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ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices

  ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices ASUSTOR integrates four USB DAC devices from ASUS including the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3, providing users with a rich and full hi-fi listening experience. Taipei, Taiwan, April 15th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has added support for USB digital-to-analog audio converters (DAC) giving ASUSTOR users the ability to use a USB DAC to increase the quality of audio output from their NAS devices. A USB DAC can be conveniently used in concert with ASUSTOR’s SoundsGood music player App to provide users with a heightened listening experience featuring fuller and deeper sound. Featured in this integration of USB DAC devices are four models from ASUS. These models include the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3. “Today’s NAS applications have evolved from the traditional storage and backup functions as demand for multimedia functionality has taken off,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “ASUSTOR has made great efforts to support the increasing multimedia demands of NAS users by providing compatibility for a wide range of peripherals. With this integration of USB DAC devices, ASUSTOR users will be able to savor a fully enhanced hi-fi listening experience when playing music from their NAS.” The exclusive SoundsGood Web music pl...



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ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

Introduction In the world of custom PC Building, consumers and builders frequently ask what the best motherboards are for Gaming PC Builds. While these are always valid questions, some folks are looking to build a high end rendering or workstation PC. The Z87 series chipset has plenty of options from the budget friendly models to enthusiast gaming motherboards; however, workstation motherboards are not as readily available. That changes today. We are going to be looking at a motherboard from ASUS, one of the few manufacturers who created a Z87 chipset based WS (workstation) motherboard to meet this niche market. We have the ASUS Z87 WS on our test bench, and we are going to put this baby to through the ringer. As an interesting aside, one of the few features of this motherboard which immediately caught our attention is the available support of Quad SLI and Crossfire with 4 PCIe slots available. Not many Z87 motherboards offer this out of the box. There are also tons of other features that we typically don’t see with your “typical” Z87 chipset motherboard. Does this bode well for this unique new board? Read on to find out! Let’s get the review started by talking about the 8 Series chipset, but first here’s a quick word about Asus:   Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, cre...



 
 
 
 
 
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ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP

We're focusing on the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, an upper-range peformance card that retails around $420. ASUS is a company that continues to challenge notions and offer cutting edge technology for enthusiasts, and as a result, we've come to expect big things from ASUS. In terms of competition, the R9 280X is positioned against Nvidia's GTX 770, but as you'll see in testing, it's not quite that simple, as there are some apples and oranges comparisons here in terms of features; after all, gaming framerates only tell part of the story. So, let's take a closer look at the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP to find out how it measures up.



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ASUS P9X79-E WS Motherboard Review

Introduction The X79 based chipset motherboards have been out for quite some time now and with the recent launch of Intel Ivy-Bridge E chips, Intel didn’t do much at this time to improve the chipset. Some will say it’s not needed and some will advise against this and say go for the new release of the Z87 based chipset. While the Z87 base chipset did have great improvements for the newly release Haswell chips, we still see a strong stand from the X79 chipset. Today, we are going to take a look at a board from ASUS that has given the X79 chipset a revision which will push the limits and take full use on Ivy-B E. This is the new ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard. What does WS stand for? Well this is designed to be a workstation motherboard for those serious video encoders or server and workload crunching. Of course, it makes for a great enthusiast’s motherboard too.   While this P9X79-E WS (workstation) motherboard is not as mainstream as some of the newer Z87 chipset based boards, ASUS has put together some unique touches to offer better performance and features. Let’s dive in a talk more about what this X79 chipset based board can do.  



ASUS Miracast Dongle

ASUS announced the release of the Miracast Dongle, a small device that allows users to stream content from their mobile devices onto an HDTV or monitor. The ASUS Miracast Dongle supports dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and HDMI wireless streaming of full HD movies, videos, and photos. It is an ideal product for users looking to play games, share photos or watch movies on a larger screen. It can also help users do presentations in a conference room. Specifications Connection Digital connector Resolution Up to 1920×1080 Power Input(USB microB):DC5V/500mA Power consumption: 2.5W (Max) Firmware Upgradable via FOTA Manually firmware upgrade I/O Ports USB2.0 microB HDMI 1.3 (Male)Function key Wireless Technology 802.11 a/b/g/n Dimensions 111 x 32 x 11 mm (WxDxH) Weight 35 g Package Content ASUS Miracast dongle USB adapter USB cable Quick start guide  



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ASUS Announces AMD Radeon R9 and R7 200 Series Graphics Cards

– The new AMD Radeon graphics cards feature exclusive cooling technologies, superior components and performance enhancing options for ultra-stable operation – Fremont, CA (October 8, 2013) – ASUS today announces the launch of its R9 200 and R7 200 Series graphics cards, powered by the latest AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 series graphics-processing units (GPUs). As dedicated gamers have come to expect from Republic of Gamers (ROG), the new Matrix R9 280X graphics card feature exclusive technologies, overclocked core speeds and performance enhancing options. The new R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X DirectCU II models are overclocked to perform faster than reference designs while also featuring DIGI+ voltage-regulator modules (VRMs) for a smooth and stable power supply and GPU Tweak software for tuning the graphics card. The new R7 250 and R7 240 cards benefit from many exclusive ASUS technologies and tools including Super Alloy Power components for superior stability, dust-proof fans for improved card lifespan and GPU Tweak. Matrix — Push the limits The Matrix R9 280X graphics cards benefit from a copper-based thermal design that conducts heat away from the GPU with greater efficiency. Compared to reference Radeon R9 280X designs, ROG Matrix R9 280X cards operate up to 20% cooler and three times (3X) quieter. Coupled with dual 100mm cooling fans, gamers can enjoy ultra-cool and stable game play with minimal noise. The Matrix R9 280X Platinum Edition’s core runs a...



