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ASUS Unveils ARES II Graphics Card and ROG RAIDR Express SSD at CES 2013

ASUS Unveils ARES II Graphics Card and ROG RAIDR Express SSD at CES 2013

ASUS has introduced new products which will elevate gaming and home entertainment - the ROG ARES II graphics card with dual AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs and the Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition USB DAC with headphone amplifier. Also announced is the compact E2KM1-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard that provides a solid energy-saving foundation for home theater PCs, as well as a sneak preview of the ROG RAIDR Express high-performance solid-state storage device for desktop PCs at the CES 2013.

Packing two AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs, the limited-edition ROG ARES II graphics card's slender two-slot design suits a variety of PC cases. With a new hybrid thermal design that combines liquid and air cooling, the ROG ARES II outperforms the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 reference card by a significant 13%, yet while operating at 31°C lower temperatures. Featuring 6GB of GDDR5 video memory for ultra-detailed settings in the latest games at resolutions of 1920 x 1200 and beyond, exclusive 20-phase power delivery with hardened Super Alloy Power long-life components better withstand heat and stress, prolonging the lifespan of ROG ARES II by up to 2.5 times than the stock card. ASUS DIGI+ VRM digital voltage regulation further enhances stability and offers precise overclocking control, managed with the bundled ASUS GPU Tweak utility.

Designed for compact home theater PCs, the ASUS E2KM1-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard comes pre-configured with a dual-core AMD E2-2000 processor and Radeon HD 7340 DirectX 11-compatible graphics capable of 1080p Full HD video playback. It also features exclusive Wi-Fi GO! technology for seamless wireless connectivity with smart TVs, PCs, smartphones and tablets.

For sound, the ASUS Xonar Essence One MUSES Edition USB DAC with headphone amplifier enhances PC audio output for true Hi-Fi quality. It includes six premium MUSES 01 Op-Amps from the New Japan Radio Company, 8x symmetrical upsampling for increased precision in audio reproduction, ensuring that no detail is lost, and dedicated 600-ohm headphone amplifier, improving audio tone and timbre with dynamic sound range extension for greater listening enjoyment.

Delivering significantly faster data transfer speeds and game loading times than SATA-based SSD storage, thanks to the greater bandwidth of its PCI Express interface, the ROG RAIDR Express maintains full compatibility with all major chipsets and operating systems, and can be used as a bootable drive for accelerated PC performance across the board.

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