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Did AMD Just Spank ASUS For ROG Overheating Fiasco?

Did AMD Just Spank ASUS For ROG Overheating Fiasco?

It looks like ASUS got spanked by AMD after publishing their gungho article accusing AMD for causing their ROG cards to overheat.

ASUS just amended their article to speak in far more respectful tones, with interesting tidbits on who was really to blame for the whole ROG overheating fiasco…

 

Overheating ASUS ROG RX 5700 Cards : What’s Going On?

The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 are two of the more premium and expensive RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, boasting premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, triple fans with axial fan blades, and a large and heavy heatsink.

They also feature the ASUS MaxContact Technology, which DOUBLES the cooler’s contact surface with the GPU for maximum thermal transfer.

Despite such an impressive list of premium power and cooling capabilities, users noticed that their expensive ASUS ROG RX 5700 cards keep overheating because the screws mounting the cooler were “loose”.

 

ASUS finally admitted the problem but blamed AMD for causing it on Valentine’s Day. Remember when lovers used to give each other flowers and chocolates? LOL!

They even created this infamous pressure vs temperature chart to prove that they were not at fault, and users should blame AMD.

With the exception of ASUS fans, that accusation and chart got roundly derided because :

  • AMD recommendations were for their reference design, not AIB custom designs
  • ASUS cards based on the AMD reference design did not have overheating problems
  • custom designs from other brands did not have overheating problems
  • ASUS TUF Gaming cards had overheating problems of a different nature

Recommended : ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

Courtesy of the awesome Hardware Unboxed guys!

 

Looks Like AMD Spanked ASUS For ROG Overheating Fiasco…

Someone in the know just pointed out to us that ASUS quietly removed the chart and changed their article, which was curiously backdated to 15 February.

It really looked like AMD handed ASUS a nice spanking for their absurd accusations, because look at how meek and subservient their new statement looks like :

Initial batches of ROG Strix RX 5700-series graphics cards were torqued to 30-40 PSI based on AMD’s baseline recommendations.

While those guidelines provided leeway to apply more torque, we took a cautious approach because were [sic] dealing with a new 7nm GPU and didn’t want to risk damage to the die.

After receiving user reports regarding temperature issues, we performed extended R&D testing to find the optimal PSI range for our graphics cards without compromising GPU reliability. 

Compare that with what they posted earlier :

During the design phase, AMD shares documents with our engineers that outline specifications and tolerances to ensure performance and reliability margins are maintained.

Initial batches of ROG Strix 5700-series graphics cards were built following AMD’s guidelines.

After receiving user reports regarding temperature issues, we performed extended R&D testing to find the optimal PSI range for our graphics cards without compromising GPU reliability. 

 

Who Was Really At Fault For Overheating ROG Cards : AMD or ASUS?

Based on the two new sentences and what they left in the new press release, ASUS basically admitted that :

  • the AMD “guidelines” they referred to earlier were BASELINE / MINIMUM recommendations
  • they used the baseline / minimum mounting pressure meant for the reference design, for a custom cooler of their own design, which ironically includes a backplate for higher mounting pressures
  • they were not aware that their ROG Strix cards would overheat under normal gaming conditions, which would be obvious if they performed either pre-production or post-production tests
  • they did not perform proper mounting pressure tests for their ROG Strix cards, until users complained about overheating problems
  • after conducting those tests, they finally discovered that they should have mounted the coolers at 50-60 PSI, instead of 30-40 PSI the cards shipped with.
  • they started mounting those ROG Strix coolers at the higher pressures from January 2020 onwards

That’s what we can tell from their two press releases. We will leave it to you to decide if AMD was at fault, or ASUS.

Recommended : Why ASUS Cannot Blame AMD For Overheating ROG Cards

 

ASUS, Not AMD, Will Repair Your ROG Cards!

It is instructive to note that ASUS, not AMD, will be repairing your ROG cards for FREE!

