ASUS has been supporting gamers for years now as evidenced by its Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of products. For CES 2011 currently under way in Las Vegas, ASUS' stable of gaming products include motherboards, graphics cards, audio gear, networking devices and gaming desktops.
First up is the ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard. Designed with the benefit of input from the gaming community, the Rampage III features the ROG Thunderbolt, a dedicated card combining a XONAR audio solution with a Killer E2100 Network Processing Unit from Bigfoot Networks.
ASUS is also showcasing its HD 6870 DirectCU video card, a DirectX 11-optimized that goes beyond the standard AMD reference design through the use of Super Alloy Power technology, which uses a special alloy formula in critical power delivery components such as chokes, capacitors and MOSFETs. The card promises up to a 15% performance boost and 2.4 times longer lifespan than reference solutions although your mileage may vary. The DirectCU portion of the name means the card is equipped with all-copper pipes in direct contact with the GPU with up to a 20% improvement in cooling performance versus standard reference-design cards.
Also at the show is the ROG Vulcan ANC Gaming Headset, billed as the world’s first gaming headset with Active Noise Cancellation technology. The Vulcan's 85% active noise canceling performance and 30dB passive noise isolation effect allow gamers to enjoy superior audio during those intense gaming sessions. The Vulcan ANC is equipped with large 40mm speaker drivers with enhanced bass EQ that delivers powerful, high-resolution sound with deep impact bass and it also comes with a noise-canceling and omni-directional microphone.
The next portion of the gaming catalog is the RT-N66U Dual-band Gaming Router that works in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz with up to 450Mbps per band simultaneously. For those heavy multitasking chores, the RT-N66U supports up to a massive 300,000 concurrent data sessions — approximately 20 times the capacity of mainstream routers - allowing users to download content while gaming online.
Finally, we have the CG8350 Gaming Desktop which ships with the Intel's second generation ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i7-2600 processor and uses Turbo Boost 2.0 technology for instant CPU overclocking. On the graphics side, the CG8350 comes with the DirectX 11-compatible ASUS GTX 460 video card. The motherboard in the CG8350 uses 100% solid state capacitors for increased stability, longevity and reliability. In a nod to green-conscious gamers, it comes loaded with ASUS’ exclusive Energy Processing Unit (EPU), a programmable microchip that regulates system-wide energy consumption to save power.