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ASUS Introduces Three New Gaming Motherboards

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ASUS announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair VIII Dark Hero, TUF Gaming X570 Pro (WiFi) and ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi —  three gaming motherboards designed for gaming builds featuring the latest-generation AMD® Ryzen Zen 3 architecture processors. In addition to the latest X570 and B550 motherboards, all ASUS 500 series motherboards (X570, B550 and A520) are ready for AMD Ryzen Zen 3 architecture processors.

ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero 

The AMD X570 platform features extensive PCI Express® 4.0 connectivity ripe for the latest graphics cards and SSDs. The chipset’s copious bandwidth necessitates a robust cooling solution to deliver sustained performance, and that challenge is typically tackled by neatly pairing a heatsink with an embedded fan that spins up on demand. ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is the first ASUS X570 board to implement a completely passive cooling design, featuring a sizeable heatsink that extends from the chipset zone to the space between the PCIe slots. The additional surface area helps keep thermals under control even when the motherboard is loaded with a full complement of hardware, laying a compelling foundation for enthusiast PC builds.  

Onboard power delivery has also been enhanced to efficiently fuel next-gen AMD CPUs for Socket AM4. The CPU VRM features 16 TI (90 amp) power stages arranged in a teamed topology that is especially adept at responding to the load transients generated by multi-core CPUs transitioning between load states.

As its name suggests, Crosshair VIII Dark Hero has a subtle aesthetic makeover compared to first generation ROG X570 boards. Its stealthy black finish provides a striking contrast to the Aura RGB LED lighting behind the ROG logo on the chipset heatsink and I/O shroud, while a Dark Hero nameplate placed at mid-board makes a bold statement.

The two primary PCIe 4.0 x16 slots are reinforced with the SafeSlot design to support heavyweight graphics cards. Sitting alongside, two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots are ready for the fastest NVMe SSDs available. 

The back panel is just as ready for a full load-out. A spread of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (seven Type-A, one USB Type-C®) are available for high-speed peripherals, while the Intel WiFi 6 AX200 adapter, 2.5G and gigabit Ethernet jacks ensure the fastest connectivity for gaming. Audio duties are taken care of by the SupremeFX S1220 codec, paired with an ESS ES9023 DAC for the front-panel outputs, providing crisp and clear output in both stereo and surround sound for music and games. There’s also a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 header to accommodate the latest chassis.

Crosshair VIII Dark Hero boasts a range of enthusiast-friendly features for overclockers looking to push chips to the limit. Dedicated buttons to clear CMOS settings and activate BIOS FlashBack can be found on the preinstalled I/O shield to give users full control of their system. 

TUF Gaming X570-Pro (Wi-Fi)

The enhanced power solution employed by TUF Gaming X570-Pro (WiFi) boasts 12 + 2 DrMOS power stages, a six-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, military-grade TUF components and the Digi+ VRM to ensure maximum durability. It offers comprehensive cooling features including dedicated heatsinks for the chipset, VRM and M.2 slot, along with hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4 software.

Extensive connectivity comes by way of the dual PCI Express 4.0 M.2 slots and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (1 x rear, 1 x front) and Type-A ports. Designed to make the most out of gaming, this motherboard also includes onboard Intel 2.5G Ethernet, Intel WiFi 6, Bluetooth® 5.1, plus TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology for an added boost. 

A Realtek S1200A codec offers pristine audio with an unprecedented 108 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for stereo line-out and 103 dB SNR for line-in. In addition, the embedded AI Noise-Canceling Microphone provides crystal-clear in-game voice communication. Exclusive DTS Custom provides auditory positional cues via stereo headphones to give gamers an added advantage during gaming.

ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi

The new flagship of the B550 motherboard range, ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming ensures uprated power with its 16 integrated TI 90 amp power stages (identical to ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero) to drive present-day and next generation AMD Zen 3 architecture processors.

Strix B550-XE Gaming features comprehensive cooling including actively-cooled VRM heatsinks with a connecting heat pipe and an integrated aluminum I/O cover, plus a high-quality thermal pad for better heat transfer. There are dedicated heatsinks for the dual M.2 slots, as well as a bundled Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 card with a full-cover heatsink and embedded fan

In addition, Strix B550-XE Gaming includes 2.5G Intel Ethernet, Intel WiFi 6 AX200, six M.2 slots (four on the Hyper M.2 x16 card), and BIOS FlashBack.

AMD Ryzen Zen 3-ready

All ASUS 500 series motherboards (X570, B550 and A520) are optimized and ready for AMD Ryzen Zen 3 processors. ASUS is committed to providing the best BIOS support, and will continue to optimize the BIOS to offer the best performance and user experience

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Ambrane Launches New Range Of Wireless Neckbands In India

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Ambrane announcing Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador last month, plans an aggressive roadmap of products, with the launch of the range of wireless neckbands in India. Designed for on-the-move musical freedom, the neckbands come with a comfortable design, high bass and long battery life. Starting from a nominal price of Rs.1, 299/-, the neckband offers 365 days of warranty to its users.

