapor chamber is in direct contact with the card’s GPU for faster heat dispersal, while copper heat-pipes and extended cooling fins further transfer heat out and away from the card to keep it running cool. With water cooling, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves up to 27°C-lower running temperatures than reference designs — translating to gaming performance that’s up to 10% faster in Watch Dogs™ and 7% faster in Battlefield 4™.

What’s more, with standard G¼-inch threaded fittings, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 easily accommodates existing cooling equipment, so users can get going with water cooling right away.

The new card also features dust-proof fans that are both quiet and help keep the card free of particulates, reducing the need for routine cleaning or maintenance.

Built to Last

ASUS engineers have designed the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 for longevity. The card includes Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology. Black metallic solid-state capacitors,10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes and hardened MOSFETs all withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials — increasing reliability and overall card lifespan. Digi+ VRM provides clean and stable voltage, ensuring ample room for experimental performance tuning – to levels unmatched by other graphics cards.

The ROG Poseidon GTX 980 also benefits from a tough back-plate that’s made from an aluminum alloy and a unique die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads — preventing bending and further improving cooling in the crucial power MOSFET and memory areas.

Attention has also been given to aesthetics – the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 features LED lighting that glows red and pulsates when the card is active, making it ideal for showcasing in an enthusiast PC build.

Tweaker Friendly

ASUS GPU Tweak software is also a part of the ROG Poseidon 980’s repertoire, an exclusive tuning tool that allows quick, simple and safe control over video-memory clock speeds, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds — allowing the GPU to be pushed to its limits.

The GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon from ASUS authorized resellers and distributors with an MSRP of $639.99

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IGABYTE FORCE H1

GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today releases the FORCE H1 wireless gaming headphones designed for mobile gaming and entertainment. Via Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the sleek FORCE H1 provides hassle-free, wireless mobility for gaming enthusiasts who long for experiencing high-fidelity sound quality while playing their favorite game titles on the go.

With the explosion of mobile games in all their genres nowadays, the game content is rapidly getting more sophisticated, and it is no surprise that mobile gamers are also expecting much enhanced audio performance in their games. Catering to such needs, the FORCE H1 is specifically tuned to offer a comprehensive mobile gaming experience, delivering the optimized multi-dimensional comfort in sound, wear and control for mobile gamers.

No cable getting in the way, the FORCE H1 can be cordlessly connected to any Bluetooth enabled device. The on-ear design padded with ultra-soft ear cushions perfectly blocks all outside noise. Plus, the built-in 40mm gold-plated driver creates rich and clear all-around stereo quality, allowing gamers to get immersed in their favorite games anytime, anywhere.

The lightweight design with the unique hexagonal structure evenly distributes contact pressure to ensure wearing comfort, especially for long gaming or jam sessions. The swiveling ear pad with memory foam wrapped in breathable leather offers superior ergonomic fit to add extra comfort, while the stainless steel reinforcement provides both durability and flexibility for the optimized fit.
In addition to gaming, the FORCE H1 is also perfect for listening to music, watching videos/movies, and communicating on mobile devices. The integrated volume, call answering, and playlist controls on the ear cup bring users with easy and intuitive control navigated by touch. The prolonged battery life is good for 10 hours of uninterrupted wireless play/music time and up to 300 hours in standby with microUSB charging on the side. The headphones can be folded and stored in the supplied durable case ideal for commuting or long-distance travel.

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MSI R9 290X GAMING 8G Graphics Card

MSI is proud to announce the availability of the new R9 290X GAMING 8G graphics card. Packed with 8 Gigabyte GDDR5 memory operating at 5500MHz and all the extra features stuffed with it, the new 290X GAMING 8G is sure to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions without any problem.

The MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance while AMD’s PowerTune technology enables the R9 290X GAMING 8G to run at highest clock speeds. With support for the latest industry standards and thrilling new technology such as Mantle support in Battlefield 4. Thanks to the bundled MSI GAMING App gamers can quickly switch between three pre-sets including a silent mode optimized for power efficiency and an overclocking and OC Mode to get the most power out of your graphics card, without worrying about learning how to overclock. The R9 290X GAMING 8G has been designed to give you a fluid and silent gaming experience that delivers you true next-gen performance for 4K UHD resolutions and up, without sacrificing on thermals or noise.

