ASUS has reportedly announced new products that elevate gaming and home entertainment to exciting new levels, including 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. ASUS also announced the compact E2KM1-IDeluxe Mini-ITX motherboard that provides a solid energy-saving foundation for home theatre PCs, and gave a sneak preview of the ROG RAIDR Express high-performance solid-state storage device for desktop PCs.
The limited-edition ROG ARES II graphics card packs two AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs. Its slender two-slot design suits a variety of PC cases. ROG ARES II is the fastest graphics card currently available, and has a new hybrid thermal design that combines liquid and air cooling. ROG ARES II outperforms the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 reference card by a significant 13%, yet its operating temperature is an incredible 31°C lower…..See More
AMD has launched new graphics card in the FirePro professional range designed specifically for powering digital walls to make use of the company’s 28-nanometer architecture and Graphics Core Next — technology previously found on the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics products.
Mark Papermaster, CTO, AMD said, “The FirePro W600 is “the ideal solution for powering display walls designed to attract, inform and engage audiences or foster collaborative interaction and decision making’’.
Matt Skynner, Corporate Vice-President & GM, AMD Graphics said, “Whether we are checking flight times at the airport or watching the latest ads on massive screens in city squares, digital signage has quickly become an important and ubiquitous part of our lives. To enable these displays, the digital signage industry demands technology that can be regularly refreshed with new, feature-rich content. With the launch of the AMD FirePro W600 professional graphics card, AMD is helping advance the digital display wall industry by providing suppliers and developers with impressive display density, performance and exceptional value.’’
MSI has announced the new GTX 680 Twin Frozr /OC graphics card equipped with the latest NVIDIA 28nm GeForce GTX 680 GPU, 2GB video memory and PCI Express Gen3 support. The new GTX 680 Twin Frozr /OC sports the Twin Frozr III thermal design, featuring dual 80mm Propeller Blade fans, a nickel-plated copper base heat sink and SuperPipe technology.
MSI’s GTX 680 Twin Frozr /OC has 22°C lower temperatures and runs 10.2dB quieter than the reference design, providing the perfect balance of low-noise and great cooling capabilities. In addition the GTX 680 Twin Frozr / OC also supports MSI’s Afterburner overclocking utility, which enables one to tweak power and clock settings to get even more performance out of your graphics card. Both NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround and 4 display out from a single card are supported ensuring that gamers can enjoy the best entertainment and multitasking experience possible.
The MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr/OC graphics card supports NVIDIA’s GPU Boost technology. When used with MSI’s exclusive Afterburner overclocking utility, gamers can control the power limit and clock offset for better overclocking capability. The card is also equipped with fans speed control based on GPU temperature. Afterburner supports the free video/audio capturing function Predator and can even use smartphones to control the graphics card in desktop machines. When combined with the Kombustor burn-in testing function, it is an indispensable tool for enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their graphics card.
ASUS has launched the ASUS GTX 680 graphics card which offers 28nm GPU technology based on NVIDIA’s “Kepler” platform.
It features NVIDIA GPU Boost instant core frequency modulation between 1006MHz and 1058MHz. Exclusive ASUS GPU Tweak further improves overclocking and overvaulting with its intuitive interface, giving gamers real-time access to hardware resources. NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync intelligently manages vsync in games for smoother performance, while enhanced single-GPU NVIDIA 3D Vision stereoscopic visuals are achieved in hundreds of games.
“The new ASUS GTX 680 graphics card ships with a 28nm NVIDIA GPU, enhanced by the exclusive ASUS GPU Tweak overclocking suite with its intuitive interface, and NVIDIA GPU Boost clock speed modulation. It offers gamers improved card tuning alongside smoother gaming through NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync technology. It also improves single-GPU NVIDIA 3D Vision in hundreds of PC games,” said Vinay Shetty, Country Head, Component Business, ASUS (India).
MSI has introduced Afterburner graphic card utility with the built-in Predator video capture function with which one can record the scenes of how he proudly wins the battles at each level and upload these episodes to YouTube and share them with worldwide players. Predator is claimed to be equipped with complete video capture functions. Besides the real-time in-game video recording function, it supports the Windows desktop recording and game image capture functions. More importantly, it is a freeware bundled with MSI Afterburner, saving up to US$37 compared to purchase of similar software. When buying an MSI graphic card, in addition to the Afterburner OC software, users can get the built-in Predator video capture freeware to capture multimedia and images to enrich their gaming experience.
Predator is absolutely free to save more for players. Predator supports a wide variety of video and image formats for users, and also supports multithreading to enhance recording performance. Now, by buying an MSI graphic card, users can enjoy the joy of sharing with the video capture function of Predator. The Predator provides full video capture features, including support for multiple video formats, multithreading, and multiple sizes.
ASUS has recorded 14% growth for its graphics card business in India. The strong growth of the midrange segment where users can get very capable graphics cards in the Rs. 7000 – Rs. 15000 price bracket coupled with the growth of gaming and animation industry in India has given a boost to this segment. Owing to superior design and a complete range of products based on both NVIDIA and AMD Radeon GPUs, ASUS has witnessed a strong growth in this segment in 2011. Currently the TAM for graphics cards in India stands at 300,000 units annually of which ASUS accounts for approximately 20%.
Vinay Shetty – Country Head – Component Business, ASUS (India) said, “ASUS Graphics Cards are renowned world over for their superior build and design that offers users with unparalleled performance and reliability. This along with our 3 year warranty on all graphics card and an extensive service network of 81 ASP points across India has helped us to register a strong growth in the segment. We’re very pleased with the performance of ASUS Graphics Cards in 2011 and hope to achieve new heights in 2012 along with the support of our partners.”
ASUS also launched high performance graphics cards from their Republic of Gamers line like the Matrix GTX580 Platinum and the limited edition MARS II with dual GTX580 GPUs in India this year. Encouraged by the positive growth in 2011, ASUS now aims at capturing 30% of the graphics cards market in 2012.