Monday, May 27th 2019

ASUS Debuts Numerous Laptops at Computex 2019, Including AMD Powered Systems

While its honestly staggering see how many products ASUS had on display at Computex this year, I think the number of laptops might take the cake. They had just about everyone imaginable on hand except a kitchen sink. The ROG lineup was represented by the Zephyrus M GU502, Zephyrus S GX502, Zephyrus G GA502, Strix Hero III, Strix SCAR III, and last but not least the Mothership. Meanwhile, the TUF Gaming brand demoed the FX705DU and FX505DU. More surprising is the fact AMD's Ryzen 3750H makes an appearance not only in the TUF Gaming laptops but in the Zephyrus series as well bringing a bit more selection to the once Intel dominated mobile market.

Taking a closer look at the Republic of Gamers lineup and our attention is immediately drawn to the ROG Mothership which due to its design is the most unique laptop on display here. Featuring a detachable keyboard with RGB lighting, eight heat pipes, liquid metal cooling, 4K G-SYNC display, Intel i9-8950H CPU overclocked, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, and NVMe SSDs, it stands out from the crowd. Gone is the traditional clamshell if you so choose without sacrificing performance. It definitely proves to be an eye-catching product.
Looking at the Zephyrus lineup, ASUS had three models available with the first one we looked at being M GU502 which of course sports an Intel 9th generation processor alongside an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. To go with that, they included a Pantone validated 240 Hz, 3 ms display and Hi-Res ESS Sabrre DAC. ASUS AURA sync makes an appearance as well with per-key RGB illumination. Next was the Zephyrus S GX502 which features an upgrade to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. Both units are very similar featuring a Magnesium-alloy chassis that is only 18.9 mm thick. Both are also limited to the same 1 TB of RAID 0 SSD goodness and 32 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory. Battery life is listed as being up to 8 hours.
The Zephyrus G GA502 is where things get a bit different. Rather than using an Intel processor it instead comes equipped with an AMD's Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. The chassis is a bit different being 20 mm thick, but I don't think anyone will swear it off being just tad thicker than the other models. Storage is handled by an NVMe SSD up to 512 GB in size. Meanwhile, the 2400 MHz DDR4 memory can be configured up to 32 GB. Like its Intel counterparts battery life is listed as being up to 8 hours.
Continuing down the list of Republic of Gamers products leads us to the Strix Hero III and SCAR III. Both units prominently feature RGB accent lighting and come equipped with Intel 9th gen processors and GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs. 240 Hz displays and features like Keystone, which unlocks shadow drive storage, game-specific profiles, and subtle accent lighting is also available on both units. Overall the units are highly similar but no less potent.
Moving on we finally get to the TUF Gaming system of which ASUS had the FX705DU and FX505DU on display. Both units feature an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU which means its quite similar to the Zephyrus G GA502. However, it sports the "TUF" moniker meaning it passed the MIL-STD-810G test. When it comes to the display, it is a 144 Hz panel NanoEdge IPS level offering delivering 100% of the sRGB color gamut. When it comes to the keyboard, it is RGB backlit as you might have guessed.
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10 Comments on ASUS Debuts Numerous Laptops at Computex 2019, Including AMD Powered Systems

#2
biffzinker
cynic01, post: 4055503, member: 186417"
RTX 1660Ti?
Well that's not going to be confusing at all with desktop card.
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#4
Vayra86
I gotta say, its nice to see Asus experiment with this a bit, some pretty cool ideas. Now, refinement...
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#5
GloryToYou
Now they just need to design a laptop I wouldn't be embarrassed to take out in public. The Zephyrus G GA502 posted here is pretty close, with the exception of the big ROG logo on the lid.

Seriously laptop makers. Less blingy shit. I need my laptop to be usable as a work machine without getting strange looks. There is a reason why I have an XPS15 right now. It was the best I could do while avoiding shiny nonsense.
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#6
jabbadap
Glad to finally see Ryzen+nvidia dgpu laptops. The more competition we have it is always better. I have no doubt Navi will have sku/s to laptop space too.

crazyeyesreaper, post: 4055541, member: 68032"
Typo its been fixed
You did that typo twice ;)
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#7
yakk
GloryToYou, post: 4055785, member: 184404"
Now they just need to design a laptop I wouldn't be embarrassed to take out in public. The Zephyrus G GA502 posted here is pretty close, with the exception of the big ROG logo on the lid.

Seriously laptop makers. Less blingy shit. I need my laptop to be usable as a work machine without getting strange looks. There is a reason why I have an XPS15 right now. It was the best I could do while avoiding shiny nonsense.
Same issue here... those bling laptops would meet spec, but can't have staff seen with RGB gaming looking laptops at clients and boardroom meetings.

So... they get lesser select Dells or Lenovos, depending on the contract award cycle...
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#8
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
jabbadap, post: 4055925, member: 148195"
Glad to finally see Ryzen+nvidia dgpu laptops. The more competition we have it is always better. I have no doubt Navi will have sku/s to laptop space too.



You did that typo twice ;)
Yeah it didn't save properly the first time hurray for crappy internet. Finally had enough, using my phone as a mobile hotspot and am burning through my data since its faster and more reliable than my actual internet connection (note to readers don't live in the country side unless your okay with crap internet)
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jabbadap
crazyeyesreaper, post: 4056063, member: 68032"
Yeah it didn't save properly the first time hurray for crappy internet. Finally had enough, using my phone as a mobile hotspot and am burning through my data since its faster and more reliable than my actual internet connection (note to readers don't live in the country side unless your okay with crap internet)
Heh, funny. I actually have faster net here in country side than any Finnish town, just because there is more room on 4G(LTE) in the country side. So it's vice a versa for me I guess.

I could actually buy fiber connection, but haven't really feel the need for one. Unlimited 4G has been more than plenty on my needs.
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crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
jabbadap, post: 4056087, member: 148195"
Heh, funny. I actually have faster net here in country side than any Finnish town, just because there is more room on 4G(LTE) in the country side. So it's vice a versa for me I guess.

I could actually buy fiber connection, but haven't really feel the need for one. Unlimited 4G has been more than plenty on my needs.
Yeah local cable provider here sucks they ran fiber from both ends of the road but in the middle theres a 3000 ft section with nothing. Instead they bypassed that small section with a service line but no customer lines. They want $7000 to setup a connection which is 1000 ft away.

The DSL i have is $45 for 7 mbps / 1 mbps but all i typically get is 3.5-4 / 1 but since its raining today I am averaging about 1.5-2 mbps down 1 up with regular outages.

Compare that to my 4G LTE at 12 mbps down / up. but ive only got about 2GB of data left on my plan to go another 20 days so back to shitty net access.
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