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Tech ARP Exclusive : NVIDIA Pascal Mobile GPU Specifications & Details!

The new NVIDIA Pascal architecture is very impressive. Optimised for performance per watt, Pascal is 3X more power-efficient than the earlier Maxwell architecture. On top of that, it boasts new features like Simultaneous Multi-Projection, and VR optimisations like Lens Matched Shading and Single Pass Stereo.

That’s why gamers who want to play on-the-go are eagerly waiting for NVIDIA to introduce the next-generation GeForce mobile GPUs based on the Pascal architecture. They will not only be faster, but also offer reduced power consumption. All that translates into a better and longer gaming experience.

Well, we have good news! We can now confirm the following details on the forthcoming NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs…

Originally posted @ 2016-06-07

Updated @ 2016-08-03 : Added a section about an upcoming media briefing.

Updated @ 2016-08-11 : Added several new sections with verified details of the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

Updated @ 2016-08-16 : Added new verified details and specifications of the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

 

 

There Is No Mobile Pascal!

Believe it or not, NVIDIA will NOT be releasing any mobile Pascal GPU. Yes, you read that correctly. There will be NO MOBILE GPU based on the new NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture.

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Instead, NVIDIA will start using the DESKTOP GPUs based on the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture in laptops! Yes, they will have lower clock speeds, but they will be the same GPUs used in desktop graphics cards.

This is possible because the new Pascal GPUs are 3X more power-efficient than the previous-generation Maxwell GPUs. So it makes perfect sense to just use the desktop-grade GPUs. It is not only good for marketing purposes, it also allows NVIDIA to leverage more on the economies of scale.

But for brevity, we will continue to use the term “Pascal mobile GPU” to refer to Pascal GPUs used in mobile devices.

 

Series Name Updated!

The M moniker is dead. The new Pascal mobile GPUs will NOT be called the GeForce GTX 1080M or GeForce GTX 1070M.

Today, NVIDIA will announce three Pascal mobile GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Yes, exactly the same names as their desktop counterparts.

 

Specifications New!

Here is a specification comparison of the new Pascal mobile GPU models :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080 (Mobile)GeForce GTX 1070 (Mobile)GeForce GTX 1060 (Mobile)
GPU CoreGP104GP104GP106
Fabrication Technology16 nm FinFET16 nm FinFET16 nm FinFET
Transistors7.2 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion
CUDA Cores256020481280
Texture Units16012880
ROPs646448
Clock Speeds1556 MHz
1733 MHz (boost)
1442 MHz
1645 MHz (boost)
1405 MHz
1670 MHz (boost)
Texture Fill Rate249.0 GT/s
277.3 GT/s (boost)
184.6 GT/s
210.6 GT/s (boost)
112.4 GT/s
133.7 GT/s (boost)
Pixel Fill Rate99.6 GP/s
110.9 GP/s (boost)
92.3 GP/s
105.3 GP/s (boost)
67.4 GP/s
80.2 GP/s (boost)
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Memory Clock Speed1250 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP150 W120 W80 W
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NVIDIA Pascal Mobile GPU Launch Date Updated!

As of the end of May, NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs have already been tested and certified for deployment in a number of gaming laptops. However, they will not be revealed for quite some time yet, because NVIDIA will only launch their Pascal-based mobile GPUs on…

August 16, 2016

Yes, NVIDIA apparently brought up the launch date 3 days earlier to August 16, 2016. Today, MSI and other brands like GIGABYTE, ASUS, etc. will reveal gaming laptops powered by the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

So, all of you can stop hounding the notebook brand reps or your favourite NVIDIA rep about when the Pascal mobile GPUs are coming. 😀

 

Price Performance Advantage

Although our sources, who shall remain unnamed, refused to divulge exact benchmark results, we were told that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is about 50% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, and about 30% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 used in certain gaming laptops.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is said to add about US$50 to the cost of the laptop paid by the customer. That is cheap if the huge performance advantage pans out.

 

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GIGABYTE Case Mod Showcase At Computex 2016

On the third day of Computex 2016, we spent half a day at GIGABYTE’s 36th floor VIP Showroom in Taipei 101. One of the attractions that took up our time was the GIGABYTE Case Mod Showcase that occupied the center of their VIP Showroom.

The GIGABYTE case mod showcase featured incredible case mods by top case modders from around the world, including Maciel Barreto from Brazil and Suchao Prowphong from Thailand.

We also took four videos of these incredible case mods to share with you. We hope they will inspire you to create such creative case mods too!

 

Alien Case Mod By Maciel Barreto

This Alien case mod is by Maciel Barreto of Brazil. He is an award-winning case modder who is renown for his hand-made case mods. This Alien case mode is built around the Intel Core i7-6700K processor, GIGABYTE GA-Z170X Ultra Gaming motherboard and GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 graphics card.

 

Ghostbuster LEGO Case Mod By GIGABYTE

This case mod was built by Benny Shieh and Janus Yeh from GIGABYTE using a retail LEGO Ghostbuster Firehouse set. To demonstrate their creativity, the GIGABYTE modders mounted the motherboard and other components solely using LEGO bricks! They then retrofitted the flood lamps and factory lights inside and outside the Firehall with LEDs, and even coated some to give them a yellow tint.

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Gatling Gun Case Mod by Suchao Prowphong

This Gatling gun case mod was built by Suchao Prowphong from Thailand. A world-renown case modder, he has hand-crafted more than 17 of such case mods. This one features a revolving Gatling gun design built around the GIGABYTE GA-X170 EXTREME ECC motherboard with water cooling for both CPU and graphics card!

 

Forklift Case Mod by Suchao Prowphong

This is the second case mod by Suchao Prowphong in the GIGABYTE case mod showcase. In this case mod, he retrofits the small GIGABYTE GA-H170 WIFI motherboard and a water cooling system into a mini forklift. Amazing work!

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AORUS Computex 2016 Tech Overview

On the third day of Computex 2016, we were invited to the GIGABYTE VIP Showroom up on the 36th floor of Taipei 101. Part of their VIP Showroom was dedicated to AORUS, their premium, gaming brand. Let’s show you what’s new in the AORUS Computex 2016 showcase!

