updated 10:36 am EDT, Tue June 3, 2014
Asus ROG GR8 gaming PC will ship a variant running Steam OS at a later date
Asus has continued its run of product launches at Computex, with a second event showcasing its Republic of Gamers line of products. Gaming-focused components and accessories are accompanied on stage by a 4K gaming notebook and two gaming PCs, one of which is set to be released as a Steam Machine variant running Valve Software's Steam OS.
The ROG GX500 gaming notebook uses the same 15.6-inch display as the Zenbook NX500 the company launched yesterday, complete with the 100-percent NTSC color gamut. Said to be the thinnest in its class at 19mm (0.75 inches) thick, the GX500 has an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, with an "intelligent dual-fan cooling system" minimizing heat in the 2.2kg (4.8 pounds) notebook.
Asus ROG GX500 gaming notebook
The first desktop, the ROG G20, is a small-form-factor gaming PC built inside a 12.5-liter case, one that uses a hidden airflow tunnel and natural convection for heat management instead of using visible exhaust vents, making it a relatively quiet 25dB when idling. Using an Intel Core i7 processor with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, it also includes an economy mode that brings power consumption down to 20W when activated.
Asus ROG G20
The ROG GR8 is similar to the G20, in using an Intel Core i7 processor and a marginally lower-specification GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics card, but manages to squeeze it into a smaller 2.5-liter case, making it useful as a console replacement. Capable of outputing a 4K image, it includes Gigabit Ethernet and a Miracast receiver, allowing it to receive HD content from smartphones and tablets. While the initial version will run Windows 8.1, a second version with Steam OS will be offered at a later date "in alignment with Valve's Steam Machine schedule."
Asus ROG GR8
The ROG Gladius gaming mouse was one of two peripherals launched, with the wired mouse including a fingertip DPI switch, programmable buttons including two side-mounted switches, and a 6,400dpi optical sensor. The ROG GK2000 gaming keyboard will allow users to customize almost all of the keys, uses mechanical Cherry MX Red switches, and has anti-ghosting technology to prevent unwanted extra key presses.
Also on display were three gaming motherboards, the ROG Aries III water-cooled graphics card, and the ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor. The 27-inch display has a resolution of 2560x1440, is the first to support Nvidia G-Sync technology, and offers a response time of 1ms. While it has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, a dedicated Turbo key will let the screen switch between 60Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz on the fly.
While pricing for the items shown were not offered by the company, it did let on that the gaming desktops and notebook will be available in the United States sometime in the third quarter, with the ROG Swift PG278Q shipping globally from July.