Jan 05, 2022 Written by:ROG

CES 2022 gaming laptop guide: ROG has something for everyone

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ROG introduced a number of new and updated gaming laptops at CES 2022, from ultra-powerful to ultra-slim to groundbreaking new form factors. And with new 12th gen processors from Intel, new 6000 series CPUs and GPUs from AMD, and the new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti from NVIDIA, this year is a perfect storm of glorious hardware upgrades.

That new silicon gets to flex its muscles in this year’s ROG Strix line, designed for top-tier performance in esports and competitive gaming. Both the Strix SCAR and Strix G offer the fastest-ever laptop displays at 360Hz, with plenty of color options to flex your style on the battlefield. 

Our Zephyrus line continues to push the boundaries of thin-and-light gaming laptops, with svelte designs for gamers and content creators alike. The brand-new Zephyrus G14 lights up the room with a new and improved AniMe Matrix™ display on the back of the lid, plus an all-new screen we're calling a Nebula Display. Meanwhile, the G15 and M16 have been updated with all-new hardware, and the legendary Zephyrus Duo 16 takes dual-display laptops to a new level with Mini LED and a 4-directional hinge that melts the displays together for a truly seamless experience. 

Finally, we’re introducing a brand new form factor to the ultra-versatile ROG Flow family: the Flow Z13, a detachable gaming tablet with the power of a PC. With a high-end Intel CPU and a dedicated graphics chip, this innovative device lets you game anywhere, any way—especially when connected to the upgraded XG Mobile external GPU. 

All of this year’s new laptops come with a MUX switch built-in for the best possible performance, our suite of Intelligent Cooling improvements, Wi-Fi 6E for reliable connectivity, and upgraded 16:10 displays for more immersive gameplay. Here’s how to pick the right one for you. 

The ROG Strix SCAR and Strix G Challenge the Competition

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If you want the best performance possible for competitive, high-refresh gaming, look no further than the ROG Strix series. The brand-new ROG Strix SCAR is designed with esports pros in mind, with up to a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900H processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti laptop GPU at 150W with Dynamic Boost. A MUX Switch allows you to switch into a direct GPU mode that ensures you see every single frame with minimal latency, and Thermal Grizzly’s Conductonaut Extreme Liquid Metal keeps temperatures up to 15°C lower than traditional pastes, ensuring higher sustained boost clocks. PCIe Gen 4x4 storage boosts lightning-fast load times, and DDR5 4800MHz RAM provides plenty of memory for multitasking.  

Competitive hardware deserves a competitive display, which is why the Strix SCAR 15 and 17 both offer ultra high refresh rates. The 15-inch offers three IPS display choices: QHD 240Hz, Full HD 300Hz, and QHD 165Hz. The 17-inch SCAR goes even further, with QHD 240Hz and a blazing fast Full HD 360Hz option. All of those displays come with Dolby Vision HDR and Adaptive-Sync for stunning picture quality without tearing or stuttering. A 3ms response time assures clear movement so you can make pixel-perfect decisions in frenetic firefights. 

This year’s larger trackpad allows for fine-grained control over precision movements when not using a traditional mouse, and per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard and lightbar let you flex your own style. The armor cap in the corner is even swappable, with three different colors offered in-box and customizable 3D-printable models available online, so you can make the machine truly yours.

  ROG Strix SCAR 15 ROG Strix SCAR 17
CPU Intel Core i9-12900H 
Intel Core i7-12700H 
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Display Full HD 300Hz/3ms 100% sRGB 
QHD 240Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
QHD 165Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3 
Full HD 360Hz/3ms 100% sRGB 
QHD 240Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
QHD 165Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
Memory Up to 64GB DDR5 4800MHz 
Storage Up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD 
I/O 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A  
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45
1x HDMI 2.1 
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack 
1x Power (DC) input port
Battery 90Wh
Size 354.9 x 259.9 x 22.69 ~ 27.2mm 
2.3kg 
395 x 282.1 x 23.4 ~ 28.3mm 
2.7kg 

