Apr 23, 2019 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

Spring 2019 gaming laptop guide: ROG returns to redefine expectations

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Dawn is rising over the Republic of Gamers. The availability of new components like 9th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16-series graphics, and insanely fast 240Hz displays has prompted a top-to-bottom update of our entire gaming laptop family. The ROG Spring 2019 Collection mixes all-new models with refreshed systems to deftly balance the performance required by gamers, content creators, and power users with the convenience of creature comforts that enhance everyday use.

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The lineup splits along chassis lines, with hulking desktop replacements, lithe ultra-slims, and evolved expressions of a more traditional laptop form factor. There are different levels to match your performance requirements and appetite for more engaging gaming experiences. S-class laptops offer a premium experience fit for professionals, while M-tier designs scale back slightly to find the sweet spot for savvy users. The new G series focuses on core essentials to improve affordability and welcome more gamers into the Republic. Esports-specific models have special requirements and are treated differently, as are muscle-bound desktop replacements available only with high-end hardware under the hood. Regardless of the chassis or target audience, ROG gaming laptops are guided by an Intelligent Cooling philosophy that combines the right thermal hardware with smart software to ensure optimal performance and acoustics for what’s happening in the moment.

The desktop replacements emphasize performance over portability with a traditional clamshell in the G703 and a revolutionary standing form factor in the ROG Mothership, which now have eight CPU cores cooled with the assistance of liquid metal compound. Those beasts are joined by a growing group of ultra-slim designs led by the all-new Zephyrus S GX502, which mixes business and pleasure in a premium package. This versatility extends to more accessible price points with the Zephyrus M GU502 and Zephyrus G GA502, with the latter being the first to squeeze GeForce and Ryzen processors into an ultra-slim design. The slender Zephyrus S GX531 and 17” GX701 return with new display options, while the Strix lineup is revitalized with fresh blood. The Strix SCAR III and Hero III provide different looks for esports-grade hardware built for speed, while the Strix G streamlines the specs to focus on the most critical components for gaming.

Navigating so many models can be difficult, so this ROG gaming laptop guide has everything you need to know about how they all fit together and ultimately complement each other. Let’s start with what they have in common.

Riding the wave of new releases

This top-to-bottom refresh filled with all-new models comes shortly after we reloaded with GeForce RTX graphics in January; we’re committed to staying on the cutting edge of mobile platforms. Right now that’s the new 9th Gen Intel Core family, which brings higher clocks that push games to the limit, along with additional cores that blast through heavy lifting. Core i9 CPUs lead the lineup with eight cores and 16 threads, a 33% increase over the six-core chips from the previous generation. They’re available in our desktop replacement and esports gaming laptops, where larger thermal modules are capable of handling the extra heat. Much of the rest of the lineup maxes out with a new Core i7 CPU that updates Intel’s fastest six-core processor with a new chip that fits comfortably into slender Zephyrus laptops.

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While new Intel chips dominate our spring collection, AMD’s latest Ryzen mobile APU appears in the Zephyrus G. Based on the Picasso platform and second-generation Zen+ architecture, this potent processor serves up quad cores and eight threads that effortlessly handle everyday gaming and work. Its advanced 12nm fabrication technology and energy efficient design contribute to the longest battery life in the lineup.

The CPU plays an important role in all-around system performance, but the GPU remains king for frames per second. We primarily use NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics based on the latest Turing architecture, which augments CUDA cores for programmable shading to improve performance with existing games, and then adds RT cores for ray tracing and Tensor cores for AI. These new cores provide dedicated hardware that developers can use to accelerate real-time effects that make lighting, shadows, and reflections more lifelike than ever before. Several games already use GeForce RTX effects, including Battlefield V and Metro Exodus, and more employ advanced DLSS technology that leverages Tensor cores and deep learning to maximize performance and image quality in games with heavy GPU loads.

Turing now extends down to the GeForce 16 series, which takes the architecture’s CUDA upgrades but skips the RT and Tensor cores. Topped by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the new series elevates affordable gaming performance in the Zephyrus G and Strix G. It also puts smooth streaming within reach of any budget thanks to an updated video encoder inherited from its RTX roots. The dedicated encoding hardware offers higher quality with lower CPU utilization, and it’s already supported by a new version of OBS Studio.

Higher performance through lower temperatures

GeForce GPUs are configurable with a range of clock speeds and wattages that have a significant impact on performance. Intelligent Cooling lets our laptops deliver more FPS via ROG Boost, which uses higher clocks and wattages than baseline implementations of the same GPU, or with factory overclocking that goes beyond stock speeds. The CPU also benefits from advancements that keep temperatures low enough to sustain high Turbo frequencies and in some cases factory overclocks.

More than a single feature, Intelligent Cooling is a philosophy that guides all our thermal designs. It’s rooted in the reality that cooling requirements vary based on the combination of chips and chassis, and performance requirements vary based on what you’re doing. We use the right mix of cooling hardware for each system and then add software that seamlessly adjusts performance and acoustics to suit the task at hand.

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Ultra-slim chassis leave limited space for cooling, so our high-end Zephyrus S laptops use a patented Active Aerodynamic System to open an extra intake when you lift the lid. In the new Strix series, a 3D Flow Zone increases ventilation through more than a hundred perforations that ripple across the back of the chassis. The revolutionary ROG Mothership takes premium desktop replacements to another level with an innovative standing form factor that provides unobstructed airflow through the back, while the G703 uses massive heatsinks to deploy the same components in a conventional clamshell. Both are factory overclocked and come with unlocked K-series chips, so we use liquid metal thermal compound to lower CPU temperatures and help sustain higher speeds.