  1. Check and make sure the ROG Strix card you purchased is one of these models :
ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT series ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 series
90YV0D90-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0D90-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0D90-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0D90-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0D90-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0D90-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)
90YV0DD0-M0NA00 (Universal)
90YV0DD0-M0TA00 (Taiwan)
90YV0DD0-M0CA00 (China)
90YV0DD0-M0IA00 (India)
90YV0DD0-MTAA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0AA00 (North America)
90YV0DD0-M0NB00 (Bulk pack)
  1. Contact the local ASUS customer support team, and inform them you would like to have your ROG Strix card repaired.
  2. Wait for the replacement screws to arrive – ASUS says the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the supply of these replacement screws.
  3. Once the screws are available, send your ROG Strix card to the local ASUS customer support team, and they will install those screws with higher mounting pressures.

Recommended : ASUS Blames AMD For Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards!

 

Should We STOP Buying AMD Radeon Cards From ASUS?

No, ASUS cards based on AMD reference designs are perfectly fine. And the current slew of ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT cards now come with properly tightened coolers.

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT (Reference)

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 (Reference)

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700

But you should definitely NOT buy the TUF models, which lack proper memory cooling. Get the new TUF EVO models instead.

 

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ASUS TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

While ASUS is blaming AMD for their overheating ROG Strix cards, we should remember that ASUS TUF Radeon RX 5700 cards are also overheating…

Let’s look at WHY these TUF Gaming cards are overheating, and HOW they reflect the shortcuts that ASUS are apparently taking with their cards

 

ASUS ROG + TUF RX 5700 Cards Are Overheating!

Not only are ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards overheating, their TUF Gaming brethren are also overheating. But they are overheating due to different reasons.

The ASUS ROG Strix cards are overheating because their coolers were not screwed tightly enough, so their GPUs were not being cooled properly.

The ASUS TUF Gaming cards are overheating because their coolers either lacked proper cooling for their GDDR6 memory chips, or did NOT provide any cooling at all.

After months of complaints, ASUS finally admitted what users already knew months ago – that the ROG Strix cooler wasn’t properly mounted.

But instead of just admitting and correcting their mistake, ASUS blamed AMD for recommending reference mounting pressures that were way too low.

You can read about their blame AMD effort in our article, ASUS Blames AMD For Overheating ROG RX 5700 Cards!

The good news, for ROG Strix users, is that ASUS will (FINALLY) be providing replacement screws to fix the problem.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 Cards Are Also Overheating, Remember?

When ASUS refused to send a review sample to awesome guys at Hardware Unboxed, the Internet funded their purchase, and lo behold, they discovered why ASUS was so reticent about sending them a sample!

They discovered that the ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 XT card did not have proper cooling for their GDDR6 memory, while the non-XT version had NO COOLING for the memory chips at all!

See that thin piece of metal? That’s what ASUS uses as a heat-spreader for the XT version of their TUF Gaming card. The non-XT version doesn’t even have this!

Even with a heat-spreader, the memory chips on the TUF Gaming Radeon RX 5700 XT were hitting 104°C – far above their maximum operating temperature!

Frankly, we have no idea how these cards actually passed pre-production validation tests. After all, ASUS boasts that they put their TUF Gaming cards through a 144-hour validation program to ensure “rigorous performance and reliability standards“.

Surely, the ASUS engineering team would have noticed during that 144-hour validation program that the memory chips were hot enough to fry eggs?

 

Overheating ASUS TUF Gaming RX 5700 : New Models, But No Fix!

After this issue was exposed, ASUS came up with new TUF EVO versions, with improved memory cooling.

Unfortunately, they are NOT going to offer users of their TUF Gaming versions a fix or replacement.

Perhaps, with sufficient public pressure, ASUS can be convinced to do the right thing, and replace their badly-designed TUF cooler with the improved TUF EVO cooler.

So it is up to us to REMEMBER, and REMIND EVERYONE, that TUF Gaming Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT cards are also overheating, not just their more expensive ROG Strix brethren.

Of course, ASUS cannot blame AMD for overheating memory chips… LOL!

But if their GDDR6 memory supplier needs to take the blame, we hope they will bite the bullet and take the hit, so poor TUF Gaming users do not have to live with memory chips so hot they can boil water…

 

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop, which is a durability-enhanced 15.6-inch gaming laptop. ASUS also introduced a larger 17.3-inch version – the ASUS TUF Gaming FX705.

