May 30, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

The ROG Zephyrus brings hardcore gaming to ultra-slim laptops

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Ultra-thin gaming laptops face a difficult proposition. The thinner they get, the less room they have to cool the chips inside. Shaving off millimeters also reduces the space for the display pumping out frames per second and the inputs connecting you to the machine, resulting in a gaming experience that’s compromised on multiple fronts. But what if it didn’t have to be? The new ROG Zephyrus melds cutting-edge components with innovative cooling to bring desktop-grade gaming and VR to an ultra-thin notebook that easily tucks under your arm.

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Innovative cooling for higher performance and quieter acoustics

At just 17.9 mm thick and 2.24 kg, the Zephyrus is portable enough to take across town or around the world. Despite being the thinnest ROG gaming laptop we’ve ever made, it’s also among the most powerful. Configurations will be available with up to an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. The CPU has quad Kaby Lake cores with sufficient muscle for power users and content creators, while the GPU brings a whole new level of gaming prowess to this class of laptop.

Keeping those high-end chips running at top speed inside such a svelte chassis presents a difficult challenge, but our talented engineers and designers developed a unique cocktail of features dubbed the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS). When the laptop lid is lifted, the bottom panel flexes to create a 6-mm opening for deeper breathing. Air is sucked in through the gap and through tiny holes above the keyboard before being pumped out of vents in the edges of the chassis. The laptop’s raised profile works with slight ramps in the exhaust ducts to help direct warm air upward, away from the cooler layer of intake air. These improvements help reduce the temperature of air flowing into the fans by about 10°C compared to typical laptops.

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Airflow is generated by blower-style AeroAccelerator fans with their own enhancements. The housings are carefully shaped to accelerate intake, and the blades are 33% thinner to push more air with each rotation. Slimming down the blades lets us squeeze 71 of ‘em into each fan—more than any other gaming notebook we’ve seen. Although we experimented with making the blades out of metal, they were too floppy at speed, so we switched to a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s much stiffer. We pursued a similar path for the radiators. Their fins are only 0.1 mm thick, which allowed us add more, increasing the thermal dissipation area while still lowering air resistance. Since pure copper is too flimsy at that thickness, the radiators are made of a stronger alloy with similar thermal conductivity.

The CPU and GPU each have a dedicated blower, radiator, and heatpipe. Because it consumes more power while gaming, the GPU has another radiator all of its own. Both chips share two more pipes that distribute the cooling between them to improve overall efficiency. Another heatpipe handles the power circuitry that feeds both chips, keeping throttling at bay under strenuous loads.

The cooling is managed by fan-control intelligence that uses CPU and GPU temperatures to determine the speed of both fans. The blowers spin in tandem even if only one of the chips is active, which allows lower RPMs and accompanying acoustics. This approach, along with all the other AAS enhancements, combine to make the GX501 surprisingly quiet across a wide range of workloads. Even when gaming, noise levels are under 40 decibels. And, more importantly, we haven’t sacrificed temperatures or performance to lower the acoustics. Airflow improvements reduce the laptop’s component and surface temperatures compared to competing designs, and the cooling is powerful enough to keep the CPU and GPU from throttling even when both are loaded.

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Ultra-smooth visuals with responsive controls

The Zephyrus’ formidable engine can pump out incredibly high frame rates. To translate that performance into smoother gaming, the 15.6” G-Sync display is available with refresh rates up to 120Hz. The high refresh rate combines with the 1080p resolution to enable a true 120-FPS experience that’s perfect for first-person shooters, driving sims, and other games with fast-paced action. The 120Hz panel also cuts input lag, making games feel more responsive—and granting an advantage in competitive play. G-Sync keeps the display synchronized with the GPU to eliminate distracting visual tears and minimize stuttering from natural performance fluctuations, further heightening the immersion.

Games look their best on the IPS-type panel, which produces vivid images that retain their colors over wide viewing angles. The display covers the full sRGB color gamut, so it can even work for professional and prosumer pursuits like photo and video editing.

While the display bombards your visual cortex, the keyboard provides a crucial tactile link. We tuned it for gaming, starting with moving the keys closer to the front edge to create a more desktop-like position for your hands and better cooling for the internals. The key switches have been tweaked to move the actuation point closer to the tactile bump in the stroke, which improves the overall feel. And anti-ghosting tech tracks up to 30 simultaneous presses with reliable precision, so you can trust the keyboard to keep up when things get heavy.

Aura RGB keyboard backlighting adds customizable visibility, complete with a wide range of colors and effects, plus separate QWER and WASD zones for MOBAs and FPS games. The keyboard isn’t the only thing that lights up, either. With the touch of a button, the trackpad transforms into an illuminated numpad for convenient data entry.

Well-connected with the latest interfaces inside and out

Cutting-edge I/O fills out the ROG Zephyrus’s well-rounded spec. The machine can be loaded with up to 24GB of DDR4-2400 memory and an insanely fast NVMe SSD capable of pushing speeds up to 3500 MB/s. The solid-state drive offers up to 1TB of storage for massive game libraries, and it loads them at warp speed.

We gave the machine a diverse array of connectivity for maximum flexibility. The reversible Type-C port pushes up to 40Gbps to Thunderbolt devices, unlocking a world of possibilities for external gear. It can also drive ROG gaming monitors via DisplayPort over USB Type-C, providing an easy way to hook up a larger—and even faster—display at your home battlestation. If you really want to supersize your gaming, big-screen TVs can join the party via an HDMI 2.0 port capable of carrying 4K signals at 60Hz.

