Asus’ Crazy New Gaming Range
Taiwanese company Asus is one of the biggest companies in gaming. At CES this year, it’s announced some pretty wild new toys.
Asus ROG Mothership
One of the weirdest gaming laptops(?) we’ve seen in a while, the ROG (Republic of Gamers, natch) is like a Microsoft Surface Pro, if it split its time between the gym and esports tournaments.
From a packaging perspective, the Mothership sort of makes sense. It would take some serious hardware to keep the uber-powerful Intel Core i9 and latest-generation NVIDIA GeForce 20-series GPUs cool. So, placing them in screen, rather than below the keyboard, means more air can reach the components.
The Mothership’s other specs are equally impressive: A 17.3-inch Full HD screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, up to 64GB of Ram and three 512GB solid state drives.
The Mothership will be touching down in Q2 this year, but we don’t know just how expensive it’ll be.
Asus ‘Regular’ Gaming Laptops
Along with the Mothership, Asus announced a load of more ‘traditional’ gaming laptops.
First up is the updated ROG G703. This refreshed model has an eighth-gen Intel Core i9 and a new NVIDIA 20-series GPU. It also has a 17-inch screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, plus three solid state drives (SSDs). All this hardware means the G703 is big, weighing nearly 5 kilos and standing at nearly one-and-a-half-feet wide. We’ve had no word on pricing, but it should hit the shelves in the first quarter of 2019.
At the other end of the size spectrum is the ROG Zephyrus S GX531. This slender gaming laptop is just over 15mm thick and weighs a smidge over 2 kilos. The GX531 doesn’t go light on the specs, though, with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA’s new ray-tracing RTX 2080 GPU. The GX531 also has a 15-inch Full HD screen with the speedy 144Hz refresh rate. Again, no word on pricing, but we’d expect this to be well over $1,700 when it goes on sale in Q1.
Finally, Asus announced two TUF AMD Ryzen-powered laptops. Available in 15- and 17-inch flavors, the FX505DY and FX705DY make use of AMD’s increasingly popular Intel Core alternative processors.
The 15-inch FX505DY
These laptops don’t get NVIDIA’s state of the art ray tracing 20-series GPUs, but are available with AMD’s own RX 560X graphics card, 32GB of Ram and either a 512GB SSD or a 1TB hybrid drive. Both the 15- and 17-inch models get extremely slim bezels with up to 120Hz refresh rates. Again, they’re available in Q1 2019, and will probably be cheaper than the Intel-powered alternatives.
The 17-inch FX705DY