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The NVIDIA ACE Design For Mobile Workstations Explained!

The NVIDIA ACE Design For Creator Laptops Explained!

At IFA 2019, NVIDIA unveiled their ACE reference design for creator laptops, as part of their RTX Studio initiative.

With NVIDIA’s help, we will explain what the new NVIDIA ACE reference design is all about, and how it relates to RTX Studio!

 

The NVIDIA ACE Reference Design For Creator Laptops

NVIDIA introduced the first RTX Studio laptops at Computex 2019 – basically high-end creator laptops built around their Quadro RTX GPUs using the Max-Q Design philosophy.

To spur the development of NVIDIA Studio creator laptops, NVIDIA is now introducing the ACE reference design.

This reference design allows NVIDIA partners get their RTX Studio designs to market faster. They just have to customise it with CPU and storage options, as well as aesthetics, and they are ready to go!

In creating the ACE design, NVIDIA focused on delivering the most performance in a sleek 15-inch form factor.

The NVIDIA ACE reference design has a few key features :

NVIDIA ACE Thermal Design

  • The CPU and GPU are located behind the display
  • It uses two ultra-thin titanium vapour chambers to keep the CPU and GPU cool
  • It is capable of cooling 300 watts of thermal output, while maintaining a chassis Z height of 25 mm
  • It will keep the chassis at ambient skin temperature, with the keyboard cool to the touch

NVIDIA ACE Power Innovations

  • It will feature enhanced NVIDIA Optimus technology, that automatically switches between discrete and integrated graphics, depending on the workload
  • It will come with a slim 300 watt power adaptor that is half the size of traditional power adaptors

Professional-Grade Display

The ACE reference design will feature a professional-grade 4K 120 Hz display, with these specifications :

  • 100% Adobe RGB / 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Delta E < 1 colour accuracy
  • PANTONE-validated and factory-calibrated

 

The First NVIDIA ACE Laptop – ASUS ProArt StudioBook One

The first creator laptop to use the new ACE reference design is the ASUS ProArt StudioBook One.

It will be powered by the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 discrete graphics, with these specifications :

  • 4608 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor cores, 72 RT cores
  • 24 GB GDDR6 memory with 672 GB/s bandwidth
  • 11 Gigarays per second, 14.9 TFLOPS, 119.4 TOPS of performance

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPU alone has a maximum graphics power of 250 watts!

 

NVIDIA ACE Performance

NVIDIA ACE is designed to deliver desktop-class performance in a mobile form factor.

Take a look at this comparison of the ASUS ProArt StudioBook One creator laptop, pitted against a desktop workstation with RTX 6000 graphics.

From what NVIDIA tells us – the ACE design will deliver graphics performance within 10% of their desktop equivalent.

 

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The ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX533) Ultra-Portable Laptop Preview

Four months after our sneak preview in Taipei, ASUS officially launched the ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX533) ultra-portable laptop.

Together with our hands-on preview of this new 15-inch ASUS ZenBook laptop, we will share with you the official presentation, colour options, as well as its price and availability!

The ASUS ZenBook Design Story

Hsi Chen from the ASUS Design Center reveals the design story behind the new ASUS ZenBook models.

The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 Presentation

Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, presents the key features of the new 15-inch ZenBook UX533, as well as the 13-inch ZenBook UX333 and the 14-inch ZenBook UX433.

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ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 Colour Options

ASUS is introducing the new ZenBook models in three colour options – Royal Blue, Icicle Silver and Burgundy Red.

But at launch, the 15-inch UX533 will only be available in the Royal Blue colour.

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 Price + Availability

The 15-inch ASUS ZenBook UX533 is available starting 10 January 2019, with a starting price of RM 6,099 / ~US$ 1,489 / ~£1,159. Here are some direct purchase links :

  • Malaysia : NA
  • United States : Amazon
  • United Kingdom : NA

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The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 Hands-On Preview!

The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 has a 15.6-inch NanoEdge display that offers a whopping 92% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics.

It boasts a full-size keyboard for comfortable typing. It does not have the ASUS NumberPad, because there is enough space to fit a physical numeric pad.

It also comes with a 3D infrared camera, which allows you to login with Windows Hello even in the darkest of conditions. Even though the new ZenBook 15 has very thin bezels, ASUS managed to squeeze the camera into the top bezel.

Road warriors will be glad to know that the new ASUS ZenBook 15 has a rated battery life of 16 hours, and is MIL-STD-810G rated for reliability and durability.