Four Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports provide plenty of places to plug in all the devices you already own, including VR headsets and their accompanying motion trackers. The Zephyrus’ underlying silicon is VR ready, so it’s only appropriate that the rest of the machine is too. You can hook up an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and transport yourself to another world in no time at all.

Lithe and lethal—and available soon

The ROG Zephyrus is designed for professionals and enthusiasts who want an ultra-portable gaming laptop that runs cool and stays quiet. It debuted at Computex today and is coming soon to an ROG retailer near you. For more details, check out the product page or hit the PR link below. Ask your local ASUS representative for specifics on the configurations that will be available in your region, and see below for North America.

The Zephyrus GX501VI will be available from 6/27 in the United States and Canada. Gamers in the United States will be able to pre-order on 6/27, with shipping in July. US resellers include Abt, Adorama, Amazon, ASUS Store, B&H, BestBuy.com, Follett, Microcenter, Microsoft Store, and Newegg. Canadian resellers include BestBuy.Ca, Canada Computers, Memory Express, NCIX, and Newegg.ca. The GX501VI will be available in the United States starting at $2,699 and the GX501VS will be available starting from $2,299. The GX501VI will be available in Canada starting at $3,499. Other configurations to be announced, by region, in the coming months.

Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus

World’s thinnest gaming laptop powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, with 120Hz Full HD G-SYNC display and Windows 10 Pro

KEY POINTS

  • Ultraslim profile tapers from 17.9mm to just 16.9mm
  • High-performance best-in-class components including 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) CPU and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU
  • ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System delivers powerful cooling and strikingly efficient performance for marathon gaming sessions
  • Front-mounted keyboard has individually backlit keys with Aura RGB lighting, customizable WASD and QWER key lighting, and anti-ghosting 30-key rollover

TAIPEI, Taiwan and FREMONT, Calif, May 30, 2017 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the launch of Zephyrus, the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 (Kaby Lake) processor and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics. Zephyrus features the Windows 10 Creators Update, which improves the performance of PC games via the all-new Windows Game Mode, and makes it easier to perform native game-streaming with Beam, Microsoft’s streaming service.

The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultraslim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system. It also features customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects and a super-fast 120Hz panel with wide-view technology, 100 percent sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC for breathtaking gaming visuals.

The world’s slimmest gaming laptop with unparalleled performance and features

ROG Zephyrus is the result of persistent dedication to gaming innovation. ROG aims to create laptops that are slimmer, cooler, quieter and more powerful than ever before — to fully address the needs of today's highly mobile gamers. Zephyrus has a blade-inspired design, resulting in an ultraslim and sleek profile that tapers from 17.9mm down to just 16.9mm at its thinnest point. Its compact dimensions make it the world’s thinnest gaming laptop powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, delivering unstoppable gaming performance. The incredible CPU and GPU combination allows Zephyrus to compete successfully with larger devices and desktops.

ROG-exclusive design and cooling system

ROG Zephyrus is cooled by an exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that runs cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. AAS incorporates unique AeroAccelerator (AA) technology that increases the speed and efficiency of airflow through the laptop. The fan’s 3D-curved surface cover and accelerator guides enhance airflow and move heat away from the components more efficiently. When Zephyrus is opened, a portion of the bottom of the chassis flexes to increase the airflow volume by 20 percent and further increase air circulation. AAS maximizes system stability as well as gaming and thermal performance, and it allows full utilization of the CPU and GPU, so gamers can engage in marathon sessions without fear of interruption.

Perfected gaming keyboard with Aura RGB lighting, innovative touchpad with 10-key functionality

ROG Zephyrus features a keyboard positioned at the front of the chassis — a design that allows better cooling of internal components while providing a more comfortable and familiar experience for gamers accustomed to desktop keyboards. ASUS Aura RGB lighting technology provides dynamic and customizable lighting effects over the entire keyboard, as well as separately highlighted customizable effects for the WASD and QWER key groups, allowing users to create a gaming ambience that matches the feel of their game. Anti-ghosting keys ensure commands are instantaneously and correctly interpreted — even when up to 30 keys are pressed simultaneously. The keys have been ergonomically designed to provide optimum comfort and typing accuracy. Zephyrus positions the touchpad to the right of the keyboard and also integrates a 10-key function that is easily activated by a hot key. When activated, a red backlight illuminates the 10-key functionality.

Ultra-smooth gaming visuals and versatile connectivity

ROG Zephyrus is equipped with a 120Hz display that enables smooth gaming at a true 120Hz frame rate. NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the NVIDIA GeForce graphics card’s frame rate, ensuring ultrasmooth visuals. G-SYNC reduces lag, minimizes perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing — providing the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming imaginable, without affecting system performance. Wide viewing angles and a 100 percent sRGB color gamut also allow the panel to produce outstanding, lifelike colors from any angle. The laptop is also equipped with a USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port with Thunderbolt™ 3, allowing G-SYNC and 4K UHD display output, fast data transfers and power delivery.

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

Processor

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

Operating system

Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Professional

Display

15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) wide-view panel with anti-glare

120Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-SYNC™

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080

Chipset

Intel® HM175

Memory &
storage

DDR4 2400MHz (up to 24GB)

M.2 PCIe® x4 256/512GB/1TB  SSD

Wireless

802.11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth®

Connectivity

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ with Thunderbolt™ 3

4 x USB 3.1

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x 3.5mm headphone and mic combo jack

Camera

Built-in HD camera and array mic

Keyboard

ASUS Aura RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with 30-key rollover; 1.4mm key travel

Battery

4 cell, 50Wh

Size

37.9 x 26.2 x 1.69cm (W x D x H)

Weight

2.2 kg (with battery)

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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 http://rog.asus.com.

 

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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