Stay cool in combat

The MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced has been completely customized for the R9 290X GAMING 8G graphics cards to deliver the best thermal experience. The design uses a larger copper base for heat absorption and the heat pipes are in contact with a bigger part of the heat sink and exposed to more airflow to ensure the highest performance of the GPU because of optimal temperatures. Combined with the dual form-in-one heat sinks that add both cooling ability and structural reinforcement the R9 290X GAMING 8G stays cool, quiet and safe.

Optimized for Gamers

The new R9 290X GAMING 8G is packed with features that benefit every gamer. AMD TrueAudio technology allows far more realistic positional audio and the added benefit of surround sound over connected displays. Mantle allows game developers to directly speak to the GPU optimizing GPU performance. This can all be displayed in a glorious UltraHD / 4K resolution and even up as the new R9 290X GAMING 8G is offering unmatched performance at 4K resolutions. This can be easily connected through the DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Up to six dedicated displays can be connected to the R9 290X GAMING 8G for an amazing Eyefinity experience.

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Sony Releases PlayMemories Online App For PS4

Users of the PlayMemories Online service can now access their entire photographic collection directly through a free app on the PlayStation 4. Whether pictures have been uploaded via a PC, Mac, tablet, iOS or Android phone , users can browse and view their photos on their large screen TV which can now act as the ultimate picture frame.

layMemories Online brings together photos shot on different devices and the All Sync feature automatically uploads all your photos in HD quality with no limitations.

Available now, the app is available to download via the PlayStation Network.

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ASUS begins shipping the ROG G751 Series gaming laptop and ASUS Transformer Book T200 2-in-1 ultraportable for the holiday season. The G751 features up to an Intel Core i7- 4860HQ processor, enthusiast-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX970M/980M graphics, and exclusive ASUS TurboMaster GPU-overclocking technology that delivers gaming desktop level performance. T200 is a stylish and fully-featured 64 bit Windows 8.1 laptop powered by the latest Intel® Atom™ ‘Bay Trail-T’ quad-core processor. Its detachable 11.6-inch IPS display gives users the 2-in-1 benefits of a powerful laptop and the portable convenience of a tablet.

ROG G751- Gaming desktop levels of performance

ROG G751 holds an Intel Core i7 processor that delivers smooth and powerful performance. It also features the latest enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M/980M for sharp, vivid visuals. All that performance is enhanced by ASUS TurboMaster technology to boost real-time GPU overclocking up to 5%.

The G751 demonstrates exceptional thermal efficiency with minimal noise thanks to copper heatsinks and intelligent dual fans that expel hot air via rear vents, keeping CPU and GPU temperatures low even under overclocking conditions. G751 also has GameFirst III which gives users lag-free gameplay by prioritizing game packets and allocates more bandwidth for smooth, lag-free gaming. It features four preset packet-priority modes, and manual settings for users who want total control over their network. The built-in Network Monitor tool even lets users manage network traffic and test connection speeds.

ROG G751 has a matte, anti-glare Full HD IPS display with wide 178-degree viewing angles for minimal color shift even when viewed from extreme angles. G751 supports external 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) displays too, with Trinity Display technology giving users a total of four displays (notebook display and three external displays) to work on simultaneously through HDMI 1.4, mini DisplayPort, and VGA output ports. This arrangement is ideal for multi-screen gaming, movie watching, or multi-tasking.

ROG G751 retains the classic stealthy F-22 Raptor-inspired lines found on previous G Series iterations; and sports an aluminum finish and illuminated ROG logo. Specially designed for gamers, G751 has dedicated keys for instant access to Steam and one-click gameplay recording. The ASUS ROG Macro Key can be programmed with up to three commands for complex in-game multi-key actions, launching applications, or loading up a specific website with one keystroke. ASUS SonicMaster and ROG AudioWizard enable powerful, optimized audio for all game genres.

The seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard is ergonomically-angled for user comfort, making it ideal for marathon gaming sessions. Keys have an adjustable backlight that glows red in dark environments, and there are even specially-marked WASD cursor keys.

Transformer Book T200- 11.6-inch 2-in-1 with a self-upgradable hard drive bay

Transformer Book T200 is a stylish, ultraportable and fully-featured 64 bit Windows 8.1 laptop powered by the latest Intel® Atom™ ‘Bay Trail-T’ quad-core processor with a standard 4GB RAM. Its detachable 11.6-inch IPS display gives users the 2-in-1 benefits of a powerful laptop — including a full-size keyboard and a self-upgradable hard drive bay — and the portable convenience of a tablet.

