Does Asus have a chip on its shoulder? The company showed up swinging at the Computex expo in Taiwan with the official announcement of the PadFone yesterday, and today, it unleashed a torrent of PC-related products upon the drooling crowds. Souped-up notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals and full-blown gaming PCs – most sporting the Republic of Gamers brand – were on display as Asus tried to offer a solution for every gamer who ever even thought about playing Crysis.
Maybe the coolest thing Asus unveiled was the G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook, which obviously carried the ROG brand. The portable beast is powered by Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics, but perhaps best of all, it can display in 3D without the need for those goofy 3D glasses. Slashgear reports the notebook will be able to convert 2D to 3D and even display them side-by-side.
Other announced ROG systems were the G74SX 3D notebook – which still needs glasses – and the CG8565 Gaming System, which includes a Z68-based Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU. The thing looks like a stealth fighter itching to kick your ass and includes an overclock button, charmingly labeled "Level Up."
Asus also displayed three new ROG motherboards: the Maximus IV GENE-Z and Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboards both feature Intel's Z68 processor, while the company's press release boasts that the "Crosshair V Formula is the first AMD 990FX-based motherboard supporting both 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX." It runs on a AM3+ CPU. Two NVIDIA GTX 580-based graphics cards also carried the ROG brand, and the company showed off its M5A99/97 Series and Sabertooth 990FX motherboards. The M5A99/97 lets users fiddle with power settings, while the Sabertooth 990FX keeps cool with CeraM!X technology.
Asus also revealed the first peripheral carrying the ROG brand: the Vulcan ANC gaming headset, which features active noise-cancelling technology so that you can hear you foes being vanquished while simultaneously ignoring your girlfriend shouting at you to get off the computer.