ASUS Republic of Gamers Makes Wishes Come True With a Charity Auction of a Unique Graphics Card

Sometimes wishes do come true: ROG and Make-A-Wish International teamed up to auction a one-of-a-kind ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card for charity


MANILA, Philippines, November 21, 2023 — To celebrate the launch of the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) recently teamed up with Make-A-Wish® International to auction a Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card signed by the one and only Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA. Bidders lined up for the opportunity to own this unique piece of PC gaming history — all the while knowing that the proceeds would help fulfil the wishes of children facing critical illnesses around the world. 

A truly magical graphics card

The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 is an extra-special piece of kit. This water-cooled GPU is the first card to come from the factory with liquid metal thermal compound on the die, allowing it to push frequencies higher than any other RTX 4090 on the market. Backed with a high flowrate pump, an extra-thick 360mm radiator, and three daisy-chainable fans, the Matrix melds power and luxury in a way that other graphics cards can only dream of. ROG would like to thank each and every one of the auction participants, all of whom pledged their hard-earned cash for a one-of-a-kind graphics card for a great cause, with the bidding price skyrocketing to $10,000 on the first day alone. 

But there could only be one winner, and we’re proud to announce that it was none other than PC hardware legend and friend of ROG, Roman ‘der8auer Hartung, with a bid of $16,000. Der8auer has been a pioneer in cutting-edge cooling solutions for over 15 years, both personally as an extreme overclocker and as the CEO of Thermal Grizzly, a manufacturer of high-performance thermal pastes and extreme PC cooling solutions. When asked about winning this one-of-a-kind ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090, der8auer said, “I’ve been a collector of Matrix cards for a long time, so I’m so excited to add this extra-special ROG Matrix 4090 to the collection. And to have the money go to a great cause like Make-A-Wish is just the cherry on top.”

Gaming for a cause

Make-A-Wish International helps to serve children in 50 countries on 6 continents through its 40 Affiliates.  A wish can bring long-lasting hope and joy to children with critical illnesses and their families, when it is needed most. “We are so grateful to ROG for sponsoring this auction and would like to thank everyone who got involved, with special thanks to Mr. Hartung for his generous winning bid. Your support will help grant life-changing wishes to children around the world, who are living with critical illnesses” said Luciano Manzo, President and CEO at Make-A-Wish International.

Congratulations again to der8auer on winning this piece of PC history from the whole team at ROG!


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