Asus has unveiled a new range of gaming laptops under its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) division. All of these laptops have been upgraded with the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors. These consist of “ROG Zephyrus M (GX501GI)”, “ROG G703”, “ROG Strix SCAR Edition”, “ROG Strix Hero Edition” and “ROG Strix GL503” laptops. Asus has even launched the “ROG Strix GL12” and “ROG Huracan (G21)” desktops along with the other products. All of these gaming platform feature Asus’ Aura Sync technology which lets gamers customise and sync RGB lightings across supported peripherals.
Asus ROG gaming laptops and desktop: Pricing and Availability
All of these new gaming devices are going to go on sale in India in the second quarter of this year. They will be available for purchase via online channels as well as Asus Exclusive Stores in the country. The company has not yet revealed the exact pricing of these devices for the Indian market, but based on international pricing, we can assume the pricing of these products to cost roughly in the Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 3,00,000 price range.
Asus ROG gaming laptops: Specifications and Features
Asus ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)
The new ROG Zephyrus M will come in a few different configurations at different price points. The highest configuration will consist of an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz dual-channel memory. There will be one variant with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and another with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. This will even come with 256GB of M.2 NVMe storage along with an additional 1TB of SSHD storage.
This laptop offers a full HD resolution (1980 x 1080) G-Sync display that measures 15.6-inches and features 144Hz refresh rate with a 3 ms response time. The laptop features Asus’s cutting-edge ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) technology that promises to “creates 20% more space for air circulation, increases airflow by up to 32%, and reduces internal temperatures by up to 20%.”
Asus claims the ROG Zephyrus M to be the world’s first laptop with switchable GPU modes which allows gamers to switch between a power-saving or G-Sync mode. The Optimus power saving mode will utilise the integrated GPU for most operations and will only switch on dedicated graphics when it absolutely needs it. The G-Sync mode will allow the gamer to make the most of the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 by matching the display’s refresh rate to that of the GPU. This will result in a smooth gaming experience with reduced input lag and less stuttering and will even eliminate tearing.
Asus ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI)
Asus calls the ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI) the “world’s slimmest gaming laptop with gaming desktop-like performance”. It features a blade-like design that tapers from 17.9mm to 16.9mm at its thinnest point. This will also feature the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750 HQ like the previously mentioned laptop, but this time it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) GPU.
Most of the other specifications are pretty much the same with its15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level display with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time and NVIDIA G-Sync technology. For RAM you can opt for up to 24GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM and combine it with up to 1TB of m.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. This laptop also has the same ROG AAS cooling system
as the ROG Zephyrus M (GM501), which flexes a portion of the bottom of the chassis to increase airflow volume by 20%
Asus ROG G703
Asus has equipped the ROG G703 with a factory-overclocked 8th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU along with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTC 1080 graphics. This beastly processor has been overclocked to reached speeds up to 4.8 GHz which is 11% more than its base speed. The GPU has also been factory-overclocked to reach 1974MHz speeds. The ROG G703 comes with a 17.3-inch panel that features 144Hz refresh rate along with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and 3MS of GTG response time.
There will be a slightly lower specced version of this laptop with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and a GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. You can configure these laptops with up to 64GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM and 3 M.2 NVMe SSDs. For bulk storage, you can also have either 1TB or 2TB of 2.5” SATA 5400-rpm SSHD installed.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR Edition
The Asus ROG Strix SCAR Edition gaming laptop is being marketed as a platform to give gamers a competitive edge in first-person shooter (FPS) esports titles such as Counter-striker, Overwatch and Team Fortress 2. It will come with either an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H or i5-8300H. These will offer 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) displays that will offer either 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rates along with support for Nvidia G-Sync technology. This laptop has a desktop-style keyboard that’s optimised for gaming. For cooling, this laptop features 12-volt fans to boost airflow, along with patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that prevents dust buildup on the internal heatsink fins.
Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition
The latest Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition is supposed to give gamers a competitive edge in Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games as well as RTRS and RPG titles.It comes with a 15.6-inch FHD TN panel that can reproduce 94% of the NTSC colour gamut. It features 120Hz refresh rate with 3ms of GTG response time. This laptop will be powered by either an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H or i5-8300H CPU along with a GTX 1050Ti GPU. It will also feature a similar ADC system like the ROG Strix SCAR Edition.
Asus ROG gaming desktops: Specifications and Features
Asus has unveiled the ROG Huracan pre-assembled desktop that features a foldable, magnetically-secured side panel to improve the airflow within the system. This gaming machine will be powered by either an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8400 or i5-8400. You can pair this with either an Nvidia GTX 10606, 1070 or 1080. It features a hot-swap 2.5-inch SSD bay that can be used to easily instal or replace a hard drive in seconds.
Asus ROG Strix GL12
The ROG Strix GL12 is another Desktop powered by 8th Gen Intel Core Processors and will come paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. This will also feature a hot-swap bay for easy installation an replacement of 2.5-inch SSDs.