The tablet includes micro SD, micro USB and micro HDMI ports — this latter port allows T200 to be connected to a large-screen monitor or TV to watch videos and movies in Full HD resolution. Additionally, the keyboard dock includes SuperSpeed USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and network (LAN) ports to complete T200’s desktop-grade I/O capabilities. The extra-large multi-touch touchpad supports Smart Gestures, allowing users to operate T200 comfortably and easily without a mouse. T200 also includes dual HD cameras — a front 5-megapixel camera and a rear 1.2-megapixel camera — for perfect snaps, videos and selfies.

Transformer Book T200 offers an amazing all-day battery life of up to 8.5 hours, so users can work or play unhindered. A unique feature of T200 is the Smart Hard Drive Bay in the keyboard dock, which allows users to self-upgrade to a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD).

Dual-band 802.11abgn Wi-Fi enables T200 to enjoy the interference-free 5GHz frequency band for uninterrupted high-speed internet connections. Bluetooth 4.0 support allows users to connect a vast range of mobile peripherals.T200 includes an integrated GPS receiver that also supports the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) for added precision — the combined positioning accuracy can be up to seven times (7X) more accurate than just using GPS alone.

AVAILABILITY

The ROG G751 and ASUS Transformer Book T200 begin shipping today from select resellers starting at MSRP $1499 and $499 respectively.

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ROCCAT-Tyon-White

ROCCAT announces the global availability of the highly touted and much anticipated Tyon All Action Gaming mouse.  The next step in gaming mice evolution and a true game changer, the Tyon sets the bar for gaming control and precision by putting every major action in the palm of the players’ hand.

ROCCAT Tyon features the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice.  Extensively tested and perfected by professional gamers to guarantee responsiveness and ease of use, the X-Celerator is a major shift in mouse design for FPS gaming and beyond.

The Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a nearly limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button.  While optimized for FPS gaming, the Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more.

“Today’s games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO.  “The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take gaming to the next level.”

ROCCAT’s newest weapon is also armed with a Dorsal Fin, a two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel that provides comfortable mid-finger action to increase functionality.  The Tyon comes with a 576kB onboard memory to store vast amount of settings and macros, a 8200 DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor for pinpoint precision, lightning quickness and fatal accuracy, and programmable dual lighting RBGY illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the mouse.

“Tyon’s design and button placement provides the simpliest access to the most features in a gaming mouse, reducing the need to worry about hand adjustments on a keyboard,” adds René. “The Tyon is for everybody and we are eager to see how gamers will creatively utilize it to maximize their gaming sessions.”

The ROCCAT Tyon is now available for $99.99 online and at Best Buy.  For more information about the Tyon and ROCCAT’s complete line of gaming peripherals, please visit www.roccat.org.

ROCCAT Tyon Tech Specs

  • 8200 DPI PRO AIM (R3) LASER SENSOR – precision gaming at its best
  • X-CELERATOR THUMB PADDLE – unrivaled command capabilities
  • DORSAL FIN SWITCH – rapid and instinctive control
  • ROCCAT TITAN WHEEL – millions of ultra-precise steps
  • ROCCAT™ EASY-SHIFT[+]™ – on-the-fly button duplicator
  • 16.8M MULTICOLOR ILLUMINATION – customizable two-level light system
  • TRACKING & DISTANCE CONTROL UNIT – less pick-up flight for precise gaming
  • 16 MOUSE BUTTONS – programmable + dedicated Easy-Shift[+]™ button
  • 32-BIT PROCESSOR + 576KB MEMORY- rapid macro storage and execution

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MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G

MSI is pleased to announce its latest addition to the popular GAMING series of graphics cards, the R9 285 GAMING 2G. Cooled by the Twin Frozr IV Advanced, the R9 285 GAMING 2G offers an excellent balance between great gaming features and performance with balanced out thermal and acoustic specs. Although the R9 285 GAMING already offers great performance at its price-point, The card offers even more performance through the MSI Gaming app and MSI Afterburner. The latter allows for voltage and power limit adjustment to increase overclock ability and performance even further. The new MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G is powered by AMD’s newest Tonga Pro GPU.

The MSI GAMING benefit

MSI’s GAMING series is designed to provide gamers with quality they can rely on. For Graphics Cards this means you get the best thermal solution and components to make sure you stay cool and stable no matter how long your gaming session is. The Twin Frozr IV Advanced is remarkably silent while maintaining excellent temperatures and the Military Class 4 components are designed to remain stable in extreme conditions. The MSI Gaming App puts the gamer in control with a choice of Silent, Gaming and OC modes to utilize performance or silence based on the need of the gamer.

