ASUS Republic of Gamers Showcases Latest Gaming Laptops at CES 2019 – Technology News

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today introduces its latest lineup of
gaming laptops at CES® 2019, including the ROG Mothership,
ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG G703, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Strix SCAR II,
and ROG Strix Hero II. This full top-to-bottom lineup is filled with
updates that elevates your portable PC gaming experience across a
diverse family of form factors from the ultra-slim Zephyrus S to the
musclebound G703.

Meet Republic of Gamers GeForce RTX gaming laptop family

After raising the bar for desktop gaming performance and visual quality,
the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 20-series is poised to do the same
for laptops. The new Turing™ architecture is going mobile, and Republic
of Gamers has a diverse lineup to meet any gamer’s needs.

More than just vehicles for the latest GPU, ROG’s GeForce RTX lineup
showcases our commitment to enhancing every aspect of gaming laptops.
It’s filled with incredibly fast displays framed by amazingly slim
bezels, amplifying immersion to draw you deeper into your favorite
games. Advanced cooling ensures maximum performance with minimal
acoustics and lets you choose between system profiles tuned for
different scenarios. Add cutting-edge components and exclusive ROG
features, and you have the right foundation for a full family that
stands apart from the rest.

Gamers have different priorities, so our laptops follow suit. The
desktop replacement emphasizes performance over portability with a
traditional clamshell in the ROG G703. It is joined by the ultra-slim
ROG Zephyrus S GX531 that’s augmented to go beyond gaming. The ROG Strix
SCAR II and Hero II reprise their roles in the eSports arena with
portable form factors filled with competition-grade hardware.

The ROG G703 carries the torch for desktop replacement clamshells

While the just introduced ROG
represents the future, the ROG G703 takes the present
into the next generation. It is powered by 8th Generation Intel® Core™
processors with an optional factory-overclocked Intel Core i9-8950HK
processor for speeds of up to 4.8GHz. Sticking to a traditional 17”
laptop form factor requires beefier cooling and a thicker chassis to
achieve the same performance as its deep-breathing sibling. The larger
heatsinks and fans are so effective that the G703 can keep up despite
having much less room to breathe.

ROG G703 features an IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms
gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology,
allowing for super smooth gameplay even on Ultra graphics settings. G703
also features HyperDrive Extreme storage, which uses exclusive
technology to combine three NVMe™ PCI Express® (PCIe®) SSDs in RAID 0
configuration for read speeds of up to 8700MB/s — the fastest ever on a

Sticking to a familiar design imparts a different sort of versatility.
The ROG G703 can sit on your lap in a pinch, which for some will mean
the difference between making and missing a deadline, especially when on
location or on the road. Despite being rooted in tradition, the G703
still incorporates the latest technology and features to ride the
cutting edge.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 sets the standard for slimness

Putting high-end gaming components into an ultra-slim laptop is
exceedingly difficult, especially when targeting a thinner chassis than
ever before, but the Zephyrus S GX531 delivers with a remarkably compact
body that’s a testament to ROG’s engineering prowess. The slender
exterior measures nearly 15mm thin and leverages a 15.6” display with
super-narrow bezels to squeeze into a smaller footprint, so you can
easily stuff the system into bags made for laptops with much less power.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 lowers its profile without scaling back on
specifications. You get cutting-edge parts like the latest Intel Core
i7-8750H CPU, a premium 144Hz refresh rate display plus all the ROG
essentials. They are just squeezed into a slimmer package that lacks
some of the extras available in the new compact 17” ROG
Zephyrus S GX701
. That makes the smaller Zephyrus S a more focused
alternative for people who prioritize portability above everything else.

Split the difference with ROG Strix laptops for different genres

ROG Strix occupies a more mainstream middle ground between beast-like
desktop replacements and premium ultra-slim gaming laptops. The Strix
form factor melds performance and portability with distinctive designs
that stand out from the masses. At the same time, its super-narrow
bezels blend in seamlessly, making it easier to get involved in the
action on screen.