First, in the lineup, are Bassband pro priced at Rs. 2,199/-, and Bassband Lite, priced at Rs. 1,299/-. BassBand Pro features dynamic drivers for HD Sound experience and a long battery life of up to 6 hours. It also comes with a stylish and snug-fit design for comfort on the go use, and with the IPX5 Water Resistant feature, it boasts as the perfect workout partner. BassBand Lite, as the name suggests is the lighter version of the BassBand Pro. Engineered with immersive audio quality & high thumping bass, BassBand Lite enables you to enjoy a premium audio experience.

Bringing a wide choice to the customers, the neckband range further includes the Melody series.  Melody 20 and Melody 11 embody a dual stereo output, along with 10mm drivers that produce high-detail treble sound giving user the ‘music concert’ experience, at the tip of theirfingers. Engineered with advanced technology, Melody 20 comes with a long battery life that supports upto 8 hours of playtime with only 2 hours of charging.While Melody 11 supports 6 hours of playtime. Both the neckbands Melody 20, priced at Rs. 1,499/- and Melody 11 priced at Rs. 1,799/-features a secure fit, light on collar design for everyday use.

Trendz 11, is the other sporty and classy neckband in the league of Ambrane neckbands. The neckband priced at Rs. 1,999/- features deep bass technology for an immersive music experience. It offers a long playback time of up to 6 hours with just a 1.5-hour charge making it an ideal companion for everyday hustle. 

All the models of the neckband series are equipped with Smart Voice Assistant; Google Assistant and Siri for ensuring a total hands-free experience to the users. The durable and comfortable design ensures that earphones always stay in place while running, jogging or at the gym. Additionally, the neckbands feature tangle-free wear with its magnetic clasps that keep the earphone together when not in use. 

Also, feature-packed neckbands are integrated with an in-built microphone for a crystal clear calling experience, with an easy switch between music and calls. 

Apart from the brand’s website, you can get your hands on these products from Amazon and Flipkart too. 

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Amazfit Reveals The Price of Its Upcoming Bip U Pro Smartwatch

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Amazfit, one of India’s top wearable brands, is gearing up to add one more member to their most affordable smartwatch category. Amazfit is launching Bip U Pro Smartwatch, which will be available for INR 4,999/- on Amazfit’s official website. Additionally, Amazfit Bip U Pro will also be available on Amazon. 

The “Notify Me” option for customers on Amazon and Amazfit is also available. 

Amazfit Bip U Pro is a classy and high-tech wearable with Built-in GPS, Built-in Amazon Alexa. Apart from this, Bip U Pro helps us follow fitness regimes easily with 60+ sports mode and other specifications like BioTracker™ 2 PPG, Sedentary reminder, Somnus care, SpO2 measurement. 

Amazfit Bip U Pro is available in 3 colors: Black, Green and Pink.

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RAEGR launches MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ Dual Wireless Charger for Apple Products

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RAEGR announces ‘MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ – a 2-in-1 wireless charger that also converts into a smartphone stand. The Arc M1330 has two charging coils that can simultaneously fuel an Apple iPhone 12 or AirPods along with an Apple Watch. Additionally, the foldable design also allows for high portability and also be used as a smartphone stand.

Commenting on the new accessory launch, Ajesh George, MD, RAEGR said, “The MagFix Duo is a must have accessory for Apple Watch and iPhone 12 users. Highly portable form factor makes it even more convenient to use on the go ”

The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 is a 15W dual wireless charger that is aimed at users who own Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The Arc M1330 is a dual-operation charger that can simultaneously charge two Apple devices, be it an iPhone or AirPods and Apple Watch. It features a MagSafe-compatible charging pad on the left that accommodates any of Apple’s iPhone 12 series smartphones or AirPods (2/Pro) and can charge them with up to 15 Watts of power.

The right side of the pad has a unique folding design that charges the Apple Watch. It can be used in Normal mode or lifted by 90° in Night Stand mode for Loop Band convenience. Using it in the Night Stand mode  allows you to simultaneously charge the Watch while the Watch’s display can turn into a desk clock.

The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 has a folding design that allows for high portability. Use it at home, in the office, in your car or anywhere you like and transport it in your handbag or backpack with ease. Additionally, the foldable design also helps convert the Arc M1330 into a smartphone stand for your iPhone 12 too. This feature takes advantage of the magnets in the phone and charger’s surface to help it rest in place.

The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 can also be used to charge other Qi-compatible smartphones from brands such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, LG and a few others at 15W. However, the smartphone stand feature will only work with Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The wireless charger sports a USB Type-C connector and you can use any compatible USB charger to power the MagFix Duo Arc M1330. It is recommended that you use a charger that has a power rating of above 15W for the best charging results.

The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 also has some rugged safety features. It protects every charging device from Over-current, Overheat, Over-Voltage and Short Circuit. Lastly, using its in-built intelligent device detection circuit, the charger can detect the power requirements of each device and smartly adjust the output power among 5W, 7.5W, 10W and 15W.

The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 15W dual Wireless Charging Stand will be available for Rs 2,999, with a standard industry warranty of 1 year, on Amazon.in and Flipkart.com. Buyers can avail of additional 6 months of warranty on registering their products.

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