[ad#article106-top]ASUS probably had the largest and busiest booth in the south hall of the Las Vegas convention center this year. They had quite a few things on display including motherboards, video cards, notebooks and more. Just like everyone else they also had a few all-in-one solutions on display. Let’s take a look at what all the craziness was about at the ASUS booth.
ASUS did not announce any new motherboards at the show this year but they were showing off some of their recently announced Core i7 X58 motherboards. Starting with the Rampage II Extreme, it features the Intel X58 / ICH10R chipset, can support up to 24GB of DDR3 memory, supports Nvidia 3-way SLI and ATI CrossFireX technology and has the SupremeFX X-Fi audio card. This board is part of the Republic of Gamers series so it has a hefty price tag of around $379.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a Core i7 X58 motherboard ASUS has the P6T motherboard. It supports up to 16GB of memory, Nvidia 3-way SLI and ATI quad-GPU CrossfireX. It is pretty much the base model for the Core i7, so there are no extra features. If you want some more features ASUS does have the P6T Deluxe. The P6T can be had for $249 and the P6T Deluxe for $299.
ASUS did have their new ENGTX295 video card on display; it is based off Nvidia’s reference design so nothing that fancy. It features 1792MB of memory on board, native HDMI output support and is HDCP compliant. ASUS was also showing off a new video card cooler design. It has 2 fans, 1 cooling the GPU and the other cooling the memory. It will be interesting to see how well they actually perform.
ASUS had a system setup with a new drive bay module for the Republic of Gamers motherboards. It will monitor all of your system settings and you will be able to overclock everything right from the module. It has a large LCD screen that will show all of the relevant information. ASUS will re releasing this separately and will bundle it with their Republic of Gamers motherboards as well.
Finally ASUS showed us their new Xonar sound card that actually won a CES Innovations award. We all know that everything is going HD and more and more people are using HDMI. With that the Xonar is very unique, you to the HDMI coming out of your video card and send it into the Xonar then have the Xonar process the audio and output it to your receiver via HDMI. It is very cool and one of the only sound cards that I’ve seen be able to do that.