Your hands will feel right at home on the desktop-style keyboard, which
is augmented by dedicated shortcut keys for volume, mute, and Armoury
Crate. Enhanced lighting spreads an illuminated glow beyond the deck and
onto not only the ROG logo on the lid, but also a diffused strip that
runs across the front edge of the laptop. Addressable as two separate
zones, this light bar casts an Aura Sync glow into your environment and
offers a multitude of customization options.

Designed to hit the sweet spot, the latest ROG Strix gaming laptops are
available with six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processors backed by up to
32GB of RAM. They combine speedy solid-state system drives with a
terabyte of additional mechanical capacity that provides loads of space
for larger game libraries. The auxiliary hard drive can also be swapped
for a faster SSHD that caches frequently accessed data to accelerate
load times.

Set up for shooters with the ROG Strix SCAR II

Built for the FPS side of the eSports arena, the ROG Strix SCAR II comes
in 15.6” and 17.3” flavors available with the same 144Hz refresh rate
and 3ms response time. Both versions are draped in a shooter-inspired
motif that uses splashes of camouflage to create a unique aesthetic fit
for the battlefield. Highlighted WASD keys further reinforce the SCAR’s
roots and ensure that you can easily find the home row for FPS gaming.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics give the 15” SCAR II GL504GV and 17”
SCAR II GL704GV enough horsepower to drive triple-digit frame rates in
popular shooters. Serious gamers should upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070,
though; the SCAR II GL504GW and GL704GW offer this more powerful
graphics with both screen sizes, providing additional performance
headroom for competitive gaming, demanding AAA titles, and cutting-edge
VR experiences. Choose between a larger 17” display that is more
immersive and a compact 15” display that is more portable.

Made for MOBAs: meet the ROG Strix Hero II

The ROG Strix Hero II is optimized for MOBAs and ideal for gamers who
want subtler styling. Its contrasting textures and cyber-text patterns
are more restrained than the aggressive aesthetic of the SCAR II, making
the Hero II more approachable for wider audiences.

Instead of highlighting the WASD cluster, translucent key caps impart an
extra glow to the QWER row. The Hero is available exclusively with
GeForce RTX 2060 graphics that are more than up to the task of pushing
high frame rates in MOBAs and other popular games. Like with the SCAR
II, NVIDIA Optimus technology conserves power by only activating the
discrete GPU when needed, so you get longer battery life day to day and
better gaming performance on demand.

Shared DNA across the ROG Lineup

Varied form factors and specifications help the new family of ROG
GeForce RTX gaming laptops appeal to a broad range of gamers and power
users with different needs and budgets. There’s something for everyone,
whether you live for gaming or want a single system that can mix work
and play without sacrificing the experience for either one.

Gorgeous graphics go beyond the GPU

NVIDIA’s Turing architecture augments familiar CUDA cores for
programmable shading with RT cores for ray tracing and Tensor cores for
AI acceleration. These hardware resources enable developers to create
more realistic real-time effects that make lighting, shadows, and
reflections more lifelike than ever before. Even without next-gen eye
candy taking advantage of their varied cores, NVIDIA GeForce RTX™
20-series GPUs set a new standard for gaming and VR performance for
portable PCs.

While the GPU generates frames, the display is responsible for
completing the experience by putting them in front of your eyes. That’s
why we work closely with panel providers to develop screens that meet
our exacting standards and push the industry forward. All of our NVIDIA
GeForce RTX gaming laptops are available with high-refresh 144Hz panels
capable of delivering true triple-digit frame rates. Grey-to-grey
response times of just 3ms minimize ghosting and blurring to produce a
crystal-clear view that helps you see every detail when the action gets

Gaming laptops typically make the user choose between the smoother
experience of NVIDIA G-SYNC™ and the longer battery life possible with
NVIDIA’s Optimus™ tech, which intelligently deactivates the GPU to save
power as needed; you can have a machine with one or the other but not
both. However, the ROG G703 adds a unique GPU switch that lets the same
system go between G-SYNC mode for gaming and Optimus mode for better
battery life. All it takes is a few clicks and a reboot.

