Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/25/2015 11:40 AM [ 17 comment(s) ]
We review a USB 3.1 motherboard from ASUS alongside RAID0 SSD based storage unit that is USB 3.1 compatible. Recently we have tested USB 3.0 SSDs from Samsung (the T1) and that performance was staggering at roughly 400 MB/s. With USB 3.1 now becoming available things change once again as we can reach speeds of an excess of 700 MB/s or better over USB 3.1, and in this article we'll show you all the details involved, and some performance numbers as well of course.
Today we will review the ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum. This product has been designed for the true aficionados that sub-zero cool the product in order to shatter a benchmark or two. For the more regular folks there's still plenty off changes making this product super nice. It has a custom cooler, a custom PCB, quality components and a factory overclock, all that whilst staying silent. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. Oh and hey, it overclocks nicely as well to roughly 1500 MHz on the GPU boost frequency.
We review the ASUS Strix edition of the GeForce GTX 960. Actually not one, but two of them as we go SLI all the way as well! This premium version of the GTX 960 comes with an all silent design, good looks, a factory overclock and very nice overclock potential as well. All that whilst the temperatures do not go out of control. The mainstream graphics card has 2 GB graphics memory and is definitely capable of playing games in 1080P really well. Let's check the product, shall we?
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/27/2015 10:57 AM [ 7 comment(s) ]
Today we'll review the ASUS Z97 SaberTooth Mark S Limited Edition motherboard. It's bright and white alright! Join us in a review on a product that is bound to please the PC gamer. The all white Z97 TUF themed mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nm Haswell and Haswell refresh processors on that Socket LGA1150 platform. It is a mainstream to high-end segmented product amongst the ASUS Sabertooth series that comes with some nice features and very VERY decent overclock potential.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/12/2014 10:56 AM [ 7 comment(s) ]
We test the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980. Armed with a massive liquid cooling block (DirectCU H2O), a custom PCB, quality components and a factory overclock this product is bound to perform, whilst staying silent. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. Oh and hey, it overclocks very nicely!
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/09/2014 09:17 AM [ 18 comment(s) ]
Hot on the heels of the ASUS GTX 970 Strix review, we test the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix. Armed with that h00t of a cooler, a custom PCB, quality components and a factory overclock this product is bound to perform, whilst staying very silent. Heck, the DirectCU II based cooler won't even spin with GPU temperatures up-to roughly 67 Degrees C. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. Oh and hey, it overclocks nicely as well to almost 1500 MHz on the GPU boost frequency.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/24/2014 09:41 AM [ 30 comment(s) ]
We review the new ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix edition. A product that has been overhauled in terms of PCB and cooling. ASUS also clocks the product a little faster then reference. The new DirectCU II based cooler is so good that it won't even spin with GPU temperatures up-to 67 Degrees C. This card however has one8-pin power feed and again, does come with that new revision model DirectCU cooler, the one with the two ROG eyes. The card has 4 GB graphics memory, is energy efficient and factory overclocked for you. You will be surprised by how this card looks, how silent it is, how well it performs and how much it can be overclocked.
In this review we check out the ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard, armed with the X99 chipset and with that luxurious OC panel this motherboard is amongst the most high-end X99 motherboards available on the globe. It's big, fast, ROG themed and has luxurious features and overclocking written all over it. The Rampage V ROG Edition is an E-ATX form factor motherboard for the new Haswell-E series of processors.
In this review we check out the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard, armed with the X99 chipset and is covered in a chocolate dark design with white frosting on top of it. A very nice looking motherboard. It isn't about the looks though as this is a high performance motherboard with a massive feature set like SLI/Crossfire support, AC WIFI, heaps of SATA3 connectors, M.2., overclock features, a cool audio solution, M.2. PCIe compatibility and yeah the means to overclock. Join us in another X99 motherboard review, a product that is bound to tease and please.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/28/2014 10:15 AM [ 59 comment(s) ]
Join us as we review the ASUS Republic Of Gamers Swift PG278Q GSYNC gaming monitor. NVIDIA has announced GSync but 3rd party monitors with that GSYNC module have been hard to get. ASUS outs their second GSYNC compatible monitor, this round they do it with a nice 27-inch WQHD display that can handle a 144 Hz refresh rate and has 1ms response time. The downside, it is a TN screen. So how good is it really ?
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 07/23/2014 10:44 AM [ 48 comment(s) ]
Join us as we test and review the ASUS Essence STX II 7.1 sound card. Asus has some very big shoes to fill and a possibly a more impressive feat of surpassing such well known audio cards, the questions stands will they succeed?
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/24/2014 08:53 AM [ 17 comment(s) ]
Today we'll review the ASUS Z97 SaberTooth Mark 1 motherboard. Join us in a review on a product that is bound to please the PC gamer. The Z97 TUF themed mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nm Haswell and Haswell refresh processors on that Socket LGA1150 platform. It is a mainstream to high-end segmented product amongst the ASUS Sabertooth series that comes with some nice features and very decent overclock potential.
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 STRIX 6 GB Graphics Card Review
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/03/2014 07:47 AM [ 13 comment(s) ]
In this review we test the GeForce GTX 780 STRIX 6 GB Graphics Card from ASUS, the OC edition specifically. The customized product is equipped with a massive cooler that can be air-cooled, this unit comes with a whopping 6 GB graphics memory (rather handy with Watch Dogs we admit) and a verry hip looking cooler. As you can see, the DNA of the DirectCU II cooler is there, but the design is a little bit more well .. let's call it military ? Up-to 70 Degrees C the cooler doesn't even rotate, how's that for silence on an enthusiast class product ?