 

AORUS Computex 2016 Tech Overview

In this video, Cyril Largent, GIGABYTE Senior Marketing – Europe, gives us an overview of the new technologies that will be introduced into new and upcoming AORUS gaming laptops. Check them out!

 

AORUS RGB Fusion Keyboard

After AORUS introduced their individual key backlit keyboard at CES 2016 earlier this year, they received a lot of requests to add RGB colour functionality to that keyboard. During Computex 2016, they introduced the AORUS RGB Fusion Keyboard with individual RGB backlit keys!

The new RGB Fusion Keyboard features per-key backlighting, with up to 16.8 million colour variations. Because there is a dedicated LED behind each key, you can customise the keyboard to light up only certain keys. You can also create animated illumination patterns, like breathing, waves or ripple effects.

The new RGB Fusion Keyboard will be introduced in the next-generation of AORUS X5 and X7 gaming laptops.

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AORUS X7 DT Gaming Laptop

AORUS won the 2016 Computex Design and Innovation Award for the new AORUS X7 DT gaming laptop. The AORUS X7 DT is powered by an overclocked 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a desktop-class GPU – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Yet it is just an inch thick and weighs only 3.2 kg.

The AORUS X7 DT also claims to be the thinnest and lightest VR-Ready gaming laptop. In fact, it is the only laptop to win the “Gaming & Virtual Reality” category of the 2016 CES Innovation Awards.

 

2016 Limited Edition MultiCam Design

The 2016 Limited Edition MultiCam design is an AORUS trademark style, offering a military-style look that is subtle enough to look sophisticated. This year, they will make the Limited Edition MultiCam Design available worldwide on the AORUS X3, X5 and X7 models.

 

All-In-One Streaming Solution

AORUS will be making their Hardware Live Stream Engine part of their AORUS X5 and X7 models. This fully-integrated video encoder card eliminates the fuss of connecting an external compressor to record and stream your full HD video simultaneously without compromising system performance.

The AORUS X5 and X7 gaming laptops will also come with a 1-year Premium subscription to both XSplit Gamecaster and Broadcaster, allowing you to record, edit, and stream anytime, anywhere.

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AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD publicly revealed the first processor to use their new x86 Zen processor core architecture. Codenamed “Summit Ridge“, the desktop processor will come with eight AMD Zen processor cores that are capable of processing sixteen threads simultaneously.

 

The AMD Zen core architecture has been along awaited, because it is the first fresh design that was not derived from AMD’s existing Bulldozer architecture. Built around the SMT (simultaneous multithreading) microarchitecture, AMD Zen will offer much better core performance at the cost of a larger die. It will also feature a new 14 nm FinFET process technology and use the new AM4 socket.

 

AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Dr. Lisa Su, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD, officially announced the AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor, before publicly revealing an example. Check it out!

Dr. Lisa did not reveal many details of the new AMD Summit Ridge processor though. Here are the key takeaways from her speech :
  • The new AMD Zen core will deliver 40% more instructions per cycle than the previous-generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will have 8 core that can process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will be built on the new FinFET process technology, and use the new AMD AM4 socket.
  • The AMD Zen core is designed across multiple segments including high-performance desktops, servers, notebooks and embedded solutions.

Although not mentioned, the AMD “Summit Ridge” processor will only support DDR4 memory.

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AMD Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD unveiled the AMD Radeon RX 480, the first salvo of their “Water Drop” strategy for the upcoming AMD Polaris architecture. Their “Water Drop” strategy is focused at releasing new graphics architectures in high volume segments first to maintain market share growth for Radeon GPUs.

Set for launch and availability on June 29, 2016, the new AMD Radeon RX 480 will deliver more than 5 TFLOPS of performance at just US$199! The Radeon RX 480 is both HTC Vive-Ready and Oculus Rift compatible. AMD expects the Radeon RX 480 to jumpstart the growth of VR adoption by offering premium VR experience at less than half the current cost.

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, revealed the AMD Radeon RX 480. Check it out!

“VR is the most eagerly anticipated development in immersive computing ever, and is the realization of AMD’s Cinema 2.0 vision that predicted the convergence of immersive experiences and interactivity back in 2008,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “As we look to fully connect and immerse humanity through VR, cost remains the daylight between VR being only for the select few, and universal access for everyone. The Radeon RX Series is a disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers.”

 

Odd Radeon RX 480 Results

In the final minutes of his presentation, Raja Koduri showed how two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards can beat the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card for far less money. Based on the sub-$500 price, the results are based on the 8 GB variant of the Radeon RX 480.

What’s really odd is that Raja Koduri explicitly pointed out that the two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards were only utilised to 51% to slightly best the GeForce GTX 1080. Those are frankly, really odd numbers.

If it’s true that the two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards have a 49% headroom after beating the GeForce GTX 1080, then a single Radeon RX 480 would actually beat the GeForce GTX 1080! In fact, if we extrapolate the results so that both cards have the same 98.7% GPU utilisation, the Radeon RX 480 would deliver a frame rate of 60.5 fps. That would make the Radeon RX 480 about 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080, which we know is just not possible…

We now know how AMD derived those results. Check out our 2-page explanation of what those odd results mean, and what the REAL results are!

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Juicy Radeon RX Series Tidbits

We left right after the announcement, and missed the Q&A, but we managed to glean some additional tidbits after that :

  • The AMD Radeon RX 480 will come in two variants – one with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and one with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • The Radeon RX 480 with 4 GB of GDDR5 will sell for US$199, while the 8 GB variant will sell for US$229.
  • AMD will also announce the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 graphics cards, based on the same AMD Polaris architecture and 14 nm FinFET fabrication process.
  • The AMD Radeon RX 470 (codenamed Polaris 10 Pro, formerly Ellesmere Pro) could have a TDP of 120 W.

More details on the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 should be revealed during the official June 29 launch.

 

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Computex 2016 Live Coverage Day 5

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2016 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2016 begins today, May 31, 2016 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 4!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

June 4 Schedule

On the fifth day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

9:30 AM+ : Free and easy at Computex Nangang Exhibition Hall

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Computex 2016 Day 5 Coverage

There is a line of people queuing up this morning because on the last day, ‪Computex‬ is open to the public.

Underwater drone by TT Robotix.