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533 Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenBook 15 (UX533)
Display15.6-inch NanoEdge Display
- Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- 72% NTSC colour gamut
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Processor OptionsIntel Core i7-8565U
Memory16 GB DDR4 SDRAM (2133 MHz)
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q (2 GB GDDR5 RAM)
Storage512 GB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 ac WiFi (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
HDMI
microSD card slot
Audio combo jack
Camera3D IR camera (720p)
TouchpadStandard Touchpad
AudioASUS Sonic Master stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon
Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support
Battery73 Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery
Up to 16 hours battery life
AC Adapter90 W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
(Output: 19V DC, 90 W)
Dimensions35.4 cm x 22.0 cm x 1.79 cm
Weight1.68 kg

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The ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX433) Ultra-Portable Laptop Preview

Four months after our sneak preview in Taipei, ASUS officially launched the ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX433) ultra-portable laptop.

Together with our hands-on preview of this new 14-inch ASUS ZenBook laptop, we will share with you the official presentation, colour options, as well as its price and availability!

The ASUS ZenBook Design Story

Hsi Chen from the ASUS Design Center reveals the design story behind the new ASUS ZenBook models.

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 Presentation

Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Country Manager, presents the key features of the new ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433, as well as the ZenBook 13 UX333 and the ZenBook 15 UX533.

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ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 Colour Options

ASUS is introducing the new ZenBook models in three colour options – Royal Blue, Icicle Silver and Burgundy Red.

But at launch, the 14-inch UX433 will only be available in the Royal Blue and Icicle Silver colours.

ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 Price + Availability

The 14-inch ASUS ZenBook UX433 is available starting 10 January 2019, with a starting price of RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,075 / ~£856. Here are some direct purchase links :

  • Malaysia : Lazada | Shopee
  • United States : NA
  • United Kingdom : NA

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The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 Hands-On Preview!

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 has a 14-inch NanoEdge display that offers a whopping 92% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

Despite its small size, it boasts a full-size keyboard for comfortable typing. How did ASUS accomplish this? By removing its physical numeric keypad, and replacing it with the ASUS NumberPad – a unique LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad!

It also comes with a 3D infrared camera, which allows you to login with Windows Hello even in the darkest of conditions. Even though the new ZenBook 14 has very thin bezels, ASUS managed to squeeze the camera into the top bezel.

Road warriors will be glad to know that the new ASUS ZenBook 14 has a rated battery life of 14 hours, and is MIL-STD-810G rated for reliability and durability.

ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenBook 14 (UX433)
Display14-inch NanoEdge Display
- Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- 72% NTSC colour gamut
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Processor OptionsIntel Core i5-8265U
Memory8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (2133 MHz)
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 RAM)
Storage512 GB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11 ac WiFi (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A
USB 2.0
HDMI
microSD card slot
Audio combo jack
Camera3D IR camera (720p)
TouchpadASUS NumberPad
AudioASUS Sonic Master stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon
Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support
Battery50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
Up to 14 hours battery life
AC Adapter65W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
(Output: 19V DC, 65W)
Dimensions31.9 cm x 19.9 cm x 1.59 cm
Weight1.19 kg

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Gaming Laptop Preview!

The S in the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) probably stands for Slim, because it is the world’s SLIMMEST gaming laptop!

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time before its official demonstration at Gamescon 2018. In fact, ASUS flew us all the way to their top-secret ROG headquarters in Taipei to check it out in person!

So here is our hands-on video, and the key features of the ROG Zephyrus S gaming laptop, as well as its price and specifications!

Updated @ 2018-12-17 : Added the official prices and purchase links.

Updated @ 2018-09-05 : Added the exclusive tech briefing video, and a specification comparison of the GX531GS and GX531GM variants.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-17


 

Introducing The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Gaming Laptop

At 15.75 mm at its thickest point, the new Zephyrus S (GX531) is 12% slimmer than the original Zephyrus (GX501). It’s equipped with the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics.

It boasts a 15.6-inch display with super-narrow bezels, a 144 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response time, – all packed into a 14.2-inch chassis. The all-metal chassis meets military-grade durability standards, with a premium finish.

It also comes with the proprietary Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a design and engineering hallmark of the Zephyrus series.

 

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Price + Availability

The ASUS ROG GX531 is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 / ~US$ 1,918 / ~£1,519.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Key Features

All-metal chassis with Zephyrus Air Intake

The ASUS Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) uses a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloys in the construction of its chassis. It is so tough, it meets military-grade durability standards for jolts and vibration.

Each lid is machined from a solid block of aluminium, using a precise CNC-milling process that takes five tooling stages and nearly 72 minutes to carve out all the intricate details. This creates a lid that is extremely rigid, yet slim.