If you don’t need a tournament-grade machine, the new ROG Strix G15 and G17 bring high-powered hardware to esports enthusiasts everywhere. These machines boast up to an AMD® Ryzen™ 9 6900HX processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 laptop GPU at 150W with Dynamic Boost, with the same MUX Switch as their top-tier compatriot. The G15 offers Full HD 300Hz and QHD 165Hz display options, while the G17 offers Full HD 360Hz and QHD 240hz for truly competitive gaming. These displays come with 3ms response times, Dolby Vision HDR, and Adaptive-Sync. The Strix G comes in Eclipse Gray as well as the more neon Volt Green and Electro Punk color choices that will stand out from the crowd.

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All Strix models are equipped with a quad-speaker design that includes Hi-Res audio support and Dolby Atmos virtual surround for a crystal-clear soundstage in the heat of battle. Two-way AI Noise Cancelation filters out background noise for both your voice and your teammates’, so you never miss an important moment.  

In addition, you'll get a 90Wh battery, plus 100W Type-C charging for on-the-go usage. Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G LAN provide cutting-edge networking for minimal lag on both wired and compatible wireless networks. 

  ROG Strix G15 ROG Strix G17
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX  
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H 
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti  
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 
Display Full HD 300Hz/3ms 100% sRGB
QHD 165Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
Full HD 360Hz/3ms 100% sRGB 
QHD 240Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3 
Memory Up to 32GB DDR5 4800MHz 
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD 
I/O 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45 
1x HDMI 2.0b 
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack 
1x Power (DC) input port 
Battery 90Wh
Size 354.9 (W) x 259.9 (D) x 22.69 ~ 27.2 (H) mm 
2.3kg 
395 (W) x 282.1 (D) x 23.4 ~ 28.3 (H) mm 
2.8kg 

The ROG Zephyrus G14 blends gaming prowess with go-anywhere portability

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The ROG Zephyrus G14 has garnered rave reviews from gamers around the globe, for its mix of powerful gaming and a stylish ultraportable form factor. This year, we’ve made it even better, with Windows 11 onboard, an AMD® Ryzen™ 9 Series processor, and AMD® Radeon™ RX 6000 Series mobile graphics with a MUX Switch for the best possible framerates. ROG Intelligent Cooling with liquid metal and a custom vapor chamber ensures excellent sustained performance from these high-end components, while DDR5 RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD enable responsive multitasking and fast load times, no matter what you’re doing.  

Designed to offer premium power in an ultraportable package, the G14 is available in sleek Eclipse Grey or Moonlight White, featuring a Prismatic Logo nameplate with a holographic, reflective hue that you need to see to truly appreciate. Models with the now-iconic AniMe Matrix™ display also see an upgrade: the back of the lid is covered with 14,969 precision CNC milled holes with 1,449 mini LEDs. The higher number of LEDs vs the 2021 G14 make for plenty of new animation possibilities to customize the look of your machine.

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The G14 is also one of the first ROG laptops to feature ROG’s brand-new Nebula display, which offers 120Hz at QHD with 500 nits of peak brightness, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and a 3ms response time — plus Adaptive-Sync, Pantone® validation, and Dolby Vision HDR for a stunning, color-accurate experience that minimizes stuttering and tearing. The display has been expanded to a 16:10 aspect ratio, which increases screen real estate without sacrificing portability. Its tiny bezels offer a staggering 91% screen-to-body ratio.  

Dolby Atmos speakers, a 3D mic array with two-way AI noise canceling, an IR webcam, and blazing fast Wi-Fi 6E round out this machine for ultra-portable excellence.  

