ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today revealed its complete lineup of gaming gear at CES® 2017 and introduced the first ROG router designed specifically for gamers, Rapture GT-AC5300. The latest additions and refreshes include laptops and motherboards upgraded with or ready for the brand-new 7th Generation Intel® Core™ (‘Kaby Lake’) processors, demonstrating ROG’s commitment to providing cutting-edge performance — and cementing the brand’s reputation as the gaming community’s Choice of Champions.

The 2017 gaming-gear lineup includes the, GX800VH, G701, G752, GL502, GL702, GL553 and GL753 gaming laptops, and GT51CH, GD30, G20CI and GR8 II gaming desktops. Also on display are the latest ROG Maximus IX and ROG Strix motherboards and an extensive collection of gaming peripherals, including the ROG Strix Magnus gaming microphone, ROG Gladius II gaming mouse, ROG Strix Evolve gaming mouse, ROG Strix Impact gaming mouse, and ASUS GX970 gaming mouse.

All ASUS ROG products will be on display at the ASUS Media Suite at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, from 4:00pm–6:00pm on January 4th, 2017, and from 9:00am-6:00pm on 5th-7th January, 2017.

 

Gaming router

ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the first ROG router designed specifically for gaming, featuring tri-band Wi‑Fi, eight-port gigabit-LAN, and its own powerful PC-grade, 1.8GHz quad-core CPU to enable incredibly fast and responsive network gaming. GT-AC5300 also includes two ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports.

The new router benefits from a number of innovative features to make gaming easier, and gameplay faster and smoother than ever. Chief among the gamer-friendly is Gaming Center, which provides an instant overview of the gaming network, so players can see at a glance the current internet status and stability, know how many gaming devices are online and what apps or games they are running. Gaming Center also helps gamers to control their network easily, with many one-click options; and it also shows server ping speeds for popular games from all around the world.

GT-AC5300 is the first gaming router to 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.

The Game Intrusion Prevention System (Game IPS) offers integrated security based on Trend Micro™ technology to provide robust front-line protection for gaming networks. Game IPS allows PC-based anti-virus and firewall software to be temporarily disabled during gaming sessions, freeing up CPU performance for improved gaming speeds — and preventing legitimate game traffic from being blocked.

 

Gaming laptops

ROG’s 2017 gaming notebooks are at the forefront of the Intel 7th Generation (‘Kaby Lake’) revolution, with GX800VH, G701, G752, GL502, GL702, GL553 and GL753 all now available with up to the latest Intel Core™ processors.

GX800VH defies convention to change the game, with the unique Hydro Overclocking liquid-cooling system for extreme overclocking performance, plus NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 in 2-way SLI for powerful, desktop-like performance. GX800VH is also the world’s first gaming laptop with an 18-inch panel and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology for real 4K UHD gaming visuals. It also has the MechTAG mechanical-switch keyboard, which features anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover, and customizable ROG Aura RGB LED effects for each key.

G752 is built to win with unbeatable performance, driven by an unlocked Intel Core i7 processor and a VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. G752’s high-speed DDR4 DRAM is overclocked to run at 2800MHz. It also offers HyperDrive RAID 0 and the latest NVM Express™ (NVMe) and PCI Express® (PCIe®) technologies for blazing-fast storage speeds, ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber for effective and efficient cooling for up to 7°C-cooler GPU temperatures, and a 120Hz panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for super-fast 120Hz refresh rates on its wide-view panel. The world’s first backlit anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover complete G752’s roster of headline features.

G701 is engineered for ultimate speed and unrivaled performance, with an unlocked Intel Core i7 processor and a VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. G701 boasts overclocked DDR4 DRAM at 2800MHz, HyperDrive RAID 0 and NVMe and PCIe technologies for blazing-fast storage speeds, and a 120Hz panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. G701 is finished with a premium Bio-Armor design and the new ROG Armor Titanium with Plasma Copper color scheme.

GL502 and GL702 are compact and potent gaming laptops that offer matchless performance, with up to Intel 7th Generation processors, VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070/1060 GPUs, 120Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC panels, and backlit anti-ghosting keyboards with 30-key rollover. Both laptops are available in the ROG Mist Black with Neon Orange and ROG Armor Titanium with Plasma Copper color schemes.

GL553 and GL753 both deliver powerful gaming performance accelerated by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti/1050 graphics for flawless gaming visuals. GL553 also offers a gamer-friendly keyboard powered by ASUS Aura with four distinct lighting areas for incredible gaming experiences in the dark, plus 30-key rollover and positive 2.5mm key travel. The Cooling Overboost feature offers flexible fan speeds for custom control and better system stability.

