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ASUS Showcases Future Computer Components at Computex 2024

ASUS unveiled innovative concepts and future developments at Computex 2024, including artificial intelligence (AI) computers, motherboard prototypes based on AMD and Intel platforms, and new CPU coolers.

AI-ready hardware

With the growing popularity of AI software and features, computer enthusiasts around the world are looking for hardware that will allow them to run AI tools on their own computer, as well as use cloud-based AI services. At Computex 2024, ASUS showcased PC components that enthusiasts can use to build the AI-powered future of systems.

Users can build a computer with artificial intelligence today. With the last three generations of graphics cards, NVIDIA® has added AI capabilities to specialized Tensor Cores. Powered by the GeForce RTX™ 40 series GPUs, the latest ASUS video cards boast the latest AI acceleration hardware. The range of new products ranges from the affordable ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 4060 to the flagship ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090. As for the AMD graphics platform, any Radeon RX 6000 or 7000 series graphics card is ready to work with artificial intelligence.

ASUS has already laid the foundation for AI computers with its latest generation of motherboards. ASUS Z790 series motherboards enhance productivity with intelligent controls that respond to real-time monitoring data to ensure users get the most out of their PC every minute. For example, the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero uses AI Overclocking, DIMM Flex, AI Networking, AI Cooling II, and two-way AI Noise Canceling to deliver optimized performance, quiet yet powerful cooling, and crystal-clear audio—all with minimal tweaks. DDR5 and PCIe® 5.0 support also ensures that users can upgrade their AI PC with the fastest memory, storage, and graphics cards of today and tomorrow.

Artificial intelligence to make PC building easier

Modern computer equipment provides users with ample opportunities to work with programs based on artificial intelligence. At Computex 2024, ASUS showed off a demo of ASUS AI BuildNavigator, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to provide step-by-step guidance during the PC building process.

It all starts with a simple interface to select the components you need. Users can use voice control to ask for help selecting components or searching for alternatives, and ASUS AI BuildNavigator will suggest options based on options provided by users. At the same time, ASUS AI BuildNavigator automatically evaluates the compatibility of these components, warning users if, for example, their motherboard will not fit the selected case.

When everything is ready for immediate assembly, ASUS AI BuildNavigator guides the user through the entire process, displaying important information from relevant documents.

First look at future ASUS motherboards

At Computex 2024, ASUS was showing off the next-generation ROG Maximus Hero BTF motherboard, which will be compatible with new Intel processors, including the Arrow Lake family, which is expected in the second half of 2024.

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Like all BTF-format motherboards, its connectors are hidden on the back side so that cables and wires are not visible. The board has a slot for high-power BTF-video cards, so users can install, for example, ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF. It also includes a newly introduced ASUS feature that simplifies the PC building process: PCIe Slot Q-Release Slim. Thanks to this mechanism, users don't have to open a complicated latch or even press a button to remove the graphics card from the slot. Simply tilt the card toward the latch to automatically remove it from the PCIe slot. This makes upgrading and maintenance easier than ever before.

At Computex 2024, ASUS also showcased the next-generation X870 motherboard, which is ready for future AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors. As you would expect from a high-end ASUS motherboard, it will be ready for CPU and memory overclocking. ASUS plans to provide support for multiple graphics cards as the AI ​​computer revolution has introduced new features that can scale with multiple graphics cards, and ASUS is banking on such high-speed solutions. Users will find PCIe® 5.0 x16 support, a 2,5 Gbps Ethernet port, multiple high-speed M.2 slots, and USB4® support. The rear panel interfaces also include a high-speed USB Type-C® port, while the front panel ports offer a Type-C connector.

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ASUS also demonstrated solutions with the new generation of CAMM2 memory modules from Kingston Technology and G.Skill. Many analysts have noted the potential benefits of CAMM2 modules for laptops, but these memory modules can also be used in desktop PCs. First, they are thinner, which saves space on the motherboard for other components. Second, CAMM2 modules can provide dual-channel performance equivalent to two DIMMs. For small form factor (SFF) motherboards, this will help save even more of much-needed space without sacrificing performance. Finally, ASUS is interested in the high capacity of CAMM2, especially compared to SO-DIMM. With next-generation 32GB DRAM chips, CAMM2 can reach a maximum capacity of 128GB per module. ASUS is working on the ROG Z790 concept board, which can support CAMM2 with stable performance up to 8000 MHz.

