Asus X670 boards
After MSI and Asus have already presented some high-end boards shortly before the launch of the new Ryzen generation, Asus has now seized the opportunity to present Micro-ATX and ITX models with ROG branding for X670E on their Gamescom presence to show. The manufacturer has planned this in the Micro-ATX format. It is designed to offer high-end performance in a smaller area and, in addition to the integrated I/O shield, has the typical ROG aesthetics, including lighting on the chipset and VRM coolers. The board only has a single PCI-E x16 slot that supports PCI-E 5.0 and also offers two M.2 slots with the 5.0 connection and another with PCI-E 4.0. There is also the ROG Gen Z.2 card for expansion. The power supply is properly dimensioned with 16+2 phases including 110 A power stages.
Razer Mouse Basilisk V3 Pro
Razer first presented their new “gaming” chewing gum before the really exciting product came out. The Basilisk V3 Pro is definitely intended for peripheral enthusiasts, which is also reflected in the price of just under 180 euros for the mouse alone. If you also want to benefit from the matching dock, you can pay almost 100 euros more.
In return, according to Razer, there is the highest precision within the product class, low latency, improved durability and speed. The decisive factor here is the optical Focus Pro 30K sensor, which is built into the mouse and has a resolution precision of 99.8 percent. As for the number of available buttons, the spec sheet lists 10+1 programmable buttons and a HyperScroll Tilt Wheel.
The Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is connected wired with a Type-C cable or wirelessly via HyperSpeed Wireless 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth. If you opt for wireless operation, you can optionally use the Razer HyperPolling wireless dongle, which works with a polling rate of 4,000 Hz.
Just last year, HP bought the gaming brand HyperX and is now presenting the first monitors under this label, which bear the names Armada 25 and Armada 27. Both are sold without a stand, but HyperX offers a quasi-modular monitor mount with table mounting and an arm with a gas pressure spring.
The Armada 25 is an IPS panel with Full HD resolution at 240 Hz. The larger Armada 27 differs in specifications from the Armada 25 in certain areas. The IPS panel is a bit larger at 27 inches and the resolution is also a bit sharper with WQHD, but not the moving image, since 165 Hz is offered here.
Of the Armada 25 gaming monitor should cost 550 euros, while the Armada 27 50 euros more expensive and therefore carries a price tag of 600 euros. the HyperX mount is also available separately for EUR 149.99. For 99.99 euros, the additional bracket let acquire. All prices still RRP, of course.
BenQ is presenting several new gaming monitors at Gamescom 2022 in Cologne. The most interesting model is likely to be the 48-inch OLED monitor, which has a 4K/UHD resolution at 120 Hz. With a diagonal of over 48 inches, the EX48UZ is more comparable to a television than a monitor, but not the equipment: It has everything that a modern gaming monitor entails. These include a refresh rate of 120 Hz, Freesync with G-Sync compatibility and even a KVM switch. A 2.1 sound system is also integrated, i.e. two five-watt speakers together with a ten-watt subwoofer.
Our audio expert Phil also had the opportunity to interview JBL’s Alfredo Franco and Mikael Herje about the new Quantum 910 gaming headset. The whole interview would go beyond the scope of the video, so there is only an excerpt on the subject of HRTFs and virtual surround sound.