Effective cooling is vital for all gaming laptops, so the ROG family also draws from a collection of core features shared among models. Almost all of them use advanced n-Blade fans made with a special liquid crystal polymer that’s capable of creating extremely thin blades that are strong enough to hold up at high speed. The latest generation squeezes 83 blades into a single fan while also maximizing the gaps between them to push more air. Most models have incredibly thin heatsink fins that measure just 0.1mm, which minimizes the obstruction to airflow and maximizes the area for heat dissipation. And they all feature self-cleaning thermal modules that use centrifugal force to catch particles and eject them from the chassis. Buildup on the heatsinks and fans can compromise cooling and affect performance and stability over time, but our anti-dust design is built for the long haul.

Performance and cooling requirements vary based on the task. For example, rendering a video loads the system differently than playing a game, which is different than watching a movie, so our laptops balance speed and acoustics with different operating modes. Turbo mode sets clocks and fan speeds to the maximum for heavier lifting and time-sensitive projects, Balanced mode makes adjustments to lower noise levels for gaming while maintaining high FPS, and Silent mode lowers acoustics and is perfect for basic tasks like browsing the web and taking notes in class.

On-demand switching lets you change modes with a quick keyboard shortcut, or software can pick automatically based on your preferences. Scenario Profiles integrated into the ROG Armoury Crate system utility let you associate games and applications with specific modes. The system seamlessly shifts gears based on the active window, ensuring you’re always in the right mode for the moment.

Industry-leading displays for every occasion

Gaming performance is so often expressed in frames per second, but how many of them do you actually see, and what do they really look like? The display determines how frames reach your eyes, which is why we work closely with panel providers to develop and procure the best screens for gaming and more. We brought gaming laptops into the high-refresh area at 120Hz and were the first to hit 144Hz and faster response times. Now, we’re raising the bar again with an insanely fast 240Hz display that matches the refresh rate of competition-grade esports desktop monitors. The 15.6” panel is available on not only the esports-oriented Strix SCAR III and Hero III, but also the ultra-slim Zephyrus S GX502 and Zephyrus M GU502.

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While gamers require high refresh rates to keep up with their FPS, creators need colors to look as they should. To guarantee the color accuracy required for serious creative work, the displays on more premium models are calibrated at the factory to meet Pantone validation requirements. Pre-calibration is available with both 240Hz and 144Hz panels, making it easy to mix speed and accuracy. We also offer a wide-gamut 4K panel on the ROG Mothership that trades speed for resolution but covers the full Adobe RGB color space.

HDR produces more lifelike visuals by broadening the dynamic range of both colors and contrast. It’s still relatively new to PC gaming and especially laptops, but we worked with AUO to develop an HDR panel that you can find in special versions of the Zephyrus S GX701 and GX531. The display offers a brighter backlight, better contrast, and more colors despite maintaining the 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms grey-to-grey response time of the SDR alternative. High-dynamic-range versions of these laptops also help to conserve power by employing Static Display Refresh Rate Switch (DRRS), which automatically lowers the refresh rate when running on battery power. Dropping from 144Hz down to 60Hz on the GX701 lowers active power consumption by up to 10%. If the on-screen image isn't changing, the GX531 can also use Panel Self Refresh (PSR) to allow the display to refresh itself rather than relying on fresh input from the GPU. This capability combines with Static DRRS to cut active power consumption by up to 13% on that model.

Fixed refresh rates are at odds with the fact that game performance varies depending on the game and what’s happening in the scene, which can cause noticeable hitching and visible tearing that disrupt immersion. Many of our new models use NVIDIA G-Sync technology to synchronize the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the GPU, which smoothes out stutters and eliminates tears to enhance the overall experience. Gaming laptops typically make you choose between smoother gaming with G-Sync or longer battery life 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. Rather than requiring a long-term commitment, we add a proprietary GPU switch that lets the same system switch between G-Sync mode for gaming and Optimus mode for better battery life. All it takes is a few clicks and a reboot.

Feel right at home on desktop-style keyboards

Desktop-style keyboard layouts make our machines more familiar for players who go back and forth between their battlestation at home and gaming laptop on the road. Separated blocks of function keys are easier to find, and the larger space bar 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.

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Aura Sync backlighting enhances the keyboard’s visibility and provides the freedom to choose your own colors and effects for a more personal touch. Per-key control will be available to customize multiple models through Aura Creator. Other configurations include separate RGB zones that power additional accents, like illumination inside the AAS vent on select Zephyrus designs, and the underglow that wraps around the edges of our new Strix laptops. Aura Sync matches the laptop lighting with compatible peripherals like the ROG Delta headset and Gladius II Origin mouse; you can coordinate a cohesive complete system glow with just a few clicks in our Armoury Crate software.

Our work with game developers continues to expand the number of titles that take control of Aura lighting to heighten immersion and provide helpful cues based on in-game environments and events. Anthem and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 already use Aura for RGB accompaniment, and more are on the way.

Stick the landing with a strong supporting cast

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 so that they 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. You 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. You can use it to customize Scenario Profiles that adapt to the active game or application, automatically loading your preferences for performance, cooling, lighting, and other system settings. 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 gameplay.