New options for cooling processors

Modern flagship processors consume significant amounts of power to provide enthusiasts with maximum performance. These users need efficient cooling for their PC, and the easiest way to get it is through a liquid cooling system (LCS). At Computex 2024, ASUS demonstrated new life-saving systems in the ProArt and ROG Strix lines, a completely new Prime LC series of life-saving systems, and an Asetek thermal plate.

Last fall, ASUS released the first liquid cooling system in the ProArt line: the ProArt LC 420. Now ASUS is offering the new ProArt liquid cooling system with the more common 360mm radiator. Designed specifically for content creators, the ProArt LC 360 features a discreet aesthetic and powerful cooling capabilities.

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Like its older version, it has a minimalistic backlit indicator on the pump body, which can show system load, temperature and fan speed in real time. Its advanced three-phase electric motor provides excellent cooling and quiet operation. Three matte black Alphacool Apex Stealth Metal Power fans offer high speeds of up to 3000 rpm, low noise levels and daisy chain mounting for easy assembly.

The ROG Strix LC III ARGB and ROG Strix LC III ARGB LCD liquid cooling systems take the series to new heights with the new Asetek thermal plate and Gen7 V2 pump, equipped with a reliable electric motor that provides maximum cooling efficiency. Premium ROG ARGB fans deliver powerful airflow, optimize noise, and can turn off completely when under low load.

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Users will be able to choose between two design options for these life support systems. The ROG Strix LC III ARGB LCD model is equipped with a programmable display on the pump body, which displays information about temperature, fan speed, voltage, etc. It is easy to configure using the program Armoury Crate. The ROG Strix LC III ARGB liquid cooling system, on the other hand, features an illuminated ROG logo on the pump body. The logo cap is magnetically attached so users can easily rotate it and orient the logo to suit their preferences.

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Next up is the ASUS Prime LC series, designed to match the aesthetics of the Prime family of motherboards, cases and graphics cards.

Prime LC 360 ARGB provides powerful heat dissipation thanks to a specially designed cold plate and high-performance RGB fans that are pre-installed for an easy installation process. The variable infinity mirror lens on the pump body provides an attractive appearance.

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At the same time, the Prime LC 360 ARGB LCD model is equipped with a display that displays real-time monitoring data of the processor and video cards, and its heatsink is equipped with high-performance sequential fans that provide excellent airflow.

BTF Ecosystem

The BTF (Back-To-the-Future) ecosystem of PC components opens up exciting new possibilities for designing your next personal computer. BTF covers components built using the concept of hidden connectors, representing a paradigm shift in PC building. At the ROG booth at Computex 2024, ASUS showed off two concept builds based on the BTF.

The first is in the ROG Z22 ITX case. This unique concept case puts the aesthetics of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF on full display. Not only does it demonstrate all the benefits of the BTF design and make video card replacement incredibly easy, but it also separates it from other components for improved cooling.

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Featuring a triple-chamber design, open-frame design, and angled stand, ROG Z22 delivers extremely powerful cooling.

The second build is FF04 Pro MOD, custom created by modder Xikii. Since the BTF graphics card no longer requires a separate connection to the power supply, Xikii has been able to integrate it into the PC in an impressive and innovative way, resulting in a cleaner, more streamlined system. This PC is also extremely powerful: despite its compact 13-liter capacity, the FF04 Pro MOD boasts a high-performance processor and graphics card.

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All this is powered by an external 4,8-liter water cooling unit. In this modular unit, the 240mm radiator, DDC water pump and flow control module work in perfect harmony to provide excellent heat dissipation and silent operation.

