Asus Announces New Gaming Hardware

Posted by at 10:41 am on April 4, 2017

Asus has launched the Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti, the WQHD gaming-focused PG27VQ curved monitor, the 10Gb networking ROG Areion 10G NIC, and the ROG Pugio ambidextrous mouse.

Plus they have teased an Aura SDK that promises to give developers real-time control over the RGB lighting in compatible peripherals and components.

The liquid-and-air-cooled Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti. In addition to that hybrid cooling, the Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti also features an expanded heatsink that covers 40% more area than its predecessor, Aura Sync lighting compatibility. Asus hasn’t disclosed the price of the new graphics , but it did say it’s expected to arrive in Q2.

The new PG27VQ 27 monitor features a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution with an 1800R curvature and frameless design. The PG27VQ was clearly made with gaming in mind, as it boasts a 165Hz maximum refresh rate and 1ms response time, as well as support for Nvidia’s G-Sync. And, of course, it has Aura Sync-compatible RGB LED accents on the back. As with the Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti, Asus revealed only that the PG27VQ will arrive in Q3. The company did note, however, that “select versions” of the monitor will feature quantum dot technology. Could mean HDR in is the mix too?

The ROG Areion 10G is a new 10Gb  network card. It uses an Aquantia AQC-107 chip, PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface, and full-sized heatsink. Since it is RGB everything world now, the ROG Areion 10G features “easy-to-see LEDs that track network activity and connection speed.” It also supports 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds. The company again die not share pricing info, but it did say that the ROG Areion 10G is expected to make its debut this month.

the last new toy is the 7,200DPI optical ROG Pugio mouse. Its ambidextrous design allows you to swap the thumb buttons’ sides “in seconds” thanks to their magnetic attachments. That magnetism extends to a cover that shields the other side to prevent accidental clicks . The left and right buttons use socketed Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks that can be swapped out. The RGB LEDs can be “controlled independently or synchronized with the rest of your system” via Aura Sync. Neither pricing info nor a release date were disclosed.

On the Aura Sync front, Asus closed its PR release with news of an Aura SDK that’s supposed to make it easier for developers to control the lighting of compatible motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals, and other components. The company said that it will officially announce the Aura SDK at Computex, which runs May 30 to June 3.

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