ASUS-owned Republic of Gamers has unveiled the ROG Flow X13 Convertible Gaming Laptop with the ROG XG Mobile Portable External Module, featuring a powerful gaming graphics card and a wide range of interfaces. The module increases the performance of the laptop expands its capabilities.
ROG Flow X13 features an AMD Ryzen processor (9 5980HS, 9 5900HS or 7 5800HS), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM, 13.3 ” IPS touch screen (3840 × 2400 or 1920 × 1200 pixels) with protection Gorilla glass, HD camera, 16 or 32 GB RAM, 512 GB or 1 TB solid state drive, Dolby Atmos Hi-Res Audio certified stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6 modules, Bluetooth 5.1, three USB ports, HDMI port , ROG XG Mobile port and 62Wh battery with 100W power adapter. Its dimensions are 299 × 222 × 15.8 mm, weight 1.3 kg.
The ROG XG Mobile plug-in has an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card with 16 GB GDDR6 video memory, four USB ports, an HDMI port, a memory card slot, an RJ-45 connector for wired internet and a built-in 280 W power adapter. Its dimensions
208 x 155 x 29.6 mm.
The laptop display is capable of 360 ° opening, allowing the Flow X13 to be used as a tablet or presentation device. The Flow X13 is available in two display versions, with the first giving priority to refresh rate (120Hz) and the second giving priority to high resolution (4K). In both cases, the aspect ratio of the screen is 16:10.
The laptop is housed in a 15.8 mm case. The built-in battery provides up to 10 hours of battery life, and the battery can be recharged from the USB Type-C adapter. For convenience, the laptop has an authorization function in the system using a fingerprint scanner, like smartphones.
Despite the compact size of the ROG XG Mobile plug-in, it houses a powerful GeForce RTX 3080 gaming graphics card that connects to a laptop via PCIe 3.0 × 8, which is faster than Thunderbolt 4. The XG Mobile plug-in supports USB 3.2 Gen2, which allows it to be used as a docking station, and the built-in 280 W power adapter serves to power both the external module itself and the laptop. The screen hinge allows the Flow X13 to open up to 360 °, expanding its capabilities.
The classic laptop mode is ideal for gaming and multitasking. With its 360 ° display, the Flow X13 turns into a tablet for web browsing and graphic content, while compatibility with the active ASUS Pen lets you sketch or hand-write directly on the screen. Corning Gorilla glass protects your touchscreen from scratches and damage.
The pivoting display mount also allows the Flow X13 to be hinged up on a table like a tent. In this mode, the screen is facing the user, and the device itself takes up less space on the table. In this position, there are no obstacles to the movement of air flows created by the fans, and the operating temperature of the device is significantly reduced – the difference is up to 8 degrees.
The ROG XG Mobile Plug-in is a solution that brings the graphics performance of a gaming desktop into a portable notebook form factor.
The weight of this module is 1 kg, and the size is 155 × 208 × 29 mm. Inside is a GeForce RTX 3080 gaming video card, in ROG Boost mode reaching a clock frequency of 1810 MHz with a power consumption of 150 watts. The video card is made on the NVIDIA Ampere microarchitecture with improved functional blocks, including second generation RT cores and third generation tensor cores, and supports anti-aliasing technology with NVIDIA DLSS deep learning algorithms.
To maintain the performance of the GPU, the XG Mobile has a cooling system that includes a vapor chamber. The XG Mobile module connects directly to the processor using a PCIe 3.0 × 8 interface. The connector used for the transfer of graphics data has a bandwidth of 63 Gb / s. The external module also provides support for the USB 3.2 Gen2 interface for data transfer at speeds up to 10 Gb / s. XG Mobile can be used as a docking station. It offers four Type-A connectors with USB 3.2 Gen1 interface, a full-size SD card slot and a Gigabit Ethernet port. DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0a outputs allow you to connect additional monitors to the external module.
The built-in 280W power supply supplies power to both the XG Mobile and the connected Flow X13 laptop. There is no need to use a separate laptop power adapter, just power the XG Mobile module.
The Flow X13 uses new AMD Ryzen processors. The letters HS in their designation stand for belonging to the family of high-performance processors for ultra-thin laptops. These processors have a 35 W thermal package, which can increase to 54 W if the power and cooling subsystems allow it. The dedicated ROG Flow X13 Supernova Edition laptop features the flagship Ryzen 9 5980HS processor capable of up to 4.8GHz on a single core.
The Flow X13 is equipped with LPDDR4X-4266 memory modules, which consume 50% less power than DDR4 modules and take up 46% less motherboard space.
The laptop houses a discrete GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with a clock speed of up to 1255 MHz with a power consumption of 35 W in Turbo mode (with ROG Boost technology). Dynamic Boost technology allows you to add an additional 5W to its thermal bag for increased performance.
The laptop is offered with two display versions:
- high-speed with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and support for Full HD resolution for dynamic games
4K Ultra-HD version with high pixel density for creative CGI work
Adaptive-Sync technology, which synchronizes the screen refresh rate with the frame rate of the GPU, eliminates screen tearing and reduces display lag. Both display options are color-calibrated at the factory with Pantone Validated certification.
ROG Flow X13’s cooling system is designed to deliver powerful hardware performance in an ultra-compact design.
The liquid metal thermal interface facilitates the transfer of thermal energy from the processor to the heat pipes. The operating temperature difference between a processor with a liquid metal thermal interface and regular thermal paste is up to 10 ° C. Two heat pipes are used to remove heat from the CPU, GPU, and the power subsystem. The cooling system includes three massive radiators with a total dissipation area of 44,230 mm². The laptop uses self-cleaning technology: dust and contaminants do not accumulate on the radiators, but are removed from the case through specially designed tunnels located next to the fans.
The battery provides up to 10 hours of battery life in video playback mode. The battery can be recharged via the Type-C connector using a power adapter or portable battery.
The 100W Type-C power adapter that comes with the Flow X13 is much smaller than the usual external adapters for gaming laptops. Its size is 75 × 75 × 28.8 mm, and its weight is 300 g. With fast charging technology, you can power the laptop battery from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Flow X13 audio system is equipped with smart amp and Dolby Atmos technology for distortion-free, immersive surround sound. Noise canceling technology improves both outgoing and incoming audio signals for voice communication. In audio settings, you can set noise filtering only for certain applications (for example, voice communication programs, so as not to affect in-game sounds). Noise cancellation uses the computing power of the CPU, not the video card, so it has no effect on gaming performance.
The Flow X13’s keyboard takes up almost the entire width of the case. The ErgoLift swivel mount automatically lifts the keyboard at a slight angle. The key travel is 1.7 mm, its surface is curved, the technology of independent processing of each press is supported, and the backlight allows you to use the laptop even in the dark.
The Flow X13 is ready to offer a suite of interfaces including a Type-C port with support for USB 3.2 Gen2 and Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4 technologies. The presence of an HDMI 2.0 port allows you to connect an additional monitor to your laptop. A Type-A USB 3.2 Gen2 port is provided for connecting a gaming mouse or gamepad, and a standard 3.5mm audio jack is provided for a headset or headphones. The XG Mobile plug-in also has a set of connectors for connecting different devices, acting as a docking station. It has its own Type-C connector with USB 3.2 Gen2 interface.
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