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ASUS ROG launches new ROG Strix pre-built AMD-powered desktops

Rounding up ROG’s immense lineup of AMD-powered devices

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ASUS ROG is joining the fray for world-class gaming desktop builds these days. To complete their ROG Renoir lineup of devices, the company has released its latest gaming desktop PCs fit for a more competitive environment. These new systems will sport the latest AMD processors to ensure game-ready performance for competitive gamers and Esports athletes alike. Also, these systems will bring content-creation capable hardware, as well.

One of these devices is the ASUS ROG Strix G35DX, the desktop system geared for competition. This system comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, complete with 16 cores for all the raw power you need. Along with this, the system comes with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti inside for an enhanced gaming experience. These two alone will give you the performance you need to run competitive titles at stunning rates. Also, the RTX 2080Ti supports 4K resolution gaming so even your gaming experience is visually amazing.

The other powerful desktop system on deck is the ASUS ROG Strix G15DH, more suited for content creators and casual gamers. Unlike the ROG Strix G35DX, the G15DH comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER GPU. In theory, it’s not as powerful as the G35DX but can still deliver excellent performance for work and play.

These two machines will be available starting August 21 in ASUS and ROG accredited stores nationwide, starting at the following prices:

MODEL NAME CPU RAM GPU STORAGE SRP HARD BUNDLE
G35DX-PH005T R9-3950X 32G RTX 2080 Ti 11GD6 2TB + 1TB SSD ₱219,995 ROG Strix Flare Keyboard + ROG Gladius II Mouse
G35DX-PH002T R9-3900X 16G RTX 2070 SUPER 8GD6 2TB + 1TB SSD ₱134,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G35DX-PH011T R7-3700X 8G X 2 RTX 2060 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱109,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH014T R5-3600X 8G X 2 RTX 2070 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱79,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH003T R7-3800X 8G RTX 2060 SUPER 8GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱79,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH002T R7-3700X 8G GTX 1660 Ti 6GD6 1TB + 512G SSD ₱69,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
G15DH-PH005T R5-3600X 8G GTX 1650 4GD5 1TB + 256G SSD ₱49,995 Gaming Keyboard + Mouse

ASUS is also offering a special promo when you order the ROG Strix G15DH between August 21 to September 20. Along with the desktop PC, you can also get a set of peripherals — including the ASUS TUF VG279QM Gaming Monitor. All of these can be yours for PhP 99,995, more than PhP 13,000 off the original price.

SEE ALSO: ASUS unveils VivoBook S14, ROG Laptops powered by AMD

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing

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Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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