It was a busy weekend for ROG. On April 1, at the Join the Republic: Outshine the Competition event in Berlin, Germany, we introduced a collection of fresh products and an exciting new initiative. Despite the date, this was no joke.
While ASUS Turbo and ROG Strix versions of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti have already been announced, many of you are waiting for the Poseidon. ROG’s latest liquid-and-air hybrid was revealed at the event; it has everything you’d expect, plus a few new touches that take the card to the next level.
Our next-gen DirectCU H2O cooler combines liquid and air in a larger 2.5-slot design. The expanded heatsink boasts 40% more area than its predecessor, while the updated plumbing improves the liquid flow rate by 22%. Support for standard G1/4 fittings make it easy to add the card to custom loops, and dual FanConnect II headers let the card manage system fans for gaming-optimized cooling.
The Poseidon predictably features Aura Sync lighting, but that’s not all. It also adds a new twist with an infinite-reflection badge that lets you stare into an RGB abyss. I can’t wait to see one of these inside In Win’s ROG-certified 805i chassis, which uses a similar effect on its front face. That shouldn’t take long; the ROG Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti will be available in Q2.
Ultra-fast graphics deserve a display that can keep up, so it’s only fitting that we also introduced a new monitor: the ROG Swift PG27VQ. This 27-incher features a frameless design and 1800R curvature that are perfect for panoramic multi-monitor setups. A 165Hz maximum refresh rate combines with NVIDIA G-Sync technology to provide silky smooth graphics, while a speedy 1-ms response time minimizes motion blur.
The PG27VQ has a 2560x1440 WQHD resolution that strikes a good balance between pixel density and performance—you won’t need multiple graphics cards to hit the peak refresh rate. Select versions of the PG27VQ will also use quantum-dot technology to improve the picture quality.
Although most of the action takes place at the front, the latest ROG Swift gaming monitor has illuminated accents on the back. The RGB LEDs are tied into Aura Sync, allowing the monitor to match the glow of the rest of your rig. Look for the PG27VQ in Q3.
Game installs are growing thanks to higher-fidelity assets, video sizes are ballooning due to 4K content, and even photos are getting huge as they pack more megapixels. Networking needs to get faster to keep up, which is why we’ve introduced the ROG Areion 10G NIC. As the name suggests, the card supports 10G networks with 10X the bandwidth of conventional Gigabit Ethernet. Perhaps more importantly, it also supports intermediate 2.5G and 5G speeds, so you can step up to faster networking as your needs evolve. Backward compatibility with Gigabit and old-school 100Mbps networks ensures you can connect to slower networks when required, as well.
The ROG Areion 10G is powered by an Aquantia AQC-107 chip, and it rides a PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface with ample bandwidth for wicked-fast transfers. Pushing data at 10G speeds is serious business, so the card is covered by a full-sized heatsink to keep temperatures in check. We’ve also added easy-to-see LEDs that track network activity and connection speed. The ROG Areion will be available this month.
Our expanding lineup of gaming peripherals has a new member with an ambidextrous design. The ROG Pugio mouse is built for both right- and left-handed use, and we didn’t stop at the shape. The thumb buttons attach with magnets that let you swap sides in seconds. A magnetic cover shields the button area on the other side, preventing your ring or pinky finger from causing unintended clicks.
Under the hood, the Pugio has a precise optical sensor with a 7200-DPI resolution. The left and right clickers are backed by durable Omron switches rated for a staggering 50 million clicks. Those switches are socketed, so you can swap them out to customize the click feel. Aura Sync extends customization to the RGB lighting, which can be controlled independently or synchronized with the rest of your system.
Aura Sync is the most comprehensive full-system lighting solution around, and it’s about to get even better. We’re working on an Aura SDK that gives game developers real-time control over the lighting on compatible motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals, and other components. This initiative has enormous potential for games and other software, and I’m eager to see how developers take advantage. The Aura SDK will be officially launched at Computex, so stay tuned for more details.