Here is everything you need to know about the FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops – the official tech briefing, price and specifications, as well as our own hands-on preview!

Updated @ 2018-10-22 : Added the official FX705 and FX505 tech briefing, price list, specifications and more!

Originally posted @ 2018-08-22

 

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gaming Laptop

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It boasts a NanoEdge display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, Gigabit LAN and Gigabit WiFi connectivity, and DTS surround-sound audio.

The TUF Gaming FX505 is also built to last over the long haul, with independent heatsinks and fans cooling the CPU and GPU separately, long-life keyboard switches, and special dust tunnels that provide long-term cooling and computing performance.

 

FX505 vs. FX705

ASUS also introduced a larger version of the TUF Gaming FX505 – the TUF Gaming FX705. Here are the main differences between the two models summarised :

  • The FX705 has a 17.3-inch display, while the FX505 has a 15.6-inch display.
  • The FX705 is about 4 cm wider, and 1.7 cm deeper, than the FX505.
  • The FX705 is about 500 grams heavier than the FX505.
  • The FX705 has a larger 64 WHrs battery, compared to the FX505’s 48 WHrs battery.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Price + Availability

In this video, ASUS announces the official prices of FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops :

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Prices

  • FX705G-MEV169T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 256GB + 1TB : RM 5,899 / ~US$ 1,475
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,299 / ~US$ 1,325
  • FX705G-EEW164T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,250
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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Prices

  • FX505G-MES182T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,599 / ~US$ 1,400
  • FX505G-EES241T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,099 / ~US$ 1,275
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,100
  • FX505G-EBQ242T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,699 / ~US$ 1,175
  • FX505G-EBQ269T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 1TB : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Up Close!

Back in August, we were one of the few to get early access to the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop. Here was our hands-on look!

Next Page > ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 / FX705 Key Features

 

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 / FX705 Key Features

 Performance

The TUF Gaming FX505 is powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, which has 6 cores and 12 threads, greatly improving performance over the previous generation. It also comes with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe SSD  and a 1 TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

NanoEdge Display

The FX505 features a NanoEdge display, which features significantly slimmer side bezels. This allows for a more immersive gaming experience, and a reduced size. The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It also boasts full sRGB coverage, wide viewing angles and a matte non-reflective coating.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Matter

Tough Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard has 1.8 mm of key travel, and the exclusive ASUS Overstroke technology that raises the actuation point higher in the stroke to improve responsiveness. The key caps are also dished, with isolated arrow, and defined gaps for the function keys.

Backlighting is offered in either customizable RGB (Gold Steel), or a red glow that matches the chassis accents of the Red Fusion and Red Matter variants.

Immersive Audio

Audio also plays an important role in delivering high-quality, immersive gaming experiences. DTS Headphone:X technology is integrated so that over headphones or speakers, preset profiles for games, movies, music, and sports can produce tailored audio experiences for every situation.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Fusion

Fast WAN + LAN

The TUF Gaming FX505 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for no-compromise gamers, as well as Intel’s latest 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi, capable of making connections at speeds of up to 1.73Gbps to compatible routers.

TUF and built to last

The TUF Gaming FX505 is built to withstand abuse. It has been put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, passing even the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts. The HyperStrike keyboard uses switches rated for 20 million key presses, while the reinforced chassis and hexagonal design on the bottom add structural rigidity to make it even sturdier.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gold Steel

Superior and long-lasting cooling

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The TUF Gaming FX505 features the HyperCool system, with independent fans and heatsinks to cool the CPU and GPU separately.

The design also places the fans directly underneath the keyboard to help remove heat, keeping the keyboard cool and comfortable during extended gameplay sessions. The patented trapezoid-cut lid allows more air to be ejected from the rear, improving cooling performance by up to 25% over other designs.

Cooling performance can degrade over time, with dust and particle build-up impeding airflow through thermal fin. So patented ASUS dust tunnels help to guide dust and particles off to a separate chamber to be ejected from the system, keeping the thermal fins clear for stable long-term cooling performance.

