Asus readies a salvo of ROG peripherals and networking gear

At its Outshine the Competition event in Berlin, Asus revealed a few ROG-themed peripherals and accessories to go with its graphics cards and monitors. Among those accessories are the highly-customizable ROG Pugio mouse, the ROG Areion 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 wireless router.

Like EpicGear's Morpha X mouse, the Pugio has socketed, replaceable switches for the main two buttons. Unlike EpicGear's rodent, though, the Pugio is ambidextrous, with special magnetic thumb buttons that can be swapped from one side to the other. The Pugio doesn't have the Morpha X's fancy swappable sensors, though. The sensor that Asus chose is an optical model with 7200-DPI resolution.

The ROG Areion has to be one of the more unusual recent products aimed at gamers. Harking back to the Killer NIC of yesteryear, the ROG Areion is a 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter with a full-coverage heatsink and a PCI Express 3.0 x4 connection. Asus suggests that gamers who are tired of waiting on ever-larger game installs could benefit from the faster network speeds. The card is based on an Aquantic controller that also supports the intermediate 2.5-Gbps and 5-Gbps Ethernet standards.

Finally, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 appears to be the crown jewel of Asus' router offerings. This vaguely-arachnoid device sports a quad-core CPU and a gigabyte of RAM. It has a 4x4 antenna array with MU-MIMO functionality. The Rapture supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi as well as two simultaneous channels of 5 GHz Wi-Fi. The nine RJ-45 connections all support Gigabit speed, and there's link aggregation on tap. Naturally, given its ROG branding, the Rapture router allows users to carefully micro-manage network traffic prioritization.

Asus says the Areion network card will be available this month, but is tight-lipped on pricing and availability for the rest of the new stuff.

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