ASUS shows off some gorgeous new Republic of Gamers hardware

It's CES 2016, which makes it the perfect opportunity for ASUS to showcase just what the company has to offer PC gamers this year. ASUS has teased a number of new products, including motherboards, keyboards, mice, PCs and more. The new gear will be on display at the company's lounge at CES, but we're sure it won't be long until gamers will be able to get their hands on what's on offer.

ROG Maximus VIII Formula

Kicking things off are the new Z170 ATX gaming motherboards for 6th-gen Intel processors, which look outstanding in my opinion (see above image). ASUS' premium motherboards have received positive reviews for their looks in the past, but coupling this new design and CrossChill EK Hybrid air/liquid cooling really amps up the looks and performance for a board that will surely be required to power through hours upon hours of gaming.

ASUS states that during internal product tests with a liquid cooling system, CrossChill EK reduced MOSFET temperatures by up to 23 degrees Celcius. The boards also come with new Aura LED illumination and laser-engraved plating.

970 Pro Gaming/Aura

ASUS AMD Motherboard

For those of you who still hold out hope for AMD at least making a come back in 2016, ASUS has the 970 PRO Gaming motherboard running on AMD's 970 chipset. It's billed as the first 970 motherboard that has been officially certified by NVIDIA for SLI support. Like the Maximus VIII boards above, ASUS has also included Aura RGB LED lighting to allow gamers and system builders to create a custom look.

B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard


What if you wanted to pack a punch with a smaller form factor? The B150I will be an ideal option for you if you're wanting to throw a 6th-gen Intel processor inside and crack on with some FPS action. ASUS has included its Aura lighting on this mini ITX motherboard too, bringing the inside of the PC case to life.

Notable features include on-board Wi-Fi with external dual-band antenna, as well as a M.2 socket to provide access to the latest high-speed solid-state drives. Lastly, there's a handy water pump header for those who opt to cool down their chips with water in favor of air.

MG 4K Series monitors


The company has expanded its MG Series offerings of screens to include a new 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution display in 24- and 28-inch configurations. While the smaller 24-inch MG24UQ display features an IPS panel, the 28-inch MG28UQ has a 1ms response time to help combat ghosting and motion blur.

VESA Adaptive-Sync support for seamlessly-smooth gameplay is standard for MG series screens and the two new displays come with ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light filter technology for more comfortable viewing, especially when you're gaming for a solid 16 hours.

ROG Swift PG348Q monitor


The ROG Swift PG348Q monitor is a 34-inch beast of a screen with an UWQHD resolution of 3440x1440. ASUS boasts that the 21:9 aspect curved display is a more immersive panoramic experience, with a 100Hz refresh rate and built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to combat lag and stutter.

And since the PG348Q is a frameless design, why not throw another one into the mix to really immerse yourself in the world of gaming? Like the MG series, ASUS includes numerous features like GamePlus in-game enhancements, as well as GameVisual for optimizing visuals.

ROG GT51 gaming desktop


If you're not a system builder, or you simply love the look of some pre-built desktop cases, the ROG GT51 could be the ideal purchase for your setup. The PC, which won a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category, features the 6th-gen Intel Core i7-6700K processor, up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITANs, full overclocking potential, USB 3.1 Type-C ports, as well as ROG Band that hides a secret, hidden Shadow Drive.

To help cool everything inside the case, the GT51 utilizes an internal cooling system that makes use of a dedicated air tunnel. The transparent window on the side will allow owners to gaze in awe at the internals and lighting setup.

ROG XG2 external graphics docking station


Lastly, we have the Republic of Gamers XG2, an external graphics docking station. This handy accessory allows for ASUS GeForce and Radeon cards to be installed onto proprietary circuitry that will enable notebooks to power through intense games and applications with desktop levels of graphical processing. The station will also charge the laptop too.

