At CES this year, ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) have unveiled their first new models of 2022 offering updates across their STRIX, Zephyrus, TUF and even a new ROG Flow convertible.
ASUS is looking at 2022 as a year of gamers with the new ROG range offering 12th Gen Intel Core processors, AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptop GPUs, and AMD Radeon RX 6000S Series graphics
ASUS has announced some big updates covering all ROG Laptops, with both Intel and AMD models equipped with DDR5 memory, a big boost which ASUS says sees an up to 50% improvement over DDR4. ROG Laptops will also come with both Thunderbolt 4 and Wifi 6e and Dual PCIe 4.0 SSD.
There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get to it.
ROG Strix G and Strix SCAR
Starting off, the ROG Strix and ROG Strix SCAR models are for gaming enthusiasts, with the Strix SCAR specifically designed for esports enthusiasts. The Strix range will come standard with a 90Wh battery and 100W USB-C charging, as well as WiFi 6E and 2.5G LAN for excellent connectivity.
The Strix SCAR will come in two models, 15-inch and 17-inch, both of which support Dolby Vision HDR, as well as Adaptive-Sync. The 15-inch model offers an IPS display in three options: QHD 240 Hz, Full HD 300 Hz, or QHD 165 Hz. The 17-inch SCAR on the other hand offers two options: QHD 240 Hz or Full HD 360 Hz.
Powering the Strix SCAR 15 and 17 are up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU with 16GB DDR6 memory. You’ll be able to get up to 64GB DDR5 RAM and up to a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD.
The new Strix G series will also come in 15 and 17 inch models with the G15 display coming in either Full HD 300 Hz or QHD 165 Hz, while the G17 will offer Full HD 360 Hz or QHD 240 Hz – with both models offering 3ms response and Adaptive Sync.
All four Strix models include a quad-speaker design and Dolby Atmos spatial sound, making for crystal-clear audio.
ROG Zephyrus G14, G15, and M16
ASUS has also refreshed their popular Zephyrus line of laptops with updates to the G14, G15 and M16 and launched the new Zephyrus DUO 16 with dual-screen.
For fans of the Zephyrus G14, which ASUS tells us is their most popular gaming laptop, ASUS is adding in the latest AMD Ryzen 6900HS Processor and pairing it with the new AMD Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6 memory. You’ll also get options for up to 32GB DDR5 4800MHz memory and up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD.
The laptop now includes a 14-inch FHD panel with 144Hz refresh/3ms response in 16:10 aspect ratio almost removes the bottom and side bezels, yet still manages to pack an IR Camera and Web Camera in for Windows Hello support. The display is also now brighter, up to 400 nits, with a dual-mode offering up to 500 nits.
ASUS has also updated the AniMe Matrix Light display on the rear of the LCD now has 14,969 precision CNC milled holes with 1,449 mini LEDs for higher resolution and brighter
ASUS’ dual-display laptops using their ScreenPad Plus technology are an innovative way to add more screen real-estate, in a way that adds value to gamers play time.
The new ScreenPad Plus now slides up and back, bridging the gap between the panels and creating the illusion of a seamless panel with only a few mms of bezel at the top.
The main display comes in two configs – both of which 16-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio and Dolby Vision certified. The first option offering QHD (2560 x 1600) resolution at 165 Hz / 3 ms, while the second offers 4K (3840 x 2400) 120 Hz which is switchable to FHD (1920 x 1200) 240 Hz.
It looks pretty, but it means business too with an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU at 165 W. You’ll see options up to 64 GB DDR5 4800 MHz and up to 4 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD with RAID 0.
The Zephyrus Duo also comes with six speakers with Dual Force-Cancelling Woofers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio, and two-way AI Noise Cancelation.
The new Zephyrus G15 and M16 are getting all the bumps including a processor bump for the G15 to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS Processor, while the M16 will see a bump to a to 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H Processor. These two models are also getting updates which support Wi-Fi 6E and DDR5 memory.
ROG Flow Z13
Last year, ASUS surprised gamers by offering the Flow X13, a laptop that could double as a tablet. This year, they’re launching the Flow Z13, a gaming tablet that can also turn into a laptop.
The Flow Z13 has two 13-inch display options, the first a 4K/60Hz touchscreen panel with 85% DCI-P3,or a FHD/120 Hz touchscreen panel with 100% sRGB. They also get plenty of power with an Intel Core i9-12900H 45W processor paired with an Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti – and don’t forget it also supports DDR5 RAM AND PCIe 4.0 SSD, in a tablet!
The tablet comes with a kickstand built-in so you can keep it in place, and of course you get a screen-cover keyboard included, but you can also attach any keyboard, mouse or gamepad you want with the tablet offering USB-C or USB-A ports as well as an XG Mobile interface to connect to the ASUS XG
Mobile family of external GPUs.
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