The family at a glance

With ten models in total, and more if you count different screen sizes, the ROG Spring 2019 Collection is loaded with options for every kind of gamer. Before we dive into the details on individual categories and models, here's a quick comparison of how the key specifications stack up. The table below refers to the maximum spec for each model.

  ROG Mothership GZ700 ROG G703 Zephyrus S GX701 Zephyrus S GX531 Zephyrus S GX502 Zephyrus M GU502 Zephyrus G GA502 Strix SCAR III Strix Hero III Strix G
Category Desktop replacement Ultra-slim Esports/core gaming
Size 17.3" 17.3" 17.3" 15.6" 15.6" 15.6" 15.6" 15" & 17" 15" & 17" 15" & 17"
Form factor Standing detachable Clamshell Keyboard forward Keyboard forward Clamshell Clamshell Clamshell Clamshell Clamshell Clamshell
Display 4K 60Hz
FHD 144Hz
FHD 144Hz FHD 144Hz FHD 240Hz FHD 240Hz FHD 240Hz FHD 120Hz FHD 240Hz (15")
FHD 144Hz (17")
FHD 240Hz (15")
FHD 144Hz (17")
FHD 144Hz
G-Sync Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
GPU GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2070
CPU Core i9-9980HK Core i9-9980HK Core i7-9750H Core i7-9750H Core i7-9750H Core i7-9750H Ryzen 7 3750H Core i9-9880H Core i9-9880H Core i7-9750H
Memory 64GB 64GB 32GB 24GB 32GB 32GB 32GB 32GB 32GB 32GB
Storage 3 x SSD RAID 3 x SSD RAID M.2 SSD M.2 SSD 2 x SSD RAID 2 x SSD RAID M.2 SSD M.2 SSD
2.5" SSHD
M.2 SSD
2.5" SSHD
M.2 SSD
2.5" SSHD
Networking Gig+ WiFi
2.5G Ethernet
Gig+ WiFi
2.5G Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi Gigabit WiFi Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Gigabit WiFi
Gigabit Ethernet
Battery 90Wh 96Wh 76Wh 60Wh 76Wh 76Wh 76Wh 66Wh 66Wh 66Wh
Thickness 33.5mm 51mm 18.7mm 15.3~16.1mm 18.9mm 18.9mm 19.9mm 26mm 26mm 26mm
Weight 4.8kg 4.7kg 2.6kg 2.1kg 2.0kg 1.9kg 2.1kg 2.4~2.85kg 2.4~2.85kg 2.4~2.85kg

Replace your desktop with a portable powerhouse

ROG desktop replacement laptops shift into another gear to push performance even higher for hardcore gamers and power users who won’t settle for less. They’re factory overclocked beyond stock speeds and feature unlocked multipliers that let you pursue faster frequencies. The latest generation comes with up to a Core i9-9980HK processor topped by liquid metal thermal compound that lets the CPU hit 4.7GHz across all eight cores. The cooling in these machines is so strong that we can overclock the GeForce RTX 2080 graphics up to 1880MHz at 200W and also squeeze a little extra speed out of the VRAM. G-Sync ensures the GPU and display work together in perfect harmony, while our innovative GPU switch lets you extend battery life with Optimus mode when deploying away from a wall socket.

Rather than just focusing on the headliners, ROG ensures that the supporting cast is up to speed. Our desktop replacements can be equipped with a trio of NVMe SSDs in an insanely fast RAID 0 array dubbed HyperDrive Extreme. Laptop RAID performance is usually limited by the four-lane DMI link between the chipset and CPU, which only has enough bandwidth for a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drive. We avoid this bottleneck by connecting two drives directly to the processor, enabling industry-leading speeds up to an astonishing 8700MB/s. We also load up on system memory with four SO-DIMM slots for a maximum of 64GB of DDR4 RAM.

The networking is juiced on two fronts. A 2.5G Ethernet controller more than doubles the wired throughput of Gigabit Ethernet, opening the floodgates for faster internet connections and LANs. You don’t have to give up speed to go wireless, either. Optional Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ supports next-gen 802.11ax routers that offer higher peak throughput 802.11ac, more importantly, improved efficiency to maximize performance on busy networks.

Thunderbolt 3 combines with additional display outputs to support a trio of desktop monitors, while ESS Sabre HiFi DACs produce pristine audio at up to 24 bits and 192kHz. Larger chassis leave more room for the keyboard, which allows us to extend key travel to 2.5mm for an improved feel. The key caps are gently curved to keep your fingers centered, and each one is backlit by an individual RGB LED with independent control.

Meet ROG Mothership: the future of desktop replacements

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Conventional clamshells limit cooling and lock you into a fixed position in order to fit a form factor that can be used on your lap. That’s a good compromise for a lot of laptops, but desktop replacements are too heavy to sit comfortably, so we reimagined the form factor to improve the experience. Instead of lying flat on a desk, the ROG Mothership stands tall to give the cooling system unrestricted access to airflow at the back. The keyboard separates and folds for maximum flexibility, giving you the freedom to position it for the perfect stance, and connect wired or wirelessly depending on where you want to sit. Detaching the keyboard reveals a row of four speakers that fire directly at you, creating an effective sound bar right beneath the display.

The improved airflow from the upright design lets us to shave down the chassis without sacrificing speed. At 29.9mm, the ROG Mothership is surprisingly slim for the power it provides. Some of the credit goes to the CNC-machined body, which is milled with precision for a perfect fit. It takes nearly 20 hours to carve all the pieces from solid blocks of aluminum, but that’s time well spent. The chiseled lines and precisely formed pieces reflect the care and attention to detail that permeates every aspect of this truly special system.

