Who says ASUS' CE arm gets all the fun? The Padfone may have grabbed all the headlines yesterday with its unique take on the hot tablet and smartphone segments, but ASUS' ROG team too had prepared a product launch featuring the brand's latest motherboards, graphics cards, gaming notebooks and peripherals. All these new, high performance products were unleashed to the media earlier today.
As a brand, ROG has a relatively short history of five years, but all signs are there that ROG is rapidly expanding from its original motherboard products. Graphics cards and notebooks have followed and the latest member of the ROG family is the Vulcan, a gaming headset with active noise-cancelling technology.
While the media politely applauded the new Vulcan gaming headphones, the stars of ROG are undoubtedly the motherboards. There was near pandemonium among the media when ASUS revealed its mystery product, a conceptual motherboard codenamed Danshui Bay. An audacious idea, Danshui Bay puts two generations of CPU and memory architectures on the same board, with Intel's Socket LGA1366, X58 chipset sharing PCB with its upcoming Socket LGA 2011, X79 chipset. We really can't imagine how ASUS will pull this off.
Of course, there were plenty of ROG motherboards that are actually shipping, with ASUS updating the ROG series with some of the latest chipsets, with two ROG boards based on the new Intel Z68 Express chipset and one based on AMD's 990FX.
Then there's the ROG graphics cards, with the dual GTX 580 monster, Mars II, given an airing too. This card comes with three 8-pin power connectors and take up three slots. With the presence of two, true GTX 580 cores, the Mars II technically has a higher overclocking headroom than NVIDIA's own dual GPU card, the GTX 590.