The same TT Robotix underwater drone, but with a 3D camera instead of a Gourock camera.

TT Robotix also makes this military-looking drone… which is supposed to catch fish…

TT Robotix also makes this cute little robot that can stand up on its own if it’s intentionally knocked off its feet.

A model at the ‎XYZPrinting‬ booth.

Another ‪‎XYZPrinting‬ model at their booth in ‎Computex 2016‬.

‎XYZPrinting‬ has a robotics arm – ‎XYZRobot‬ that makes these mini robots at ‎Computex 2016‬.

We post a lot of news from ‪‎Team Group‬. Finally met up with Kevin Wu and Mia Chen from Team Goup Inc.

New T-Force DDR4 modules from‪ ‎Team Group‬

New T-Force DDR4 modules from ‪‎Team Group‬. Rated up to 3466 MHz but they managed to overclock it to 4400 MHz!

The T-Force Xtreem are the most premium DDR4 modules from ‪Team Group‬.

I guess this wraps up our 5 days of live coverage for Computex 2016. Do stay tuned for more featured articles on the new tech we’ve seen and experienced over the course of 5 days at Computex 2016!

Having cotton candy with Emily Lai at the MSI booth.?

Want some candy?

This is the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. Who wants one?

Visited the GELID Solutions folks – V. C. Tran and Felix Cheung. Yep, these are the folks behind the unique ZenTree – http://www.techarp.com/articles/gelid-zentree-docking-station/

The unique GELID ZenTree comes in a variety of colours. The wood motif is a prototype though. Read our review of the ZenTree @ http://www.techarp.com/articles/gelid-zentree-docking-station/

Here is a GELID ZenTree next to their Fourza USB docking hub.

Read our review of the ZenTree @ http://www.techarp.com/articles/gelid-zentree-docking-station/

GELID Solutions will soon launch the Fourza Pro, which features a USB 3.1 Type C port!

GELID Solutions is also working on a Qi wireless charging pad that supports fast charging.

Ducky makes keyboards, I think.. or the keys… I can’t think straight.

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Alienware 13 OLED & More @ Computex 2016

After Dell launched the world’s largest 2-in-1 laptop, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000, we had the opportunity to check out some of their latest Alienware products. Some of them, we have seen earlier. Some of them are brand new. We didn’t have much time, but we recorded three videos for you to check out.

 

Alienware 13 OLED

The Alienware 13 OLED is the world’s first gaming notebook to feature an OLED display panel. This not only gives you a much higher contrast ratio of 100,000:1, it also gives you a wider colour gamut – 104% of sRGB. But gamers will probably be more interested in its much faster response time of just 1-2 ms.

Despite its petite size, the Alienware 13 OLED is powered by the 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor. The OLED display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, lower than the non-OLED resolution of 3200 x 1800 in the previous Alienware 13.

 

Alienware X51 R3

This is the third revision of the Alienware X51. Reengineered with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors and a new selection of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, the Alienware X51 R3 comes with a liquid cooling option, and Oculus Rift-ready configurations.

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Alienware Area 51 R2 With HTC Vive

There is nothing new with the Alienware Area 51 at Computex 2016. In fact, this is the second revision from 2015, running on the 5th Generation Intel Core K processors. However, it was being used to power a HTC Vive headset, and since they opened it up for viewing, we thought – what the heck, let’s just record a video!

 

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Computex 2016 Live Coverage Day 4

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2016 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2016 begins today, May 31, 2016 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 4!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

June 3 Schedule

On the fourth day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

9:15 AM – 10 AM : Breakfast with VIA
10:10 AM-10:30 AM : GIGABYTE Racing Simulation

10:30 AM+ : Free and easy at Computex TWTC Exhibition Hall

1:30 PM+ : Free and easy at Computex Nangang Exhibition Hall

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Computex 2016 Day 4 Coverage

Finally got to meet up with Richard Brown from VIA Technologies!

I would like to thank GIGABYTE’s Mega Chen for getting me a VIP spot for this VR racing demo.!

The future of racing simulators – virtual reality for added realism!

All you need to know is I didn’t crash the car…

Xtrme Gaming by GIGABYTE!

Massive crowd at GIGABYTE’s booth in Hall 1 of the TWTC.

The GIGABYTE Knight Mascot!

This is the upcoming GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming variant of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with a special triple-fan WindForce cooler that delivers TWICE the airflow of a standard triple fan cooler.
We’ll post a video demo of it on Tech ARP soon!

My awesome GIGABYTE host, Mega Chen!

Everyone wants a V-Color girl or prize… I don’t know…

I want! I want! I want!…

We’re hot and we know it…

With Theron Yeh from Clevo.

Zotac has a unique mobile (backpack) VR gaming solution.

I think this is a step in the right direction.

Stopped by ADATA again…

ADATA‬ launched these ultra thin encrypted portable drives…

‎ADATA‬ also launched these waterproof and dustproof portable drives…

ADATA‬ has this very cool 3-way Lightning, micro USB and USB card reader. Video coming up soon!

Finally ‪#ADATA‬ introduced this very small Lightning OTG drive with a USB 3.1 port on the other end!

With Paul Lin of ‪ADATA‬ at ‪‎Computex2016‬

 

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ASUS ROG Computex 2016 Announcements

Taipei, 30th May, 2016ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today hosted the Join the Republic press event at Computex 2016, marking its first full decade of premium gaming innovation and market leadership — and unveiling a new line-up of elite gaming gear.

Unveiled today for the first time was ROG Avalon, a proof-of-concept build that envisions the future of gaming PCs beyond the standard form-factors. Product reveals included Rampage V Edition 10, a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship gaming motherboard, and G31 and GX800 — respectively the world’s most-powerful compact gaming desktop and gaming laptop. Also shown for the first time were Swift PG248Q, a super-narrow-bezel gaming monitor with an overclockable 180Hz refresh rate, the Centurion gaming headset that delivers true 7.1-channel surround sound, and XG Station 2, an innovative external graphics dock.

Strix was also introduced as the newest recruit to Join the Republic, with ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 revealed as the first gaming graphics card to carry the ROG Strix branding.

