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ASUS GeForce GTX ROG 760 Striker Platinum Graphics Card
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After the successful launch of their ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum graphics card, ASUS is now planning to launch their latest ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum which brings the enthusiastic ROG design and overclocking capabilities at a gamer friendly price range.ASUS GeForce GTX ROG Striker  760 Platinum Graphics Card

ASUS Preparing ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum Gaming Graphics Card

NVIDIA’s partners have released some impressive designs of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card and several other GK110 based graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 760 has also seen some interesting design schemes from a few manufacturer’s with the most interesting model being the ROG GTX 760 Mini and GTX 760 Ti Mini-ITX from ASUS and MSI respectively.

The ASUS ROG design has so far been available only to the enthusiast high-end market in the form of ROG GTX 760 Mars, ROG GTX 780 Ti Platinum, ROG GTX 780 Poseidon. ASUS is now bringing the ROG scheme back to the market it was primarily focused towards, the gamers. The ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum Gaming is aimed at the gaming market with a new and improved PCB design, better cooling and several other enhancements. There are no specific details regarding the card but we will talk about the design and aesthetics nonetheless.

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Hardware

The first retail model of AMD’s upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card has been spotted. The ASUS Radeon R9 295X2 sticks to the reference design and features 8 GB of GDDR5 memory along with the hybrid cooler which has air and liquid cooling combined.ASUS Radeon R9 295X2

ASUS Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB ‘Vesuvius’ Retail Model Spotted

The ASUS Radeon R9 295X2 ‘Vesuvius’ features the Hawaii XT cores with GCN 1.1 architecture. With two Hawaii XT GPUs on the same board, the specifications equate to 2816 x 2 stream processors, 176 x 2 texture mapping units, 64 x 2 Raster Operators and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on each chip which equates to a total of 8 GB GDDR5 memory. Double these and you get an impressive 5632 stream processors, 352 TMUs and 128 ROPs for an unprecedented amount of gaming and compute performance. Clock speeds are maintained at 1018 MHz for the core which is impressive considering AMD managed to clock their chip 18 MHz faster than the stock variant without worrying about the heat. This shows that the new cooling design has things well kept under control. The 8 GB GDDR5 memory runs across a 512-Bit X 2 memory bus that is clocked at 1250 MHz effective clock speed.

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Hardware

ASUS ROG just boosted its G-Series gaming laptops with announcement of new models for the series. Equipped with the 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and the new GTX 800M series, the G750 models look fully set to raise the standard of portable gaming even higher.

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ASUS RoG G750 Gaming Notebooks with Maxwell GPUs Launched

With options available from NVIDIA GTX-770M to GTX880M, the latest additions to the G-Series G750 can easily decode HD movies. That coupled with the 1920 x 1080 glare reducing display promises a genuine viewing experience. Plus, Maxwell Variants are included which give approximate 4 times the performance per watt as their older counterparts.  All this ensures that the G-Series will be able to cope to the performance needs of almost all the major games available today in the market. But the GPUs are not the only things it has in store for us, an option called TurboMaster now allows users to safely overclock their GPU, ensuring that performance requirements are met even in the most resource intensive circumstances.

ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum GPU
Hardware

ASUS has also launched their flagship ROG MATRIX GTX 780 TI Platinum graphics card which brings back the MATRIX design to the green camp after three years. The last NVIDIA card to feature ASUS’s MATRIX design being the ROG MATRIX GTX 580 was launched back in 2011 and now returns to back with a bang.ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum 3

ASUS Launches the ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum Graphics

The ASUS ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum features NVIDIA’s flagship GK110 core with 2880 CUDA Cores, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs coupled with a 3 GB GDDR5 VRAM that operates along a 384-bit bus interface. ASUS is being secretive about the clock speeds and additional details but we know that a card like this is backed with some huge and insane frequencies and even if it doesn’t, then it packs the power to let enthusiasts and overclockers ready their LN2 pots for some extreme cooling sessions.

The ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum features 12 Phases for core and 4 Phases for memory with their latest DIGI+ II design featuring the high quality components, ICs, Super Alloy Power design, chokes and capacitors to deliver unprecedented performance to overclockers and enthusiasts. Juice is provided through dual 8-Pin connectors so we are looking at a TDP around 300W. The PCB is larger than the reference model due to the custom design and the addition of more phases on the board. The VRMs are cooled by a large black colored heatshrink which offers cooling support.

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Hardware

Update – ASUS has also launched the ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Platinum graphics card. The card is the latest GeForce entry in the MATRIX lineup after three years.

ASUS is preparing their upcoming flagship ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum graphics card which will feature the AMD Hawaii XT flagship core coupled with a powerful PCB that will take overclocking to new heights. The card has been teased by ASUS’s ROG Nordic Facebook page but we managed to get the pictures of the complete R9 290X Platinum graphics card from the folks over at CoolEnjoy.net.ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 290X Awesome

ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum Graphics Card Pictured

The ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum is the latest creation by ASUS featuring the Hawaii XT core with 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 Render back-ends and 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating along a 512-bit bus interface. The core and memory frequencies would certainly be overclocked out of factory considering the brute assembly featured on this model so we can expect core clock above the 1000 MHz reference clock. This might be ASUS’s direct answer to MSI’s recently launched Radeon R9 290X Lightning and Sapphire’s Radeon R9 290X Vapor X. Each card has its own specialitiy with ASUS’s model focusing on power and design, MSI on overclock and brute power while Sapphire focuses on higher VRAM and a powerful PCB design.

From the PCB shots that were teased by ASUS, it looks like the ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum features 12 Phases for core and 2+4 Phases for memory with their latest DIGI+ II design featuring the high quality components, ICs, chokes and capacitors to deliver unprecedented performance to overclockers and enthusiasts. Juice is provided through dual 8-Pin connectors so we are looking at a TDP around 300W. The PCB is larger than the reference model due to the custom design and the addition of more phases on the board. The VRMs are cooled by a large black colored heatshrink which offers cooling support.

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Hardware

According to a report by VR-Zone, ASUS is planning to launch their custom built ARES III Hawaii based graphics card at Computex 2014. The ASUS ARES brand is the company’s custom dual-chip graphics lineup based on AMD GPUs while the MARS brand is used for NVIDIA dual-chip graphics cards which are custom built by engineers at ASUS.ASUS ROG ARES III

ASUS ROG ARES III – Dual-Chip, Custom Built Hawaii Graphics Card

The next generation ASUS ROG ARES III graphics card will feature two Hawaii XT cores, each featuring 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units and 64 ROPs. This equates to 5632 cores on both the ASUS built custom and the upcoming reference model from AMD themselves. The reference Hawaii based dual-chip card can be expected around Q2 2014 but we don’t have any confirmed details regarding the specifications, we do know that the card is codenamed  after Vesuvius which a is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy.

The ASUS ROG ARES III is said to feature a custom built PCB which is similar in design compared to ASUS’s last ARES offering, the ROG ARES II which featured Dual Tahiti cores. The card had massive power requirements featuring a custom loop hybrid cooler. The card came just a few months before the official Radeon HD 7990 launch from AMD itself. The ARES II featured a hefty PCB design which makes use of 20 Phases featuring the DIGI+ VRM design. Three 8 Pin PCI-e connectors were required to power the card. This puts the rated TDP around 500W with an PSU Recommendation of no less than 850W. A similar power requirement could be expected from ARES III if the PCB is similar.

install Omni Mackay ROM Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Google Nexus 5
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We have already talked about “Minimus ROM Android 4.4.2 KitKat On Nexus 7” and today our guide is about installing Omni Mackay ROM Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on Google Nexus 5.

