ASUS has copied MSI’s efforts to offer hardware products inspired by one of the most popular anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion.
ASUS rips off MSI’s Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime-inspired theme for its ROG graphics and motherboards
Back in 2021, we reported that MSI was working on its very own anime-inspired theme-based PC products, which would include graphics cards, monitors, motherboards, power supplies, coolers, etc. The new products were designed to compete with ASUS ‘GUNDAM products. , which was becoming popular among the anime community. This year, at CES 2022, MSI finally unveiled the series offering four products as a start and adopted the look of the Evangelion Unit-01.
Now ASUS has come out to announce that they are also launching their own Evangelion-themed PC products, which will include a ROG Maximus Z690 HERO motherboard and ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards, both with the Unit EVA-01 theme . The purple and green colors are there to show that the design is loyal to the theme, and both the box and the accessories come with a similar theme.
Even the BIOS for the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO motherboard will include the EVA-01 device theme, which looks pretty cool. The ROG M.2 expansion AIC is also a theme in Evangelion and can accommodate two additional NVMe devices plus the three standard NVMe slots located on the card itself.
The same is true of the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card, which has been colored in green and purple. The card is ASUS ‘top variant with the latest ROG STRIX cooler and a factory overclock out of the box. This is the third custom design of the ROG STRIX graphics card that has been available in White, Gundam-Theme and now the latest Evangelion Theme. The price of each variant will vary taking into account the limited nature of each model.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO Eva-01 motherboard:
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 Eva-01 graphics card:
It looks like the cards will be very limited as CoolPC.tw has only listed 15 units for pre-orders, 5 of which are already reserved. The price of the graphics card is a massive $ 63,990 TWD, which will be converted to $ 2170 US, while the motherboard will cost $ 17,960 TWD or $ 609 US. Both products are expected to go on sale through the lottery due to their limited availability between May 1st and May 5th.
Now it would have been better for ASUS to have offered their products in a different anime theme instead of copying it from their competitor, but I guess they saw the popularity behind Evangelion and went ahead with their own product range based on it . With that said, there are several pc makers who bring iconic anime themes on to their pc hardware and respective products, and that’s a great thing considering how popular they are in the eastern and even western market.