It is not often we see announcements regarding external DVD writers. Optical media is much less popular as it was even a few years ago. Well ASUS has a new External DVD writer in their SDRW-08U5S-U. This portable optical drive is the thinnest form factor in its class at 13mm. There is a hidden stand that allows you to have the drive in either horizontal or vertical placement. The drive will be available in Mellow Metallic, Dusty Rose, and Bright Berry color options.
You cannot leave ASUS out of the bunch when it comes to the Radeon HD 7790 graphics card. Like most manufacturers of the “Bonaire” based card they have two versions as well. They have a reference design and their OC Edition which does feature ASUS’s own DirectCU II cooling as well. The HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 runs overclocked at a 1075MHz core, 6400MHz memory and does come with ASUS’s GPU tweak utility.
Earlier this month we had our first real look at ASUS’s GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Those shots were directly from ASUS and were of the card installed so all we could really see was the top of the card and the side. Now we have the first press shot of the 17cm long graphics card that is perfect for that mini PC build as it is the same length as a Mini-ITX motherboard. The card features a pretty attractive shroud with an red and white ASUS logo.
It seemed like everyone was showing Z87 prototype motherboards at CeBIT this past week, but ASUS was not one of them. They did not even have a motherboard booth at the show. They do want you to know that they are working on Z87 so they have released a few teaser images. These images include a Z87-Deluxe, Gryphon Z87, and some type of Republic of Gamers (ROG) accessory.
All-in-One PC’s are great, especially for people who just want a simple system that gets the job done. Normally all-in-one systems have a large screen with the rest of the system behind or below the screen The Transformer All-in-One P1801 is much the same, except you can remove the display completely and it will act as a very large and powerful tablet. I guess you would call the P1801 a covertible all-on-one!
Mini-ITX systems are becoming extremely popular. Especially with with popularity of cases like the BitFenix Prodigy and Fractal Design’s Node 304. This issue with many of these mini-ITX cases is that you are not able to fit a full-sized performance video card inside. This is about to change as ASUS is working on their own GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. Most GTX 670′s do have a smaller 6.75″ (~17cm) PCB, but they have larger coolers that exceed that size.
ASUS today announced a new range of microATX motherboards with onboard HDMI and DVI ports for Intel and AMD processors with integrated graphics, and USB 3.0 ports with performance-enhancing ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology. By removing the need for a discrete graphics card, the new motherboards provide a more affordable option for home entertainment PCs that can fully exploit high-performance USB 3.0 storage. The latest Intel 22nm CPUs feature Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, while AMD Socket FM2Athlon and A-Series APUshave integrated AMD HD 7000 Series discrete-level Radeon GPUs.The processors provide excellent 2D and 3D graphics performance, without the need for a separate graphics card, which in turn results in lower PC build costs.
ASUS today announced the GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, based on supercomputer-grade NVIDIA Tesla K20X architecture. The new card delivers the world’s most powerful single-GPU performance to PC gamers and multimedia enthusiasts. It is optimized for DirectX 11.1 and PCI Express 3.0, with a GPU clock of 876MHz achieved by use of NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology. The ASUS GeForce GTX Titan offers 6GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 6000MHz.
ASUS today announced the TUF Series SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, the world’s first AMD-based motherboard to feature PCI Express 3.0 for use with next generation high performance graphics cards. Up to three DirectX 11 graphics cards with 28nm GPU technology can be used via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX to create desktop PCs with formidable graphics performance. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features renowned ASUS TUF Series thermal design for superior heat removal. Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty.
NVIDIA has everyone wondering about the GeForce Titan. This is supposed to be the “Super Card” coming out from NVIDIA and there has been speculation as to how fast it will be, how much memory etc. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that the Titan would have a core clock of only 723MHz, but it seems that could be wrong. An Australian online shop has an ASUS model listed that has a 915MHz base clock, 1019 MHz boost clock and 6008 MHz effective memory clock.
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