Commenting on ROG’s decade at the top, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, said: “I’m incredibly proud of ROG’s achievements over its first 10 years, and today’s announcement demonstrates that our commitment to extreme performance and gaming superiority is undiminished. I guarantee that ROG’s second decade will be every bit as exhilarating. Today is a celebration of our success — and proof that ROG’s epic innovation and dominance continues at full strength.”

“Intel and ASUS have been working together for nearly three decades to deliver premium computing experiences, and for the last ten years we have been proud to power amazing Republic of Gamer desktops and laptops,” said Gregory Bryant, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Connected Home and Commercial Client Group, Intel. “As gaming continues to grow, Intel is excited to deliver the power and performance to help push innovation forward for amazing new experiences.”

 

ROG Avalon: The prototype motherboard/chassis hybrid for enhanced DIY experiences

To celebrate ROG’s 10 glorious years of pioneering motherboard design, we have dedicated ourselves to raising the bar — with ROG Avalon. This is the first step to our vision of the future of DIY, built around an all-new motherboard and chassis design. By rethinking the limits of the ATX form-factor and redesigning the motherboard and case as a single entity, rather than as two items in tandem, we were able to optimize the layout to alleviate the most frustrating parts of the DIY process.

Avalon features SSD, PSU and graphics-adapter boards for plug-and-play simplicity without messy cabling, and simultaneously brings each component to the forefront for easy access. Avalon’s Z170 chipset-based motherboard also comes with a modular rear I/O for customized connectivity options to fit every need. Join us and Avalon to forge a better future for PC gamers.

 

ROG Rampage V Edition 10: Extreme-performance gaming motherboard

Rampage V Edition 10 is a celebratory refresh of ROG’s flagship extreme-performance motherboard designed to let gamers break every limit.

Based on the Intel X99 chipset for the new Intel Core i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3, the new motherboard sets fresh industry standards. It features the ultimate RGB lighting scheme with five independently-controlled onboard LED areas plus one 4-pin RGB header, and all can be synchronized by the all-new Aura software for stunning aesthetics. ROG has also teamed up with well-known RGB strip-makers and case manufacturers, including CableMod, IN WIN, DEEPCOOL, BitFenix, and Phanteks — helping gamers to light up as easy as RGB wherever they see the Aura Ready logo.

The new motherboard is equipped with multiple exclusive technologies to aid extreme overclockers. These include Extreme Engine Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for the cleanest, smoothest power, ASUS-exclusive T-topology technology for maxed-out DDR4 performance, and 5-Way Optimization for easy and stable overclocking with one click, including Fan Xpert 4 for the ultimate cooling.

Rampage V Edition 10 also includes multiple technologies to deliver best gaming experiences. The included SupremeFX Hi-Fi audio amplifier ensures flawless audio, dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst combine forces for no-lag networking, and all-new ASUS SafeSlot is the reinvented, reinforced PCI Express® slot that adds strength to every build — protecting gamers’ graphics-card investments. The new board introduces a patent-pending integrated I/O shield for style, easier construction and enhanced durability. It also accelerates every transfer with extensive connectivity onboard, including U.2, M.2, USB 3.1, and 3×3 Wi-Fi.

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ROG G31 Edition 10: World’s most-powerful compact gaming desktop

ROG G31 Edition 10 is a special ROG 10th-anniversary gaming desktop PC featuring a compact, 20-liter chassis, one-click CPU overclocking, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 2-way SLI for the ultimate 4K UHD gaming experience. It has a futuristic design with Mayan-inspired markings and ROG-exclusive 3D vapor-chamber thermal technology with dual hidden-airflow channels that help keep the system cool and quiet. A dedicated ESS audio DAC and amplifier headphone jack delivers Hi-Fi-grade audio to a gaming headset.

 

ROG GX800: The most powerful gaming laptop in the world

GX800 builds on the success of GX700 — the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming laptop — to claim the crown of the world’s most-powerful gaming laptop.

GX800 is engineered with the latest NVIDIA SLI GPU and Intel K-series CPUs for powerful desktop-like performance, with two 330W power supplies for uncompromising gaming experiences. It also offers upgraded exclusive liquid-cooled docking station to enable extreme overclocking of the CPU, GPU and DRAM.

ROG GX800 also features a mechanical keyboard — called MechTAG, or Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming — with a solid keystroke action. It is also illuminated by multicolor (RGB) LEDs with key-level customization, and has anti-ghosting technology across the whole keyboard to prevent missed key-presses.

 

ROG Swift PG248Q: Fast and glorious super-narrow-bezel gaming display

Swift PG248Q is a 24-inch 16:9 LED-backlit display with Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. This new gaming display is ready for NVIDIA’s G-SYNC , plus its overclockable 180Hz refresh rate and 1ms grey-to-grey (GTG) response time help eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates for seamless visuals and smooth gameplay — enabling gamers to react instantly to what they see on screen.

Swift PG248Q also boasts ASUS-exclusive GamePlus including crosshair, timer, FPS counter, Display Alignment and GameVisual technologies for six preset display modes. With a super-narrow-bezel design that’s brilliant for surround-display setups, Swift PG248Q is made for frantic-action gaming — and it’s perfect for eSports fans.

 

ROG Centurion: True 7.1 gaming headset for ultimate immersion

Centurion is ROG’s latest gaming headset, delivering true 7.1-channel surround-sound direct to the listener’s ears, through 10 individual neodymium-magnet drivers. It includes a noise-canceling digital microphone for clear communication, and a Hi-Fi-grade ESS headphone amplifier.

Full audio control is available through ASUS Sonic Studio, and two sets of interchangeable ear cups are included, offering instant customization and maximum comfort. Centurion also includes a USB audio station for fingertip control over almost every aspect — ideal for mid-game adjustments.

 

ROG XG Station 2: External graphics dock to turn your laptop into a VR machine

ROG XG Station 2 is an external graphics-card dock that turns a laptop into VR-gaming powerhouse. A 680W power supply is designed inside and supports the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX and AMD Radeon graphics cards. ROG XG Station 2 is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 and an exclusive proprietary connector that improves performance up to a further 15%. It’s easy to connect and can be unplugged without restarting the laptop — and includes four USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit LAN socket for extended connectivity and convenience.