ROG Zephyrus G14
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 
AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS 
GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6800S 
AMD Radeon RX 6700S 

Display

QHD 120Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3 
Full HD 144Hz/3ms 100% sRGB 

Memory Up to 32GB DDR5 4800MHz 
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD 
I/O

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C  
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A  
1x HDMI 2.0b  
1x MicroSD card reader 
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack  
1x Power (DC) input port 

Battery 76Wh 
Size

312 x 227 x 19.5mm (with AniMe Matrix™) 
1.75kg (with AniMe Matrix™) 

The ROG Zephyrus G15 amps up its top-tier, thin-and-light power

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For more immersion, the ROG Zephyrus G15 scales up to a 15” screen with top-tier hardware inside for gaming, content creation, and any other task you can imagine. An AMD Ryzen 9 6000 series CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU power this lightweight monster, kept cool by Thermal Grizzly liquid metal and ROG’s suite of Intelligent Cooling components. 4800MHz DDR5 and 1TB of storage ensure lightning-fast responsiveness from the system. 

Up to a QHD 240Hz refresh rate monitor provides the best of high resolution and framerate alike, with Adaptive-Sync, Dolby Vision, and a wide color gamut keep images stunning and tear-free. The slim bezels keep the machine as portable as possible, while the ErgoLift hinge raises the keyboard to a comfortable angle as you open the laptop. 

Six speakers powered by Dolby Atmos create an enveloping soundstage, while an IR camera allows for easy video conferencing powered by AI noise cancelling so you only hear what matters. Tap into portable power with 100W of Type-C charging when you’re on the go, and enjoy more reliable connectivity than ever with Wi-Fi 6E on this versatile powerhouse. 

ROG Zephyrus G15
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
AMD Ryzen 9 6800HS
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Display QHD 240Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
QHD 165Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
Memory Up to 48GB DDR5 4800MHz
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
I/O 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x MicroSD card reader
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack
1x Power (DC) input port
1x Kensington Lock
Battery 90Wh
Size 355 x 243.5 x 19.9mm
1.9kg

The ROG Zephyrus M16 blends high-octane gaming with sleek professionalism

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Most of us aren’t just gamers—we’re also students, hobbyists, and creators with varying interests. The ROG Zephyrus M16 goes everywhere and does everything, with Windows 11 Pro, a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900H processor, and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti Laptop GPU with a MUX switch ready to tackle anything you throw at it. Up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage ensures you have enough room for your games and content creation projects alike, with room for expansion—and up to 48GB of dual-channel DDR5 4800MHz memory ensures your visions are never bogged down. 

A gorgeous 16-inch display fits into an ultra-slim 15” chassis with an insane 94% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a dot matrix design on the lid with hints of prismatic film for a professional but unique look. A 16:10 screen at up to QHD resolution with 165Hz grants immersion for games and plenty of real estate for work, with Pantone validated colors that reach 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, perfect for content creation. 

Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio supply sublime sound, Wi-Fi 6E keeps you constantly connected, and Type-C charging lets you top off with a portable battery pack when you’re on the road. Plus, a stealth-quiet keyboard and comprehensive port selection ensure you can get things done anywhere—even if “getting things done” sometimes means mowing down hordes of evil aliens.

ROG Zephyrus M16
CPU Intel Core i9-12900H
Intel Core i7-12700H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
Display QHD 165Hz/3ms 100% DCI-P3
Full HD 165Hz/3ms 100% sRGB
Memory Up to 48GB DDR5 4800MHz
Storage Up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
I/O 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x MicroSD card reader
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack
1x Power (DC) input port
1x Kensington Lock
Battery 90Wh
Size 355 x 243.5 x 19.9mm
1.9kg

The ROG Zephyrus Duo16 will rock your universe with two incredible displays

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The original Zephyrus Duo broke boundaries with its dual-display setup, allowing you to game and multitask like never before. ROG’s ScreenPad Plus™ adds a secondary screen for extra productivity real estate, game-streaming tools, or even controls for supported games like Dying Light 2. But the brand-new 2022 Zephyrus Duo 16 is even more impressive: The ScreenPad Plus™ now rises up and slides back to meet the primary display as the laptop opens, thanks to a new 4-directional hinge. Compared to the previous generation, this closes the gap between the two displays, almost melting into the main screen for nearly bezel-less, next-level immersion.  

