CES 2024 – Hands on with new ASUS OLEDs, ROG NUC & More!

CES 2024 is in full swing here in Las Vegas, and we got a chance to take a look at a ton of new products from ASUS. While we could write a nearly endless article about all of the new laptops, network devices, peripherals, PCs and more, we have put together a list of our favorite items that ASUS was launching at the show.


If you want a fast refresh rate monitor, then ASUS has got them for you, and the first one we want to cover is the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDP. According to ASUS, this is the “world’s first 480Hz OLED gaming monitor”, and it is built with pure speed in mind. With a 26.5″ QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and 0.03ms response time, this monitor is designed with those high frame rate FPS and MOBA games in mind, where reacting a millisecond faster than your enemies can be the difference between winning and losing. A custom heatsink design inside helps keep the monitor components cool, which will come in handy, as the PG27AQDP offers up to 1300 nits of peak brightness, DisplayHDR True Black 400 compliance, and 99% CDI-P3 gamut ratings. While we don’t have a price just yet, expect to see this monitor in late Q2 of 2024.



Stretching things out a bit is the ROG Swift OLED PG39WCDM, a 39-inch ultrawide OLED monitor. With a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an 800R curve, the PG39WCDM is perfect for bringing you into the game with visuals and the immersive nature of a curved monitor. The 240Hz refresh rate and 0.03ms response time translate into a smooth experience, with minimal distortion. Again, ASUS has improved the internal cooling components to make sure this monitor lasts a long time by better managing component heat, which will be an important task with a peak brightness of 1300 nits and DisplayHDR Ture Black 400 compliance. In addition to the awesome display-related features, there is also a built-in KVM for connecting two devices at the same time, while the connectivity options include USB 3.2, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, and USB Type-C with 90 watts of Power Delivery. No pricing or availability information just yet for this monitor but if you are interested, we suggest saving now.



One of the most unique monitors we saw with ASUS was the PG32UCDP, a 32″ 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED monitor that actually has the ability to convert itself into a FHD (1920 x 1080) display with an even faster refresh rate. Let’s say you want to play a slower paced game with amazing visuals – this is where the 4K, 240Hz mode would be the best. But later on you can easily switch to FHD mode and get a 480Hz experience for your fast-paced FPS titles. Like the other new OLED monitors from ASUS, we have the same improved internal cooling designs, up to 1300 nits peak brightness, and DisplayHDR True Black 400 compliance. We should see this monitor in early Q2 of 2024, but no pricing is available just yet.



With ASUS recently purchasing the NUC brand from Intel, they were excited to show us their first gaming model, the ROG NUC. This compact gaming rig can be configured in both vertical and flat orientations to fit your workspace, and the tool less 2.5 liter chassis makes for easy upgrades and hardware maintenance. Supporting up to Intel Core Ultra 9 processors, as well as up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics, this small gaming system should be more than capable of gaming performance higher than that of a dedicated gaming laptop. Three M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 slots offer plenty of options for storage space, and the system will be configurable with various capacities of DDR5 5600MHz SODIMMs. External connectivity includes Thunderbolt 4, six USB ports, and an SD Express version 8 card reader. No pricing on the various models is available just yet, but we should see the ROG NUC launch in late Q1 of 2024.



With a 7th generation V2 Asetek pump at its heart, the ROG Strix LC III 360 ARGB LCD AIO liquid cooler features updated components, including an improved water block that improves system performance. The ROG Strix LC III will be available in both 240mm and 360mm versions, both with a 2.1″ IPS LCD mounted on the pump housing that can be rotated 360 degrees to ensure your system stats, temperatures, and more are oriented just how you want them. And if you were afraid to mess with the screen on this cooler, don’t be afraid, as it is easily held in place by magnets, and slips right back into place. This cooler also comes equipped with ASUS’ ROG ARGB fans that offer high airflow, optimized acoustics, and even a silent mode, depending on your needs. We expect the LC III coolers to be launched with the same price as the previous LC II models.



Also based on the 7th generation V2 Asetek pump, the ROG Strix LC III swaps out the LCD for a standard ARGB water block design that can be rotated 360 degrees, and offers more than 10 custom Aura lighting effects. Again, with this cooler ASUS has included their premium ROG ARGB fans with high airflow, low noise, and again, a silent mode. The ROG Strix LC III will also be priced just like the LC II version when it launches.



While they don’t offer a full lineup of custom water cooling components just yet, ASUS does offer a really cool water block with an integrated LCD screen. Similar to their Ryujin AIOs, the ROG Ryujin III features a 3.5″ LCD display that can show all manners of digital content, ranging from system stats and temperatures, to your favorite memes, gifs, and more. And while the screen is probably the most noticeable part of this water block, the Asetek-designed cold plate is in place to keep your CPU cool, while an internal fan hidden below the screen is there to keep surrounding VRMs and other local components cool. Included with the water block are all of the fittings you would need to install it in your loop, which is a great bonus. No word on pricing just yet, but be sure to check back in with us when it launches.


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