It also boasts the unique and distinctive Zephyrus air intake. Scissor-door hinges keep a low profile, until the laptop is opened. The act of opening the lid lifts the rear and exposes the Zephyrus air intake for improved cooling performance.

Narrow-bezel display

Narrow bezels allow the 15.6-inch display to be squeezed into a 14.2-inch chassis. This reduces its footprint, while creating a more immersive gaming experience.

The 120 Hz display panel on the original Zephyrus has been upgraded to a 144 Hz AHVA panel in the Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY), while the response time was reduced to only 3 ms.  It now covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, with wide viewing angles.

Proprietary AAS cooling

Cooling an ultra-thin gaming laptop is a difficult engineering feat. ASUS and ROG thermal engineers came up with a solution they call Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) which debuted in the original Zephyrus.

When the lid of the laptop is lifted, a special vent opens underneath the chassis to let the laptop draw in more cool air. Similarly, the Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) has an AAS intake of 5 mm across the entire back of the chassis to improve airflow by 22% compared to traditional designs. Additional airflow is provided through the keyboard, while the keyboard’s forward layout creates more room for the AAS cooling system.

The Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) boasts five heat pipes that pull heat away from the CPU, the GPU, and the VRM circuitry that feeds them power. The CPU and GPU are connected to both shared and dedicated heatsinks to ensure efficient cooling for any workload, and the power components stay under 80 °C to improve long-term reliability. Thermal energy is channeled along the pipes to four heatsinks and exhaust vents at the rear corners, twice as many as in the first Zephyrus.

Self-Cleaning Fans

Keeping the heatsinks free of dust and debris is key to preserving cooling performance over the long-term. To achieve that, the ROG engineering team added self-cleaning fans to eject particles through anti-dust tunnels. This prevents accumulation of dust and particles on the fins to ensure consistent cooling and improve long-term stability.

12V AeroAccelerator Fans

The Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) comes with dual 12V AeroAccerator fans, which boasts 83 blades each – 17% more blades than the fans in the original Zephyrus. Airflow is also improved by the fan’s shaped aluminum shroud, which has curved edges and raised guides to help channel more air into the blades.

Aura Sync RGB lighting

Integrated RGB lighting lets gamers customize the Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) to their preference, or to match the mood of the game being played. Four independent zones illuminate the keyboard, and additional LEDs create a subtle glow inside the AAS vent.

Improved keyboard

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The keyboard-forward layout not only improves its cooling capability, it also allows for a more comfortable desktop-like typing position. Overstroke technology fires earlier in the key travel for quicker responsiveness, and the longer post-actuation distance maximizes the 1.2 mm key travel to improve the overall typing feel.

The switches are rated for 20 million presses, so they can withstand heavy use, and N-key rollover ensures each press registers precisely regardless of how many keys are mashed at once.

Improved audio

The Zephyrus S (US | UK | MY) includes an upgraded sound system. Dual front-facing speakers embedded in the hinge cover are powered by smart-amplifier technology that keeps the speakers within thermal and excursion limits, so volume can reach higher limits without distorting the output or damaging the cones.

Sonic Studio III adds virtual surround-sound for deeper immersion with stereo headsets, and it features a new APO injection capability that extends speaker virtualization to a wider range of gear, including standard analog headphones along with USB headsets, external DACs, and VR devices.

Storage and connectivity

Its Intel Core i7-8750H CPU is backed by fast DDR4-2666 memory and NVMe storage, while 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi connects to compatible wireless networks at greater-than-gigabit speeds.

It comes with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and full-size HDMI 2.0 ports, for fast transfers and to support up to two desktop monitors and big-screen TVs.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Specifications

ASUS is offering two variants – the GX531GS and the GX531GM. Here are their specifications :

SpecificationsASUS Zephyrus S
(GS Variant)
ASUS Zephyrus S
(GM Variant)
ModelGX531GSGX531GM
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS display
- 1920x1080 pixels with 100% sRGB colour gamut
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Option : Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Option : 16 GB DDR4-2666
8 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Option : 24 GB DDR4-2666
StorageM.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x2 SSD (512 GB)
M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x4 (256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD)
Connectivity802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Audio2 x 2 watt speakers with smart amplifier technology
Array microphone
KeyboardBacklit Chiclet Keyboard with marked WASD keys
- N-key rollover and 1.2 mm key travel
- 4-zone RGB lighting with Aura Sync support
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington Lock
Power230 W power adaptor180 W power adaptor
Dimensions360 mm wide
268 mm deep
14.95 to 15.75 mm thick
Weight2.1 kg

 

Where To Buy?

The ASUS ROG GX531 is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 / ~US$ 1,918 / ~£1,519.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

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The 17″ ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Laptop Preview!