 

Gaming desktops

GT51CH is an extremely powerful gaming desktop PC featuring an overclocked 4.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 2-way SLI graphics, and 64GB of fast DDR4 2800MHz memory to let gamers enjoy the latest games with blistering performance and beautiful, stutter-free 4K UHD visuals. Exclusive Aegis III three-way overclocking technology enables easy and safe CPU, GPU[1], and memory overclocking for even better gaming performance and also provides the ability to monitor system stats in real-time.

ROG GT51CH features dynamic ASUS Aura lighting effects for its central air intake and motherboard-mounted LEDs. Gamers can customize Aura with different lighting colors and effects to reflect the feel of the game that is currently being played, or to show their own unique style. ROG GT51CH also has an ESS® SABRE headphone digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amplifier that delivers 32-bit/384kHz output for immersive, dynamic sound with tight, defined bass and minimized noise for incredible gaming audio.

GT51CH also offers expandability and fast connectivity with support for M.2 PCIe 3.0 x 4 (RAID 0) and one front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port and supports quick charge (3A/5V).

 

G20CI is a deceptively powerful small-form-factor (SFF) gaming PC, housed in a compact 9.5-liter chassis. G20CI can be specified with up to the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM for extreme gaming performance and exceptional in-game visuals. It also features full Microsoft DirectX® 12 support. G20CI isn’t just powerful; it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle and has an efficient heat-management system, including two internal fans and copper pipes to dissipate heat.

ROG G20CI has a host of gaming-centric features including ASUS Aura LED effects across three zones of the chassis, an ESS® SABRE Hi-Fi audio headphone DAC and amplifier for incredible audiophile-grade sound, Sonic Suite for the finest gaming-audio experiences with upgraded noise cancellation for crystal-clear in-game communications, ROG GameFirst IV for lag-free gameplay, and other ROG-exclusive gaming software. It also features a new USB 3.1 Gen 2 port with a reversible USB Type-C connector.

GD30 has a brand-new look, with a unique customizable design featuring interchangeable black and white front panels so gamers have the freedom to express their style. It features an up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics for unrivalled performance. And of course, it has the cooling performance to go with all this firepower — ASUS engineers created an intelligent thermal solution to effectively cool the system, with large front and underside air intakes for increased airflow and more efficient cooling.

The latest ASUS Aegis III software enables gamers to monitor system performance, as well as tune and control other system parameters. All new ASUS gaming desktops feature Aura RGB lighting on the motherboard, which can display millions of colors and multiple effects, adding unique style to gamers’ systems. Additionally, the cooling fans are ringed with red LEDs for a colorful accent.

GR8 II is the smallest gaming PC built for VR, and has the most advanced graphics in its class — offering full-on performance with a desktop-grade ASUS-customized NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GPU, 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and 32GB DDR4 memory.

The PC is housed in a tiny four-liter chassis and includes Aura Sync for stunning RGB light shows that can be synchronized with a variety of ROG peripherals, and with 10 different effects. GR8 II can be specified with blisteringly-fast M.2 PCIe SSDs and a 2.5-inch SSD/HDD storage for both increasing game boot-up speeds and hosting a large game library. Two VR-friendly HDMI ports enable simultaneous connection of both a VR headset and a gaming display. ROG GR8 II has a specially-tuned cooling system with an optimized airflow design, copper heat pipes and dual fans to purge heat from the system. Cleverly-designed vents and dedicated chambers for the processor and graphics card ensure the right amount of airflow to each component to provide you with stable performance for non-stop gaming marathons. GR8 II also comes with renowned audio performance with ROG SupremeFX, Sonic Studio III, and Sonic Radar III. In addition, GameFirst IV and Intel Gigabit Ethernet provide gamers epic gaming experiences.

 

Gaming motherboards

Based on the latest Intel® Z270 chipset and ready for the new extreme-performance 7th Generation Intel® Core™ (‘Kaby Lake’) processors, ROG and ROG Strix gaming motherboards are packed with world-leading innovations and ROG-exclusive technologies to deliver epic performance in for all gamers. The ROG lineup includes Extreme, redefined for water-cooling veterans and gamers who demand cutting-edge technologies, Formula for performance-hungry gamers and modders that want to dip their toes into custom water-cooling, and Hero for everyday gaming brilliance, The new additions are Code, a stylish motherboard made for those who love to mod, and Apex, a high-end performance-driven motherboard to appeal to power-user overclockers and gaming enthusiasts.

