We’ve already had a great deal of announcements from ASUS over the course of this week, but after visiting the ROG booth at Computex, we managed to get a few more insights into what is coming up.
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We covered the ASUS ROG Thor power supply announcements earlier this week. The first PSU to come out of the range will be 1200W and 80Plus Platinum certified, with plans to hit store shelves in September. Currently, we don’t know who the exact OEM will be, but we’ve heard that some conversations are happening with Seasonic. At the moment, the Thor PSU is a hybrid digital/analogue unit, but eventually, ASUS wants to launch fully digital power supplies, which will be capable of detecting other ASUS ROG components in the system for a full ecosystem. A second PSU will be arriving in 2018, it will be an 850W version of the Thor.
We managed to get a brief look at the upcoming ROG Swift PG27UQ. We have covered this monitor quite a bit since first seeing it at CES in January 2017. It finally exists- we saw it with our own eyes. Currently, these 4K/144Hz monitors are set to start shipping in June, though an exact UK price tag has yet to be nailed down.
Aside from power supplies, ASUS is moving into a few other key areas this year. At Computex, we had the chance to check out the upcoming ROG RYUO and ROG RYUJIN AIO liquid coolers. The RYUO will come in 120mm and 240mm flavours will a circular CPU block with RGB around the outside and an OLED screen in the centre. The units we saw were showing off the ROG logo, but users will be able to have it display other images, or potentially GIFs. The ROG RYUJIN is similar, but has a chunky square CPU block instead, with an RGB strip going down the middle. The OLED display remains, but the RYUJIN is also available in 240mm and 360mm sizes.
The final ‘new segment’ that ROG is breaching in to this year is cases. ASUS has partnered up with In-Win to launch its first ROG STRIX Gaming Chassis, with a large tempered glass window with stylized etchings, and an ROG logo on the front panel with RGB lighting. There is a strap on the roof of the case that acts as a carrying handle should you ever need to lug your system around.
It would appear that ASUS ROG is moving in a very interesting direction, as it is getting to the point now where you could build an entire PC exclusively with ROG hardware, with the exception of the CPU and RAM (for now).
Other small tidbits include a new ROG wireless mouse on the way with support for Qi wireless charging. It will also connect to PCs via Bluetooth or WiFi depending on user preference. There is also another beastly laptop on the way- the ROG G703GI, with an Intel Core I9 CPU and GTX 1080 graphics. Under the hood you’ll get support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and you’ll find three Intel M.2 SSDs, which pair with the CPU and chipset to unlock full performance while using RAID. This will cost £3499.99 in the UK and availability is expected from June 18.
KitGuru Says: The ASUS ROG team had a huge amount to show at Computex this year, it has been quite an exciting time all around. Is there anything in particular on the ROG front that you are interested in?