ASUS has announced at CES a new range of laptops from the Republic of Gamers range, equipped with the latest components from Intel, AMD and NVIDIA. We are talking about traditional gaming computers, experimental laptops and even 2-in-1 computers that try to innovate by attaching an external graphics card. Among the most interesting models are ASUS ROG Zephyrs Duo 15 SE, ROG Flow X13, Zephyrus G14 and G15, as well as TUF and Strix variants.
Flow X13: a laptop that can use an external RTX 3080 GPU
Probably the most interesting of all is the ASUS ROG Flow X13, a 2-in-1 computer with a 13 ”screen and a weight of 1.3 kg that is suitable for both gaming and mobile productivity. It is based on an AMD Ryzen 7 or 9 5000 series processor, some of the most powerful announced by AMD and with a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chip from NVIDIA. Even if it doesn’t seem too powerful in terms of gaming performance, this model has an ace up its sleeve: a proprietary port called XGM.
XGM (XG Mobile) is a new standard from ASUS, which allows the attachment of an external hub that even includes a dedicated graphics card, via a PCI Express 3.0 x8 connection. The XG Mobile device can be purchased separately and integrates an RTX 3070 graphics chip with 8 GB of memory or RTX 3080 with 16 GB of dedicated memory, along with a 280W source and several USB ports, RJ-45, card reader and HDMI jacks and DisplayPort. Thus, you can use your laptop normally for productivity, or tablet for content consumption and you can turn it into a high-end gaming PC by connecting to this dock.
The 13 ”screen on 16:10 format comes in variants with 4k or Full HD resolution at 120 Hz with GSYNC. The two components of the package are sold separately, but each item is quite expensive. The total cost for laptop + dock can reach around $ 3,000.
Zephyrus Duo 15 SE: are two screens better than one?
The Zephyrus Duo 15 SE model is just a hardware upgrade of the laptop launched last year, so we don’t have much news except at the level of specifications. Next, the laptop integrates a ROG Screenpad Plus above the keyboard, and the small trackpad, positioned on the right, will confuse many users.
However, it will be significantly more powerful, being equipped with Ryzen 5000 processors, such as the Ryzen 9 5900HX model, GeForce RTX 30 to 3080 graphics chips, up to 2 TB and 32 GB of memory. The 15 ”screen can be configured with 4K panel at 120 Hz or Full HD at 300 Hz, and the secondary screen can be 4K or Full HD, at only 60 Hz. The price will be around US $ 2,900, so it will probably be one of the most expensive gaming laptops on the market.
ROG Zephyrus G14 and G15: high-performance portable models
In the more “mid-range” range we have two interesting models, with more average specifications, which can go up quite a bit to “high-end”. We are talking about the Zephyrus G14, again a hardware overhaul, this time equipped with a 14 ”Full HD screen at 144 Hz or QHD at 120 Hz, with 100% compatibility with the DCI-P3 color standard.
The G15 will benefit from a 165 Hz QHD display option, but in terms of specifications, both will be able to integrate Ryzen 5000 processors such as Ryzen 9 5900HS, RTX 30 graphics chips and come again without integrated webcams. The price for the basic G14 model will start at just over $ 1,000.
ROG Strix SCAR G15 / 17: the best screens
The ROG Strix models are the ones that replace the old ROG laptop models from before Zephyrus and popularize the concept of more portable gaming computers. They have thicker chassis and stronger components, but are not extremely difficult to carry.
The ROG Strix SCAR 17 model is also the one that can be configured with a Full HD screen at 360 Hz, one of the fastest on the market. Of course, there will also be options with 300 Hz, or QHD at 165 Hz, for those who prefer higher resolutions.
The processors will also be AMD Ryzen 5000, with the Ryzen 9 5900HX model in the top version, RTX 3060, 3070 or 30080 GPU, memory up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 and 1 TB SSDs in Raid0. These models also use an opto-mechanical keyboard, and offer compatibility with the ROG Keystone II, which keeps the user’s profile on a proprietary drive that can be attached to any other similar laptop for quick setup.
All these models will be launched in the first quarter of 2021 in certain regions, but we do not know exactly what the official prices will be for Romania and when they will reach local stores.
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