ASUS is also working on a new concept of maintenance-free coolers that aligns with the aesthetics of BTF computers. Since computer wires and cables are hidden from view, users may be looking for an approach that minimizes the visibility of liquid CPU cooler tubes. Modder JCustom used a CPU water block called Stealth Tubing to hide the tubes, but here's a solution that might be more practical for a wider audience: shortened tubes designed to run straight from the pump housing to the heatsink mounted on top of the case. For Computex 2024, ASUS created a concept model with shorter tubes for improved aesthetics, simplified assembly, and a style that fits well with both BTF components and standard systems. ASUS has equipped the pump body with a 6,67-inch flexible display, which opens up a wide range of customization options, and the heatsink has been equipped with daisy-chain ROG fans that provide exceptional airflow performance and easy cable management.

Building a small form factor PC has never been easier!

Today, many users face problems and challenges when building powerful PCs in ultra-compact SFF cases. The new NVIDIA® GeForce® SFF-Ready software simplifies the process of building compact PCs by marking cases and graphics cards compatible with SFF cases. By selecting an SFF-Ready chassis and graphics card, users can be confident that they will be compatible, simplifying the PC building process.

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ASUS offers a wide range of GeForce RTX™ 40 series graphics cards that meet SFF-Ready requirements. ProArt GeForce RTX 4070, ProArt GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER, ProArt GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, ProArt GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, Prime GeForce RTX 4070 and Prime GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER are enthusiast video cards with support for SFF cases that provide excellent performance at low temperatures and minimal fan noise.

At Computex 2024, ASUS demonstrated two SFF systems at its booth, one of which uses the ASUS Prime GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER video card in a universal ASUS Prime AP201 case, and the other uses a ProArt GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER video card in a Mini-ITX case , which allows you to get maximum performance. Created by case modifier Xikii called FF04, the ProArt System seamlessly integrates the performance and style of the ProArt GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER into a sleek 9,8-liter case.

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Its design provides independent airflow to the processor and graphics card for optimal cooling. Creative fusion design simplifies PC assembly and cable management, using methods such as mortise and tenon joints, slide-out rails and magnets to achieve a sophisticated aesthetic without exposed screws.

New ROG power supplies

At Computex 2024, the ROG brand showed off three new power-focused products. The first is the ROG Thor III power supply. This powerful power supply, which is the next generation of the legendary Thor power supply family, features GaN MOSFETs that provide better power efficiency and a simplified internal layout for better cooling.

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Key updates make it ideal for use with the latest hardware. Compliant with the ATX 3.1 standard means improved voltage and current regulation for compatibility with PCIe 5.0 hardware, and the Intelligent Voltage Regulator uses the GPU voltage sensor to ensure stable power delivery to the graphics card to avoid clock drops for stable performance and smooth gameplay. The power supply also has a Turbo mode, which provides maximum cooling efficiency when needed, for example, while overclocking video cards or running high loads.

The proprietary ROG Thor III OLED display displays information about system power consumption in real time. The display mounts magnetically to the side of the power supply, allowing users to change its position and orientation for ideal visibility.

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Another new product is the ROG Strix Platinum series power supply. It provides the highest performance gamers need for long gaming sessions. Like the Thor III, it features GaN MOSFETs and an intelligent voltage regulator. It is compliant with the ATX 3.1 standard and features a 12V-2x6 connector that ensures gaming nights are as long and stable as possible. With the included stickers, you can customize the color and style to best suit your computer.

ROG Mjolnir: ROG UPS brings thunder to your game

ROG is also introducing the ROG Mjolnir portable uninterruptible power supply (UPS), named after Thor's hammer. It features extended-life lithium iron phosphate batteries with a total capacity of 768 Wh to power the RTX 4080 system for up to an hour of gaming. Mjolnir provides uninterrupted and long-lasting power backup for your system even during outages. It has multiple output options including USB Type-C for 100W fast charging and supports Qi 2.0 wireless charging that is MagSafe compatible.

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The ROG Mjolnir UPS is capable of satisfying the ambitions of gamers who play on the go, and is even compatible with solar panels to keep the entertainment going no matter what. Supporting solar charging, Mjolnir is the ideal companion for gaming sessions on the go or during LAN parties, as well as for content creation on the go.