The Outshine the Competition event wasn’t just about introducing new gear. We also showed off the latest ROG products, including our jaw-dropping Maximus IX Extreme motherboard and HDR-infused Swift PG27UQ monitor. Hit the link below for the full press release.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Latest Gaming Lineup
at Join the Republic: Outshine the Competition Event
Showcase includes ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, ROG Swift PG27VQ and PG27UQ gaming monitors, and other exciting products and peripherals
- Latest ROG gaming gear showcased at ROG Join the Republic: Outshine the Competition event in Berlin, Germany
- ASUS Aura SDK beta program heralds new ROG working relationship with selected hardware partners to further Aura illumination capabilities
- ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti features next-gen DirectCU H2O technology and patented wing-blade 0dB fans for optional air or liquid cooling
- ROG Swift PG27UQ and PG27VQ gaming monitors, along with other products and peripherals, were introduced at the event
- ASUS ROG Vice President Jackie Hsu also revealed that ROG is the No. 1 gaming brand worldwide, according to media and fan polls
Berlin, Germany (1st April, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced an exciting lineup of products at the first ROG Join the Republic: Outshine the Competition worldwide event in Berlin, Germany.
World-leading gaming gear on display includes the ROG Poseidon GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, featuring next-gen DirectCU H2O technology and patented wing-blade 0dB fans, with hybrid cooling using either air or liquid for ultimate performance. Also shown were ROG Swift PG27VQ, the world’s first RGB LED monitor, ROG Swift PG27UQ, a high-dynamic-range (HDR) display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and ROG Maximus IX Extreme, the world’s first motherboard with an integrated water-cooling monoblock that integrates flow-rate, temperature and leak detectors. ROG also revealed the all-new ASUS Aura SDK beta program, a forthcoming developer toolkit to further the capabilities and benefits of our Aura illumination technology.
ASUS ROG Vice President Jackie Hsu took to the stage to announce that ROG is now the No. 1 gaming brand worldwide, according to media and fan polls. "ROG will continue to grow and outshine the competition. We’re the world’s No.1 gaming brand because we always listen our customers – the planet’s finest gamers," said Mr Hsu.
The event was also notable for the presence of a large number of Powered by ASUS systems — all showcasing the cool potential of Aura Sync — from many of our worldwide partners including Boostboxx by CSL Computer, AbsolutePC, Azerty, Chillblast, Gamecomputer.nl, Jimm’s PC, Komplett, LDLC.com, Life informatica, Materiel.net, MM-Vision, MyCom, Neobyte, Overclockers UK, PcComponentes, PC Specialist, SCAN, Tones.be and Webhallen. Using these Powered by ASUS systems and ROG GR8 II, fans were delighted to participate in the latest exciting games from Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media® Company — Quake® Champions and Prey® — before their official launch.
ASUS Aura SDK beta program
Since the first introduction of our Aura lighting technology almost two years ago, ROG has been evolving the thinking around how to make lighting even more personalized and functionally impressive. As an example, Aura can already cast effects that react to CPU and GPU temperatures in real time. Now, we’re ready to take things one step further — with the introduction of the Aura SDK.
This concept demonstrates how the Aura SDK enables ASUS Aura Sync-capable gear, from motherboards and graphics cards to memory, cases and peripherals, to provide gamers with even better synced lighting aesthetics that developers can now fully integrate into their games, thus having PC gear lighting in accordance to in-game action in real time
The official Aura SDK program will be launched at Computex 2017 and aims to enhance collaboration with third parties, including game publishers, for further integration. ASUS will also continue working closely with gaming hardware manufacturers producing Aura Sync-capable gear to ensure that Aura effects meets the aesthetic and functional demands of the world’s best gamers.
ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card
The ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card features next-gen DirectCU H2O hybrid cooling technology for complete flexibility — with the choice of air or liquid cooling. Compared to the previous-generation design the DirectCU H2O’s in-channel water-flow rate has been increased by 22 percent for better heat dissipation. With a new G1/4-inch terminal block, Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti allows gamers choose from a wide variety of fittings and makes plumbing a custom water loop easier than ever. Patented wing-blade 0dB fans with IP5X certification deliver maximum air flow and longer fan lifespan.