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) just launched the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) – the latest 17.3-inch addition to the ROG Strix gaming laptop lineup, and the world’s most compact 17.3-inch gaming laptop!

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with this new gaming laptop in the top-secret ROG headquarters in Taipei.

Check out our hands-on video, and the key features of the SCAR II gaming laptop, as well as its price and specifications!

Updated @ 2018-12-17 : Added the official prices and purchase links.

Updated @ 2018-09-05 : Added the exclusive ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II tech briefing video, and a table of its specifications.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-18


 

Introducing The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Gaming Laptop

The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) squeezes a 17.3-inch display into a 15.7-inch chassis, giving you a more immersive gaming experience while improving mobility. It is no mere 17.3-inch display either – boasting a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time and full sRGB coverage.

The SCAR II is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It also comes with ROG RangeBoost technology, and HyperCool Pro cooling system, It features a first-person shooter-inspired camouflage and Kevlar textured design.

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Price + Availability

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,599 / ~US$ 1,819 / ~£144.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Key Features

Smaller Bezels, Better Display

Thanks to its narrow bezels on three sides, the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) is the first 17.3-inch laptop under 400 mm wide. The 7.05 mm bezels are up to 50% narrower than those found on other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market.

The Strix SCAR II uses AUO’s IPS-type AHVA technology, delivering a 144 Hz refresh rate with 3 ms response time, and 100% sRGB coverage. All these features offer gamers a more immersive gaming experience.

FPS Gaming Design with AURA Sync RGB Lighting

The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) chassis is designed with FPS gaming in mind, with contrasting Kevlar and camouflage textures created with an eight-stage IMR process. A hairline finish brushes across the Gun Metal lid, while the copper cooling fins provide flashes of color through the vents.

Through AURA Sync, RGB lighting can be customized across seven zones: four for the keyboard, two located within the light bar stretching across the front edge, and the last one within the ROG logo on the lid. The lights can then sync to Aura Sync-enabled peripherals such as the Strix Fusion 700 headset and the Gladius II Origin mouse.

Gaming Keyboard with Overstroke Technology

The keyboard on the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) has a desktop-style layout, with a wider space bar and separated blocks of function keys to make shortcuts easier to execute. The keyboard’s switches are rated for 20 million key presses, and Overstroke technology allows them to fire halfway through the 1.8 mm key travel for a faster response than traditional designs that actuate lower in the stroke.

Gaming On-The-Go

Powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, the ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) offers up to 6 cores and 12 threads of processing capability, coupled with the graphics capability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060,

To ensure optimal mobile gaming experience, the Strix SCAR II comes with Intel’s latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi delivering wireless connectivity at up to 1.73 Gbps. It also comes with four USB Type-A ports, a reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port, a Mini DisplayPort port, and a full-size HDMI 2.0 port.

Internal storage comes in the form of a fast M.2 NVMe SSD that loads games and applications in the blink of an eye, with an optional secondary 1TB solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) for additional storage.

HyperCool Pro Cooling Technology

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The ROG Strix SCAR II (US | UK | MY) boasts the HyperCool Pro cooling system, which keeps everything running cool using three heatsinks and two fans.

One heatsink is linked exclusively to the GPU, to ensure it is kept cool even in the most demanding gaming session. The other two heatsinks are shared to ensure efficient cooling performance of both CPU and GPU.

Each heatsink has thin copper fins, that allows more fins to be fitted, increasing the surface area for heat dissipation while reducing resistance to airflow. Patented trapezoid cuts in the lid ensure that the flow of hot air out the exhaust vents at the back is not impeded.

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix SCAR II
ModelGL704
Display17.3" anti-glare Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 72% NTSC
or
17.3" anti-glare Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 72% NTSC
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Option : Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
or
Intel Core i5-8300H
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5
MemoryDDR4-2666 memory (up to 32 GB)
SSDM.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x4 (256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD)
HDD2.5" 5400 RPM SSDH (1 TB)
2.5" 5400 / 7200 RPM HDD ( 1 TB)
Connectivity802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Audio2 x 3.5 watt speakers with smart amplifier technology
Array microphone
KeyboardBacklit Chiclet Keyboard with marked WASD keys
- 1.8 mm key travel with 0.25 mm keycap curve
- 4-zone RGB lighting with Aura Sync support
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x mini DP 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington Lock
Power180 W power adaptor
Dimensions399.8 mm wide
273.5 mm deep
24.9 to 26.4 mm thick
Weight2.9 kg

 

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Price + Availability

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) is available for purchase at authorised ASUS dealers with a recommended retail price of RM 7,599 / ~US$ 1,819 / ~£144.