 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080: 1936MHz-overclocked gaming graphics with Aura RGB illumination

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is a 1936MHz-overclocked gaming graphics card, with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III technology and a patented triple-wing-blade 0dB fan design to deliver maximum airflow for performance that’s up to 30% cooler and three times (3X) quieter. The new card features ASUS-exclusive FanConnect design, with two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling and optimal thermal performance.

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 includes exclusive ASUS Auto-Extreme technology, the industry’s only 100%-automated production process for premium quality and reliability, and benefits from two VR-friendly HDMI ports — so gamers enjoy immersive virtual-reality experiences without having to swap cables. It also has integrated Aura RGB LED lighting to display millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system. ASUS-exclusive GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster are included intuitive performance-tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

 

ROG Computex 2016 Demo Area

Computex 2016 also serves as the showcase for many popular ASUS ROG and ROG Strix products.

Headlining is the new ROG Strix X99 gaming motherboard, with a bold design and bright colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism. ROG Strix X99 Gaming features Aura RGB lighting and controls plus custom color decals for beautiful aesthetics, and delivers superior gaming experiences with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio technologies, Intel Ethernet and GameFirst for no-lag networking, while OC Socket and 5-Way Optimization auto-tuning technology including Fan Xpert 4 deliver maxed-out performance and ultimate cooling.

ROG GT51, winner of a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category, is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor and supports up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (2-way SLI) for the performance to run smooth, stutter-free 4K UHD gaming at over 60 frames per second (fps). ROG Turbo Gear lets users maximize GT51’s full-core CPU overclocking potential with just one click — all the way up to 4.6GHz. GT51 has an audiophile-grade ESS DAC with a front-panel amp for immersive in-game audio plus an aggressively designed ATX case with an Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper finish, a transparent side window, and dynamic lighting effects across four zones that showcase up to 8-million colors. GT51 also features the exclusive ROG Band to let users activate Shadow Drive — a hidden hard-drive space — or overclock GT51.

ROG G701 is a portable and stylish gaming laptop powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics and 6th-generation Intel Mobile K-series (‘Skylake’) processor. It allows gamers to enjoy desktop-grade power and ultra-fast performance on the go. G701 provides up to 64GB DDR4 RAM for faster, more energy-efficient performance, and also goes along with a backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover for precise input. It also provides an ESS DAC and amplifier for richer, more detailed in-game audio with less distortion.

ROG Strix GL502 is a stylish, compact gaming laptop offering high-end performance and breathtaking visuals. It features a 15.6-inch, non-glare in-plane switching (IPS) 4K UHD or Full HD panel, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology. All these advanced display technologies work in concert to provide gamers truly stunning visuals and the best, most entertaining experiences possible. This lightweight design is combined with the latest Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, and an optional SSD to deliver amazing performance with the latest games. ROG Strix GL702 comes with a 17-inch panel, an improved triple-copper thermal module for better cooling performance, and a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 for external graphics support.

ROG Spatha is an 8200DPI laser gaming mouse crafted for MMO glory. It has a magnesium-alloy chassis and features a total of 12 programmable buttons, including six ergonomic thumb buttons. Its left and right buttons feature an easy-upgrade, socketed-switch design for customizable click-feel, with Omron switches giving users a 20-million-click lifespan. Users have the freedom to use it in wired or wireless modes, and can enjoy a polling rate of up to 2000Hz when in wired mode. In addition, it has customizable RGB LED effects across three zones.

ROG Claymore is a gaming keyboard with Cherry MX RGB mechanical switches (Red, Blue, Brown, and Black options) and a detachable numeric keypad with macro functions to give users flexible placement options. This keyboard features individually backlit, customizable keys with 16.7-million-color RGB lighting and N-key rollover technology. It can be synced with both ASUS and ROG motherboards, and has hotkeys that allow users to control fan speed and monitor the CPU temperature via Claymore’s backlight. It’s also possible to use the hotkeys to control LED synchronization between Claymore, ROG mice and Aura-ready motherboards, and to boot the system with the CPU overclocked. ROG Claymore has a durable aluminum-alloy frame with Mayan-inspired detailing for a premium look.

 

VR demo areas: ROG and Oculus combine forces to create truly immersive gaming thrills

Visitors to the ROG stand at Computex 2016 have the unique opportunity to see how ROG and VR industry-leader Oculus are working together to create a future of unprecedented gaming immersion.

In the standing area, Oculus Rift and Touch will be demonstrated. These will be connected to ROG’s gaming-powerhouse desktops and Oculus Ready PCs, G11 and G20 — bringing virtual-reality worlds to life as never before.

In the seated area, we will be offering Oculus Rift demonstrations powered by DIY PC builds based on ASUS ROG gaming gear.
These dual demonstration areas offer a taste of VR today and enticing vision of tomorrow, as ROG will continue to work closely with industry partners to ensure that ROG’s revered gaming gear offers the best compatibility with the latest VR technologies.

 

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Computex 2016 Live Coverage Day 3

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2016 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2016 begins today, May 31, 2016 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 4!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

June 2 Schedule

On the third day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM : GIGABYTE / AORUS VIP Room Showcase
11 AM-12 AM : ADATA Product Showcase

1 PM+ : Free and easy at Computex TWTC Exhibition Hall

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Computex 2016 Day 3 Coverage

Going up to the 36th floor to the GIGABYTE and AORUS VIP showcase.

Security sure is tight!

The view up here is quite lovely…

Here is the new GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080. It features their WindForce triple fan cooler.

The new GIGABYTE G1 GAMING motherboard series. They all feature metal PCI Express Shields, U.2 connector and Intel Thunderbolt 3 support.

One of the really cool case mods featuring GIGABYTE motherboards. We will post a video of these case mods soon at Tech ARP.

One of the really cool case mods featuring GIGABYTE motherboards. We will post a video of these case mods soon at Tech ARP.

One of the really cool case mods featuring GIGABYTE motherboards. We will post a video of these case mods soon at Tech ARP.

One of the really cool case mods featuring GIGABYTE motherboards. We will post a video of these case mods soon at Tech ARP.

AORUS showed off their new RGB Fusion Keyboard which will debut in their next-generation AORUS X7 AND X5 gaming laptops.

