ASUS unleashes full range of gaming laptops powered by Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) recently unveiled its 8th Generation Intel Core processor refresh for its entire gaming laptop lineup featuring quad and hexa-core processors paired with 120Hz and 144Hz displays across the entire range.
The 8th Generation Core i5-8300H now features eight threads, compared to its 7th Generation i5-7300HQ which did not feature Intel's Hyper-Threading. The 8th Generation Core i7 processor, meanwhile, gets its core count boosted to six cores and thread count to 12 for a performance boost of over 23%, in the form of the i7-8850H. Lastly, a new Core i9-8950HK mobile processor was also announced with a staggering 4.8GHz single-core boost speed and 12MB of L3 cache for those who want unlimited mobile power in their devices. The Core i9-8950HK is featured inside the new Chimera G703 in Intel’s worldwide launch.
In terms of product range, ASUS announced a new ROG Zephyrus M laptop alongside the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX series. The Chimera G703, Zephyrus GX501, and the Strix GL503/GL703 gain performance upgrades in terms of compute power, display output, ROG gaming software, and Aura Sync Compatibilities.
ASUS ROG Chimera G703
The new ROG Chimera G703 features the same most-loved bio-armor design with quad-vents as originally launched in 2017, but now comes with more cores and more compute power. The G703 can be configured with up to a Core i9-8950HK processor, 64GB RAM, a 2TB HDD coupled with 512GB of PCIEx4 NVMe SSD, and a discrete NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 with 8GB DDR5X RAM.
Furthermore, the G703 is still the world’s first gaming laptop to feature 144Hz refresh rate, paired with a 100% sRGB IPS Panel and G-Sync. On the keyboard side, each backlit-key now features ASUS RGB Aura Sync so you can sync it with other products from the company that are compatible with the Aura SDK. Other upgrades include a new 12V fan for higher fan speed and 45% better airflow, matched with thicker fins for better air flow resistance.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus
Proven since last year, the ROG Zephyrus is a revolutionary gaming laptop born from ROG’s persistent dedication to innovation. Despite being thinner than all previous ROG laptops, it has the hardware to rival high-end gaming desktops.
The new ROG Zephyrus GX501 is still the world’s thinnest gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1080 and more. Featuring the ROG Aerodynamic Active System (AAS), the GX501 is able to maintain the power of Intel’s most powerful CPUs and a discrete GeForce GTX 1080 under great temperatures. This year, ROG takes the GX501 a step further by harnessing the power of Intel’s hexa-core Core i7-8850H, and upgrading the display to an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate IPS panel with G-Sync. It’s the world’s most powerful ultrabook. New to the GX501 this year is the AURA Sync capability and a 1TB PCIEx4 NVME SSD option.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M
Building from the success of the GX501, the new Zephyrus M GM501 series is differentiated in several key aspects including the centrally placed RGB Keyboard with Aura Sync, 3x better battery life, and a new Optimus mode which allows the GPU to be switched off manually to increase usage further when not gaming. Featuring the ROG Exclusive Active Aerodynamic system, ROG infused liquid crystal polymers to increase the fan size by 33%, airflow by 15%, and the fan blades to 71. This is further boosted by the Hyper Cool design with Duo-Copper Thermal solution, 12 volt fan, and Anti-Dust Thermal tunnels for maximum cooling efficiency. With this improved thermal design, the Zephyrus M is now able to fit in a full-powered GeForce GTX 1070P inside its ultrathin chassis.
The Zephyrus can be configured with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8850 hexa-core processor, 2TB HDD, and 512GB PCIEx4 NVMe SSD, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and a 144Hz IPS Panel with G-Sync. The I/O ports are complete with HDMI 2.0, USB Type C with Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 Type A ports, and the usual headphone/microphone jack.
ASUS ROG Strix Series
The GL503 Series is as packed as ever! With new Intel Core i7-8850H hexa-core processor, up to 32GB RAM, 2TB of HDD, and 512GB PCIEx4 NVMe SSD, paired with up to a GeForce GTX 1070, the GL503 is your best weapon to dominate the battlefield. The new Hero Edition now features 130% sRGB IPS display paired with 120Hz refresh rate while the new Scar Edition upgrades its response time to a 100% sRGB screen with super-fast 5ms response time for the most demanding FPS games. The GeForce GTX 1060 and GeForce GTX 1070 variants, on the other hand can be upgraded to a 144Hz screen so that gamers can maximize the power of their GPU.
The Strix GL series also features the new 12V fan with Anti-Dust Thermal tunnels for maximum cooling and efficiency paired with an upgraded version of the ROG Gaming Centre for the ultimate control. Gamers may now choose the new Silent Mode to keep the fans at minimum for sessions that don’t require intensive cooling. An exclusive easy upgrade D-door is still available on all Strix GL series for future upgradeability to fulfill all the end user’s requirements.
ASUS TUF Gaming Series
New in ASUS’s line of gaming laptops is the ASUS TUF Gaming Series FX504 which takes the FX series to a whole new level of gaming. Featuring an all new design inspired by stealth crafts and sharp edges, the FX504 is an all-metal body with red accents around the frame to keep that signature gaming look. The FHD IPS display is mated to a 120Hz IPS screen, now a standard in all ASUS ROG gaming laptops. Underneath, the exclusive ASUS V-cut design also ensures maximum airflow at the rear part of the chassis. Like the GL Strix Series, the FX504 TUF Gaming laptops also feature Anti-Dust Thermal tunnels and Dual 12 Volt fans to ensure all dust and dirt go through the tunnel and not remain inside the laptop, ensuring maximum life span and performance.
The TUF FX504 also features the new Silent Model for gaming which can be controlled by a single hotkey to boost your fans or keep in silent when not needed. The reinforced keyboard is backed by a RED Backlight, an ergonomic design and an intense testing process to achieve up to 20 million key-presses throughout its lifetime. The TUF FX504 can be configured with an 8th generation Intel I5-8300H or Intel Core i7-8850H, paired with up to 32GB RAM, 2TB HDD or 512GB PCIEx4 NVMe SSD, and up to GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB DDR5.
The new products will hit shelves on April 17 2018 and you may get them through ASUS and ROG Concept Stores nationwide, partner ROG reseller strongholds or ASUS’s and ROG’s newly announced Online Concept Stores via Lazada.com.
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