Here are some direct purchase links (prices accurate as of 17 December 2018) :

 

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop, which is a durability-enhanced 15.6-inch gaming laptop. ASUS also introduced a larger 17.3-inch version – the ASUS TUF Gaming FX705.

Here is everything you need to know about the FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops – the official tech briefing, price and specifications, as well as our own hands-on preview!

Updated @ 2018-10-22 : Added the official FX705 and FX505 tech briefing, price list, specifications and more!

Originally posted @ 2018-08-22


 

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gaming Laptop

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It boasts a NanoEdge display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, Gigabit LAN and Gigabit WiFi connectivity, and DTS surround-sound audio.

The TUF Gaming FX505 is also built to last over the long haul, with independent heatsinks and fans cooling the CPU and GPU separately, long-life keyboard switches, and special dust tunnels that provide long-term cooling and computing performance.

 

FX505 vs. FX705

ASUS also introduced a larger version of the TUF Gaming FX505 – the TUF Gaming FX705. Here are the main differences between the two models summarised :

  • The FX705 has a 17.3-inch display, while the FX505 has a 15.6-inch display.
  • The FX705 is about 4 cm wider, and 1.7 cm deeper, than the FX505.
  • The FX705 is about 500 grams heavier than the FX505.
  • The FX705 has a larger 64 WHrs battery, compared to the FX505’s 48 WHrs battery.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Price + Availability

In this video, ASUS announces the official prices of FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops :

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Prices

  • FX705G-MEV169T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 256GB + 1TB : RM 5,899 / ~US$ 1,475
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,299 / ~US$ 1,325
  • FX705G-EEW164T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,250

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Prices

  • FX505G-MES182T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,599 / ~US$ 1,400
  • FX505G-EES241T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,099 / ~US$ 1,275
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,100
  • FX505G-EBQ242T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,699 / ~US$ 1,175
  • FX505G-EBQ269T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 1TB : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Up Close!

Back in August, we were one of the few to get early access to the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop. Here was our hands-on look!

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 / FX705 Key Features

 Performance

The TUF Gaming FX505 is powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, which has 6 cores and 12 threads, greatly improving performance over the previous generation. It also comes with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe SSD  and a 1 TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

NanoEdge Display

The FX505 features a NanoEdge display, which features significantly slimmer side bezels. This allows for a more immersive gaming experience, and a reduced size. The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It also boasts full sRGB coverage, wide viewing angles and a matte non-reflective coating.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Matter

Tough Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard has 1.8 mm of key travel, and the exclusive ASUS Overstroke technology that raises the actuation point higher in the stroke to improve responsiveness. The key caps are also dished, with isolated arrow, and defined gaps for the function keys.

Backlighting is offered in either customizable RGB (Gold Steel), or a red glow that matches the chassis accents of the Red Fusion and Red Matter variants.

Immersive Audio

Audio also plays an important role in delivering high-quality, immersive gaming experiences. DTS Headphone:X technology is integrated so that over headphones or speakers, preset profiles for games, movies, music, and sports can produce tailored audio experiences for every situation.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Fusion

Fast WAN + LAN

The TUF Gaming FX505 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for no-compromise gamers, as well as Intel’s latest 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi, capable of making connections at speeds of up to 1.73Gbps to compatible routers.

TUF and built to last

The TUF Gaming FX505 is built to withstand abuse. It has been put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, passing even the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts. The HyperStrike keyboard uses switches rated for 20 million key presses, while the reinforced chassis and hexagonal design on the bottom add structural rigidity to make it even sturdier.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gold Steel

Superior and long-lasting cooling

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The TUF Gaming FX505 features the HyperCool system, with independent fans and heatsinks to cool the CPU and GPU separately.

The design also places the fans directly underneath the keyboard to help remove heat, keeping the keyboard cool and comfortable during extended gameplay sessions. The patented trapezoid-cut lid allows more air to be ejected from the rear, improving cooling performance by up to 25% over other designs.

Cooling performance can degrade over time, with dust and particle build-up impeding airflow through thermal fin. So patented ASUS dust tunnels help to guide dust and particles off to a separate chamber to be ejected from the system, keeping the thermal fins clear for stable long-term cooling performance.

