Good news Asus ROG fans - the two motherboards many of you have been pining for have finally been launched by Asus in its first Computex 2014 announcement. In fact, there's a whole raft of awesome gear on the way from the ROG labs including PCs and peripherals too. The words are from Asus and not our own:
Asus Maximus VII Impact
Maximus VII Impact is the most powerful and highly-specified Z97-based mini-ITX gaming motherboard, with a layout that delivers maximum compatibility with CPU coolers and expansion cards.
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It includes Impact Power II, a specially-engineered full-scale power card for exceptional performance, the SupremeFX Impact II dedicated audio card and the mPCIe Combo IV + 802.11ac/ Bluetooth 4.0 module, which features PCIe x4 bandwidth. It also benefits from Impact CoolHub, an optional card with two additional 4-pin fan headers along with an LN2 header for ultra-low-temperature overclocking adventures.[/i]
Asus Maximus VII Formula
Maximus VII Formula is ROG’s flagship Z97-based ATX gaming motherboard. All-new CrossChill Copper is engineered with a copper cooling channel that’s incredibly effective at removing heat. It’s great on air, and with liquid-cooling critical MOSFET temperatures are lowered by up to 23°C. The G1/4-inch threaded fittings mean CrossChill Copper is ready for existing cooling setups.
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Maximus VII Formula includes ROG’s celebrated SupremeFX Formula 2014 technology for audio that’s as great as a dedicated sound card. With cutting-edge electromagnetic interference (EMI) isolation and exceptionally-premium components, SupremeFX Formula 2014 delivers best-in-class 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) audio output for gaming punch and Hi-Fi excellence. Exclusive Sonic SenseAmp technology automatically detects headphone impedance and adjusts accordingly, and SupremeFX Formula 2014 is able to drive up to 600ohm headphones. Moreover, hardware-level Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres.
ROG’s best motherboard is pre-fitted with mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0, a compact connectivity module that delivers the latest wireless technologies along with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) and M.2 (10Gbit/s PCIe x2 and 6Gb/s SATA) slots.
ROG Ares III water-cooled gaming graphics card
ROG exhibited the limited-edition Ares III, the world’s fastest gaming graphics card powered by hand-chosen dual Radeon™ Hawaii XT GPUs, water-cooled to deliver 25%-cooler performance than reference R9 295X, and supported by 8GB of super-fast GDDR5 memory. The Ares III showcases exquisite craftsmanship and this can be seen in its sleek custom-designed EK water block and hand-carved details. Just 500 Ares III units will be manufactured, and each will be numbered individually, reflecting its collectible status.
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ROG Crossblade Ranger gaming motherboard
Our loyal users have long demanded that we produce an AMD-based powerhouse and the result is Crossblade Ranger — ROG’s first FM2+ gaming motherboard. Crossblade Ranger is equipped with ROG’s core game-boosting features, available on the latest Maximus VII (Z97) motherboards, including expertly optimized SupremeFX 2014 audio with SenseAmp and Sonic Studio technology, ultra-fast Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay, as well as the KeyBot, an instant keyboard-upgrade utility.