Computex 2010 Show Coverage - Part 7


ASUS Booth - Graphics Cards and Monitors

ASUS Booth - Graphics Cards and Monitors

Spotted at the booth is a pair of Ares cards - "Limited Edition. Unlimited Power", or so goes the slogan. The drool-worthy Ares is made up of dual Radeon HD 5870 GPUs, 4GB of frame buffer, insane cooling with 8 heatpipes, with each 8mm thick, and a powerful fan that boasts over 600% improvement in airflow.

What do you do with all that graphics crunching power? Take advantage of Eyefinity of course! This is one rare demo where 3 of the monitors are running a game in surround while the remaining screens are used for other productivity tasks.

Speaking of screens, there's plenty of new monitors from ASUS for every type needed. This is the ML228H, a 16.5mm slim LED-backlit screen of 21.5 inches in size. Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, eco mode, swivel and touch controls are some of its features.

This is a cousin to the above monitor, but this 22S1E doubles up as a TV with a built-in tuner. Plenty of I/O ports and dual 3W speakers make this a slim and modern TV monitor consideration.

Feel like having some touch-fun? Then go for the new breed of touch monitors that are slowly but surely coming up. The ASUS VT22 here is a 21.5-inch screen using optical touch technology with multi-touch support. Brightness is only rated for 260 candelas, probably due to the extra touch layer affecting this, but the other features are intact like 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 50,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time.

How about a large 3D-ready monitor? The ASUS PG27H is the first 27-inch 3D-ready monitor. 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 120Hz support, compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision, 400 candelas brightness, 20,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time. If you don't mind a smaller 23-inch screen size, the VG236H is quite a performer with 100,000:1 contrast ratio with ASUS Color Shine technology.

For professionals, meet the PA246Q, an IPS panel based monitor, 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, 50,000:1 contrast ratio, 6ms response time, wide color gamut support (Adobe RGB), pivot, swivel, tilt, height adjustment functions and comes with a built-in USB hub and a card reader.