Also announced was the brand new ROG Strix motherboard lineup, with models crafted to appeal to every type of gamer: ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, ROG Strix Z270F Gaming, ROG Strix Z270H Gaming ATX motherboards, mATX ROG Strix Z270G Gaming and mini-TX ROG Strix Z270I Gaming. Unique, angular patterns inspired by the slashes of a sword lend to ROG Strix series’ striking visual accents, plus a reflective polychrome ROG logo emblazoned on a diamond-cut metal nameplate shines as a mark of gaming pride. ROG Strix Z270 gaming motherboards combine bold aesthetics, premier

Also announced was the brand new ROG Strix motherboard lineup, with models crafted to appeal to every type of gamer: ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, ROG Strix Z270F Gaming, ROG Strix Z270H Gaming ATX motherboards, mATX ROG Strix Z270G Gaming and mini-TX ROG Strix Z270I Gaming. Unique, angular patterns inspired by the slashes of a sword lend to ROG Strix series’ striking visual accents, plus a reflective polychrome ROG logo emblazoned on a diamond-cut metal nameplate shines as a mark of gaming pride. ROG Strix Z270 gaming motherboards combine bold aesthetics, premier performance and incredible SupremeFX audio to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences and style.

Also announced was the brand new ROG Strix motherboard lineup, with models crafted to appeal to every type of gamer: ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, ROG Strix Z270F Gaming, ROG Strix Z270H Gaming ATX motherboards, mATX ROG Strix Z270G Gaming and mini-TX ROG Strix Z270I Gaming. Unique, angular patterns inspired by the slashes of a sword lend to ROG Strix series’ striking visual accents, plus a reflective polychrome ROG logo emblazoned on a diamond-cut metal nameplate shines as a mark of gaming pride. ROG Strix Z270 gaming motherboards combine bold aesthetics, premier performance and incredible SupremeFX audio to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences and style.

For this generation ROG has also added Aura Sync, the world’s first motherboard-controlled synchronized RGB lighting, and introduces 3D-printing-friendly designs — enabling a new era of personalization and customization.

 

Gaming peripherals

ROG Strix Magnus is an all-new gaming microphone with three studio-grade condenser capsules for enhanced clarity and sensitivity — and the very first mic from ROG. Designed for live-streamers and avid gamers, Strix Magnus is both compact and stylish, and is also the industry’s first gaming microphone to offer both environmental-noise cancellation (ENC) and customizable Aura RGB lighting effects. The new gaming mic has an auxiliary port for recording audio from a musical instrument or smartphone, and comes with an external USB hub for connecting additional devices.

ROG Gladius II is an optical gaming mouse optimized for FPS games, with customizable Aura Sync RGB lighting and durable 50-million click Omron® switches. Featuring the exclusive easy-swap switch socket design, ROG Gladius II gives gamers the freedom to customize click-resistance and extend the life-span of the mouse. Gladius II also has a DPI button to toggle sensitivity and a DPI target thumb button for short bursts of instant precision.

ROG Strix Evolve is an innovative mouse featuring a changeable-shape design and Aura Sync RGB lighting. Easily changeable top covers enable four different ergonomic designs, making the mouse equally as comfortably for both left and right-handed gamers alike. Durable 50-million-click Omron switches will ensure that the most-used parts of the mouse, the mouse buttons, will reliably withstand the extra clicks.

ROG Strix Impact is a lightweight and ergonomically-designed ambidextrous mouse designed for maximum comfort during marathon MOBA gaming sessions. Aura Sync RGB lighting offers personalized customizations, and durable 50-million-click Omron switches will deliver dependable clicks for a long time to come. ROG Strix Impact also comes with a two-level DPI button for on-the-fly DPI switching, and an indicator to show the current level setting.

GX970 is a wired gaming mouse featuring a detachable side panel for optimized button layouts in different gaming scenarios. The standard side panel has two thumb buttons that are ideal for light gaming and general computer use. This panel can be switched with the included 10-button thumb panel that is perfect for quickly issuing commands during intense gaming action. GX970 also features onboard memory and intuitive companion software that lets gamers create and store up to three different profiles for optimal performance in different types of games. Additionally, adjustable tracking speed can be set from 50–12,000 DPI and a customizable weight system allows gamers to change the weight of the mouse based on their personal preference.

 

Gaming accessories

Designed for gamers on the go, the Shuttle 3 Backpack is ROG’s third-generation carry case and is able to accommodate laptops with displays of up to 18 inches. It includes ample interior storage space and a built-in fast-draw laptop sleeve, making it easy to remove the machine in moments. Shuttle 3 also has an easy-reach pocket for mobile phones and a special security compartment for other essentials.

The ROG Premium Backpack has an asymmetric, modular design with an internal suspension system and well-padded compartments offer great protection, keeping the Premium Backpack’s contents safe from everyday knocks and bumps. Its durable exterior is manufactured from a water-resistant polyurethane to provide protection against the elements.

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Suvendu Mardi (SAM)
A Graduate, in Computer Application, Hardware Enthusiast, and Die Hard PC Gamer, Work as hardware consultant and building custom systems since 2007