Asus continues to put GeForce GTX 900 Series on its laptops

Lately, some of Asus decisions, especially on its marketing and sales departments are being questioned, specifically the prices they have put some of their products. But it seems that there is something else that is not working well in the brand as they have just announced the launch of their new UltraBook Asus ZenBook UX310UQ which, again, uses a past generation graphics card.

This may come as a surprise to you but it’s not the first time Asus does it, because in September we were criticizing the launch of the ROG Strix GL553VW, a gaming laptop using a GTX 960M. Now, three months later, Asus repeats the move and although both NVIDIA and AMD already have two new generations of graphics cards, in which Asus actively participates for the desktop models, the manufacturer seems stuck in the year 2015 as far as portable hardware is concerned.

GeForce GTX 900

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is presented as the most powerful ultrabook of the brand. It has a screen size of 13.3 inches with Full HD resolution, and it is notable for its thinness (measuring 18.35mm thick) and its weight (weighs 1.4kg). This slim and lightweight ultrabook is powered by an Intel Core i5-6260U dual-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and boasts of incorporating “spectacular graphics” (literal words from its website) thanks to its NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory.

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Asus ROG PG348Q review: ultra-panoramic and curved aimed at gamers

Ultra-panoramic monitors are and will be one of my weaknesses. From the first experiences up until now I must admit that it’s a format that I really like. For working with them as well as for consuming media or enjoying the latest PC games. For some weeks I’ve been testing the Asus ROG PF348Q, an ultra-panoramic monitor aimed at gamers.

This Asus display belongs to the ROG family (Republic of Gamers), which offers different solutions such as the PG278Q monitor or the more recent Asus GX7000 laptop which we analyzed here. Going back to one of its distinct features, for some, an ultra-panoramic panel might not seem attractive and they might prefer a 1080p monitor with lower response time and greater refresh speeds. This is totally valid since it’s a matter of personal taste, especially if you also want to use it for playing console games. But if you were looking for something different or you simply don’t want to use two monitors for an extended gaming setup then pay close attention.

Asus ROG PF348Q, specs

The tech specs of the Asus ROG PG348Q monitor are very similar to those of other screens on the market. The differences are, in addition to the curved panel that not all 21:9 include, in the refresh rate improvement which can reach 100Hz with turbo mode and the software extras for its configuration. Still, let’s review the most important ones.

  • Screen: Curved IPS (3800R radio)
  • Size: 34 inch
  • Resolution: 3440x1440p
  • Density of pixel: 109ppi
  • Refresh Rate: Up to 100Hz via DisplayPort and 50Hz over HDMI
  • Color reproduction: 10 bit
  • Contrast: 1.000:1
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • View angle: 178º
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Connections: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 4 x USB 3.0, handset / speaker output
  • Extras: Nvidia G-Sync technology, Flicker-Free backlight, HDCP, VESA support, different picture modes and other extras to enhance the gaming experience

A very gaming aesthetic

When you sit down in front of a monitor like its logical that you will be surprised at first. With its 34 inch display, the Asus ROG PG348Q doesn’t let down. It’s overwhelming to see that ultra-panoramic image right in front of your eyes. Of course it’s also a bit shocking if you’re used to 16:9 screens.

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Leaked first photos from various Asus Kaby Lake motherboards

Technical specifications and some photos from several motherboards that Asus plans to launch with Intel’s next processor using Kaby Lake have leaked. More specifically, the motherboards which have been filtered belong mainly to the ROG series of this manufacturer and have, as expected given the range, the Z270 chipset, although another motherboard of a more normal range has also been leaked. The leaked models are the ROG Strix Z270E Gaming, the Strix Z270F Gaming, the TUF Z270 Mark 1 and the Prime Z270-A.

Starting with the most “basic” model of all, the Asus Prime Z270-A, is a model that moves away from the ROG series and concentrates on fulfilling its functions, but not just in any way since it comes as standard with power supply phases of type 8 + 2 + 2 managed by a digital controller, including an 8-pin connector and solid capacitors accompanying four slots for DDR4 RAM that allow the installation of modules that operate up to 3,866 MHz, three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (wired electrically as x16/x8/x4), four PCIe 3.0 x1 and two M.2 slots that are capable of moving data at a speed of 32 GB/s.

Asus Kaby Lake motherboards

And now moving onto the more gaming oriented models, I’d like to start by speaking of the Asus TUF Z270 Mark 1, the model intended for those users looking for reliability and resistance above all else. After all, the motto of the TUF range is precisely “Tough inside and out”. This model follows the same specifications of the previous almost exactly except in the audio section, in this case the manufacturer has provided a SupremeFX SF1220A chip that comes with capacitors of the famous brand Nichicon for audiophiles.

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ASUS presents Zenbook UX410

ASUS is preparing to launch its new laptop model Zenbook UX410, noted for its narrow bezels, updating its hardware to Intel Kaby Lake processors and -we expect- a price more restrained than the big premium ultrabooks. Zenbook UX410 offers a 14 inches display but its 6mm bezels allow it to keep a total size equivalent … Read more

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM: Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 1060 and Nvidia G-Sync

After the disappointing and a bit incomprehensible launch of the GL553VW laptop, the company has now announced the launch of Asus ROG Strix GL702VM,a launch that makes way more sense and abandons the obsolete GeForce GTX 960M for a GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6GB of GDDR5 memory resulting in a remarkable difference in performance, … Read more

ASUS ZenBook UX305UA-AS51 Review (6th Generation Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10)

The world of ultra portable computers has undergone a great evolution, specially after the important diversification that some manufacturers have created, who have incorporated new products with great features at constantly more affordable prices, a category in which we can perfectly put the ASUS ZenBook UX305UA.

Thanks to the courtesy of ASUS we have been able to test this unit, specifically the model that comes with a Core i5-6500U processor, 13,3 inch 1080p screen, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256 SSD.

After using it for more than one month we have been able to draw a number of interesting conclusions which we will share with you in this analysis, where as always we will give the product a final score based on our personal experience.

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ASUS GX800, the most powerful gaming laptop in the world comes with two GTX 1080 in SLI

If you lower the consumption on notebook’s graphics cards and you increase their performance, making it inevitable for manufacturers not to wanna show muscle with machines like the ASUS ROG RX800. Based on the design of the RX700 with an external liquid cooling system and Intel’s Skylake processor K series with an unlocked multiplier, the … Read more

The ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 sets a new overclock record

Each time a new CPU, RAM or graphics card comes onto the market, overclockers get down to work and to find ways to reach their limits to beat new records. The German overclocker Dancop has succeeded in setting an ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 graphics card to 2.645 MHz in boost mode, making it the fastest GTX 1080 in the world.

For this, he has had to use liquid nitrogen and a motherboard ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 with an 10 core i7-6950X , with which they have beat the GPUPI 1B 1x test record of 13 seconds with an amazing 492 milliseconds when using the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080.

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