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ASUS Announces the World’s Fastest Wireless Router is Available for Pre-Order

– The ASUS RT-AC68U features dual-core CPU and TurboQAM technology that boosts wireless performance and coverage – Fremont, CA (September 25th, 2013) – ASUS is excited to announce that the RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual-band router is now available for pre-order at select resellers. Capable of delivering speeds up to 1.3Gbps over 802.11ac and 600Mbps over 802.11n thanks to Broadcom TurboQAM technology, the RT-AC68U is the world’s fastest dual-band wireless router*. Powered by a dual-core processor, the RT-AC68U eliminates the performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks. So even on the busiest home networks HD video streaming is always smooth, low latencies enhance online gaming and VoIP calls, and file downloads are not interrupted. The RT-AC68U also features dual USB ports for file, printer and 3G/4G modem sharing that includes a USB 3.0 port for high-speed data transfers. ASUS AiCloud technology transforms home networking into your personal cloud for easy streaming and sharing to smartphones, PCs, and tablets. AiRadar intelligently strengthens the signal for extended and enhanced coverage while dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz technology ensure full backward-compatibility with current wireless devices. Pre-Order Information- The RT-AC68U is available for pre-order at the following resellers- Amazon, NCIX and Newegg SPECIFICATIONS* Full specifications are available at https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U . * Specifications and product ava...



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ASUS Xonar Essence STU DAC/Amp

ASUS’s most recent DAC/amp gets put to the test. This time, the Xonar Essence One gets a new little brother in the Essence STU. The new STU is a sleek-looking, small foot-print DAC/amp with excellent specs. We put it to the test to see how it measures up to other similar solutions! Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Xonar_Essence_STU/



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ASUS ROG Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard Claims 5 Overclocking World Records

– Engineers and renowned overclockers join forces to demonstrate extreme-tuning technologies and technical prowess at OC Main Event in San Francisco – Fremont, CA (September 11, 2013) – ASUS today announced that the Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard has achieved five world records in 3DMark 11, 3DMark Fire Strike, Cinebench, and CPU-Z Memory benchmarks the OC Main Event San Francisco, co-hosted by ASUS and Corsair, sponsored by Intel. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Intel Extreme Edition, pro-overclockers from around the world gathered with ROG team members Shamino, Raja, and coolice. The team was able to establish five world records using the newly-announced Rampage IV Black Edition Motherboard, Intel 4th Generation Core i7 Extreme Edition Processors and Corsair Dominator Platinum Memory in both 2D and 3D configurations. ROG Overclocking: Five Major World Records! Furthering its commitment to the pro-overclocking community, ASUS invited world-class overclockers 8 Pack, Gunslinger, Rbuass, Dumo and Fugger to join forces with ROG team members and engineers Shamino, Raja and coolice. Each brought their unique professional experience, working together to push the Intel Core i7-4960X processors and NVIDIA GeForce TITAN graphics cards to their limits. Shamino, Rbuass, 8 Pack and Gunslinger focused on the demanding 4-way SLI 3DMark 11 and Fire Strike benchmarks. On 3DMark 11, the team posted scores of 38,231 marks and 38,227 mark...



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ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME

Not everyone needs a board built to push the limits of what is possible with up-to-date silicon, but I and many other enthusiasts most definitely do. Achieving records requires a special board, and ASUS’s MAXIMUS VI EXTREME is that board. Is it EXTREME? Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/MAXIMUS_VI_EXTREME/



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ASUS U7 USB Sound Card

ASUS is one company that has for a while now been making quality PC-audio components for both gamers and audiophiles. Good sound quality can come in a variety of packages, and today, we will take a look at the self-powered U7 DAC/Amp solution from ASUS. Not a bulky, grid-powered solution, it makes sense for laptops and uncluttered desktops. The U7 is packed with features for home entertainment and has full 7.1 out and both coax and optical S/P-DIFF, which you don’t see in a lot of external DAC/Amps. Apart from its many connectivity options, the U7 also features a headphone amplifier that can be used with medium demanding headphones. Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/U7/



