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Asus teases a host of PC-gaming products, including a potential Steam Machine

Michael Brown | June 4, 2014
The new additions to the company's Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup include two desktop PCs, a laptop, three motherboards, a video card, and a new display.

Asus ROG GX500 gaming laptop
A gaming laptop with a 4K display? That-and 100 percent of the NTSC gamut-is what Asus is promising with its new ROG GX500.

If you've been waiting for a monitor that supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology, it looks as though Asus is finally getting ready to ship its ROG Swift PG278Q display. First shown at CES 2014, the PG278Q features a small circuit board that synchronizes the monitor's refresh rate to the video card's rendering output, eliminating visual artifacts such as tearing and stuttering. The 27-inch panel boasts a native resolution of 2560x1440 pixels and refresh rates of 60-, 120-, or 144Hz. It must be paired with an Nvidia video card to utilize G-Sync. At CES, Asus said the PG278Q would sell for $799, but the company didn't provide updated pricing or availability in its Computex press materials.

Moving to component news, Asus announced a new limited-edition water-cooled video card, featuring two of AMD's Radeon Hawaii XT-class graphics processors linked to 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Dubbed the ROG Ares III, Asus says it will produce just 500 of these cards, and each will be individually numbered.

Asus ROG Ares III
The ROG Ares III features two of AMD's best GPUs, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and a custom liquid-cooling system.

The company also announced a new AMD-oriented motherboard. The ROG Crossblade Ranger includes many of the features found on Asus's top Intel motherboards--including its SupremeFX 2014 audio technology and GameFirst III network-optimization software--but this board is compatible with AMD CPUs that fit in FM2+ sockets.

Finally, Asus unveiled two new motherboards featuring Intel's Z97 chipset. The ROG Maximus VII Formula is an ATX motherboard, while the ROG Maximus VII Impact board is based on the smaller mini-ITX standard. Both models will come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 modules.


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