ASUS has launched 5 new GPUs and a B150 motherboard that belong to its Expedition household of merchandise. The Expedition video playing cards promise to wed sturdiness for sustained long-time use with affordable costs: the boards are made utilizing ASUS’ newest automated manufacturing course of and have parts with enhanced lifetime rankings over the usual parts (albeit with customary cooling and near-reference frequencies). The elevated suitability for continuous use declare comes by means of the parts and extra testing for the vary: a mixed 144hr compatibility take a look at and burn-in sequence. ASUS plans to market these components to enterprise comparable to gaming cafes which stay well-liked in Asia.
Initially the ASUS Expedition lineup will consist of 5 graphics adapters primarily based on NVIDIA’s GP104 and GP107 GPUs. The video playing cards are made utilizing the ASUS Auto-Excessive automated manufacturing course of that can also be used to supply ASUS ROG Strix and another high-end merchandise. To construct the boards, the producer makes use of dual-ball bearing followers in addition to 'higher-quality' chokes and different parts which might be stated to be rated for prolonged sturdiness. ASUS additionally states that the Expedition graphics playing cards are stress examined for 144 hours in numerous demanding environments to make sure their high quality. The maker doesn’t elaborate whether or not all of the playing cards are topic to rigorous testing, or simply a variety of playing cards per batch move these exams, however it emphasizes that the adapters are prepared for extended gaming classes. Moreover, just like its higher-end graphics boards, the Expedition video playing cards will function ASUS’ zero-db followers that don’t spin till the GPU reaches a sure temperature.
The upper performing card within the lineup is the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1070 OC Version eight GB GDDR5 (EX-GTX1070-O8G) that makes use of the corporate’s personal PCB design (24 cm/9.45” in size) and barely taller cooling system (13.1 cm/5.16”) with two warmth pipes and two followers. It’s noteworthy that in default mode its GPU base frequency is 1582 MHz, decrease than 1607 MHz really helpful by NVIDIA, however the increase clock charge is 1771 MHz, which is greater in comparison with 1733 MHz on NVDIA’s reference designs. The cardboard additionally has an OC mode with 1607/1797 MHz base/increase frequencies. As for show outputs, the cardboard has one DVI, two HDMI ports, and two DisplayPort ports.
The opposite two video playing cards within the Expedition household are the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 OC Version 2 GB (EX-GTX1050-O2G) and the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Version four GB (EX-GTX1050TI-O4G), additionally that includes a customized PCB design and dual-fan cooling techniques (on this case, with out heat-pipes). Each playing cards have barely (~ 50 MHz) greater GPU frequencies than really helpful by NVIDIA and thus provide just a little little bit of improved efficiency over reference designs. Relating to the show outputs, these two adapters function one DVI, one DisplayPort and one HDMI connector. These two playing cards are paired with non-OC variations (EX-GTX1050-2G and EX-GTX1050TI-4G ) to convey the whole as much as 5.
On the motherboard facet, ASUS has listed the EX-B150M-V5 D3 as an addition to the Expedition line. In a considerably totally different tackle the TUF line (which is geared toward high-end sturdiness), this B150 board is alongside the same traces of the GPUs: base with a concentrate on sturdiness when in a gaming cafe setting.
This board caters for many gaming cafe wants: two reminiscence slots, house for a inventory cooler, a single GPU slot, 2.1 audio, SATA ports, USB three.zero ports, and if wanted, an built-in graphics primarily based DVI-D port. The Realtek ALC887 (the highest 2.1 codec) will get some Crystal Sound 2 therapy by way of PCB separation and filter caps, and ASUS states that the USB ports are individually surge protected (in case one fails, the others will hold working). As a part of the concentrate on gaming cafes, ASUS states that this board goes by means of in depth testing to make sure base compatibility with video games and 100+ peripherals.
ASUS has not disclosed MSRPs of its Expedition graphics playing cards or their availability dates, however because the boards are already listed on the corporate’s web site, we count on them to hit the market shortly. Nevertheless, if they’re actually targeted on gaming cafes, they may solely be launched in Asia. No phrase but if these parts include elevated warranties, both.
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