Asus Republic of Gamers’ (ROG) last week debuted the new version of the ROG Strix GL12 esports gaming desktop at an event in Johannesburg. The GL12CX uses the same compact chassis as the original GL12CM, but the internals are overhauled with up to the latest Core i9-9900K eight-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. To complement the hot-swap SSD bay demanded by esports tournaments, there’s an innovative DIMM.2 module that can hold dual SSDs cooled by dedicated heatsinks.
The computer is liquid-cooled and factory-overclocked to give users the sharpest competitive edge. The CPU is fully unlocked for further fine tuning via its Armoury Crate software, which also lets users customise the Aura Sync lighting inside and out. With cutting-edge components housed in an easily upgradeable design, the ROG Strix GL12CX offers a stellar gaming experience with room to grow with future hardware.
It features the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor, with 8 cores and 16 threads. The new Intel processor is capable of delivering high-frame-rate gaming while simultaneously live-streaming, recording gameplay, and juggling chat. It’s also ideal for creative professionals, delivering incredible performance in multithreaded workloads such as rendering, transcoding, and other process-intensive tasks.
Each processor is subjected to a series of stress tests to ensure the high factory overclock. A custom Cooler Master CPU liquid cooler, along with an extra 90mm fan at the back on the overclocked models then help to keep processor temperatures in check, preventing heat-induced hitches and slowdowns in performance, all while operating at a stunning 4.9GHz overclock on all cores and threads.
The fastest processor for gaming finds its GPU counterpart in NVIDIA’s latest Turing architecture. Known as the GeForce RTX series, Turing mixes CUDA cores for traditional rasterisation with RT cores for ray-traced effects and Tensor cores that accelerate noise removal through Deep Learning Super Sampling.
The computer has sharp angles on the front and top of the case. The included Armoury Crate software allows for the customisation of the RGB lighting that spills out of the intake and exhaust vents. ASUS Aura Sync technology also allows users to synchronise the system lighting with compatible peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and even monitors. The Aura Sync lighting can also reach to in-game events and environments in compatible games such as the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
It has a hot-swap SSD bay — developed for esports gaming — that’s hidden behind the case’s magnetic front cover, allowing for quick swapping in of profiles and games without needing to shut down the system to install a new drive with the required tools. The hot-swap bay also greatly simplifies storage upgrades for all users. It includes the Asus DIMM.2 module that slots into the system’s new Z390 motherboard. This expansion card uses a memory-style slot to provide two M.2 connections for SSDs. Since heat can slow down the performance, the DIMM.2 module has integrated heatsinks for each SSD. These two additional connections allow for dual NVMe drives and RAID configurations, or one can be used for expansion while the other can be used for Intel Optane memory to accelerate a large hard-disk drive (HDD).
The Asus ROC Strix GL12CX will be available for purchase from late January 2020, for R29,999.
Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon chips for 4G
Three new chipsets by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460, have been released to address the growing need for faster 4G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
Qualcomm Technologies has launched three new mobile chipsets: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460, which enable enhanced connectivity, gaming and entertainment experiences. They enable fast 4G connectivity speeds, deliver key Wi-Fi 6 features, and integrated Bluetooth 5.1. They also support Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve location positioning accuracy and robustness, and are the first system-on-chip solutions to support Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) – India’s regional answer to GPS.
“While we see a fast adoption of 5G across geographies globally, we do recognise the phenomenal boost that 4G has given towards enabling broadband connectivity for Indian consumers,” said Rajen Vagadia, president of Qualcomm India. “4G will continue to remain a focus area for Qualcomm Technologies for regions like India, where it will stay a key technology for connectivity. Our goal is to enable our partners to continue creating solutions that offer seamless connectivity access and exceptional mobile experiences, that consumers can count on.”
Kedar Kondap, vice president for product management at Qualcomm Technologies, said: “Today’s smartphone users want fast, seamless connectivity, advanced features and long-lasting battery life. This expansion of our 4G lineup enables our partners to offer sophisticated solutions that meet global demand and enable a remarkable gaming experience across multiple tiers and price segments.”