MSI Afterburner 4.0

MSI Afterburner 4.0 (beta) is the latest edition of the world’s most popular overclocking software. It is the world’s first 64-bit overclocking software for Graphics Cards, Integrated Graphics and Notebooks. MSI Afterburner 4.0 can display all statistical information in 32 and 64 bit games and applications, comes with a multitude of configuration options, like exclusive Triple Over-voltage, built in video capturing and DirectX 11 benchmark.MSI Afterburner has built-in support for a large range of current and next-gen GPUs

Download MSI Afterburner from: http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/

AMD Never Settle: Space Edition

Buyers of a MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G are eligible* to choose any title in the new Never Settle: Space Edition program, which includes mega-blockusters like Alien: Isolation and the crowd-sourcing wonder Star Citizen. This adds to the choice of other great titles like Sniper Elite III, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Company of Heroes 2.

Technical specifications

Name R9 285 GAMING 2G
GPU Tonga Pro
Shader Processors / Speed 1792 Units / 1000 MHz
Memory Speed / Size / Type 5500 MHz / 2GB / GDDR5
Thermal Design / TDP Twin Frozr IV Advanced / <250W
Dimensions (mm) / Weight (g) 260x127x37 / 760

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ROG Rampage V Extreme

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Rampage V Extreme, an Intel® X99 chipset-based gaming/overclocking motherboard engineered to take the latest LGA 2011-v3-socket Intel Core™ i7 (‘Haswell-E’) processors and DDR4 memory to their limits.

Rampage V Extreme supports quad-channel DDR4 memory and is equipped with multiple exclusive technologies to aid extreme overclockers, including the patent-pending OC Socket, OC Panel, Safe Boot and ReTry buttons. Thanks to its ultimate overclocking design and features, ROG team has broken 28 records1 with Rampage V Extreme. It currently holds two fastest CPU benchmarks (8 Core / 16C threads and 1 Core / 1 thread), 4004MHz G.Skill DDR4 memory speed, 17 3DMark scores, along with two Catzilla, two CineBench, two Wprime, XTU, and HWBotPrime benchmarks.

Rampage V Extreme keeps its cool with the Extreme Engine Digi+ IV voltage-regulator module (VRM), DirectCU direct-contact cooling, X-Socket II and Fan Xpert 3 technologies, along with numerous intelligent onboard sensors. ROG’s new X99 motherboard takes the latest connectivity features to extremes, with dual 10Gbit/s SATA Express ports, a built-in 32Gbit/s PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 slot and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a three-transmit, three-receive (3×3) antenna configuration.

Rampage V Extreme also includes multiple technologies to deliver best gaming experiences. SupremeFX 2014 ensures flawless audio, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III combine forces for no-lag networking, and KeyBot grants gamers an instant keyboard upgrade. Exclusive Gamer’s Guardian components provide multiple real-world protections for users.

Exclusive features for extreme overclocking

Rampage V Extreme is packed with exclusive technologies to unleash performance that’s truly extreme — starting with OC Socket. This exclusive processor socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E’s land grid array (LGA). When combined with the ASUS- customized UEFI, OC Socket enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking, even under extreme liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking. OC Socket is 100% compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility. Rampage V Extreme grants overclockers the freedom to break every performance barrier.

ROG understands overclockers better than any other manufacturer, so Rampage V Extreme includes all-new hardware-level Safe Boot and ReTry buttons to help put things right when overclocking adventures go wrong —they’re quick, easy and real time-savers.

The new motherboard also includes OC Panel, ROG’s exclusive real-time system monitoring and tweaking accessory that’s a must for all hardcore overclockers.

Installed into a 5.25-inch drive bay, OC Panel has a bright, clear 2.6-inch display that provides live monitoring of multiple vital parameters, including CPU temperature, ratios, base clock and fan speeds. The CPU Level Up button provides instant control over two-stage overclocking, while CPU fan speeds can be adjusted to Turbo, Standard and Silent modes — all these super-simple controls are placed at users’ fingertips.

Alternatively, OC Panel acts as an external overclocking console. In this mode, there are connectors and switches for exclusive ROG features including Subzero Sense, VGA SMB, VGA Hotwire, Slow Mode and Pause. It also offers access to four four-pin fans connectors, as well as remote power and reset buttons.

Pure, precise power

An extreme platform demands extreme control over the purest power, and nothing delivers more control or purer power than Extreme Engine Digi+ IV — Rampage V Extreme’s exclusive voltage-regulator module (VRM).

