ASUS concludes 4th pan-India Enthusiasts Meet 2014 with great success

ASUSsuccessfully concluded the 4th, pan-India Enthusiasts Meet 2014 on Saturday, 27th September. This exclusive, invite-only tech meet was held at the ASUS India head office in Mumbai. Just like the before, this annual meet had one single purpose – to allow tech enthusiasts to get a first-hand look and feel of ASUS products, gain insights into upcoming product lines and gather feedback from the community that drives the DIY PC segment in India. It was a day-long event filled with open discussions, exciting product demos, interaction with Mr. Jack Cheng from ASUS R&D and of course, some good ol’ fashioned LN2 overclocking session on the X99 series motherboards.

From humble beginnings
ASUS started the trend of an enthusiasts gathering of this scale back in 2011 in India and has been upping the ante every single time. In its fourth iteration, top enthusiasts from all over India were flown down especially for this day-long event. The meet kicked off with an update to ASUS’s latest offerings beyond the realm of motherboards and graphics cards. The main purpose of the presentations was to get everyone up to speed with the latest offerings form ASUS and also a sneak peak at some upcoming products.
This culminated in a very in-depth discussion over Skype with Mr. Jack Cheng, from ASUS R&D. Jack took the audience through the conceptualization of OC Socket, an exclusive, patent-pending feature in ASUS’s X99 series motherboards which includes the X99-Deluxe/A/Pro as well as the Rampage V Extreme. A thorough explanation of how OC socket functions and the key benefits of the world’s first implementation of having extra pins on the LGA 2011 v3 socket, gave everyone a better understanding of why it’s such an important feature. Enthusiasts could also voice their opinions to Jack about products and features they wanted in existing/future motherboard SKUs.

Spearheading the event, Mr. Vinay Shetty – Country Head, Component Business, ASUS India said, “What started off as a simple idea has now turned into a tradition here at ASUS. This time, I was quite pleased to see some very young faces in the crowd amongst our regular group of ASUS enthusiasts. Some who have never overclocked a CPU or put together a rig of their own but have the thirst to learn. If we can attract such users who might one day become power users, then we have achieved our objective. As always, it was a real pleasure to have a candid chat with key, tech analysts whose opinions play a pivotal role in the DIY segment in India. We are always looking for constructive feedback to improve our vast line of products, not only for motherboards but across the DIY segment. ASUS is one of the only tech companies that’s fortunate enough to have such an expansive product portfolio right from the PC components, peripherals, networking, servers to finished products like phones and notebooks.”

4K gaming, Chromebox, pint-sized ROG desktop and loads more!
There were a host of demo products which let everyone get a first-hand look and feel of some of the brand new innovations from ASUS. There were a wide range of motherboards starting with the star attraction, which was the X99 series (X99-Deluxe, X99-A and Rampage V Extreme) followed closely by the Maximus VII Impact (mini-ITX board based on the Z97 chipset), the Crossblade Ranger (A88X chipset) and SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark 1. In terms of GPUs, there was the STRIX GTX 970 and STRIX GTX 980 on display along with earlier series such as the STRIX GTX 750 Ti, MATRIX GTX 780Ti and the STRIKER GTX 760.

Wireless networking also garnered much attention. From the latest RT-AC87U to the popular DSL-AC68U and the RT-N14UHP, there was a lot to take in. However, everyone seemed most interested in the live demo machines. The first one had the latest ASUS PG278Q G-SYNC monitor hooked up to an ASUS X99-Deluxe. This was powered by an Intel Core i7-5960X, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a STRIX GTX 980. The rig was encased in a clear acrylic PC which made for a very good photo opp. We also had ASUS’s latest STRIX line up of gaming accessories which included the STRIX Tactic Pro mechanical keyboard, STRIX Claw optical gaming mouse and the STRIX DSP headset. Also on display, were the STRIX Glide Speed and STRIX Glide Control mouse pads. Rounding of the demo zone was a beast of a machine built by fellow enthusiast and reviewer Abhishek Joshi. The rig consisted of an ASUS Maximus VII Formula and ASUS POSIEDON GTX 780 Platinum – all under a fully custom water cooling solution.
The second show-stopper was the 4K gaming booth. Here, we had the PB287Q 4K monitor hooked up to a rig with two GTX 780Ti’s in SLI. This demo area also allowed participants to try out the latest ROG Gladius gaming mouse, which features swappable Omron key switches. Also on live demo were the ASUS Chromebox, and the VT207N 10-point touchscreen monitor. We also had the upcoming VivoPC VM62N with Haswell internals on demo. Participants could also try out the latest MB168B USB-powered monitor and a static demo of the ROG GR8 gaming PC.

Audio enthusiasts also got a chance to try out the award winning Essence One MKII high-end DAC. Audio enthusiast and reviewer, Faheem Maldar, gave eager listeners a taste of audio nirvana thanks to the processing chops of the MKII.        

Sub-Zero fun!
Wrapping up the event, there was a live, extreme overclocking session by none other than Shatul Durlabhji, aka ‘Toolius’. He is the proprietor of Comp Kraft Pvt. Ltd – a company specializing in building high-performance computers. He is also a renowned overclocker and has been ranked in worldwide CPU overclocking records in the past. Shatul used the X99-Deluxe to push the Core i7-5960X to way beyond its stock speeds using liquid nitrogen (LN2). The entire session offered extremely good exposure to budding enthusiasts attending the event on extreme overclocking as it was a spectacle to behold.

About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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