ASUS has completely overhauled its ROG gaming laptop lineup with the latest 9th Generation chips from Intel and latest GPUs from NVIDIA. Some of the new models are also available with AMD Ryzen CPUs. In addition to refreshing its popular ROG Zephyrus and G703 series, ASUS has rolled out two all-new Strix III series gaming laptops.
ROG Zephyrus S and Zephyrus M Laptops Get New Components, Improved Build
The ASUS ROG G703 desktop replacement is claimed to have the same cooling performance as the all-in-one ROG Mothership. It packs a 17.3-inch 144 Hz refresh rate display with G-Sync support, an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, and overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 graphics. Gamers will also appreciate the brilliant ASUS Aura Sync RGB keyboard with 2.5mm key travel and per-key customization. The ROG G703 is now on sale in the US for $2,999 (INR 2,09,500 approx.).
ASUS’ top-of-the-line Zephyrus S and mid-range Zephyrus M gaming notebooks have been updated with a magnesium alloy build, which not just looks more premium than before but is also sturdier. Both the notebooks are available with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor and up to 32GB DDR4 memory. The Zephyrus S (GX701) comes with a 17.3-inch 144 Hz HDR display with Full HD resolution. It is now on sale for a starting price of $2,099 (INR 1,46,600 approx.) for the base configuration with an RTX 2060 GPU. The top-end variant is available with NVIDIA RTX 2080/Pro graphics.
Zephyrus S GX531 offers a 15.6-inch display with super-narrow bezels, making it more compact and slimmer than conventional 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. Despite the more compact size, it still offers the same GeForce RTX 2080 as the bigger GX701. One of its other key highlights is a 240Hz panel. For those looking for a more affordable option, ASUS is offering the Zephyrus S GX502 with the same 240Hz/3ms panel offering G-Sync support and up to a GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Augmented AAS cooling. There is also the Zephyrus M GU502 with the same 240Hz PANTONE validated display panel and claimed 8 hours of battery life. Unlike the more expensive models, however, the GU502 is only available with up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
The Zephyrus G is available with up to a 120Hz 15.6-inch display and runs on an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU, clubbed with up to 32GB DDR4-2400MHz RAM and a 512GB SSD. As for graphics, the Zephyrus G has NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB GDDR6 memory.
New Strix III and Strix G Models Unveiled
The new Strix SCAR III and Hero III models have been designed in collaboration with BMW Designworks Group on the Face Off concept. Both models come with a new ROG Keystone NFC-enabled device that acts as a physical key and can be neatly docked in the chassis. When docked, ROG Keystone will let users change system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles. Additionally, it can be used to gain access to secret encrypted storage.
Aimed at esports gaming, the SCAR III and Hero III feature a 144 Hz refresh rate display as standard. Users can opt for a 240 Hz panel for an even smoother gaming experience. Both models come with up to a Core i9-9880H CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU, ROG Aura Sync keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, and a light bar.
ASUS has also announced the addition of a more affordable model to the Strix series, dubbed Strix G. The new model does not feature the same ROG Keystone or lightbar as the more expensive models but still packs quite a punch in terms of performance. It will be available with up to a six-core Intel Core i7-9750H CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics. While pricing has not been announced, ASUS has confirmed that the new Strix III gaming laptops will be available for purchase before the end of the second quarter. The Strix G, on the other hand, is now available for $999 (INR 69,800 approx.). In India, the new Strix models are expected to arrive in July.