No Computex would be complete without ASUS showing off some concept products and blowing everyone away with what they’ll be bringing to market later this year. The company’s showing in Taipei was less concept and more real-world items. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you in-depth reviews on all these upcoming products as they become available.
The ASUS booth was huge as always, but you’ll most likely want to specifically know about the ROG section, which is where all the crazy gaming and enthusiast products are housed. GPUs, notebooks, 4K displays and more (including some very impressive mods using ASUS hardware) were all showcased at the company’s booth, and it was certainly one of the best Computex displays ASUS ROG has had in years. The only downside was the red lighting, which made taking decent photos rather challenging – but other than that ASUS had it all down to a science, proving once again why they are the number one PC DIY brand among gamers and enthusiasts alike. Highlights included the Zephyrus, Strix Scar and Strix Hero notebooks, the Strix Fusion headset, the Rampage VI Extreme motherboard and, of course, the much-anticipated Zenith board for AMD’s Threadripper CPUs.
Even though there isn’t much to discuss in terms of graphics cards, we did get a first look at the Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti hybrid graphics card. As with previous models, it’s primed for liquid cooling out the box, but can be used without a loop as it ships with an effective cooler that’s more than capable of keeping temps under control for near-optimal performance.
As for the notebooks, the most powerful gaming notebook on the market made its appearance with the GX800VH. It’s fully water-cooled, much like the previous model, and is powered by the latest seventh-generation 7820HK CPU – which is not only overclockable, but supports DRAM frequencies well above the official 2,400MHz specification. That, combined with up to 64GB 2,800MHz of RAM (courtesy of Apacer’s NOX modules) and two GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI, ensures that the GX800VH is more powerful than the vast majority of high-end desktop machines. ASUS has cut no corners here, and the display brings it all together via a 4K IPS G-SYNC-enabled panel. There’s literally no title that this notebook cannot handle at 4K resolutions on the highest graphics settings possible. It’d be hard – if not outright impossible – to find a more powerful combination of hardware right now.
For those seeking a notebook at a more palatable price point, the ROG Strix models were on display as well. These thin, lightweight powerhouses feature NVIDIA 10-series GPUs and seventh-generation CPUs from Intel. Opting for the Scar edition will get you a 120Hz display, ideal for competitive gamers and ghosting-free images. The crowning achievement must be the Zephyrus notebook (GX501VI), due for release later this month. It’s the world’s thinnest GTX 1080-powered notebook, with a supposed maximum thickness of 17.9mm. Mix that with a 120Hz display, and it’s the standard by which future high-end gaming notebooks will be measured for sure.
ASUS also took the opportunity to show off the upcoming Crosshair VI Extreme, the Rampage IX Extreme and, as previously mentioned, the new Zenith motherboard, each of which supports greater DRAM speeds and tuning options than officially supported by both Intel and AMD. These boards are a representation of ultra-high-end enthusiast hardware, and these are the boards which will undoubtedly end up powering some of the most powerful 4K and VR-capable machines around. W’’ll have a look at these as and when they become available to give you the full rundown.