Next Page > ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Models + Specifications

 

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX505 Metal
(High Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Low Spec)
FX505
(High Spec)
FX505
(Mid Spec)
Model NumberFX505G-MES182TFX505G-EES241TFX505G-MBQ202TFX505G-EBQ242TFX505G-EBQ269T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF PlasticTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display15.6-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
15.6-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-2666
Storage128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 48 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.58 cm thick36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.67 cm thick
Weight2.20 kg

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX705 Metal
(High Spec)
FX705 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX705
Model NumberFX705G-MEV169TFX705G-EEV163TFX705G-EEW164T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display17.3-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
17.3-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666
Storage256 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 64 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.66 cm thick39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.76 cm thick
Weight2.70 kg

 

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ASUS B450 Motherboard Models, Features + Prices Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018, driving further demand for the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors. In this article, we will look at the first ASUS B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First ASUS B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first ASUS B450 motherboards to hit the market!

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ASUS B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although ASUS announced six B450 motherboards, not all are available for purchase globally. Here are some ASUS B450 models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming : US$ 129.99RM 599
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming : US$ 179.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-A : US$ 79.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-K
 : US$ 88.99 / RM 429
ASUS PRIME B450-Plus Gaming : US$ 119.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming
 : US$ 99.99 / RM 519

 

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, three PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming :

 

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is an ITX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3600 support, two M.2 sockets, a single PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3600 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Onboard M.2 heatsink : Cools M.2 drive to deliver consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming :

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ASUS PRIME B450M-A

The ASUS Prime B450M-A is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and six SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-A‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert 2+ : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • ASUS Aura Sync header : Onboard connector for RGB LED strips, easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-A :

 

ASUS PRIME B450M-K

The ASUS Prime B450M-K is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-K‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-K :

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ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 4 Core : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450-Plus Gaming :

 

ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 2+ : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming :

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The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops Revealed!

ASUS just refreshed their entire range of gaming laptops with the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake, and added two new gaming laptop models. Here is everything you need to know about the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops!

 

The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops

ASUS ROG Product Manager Louis Lu gave us a thorough briefing on the key features of the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops, as well as their specifications and prices. He also compared them to the competition from MSI, Lenovo, Acer and Dell.

Intel Coffee Lake Processors

The new ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops all come with the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors. Codenamed Coffee Lake, they offer up to 6 processor cores, with 10% better performance than the 7th Gen Core (Kaby Lake) processors, and 30% better performance than the 6th Gen (Skylake) Core processors.

12V Fans

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The new ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops feature 12V fans, which spin 20% faster than regular 5V fans. The new fans also have 59 blades, up from just 37 blades. This allows them to deliver 42.5% more airflow, with 92% higher air pressure.

Anti-Dust Cooling System

The fans in the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops feature an exclusive Anti-Dust Cooling System. It basically harnesses the centrifugal force of the fans to shunt dust and debris into an “anti-dust tunnel”. This reduces the amount of dust clogging the heatsinks.

This helps to maintain the performance of the CPU and GPU coolers over time. Keeping the heatsinks clean will also help to reduce fan noise, since the fans don’t need to work harder.

 

The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptop Models

2018 ASUS ROG G703

2018 ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 New Model!

2018 ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition

ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 New Series!

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ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptop Specifications, Price & Availability

Category

Series

Model

Specifications (Malaysia)

Panel

SRP

Availability

ROG

G703

G703G-IE5095T

i9-8950HK / 16G*2
2T(54) + 256G*2
GTX 1080 8G
FHD 144 Hz

IPS

RM 19,999
~US$ 5,128

May 2018

Zephyrus

GX501G-IEI017T

i7-8750H / 16+8G
1T PCIE SSD
GTX 1080 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 15,999
~US$ 4,102

End of
April 2018

Zephyrus-M

GM501G-SEI006T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1070 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 9,299
~US$ 2,384

End of
April 2018

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-SE5026T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1070 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 8,799
~US$ 2,256