Hardcore horsepower that stays cool under pressure

Coffee Lake CPUs with up to six cores and 12 threads complement the
lineup’s graphics prowess with plenty general-purpose processing power.
These 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors combine the high
clocks required for maximum gaming performance with the additional cores
needed to tackle heavy multitasking and demanding workloads that go
beyond gaming. System profiles tune performance and acoustics for
different situations; Turbo mode opens the taps for maximum speed on
demand, Silent mode dials back to lower noise levels for lighter loads,
and balanced mode hits the sweet spot for serious gaming. Switching
between modes is as easy as pressing a shortcut key.

Effective cooling is critical whether you’re blasting baddies during an
epic gaming marathon or loading up the CPU with video rendering and
other intensive tasks. This is especially true for gaming notebooks with
limited internal space for heatsinks and fans. The cramped quarters
inside laptop chassis require clever engineering and attention to every
little detail. All of our NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptops employ dual 12V
fans capable of moving more air at higher RPMs than their 5V
counterparts. The housings incorporate anti-dust tunnels that catch
particles and direct them out of the back, which prevents buildup on the
heatsinks that could otherwise compromise long-term performance and

Feel right at home on desktop-style keyboards

Desktop-style keyboard layouts make our RTX series more familiar for
players who go back and forth between their battlestation at home and a
gaming laptop on the road. Separated blocks of function keys are easier
to find, and the larger spacebar provides a bigger target for your
thumb. Key presses fire faster thanks to Overstroke technology, which
actuates earlier in the travel for a quicker response while also
extending the post-actuation distance to improve typing feel.
Anti-ghosting tech ensures that each press registers precisely, even if
you’re mashing multiple keys at once.

RGB backlighting enhances the keyboard’s visibility and provides the
freedom to choose your own colors and effects. Per-key lighting control
is available on some models, as are separate zones that illuminate other

It’s the supporting cast that makes a difference

DDR4 system memory is standard equipment across the board, and all
models can be configured with wicked-fast NVMe SSDs. Intel Gigabit WiFi
is also integrated from top to bottom, enabling greater-than-gigabit
speeds with compatible 802.11ac Wave 2 routers like the ROG Rapture
GT-AC5300. ROG RangeBoost technology uses pairs of antennas to improve
signal strength and extend range. WiFi antennas work best in a specific
orientation, so we carefully position multiple antennas to cover each
other’s dead spots. RangeBoost constantly scans your surroundings and
intelligently shifts between antennas to sustain the strongest signal.

Smart amplification closely monitors the speakers to prevent them from
exceeding temperature and excursion thresholds. Users can crank the
volume without damaging the cones and enjoy louder output with less
distortion. Headsets plug in via standard 3.5-mm audio jacks or a
selection of USB ports in Type-A and reversible Type-C flavors. Our
Sonic Studio III software simulates surround sound for stereo devices,
and you can apply it and other effects to a wide range of devices that
includes headphones, speakers, USB DACs, and VR headsets.

ROG Armoury Crate software unifies system tuning and lighting control in
a single powerful utility. It includes four game profiles that load
preferred settings automatically when specific applications launch,
instantly adapting your system to the title or task at hand. Link your
laptop to Armoury Crate on a mobile device to put monitoring and control
on a separate screen that you can keep an eye on without interrupting




Republic of Gamers new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series based gaming
notebooks will start selling in the coming months. Check with your local
ROG representative for details about availability, configurations, and
pricing in your region. For further product details and additional
images of the new ROG notebooks, read the article
at Republic of Gamers

ASUS at CES 2019: If you’re interested in seeing any
products or taking a tour of the ASUS and ROG showrooms at CES, please
reach out to the press contacts listed below.


To access all ASUS and ROG CES press releases and collateral, please

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the
world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a
complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality,
including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors,
audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and
sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to
set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the
preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more
about the choice of champions at

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