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX505 Metal
(High Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Low Spec)
FX505
(High Spec)
FX505
(Mid Spec)
Model NumberFX505G-MES182TFX505G-EES241TFX505G-MBQ202TFX505G-EBQ242TFX505G-EBQ269T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF PlasticTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display15.6-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
15.6-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-2666
Storage128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 48 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.58 cm thick36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.67 cm thick
Weight2.20 kg

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX705 Metal
(High Spec)
FX705 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX705
Model NumberFX705G-MEV169TFX705G-EEV163TFX705G-EEW164T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display17.3-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
17.3-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666
Storage256 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 64 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.66 cm thick39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.76 cm thick
Weight2.70 kg

 

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The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 + Flip 15 Hands-On Previews!

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the new 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 and Flip 15 convertible laptops in Taipei. Check out the full 2018 ASUS ZenBook tech briefing, as well as our own hands-on previews of the ZenBook Flip 13 and ZenBook Flip 15 laptops!

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the 2018 ASUS ZenBook tech briefing by Andrew Chan, Senior Manager of the ASUS Global Product Team.

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 and Flip 15 models are essentially the convertible versions of the 2018 ASUS ZenBook laptops. They are now 10% smaller than the previous generation, thanks to their ASUS NanoEdge displays with ultra-thin bezels.

Thanks to the thinner form factor, they are now the world’s most compact convertible laptops. The NanoEdge display also delivers a more immersive viewing experience, thanks to its 90% screen-to-body ratio.

And believe it or not, these classy convertible laptops are tough – being certified to meet the MIL-STD-810G standard for durability and reliability!

Finally, both ZenBook Flip models features the 360° ErgoLift hinge design, which has a silky-smooth, stepless action that holds the display securely at any angle, allowing ZenBook Flip to be used in laptop, tablet, stand or tent modes… anything in between!

If you open the laptop beyond 135°, the ErgoLift hinge will automatically lift and tilt the keyboard to a more comfortable typing angle.

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 (UX362)

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 (UX362) features a 13.3-inch NanoEdge display, with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB of RAM and PCIe SSD storage.

It has a full-size keyboard, with its physical numeric keypad replaced by the new ASUS NumberPad – an LED-illuminated numeric keypad built into the touchpad! It also offers an optional world-facing camera, located next to the keyboard, which can be used for mixed-reality applications.

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 (UX562)

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 (UX562) features a 15.6-inch NanoEdge display, available with either a Full HD (DeltaE < 3) or a 4K UHD panel (DeltaE <2). Both panels have a wide 100% sRGB colour gamut.

The 4K UHD display is PANTONE validated and factory-calibrated for colour accuracy. It also has built-in ASUS Calibration Technology, for easy colour calibration.

The new Flip 15 is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics. You can equip it with both an SSD as well as a HDD.

It has a full-size keyboard, with a physical numeric keypad. It also offers an optional world-facing camera, located next to the keyboard, which can be used for mixed-reality applications.

 

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The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Tech Briefing + Hands-On Previews!

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the THREE new 2018 ASUS ZenBook premium laptop models in Taipei. Check out the full 2018 ASUS ZenBook tech briefing, as well as our own hands-on previews of the ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15 laptops!

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the 2018 ASUS ZenBook tech briefing by Andrew Chan, Senior Manager of the ASUS Global Product Team.

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook models introduce the new frameless ASUS NanoEdge display. Its ultra-slim bezels on all four sides allows ASUS to deliver a screen-to-body ratio of up to 95%, offering a near borderless viewing experience.

They are now the world’s most compact laptops in their respective classes, with a smaller form factor than the previous generation. They also incorporate the unique ErgoLift hinge mechanism that automatically tilts the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.

Now, let’s have a close look at the three 2018 ASUS ZenBook models!

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX333)

This is the baby of the family, with a 13-inch NanoEdge display that offers a whopping 95% screen-to-body ratio. Yet it is powered by a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

Despite its small size, it boasts a full-size keyboard for comfortable typing. How did ASUS accomplish this? By removing its physical numeric keypad, and replacing it with the ASUS NumberPad – a unique LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad!

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX433)

This model is quite similar to the ZenBook 13. It has a larger 14-inch NanoEdge display with a 92% screen-to-body ratio. It is also powered by a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

Like the ZenBook 13, the 2018 ASUS ZenBook 14 boasts a full-size keyboard, with the new ASUS NumberPad built into its touchpad.

 

The 2018 ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX533)

This is the big daddy of the 2018 ASUS ZenBook family. Sporting a large 15.6-inch NanoEdge display with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, it is powered by a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics.

Because it has a relatively large chassis, it has enough space for a full-size keyboard with a physical numeric keypad. Hence, it does not come with the ASUS NumberPad built into its keypad.

 

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The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops Revealed!

ASUS just refreshed their entire range of gaming laptops with the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake, and added two new gaming laptop models. Here is everything you need to know about the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops!