This Windows 11 machine is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti laptop GPU at 150W with Dynamic Boost for supremely high-end horsepower. That hardware is bolstered by an upgraded Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal solution that decreases CPU temperatures by 15°C compared to traditional thermal pastes. The AAS Plus 2.0 air intake created by the raised secondary screen creates 30% more airflow above the fans, allowing these top-tier components to stay cool for better sustained performance in games and creative apps. And, as with our other 2022 laptops, a MUX Switch ensures you get every frame possible in competitive scenarios.

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But it doesn’t stop there. This year, the Zephyrus Duo offers two groundbreaking panel choices for the main display. The first, new for 2022, is ROG’s Nebula HDR display, which has all the specs of ROG’s standard Nebula display but with a mini LED backlight boasting 512 individual dimming zones, able to reach 1100 nits of peak brightness for stunning levels of contrast and color. This QHD, 16:10 panel boasts a refresh rate of 165Hz and is VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified for the ultimate HDR gaming and movie-watching experience. This is a display you have to see to believe. 

If refresh rate is more important than contrast, you have another panel option. Co-developed with BOE, we’re calling this brand-new ROG-exclusive display a Dual Spec panel, and it’s able to switch between 4K 120Hz and Full HD 240Hz with a flick of a switch. That means you can choose whether resolution or refresh rate is more important on a game-by-game or app-by-app basis, giving you the best experience in every scenario. Pixel Acceleration Technology ensures lightning-fast upscaling in the Full HD mode, for crystal clear images at competitive framerates.  

The Zephyrus Duo 16 also comes with ROG’s NumberPad technology on the trackpad, a keyboard with 1.7mm of travel and per-key RGB, six speakers with Dual Force-Cancelling Woofers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio, and two-way AI Noise Cancellation to round out ROG’s flagship for 2022. Despite this much tech and two displays, the 2022 Zephyrus Duo 16 has a smaller footprint than the previous generation, fitting a 16-inch display into a chassis traditionally sized for 15” laptops. 

ROG Zephyrus Duo 16
CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX 
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H 

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 

Display

QHD 165Hz/3ms Mini LED 100% DCI-P3 
4K/120Hz Full HD/240Hz Dual Spec Panel 100% DCI-P3 
Full HD 165Hz IPS level panel 100% sRGB 

QHD 165Hz/3ms Mini LED 100% DCI-P3 
Full HD 165Hz IPS level panel 100% sRGB 

Second Display

4K 60Hz ROG ScreenPad™ Plus 
Full HD 60Hz ROG ScreenPad™ Plus 

Memory  Up to 64GB DDR5 4800MHz 
Storage  Up to 4TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD 
I/O

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C    
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A   
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45 
1x HDMI 2.1   
1x MicroSD card reader 
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack   
1x Power (DC) input port 
1x Kensington Lock  

Battery 90Wh 
Size

355 x 265.9 x 20.5mm 
2.5kg 

The ROG Flow X13 brings new meaning to compact gaming

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Last year, we introduced our smallest gaming laptop yet, the ultra-versatile ROG Flow X13. This year it’s been updated with the latest silicon from AMD and NVIDIA, with power that continues to amaze in such a small form factor. Featuring the latest AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPU, the 2022 Flow X13 will transform your expectations of what a gaming laptop can be. 

The ultra-slim, ultra-light body fits just about anywhere, while a 360° hinge allows for console-like gaming with a controller, or creating works of art with its optional stylus. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the touchscreen, which comes in both 4K 60Hz and 1080p 120Hz options for either ultra-crisp or ultra-smooth gaming. 

Despite the incredibly portable design, the Flow X13 still sports a full keyboard with 1.7mm of key travel, as well as a robust port selection including HDMI, USB Type-A and Type-C, and our own XG Mobile interface for connecting to our ultra-portable family of external GPUs. No matter where you go or what you’re doing, the Flow X13 is ready. 