For the first time supported on mobile, the Qualcomm Location Suite now supports up to seven satellite constellations concurrently, including the use of all of NavIC’s operating satellites, for more accurate location performance, faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition, and improved robustness of location-based services.
Snapdragon 720G creates better gaming and entertainment experiences, with some high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, picture capture capabilities, and intelligent performance. Qualcomm says the 720G delivers smooth HDR gameplay, dynamic colour range and contrast, realistic and immersive in-game environments, and high-quality, synchronised sound with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive. In addition to gaming, users can experience a home theatre on-device with HDR viewing and smooth video streaming with the Qualcomm Spectra 350L ISP. One can also capture 4K video or snap 192-megapixel photos.
It also features the latest 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with an improved Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, which will enable a host of new AI experiences for gaming, photography, voice assistants, and virtually always-on contextual awareness.
The integrated Snapdragon X15 LTE modem supports 3-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO on two carriers and 256-QAM modulation for fast download speeds up to 800 Mbps – allowing for quick app downloads and smooth video streaming and sharing. In addition, it doubles Wi-Fi speed and range, compared to single antenna devices, while also delivering key Wi-Fi 6 features such as 8×8 sounding with multi-user MIMO for up to 2x improvement over competitive Wi-Fi 6 devices.
The Snapdragon 662 adds new camera and AI capabilities to the 6-series for the first time. It will feature the new Qualcomm Spectra 340T, which supports triple camera configurations and smooth switching between them — a first in the 6-series.
The addition of the 3rd generation Qualcomm AI Engine with Hexagon Vector Extensions enables AI-based user experiences such as avatars, night photography, and face and voice authentication.
It also features the new Snapdragon X11 LTE modem with peak download speeds up to 390 Mbps thanks to 2-carrier aggregation, 2×2 MIMO and 256-QAM modulation, along with 150 Mbps peak uploads to support a snappy web browsing and social media experience.
The Snapdragon 460 boasts a leap in performance across the board in the 4-series, as well as significant boosts in connectivity, AI and camera improvements for the next-generation of mid-range smartphones. For the first time in the 4-series, Snapdragon 460 features performance CPU cores and an updated GPU architecture that translates into up to 70% and 60% increase in performance from the previous generation, respectively.
The Qualcomm Spectra 340 ISP is also among the many new additions to the 4-series, enabling the platform to capture sharp photographs and support for triple cameras. An integrated Snapdragon X11 LTE modem allows for download speeds up to 390 Mbps and uploads up to 150 Mbps.
Devices based on Snapdragon 720G are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2020 and devices based on Snapdragon 662 and 460 are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2020.
Nissan showcases Leaf Nismo electric racing car
All-electric Nissan Leaf Nismo RC racing car makes European debut at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
Nissan’s expertise in electric vehicles and high-performance vehicles have come together in the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC.
The all-wheel-drive Leaf Nismo RC boasts more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, which was based on the first-generation Leaf and revealed in 2011. Delivering 322hp and 640Nm of instantly available torque, it offers lightning-quick acceleration, achieving the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds.
The creation of the latest Leaf Nismo RC is not just for show; it acts as a testbed for future technological evolution and showcases the potential of Nissan electric vehicles. It explores what can be achieved with an all-electric twin-motor and all-wheel-drive drivetrain.
It shares its advanced technology with the Leaf road car, and touched down in Europe for the first time at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
“Nissan’s experience as a pioneer in electric vehicles for the road, combined with Nismo’s 60-plus years of motorsport innovation, led to the conception of a unique car,” says Michael Carcamo, Nissan Global Motorsport Director. “For Nissan, the ‘E’ in ‘EV’ also stands for ‘Exciting’. Putting this philosophy front and centre, we created the Leaf Nismo RC. It amplifies the fun-to-drive aspect of electric mobility, raising the thrills offered by EVs to a new level.”
As with the Leaf Nismo RC, instant acceleration is a feature of every Nissan EV model. The all-electric powertrains offer a fast driving experience that is complemented by the Leaf’s intelligent design and advanced connectivity.
For more details on NISMO and Formula-e: https://www.nismo.com/