MicroFine alloy chokes lower overall core loss for lower temperatures, while the VRM has been upgraded with the brand-new PowIRstage®IR3555. This chip integrates the driver, high-side and low-side MOSFETs and features the latest RDS On current-sensing technology.

Extreme Engine Digi+ IV’s high-frequency pulse-width modulation (PWM) implementation scales to 1MHz, allowing the DRAM VRM to achieve a 40% increase in stability.

Ultimate compatibility, cooling and quietness

Rampage V Extreme’s three-piece X-Socket II makes easy work of mounting existing LN2 or dry-ice evaporator pots to the latest LGA2011-v3 socket. The supplied star-keyed screwdriver enables easy replacement of the LGA2011-3 backplate with X-Socket II, so users are able to super-cool with their existing evaporators.

Exclusive DirectCU cooling technology puts a more conductive copper heat-pipe in direct contact with Rampage V Extreme’s VRM. Heat is thendissipated through two large aluminum heatsinks to lower temperatures by up to 7°C.

Rampage V Extreme also includes eight 4/3-pin (PWM/DC) combo fan connectors, four intelligent onboard sensors, three additional 2-pin headers and a selection of three thermal cables. The exclusive Fan Xpert 3 advanced fan controls help users monitor the temperatures of up to seven motherboard areas and key components in real time.

Unmatched connectivity

With a built-in PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, Rampage V Extreme is primed and pumped for the next generation of super-fast SSDs, for lightning-fast transfer speeds of up 32Gbit/s. With a friendly horizontal installation path and support for 60, 80 and 110mm device sizes, ROG’s new motherboard makes it easy for enthusiasts to join the data-transfer fast lane.

Two built-in SATA Express ports, backward-compatible with up to four SATA devices, means Rampage V Extreme also extends storage options, with speeds of up to 10Gbit/s.

Rampage V Extreme is also engineered with an innovative three-transmit, three-receive (3×3) 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna configuration, right on the board. With multiple antennas zapping data, wireless speeds race as high as 1300Mbit/s (1.3Gbit/s). The design’s wide-reaching range assures strong, stable connections to even distant corners of the home or office.

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ROG Maximus VII Impact

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VII Impact, a Z97 chipset-based mini-ITX gaming motherboard ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel® Core™ processors — codenamed ‘Haswell’, ‘Haswell Refresh’, ‘Haswell Refresh K-Series’ (‘Devil’s Canyon’) and ‘Broadwell’ — and engineered with new and exclusive ROG game-boosting features to provide ATX-level power and performance.

Maximus VII Impact’s exclusive innovations includes the Impact Power II full-scale voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-smooth, ultra-reliable power, SupremeFX Impact II dedicated sound card for flawless audio, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III for no-lag networking with a winning advantage and the fastest connectivity from the pre-installed mPCIe Combo IV module — dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and PCI Express 3.0 M.2 x4.

The combination of these premium technologies enables Maximus VII Impact to deliver the best gaming power, gaming audio, gaming networking and gaming boosts in a mini-ITX motherboard.

Best mini-ITX gaming power

Maximus VII Impact’s Impact Power II card is vertically-mounted, enabling ROG engineers to create a full-scale VRM that would otherwise be impossible on a mini-ITX board.

The completely-digital power-control architecture is engineered with premium components, including Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors for 20%-greater extreme-temperature endurance and a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer than other capacitors. Impact Power II additionally benefits from 60A BlackWing chokes, whose wing-like fin design generates temperatures that are up to 5°C lower than other designs. A highly-conductive, gold-treated coating also increases conductivity for minimal-loss power delivery, while the NexFET™ MOSFET is just half the size of previous designs while delivering the same power for efficiencies of over 90% — and that means great energy savings and added stability for all operations.

Best mini-ITX audio

SupremeFX Impact II is Maximus VII Impact’s dedicated audio card, a blade of sound that brings to life soundtracks and every in-game effect.

Building on the original SupremeFX Impact card, which was acclaimed both by the media and by ROG customers, SupremeFX Impact II employs cutting-edge isolation technologies to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and has exceptionally-premium components to deliver best-in-class audio.

SupremeFX Impact II is supported by Sonic Studio, a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Just one click enables 7.1-channel virtual surround sound through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset, providing immersive gaming experiences for all. Sonic Studio’s superb audio controls include Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ.