This is the really light (1.89 kg) GIGABYTE AERO 14 gaming laptop. We’ll have a video for you shortly.

A wefie with GIGABYTE’s Mega Chen and Brian Chong.

With Anna Lin and Cyril from AORUS.

With Emily Lai and Vincent Hou from MSI earlier today.

With Ricky Pang from MSI. He’s from Hong Kong.

Colorful models showing off a new Colorful motherboard and power bank.

Colorful models giving away gifts.

That sure is Colorful…

Mmm… Born for fun and excitement…

I’m made in Taiwan and I’m hot…

Yes, you right there…

Going once… going twice…

 

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5 Takeaways From The Intel Computex 2016 Keynote

On the first day of Computex 2016, Diane M. Bryant and Navin Shenoy from Intel gave an hour-long keynote on “Expanding the Boundaries of Computing“. It was basically a combination of new product announcements and the technologies that Intel will be focusing on going forward.

Diane M. Bryant is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, while Navin Shenoy is the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. Hang on to every word they say, because they will show you why Intel is changing direction.

 

Real Possibilities With RealSense

Before the Intel Computex 2016 keynote started, there was a wushu demonstration. It was not mere entertainment, but a demonstration of Intel RealSense’s ability to follow the wushu master’s moves, and Intel processing power in determining how the background display should react to her movements.

 

The Intel Computex 2016 Keynote

Here is the 70-minute long Intel Computex 2016 keynote in its entirety. We will summarise the 5 key takeaways from this keynote in the following section.

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5 Takeaways From The Keynote

No. 1 : Intel’s Evolution Is Underway

Last month, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich radically changed the direction for the entire company, based on five core beliefs :

  • The cloud is the most important trend shaping the future of the smart, connected world – and thus Intel’s future.
  • The many “things” that make up the PC Client business and the Internet of Things are made much more valuable by their connection to the cloud.
  • Memory and programmable solutions such as FPGAs will deliver entirely new classes of products for the data center and the Internet of Things.
  • 5G will become the key technology for access to the cloud and as we move toward an always-connected world.
  • Moore’s Law will continue to progress and Intel will continue to lead in delivering its true economic impact.

That change is underway, with Navin Shenoy describing how Intel will change the way we view computing. He not only emphasised the future of connected homes, smart vehicles and drones, but also unveiled new products to deliver new capabilities in those spaces.

 

No. 2 : Visual cloud, machine learning unlock human potential

Video streaming is now taking up almost 80% of all Internet traffic, so delivering that content via the cloud is top priority for many service providers. To help them accelerate video encoding for secure streaming, Intel announced the Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 family of processors. This allows service to pack more video streams into a single server or appliance for a minimized data center footprint and reduced power consumption.

Intel demonstrated that capability by live-streaming a 360-degree virtual reality jazz concert delivered from the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York using hardware-assisted 4K video delivery on Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 servers.

 

No. 3 : Continuing to push the boundaries of PC innovation

Intel will continue to work on newer and faster processors. To demonstrate that commitment, Intel announced the availability of the new Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor. This is the first 10-core desktop processor that can handle up to 20 threads simultaneously.

Intel also confirmed that the 7th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Kaby Lake) as well as the low-cost Intel Pentium, Celeron and Atom processors (codenamed Apollo Lake) are on schedule for release later in Q3, 2016.

 

No. 4 : “Things” are getting smarter and more connected

Intel is betting on connected homes, vehicles and the Internet of Things. They demonstrated that by announcing the Intel AnyWAN GRX 750 system-on-a-chip (SoC) family and the Intel XWAY WAV500 Wi-Fi chipset – Intel’s new 5th Generation 11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi family of products for home gateways.

The Intel Atom x3 (formerly known as SoFIA) lives on though. Intel will continue to expand Intel Atom x3 processor-based solutions for products like point-of-sale systems, healthcare tablets and industrial devices within the IoT.

 

No. 5 : 5G will transform mobility

5G is not just about faster mobile Internet. It is about more powerful wireless networks that connect “things” to each other, to people and to the cloud. To that end, Intel announced an agreement with Foxconn to collaborate on the development of 5G network infrastructure technologies like Mobile Edge Computing, Cloud Radio Access Network (CloudRAN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

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Computex 2016 Live Coverage Day 2

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2016 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2016 begins today, May 31, 2016 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 4!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

June 1 Schedule

On the second day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

10 AM – 11:30 AM : AMD Computex 2016 Press Conference
2 PM – 3 PM : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Benchmarking

3 PM+ : Free and easy at Computex TWTC Exhibition Hall

7:00 PM onwards : CyberMedia Computex Party!

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Computex 2016 Day 2 Coverage

AMD Computex 2016 Press Conference

AMD’S Raja Koduri speaking about how the new AMD Polaris architecture will make virtual reality mainstream.

Introducing the new AMD Radeon RX480 graphics card at only US$199!!

Here are the specifications of the new AMD Radeon RX480 graphics card.

AMD is going for the value proposition. They’re not claiming that the new AMD Radeon RX480 graphics card is extremely fast, but that you can pair them to beat much faster cards at a much lower cost.

AMD also announced the new 7th Generation AMD mobile APUs

Arguably the most important AMD announcement today is the taping out of the AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” desktop processors.

Arguably the most important AMD announcement today is the taping out of the AMD Zen “Summit Ridge” desktop processors.

The AMD Zen core will debut in desktop processors but AMD will eventually scale it to introduce it to the server, embedded and even mobile markets.

That’s what the new AMD desktop processor based on the AMD Zen core looks like.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Presentation

Now energising with Nick Stam and John Gillooly before the NVIDIA presentation kicks off

The upcoming (June 10) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070!

Fabulous performance per watt with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

Meet the new, faster NVIDIA SLI bridges.

 

Apacer Product Showcase

A unique dual interface SSD from Apacer. Not sure how useful it is but still, very cool! Video coming up on Tech ARP!

Now this is what people will want. Small solid state portable drives.

For those like a little light in their cases, the Apacer Blade Fire DDR4 SDRAM pulses at 44 beats a minute… dub…dub…dub…

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Sneak Peek & Hands-On Preview

Intel may have abandoned the smartphone market, but ASUS soldiers on with their ZenFone brand of smartphones. Instead of Intel Atom processors, they are now powered by Qualcomm processors. But that’s not all that’s changed. The new ASUS ZenFone 3 family of smartphone now comes in 3 distinct models, and they all look markedly different.

