ASUS is now joining EVGA, Palit and Gainward by offering a 6 GB version of the GeForce GTX 780. Normally we would expect a card like this to be part of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers or DirectCU II lines, but ASUS has actually launched a new brand called STRIX.
Intel’s 9 Series chipsets are here and with that brings a whole onslaught on new motherboards based on these chipsets. The two main chipsets in the 9 series are the Z97 and H97, which effectively replace and are upgrades to the Z87 and H87 chipsets respectively. Most of you are probably more interested in the Z97 chipset and that is what we will be covering today. We have our first Z97 motherboard in for review and it is the Z97-A from ASUS. It is their entry level board in their mainstream series with a modest price point of around $149.99. Even though this is an entry level board ASUS has still loaded it with features like SATA Express, M.2 support, their Crystal Sound 2 audio technology and a whole suite a incredible software. Let’s see if this is the board to make your entry into Intel’s Z87 chipset.
ASUS has shown off their first solid state drive. This drive has been co-developed with the HyperX team over at Kingston. A brand that we of course know for some of the best memory and storage solutions. The HyperXpress Solid State Drive makes use of the new SATA Express interface that you will see on Intel’s new Z97 motherboards.
Well we have already detailed ASUS’s upcoming Z97 motherboards from their Republic of Gamers and TUF Series so that leaves us with the Legacy line. This includes the long running Deluxe Series and Workstation (WS) motherboards.
Yesterday we revealed all of the details of ASUS’s Z97 Republic of Gamers motherboards. Well at the same event ASUS was showing off their TUF Series Z97 motherboards. Just like ASUS’s other Z97 motherboards the TUF series has been updated with new features.
It looks like ASUS held an event overseas to show off their new Z97 motherboards. At this event they showed off their Republic of Gamers, TUF and Legacy Z97 motherboard lineups. In this post we will be focusing on their Republic of Gamers line.
We have our first look at an AMD all-in board (AIB) branded Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, which comes from ASUS. From the leaked photos / renders we can see that the card will ship in a large cube-like box. We are not sure if this card will come with the metal suitcase that AMD’s reference cards came in.
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line is just what you think it is, a line of products specifically targeted at gamers. While many PC games have full tower rigs with multiple graphics card and intense watercooling others just have a simple setup. Being a PC gamer who attends multiple LAN parties a year I made the switch to a Micro-ATX system a long time ago to make it easier for me to bring my PC to events. ASUS of course catering to gamers actually has two motherboards in their Republic of Gamers Z87 stack, the Maximus VI Gene which is a Micro-ATX board and the even smaller Maximus VI Impact which is a Mini-ITX board. Today, our review will be focusing on the Maximus VI Gene, which has quite a lot of features for gamers and overclockers alike. Let’s check it out!
With that said ASUS has unveiled the B85-Pro Gamer motherboard. This ATX motherboard makes use of an 8-pase VRM, has four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage on the board come in the form of four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA 3GB/s ports.
ASUS’s mainstream line of Z87 motherboards can be quite overwhelming as there are a number of different boards in the lineup. While ASUS has motherboard lines for specific segments like gamers and overclockers the mainstream line are boards that are made for pretty much everyone. Today we are talking a look at a pretty interesting motherboard in the mainstream line, the Z87-Expert. It has two very unique features, the first is the addition of 802.11n WiFi and the other is Intel Thunderbolt. If you happen to need these two features on a motherboard this could be the perfect one for you. Other features of this board include, ASUS’s DIGI+ Power Control, 8 SATA 6GB/s ports, USB 3.0 support, and ASUS’s Ai Suite III software. Let’s take a look…
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