ASUS has officially launched the X99M-WS micro-ATX motherboard that is based on the Intel X99 Express chipset. We first got a look at this motherboard back in June at Computex. The “WS” means that this is a workstation-class motherboard and ASUS claims that it is the most feature-rich X99-based product in the micro-ATX form factor.
Reviewing motherboards here at ThinkComputers one of the most vital things is being extremely careful when installing the CPU. Bending the pins on an Intel socket is easily achieved and is one of the top reasons many motherboards fail or have to be RMA’d. Because of this ASUS has come up with a new CPU Instllation Tool.
ASUS’s STRIX Series started with AMD’s R9 280 series and NVIDIA’s GTX 780. From there the series has branched out to gaming peripherals, many of which we have also reviewed. STRIX has become ASUS’s mainstream gaming line behind their higher-end republic of gamers line. So when it comes to graphics card STRIX has effectively replaced the DirectCU line. While the cards still make use of variations of the DirectCU cooler, the marketing has changed to STRIX, which we feel is better anyways. That brings us to the card we are reviewing today, the STRIX GeForce GTX 970. The card features a nice factory overclock of 1114 MHz core and 1253 MHz GPU Boost, ASUS’s DirectCU II cooling with 0dB fan technology, which means the card will only run once it reaches a certain temperature threshold, a 6-phase DIGI+VRM design with Super Alloy Power and much more! Let’s see what this card can do!
ASUS held a press event to show off their GTX 980 Ti offerings and three new unreleased cards shows up at the event. These cards included the ASUS ROG MATRIX 980 Ti, ASUS POSEIDON GTX 980 Ti Platinum, and the ASUS GTX 980 Ti 20th Anniversary Edition Gold Platinum.
ASUS’s upcoming STRIX Radeon R9 Fury has already been listed online in 3 different shops. All of the listings share the same information, so we are assuming the source is the same distribution center that is supplying all 3 shops. This more or less confirms that the STRIX Radeon R9 Fury will be available soon after the R9 Fury officially launches.
ASUS has just introduced two new mini-ITX motherboards that are based on the Intel quad-core N3150 and N3050 SoCs. These two new boards are the N3150-C and N3050C and feature SoC’s that are based on the Baswell silicon that features embedded quad-core or dual-core CPUs based on the 64-bit x86 Airmont CPU micro-architecture.
ASUS has just started a new production for their graphics cards that they are calling Auto-Extreme. According to ASUS it is the industries first fully-automated production process for graphics cards.
ASUS has been expanding their STRIX gaming line from just graphics cards, now they have keyboards, mice, headsets, and even mousepads. Today we will be taking a look at the STRIX Tactic Pro, which is a very nice mechanical gaming keyboard this is being offered with Cherry MX Black, Blue, Red and Brown switches. Besides just coming with mechanical key switches the keyboard has an astounding 21 macro keys, N-Key rollover over USB, full illumination, multimedia keys, and of course software to control everything. Is this a gaming keyboard you should consider? Read on as we find out!
ASUS was showing a brand new keyboard at Computex which is part of their ROG gaming line. It is the ROG Claymore and it features Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches. Corsair’s exclusive contract to carry Cherry MX RGB key switches in their motherboards is over and it looks like other companies are adopting them.
ASUS was not only showing off Z170 motherboards at Computex, they had a few new server and workstation motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset. These motherboards include the X99-E WS/USB 3.1, X99-WS/IPMI, and the X99-M WS.