This is a departure from the ASUS ZenFone 2 family, which featured a common ambidextrous design even when ASUS differentiated them into a multitude of different models. The new ASUS ZenFone 3, the phablet edition called ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra, and the premium ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe all have very different designs, even when they share similar hardware features.

During the first day of Computex 2016, we had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with all three models. In this ASUS ZenFone 3 sneak peek, you will get to take a look at the three new models, as well as a comparison of their key specifications!

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 First Look

The ASUS ZenFone 3 is the mainstream model. Powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 running at 2.0 GHz, the ZenFone 3 comes with up to 4 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of internal flash storage. It has a 5.5″ full HD Super IPS display, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on both front and back.

Like the other ZenFone 3 models, it has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.0 lens. It also comes with the same 6P f/2.0 lens and second-generation laser auto-focusing system for the rear camera. However, it only comes with a 16 MP sensor.

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra First Look

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is a 6.8″ phablet with a full HD IPS display. Powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 running at 1.8 GHz, the ZenFone 3 Ultra comes with up to 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal flash storage.

It has a front 8 MP camera with f/2.0 lens, but what’s really amazing is the new 23 MP rear camera with 6P f/2.0 lens. It also comes with the latest second-generation laser auto-focusing system. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe First Look

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the premium model, the world’s first smartphone with a full metal unibody with an invisble antenna design. Powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running at 2.3 GHz, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe comes with up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal flash storage.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe comes with a 5.7″ full HD Super AMOLED display. It has a front 8 MP camera with f/2.0 lens, but the new 23 MP rear camera with 6P f/2.0 lens is the main attraction. It also comes with the latest second-generation laser auto-focusing system.

Next Page > Specification Comparison Of The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Ultra & ZenFone 3 Deluxe

 

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Specifications Comparison

For your convenience, we compared the specifications of all three ASUS ZenFone 3 models. Check it out :

SpecificationsZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)‏ZenFone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL)ZenFone 3 ‏(ZE552KL)‏
Display5.7" Super AMOLED
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 386 ppi)
79% screen-to-body ratio
3,000,000 : 1
contrast ratio
ASUS TruVivid technology
Bluelight Filter
6.8" IPS display
full-screen lamination
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 324 ppi)
79% screen-to-body ratio
178˚wide-viewing angle
ASUS TruVivid technology
Bluelight Filter
5.5" Super IPS+ display
(1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 ppi)
500 nits brightness
77.3% screen-to-body ratio
2.1mm slim bezel
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 42.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
ASUS ZenUI 3.0
SoC PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820
(MSM8996)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
(MSM8976)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
(MSM8953)
ProcessorQuad-core Kyro (2.15 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530 (624 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 510Qualcomm Adreno 506
MemoryUp to 6 GBUp to 4 GB LPDDR3Up to 4 GB LPDDR3
StorageUp to 128 GB (UFS 2.0) internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Up to 128 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Up to 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (Supports up to 2 TB)
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0 aperture
85˚ wide-viewing angle, Auto Focus
8 MP, f/2.0 aperture
85˚ wide-viewing angle, Auto Focus
8 MP, f/2.0 aperture, Fixed Focus
Rear Camera23 MP Sony IMX318 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
Sapphire lens protection
23 MP Sony IMX318 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
32 second long exposure
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
16 MP Sony IMX298 sensor
0.03 second TriTech auto-focus
6P Largan f/2.0 aperture lens
32 second long exposure
4 Stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
3-Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
Dual-LED real tone flash
Sapphire lens protection
ConnectivityFDD Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30
LTE Cat. 13 (600 Mbps / 150 Mbps)
UMTS:
Band: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB 3.0 Type-C, BT4.2 + A2DP + EDR
GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
FDD Band 1 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 26 / 28
LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
UMTS: B1/B2/B5/B6/B8/B19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Type-C, BT4.2 + A2DP + EDR
GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
FDD Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 20
LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
UMTS: B1/B2/B5/B8
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Wi-Fi 802.11ac/USB 2.0 Type-C
BT4.2/GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDSS
Dual SIM capabilityDual SIM Dual StandbyDual SIM Dual StandbyDual SIM Dual Standby
SensorsAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensorAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensorAccelerator / E-Compass / Gyroscope / Proximity sensor / Hall sensor / Ambient light sensor / RGB sensor / IR sensor
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear mounted below camera bumpYes, integrated with Home buttonYes, rear mounted below camera bump
Audio Capability5 magnet speaker
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
Dual 5 magnet speakers
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
FM Radio
5 magnet speaker
ASUS SonicMaster 3.0
Battery3000 mAh4600 mAh
Talk time: 34 hrs (3G)
Wi-Fi browsing (14.5 hrs)
Video Playback (12.5 hrs)
3000 mAh
Fast Charging18 W (9V, 2A) Adapter
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology
BoostMaster Fast Charging : 60% battery capacity in 39 minutes
18 W (9V, 2A) Adapter
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology
BoostMaster Fast Charging : 60% battery capacity in 45 minutes
10 W (5V, 2A) Adapter
Size156.4 mm tall x 77.4 mm wide x 4.2 ~ 7.5 mm thick186.4 mm tall x 93.9 mm wide x 6.8 mm thick152.59 mm tall x 77.38 mm wide x 7.69 mm thick
Weight170 g233 g155 g
Available ColoursMetal finish:
Glacier Silver
Titanium Gray
Shimmer Gold
Metal finish:
Glacier Silver
Titanium Gray
Metallic Pink
Glass finish:
Sapphire Black
Moonlight White
Shimmer Gold
Aqua Blue
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Computex 2016 Live Coverage Day 1

Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex 2016 LIVE on the Tech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex 2016 begins today, May 31, 2016 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 4!

This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.

 

May 31 Schedule

On the first day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

11 AM – 12 PM : HWBot Overclocking World Tour
2 PM – 3:15 PM : Intel Keynotes by Diane M. Bryant and Navin Shenoy
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM : Dell Computex 2016 Press Conference

7:00 PM onwards : ImageMedia Computex Party!