Maximus VII Impact’s audio armory also includes Sonic Radar II. Designed for first-person shooter (FPS) games, Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. Players see the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, so they’re able to practice enemy-pinpointing skills, and exclusive audio enhancement further enhances in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. This all-new version of Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list, so settings are easily tailored to a personal games library.

Best mini-ITX networking

Maximus VII Impact is equipped with state-of-the-art Intel Gigabit Ethernet that delivers better throughput with lower processing power for superior speed and increased efficiency. By communicating directly with Intel processors, this technology offers exceptionally-high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput, lowering overall processing demands and improving efficiency — releasing more power for games and gameplay. Using independent network-assessment tools, ROG engineers calculated that Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies.

Maximus VII Impact gamers also enjoy ROG-exclusive GameFirst III technology for no-delay gameplay. This advanced network-optimization software assigns top priority to game-data packets, allocating them more bandwidth to ensure the best online-gaming experience and clear, stutter-free online team-chat — all controlled with ROG’s usual intuitive flair.

The new motherboard includes ROG’s reinvented RJ45 socket — LANGuard. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.

Best gaming boosts

Maximus VII Impact is packed with innovations that give gamers vital boosts. These include the upgraded mPCIe Combo IV + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0 module for the latest high-speed connectivity, with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) on one side and a PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 socket on the other for direct-from-processor transfer speeds of up to 32Gbit/s — that’s over six times (6X) faster than traditional M.2 solutions.

KeyBot provides games with another brilliant boost, offering a free upgrade for any keyboard. Plugging an existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket activates Maximus VII Impact’s exclusive KeyBot microprocessor, allowing gamers to record 15-keystroke sequences as macros that can be assigned instantly to any key — a great way to automate almost any laborious task or speed up in-game actions.

Maximus VII Impact also boosts protection for gamers, with Gamer’s Guardian. This collection of high-quality, highly-durable components provides exceptional real-world protection, from onboard resettable fuses that protect the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage to ESD Guards on the USB ports and audio connectors and LANGuard port to protect Maximus VII Impact from sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD).

The black nickel-coated Q-Shield protects hands from nicks and cuts, Q-DIMM makes fitting and removing memory modules easier and safer, and the corrosion-resistant, stainless-steel back input/output (I/O) panel lasts up to three times (3X) longer than traditional panels.

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ASUS A88X-Gamer

A88X-Gamer is equipped with the latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet networking for fast, lag-free online-gaming experiences, exclusive SupremeFX technology for flawless gaming audio and exclusive Gamer’s Guardian components for exceptional durability and reliability. It also includes the ASUS-exclusive AI Suite 3 software to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs).

Gaming audio

A88X-Gamer players benefit from exclusive SupremeFX technology for near-lossless audio with a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB — so gamers hear every sound detail.

The advanced audio chipset is isolated from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by a protective shield, preserving the integrity of the audio signals. Exclusive ‘red-line shielding’ horizontally separates SupremeFX audio components from the rest of the motherboard. This unique combination effectively eliminates analog interference to ensure flawless sound quality. Premium ELNA® audio capacitors are added to the mix to deliver a warmer, natural sound to complete the audio experience.

SupremeFX also has a built-in amplifier that drives high-quality headphones — all the way up to 300ohm impedance — for sound quality that’s as great as a dedicated sound card.

Gaming networking

A88X-Gamer’s networking is powered by Intel Gigabit Ethernet. This offers exceptionally-high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput, lowering overall processing demands and improving efficiency — releasing more power for games and gameplay.

Gamer’s Guardian components

A88X-Gamer is engineered with high-quality, highly-durable Gamer’s Guardian components for exceptional real-world protection.

Gamer’s Guardian includes onboard resettable fuses that protect the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage, while exceptionally high-quality, Japanese-made 10K black-metallic capacitors offer greater temperature endurance and improved lifespans.

Gamer’s Guardian ESD Guards on the USB ports, audio connectors and Ethernet (LAN) port ensure that A88X-Gamer is actively protected against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD). The result is that the components last much longer.

A88X-Gamer also has the ASUS-exclusive Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) to enhance performance, increase efficiency and ensure reliability, and a stainless-steel back input/output (I/O) panel that’s chromium-plated and corrosion-resistant to last up to three times (3X) longer than traditional panels.

Envelope-pushing APU performance with AI Suite 3

A88X-Gamer includes AI Suite 3, an ASUS-exclusive dashboard-style control panel that lets gamers fine-tune almost every aspect of A88X-Gamer-based systems for the best balance between performance, stability and efficiency — all via a simple and intuitive interface.