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ASUS Launches GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Custom-designed PCB and new DirectCU II cooler maximize graphics performance together with exclusive DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power technologies Fremont, CA (July 9, 2013) – ASUS today announced the availability of the GeForce® GTX 780 DirectCU II OC graphics card, the new highest-end offering in its NVIDIA-based graphics card range that delivers an amazing gaming experience. The card features an ASUS-designed PCB and all new DirectCU II cooling system, as well as DIGI+ VRM digital power delivery and robust Super Alloy Power VRM components. The ASUS GeForce® GTX 780 DirectCU II OC features an NVIDIA® GK110-300 GPU with 2304 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 video memory on a 384-bit interface. For avid PC gamers who demand ultra-high detail and readiness for resolutions beyond full HD 1080p, the GeForce® GTX 780 DirectCU II OC card delivers extreme cooling, stability, and endurance well above that of reference card designs. DirectCU II: Up to 30% cooler and three times quieter For the GeForce® GTX 780 DirectCU II OC card, ASUS engineers developed a new thermal design that revolves around a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heatpipe, compared to traditional 8mm heatpipes. This new design contributes up to a 40% improvement in heat transfer efficiency. The cooler also utilizes a custom designed heatsink, which ensures a significantly larger heat dissipation surface area. Extensive testing guarantees the redesigned ASUS DirectCU II cooler features up to 30% lower temperatu...



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ASUS Announces PQ321Q Pre-Order: The World’s First Consumer 4K Monitor

31.5-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor features four-times the resolution of a Full HD display for incredibly detailed and lifelike images Fremont, California (July 1, 2013) — ASUS, a worldwide leader in high performance large screen displays, today announced the exclusive pre-order for the highly-anticipated PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor. Starting July 1st, US consumers will be able to pre-order the world’s first consumer 4K monitor through Newegg, Amazon, or TigerDirect at an introductory MSRP of $3,499 USD. The PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor, a desktop display with a stunning Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, delivers a screen resolution equivalent to four Full HD displays combined. It has a 31.5-inch LED-backlit 4K Ultra HD display (140 pixels-per-inch) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and supports 10-bit RGB ‘deep color’ for vibrant images with more natural transitions between hues. Introducing Cutting-edge IGZO Panel Technology The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel. IGZO panels support much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, enabling much smaller pixels. This allows the PQ321Q to have four times the amount of pixels compared to a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. Despite the increase in pixels, the PQ321Q offers peace of mind by coming with a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty. To ensure the ultimate visual experience, 176-degree wide viewing angles on bo...



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ASUS Launches GeForce® GTX 760 DirectCU Graphics Card

ASUS today announced the GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II, GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, and GTX 760 DirectCU Mini graphics cards, based on the latest 28nm NVIDIA GPU technology. They use 1152 CUDA cores, and have 2GB GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory interface. Exclusive DirectCU coolers ensure up to 20% lower temperatures and twice quieter operation compared to a reference GTX 760. The DirectCU Mini design has been created especially for small form factor PCs and other situations where gamers have to consider interior chassis spacing while demanding fully-fledged performance. It uses the CoolTech fan for wider heat dissipation and lower in-case temperatures. All cards feature exclusive Super Alloy Power components to enhance high load endurance and extend graphics card lifespan. They also use Direct Power architecture to increase stability, lower impedance and power delivery latency, and reduce PCB heat levels. For user-friendly overclocking, the GPU Tweak utility enables intuitive adjustment of graphics card settings. ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC: adding to the sweet spot range Powering the latest DirectX 11 PC gaming, the GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC offers customers excellent value. It runs 1072MHz maximum boost on the core and for video memory uses 2GB of 6008MHz GDDR5. The exclusive DirectCU II cooler has direct GPU-contact copper heatpipes to speed up heat removal, and maintains up to 20% cooler performance than reference. Its dual 80mm fans have been carefully tested to ens...



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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Three Z87 Gaming Motherboards

Fremont, CA (1 June, 2013) – ASUS Republic of Gamers, or ROG, today announced a three-motherboard lineup devoted to users who demand the highest-grade gaming and overclocking motherboards in the industry. Featuring the Intel® Z87 chipset for 4th generation Core™ processors, the trio of ROG motherboards covers a wide audience of gamers and PC performance seekers. Industry-leading design and exclusive features All three motherboards provide customers with the advantages of ASUS and ROG research and design expertise. They build upon the finest board layout and circuitry, and ship with an upgraded ROG UEFI BIOS, which supports user-friendly yet deep modification of PC settings. As always, ROG goes beyond market conventions to give customers more. SSD Secure Erase is incorporated into ROG UEFI BIOS, ensuring hassle-free data removal and SSD performance restoration from within the BIOS without the need for third party software and therefore fewer compatibility issues. The ROG line uses the most premium components to guarantee enhanced stability and long-lasting performance, as shown by the all-digital Extreme Engine Digi+ III, which provides an ultra-precise and stable power delivery architecture for the CPU and memory and comes reinforced with 60A-rated BlackWing chokes, 10K Black Metallic capacitors, and 90% efficient NexFET MOSFETs. These easily handle the most demanding gaming and extreme overclocking sessions. Shared features include 2nd generation T-Topology DRAM ...







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