 

June 1 Schedule

On the second day of Computex 2016, we are tentatively scheduled to attend the following major events :

10 AM – 11:30 PM : AMD Computex 2016 Press Conference
2 PM – 3 PM : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Benchmarking

7:00 PM onwards : CyberMedia Computex Party!

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Computex 2016 Day 1 Coverage

Computex begins at 9:30 AM, and our first task is to get our press passes at the Media Centre. Off we go! 😀

We have arrived at the Nangang Exhibition Center! First stop – the Media Center to get our media passes.

Joining the queue for the media pass. There is a faster collection point outside but it’s so hot no one wants to pick up their media badges there…

Got my press badge!

With the lovely Emily and Annie from CyberMedia! 😀

We’re now at the HWBOT Overclocking World Tour 2016 Press Conference. We will be uploading the video later tonight!

 

ASUS ZenFone 3 Smartphones

Check out the 3 new ASUS ZenFone 3 smartphones. From left to right- ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ZenFone 3. We’ll have our hands on videos uploaded tonight!

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra is a 6.8″ phablet that will come with up to 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Our hands on video will be out tonight so check it out later!

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a 5.7″ smartphone that will come with up to 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. It also has a 23 MP rear camera with 6P, f/2.0 lens.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 is a 5.5″ smartphone that will come with up to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It also has a 16 MP rear camera with 6P, f/2.0 lens. Our hands on video will be out tonight so check it out later!

 

Intel Computex 2016 Keynote

The Intel Atom is not quite dead. It’s going to power Intel’s IoT solutions.

Intel demoes Raw Data virtual reality gaming with two players at different locations!

Intel will introduce the first Intel Optane SSD at the end of this year.

The Intel Optane SSD will be 3.7x faster than regular SSDs.

Intel confirms that Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake are on schedule for release by the end of the year.

Intel just announced the Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 series processors! ‪

 

Dell Computex 2016 Press Conference

I present to you… the 15″ and the 17″ models… of the new Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 laptops!

So pretty! The new Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 laptop.

They make carrying huge 17″ 2-in1 laptops look so effortless!

Big vs. small. The 17″ Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptop vs. the 11″ Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 laptop.

Any fans of Janet Hsieh here?

Fashionably late for the Image Media Computex Party…

 

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GIGABYTE Aero 14 Launched @ Computex 2016

GIGABYTE continuing its proven track record for innovation and takes ultra-portable mobile performance one step further, and unveiled the GIGABYTE Aero 14 and announcing its launch at Computex 2016. Putting an emphasis on maximizing mobility and performance, it claims the title of most portable 14” high performance laptop with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M while being only 19.9mm thin.

Now enjoy both superior performance and mobility along with the latest platform: DDR4 memory, M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C. With the top-level performance and extended battery life in a slim-profile of an Ultrabook, Aero 14 is the mobile solution for both professionals and gamers alike.

 

GIGABYTE Aero 14 : The New Breed of Slim-Line, High Performance Laptops

The balance between mobility and performance has finally been bridged. The GIGABYTE Aero 14 breaks the paradigm of needing to sacrifice mobility for performance.

For the Professional : An Ultrabook Chassis with Stunning Performance

Through innovative design the GIGABYTE Aero 14 takes the mobility and extended battery life, the strengths of an Ultrabook to the next level with its 94.24Wh battery, which is able to provide battery power for an entire day and also make up for what an Ultrabook lacks by providing high performance with the NVIDIA GeForce  GTX 970M GPU and Intel quad core i7 H-series CPU, and a QHD 2560×1440 IPS display. Allowing the Aero 14 to support any and all resource heavy applications yet also retain the convenience of the conventional Ultrabook.

For the Gamers : Gaming On the Go

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 brings mobile gaming solutions to the next level. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics within its Ultrabook-like chassis, it is able to power even the most graphics intensive game titles. Included on the Aero 14 keyboard is the highly customizable Marco keys. Combined with GIGABYTE exclusive Macro Hub software you can simplify complete key combos to the press of a button.

Refreshing Design : Unique Aesthetics

Through Nano-Imprint Lithography the Aero 14 has a sleek and unique design. This unique and environmentally friendly process grants the Aero 14 a 3D look, and feel, while retaining its original solid metallic feel with its full aluminum chassis. The Aero 14 comes in three colors: black, green, and orange. Putting extra emphasis on ultra-mobility, the Aero 14 is as thin as an Ultrabook yet still retains the high quality metallic finish.

The GIGABYTE Aero 14 features the latest processor, the 6th Generation Intel Skylake Core i7 CPU, which comes exclusively with four complete features. The M.2 SSD adopts rapid PCI-Express 3.0 technology reaching a speed of 2000 MB/s, which is 4x faster than traditional SATA SSDs. Also included is the all new DDR4 RAM. With faster frequency and lower power consumption, the DDR4 grants a faster and smoother gaming and computing experience. In addition, the Aero 14 features a USB 3.1 Type-C connector adding speed and convenience.

Generally Mobile Portability and battery life go hand-in-hand and are both essential for a mobile workstation. As an ultraportable, the Aero 14 takes it a step above the rest by also providing a large capacity battery of 94.24 Wh, generating up to 10-hour usage, providing power for running any resource-demanding applications throughout an entire day.

Next Generation Graphics : True High Definition Support

Paired with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and its high end graphics allow you to enjoy more frames per second supporting any high resolution applications. With the QHD 2560×1440 IPS display with great viewing angles, the GIGABYTE Aero 14 provides a premium viewing experience plus precise color accuracy and clear images at any angle. Aero 14 also provides the option to expand true 4k resolution to external display, with HDMI 2.0 and its 12-bit color and up to 60Hz refresh rate.

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]Gigabyte Aero 14 Specifications

  • 6th Gen Intel Core  i7 “Skylake” Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M/965M
  • QHD 2560×1440 IPS Display
  • M.2 PCIe SSD x2 / DDR4 Memory x2
  • 94.24 Wh Battery
  • Dual-4k output with HDMI 2.0 and Mini-DisplayPort
  • Dimensions: 335(W) x 250(D) x 19.9 (H) mm / 1.89kg

*Specifications are subject to change.

 

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