Available now

Zephyrus-M

GM501G-MEI011T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1060 6G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 7,999
~US$ 2,051

End of
April 2018

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-ME5029T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1060 6G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 6,999
~US$ 1,795

Available now

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-EEE035T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD WV 300 nits 120 Hz

TN

RM 5,299
~US$ 1,359

Available now

Strix Hero Edition

GL503G-EEN057T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD WV 300 nits 120 Hz

TN

RM 4,899
~US$ 1,256

Available now

TUF Gaming

ASUS TUF

FX504G-EE4071T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 4,399
~US$ 1,128

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DE4096T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 4,199
~US$ 1.077

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DE4092T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 3,899
~US$ 999

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DDM091T

i5-8300H / 4G
1T SSHD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD TN 200 nits 60 Hz

TN

RM 3,299
~US$ 846

Available now

 

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The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

April 03, 2018 — ASUS today announced TUF Gaming FX504, the first laptop in the new TUF Gaming Series. Find out what are the key features of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 gaming laptop!

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX504

To ensure system longevity and stable performance, the FX504 features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC), and it’s powered by the latest-generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics. The FX504 also features a gaming keyboard with a 20-million-key-press lifespan, a 15.6-inch 60Hz display, and 7.1-channel surround sound.

Performance and portability

FX504 is powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750HQ processor, and features up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with full Microsoft DirectX 12 support. With a slim 2.5cm chassis and an overall weight of just 2.3kg, FX504 offers a combination of performance and portability that’s great for on-the-go multitasking, entertainment, and gaming.

HyperCool technology

The thermal design of FX504 significantly prolongs its lifespan and provides stable cooling during intense gaming marathons. HyperCool technology pairs the patented ADC system with Fan Overboost. The ADC system expels harmful dust particles and dirt through two dedicated tunnels to prevent build-up in the thermal fins. The Fan Overboost function provides users with three different modes for the perfect balance between fan performance and noise level.

Additional cooling features include a pair of copper heat pipes and a dual-fan system to cool the processor and graphics card independently, while the trapezoid-cut lid optimizes airflow to increase thermal efficiency by up to 27% compared to a standard laptop chassis. An intelligently-placed fan is located right below the WASD key group to ensure the keyboard stays cool even during long gaming sessions. 

Immersive 7.1-channel surround sound

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DTS Headphone:X ensures home theater-quality 7.1-channel surround sound on headphones, laptop speakers, and external speakers. The Game profile enables the audio engine to process sounds more accurately than ever, so gamers are completely aware of what’s going on around them, giving them a competitive edge in fast-paced titles. In addition, the built-in equalizer allows for detailed audio adjustments for those looking to tailor settings to their own tastes.

Durable keyboard with 20-million-key-press lifespan

Designed and built to exacting TUF Gaming standards, FX504 has a desktop-style gaming keyboard that’s perfectly optimized for extended gaming and typing sessions. It’s one of the most durable keyboards to be found in a laptop, with a lifespan of 20 million key presses — double the current industry standard.

The scissor-switched keys have 0.25mm keycap curves and offer 1.8mm of travel for smooth and tactile keystrokes, and are backlit for gaming or working in the dark. Exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance for fast, accurate, and effortless keystrokes. Highlighted WASD keys, a broad space bar, and isolated arrow keys enable fast and accurate control.

Superfast Wave 2 Wi-Fi

For high-performance wireless connectivity, FX504 incorporates the latest Intel 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi for data transfer rates of up to 1.7Gbps — 12X-faster than baseline 802.11b/g/n. Additionally, the 2×2 MIMO configuration provides up to 30% wider coverage than a 1×1 configuration. Users can stream high-res videos or play online with fewer dropped connections, even if FX504 is far away from the router.

FireCuda storage

Performance with durability is demanded for all TUF products, so FX504 features a 1TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid disk (SSHD) that loads games more than twice as fast as the more commonly used 1TB 5400rpm traditional HDD.

FireCuda’s flash memory acts like a cache by saving frequently accessed data without accessing the hard drive, resulting in lower power consumption, increased system performance and durability. It also provides a quieter, more stable system.

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