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The ROG Mothership’s unique take on portable power is appealing for both hardcore gaming and serious content creation, so there are display options for both. An ultra-fast Full HD panel refreshes at 144Hz with 3ms response to satiate gamers who want to experience true triple-digit FPS for fast-paced play. The 4K alternative peaks at 60Hz but offers a better balance for creative pursuits with an Ultra HD resolution amping up the detail and full Adobe RGB coverage offering a wide-gamut color palette.

A bold vision for the future more than two years in the making, the ROG Mothership is more versatile than any portable desktop replacement before. It’s perfect for gamers, enthusiasts, and even professionals who want to break free from the restrictions of traditional clamshell form factors to focus on what works best on an actual desk.

  ROG Mothership GZ700
Processor Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK (8 cores/16 threads) factory overclocked up to 4.7GHz all-core
Operating system Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro (ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro)
Display 17.3” UHD (3840x2160) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, Optimus, G-SYNC™
17.3” FHD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB, Optimus, G-SYNC™
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 8GB GDDR6 VRAM factory overclocked up to 1880MHz at 200W
Memory DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM up to 64GB
Storage 3 x M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 512GB SSD
Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+, 2x2 802.11ax Wi-Fi
Bluetooth® 5.0 (Version may vary as the OS upgrades)
Connectivity 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 (Type-C) / Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB3.1 Gen2 (TypeC)
3 x USB3.1 Gen2 (Type-A)
1 x USB3.1 Gen1 (Type A) / USB charger +
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x 3.5mm microphone jack
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x Kensington lock
Keyboard Detachable with wired or wireless modes
Per-key Aura Sync RGB backlighting (Aura Sync wired only)
2.5mm travel distance
N-key rollover
Audio 4 x 4W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Array microphone
AC adapter 2 x 280W power adapter
Dimensions 410 (W) x 320 (D) x 33.5 (H) mm
Weight 4.8kg

The G703 carries the torch for desktop replacement clamshells

While the ROG Mothership represents the future, the G703 takes the present into the next generation. Sticking to a traditional 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.

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Sticking to a familiar design imparts a different sort of versatility. The 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 enough technology and features to ride the cutting edge.

  ROG G703
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i9-8950HK
Intel Core i9-9980HK
Display 17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS anti-glare with G-SYNC
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 64GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 256GB/512GB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 with RAID0 support
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5-mm audio combo
Keyboard RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with 2.5 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 2W tweeters
2 x 4.5W speakers with smart amp technology
Battery 71Whrs 8-cell Lithium-ion
96Whrs 8-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 280W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Pro
Size 16.7 (W) x 12.6 (D) x 2 (H) inch
Weight 4.7 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG G703GX-XB76 ROG G703GX-XB96K
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR6
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
512PCIe + 1 TB SSHD FireCuda
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK Processor (8 cores)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR6
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
2*512PCIe SSD RAID 0 (1.0 TB Total)
144Hz 3ms IPS display
Price

$2,999 USD
$3,999 CAD

$3,699 USD
Availability (USA) ASUS Store, B&H, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, Mobile Advance, New Dream, Walmart, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, Micro CenterMobile Advance, New Dream, XoticPC
Availability (Canada) Canada Computers, Memory Express, Newegg TBD

Zephyrus sets the standard for ultra-slim gaming

Lots of gaming laptops slim down to slip into skinnier chassis, but far too often that requires compromise. The ROG Zephyrus series stays trim while avoiding trade-offs that can taint your gaming experience. It started almost two years ago with the original Zephyrus GX501, which brought high-refresh gaming to an ultra-slim form factor, and now spans five distinct models that increasingly reach into affordable territory.

The entire series is slim from body to bezel, delivering an impressively immersive experience in a surprisingly compact package. Easy portability makes these models ideal for a mix of gaming and everyday use, from productivity and content creation to web surfing and video streaming. Their clean lines and refined designs have just enough edge to reflect ROG’s rebellious spirit while maintaining a professional appearance you can be proud to put in front of clients.

A touch of Zephyrus S-class

Laptops with S-class distinction use ROG innovations and premium features to push the limits of performance, experience, and form factor. They’re the tip of the ultra-slim edge and a clear cut above the competition.

Zephyrus S laptops have metal chassis fabricated from aluminum-magnesium alloys that preserve the strength sacrificed by many ultra-thin laptops. Finished to perfection with brushed and matte surfaces, these streamlined shells blur the line between gaming laptops and professional workstations.

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Cooling is another common casualty when slimming down, so Zephyrus S laptops think outside the box with expanding chassis that open up to increase airflow. Lifting the lid exposes a hidden vent that dramatically improves cooling compared to conventional designs, allowing the GPU to sustain higher clocks and wattage with ROG Boost. You can choose from a range of GeForce RTX GPUs paired with up to a Core i7-9750H CPU that brings desktop-like performance to machines a fraction of the size.

Type-C charging support via the USB Power Delivery standard helps you stay running on the road. If you avoid intensive tasks that hammer the CPU or GPU, you can leave the larger power brick required for full performance, and lighten your load with a standard Type-C adapter up to 65W. The laptop can also charge from compatible USB power packs commonly used with phones, which can save you if the battery runs dry without a wall socket in sight. And USB power delivery works in the opposite direction by accelerating charging for compatible devices plugged into the laptop.