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Hardware Industry

According to a recent rumor the upcoming Nexus 7 which will be released in 2014 will be powered by an Intel SOC. If this is true then Intel may have landed a huge deal with Asus or the next Nexus 7 manufacturer. However improbable this seems, this looks extremely interesting.

Intel SOC May Power Upcoming Nexus 7

Asus looks like the favorite candidate to build the Nexus 7 2014 as it has been doing so since the first Nexus 7. Keeping in mind the time Google gives to another Nexus 7 update, we can expect the upcoming Nexus 7 to be available in Q3 2014.

Nexus 7 2014

The Bay-Trail chips, possibly the Z3740 or the Z3770 will be used if indeed this rumor is true. Asus is familiar with these chips as it utilized them it it’s T-100 convertible Windows tablet also. Anandtech recently reviewed the Z3770. Both the devices performed formidably on the CPU front, acing processors to the likes of the Krait 400 used in the Snapdragon 800. The Z3770 is good for this generation but it may not be enough for the upcoming wave of mobile SOC’s.

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Hardware

TweakTown has posted a teaser of an upcoming ASUS motherboard which features the new SATA Express interface. Intel was reportedly planning to make a switch to SATA Express interface on their motherboards   based on the 9-Series chipset which will support the Haswell Refresh and Broadwell-K series processors.ASUS SATA Express Interface

Images are courtesy of TweakTown!

ASUS Motherboard With SATA Express Interface Teased

The SATA Express interface has been teased on a ASUS motherboard which looks similar to their recent Z87 Legacy lineup. There’s a possibility that this could be based off the Z97 chipset which Intel plans to launch in Q2 2014. Either that or ASUS could have somehow managed to fuse the SATA Express ports on their current Z87 chipset motherboards.

SATA Express will come in the form of two connectors, one for PCI-E and SSD while the other would be limited to PCI-E and we are looking at a completely new connector design. The SATA Express interface can transmit both PCI Express and SATA signal and will come with a bulky new cable for PCI-E while SATA-IO is said to be making a different one for the SSDs. The connector will be backwards compatible with SATA 3 6GB/s so you can plug in your current SATA 3 compliant devices in to the ports easily.

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC GPU
Hardware

ASUS’s upcoming Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC graphic cards has been leaked Sweclockers ahead of its launch scheduled for January 2014. The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC ships with a factory overclock and custom PCB design which will leverage its performance over the reference boards and help improve the cooling capability of the graphic card.ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC GPU

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC With 1050 MHz Clock

The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II is an overclocked edition card hence it ships with a factory overclock out of box. From a technical perspective, we are looking at the default 2816 Stream processors, 176 Texture mapping units, 64 Render Backends and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating across a 512-bit interface. The clocks have been configured at 1050 MHz for the core and the memory runs at 1350 MHz (5.4 GHz effective) which is upped from its default state of 1000 MHz core and 1250 MHz (5.0 GHz effective) clock speeds.

The PCB is custom made and features ASUS’s Super Alloy Power technology with a robust 8-Phase DIGI+ VRM power delivery which gives the core enough power to overclock and run with maximum stability. The back of the PCB comes with specialized SAP CAPs which increase the overclocking headroom while the custom concrete alloy chokes help reduce the buzzing noise produced on reference variants. Juice is provided through an 8+6 Pin power configuration. The PCB is specifically designed for ASUS ROG enthusiasts hence has voltage read points at the back which are visible through the backplate.

Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II
Hardware

ASUS has unveiled the first fully custom Radeon R9 290X graphic card featuring their highly acclaimed DirectCU II cooler. ASUS’s Republic of Gamers Facebook page posted the pictures of a pre-release sample of the card which will be available for sale soon.

