ASUS has launched new PC hardware inspired by one of the most popular Japanese anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion. They comprise a themed ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO motherboard and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card, both of which feature a design and color scheme inspired by Shinji Mikami’s iconic cyborg vehicle, Evangelion Unit-01. These are not to confused with the Evangelion-inspired PC components that competitor MSI unveiled earlier this year, which ASUS has apparently decided to copy to reel in enthusiasts who also happen to big fans of anime.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 Evangelion Edition
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO Motherboard Evangelion Edition
ASUS Copies MSI, Launches Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime-Inspired Hardware Including Graphics Cards & Motherboards (Wccftech)
Even the BIOS for the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO motherboard will feature the EVA-01 unit theme which looks quite cool. The ROG M.2 expansion AIC is also themed in Evangelion and can house an additional two NVMe devices plus the standard three NVMe slots that are located on the board itself.
It looks like the cards will be very limited as CoolPC.tw has listed only 15 units for pre-orders out of which 5 are already reserved. The price for the graphics card is a massive $63,990 TWD which converts to $2170 US while the motherboard will cost $17,960 TWD or $609 US. Both products are expected to go on sale through lottery due to their limited availability between 1st May till 5th May.
Neon Genesis Evangelion initially premiered on Japanese TV in October 1995 and has amassed a legion of fans since for its novel take on the mecha genre. The franchise has spawned three films (Death & Rebirth, The End of Evangelion, and Rebuild of Evangelion), the second of which included a new finale to appease fans who were disappointed by the way the series originally ended. Director Hideaki Anno’s other works include Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and Shin Godzilla, 2016’s live-action film starring the king kaiju.