Among the plethora of Z690 motherboards announced by ASUS, they also included several new PC components in their Break All Limits online launch event.
Because of how power is being consumed by the new Intel CPUs after being delivered by the new motherboards, the timing of releasing a new PSU by ASUS is impeccable. The new king of the hill ROG Thor 1600W Titanium is designed to handle just that but with utmost efficiency because of its Titanium rating, obtainable only with 90% + efficiency between 10% to 100% load. The ambitious combination combining digital control design and solid-state gallium-nitride components creates a result of a steady 93.54% efficiency at 100% load – very impressive. Announced together with it is the sub-variant coming in 1200W, 1000W, and 950W.
These newly announced power supply units leverage a new 135mm fan built with highly-swept blades through the latest axial-tech design, a compact fan hub, and an outer barrier ring to generate cooling without raising the decibel count, applicable up to 50% load. Coupled with the big heatsinks taking heat off discrete and delicate IC components, the entire durability and longevity of the entire PSU get extended with ease. These achievements made by strict requirements have earned the new ROG Thor products the Lambda A++ certification which if you don’t know, is a noise performance standard created by Cybenetics where the A++ rating requires testing units to produce less than 15dBA and as expected, every single PSU in the new lineup passed it. By the way, the ROG OLED power gauge is now present across all models with an arresting mirrored border with the Aura RGB shine through the ROG cutout, controllable through Aura Sync.
For the traditional gamers who mostly stick to 1080p gaming, the new ROG Strix XG276Q in Space Gray provides a set of balance performance at 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms GtG response times, and its DisplayHDR400 compliant. To make the setup less clunky and tidy, the monitor stand consists of a tripod that can be hooked up by a webcam or microphone. Aside from that, ROG Strix monitors in sizes 23.8 and 24.5-inches are available as well.
Moving towards the ultrawide gang, the brand new XG309CM is a great option as the 29.5-inches display runs a 2560 x 1080 resolution but with a refresh rate of up to 200Hz together with 1ms GtG response time for a slick and smooth gaming experience. Additionally, the ELMB Sync basically combines ELMB and variable refresh rate techs together so that gamers can get the best out of both worlds. On the back, there’s a USB-C port that can be connected by a laptop to act as a secondary display while having the hub feature to carry signals of your keyboard, mouse and other peripherals in one go. And that’s not all because the integrated KVM switch for easy profile switching and the ability to control 2 sets of different PCs at once with the same input is what making this monitor special. Physical design-wise, the same tripod display stand similar to the one in the ROG Strix XG276Q is there too.
Perhaps the flashiest gaming headset to date by ASUS, the ROG Delta S headset contains a pair of AniMe Matrix display on each side of the ear cups which are programmable to show off either a dedicated unique style for more style points or synchronized with audio output to be visualized together with the rest of the peripherals. Packing an industry-leading ESS 9281 Quad DAC with MQA support together with ASUS’s 50mm Essence drivers, rest assured that you’ll be getting an impeccable audio experience while the AI Noise-Cancelling Microphone filters distractive cues and focuses on capturing your voice only. A bit of a bummer is that it uses either a USB-A or USB-C connector instead of the 3.5mm audio jack.
For the Malaysia release of these 4 products, it is still unconfirmed at the moment so stay tuned for the upcoming updates of local availability for them.