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ASUS Shows Off Their Custom Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II V2

We recently updated on the non-reference and custom Radeon R9 290 series scene that the Radeon R9 290 will arrive first in custom flavors followed by Radeon R9 290X around CES 2014. It looks like while manufacturers are adding more power and factory overclocks to these boards, they are still having a hard time managing heat as ASUS’s Facebook page has mentioned when asked about a Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II version:

“Well.. for now we are still working hard on making it cool. TBA” ASUS Republic of Gamers

The ASUS ROG MARS 760 features dual Kepler GK104 cores on a single PCB. Not an achievement in itself, but what really took us by surprise was its performance. The MARS 760 apparently has 2304 cores and outperforms the GTX Titan ( 2688) in a number of cases.

ASUS ROG MARS 760 GPU

ASUS ROG MARS 760 Benchmarks versus the GTX Titan

The approximate performance difference between the MARS 760 and the GTX Titan is 7-14%. However, its not just the frame increase you are getting when opting for the 760 Mars, Its Stability. More frames are desirable sure, but a stable frame rate is even more coveted. Observe the benchmarks below and you will see what i am talking about. In some cases the Mars 760 maintains an almost 400% more stable frame rate than the titan.

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Gadgets

With the black friday nearing, deals are popping up all around the web. This post will give you some of the best deals on some of the best tablets out there. These are our top five picks of the month.

Our Five Tablet Recommendations

Nexus 7 2013

 

You can get the Google Nexus 7 2013 for just $199 from Amazon. This will get u Google’s best tab as of now when considering the hardware.U get a 323 ppi screen with the capable Snapdragon S4 Pro SOC with Quad ‘Krait’ cores coupled with the adreno 320. This all is backed by 2 Gigabytes of Ram and it currently runs the Android 4.3. However the 4.4 update is just around the corner. All this for $199, you cant go wrong.

ASUS ROG MARS 760 GPU
Hardware

ASUS, today unveils their beastly ROG MARS 760 graphic card featuring dual GK104 cores to deliver the ultimate gaming performance to enthusiasts. The ROG MARS 760 as the name denotes is part of ASUS’s Republic of gamer brand which means exclusive and top of the line features and components.

ASUS ROG MARS 760 GPU

ASUS Launches The Dual-Chip ROG MARS 760 Graphics Card

The ROG MARS 760 as mentioned features dual GK104-225 A2 cores which incorporate 1152 cores rounding up to 2304 cores which is same as the GeForce GTX 780 graphic card. The cores also hold 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs and a 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) GDDR5 memory running along a 512-bit (256-bit x2) interface. The clock speeds are maintained at 1006 MHz base and 1188 MHz boost while the memory operates at the reference 6008 MHz effective clock speed.

The PCB is a ROG exclusive featuring top of the line components and a 12 Phase Digi+ VRM design (5 Per Core, 2 for Memory). This is further enhanced with  the introduction of Super Alloy Power chokes, black solid state C-Caps and MOSFETs. The card also uses POSCAPs which have lower power noise, deliver higher overclocking and help in improving overall stability of the card.

Update: Status Changed to RUMOR. However we have confirmation that G-Sync will stay with ASUS till sometime next year when it launches in full force.

Nvidia’s new frame synchronization technology ‘G-Sync’ caused quite a stir upon release. The reason was quite simple, Nvidia G-Sync was supposedly going to end screen tearing, stutter and lag. However it has now come ot light that Nvidia has signed an exclusivity agreement with ASUS. Thats right, G-Sync will only come in ASUS Monitors.

G Sync

PC Gamers will Buy Asus Monitors from Now On – G-Sync coming to other brands Q3 2014.

This deal with Nvidia is a brilliant marketing strategy. There is so little difference between gaming monitors and their prices that a killer-feature like this would surely cause most of the PC Gamers to opt for ASUS Monitors. That is to say unless, ASUS prices them like Apple way too high. Personally speaking i myself have no real preference for a specific monitor brand. Whatever has a good value will do. But if Nvidia and ASUS collaborate and bring home Monitors with G-Sync without overpricing them; i will have no reason not to opt ASUS.



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