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/11/2014 09:00 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
In today's review we look at two motherboards, the ASUS Z97-A and ASUS Z97 Deluxe series motherboards. The Z97-A mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nmHaswell processors on Socket LGA1150, including the upcoming Haswell refresh processors. The Z97-A is a very interesting motherboard with an attractive price. The Z97 Deluxe however is exceptional.
In this article we review the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum, this particular model comes with a customized cooling solution. The card 11-inch long card will come with 4GB of graphics memory and an 8-phase power design with a MOS heatsink. Clock frequencies you can expect the card to launch at a 1150 MHz Boost clock frequency with a memory clock at 6008 MHz (affective data-rate).
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/25/2014 09:30 AM [ 5 comment(s) ]
In this review we will benchmark and test the ASUS Radeon R9-290X Matrix Platinum edition. This Radeon R9-290X has been overhauled from A to Z. Yeah, the GPU might have remained in-tact, however the graphics card received an all custom 14-phase digital VRM based PCB, a luxurious cooler, some James Bond style gadgets for the hardcore overclockers and next to that, the product has been factory overclocked towards a nice 1050 MHz on the GPU core. Interesting stuffz we say !
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/18/2014 10:43 AM [ 23 comment(s) ]
We review the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti MATRIX edition. The all customized and LN2 ready product has already been overclocked to 1006 MHz for you, with a boost allowance to 1072 MHz. That makes this a top performing GeForce GTX 780 Ti. It doesn't stop there though as the card comes with terrific looks, good and quiet cooling and has an option or two extra hidden on that 14 GPU Phases empowered PCB. Behold the impressive power of 2880 unlocked Shader processors.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/06/2014 09:38 AM [ 9 comment(s) ]
We review the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC edition. Customized GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards are a hot thing these days, as they are silent, running cool and offer tremendous rendering power for the most heavy games. The customized product is equipped with the ASUS popular DirectCU cooler armed with two fans. It remains to be quiet and keeps temperatures at roughly 70 Degrees C. ASUS clocked this product for you towards 954 MHz on the GPU core, that means it can boost towards 1020 MHz on all of the unlocked 2880 Shader processors available.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/17/2014 08:41 AM [ 22 comment(s) ]
We review the ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC edition. Ever since AMD released their Hawaii based GPUs they have been popular. The reference cards might run hot, but the custom cooled editions from the board partners are becoming very popular. The card tested today comes from ASUS and is armed with the latest revision of the DirectCU II cooler and will get that Hawaii chip chilled down. The DirectCU II card will be equipped with a fully custom PCB design featuring the Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology and high quality C-Caps and MOSFETs. The card is powered through 8-Pin + 6-Pin power configuration and obviously runs at factory overclocked specifications. The card clocks in at 1000 MHz and is clocked to 5040 MHz (effective) on the GDDR5 memory.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/16/2014 10:20 AM [ 15 comment(s) ]
ASUS recently released an update to their Rampage IV series motherboards with a black edition. It's big, fast, black and has tweaking written all over it. The board is just gorgeous and totally pimped out with an OC dock and even stuff like Wireless AC. Today we review the product armed with a Core i7 4960X (Ivy Bridge-E) processor onto this seriously high-end LGA2011 infrastructure. Can we overclock it? Yes we can!
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/13/2013 10:21 AM [ 8 comment(s) ]
In this review we test the GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum edition from ASUS. The customized product is equipped with a massive cooler that can be air-cooled, but you may also connect it to a liquid cooling loop. You get to decide how to use it. Even on air the card remains quiet and keeps temperatures under 70 Degrees C. This GeForce GTX 780 Ti is part of the Republic of Gamers lineup and will feature DIGI+ VRM, highly-durable black metallic capacitors and the DirectCU H20 cooler which combines air and liquid cooling to allow for better performance and quieter operation.
We review, test and benchmark the new GeForce GTX 760 MARS from ASUS. Now you'd think this is a beefed up GTX 760, but the secret sauce really is that it has two 760 GPUs. Yup, the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 MARS has been locked and loaded with two GPUs on a single PCB. That also means a customized PCB and an all new cooler. We have lots to talk about and to show of course, as we'll check the card out with our regular benchmarks, Ultra HD testing, FLIR thermal imaging and a handful of FCAT frametime results as well. Bring it on - Game on !
Every now and then in the PC gaming segment these rules re-apply, bigger = better and faster = better. PC gamers are the more enthusiast aficionado's lots of you all start you graphics card with say a GTX 760 as bare minimum. Often our reader base is in the Radeon HD 7970 and GTX 770/780 range though. That said, PC gamers want the best in performance and visual quality. However it has been quiet in the graphics arena, most video cards albeit faster are similar and over the past year or so not a lot of new technology has been released.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 06/14/2013 11:45 AM [ 10 comment(s) ]
We test and review the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC review edition. The graphics card comes with a factory overclock and an updated DirectCU II cooler that has CoolTech fans. That would be two silent 90mm fans. Overall the card is almost as fast as a GeForce GTX Titan, 100% cool and 100% silent. We test the product with the hottest games like Metro: Last light, Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
We test and review the ASUS ARES II as single card and in Crossfire today. The ARES 2 is a dual-GPU Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Fully customized with 3rd party Liquid cooling. We test the product one one and three monitors in Eyefinity with the hottest games like Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more. This product is based on two Tahiti XT2 GPUs, meaning that it’s clocked higher than one GHz with the ability to Boost the core clock frequency. ASUS unleashed a beast !