To keep chassis temperatures under control, our ASUS FanConnect II provides CPU- or GPU-controlled fan headers and a comprehensive set of tuning options with GPU Tweak II to optimize system cooling even further. The Poseidon is built using the ASUS exclusive Auto-Extreme technology and features premium components for the very best in quality and reliability. When it comes to styling, Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti implements a reflective design concept with ASUS Aura Sync, giving the illusion of a lighting effect that extends to infinity — enabling gamers to build systems that easily outshine the competition.
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including the all-new MaxContact, an industry-first GPU cooling technology that features an optimized copper spreader that provides a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. MaxContact, together with three patented wing-blade 0dB fans, ensure Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti delivers 30-percent-cooler and 3X-quieter performance than reference cards. The fans are IP5X dust-resistant for improved reliability and a longer lifespan.
ASUS FanConnect II provides CPU- or GPU-controlled fan headers and a comprehensive set of GPU Tweak II tuning options to optimize system cooling even further. Each card is built using the ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, and features 10+2 phases Super Alloy Power II components to ensure premium quality and reliability. Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti also features synchronized ASUS Aura Sync for complete RGB LED customization and personalization. A VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports lets gamers keep a VR headset connected to their system for immersive, virtual-reality gaming any time.
ROG Swift PG27VQ: 27-inch curved gaming monitor with ASUS Aura Sync
The 27-inch ROG Swift PG27VQ is a curved gaming monitor with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) panel and NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, providing smooth, immersive panoramic gaming experiences. Quantum-dot display technology gives PG27VQ a wide color gamut for more realistic colors and smooth color gradations
ROG Swift PG27VQ is the world’s first gaming monitor with ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting technology, projected from rear of the display. This enables gamers to synchronize their illumination effects with the on-screen action, as well as with other Aura Sync-capable peripherals, providing unlimited personalization and style.
Swift PG27VQ has a 165Hz refresh rate to eliminate lag and motion blur to give gamers the upper-hand in fast-paced first-person shooters, racing, real-time strategy and sports titles. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to ensure visuals that are free of tearing and lag.
ROG Swift PG27UQ: 4K UHD HDR monitor with 144Hz refresh rate
The 27-inch ROG Swift PG27UQ is a G-SYNC HDR gaming monitor that is the very first to offer stunning 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) gaming visuals at an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate. It provides gamers with detailed 4K UHD visuals at extremely smooth frame-rates, in addition to the ultimate gaming experience; it comes with incredible contrast, deep saturated colors, and stunning brightness.
Swift PG27UQ features HDR technology for a peak brightness several times greater than standard displays for stunning, vivid visuals. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 384 zones, enabling very high contrast for richer, more natural dark scenes. Quantum-dot technology provides brighter images and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 color gamut. DCI-P3 has a 25-percent-wider color range than sRGB, resulting in more realistic colors.
ROG Strix XG27VQ 144Hz curved gaming monitor
The 27-inch ROG Strix XG27VQ is a curved Full HD gaming monitor featuring a wide-view technology panel and a frameless design. This makes it perfect for multi-display surround setups for an immersive panoramic gaming experience. The display’s curvature ensures every point is equidistant to the player’s eyes. It includes Ultra Low Blue Light and Flicker Free technologies to ensure a comfortable viewing experience during marathon gaming sessions. Its 144Hz refresh rate and Adaptive Sync technology provide super-smooth gaming visuals that are stutter- and tear-free.
Strix XG27VQ has a gaming-inspired design that features ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back to add ambience to any gaming setup.
ROG SLI HB Bridge
The all-new ROG SLI HB (High-Bandwidth) Bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth of the previous generation to deliver detailed graphics and silky smooth gameplay. It supports multiple 2-way configurations — both 3-slot and 4-slot — for maximum flexibility. ROG SLI HB Bridge features ASUS Aura RGB lighting and ASUS Aura Sync for perfectly synchronized lighting across an entire gaming setup.
