According to Yu, Avalon is the desktop form factor re-defined, providing a swappable back I/O panel for flexible connectivity, a cable-free power supply interface, a plug-and-play SSD cage, a graphics adapter board, and support for both liquid and air cooling. Thanks to Avalon’s unique modular design, DIY system builders can swap out components quickly and easily, and won’t have to deal with messy cabling. The motherboard that’s built into Avalon is based on Intel’s Z170 chipset.
ROG Rampage V Edition 10 — Extreme-performance gaming motherboard
Yu also briefly talked about the ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard that’s based on Intel’s X99 chipset. That means this mainboard supports the new Intel Core i7 processors for socket LGA 2011-v3 and extreme overclocking. This board is backed by the company’s Extreme Engine Digi+ voltage-regulator module, T-topology technology, and 5-Way Optimization for one-click overclocking.
As for other notable features, the board includes Fan Xpert 4 technology for optimal cooling, the SupremeFX Hi-Fi audio amplifier, dual gigabit Ethernet ports from Intel powered by GameFirst technology, and a “reinvented” PCI Express slot called SafeSlot, which sets out to protect that expensive graphics card from damaging power jolts. Other goodies include 3×3 Wi-Fi, support for U.2 and M.2 drives, USB 3.1, and an integrated I/O shield.
ROG G31 Edition 10 — Compact gaming desktop
Next up was the ROG G31 Edition 10 gaming desktop sporting two GeForce GTX 1080 cards in SLI mode crammed inside a compact, 20-liter chassis. Yu said that this solution provides 171-percent better performance than a single GTX 1080 card in a typical chassis when running Doom in a 4K resolution and Ultra High settings. Keeping these cards cool is the company’s 3D vapor-chamber thermal technology that uses dual hidden-airflow channels.
While the hardware details really weren’t exposed, the desktop’s outer appearance is rather futuristic, marked with red Mayan-style stripes against a dark, abstract exterior. Asus later told the press that the desktop includes a dedicated ESS audio DAC and amplifier headphone jack that cranks out Hi-Fi-grade audio.