Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (21 March, 2014) – On March 16th,
the 2014 ASUS & NVIDIA Gamers’ Gathering (ANGG) saw local Gamers and Tech
Enthusiasts coming together to witness some of the latest gaming technology
available for the first time here in Malaysia. A total of 45 pre-selected
participants, consisting of elite tech enthusiasts and avid PC Gamers attended
the closed-door event held in Orange Esports Stadium, Setapak. The exclusive
gathering cum sneak preview of cutting edge gaming technology welcomes back
Hugo Hsu of NVIDIA who helms NVIDIA’s Desktop GPU Segment Sales. Also gracing
the event was Lim Wei Lun, Product Director of IAHGamers.

“The main focus of ASUS
& NVIDIA Gamers’ Gathering has always been introducing new technology and
innovations to gamers and tech enthusiasts who embrace DIY PC Gaming as their
primary gaming kick. Therefore in the second installation of ANGG, we are
extremely pleased to have NVIDIA to showcase some of their new products which
have yet to be made available locally. One of products were the NVIDIA G-SYNC
Technology and Steam Machine powered by NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card,” said Azy
Chua, Country Product Manager at ASUS Malaysia.
Demonstration of NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology awed Participants
The event was kick-started by the live demonstration of NVIDIA
G-SYNC Technology. The demo was carried out using two units of ASUS’ very own
gaming display monitors, the VG248QE. In order to showcase the clear advantage
of the G-SYNC Technology, Hugo Hsu prepared two rigs with one of the display
monitor equipped with the G-SYNC Kit. During his hands-on presentation, he
explained that when V-SYNC was activated, it will cause long latency and
stutter. On the other hand when V-SYNC was switched off it will cause
‘tearing.’ To overcome the latency, stutter and tearing issues, NVIDIA has
specially developed the G-SYNC Technology which continually synchronizes
display refresh rates with the GPU, thus eliminating tearing issues and
minimizing display stutter and input lag. Although the NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
has been announced some time ago, it is a technology best presented live since
the synchronization between the GPU and the display monitor would be difficult
to be captured through pictures and videos.
Unveiling of
the ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti Platinum Graphics Card
The evolution of the graphics card in the gaming technology came
a peak with the introduction of the ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti Platinum graphics
card. The ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti Platinum graphics card which was recently
launched worldwide on 19th March was brought to the event for
participants to touch-and-feel the new features of the card. The ROG Matrix
graphics card which was designed for serious gamers has quickly garnered the
reputation of being the coolest, quietest and smoothest graphics card available
with the ability to create the perfect balance between spectacular power and
out-of-the-box simplicity. It sports a brand new DirectCU II outlook with an
all-black heatsink design as well as the new exclusive Memory Defroster
technology. The ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti Platinum graphics card was assembled
alongside the ROG Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard and specially selected
games were installed to put its performance to test. There were namely
Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins.
“Having tested numerous graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX
780 Ti is certainly the fastest graphics card in terms of gaming performance.
Also, the focus NVIDIA has put on the development and optimization of GeForce
Drivers is impressive, as it provides end-users with the best gaming
experience. In ANGG, we have decided to present the ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti
Platinum to the participants complemented by their favourite games which they
are able to relate to. And of course, we are absolutely confident that the
fastest graphics card under ASUS’ Matrix DNA would be able to tame any game
available,” commented Juan Chong, the Technical PR at ASUS Malaysia.

Showcasing of
the ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Platinum in Air Cooling and Hybrid Cooling Technology
Sharing the same vision and passion in promoting high
performance DIY PC, ASUS Malaysia was glad to once again collaborate with
Vector the Desk PC provider and A.P.E.S for supporting the water cooling parts.
The ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Platinum was presented in a unique way where two rigs
were installed in a single Desk PC with each rig equipped with the mentioned
graphics card in Air Cooling and Hybrid Cooling mode respectively. In such an
arrangement, participants were able to witness the direct comparison between
the Air Cooling and Hybrid cooling in the exact same environment. The Hybrid
Cooling achieved 31 degree cooler temperature in full load compared to the Air
Cooling. Although NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology remained the highlight of the exclusive
event, the ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Platinum presentation certainly made the most
eye-catching appearance of the day.
Maxwell GPUs Provides 135% Better Performance and 2X Lower Power Consumption
In another comparison setup, the ASUS GeForce GTX 750 TI OC
graphics card based on NVIDIA Maxwell architecture was pitted against the ASUS
GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP graphics card. Through this showcase,
participants were presented with the improvement achieved by NVIDIA in both
performance and power efficiency throughout the years. 4 years after the Fermi
based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti was introduced, NVIDIA managed to improve its
mid-range lineup by 4X better power efficiency and 2X performance upgrade via
the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card. To show the participants a clearer
comparison, a Watt Meter was installed in both the rigs as they undergo the FurMark
Stress Test. The ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC clocked 155w power usage compared
to 254w of the ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP.
Steam Machine
excites Avid Gamers
Ever since Valve announced its Steam Machine project at the end
of 2013, it has created a wave of excited anticipation by both Tech Enthusiasts
and Gamers. Its near negligible hardware limitation and the FREE SteamOS has
made the news more than well received. A total of 300 high-range Steam Machine
equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 was first rolled-out to select
beta-testers. In the ASUS & NVIDIA Gamers’ Gathering, Hugo Hsu presented
his very own DIY Steam Machine powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti which was
specially flown in from Taiwan. In a hands-on demonstration, Hugo Hsu showed
the participants the difference between SteamOS and Steam on PC though the game
Metro: Last Light. On the other hand, ASUS Malaysia also collaborated with
local dealer, C-Zone Sdn Bhd to assemble a ROG Steam Machine. The machine was
equipped with ROG MARS 760 Dual GPU graphics card and MAXIMUS VI Impact
Test-Play of the Long Anticipated Game, Blacklight Retribution
Blacklight Retribution, developed by Zombie Inc is a free to play
sci-fi first person shooter (FPS) game based on an apocalypse warzone. Boasting
of intense graphics and combining it with smooth yet tactical gunplay,
Blacklight Retribution is a serious contender in the FPS game genre. Thanks to
IAHGames the game publisher, participants were given the opportunity to play
firsthand the Blacklight Retribution game which has been scheduled to be
available in Malaysia around April 2014. Blacklight Retribution was also used
as the main game to test GeForce ShadowPlay technology as well. Participants
were particularly pleased with the GeForce ShadowPlay feature and would
consider using it as their primary gaming recording tool in the future. In a
presentation by Chooi Yi Hui of IAHGames, certain unique features of Blacklight
Retribution piqued the interest of the participants. The Hardsuit feature is a
mechanized suit equipped with weapons of mass destruction and thick defense.
The game also allows weapon customization in regards to muzzles, receivers,
clips and scopes. To eliminate hack issues, Blacklight Retribution incorporates
the Hyper Reality Visor (HRV) feature which allows gamer to see targets through
“We are delighted to be able to share the innovation of ASUS
products and its exciting technology together with partners such as NVIDIA,
IAHGamers, Vector, C-Zone and A.P.E.S who share the same vision and passion for
high performance DIY PC and gaming to local Tech Enthusiasts and Gamers in this
ASUS & NVIDIA Gamers’ Gathering 2014. We are also extremely pleased and
honoured to learn that two participants came all the way from Penang Island to join
us in this gathering held in Kuala Lumpur. This piece of encouraging news will
definitely motivate us to continue organizing more community-based event in the
coming future,” said Jacky Lim, Business Development Director at ASUS Malaysia.

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