 

The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops

ASUS ROG Product Manager Louis Lu gave us a thorough briefing on the key features of the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops, as well as their specifications and prices. He also compared them to the competition from MSI, Lenovo, Acer and Dell.

Intel Coffee Lake Processors

The new ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops all come with the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors. Codenamed Coffee Lake, they offer up to 6 processor cores, with 10% better performance than the 7th Gen Core (Kaby Lake) processors, and 30% better performance than the 6th Gen (Skylake) Core processors.

12V Fans

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The new ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops feature 12V fans, which spin 20% faster than regular 5V fans. The new fans also have 59 blades, up from just 37 blades. This allows them to deliver 42.5% more airflow, with 92% higher air pressure.

Anti-Dust Cooling System

The fans in the ASUS Coffee Lake gaming laptops feature an exclusive Anti-Dust Cooling System. It basically harnesses the centrifugal force of the fans to shunt dust and debris into an “anti-dust tunnel”. This reduces the amount of dust clogging the heatsinks.

This helps to maintain the performance of the CPU and GPU coolers over time. Keeping the heatsinks clean will also help to reduce fan noise, since the fans don’t need to work harder.

 

The ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptop Models

2018 ASUS ROG G703

2018 ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 New Model!

2018 ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition

ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 New Series!

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ASUS Coffee Lake Gaming Laptop Specifications, Price & Availability

Category

Series

Model

Specifications (Malaysia)

Panel

SRP

Availability

ROG

G703

G703G-IE5095T

i9-8950HK / 16G*2
2T(54) + 256G*2
GTX 1080 8G
FHD 144 Hz

IPS

RM 19,999
~US$ 5,128

May 2018

Zephyrus

GX501G-IEI017T

i7-8750H / 16+8G
1T PCIE SSD
GTX 1080 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 15,999
~US$ 4,102

End of
April 2018

Zephyrus-M

GM501G-SEI006T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1070 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 9,299
~US$ 2,384

End of
April 2018

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-SE5026T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1070 8G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 8,799
~US$ 2,256

Available now

Zephyrus-M

GM501G-MEI011T

i7-8750H / 16G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1060 6G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 7,999
~US$ 2,051

End of
April 2018

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-ME5029T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD
GTX 1060 6G
FHD WV 300 nits 144 Hz

IPS

RM 6,999
~US$ 1,795

Available now

Strix Scar Edition

GL703G-EEE035T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD WV 300 nits 120 Hz

TN

RM 5,299
~US$ 1,359

Available now

Strix Hero Edition

GL503G-EEN057T

i7-8750H / 8G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD WV 300 nits 120 Hz

TN

RM 4,899
~US$ 1,256

Available now

TUF Gaming

ASUS TUF

FX504G-EE4071T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 Ti 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 4,399
~US$ 1,128

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DE4096T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD + 128G PCIE SSD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 4,199
~US$ 1.077

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DE4092T

i7-8750H / 4G
1T SSHD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD IPS WV 250 nits 60 Hz

IPS

RM 3,899
~US$ 999

Available now

ASUS TUF

FX504G-DDM091T

i5-8300H / 4G
1T SSHD
GTX 1050 4G
FHD TN 200 nits 60 Hz

TN

RM 3,299
~US$ 846

Available now

 

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The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops Revealed!

If you are looking for a gaming laptop, some of the most popular options will be from the ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) stable. ASUS recently gave us a quick tour of the new 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops. Check them out!

 

The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops

This is the first slew of 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops, with more being introduced at Computex 2018. They are :

  • ASUS ROG G703
  • ASUS ROG GX501 Zephyrus
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 SCAR Edition
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 Hero Edition
  • ASUS FX503
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL703ZC (Ryzen 7)

Here is a quick tour of the 6 new ROG gaming laptops that was just launched.

 

ASUS ROG G703

Triple Overclocking

  • Intel Core i7-7820HK factory-overclocked to 4.3 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 overclocked to 1,974 MHz core, and 10.3 GHz memory
  • DDR4 memory overclocked to 2,800 MHz

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UHD G-SYNC Display

  • The ROG G703 features a 17.3″ UHD display with 3840 x 2160 pixels, and anti-glare coating
  • The display supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology

Gaming Experience

  • The built-in Xbox Wireless connectivity allows you to connect up to eight Xbox One controllers.
  • Xbox hotkey fires up the Xbox Game bar, ready to record and broadcast your gameplay
  • Keyboard comes with Aura RGB individual key lighting, with N-key rollover capability

Price & Availability

 

ASUS Zephyrus GX501

The ASUS Zephyrus GX501 is not a new model, but ASUS introduced a more affordable model (GX501V-SGZ037T) with a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, less DDR4 memory and half the SSD storage.

