Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Designed for gaming from the ground up, this revolutionary tower has no equal. Insane power and innovative cooling easily take on the latest AAA games, even at their highest settings. And with an easily upgradable custom case, this PC can evolve to satisfy any future performance demands.

Technical details

Supported Operating Systems
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64
Processor
Chipset Intel Z170
Processor speed 4 GHz
Processor family 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-6700K (4 GHz, up to 4.2 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Appearance
Product color Jet black
Storage Specifications
Special features Liquid cooling solution for processor
Drives
Hard drive description 2 TB 7200 rpm SATA
Hard drive (2nd) 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
Optical drive Ultra Slim-tray SuperMulti DVD burner
Cloud service Dropbox
External drive bays One occupied
Internal drive bays One occupied
Three available
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, January 26th, 2017

ROG Strix RX 480 is the next-generation graphics card, featuring the new Polaris 10 from AMD at the core based on a new 14nm FinFET fabrication node (previously 28nm) to bring you a new level of performance with less heat. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another card with such performance to run VR (virtual reality) games at this price point.

The GPU (grahics processing unit) comes factory-overclocked to 1330MHz in OC mode with headroom for further tweaking (1310MHz boost clock in gaming mode) and is paired with 8GB of GDDR5 video memory operating at 8GHz on the 256-bit memory bus. This translates to a performance boost of 15% in 3DMark Fire Strike and 19% in the latest games such as DOOM and Hitman compared to reference.

Auto-Extreme and Super Alloy Power II Technology
Just as other ROG Strix graphics cards, only the best components and manufacturing process is acceptable. Auto-Extreme technology employs a 100% automated manufacturing process which requires premium Super Alloy Power II components to be used. The graphics cards produced are consistently higher quality, run quieter, more efficient and cooler which in turn makes them overclock better, be more stable and last longer. The process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50% during production.

Redesigned Power Allocation
Power allocation has been redesigned compared to reference. ROG Strix RX 480 with the use of a custom VRM (voltage regulator module) and PCB (printed circuit board) draws 100% of the GPU power from the 8-pin PCIe power connector (rather than splitting the load between the connector and the PCIe slot). Such a design ensures that the PCIe slot specifications for power consumption is not breached (the card may throttle otherwise).
Exclusive ASUS Features and Technologies
The new GPU together with the DirectCU III cooling solution with triple wing-blade fans results in a graphics card that is three times quieter and 30% cooler than reference, only by having this level of thermal performance can this card incorporate 0dB technology which makes the card completely silent during casual gaming. The matte black shroud and backplate with new Aura RGB lighting which comes with six lighting effects can surely match almost any system. FanConnect technology incorporates two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers, allowing you to control dedicated case fans to cooling the area around the graphics card specifically. GPU Tweak II will provide easy one-click overclocking while a professional mode is still available for advanced users, XSplit Gamecaster is also included to stream or record gameplay.

The ROG Strix series of graphics cards are the only ones with a dedicated HDMI port for VR, rest assured you won’t be having any problems connecting up a VR set if you already have an HDMI monitor connected. There are two DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 and a DVI-D port. AMD FreeSync will make sure you’re getting smooth gameplay when using supported gaming monitors such as MG248Q, MG28UQ or MG24UQ.
ROG Strix RX 480 will be available worldwide from mid-August 2016

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

High airflow.
Small size.
Huge potential.
If you’re building a compact gaming rig with a MicroATX board, you’ve found something special. The SPEC-M2 features excellent cooling and great expansion options. Modern features like USB 3.0 and SSD compatibility, room for full sized graphics cards and PSUs, and an oversized side panel window mean your next rig can look expensive – even if it’s not.

Compact high airflow design
With a full mesh front panel and direct airflow path to the GPU, the SPEC-M2 gets cool air directly to your hottest components with nothing in between.

Great cooling options
A front LED 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide more expandability. Take advantage of the 240mm front radiator support to upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling.