ROG Flow X13
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
Display 4K 60Hz 85% DCI-P3 touchscreen
Full HD 120Hz 100% sRGB touchscreen
Memory Up to 32GB DDR5 6400MHz
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
I/O 1x XG Mobile interface
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack
Battery 62Wh
Size 299 x 222 x 15.8mm
1.3kg

The ROG Flow Z13 shatters boundaries with an entirely new detachable tablet form factor

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Finally, ROG is introducing an entirely new form factor to the 2022 lineup: like the Flow X13 before it, the new ROG Flow Z13 shrinks gaming to new levels of portability. As the world’s most powerful gaming tablet, the Flow Z13 is designed for the ultimate in versatility, with power belying its compact size. 

Thanks to Windows 11, up to a 14-core Intel® Core™ i9-12900H, an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti GPU, and 5200MHz LPDDR5 memory, this tablet packs plenty of gaming horsepower into an ultra thin and light chassis. These specs are further bolstered by 1TB of PCIe® SSD storage, a MUX Switch, custom vapor chamber cooling, and fast charging via USB Type-C.  

The Flow Z13 features two display options: a 4K 60Hz panel with 85% DCI-P3 coverage, or a Full HD 120Hz option with 100% sRGB coverage. Both are 16:10 with Corning Gorilla glass protection on the touch screen, Adaptive-Sync, Dolby Vision HDR with 500 nits of brightness, and Pantone validation for accurate colors.

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But here’s where things get interesting: this new detachable form factor is designed to be played multiple ways, from traditional mouse (using the included screen cover keyboard) to touch input or gamepads. And since all the powerful components lie behind the screen instead of under the keyboard, the ROG Intelligent Cooling solution gets plenty of fresh air for high sustained performance.  

The Flow Z13 sports a retro-futurist design inspired by the 20th-century Space Race, but encompassing ROG’s vision for the future of gaming: go-anywhere portability. A CNC-milled window on the rear of the chassis allows a look straight into the machine’s mainboard, and the chassis is covered in spacecraft-inspired machining. The built-in kickstand can be opened up to 160 degrees for optimal usage in nearly any scenario. And like the ROG Flow X13, it’s compatible with the XG Mobile family of external GPUs.

ROG Flow Z13

CPU

Intel Core i9-12900H 
Intel Core i7-12800H 
Intel Core i5-12500H 

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 

Display

4K 60Hz 85% DCI-P3 touchscreen 
Full HD 120Hz 100% sRGB touchscreen 

Memory Up to 16GB DDR5 5200MHz 
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD 
I/O

1x XG Mobile interface    
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 
1x USB 2.0 Type-A   
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack

Battery 56Wh 
Size

302.8 x 204.8 x 12mm 
1.1kg 

The XG Mobile turns Flow laptops into full workstations on-the-go

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When you need extra horsepower and I/O expansion, both the Flow X13 and Flow Z13 are compatible with ROG’s XG Mobile ecosystem. These powerful external GPUs are small enough to fit in your bag, and come equipped with additional I/O ports, serving as a convenient docking station when you need to turn your compact laptop into a full-blown battle station. 

Connect to 2021’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU model or the brand new 2022 AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU to unlock incredible performance, with additional USB ports, DisplayPort and HDMI, and ethernet for a desktop-caliber experience.

ROG XG Mobile
GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT 

I/O

4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A    
1x 2.5G LAN RJ45  
1x HDMI 2.1 
1x DisplayPort 1.4    
1x SD card reader     
1x Power (DC) input port  

Size

217 x 165 x 32.6mm 
1kg 

Pricing and availability

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your gaming laptop. From the latest version of Windows to the latest CPUs and GPUs and bold new form factors, ROG’s 2022 lineup pushes limits and redefines what a gaming laptop can be. 

The next generation of gaming notebooks will start hitting shelves soon. Follow ROG here and on social media for the latest updates, and contact your local ROG representative for details about specific configurations, availability, and pricing in your region. 

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