Go big and stay slim with the Zephyrus S GX701

There is somewhat of a contradiction in the new Zephyrus S GX701. Despite occupying a chassis just 18.7mm thin, it thinks bigger with an expansive 17.3” display that feels larger than life. The slim body and super-narrow bezels make this the most compact 17” gaming laptop ever. With a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms grey-to-grey response time, the screen doesn’t skimp on speed, and neither does the GPU. The GX701 is available with up to GeForce RTX 2080 graphics pushed to 1230MHz at 100W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost, which surpasses the specs of typical ultra-slims.

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The larger display is more immersive when you’re gaming and more engrossing when you’re working. It’s also fit for creative work thanks to Pantone Validation. Each screen is calibrated at the factory to guarantee the color accuracy required for certification. Our unique GPU switch further strengthens the GX701’s professional credentials by letting you toggle between G-Sync mode for a better gaming experience and Optimus mode for longer battery life, while a bigger 76Wh battery further extends run times.

A special version of the Zephyrus S GX701 is also available with an HDR panel that boasts over a billion colors with full coverage of the BT.709 color gamut. It has higher brightness, better contrast, and localized dimming across 15 backlight zones. But HDR is so new to gaming laptops that the software ecosystem isn’t fully up to speed; it only works in Optimus mode, so there’s no GPU switch or G-Sync on this model, and gaming with high dynamic range is limited to titles that support the native Windows API for HDR.

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Regardless of which display you choose, per-key backlighting raises your RGB game and lets you personalize profiles for productivity and play. We also integrated a volume roller conveniently within reach of your left hand, complete with backlight brightness that changes automatically to match the volume. Instead of squeezing a sub-par webcam into the bezel, we designed a much better external unit that you can position where you want and capture high-resolution 1080p footage at a silky 60 FPS.

Big ideas and subtle enhancements make the Zephyrus S GX701 versatile enough to go beyond gaming and appeal to content creators, developers, and other professionals who need a powerful system they can take anywhere.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX701
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Display 15.6” FHD 240Hz/144Hz 3ms IPS-type PANTONE validated anti-glare with G-SYNC
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 with RAID0 support
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity Gigabit LAN
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C (with DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack 
1 x 3.5 mm mic in
1 x Kensington Lock
Keyboard RGB backlit  chiclet keyboard with 1.2mm travel distance and N-key rollover
Audio 2 x 2W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Battery 76Whrs 4-cell Lithium-ion 15.4V
AC Adapter 230W AC Adapter
Output: 19.5V DC, 11.8A
Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
OS Windows 10 Pro
Size 14.1(W) x 9.9(D) x 0.74(H) inch
Weight 2 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX701GW-DB76 ROG Zephyrus S GX701GV-PB74 ROG Zephyrus S GX701GX-XB78
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS-type display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS-type display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR6
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS-type display
Price $2,499 USD
$2,999 CAD
$2,099 USD $3,299 USD
$3,999 CAD
Availability (USA) ASUS Store, Amazon, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, GenTech, HID Evolution, Micro Center, Mobile Advance, New Dream, NeweggWalmart, XoticPC ASUS Store, Newegg, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, GenTech, HID Evolution, Mobile Advance, Walmart, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, GenTech, HID Evolution, Mobile Advance, New Dream, Newegg, Walmart, XoticPC
Availability (Canada) Canada Computers, Memory Express, Newegg New Dream Canada, Computers, Memory Express Newegg

The 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.

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The Zephyrus S GX531 lowers its profile without scaling back on specifications. You still get innovative AAS cooling effective enough to take the GeForce RTX 2080 up to the same ROG Boost speed as the larger GX701. There’s also a choice of cutting-edge displays depending on whether you prefer a faster 240Hz refresh rate or higher dynamic range. Everything is just squeezed into a slimmer package that lacks some of the extras available in the other Zephyrus S models, like G-Sync and per-key backlighting. That makes the smaller Zephyrus S GX531 a more focused alternative for people who prioritize portability above all.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX531
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Display 15.6" FHD 240Hz/144Hz 3ms IPS anti-glare Pantone Validated
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GDDR6 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB
Memory Up to 24GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM
Storage M.2 NVMe PCIe 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo
Keyboard RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with highlighted WASD keys, 1.2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 2W speakers with smart-amplifier technology
Battery 60Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 230W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Home / Pro
Size 14.17 (W) x 10.55 (D) x 0.60 ~ 0.63 (H) inches
Weight 2.1 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX531GW-AB76 ROG Zephyrus S GX531GX-XB77 ROG Zephyrus S GX531GX-XB76
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
240Hz 3ms IPS display
Price $2,199 USD $2,999 USD $2,899 USD
Availability (USA) Amazon ASUS Store, Amazon, Best Buy, HID Evolution, New Dream, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, HID Evolution, Mobile Advance, New DreamXoticPC
Availability (Canada) TBD TBD TBD

Versatility reigns supreme in the Zephyrus S GX502

While the Zephyrus S GX701 and GX531 have forward keyboard positions that leave more room for cooling and reduce skin temperatures where your hands normally rest, the all-new GX502 adopts a more traditional layout that works better in cramped quarters and on your lap.  It’s the most versatile Zephyrus yet, tailored to satisfy both hardcore gamers and professional content creators.

The palm rest hides honeycomb reinforcements that make the chassis stiffer where you need it most. We start with molten magnesium alloy and use a combination of die casting and machining to create the sturdy piece, which resists the flexing that makes some other ultra-slim gaming laptops feel flimsy and cheap. Soft-touch paint adds a smooth finish that repels fingerprints and adds a subtle sparkle from the right angle.