A modern design, inside and out
There’s a USB 3.0 front panel port for the latest high-speed peripherals. Inside, there are built-in mounts for dual high-performance 2.5″ SSD drives, and 3.5″ and 5.25″ drive installation is tool-free. Cable routing channels and cutouts simplify builds and improve aesthetics.

Flush-mounted side panel window
Showcase your powerful components. And when you want to get at them, the thumbscrews let you get quick access without looking for a screwdriver.

Contents and Specifications

Package contents

  • Carbide Series Clear SPEC-M2 MicroATX Gaming Case
  • Accessory kit
  • Warranty and Support Information

Compatibility

  • MicroATX, Mini-ITX motherboards

Technical specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 448 x 198 x 378mm
  • Maximum GPU Length: 383mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 150mm
  • Maximum PSU Length: 160mm
  • Expansion Slots: 4
  • 5.25″ Drive bays: 1
  • 3.5″ Hard Drive Bays: 2
  • 2.5″ Drive Bays: 2
  • Fans included: (x1) 120mm fan
  • Cooling Layout:
    • Front: (x2) 120mm (1 x 120mm Blue LED included)
    • Top: (x2) 120mm
    • Rear: (x1) 120mm
  • Radiator Compatibility:
    • 240mm: Front only
    • 120mm: Front, or Rear
  • Dust filters for front and bottom intakes
  • Front I/O Panel includes: (x1) USB 3.0 port, (x1) USB 2.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jacks, Power on and Reset buttons
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Friday, January 13th, 2017

ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers. A series of specialized gaming gear designed for the rebel in all of us, Strix embodies ROG’s premier performance, innovative technology, and leading quality, but with its own confident and dynamic attitude. Featuring bold designs and bright colors, this exciting new series possesses a spirit of fierce individualism that charges every gaming experience with thrilling energy. ROG Strix equips players with the necessary speed and agility to dominate their game, delivers premier performance, innovation, and dynamic attitude to release the gamer’s inner rebel. A new generation of force has arrived. Join the Republic and experience the power of ROG Strix.

The new STRIX Z270F GAMING motherboard was designed to forge maximum performance and overclocking, this motherboard series features premium components as well as improved DDR4 layouts, deliver a better experience on performance, stability and longevity. The series also boasts ROG SupremeFX with a significantly new upgraded audio solution on both back and front panel, advanced networking, fastest onboard M.2 storage interfaces with up to 32Gbps, and Intel USB 3.1 Type-C with power delivery up to 15W for the ultimate gaming experience. Finally, the ROG UEFI BIOS and ROG exclusive software continues leading the way with cutting edge options.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Demand More, Demand Radeon. The XFX Radeon™ RX 480 Series graphics card coupled with AMD LiquidVR™ technology delivers a virtually stutter-free, low latency experience, essential for remarkable Virtual Reality environments. Industry-leading innovation and powerful performance enables the Radeon™ RX 480 to deliver premium experiences on high-end VR games, entertainment, and applications. FinFET 14 technology empowers the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card to operate efficiently and intelligently, driving low system power requirements and cool & quiet operation.

KEY FEATURES

  • Unique full cover Backplate
  • 2304 Stream Processors
  • 1328 MHz Core Clock
  • 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • 8000 MHz Effective Memory Clock
  • PCI Express 3.0
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Discover next-generation VR performance, the lowest latency, and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets—driven by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies. VR audio, physics, and haptics let you hear and feel every moment.

THE LATEST GAMING TECHNOLOGIES
Pascal is built to meet the demands of next generation displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution, and multiple monitors. It features NVIDIA GameWorks™ technologies for extremely smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences. Plus, it includes revolutionary new 360-degree image capture.

PERFORMANCE
Pascal-powered graphics cards give you superior performance and power efficiency, built using ultra-fast FinFET and supporting DirectX™ 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences.

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