ROG Areion 10G Ethernet card
With an eye on the rising demand on network resources and bandwidth, ROG Areion 10G PCI Express® 3.0 x4 Ethernet card is designed for the demanding requirements of power users. Compatible with five transfer rates — 10Gbps, 5Gbps, 2.5Gbps 1Gbps, and 100Mbps — and featuring speed-indicator LEDs for easy LAN-speed monitoring, ROG Areion 10G has a full-size heatsink for cool full-load performance and is powered by a high-performance Aquantia AQtion™ AQC107 LAN chip.
“ASUS Republic of Gamers products are performance-leaders in the enthusiast gaming market, and the new ROG Areion 10G card is no exception,” said Kamal Dalmia, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aquantia Corp. "We are pleased that ASUS has selected the Aquantia AQtion™ AQC107 10Gbps Ethernet Controller as the perfect solution for gamers who want the extreme performance that is 10 times faster than today’s Gigabit LAN.”
ROG Strix H270I Gaming motherboard
To continue the proud legacy of ASUS Pro Gaming Series motherboards, ROG Strix H270I Gaming is the latest compact mini-ITX gaming motherboard in the ROG Strix fold. Featuring the innovative double-decker PCH+M.2 heatsink that’s thermally isolated to cool M.2 SSDs by up to 20°C SSD for unthrottled performance. Strix H270I Gaming also features crystal-clear SupremeFX S1220A audio, ASUS Aura Sync, dual M.2 PCIe® 3.0 x4 slots and dual Gigabit LAN.
ROG Strix Magnus USB gaming microphone
Strix Magnus is ROG’s first microphone designed especially for game streamers. This compact gaming microphone has three individual studio-grade condenser capsules for pristine recording quality, environmental-noise-cancelation (ENC) technology and ASUS Aura RGB lighting with ASUS Aura Sync support.
ROG Pugio gaming mouse
ROG Pugio offers a truly ambidextrous design with configurable side-button layout, so gamers no longer have to alter their natural grip style to avoid accidental clicks on unwanted side buttons. The optical gaming weapon also features an exclusive push-fit switch socket design, allowing gamers to easily vary click resistance and extend the lifespan of the mouse by replacing the mouse switches. Pugio’s performance is topped off with aggressive aesthetics and angular, dynamic ASUS Aura RGB lighting with ASUS Aura Sync support.
ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 gaming router
ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the first ROG router designed specifically for gaming. It features ROG Gaming Center, which provides an instant overview of the gaming network, so players can see at a glance the current internet status and stability, and device connections.
Rapture GT-AC5300 offer users three levels of game acceleration. Two of the eight LAN ports are dedicated gaming ports that prioritize network traffic to devices connected to those specific ports. The router also has a Game Boost feature that works in conjunction with two dedicated gaming ports to prioritize gaming traffic for the best networking speeds, as well as individual speeds for each connected gaming device. Users also have the ability to set up a private gaming network, to accelerate the connection between the router and preferred game servers.
Rapture GT-AC5300’s Game Intrusion Prevention System (Game IPS) offers integrated security based on Trend Micro™ technology to provide robust front-line protection for gaming networks.
ROG Strix GD30 Gaming Desktop
ROG Strix GD30 is a powerful gaming desktop featuring a sleek black-and-white design, with interchangeable front panels that allow gamers to customize the system to suit their unique style. Equipped with up to the latest 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics, ROG Strix GD30 delivers unrivaled performance for incredible gaming and multimedia experiences.
An advanced thermal system — featuring large air vents at the front and underside plus an isolated power supply chamber — provides improved airflow for better cooling and greater system efficiency. Exclusive ASUS Aegis III software enhances gaming experiences by allowing gamers to track CPU and memory usage, monitor networking status, and control fan speeds and ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects.
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.
 Requires an Aura-ready motherboard.