Asus updates product line with new gaming hardware

In a bid to corner all levels of the gaming market in the Philippines, Asus has recently updated their product line with a number of new products. The company is already one of the leading names in gaming and their new budget friendly Gamer Series of motherboards may help the company reach even more gamers in the country.

ASUS ROG

In a recent ASUS special event held last Thursday, the company showcased the recent updates to their flagship Republic of Gamers line of products. Among the products ASUS showed off, the most eye-catching piece of gear happened to be a watercooled rig featuring the Asus Maximus VII Formula motherboard. The ASUS Formula series is one of a small handful of motherboards that come with watercooling options right out of the box. This hybrid-cooling beast also boasts of a bevy of high end gaming features; the most notable of which is the CrossChill heatsink that can be used for both air and water cooling. Other notable features include Asus’ highly rated SupremeFX onboard soundcard, Intel Ethernet GameFirst III, Sonic Radar II and a sleek looking ROG Armor that sets this series of MoBo apart from the competition.

Watercooled rig showing off the new Formula.

Watercooled rig showing off the new Formula.

The PopGoesManila gaming test rig uses a slightly older Maximus VI Formula motherboard. While the Maximus VI Formula is a very capable board on its own, it came with an aluminum waterblock much to the dismay of watercooling enthusiasts. However, Asus has solved the problem in the Maximus VII formula, which comes with a copper waterblock. Why is this upgrade such a big deal? Because most waterblocks and watercooling radiators in the market are made of copper. With an aluminum waterblock, galvanic corrosion can be a big problem. This type of corrosion occurs when two different metals are used in a single water cooling loop.  While Asus took precautions using a special type of coating, it’s still a better idea not to mix metals in a cooling loop in the first place so kudos to Asus for using a copper block in the latest Formula.

Asus Maximus VII Formula rig side by side with the PopGoesManila Maximus VI Formula rig.

Asus Maximus VII Formula rig side by side with the PopGoesManila Maximus VI Formula rig.

Moving on to the other features, the Maximus VII comes with the latest version of Sonic Radar, an overlay tool that can be used to track enemy units using the “sound” of their gunshots or footsteps in first person shooting games. While this is a cool trick, we’re not exactly sure if it’s legal to use in tournaments. Lastly, the new Formula comes with Keybot, a feature that uses a hardwired chip to give macro functionality to any computer regardless of the keyboard. Even with a cheap CDR-King keyboard, you can add hot keys and macros bound to certain key combinations. This is particularly useful for games like Dota2 and LoL where split second delays in casting spells can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

ASUS Strix

Asus has also updated their Strix line of gaming hardware with new videocards and peripherals. The latest members of the Strix line include the Strix GTX750Ti-OC-2GBD5, the Strix DSP gaming headset, the Strix Claw gaming mouse and the Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.

Asus Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.

Asus Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.

Strix Tactic Pro with the Strix Claw gaming mouse.

Strix Tactic Pro with the Strix Claw gaming mouse.

Strix DSP Gaming Headseat.

Strix DSP Gaming Headseat.

The Strix DSP, Claw and Tactic Pro are not yet available locally, but Asus reps say that they will be out in the market late this year or early next year. Hopefully, the local market release will make it in time for the holidays. While the new peripherals are look and perform in a manner that befits proper gaming peripherals, the Strix GTX750Ti definitely stood out. This video card boasts both power and affordability and will retail for PhP 8,720. The Strix GTX750Ti also comes with a 0db feature that allows it to run light games and other non-GPU intensive programs without the fans. This means you can play and enjoy movies in relative peace and quiet.

Asus Gamer Series

While Asus is definitely one of the most well known names in high end gaming, the company has released their new Gamer Series line to provide gaming class hardware at budget friendly prices. The Asus Gamer series of motherboards includes the H97-Pro Gamer, the B85-Pro Gamer and the A88X-Gamer. Price wise, the B85-Pro Gamer starts out at PhP4,950 followed by the A88X at PhP 5,490 while the H97 tops the list at PhP 6,890.

Asus' new line of budget friendly motherboards.

Asus’ new line of budget friendly motherboards.

Asus H97-Pro Gamer with the Strix GTX750Ti-OC-2GBD5.

Asus H97-Pro Gamer with the Strix GTX750Ti-OC-2GBD5.

People planning to build their own gaming rigs already have a number of budget friendly motherboards in the market to choose from. However, almost none of these entry level boards were made with gaming in mind, a fact that Asus has addressed. The Gamer Series boards come with a number of features that can also be seen in their top of the line ROG products. With a Gamer Series board, you get to enjoy high end features like a SupremeFX soundcard, Sonic Radar and Inter Ethernet with GameFirst II. For people out in the market for an affordable gaming motherboard, the A88X was made for AMD processors while both the B85-Pro Gamer and the H97-Pro Gamer are compatible with any LGA1150 socket Intel processor.

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