Price & Availability

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.3 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 144 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1060
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 120 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS FX503

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • No CPU or GPU throttling – CPU power at 42 W, CPU frequency at 3066 MHz, and GPU overclocked by 100 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1050.
  • Red-backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7)

  • Powerful – 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, with AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU!
  • 17.3″ FHD IPS display with AMD FreeSync support
  • Red-backlit keyboard with 30-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

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The 2018 AMD Ryzen Mobile Laptops Revealed!

AMD launched the Ryzen Mobile APUs in October 2017, but where are the Ryzen Mobile laptops? Today, we share with you details and videos of three new Ryzen Mobile laptops, and an ASUS gaming laptop that actually uses a desktop-grade Ryzen 7 CPU!

 

The 2018 AMD Ryzen Mobile Laptops Revealed!

AMD Director of Consumer Sales (APJ), Peter Chambers, kicked off the event with a presentation on the Ryzen Mobile APUs, and the 2018 AMD Ryzen Mobile laptops. He also shared some updates on the upcoming Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) processors.

Then Acer Malaysia’s Product Manager, Jeffrey Lai, shared the key features of the two new Acer Ryzen Mobile laptops – the Acer Nitro 5 and Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G. They run on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APUs respectively.

Finally, Gavin Wong from Lenovo Technology revealed the key features of the Lenovo IdeaPad 720S-13ARR laptop that runs on the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U.

ASUS was also at hand to show off their ROG Strix GL702Z gaming laptop that runs on the desktop-grade AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU. It also features the AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU!

The Acer Nitro 5 could not make it to the launch event on time. But when it arrived the next day, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at it too.

 

The 2018 AMD Ryzen Mobile Laptops First Look

After the launch of the three Ryzen Mobile laptops, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at them, as well as the ASUS ROG Strix GL702Z gaming laptop.

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Specification Comparison

Here is a table comparing the specifications of the three Ryzen Mobile laptops (Acer Nitro 5, Acer Swift 3 and Lenovo IdeaPad 720S), as well as the Ryzen 7 gaming laptop (ASUS ROG Strix GL702Z).

SpecificationsAcer Nitro 5Acer Swift 3ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZCLenovo IdeaPad 720S
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Display15.6" IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 300 nits brightness
15.6" IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
17.3" IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Supports AMD FreeSync
13.3" IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 2700U
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 3.8 GHz boost clock
- 4 MB L3 cache
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.0 GHz base clock
- 3.6 GHz boost clock
- 4 MB L3 cache
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
- 8 cores, 16 threads
- 3.0 GHz base clock
- 3.7 GHz boost clock
- 16 MB L3 cache
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.0 GHz base clock
- 3.6 GHz boost clock
- 4 MB L3 cache
Integrated Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon Vega 10
- Up to 1.3 GHz
AMD Radeon Vega 8
- Up to 1.1 GHz
NoneAMD Radeon Vega 8
- Up to 1.1 GHz
Memory4 GB DDR4 memory
- upgradable to 16 GB x 2
8 GB DDR4 memory8 GB DDR4 memory4 GB DDR4 memory
Discrete Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon RX 560X
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
AMD Radeon 540
- 2 GB GDDR5 memory
AMD Radeon RX 580
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
None
Storage128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD256 GB PCIe SSD256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD256 GB SSD
WiFi802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Battery4-cell lithium-ion battery
- 48 Wh (3220 mAh x 15.2 V)
4-cell lithium-ion battery
- 48 Wh (3220 mAh x 15.2 V)
4-cell lithium-ion battery4-cell lithium-ion battery
- 48 Wh (3220 mAh x 15.2 V)
Dimensions390 mm wide
266 mm deep
26.75 mm thick
341 mm wide
236.6 mm deep
17.95 mm thick
415 mm wide
280 mm deep
34 mm thick
305.9 mm wide
213.82 mm deep
13.6 mm thick
Weight2.7 kg1.5 kg3.2 kg1.14 kg

 

Prices & Availability

Here are their prices and availability, as well as some purchase links.

Model Availability Price Purchase Links
Acer Nitro 5 (Ryzen 5 2700U) End of March 2018 TBA / US$ 749.99 Amazon | Lazada
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G End of March 2018 TBA / US$ 749.99 Amazon | Lazada
ASUS ROG Strix GL702Z Available RM 6,999 / US$ 1,479 Amazon | Lazada
Lenovo IdeaPad 720S-13ARR Available RM 3,299 / US$ 846 Amazon | Lazada

 

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