Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
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Founded in Taiwan in 1989, ASUS isn't merely best known for its motherboards, it is the worldwide leader - number one in market share, with one in three PCs built using an ASUS motherboard. In 2006, ASUS introduced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of gaming products, further establishing itself as a leader with enthusiasts.
The first thing you notice when approaching the ASUS booth is a demo setup featuring a limited edition ROG graphics card called ARES. Obviously named after the Greek god of war, ARES is a dual ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 4GB GDDR5, 850MHz engine clock, 4800MHz memory clock, and 2x256-bit memory interface. It contains twin oxygen-free-copper heatsinks with eight 8mm oxidization-free copper heatpipes and a 100mm dust proof fan that pushes a whopping 119.21 CFM at just 37dB. That relates to about 600% more air flow with only 83% of the noise when compared to a generic Radeon HD 5970, not to mention 32% better performance.
In the last four photos above, you may have noticed that is a different setup than the photos before it. The latter setup was actually showing off the ROG motherboard Rampage III Extreme, featuring the ARES along with an Intel Core i7 980X CPU, 3x2GB OCZ 2000MHz DDR3, Corsair H50 CPU cooler, and a Cooler Master 1200W PSU. The Rampage III Extreme support 3-Way SLI, but if you'd like 4-Way SLI, ASUS has created the ROG Xpander. The ROG Xpander features four PCIe x16 slots and two NVIDIA NF200 bridges, and is powered by a single 6-pin PCIe connector and three 4-pin power connectors, thus not drawing power from the motherboard. The main reason why ASUS has added 4-Way SLI support with a daughter card rather than straight off the bat is most likely due to the high licensing costs. In this way, ASUS is able to provide a high-end motherboard for less money, yet still provide 4-Way SLI for those users that want insane performance.
The next product I took a look at was a concept motherboard in its ROG series called Immensity. Immensity is a high-end LGA 1366 motherboard based on Intel's X58 Express chipset featuring an onboard ATI Radeon HD 5770 with Lucid's Hyrda chip. As such, users will be able to add any discrete graphics card and immediately have a multi-GPU system.
The other ROG setup ASUS was showing off featured its Crosshair IV Formula motherboard with two ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum graphics cards, an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU, 2x2GB Kingston 2000MHz DDR3, Corsair H50 CPU cooler, and a Silverstone 1000W PSU. The Matrix 5870 Platinum has the GPU engine overclocked to 900MHz and features a five-level LED indicator on Matrix logo for real-time hardware load monitoring (from light loading to extreme loading - green, cyan, blue, purple, red). The last two photos below show off the Matrix 5870 Platinum in a different setup.