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Augmented AAS cooling allows the top GeForce RTX 2070 config to scale up to 1440MHz at 115W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost, a clock speed and wattage typically reserved for full-sized laptops. The Zephyrus S GX502 keeps up with the larger Strix SCAR III, which is only fitting since it can also be specced with the same 240Hz/3ms panel. The esports-grade display makes fast-paced shooters silky smooth and crystal clear, while factory calibration with Pantone validation guarantees accurate colors for content creators who also make a living on their laptops. Our exclusive GPU switch reinforces the system’s split personalities by letting you toggle between G-Sync for a better gaming experience and Optimus for longer battery life.

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At just 18.9mm thin and only 4.4 lbs, the machine is remarkably portable for something so powerful. Despite the compact chassis, there’s room inside for dual M.2 SSDs that can be configured in a RAID 0 array that maximizes performance. Upgraded audio uses an ESS Sabre DAC that reduces noise and distortion for the headphone output, enabling high-fidelity sound with wider dynamic range. And the RangeBoost-infused Gigabit WiFi is backed by a Gigabit Ethernet jack that lets you choose between wireless convenience and wired performance.

The Zephyrus S GX502 is flexible enough to bridge the gap between premium work and play. This jack of all trades has a master’s degree in most of them.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX502
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Display 15.6” FHD 240Hz/144Hz 3ms IPS-type PANTONE validated anti-glare with G-SYNC
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 with RAID0 support
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity Gigabit LAN
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C (with DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack 
1 x 3.5 mm mic in
1 x Kensington Lock
Keyboard RGB backlit  chiclet keyboard with 1.4mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 2W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Battery 76Whrs 4-cell Lithium-ion 15.4V
AC Adapter 230W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 Home
Size 14.1 (W) x 9.9 (D) x 0.74 (H) inch
Weight 2 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW-XB76 ROG Zephyrus S GX502GV-PB74
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
240Hz 3ms IPS-type display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS-type display
Price $2,399 USD $1,899 USD
Availability (USA) Amazon, B&H, Excaliber PC, Micro Center, XoticPC Excaliber PC, XoticPC
Availability (Canada) TBD TBD

Fill the middle with the Zephyrus M GU502

Features and technologies from our S-class laptops trickle down to the more accessible Zephyrus M GU502, which strikes an enviable balance between power and portability.  Like the GX502, it has 144Hz and 240Hz display options with 3ms response times and Pantone-validated colors. Type-C charging support remains along with NVIDIA Optimus technology, helping the laptop last longer when you’re working away from home base. In internal testing, the 76Wh battery delivered over five hours of run time on a single charge.

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With up to GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, there’s enough graphics power to push triple-digit frame rates in popular games. The chip doesn’t require AAS to stay cool; even without it, the thermal module’s forceful fans and quad heatsinks are effective enough to clock the GPU up to 1435MHz at 90W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost.

Although it lacks an expanding vent, the chassis is nearly identical to that of the GX502. You get the same structurally reinforced magnesium alloy finished with soft-touch skin that adds a touch of class to help the Zephyrus M blend in anywhere life takes you. Aura Sync keyboard backlighting puts a personalized spin on the styling, and optional per-key control ups the ante for custom layouts that identify critical keys for your favorite games and workflows. The rest of the specs match the Zephyrus S nearly step-for-step with ESS Sabre audio, support for dual NVMe SSDs in RAID, and a complete connectivity payload that includes dual display outputs, plus enough USB ports to connect a mouse, gamepad, and external storage.

Carefully curated features and components put the Zephyrus M GU502 within striking distance of high-end alternatives, minus the premium price. It’s the perfect gaming laptop for privateers who want to build their portfolios on the same machine.

  ROG Zephyrus M GU502
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Display 15.6" FHD 240Hz/144Hz 3ms IPS-type anti-glare PANTONE Validated
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 with RAID0 support
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x RJ45 jack
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C (with DisplayPort 1.4 and USB power delivery)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack
1 x 3.5 mm mic in
1 x Kensington Lock
Keyboard RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with 1.4 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 2W speakers with smart amplifier technology
Battery 76Whrs 4-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 230W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 Home
Size 14.1 (W) x 9.9 (D) x 0.74 (H) inch
Weight 1.9 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS-type display
Price $1,799 USD
Availability (USA) Excaliber PC, HID Evolution
Availability (Canada) TBD

GeForce and Ryzen meet in the Zephyrus G GA502

Students and freelancers just starting their careers have even less to spend, but they’re among those who benefit most from slender proportions that are easier to carry around all day. The Zephyrus G GA502 upends the status quo by not only bringing ultra-slim gaming down to more affordable prices, but also combining GeForce graphics with a Ryzen CPU.

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Uniting NVIDIA and AMD processors is a favorite tactic of desktop gaming enthusiasts to maximize impact per dollar. In the GA502, we start with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU clocked up to 1335MHz at 60W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost. It delivers solid frame rates with reliable smoothness, allowing you to reach into high-refresh territory on the optional 120Hz display. Then we add a Ryzen 7 mobile APU with quad cores and eight threads that blaze through everyday work. The power-efficient processor enables battery life up to eight hours, giving you more freedom to roam.

