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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Gaming Laptop Preview

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 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 ASUS ROG Zephyrus M Gaming Laptop Revealed!

April 3, 2018 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that its latest gaming system – the ROG Zephyrus M (GM501) gaming laptop. They also announced the refreshed ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI), ROG G703, ROG Strix SCAR Edition, and ROG Strix Hero Edition gaming laptops – all powered by the new 8th Generation Intel Core processors.

 

ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)

ROG Zephyrus M is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Max-P) graphics. It is also the first such laptop to feature an IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and ultra-responsive 3 ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time.

The patented ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) and 12-volt anti-dust fans ensure its high-performance CPU and GPU stay cool during marathon gaming sessions. The ROG Zephyrus M also features exclusive software that allows users to switch GPU modes according to the task at hand.

 

2018 Refreshed ROG Gaming Laptops

ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI)

ROG Zephyrus is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics. The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultraslim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system that also includes Anti-Dust Cooling and Fan Overboost technologies. It has an IPS-level panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time, 100% sRGB color gamut and
NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

ROG G703

ROG G703 is powered by a factory-overclocked 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics for unrivaled gaming prowess. It has a 17.3-inch FHD IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms GTG response time, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, and anti-glare coating. Its HyperDrive Extreme storage uses RAID 0 SSDs to achieve speeds of up to 8700 MB/s.

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ROG Strix GL703 SCAR Edition

ROG Strix SCAR Edition is powered by up to the latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics, and features an IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

Strix SCAR Edition also has a desktop-style keyboard with Aura Sync, N-key rollover, and fast-actuating keys. It features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that expels harmful dust particles and dirt from the system to improve stability and durability. 

ROG Strix GL503 Hero Edition

ROG Strix Hero Edition is powered by up to the latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics, and features a 120 Hz display with wide-view technology and a 130% sRGB color gamut.

Strix SCAR Edition also has a desktop-style keyboard with Aura Sync, N-key rollover, and a 20-million-key-press lifespan. It features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that expels harmful dust particles and dirt from the system to improve stability and durability.

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