Asus announces new ROG monitors and a desktop designed for VR

Launched in 2006, Asus’ Republic of Gamers range has since established itself as one of the premier brands targeted at the PC gaming enthusiast. This week, the company is using CES 2016 as a platform to showcase some of the products set to release over the course of the line’s tenth anniversary year.

Headlining the announcement is the ROG GT51 gaming desktop, the winner of a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the hotly contested Gaming and Virtual Reality category. The rig boasts a sixth generation Intel i7-6700K processor that’s complemented by one or two Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X cards in SLI.

A high-spec internal cooling system has been designed to ensure that the GT51 won’t overheat, even during particularly mammoth gameplay marathons. The system also features a USB 3.1 Type-C port on its front panel, as well as an eye-catching ATX chassis with custom lighting effects.

Given that this is a desktop aimed squarely at video game enthusiasts, Asus has made sure that it offers plenty of overclocking options for users chasing optimum performance. ROG Turbo Gear makes it possible to overclock the system with just one click, while the ROG Band offers access to powerful functionality including Shadow Drive.

Asus ROG XG2 external docking station
Asus ROG XG2 external docking station

Asus is also fielding a new selection of monitors, extending its MG Series. The company plans to release a 24-inch and a 28-inch display as part of the range, both of which will boast a 4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, and access to functionality like GameVisual picture profiles and Ultra-Low Blue Light Filter technology.

The 24-inch model is being sold on its IPS panel, which Asus describes as having ‘outstanding’ color fidelity in addition to wide viewing angles. Meanwhile, the 28-inch display counteracts ghosting and motion blur with an impressive one millisecond response time.

Finally, the ROG XG Station 2 looks to allow notebook gamers to supplement their portable play with a desktop-standard graphics card. Users simply need to insert a compatible card into the dock and plug it into their laptop to enjoy noticeably improved performance in the latest video games — and the XG Station 2 even charges your laptop while it’s in use.

More information on the wide array of ROG products announced at CES 2016 is available from the official Asus website.


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