Concentrating on the essentials ensures that the Zephyrus G has everything you need to get through the day. Dual external displays are supported via HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort over Type-C and HDMI, so you can hook up a 4K desktop monitor and big-screen TV at home, and easily plug into projectors at work or school. Ample USB connectivity keeps vital devices connected, while 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet provide flexible networking options.

Clean lines and white keyboard backlighting make the Zephyrus G GA502 somewhat of a sleeper, capable of deploying in classrooms and coffee shops without immediately identifying you as a gamer. It makes ultra-slim gaming laptops attainable for a larger audience and approachable for everyone.

  ROG Zephyrus G GA502
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
Display 15.6" FHD 60Hz/120Hz vIPS display, anti-glare
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage 512GB/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Wireless 1x1 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C w/ DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
1 x Kensington lock
Keyboard White-backlit chiclet keyboard with N-key rollover and Overstroke 
Audio 2  x 1W speakers with smart amplifier
Battery 76Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 180W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 Home
Size 14.2 (W) x 9.9 (D) x 0.78 (H) inch
Weight 2.1 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU-PB73
Specs AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR6
8GB DDR4 2400MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
60Hz vIPS display
Price $1,099 USD
Availability (USA) ASUS Store, Amazon, Excaliber PC, Mobile Advance, New Dream, Newegg, Walmart, XoticPC
Availability (Canada) TBD

Strix splits the difference in standard sizes

The latest Strix series represents the evolution of a more traditional laptop form factor that’s portable enough to carry around all day but not slim enough to encroach on Zephyrus territory. Available in 15.6” G531 and 17.3” G731 sizes with super-narrow bezels that make the footprints more compact, these mid-sized models are available in SCAR III and Hero III versions optimized for esports dominance, along with affordable Strix G configs that focus on core gaming features.

Inspired by our collaboration with BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops, the new Strix series catches your eye with raised ridges that race across the laptop’s spine and down the deck. Scissor-door hinges sit slightly forward to make more room for the extra ventilation in the 3D Flow Zone at the back, and an asymmetrical cut-out under the display avoids interfering with surrounding airflow. The hinges disappear into the laptop’s frame when closed, reducing exposure that can lead to cracking.

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The personalized style enabled by Aura Sync lighting extends into your environment with an optional light bar that wraps around the front and sides of the body. It casts a customizable glow onto the table below, allowing you to set an illuminated accent that fits any mood, from a neon vaporwave fade to something more subdued.

Flipping the chassis reveals standard Philips screws that don’t require special tools to remove. They’re all within reach, and along with smaller hooks under the hood, make it easier to separate the bottom panel and get inside. Opening the chassis exposes dual SO-DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of RAM, and both M.2 and 2.5” drive bays with lots of flexibility for different storage specs.

Pick your esports champion: Strix SCAR III or Hero III

Distinctive designs distinguish between our esports contenders. The Strix SCAR III reflects its shooter inspiration with a gunmetal grey motif and carbon wave pattern on the interior, while the Hero III wears midnight black punctuated by stealthy cyber text slashed across the palm rest. Both designs split contrasting surfaces on metal lids that add a more premium feel.

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Our collaboration with BMW Designworks Group on the Face Off concept also inspired the transformative nature of the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalized link to the laptop. This NFC-enabled device acts like a physical key; docking it can change system lighting and other settings linked to your ROG ID, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides and encrypts important files.

Working with professional esports teams and top tournaments provides insight on the needs of professional players who increasingly demand 240Hz displays. The higher refresh rate provides a competitive edge in high-level play, especially with fast-paced FPS games that are home turf for the SCAR III. If your reflexes don’t require new frames quite so quickly, the 144Hz alternative is still plenty fast; its 3ms grey-to-grey response time matches the 240Hz panel and produces a particularly clear picture in motion, with minimal blurring or ghosting.

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The 240Hz display is only available in a 15.6” panel, and to ensure you can make the most of it, only with GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. ROG Boost takes the GPU up to 1440MHz at 115W in Turbo mode, which helps sustain the high FPS needed to saturate the screen. CPU options scale up to the Core i9-9880H, whose eight-core design adds multitasking prowess that can help with gaming and streaming on the same machine, along with more serious work like video editing and 3D rendering.

Achieve esports excellence with the Strix SCAR III and Hero III, or simply revel in the glory of high-refresh gameplay in a laptop you can make your own.

  ROG Strix Scar III G531 ROG Strix Scar III G731 ROG Strix Hero III G531 ROG Strix Hero III G731
Processor Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H
Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H
 
Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H
Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H

 
Display

15.6" FHD 120Hz vIPS display, anti-glare
15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
15.6" FHD 240Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare

17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare 15.6" FHD 120Hz vIPS display, anti-glare
15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
15.6" FHD 240Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x RJ45 LAN 
1 x Keystone
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
1 x RJ45 LAN 
1 x Keystone
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
1 x RJ45 LAN 
1 x Keystone
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
1 x RJ45 LAN 
1 x Keystone
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
Keyboard RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with highlighted WASD keys, 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with highlighted WASD keys, 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 3.5W with smart amplifier 2 x 4W with smart amplifier 2 x 3.5W with smart amplifier 2 x 4W with smart amplifier
Battery 66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion 66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion 66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion 66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 230W AC Adapter
280W AC Adapter (Core i9 SKU)
230W AC Adapter
280W AC Adapter (Core i9 model)
    230W AC Adapter
280W AC Adapter (Core i9 SKU)
230W AC Adapter
280W AC Adapter (Core i9 model)
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home  Windows 10 Home
Size 14.19 (W) x 10.83 (D) x 1.02 ~ 1.02 (H) inch 15.7 (W) x 11.5 (D) x 1.02 (H) inch 14.19 (W) x 10.83 (D) x 1.02 ~ 1.02 (H) inch 15.7 (W) x 11.5 (D) x 1.02 (H) inch
Weight 2.4 kg 2.9 kg 2.4 kg 2.9 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Strix Scar III G531GW-DB76 ROG Strix Scar III G531GW-KB71 ROG Strix Scar III G531GV-DB76 ROG Strix Scar III G731GW-KB71 ROG Strix Hero III G531GW-XB74 ROG Strix Hero III G731GW-DB76 ROG Strix Hero III G731GW-XB74 ROG Strix Hero III G731GV-DB74
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
240Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB Firecuda
240Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
240Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB Firecuda
240Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512 PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512 PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB Firecuda
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
Price $2,299.99 USD $2,099.99 USD $1,799.99 USD $1,999.99 USD $1,999 USD $2,199 USD $1,999 USD $1,699 USD
Availability (USA) ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, HID Evolution, New Dream, Newegg, XoticPC Excaliber PC, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Excaliber PC Excaliber PC, XoticPC ASUS Store, Newegg, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, Micro Center, New Dream, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, XoticPC Best Buy, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, Micro Center, XoticPC ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Excaliber PC, HID Evolution, XoticPC
Availability (Canada) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

If you’re an amateur aspiring to the pro ranks or an everyday gamer who plays for fun, the Strix G provides an affordable foundation that distills the essential elements of the core ROG experience. Its low-profile design lets you blend into casual environments like classrooms and coffee shops even if you’re headed to a LAN party later on.

Focus on the fundamental with the Strix G

The GeForce GTX 16 series has the right performance per dollar to fit the Strix G’s profile, complete with an upgraded video encoder that enables smooth, high-quality capture for streamers who are starting out on a single machine. But that’s just the beginning for a spec sheet that maxes out at a GeForce GTX 2070 GPU and 144Hz display. With up to a Core i7-9750H CPU packing six cores and 12 threads, the Strix G can be configured to punch above its price tag.

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Despite missing some of the high-end features available in the SCAR III and Hero III, the Strix G is still available with up to four-zone Aura Sync lighting for the keyboard. The cooling is the same, albeit scaled back with slower, lower-power GPU options that don’t meet our requirements for esports models. You get all the essentials, including RangeBoost for the Gigabit WiFi, HDMI 2.0b output for 4K monitors and TVs, and support for G-Sync monitors via DisplayPort over Type-C USB on models with GeForce RTX graphics.

By concentrating on vital features and components that define the gaming experience, the ROG Strix G offers excellent value in a versatile laptop that can handle work and school in between bouts of battle royale.

  ROG Strix G G531 ROG Strix G G731
Processor Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H
Intel Core i7-9750H
​Intel Core i5-9300H
Display 15.6" FHD 60Hz/120Hz vIPS display, anti-glare
15.6" FHD 144Hz, 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
17.3" FHD 60Hz vIPS display, anti-glare
17.3" FHD 144Hz, 3ms IPS display, anti-glare
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GDDR6 4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 4GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GDDR6 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GDDR6 8GB
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 128GB/512GB/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
256GB/512GB/1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA SSHD (Firecuda)
1TB 5400RPM 2.5" SATA HDD
Wireless Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 9560 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack
Keyboard RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with highlighted WASD keys, 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke RGB-backlit chiclet keyboard with highlighted WASD keys, 2 mm travel distance, N-key rollover, and Overstroke
Audio 2 x 3.5W with smart amplifier 2 x 4W with smart amplifier
Battery 48Wh 3-cell Lithium-ion
66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion
66Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion
48Whrs 3-cell Lithium-ion
AC Adapter 150W AC Adapter
230W AC Adapter
280W AC Adapter (Core i9 model)
150W AC Adapter
230W AC Adapter
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Size 14.2 (W) x 10.8 (D) x 1.02 (H) inch 15.7 (W) x 11.5 (D) x 1.02 (H) inch
Weight 2.4 kg 2.9 kg

If you're in North America, you can find details on configurations and pricing available in the US and Canada in the table below. Gamers outside of North America should check with their local ROG representative for information on regional availability.

  ROG Strix G GL531GW-PB74 ROG Strix G GL531GV-PB74 ROG Strix G GL531GU-WB53 ROG Strix G GL531GT-EB76 ROG Strix G GL731GU-RB74 ROG Strix G GL731GT-EB76
Specs 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512 PCIe NVMe SSD
120Hz vIPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512 PCIe NVMe SSD
120Hz vIPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR6
8GB DDR4 2666MHz
512 PCIe NVMe SSD
120Hz vIPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
60Hz vIPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6G GDDR6
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
144Hz 3ms IPS display
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
60Hz 3ms IPS display
Price $1,899 USD $1,649 USD $1,199 USD $1,199 USD $1,499 USD $1,299 USD
Availability (USA) TBD XoticPC TBD ASUS Store, Amazon B&H TBD Amazon, Best Buy
Availability (Canada) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Pricing and availability

Fresh form factors and new hardware help the spring 2019 collection of ROG gaming laptops cater to a wide range of gamers, creators, and power users with different needs and budgets. Most models are available for sale or pre-order starting today, with others following in the coming weeks. Check with your local ROG representative for details about availability, configurations, and pricing in your region.

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