In need of a pick-me-up to cure those mid-week blues? Here's a three-for-one announcement from Asus, which unveiled a trio of gamer-friendly products at the Consumer Electronics Show, all rolled into a single press release. New items include a dual-band wireless gigabit router (EA-N66), ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX gaming motherboard, and Xonar Phoebus soundcard set.
Going in order, the RT-N66 delivers "combined wireless speeds of up to 900Mbps," though that's marketing speak for two separate bands; you can't actually combine them into a single connection. The router does, however, deliver 450Mbps on each of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and it's the first model to sport the new advanced Asus user interface.
Second up to bat is the ROG Rampage IV Formula/ThunderFX gaming motherboard. It features the Intel X79 chipset with an exclusive audio and LAN gaming solution -- the SupremeFX III and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with GameFirst technology. The sound solution provides 8-channel HD audio with high-quality capacitors, a metallic EMI cover, and an optimized PCB layout to avoid interference. There's also a built-in headphone amplifier.
Finally, there's the Xonar Phoebus gaming soundcard set that includes an internal soundcard and a breakout control box. The internal PCI-E card is supposedly made from "carefully selected components and perfectly shielded to block electronic interferences." It boasts a signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB and features a headphone amplifier that can drive 600 ohm headphones.