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ASUS Upgrades the ROG Huracan G21 Prebuilt

Launched in the middle of 2018, the ASUS ROG Huracan G21 has been getting a bit long in the tooth. Realising this, ASUS has decided to give the system the refresh treatment, upgrading the platform, CPU and GPU. This 17.7L (129.9×372.4×366.1 mm) chassis houses a decent gaming rig, replete with the RGB and fancy acronyms expected. First up, ASUS has replaced the original H370 chipset board with a Z370 unit – possibly unlocking the ability to overclock. This upgrade is to support a choice of CPUs based on the Intel 9th gen platform, namely the i7-9900K, 9700K and the i5-9400K. …
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Laptop Launch Extravaganza!

Earlier this week, the rest of Intel’s 300 series of chipsets and a few related mobile processors were released, meaning every man and his dog has updated their existing lineup, or launched new products based on the new chips. Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting laptop-related tidbits, in no particular order; Intel Not to be overshadowed by all the manufacturer launches, Intel has also launched a product of their own, an i9 Mobile processor. Specifically, the Core i9-8950HK, a 2.9GHz, 45w rated part. Based on the Coffee Lake silicon (on 14nm), the chip features 6 cores, 12 …
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Intel H370, H310 and B360 Chipset Boards Incoming!

Thanks to Techpowerup! and VideoCardz for doing the legwork on this one. With the month or two of Intel’s Z370 chipset being available, we’re finally seeing more budget friendly boards readying for launch. Here’s a roundup of the SFF friendly models! ASUS ASUS STRIX B360-G GAMING ASUS TUF B360M-E GAMING ASUS PRIME H310M-A ASUS PRIME H310M-D ASUS PRIME H310M-E ASUS PRIME H310M-K ASUS TUF H310M PLUS GAMING ASUS PRIME B360M-K ASUS STRIX H370-I ASUS STRIX XB360-I     ASRock ASRock B360M-HDV ASRock H370M-ITX/ac ASRock H310M-ITX/ac ASRock H310M-HDVP ASRock H310M-HDV ASRock H310M-G/M.2 ASRock H310M-DGS ASRock B360M-ITX/ac   Gigabyte GIGABYTE H370M D3H …
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ASUS Mini PCs at CES 2018

ASUS was another brand present at CES 2018 – let’s have a look. First up – an innovative product for mounting your multiple monitor setup. The system supports screens up to a bezel thickness of 10mm and at this time is planned to support 19-30″ screens. The slightly opaque nature of the device is somewhat visible, however. The world’s first 144Hz laptop display on the ROG G703 laptop. I have to say though, these uber gaming laptops aren’t to my taste – us SFF fanatics can built desktops at a similar volume! RGB. No comment. Much more our style. This …
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ASUS AM4 ITX revealed!

A few months ago, while I was at a tech show in NZ, an ASUS rep mentioned to me that they were working on Ryzen M-ITX. The first reveal as to what this would look like has appeared, courtesy of Swedish retailer Inet.se. Coming it at 1899 kr, or US$239, the ASUS ROG STRIX B350-I Gaming (from herein I will call it the ASUS B350-I, because this mouthful of a moniker is another in a long line of over-named products in the mainstream) motherboard is the first offering from ASUS for this product segment. For reference, the Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi …
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SFFn at techXpo New Zealand!

New Zealand is a tiny little country at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, so it comes as no surprise that we don’t get big tech shows like CES, Computex, PAX and the like. We do get a small show called techXpo though, sponsored by local mega retailer PBTech. I wandered around taking numerous photos, and chatting with the likes of AMD, ASUS, Coolermaster, Ubiquiti and Canon. A quick recap of what I learnt; Threadripper smaller than ATX isn’t on anyone’s plans AMD’s Raven Ridge is very close, as is Ryzen mobile ASUS has an AM4 ITX board in the …
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ASUS ROG STRIX H270I motherboard coming soon

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand is back with the all new ROG STRIX H270I. Similar to their current Z270 ITX offering (STRIX Z270I), this board offers many of the same features, save for its advanced overclocking capabilities. Interesting to note here is that ASUS has chosen to drop the mixed USB 2.0/3.0 ports from the Z270 model in favor of all USB 3.0 ports (6 at back panel, 2 at mid-board, giving this board 2 more USB 3.0 ports over the STRIX Z270i). ASUS has also chosen to add a second ethernet port. While the main ethernet port still uses the highly coveted Intel® I219V, …
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ASUS at CES

ASUS had quite a few SFF related products in their booth on the show floor and our reporter Drew was sure to snap pics of them all. Plus, stayed tuned for the special CES episode of the Low Volume podcast, where Drew will be talking about his multi-hour chat with Raja Gill, the Technical PR Manager for ASUS USA and former AnandTech Senior Motherboard Editor! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] We covered the ASUS 200-series motherboard launch lineup already, but here are the two flagship SFF boards for good measure. ASUS STRIX Z270I GAMING If the reception to this board in our forum is anything …