ASUS is also showing off other innovations for gamers, which include laptops, peripherals and more. The ROG brand is a solid option for gamers who wish to upgrade their experience to the next level. Be sure to remain tuned to our feeds for the latest from CES 2016.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • They should stop cuddling Nvidia so much and adapt FreeSync, this way the monitors will be cheaper and be available for all GPUs since Nvidia can make their drivers work with FreeSync. Hope the G-Sync thing will fade out just like the Phys-X.
  • VESA Adaptive-Sync support for seamlessly-smooth gameplay is standard for MG series screens 
  • I know that they make monitors with that, but the Swift series is their top quality monitors some othe monitors have iffy quality controls. I was considering buying the ASUS MG279Q 27" monitor but after reading the online reviews is kinda hit or miss with this one, from people being totally fine with it with other complaining about the build quality.
  • ROG Swift monitors have had bad QC too. 
  • Look, a butthurt AMD/Radeon user. If you look at sales of Nvidia you know that wont happen.
  • Proprietary standards aren't the way to go.
  • And claiming the physx has to go just because he cant use it is the way to go ? I guess not. Nvidia beats Radeon in every way and if you want physx and other special nvidia effects, you gotta pay for it. Thats why you pay more for a better quality. Same goes for Intel processors.
  • Nobody said that Phys-X has to go, i just pointed out that it`s a fail, only a handfull of games support it and in those the majority of gamers choose to disable it just not to loose FPS.
  • Fanboyism i get, idiotism is what i don`t get ! Sorry for the insult, but if you prefer to pay more for a proprietary tech that does just the same as an open tech then you are out of your mind! Nobody cares about the sales of Nvidia, you justify the need for a 100-200$ price over the standard monitor model just because Nvidia sells more cards ? When you could have a free alternative that will work just the same with your Nvidia GPU anyway ?  You can buy an even beffier GPU or a SSD or w/e for the price difference. Sheesh ....nvidiot. (PS i`ve owned only Nvidia GPUs since TNT2 till GTX 760) i like tech but i don`t like to over spend.
  • It does NOT do the same. Nvidia cards are better than Radeons, you cant argue about that. And yes they are more expensive. Last time I checked, Nvidia had 80% marketshare while Radeon had 20%. And youre trying to tell me that 80% of those people are dumb enough to buy "the same" for more money.  
  • I think you missed his point of ref.
  • Honestly, you need to settle down. AMD makes fine cards and CPU's for gaming. Mine has been doing for 2 and a half years and I can still play everything on it. You pay way more for Nvidia for a small increase, and if you know what you're doing you can OC an AMD card with better success than an Nvidia and close that gap. The ONLY 2 reasons I'm considering an Nvidia for my next card is I want the ROG swift monitor with G-Sync, and Nvidia does use less power so I am factoring that in my next build. You're talking like a fanboy.
  • I`m talking about G-Sync costing more than Adaptive (FreeSync) that can also work on Nvidia GPUs and you guys turn it into an AMD vs Nvidia war ... and all i was talking about was how the frames are refreshed on a monitor. Let me draw it for the guy above.  GTX 980 + G-sync monitor = 1357 Euro (estimated from my local store GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 G1 GAMING + ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q ~ 752 Euro) GTX 980 Ti  +G-Sync Monitor = 1541 Euros   That`s a  183 Euro difference, and since we know the G-Sync module costs around 150 Euros give or take, why wouldn`t you want to end up with a 980Ti + a FreeSync Monitor for the same money you would buy a 980 + G-Sync Monitor ?!?!?! PS: Why do fanboys need to go "Oh man, do you see these %, that`s why X is better than Y" people buy X dude ... it`s best duudeee.  Best is what makes you happy now what makes other people happy.
  • Consoles>>>Pc. Though pc is powerful but consoles are better.
  • If you just want to play games, maybe. But it's big nope if you want to costumize your gaming rig. Also, when you have a pc you can do much more apart games, you can acctuaky work with it unlike console. And finally comes mods, mods, mods and more mods you just can't have on console. So at least for me Pc >>consoles
  • Not true, for a true gamer this is false as it can be. 1. Refresh rate, both console are still stuck on 60fps, not to mention sometimes they don't even achieve it in 1080p. A pc with a 144Hz monitor and a decent GPU gives you an amazing experience. 2. They still use HDD instead of SSD. The improvement is amazing in loading screens, no need to wait 30 seconds, in 5s you are ready to go. 3. The true FPS are on PC not on consoles, not to mentions MMORPG, ARTS, RTS etc. 4. HW customization.
  • Considering you have nothing to back up your claim, I'll reply with just, you're wrong. PC out classes a console in literally every way. I LOVE console gaming, and it has it's place for sure, but PC is better.
  • haha, I see what you're doing here. :)
  • I thought you guys were going to do Windows related stuff, which is why you changed your name to Windows Central? Components seem a bit out of place, is this a sponsored piece? The second from last line almost makes it sound like marketing.
    "The ROG brand is a solid option for gamers who wish to upgrade their experience to the next level."
  • Technically they are talking about hardware that works with Windows platform. And if it`s a paid article then let it be, they have to make money somehow to support this site.
  • What du you think rund on 99% of the computers build with that Hardware?
  • Asus is at CES. We're at CES. Asus makes PC products which run on Windows. I don't see the problem?
  • No one's forcing you to read. This hardware can be used to build a better machine and gaming device than MS will offer within 5 years, running Windows. That last statement is the writer's opinion. "Solid option" would never be used for marketing. How do you get through the day if clicking every Kardashian link?
  • This is reporting of new stuff being announced from CES. All the Windows blogs are full of it. Its relevent to Windows users.
  • Let me clarify, when Windows Phone Central changed, I remember it was changing because it no longer wanted to report on Windows Phone news, but all Microsoft related news - Surface, Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone.  While these components work with a lot of OSs, Windows included, they are not Windows specific, as such it's a bit odd.  I get it when you review tablets, or laptops, because while they could run another OS, they come with Windows and you review them as such.  But components come with nothing Microsoft related.  I don't mind you doing it, I wasn't being negative about the fact that you have, I'm confused because it seemed to not be part of your Mission Statement.   I was however negative if it's a marketing piece, because then I'd rather be told that it is and as I said, the "upgrade their experience to the next level" seems very much like marketing spiele.  I don't know if it is, or isn't.  
  • How dies the graphic dock work? Is it proprietary for son ASUS laptops and how does it connect to them? Is it just like the Razer one?
  • It connects to "certain ASUS laptops" because only these will have the required (most likely proprietary) PCIE x16 port to connect with it. They may also choose to make it compatible with ASUS branded GPU's only, but we don't know that yet. I really wish it would be compatible with my Surface Pro 3, but that's a fantasy dream because the ports simply don't have the power (nor compatibility) to connect to a graphics card like a PCIE can. Here's hoping the SP5 will have this as an option for the docking station :D
  • Finally, graphical docking stations! I don't have to compromise mobility and battery life for almost desktop class performance. Or build a rig and get a cheap notebook. Granted the latter will give me more options but a)alot of hassle b)it would work out to be rather expensive lol.
  • wow, first Alienware came up with external graphic amplifier for laptops and now msi, razor and asus have them too!