Experience the best of gaming and creating with the premium ROG Zephyrus S17 gaming laptop

May 11, 2021 Written by:Eric Born

One machine for limitless gaming. One machine for effortless creating. With an innovative design crafted from premium materials, the all-new ROG Zephyrus S17 is the performance-driven laptop for gamers who want it all.

Experience supreme power with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900H CPU capable of feasting on 90W, plus up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU that reaches 140W with Dynamic Boost. Bolstered by ROG Intelligent Cooling technologies, these components provide an unrivalled platform for immersive gaming and inspired content creation. Our innovative AAS Plus cooling system lifts the keyboard at a 5° angle, opening wide vents that give the new Arc Flow fans ample room to quietly pull cooling air into the laptop. Combined with liquid metal thermal compound on the CPU, these enhancements let you enjoy powerful computing in a machine that’s slim, quiet, and cool under your fingers.

Side view of a gamer using the ROG Zephyrus S17, in a darkened room with gaming decorations.

A spacious 17” screen and cutting-edge components make every moment a luxury experience. Choose either a WQHD display with Advanced Optimus and G-SYNC for higher FPS, or a 4K option with greater detail and Adaptive-Sync. Both offer high refresh rates, brilliant colors, and out-of-the box color accuracy. Powerful six-speaker audio lets you travel with high-fidelity sound wherever you go. Storage options including a three-drive HyperDrive Ultimate SSD RAID array give you lightning-fast access to games and media. The optical-mechanical keyboard offers precise and responsive input, while the configurable Multiwheel puts a wide range of useful functions within reach.

The ROG Zephyrus S17 delivers top-of-the-line performance for gaming and more in a slim package with the style for any occasion. At home or on the road, at play or at work, this one machine provides the high-end experience you crave.

Agile power for any workload

An 11th Gen Intel Core processor beats at the heart of the S17. The Core i9-11900H in the top configuration is clocked up to 4.9GHz, and thanks to our innovative cooling, it runs on up to 50W of sustained power when the GPU is active and 90W on its own. This high-end CPU is engineered to deliver exceptional performance in slimmer and more portable devices. Its eight cores and 16 threads make light work of gaming, streaming, and creating, and it’s paired with up to 48GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM for fast and efficient multitasking. Creators can produce large projects using high-resolution assets, and gamers can easily stream, chat, and play all at the same time.

The Zephyrus S17 ushers you into unbelievably lifelike gaming worlds with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. This flagship laptop GPU unleashes high FPS even in the most demanding games. Cooling upgrades allow the graphics processor to clock up to 1545MHz at 125W with ROG Boost and reach 140W with Dynamic Boost.

Gamer playing with the S17, wearing a headset and using a wired mouse, with two external monitors on the table.

Like the rest of the GeForce 30 Series, the RTX 3080 is based on the latest NVIDIA Ampere architecture with updated CUDA cores for programmable shading, enhanced RT cores for real-time ray tracing, and upgraded Tensor cores for accelerating AI. This versatile combination enhances gaming performance and graphics in addition to speeding up other workloads like image processing, 3D modeling, and deep learning. It’s also backed by up to a massive 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM reserved exclusively for the GPU. Support for Resizable BAR enables the CPU to access all of the GPU memory at once, which can improve performance in many games.

Next-gen storage options let you load games and access huge files with astonishing speed. Push transfer speeds up to an amazing 10.5GB/s—the world’s fastest in a gaming laptop—with a HyperDrive Ultimate RAID array that uses three separate NVMe drives. Other configurations use a single PCIe 4.0 SSD featuring transfer rates twice as fast as PCIe 3.0, and they offer two additional M.2 slots for future expansion.

Making it all happen in a slim design

The Zephyrus S17 introduces a bold new design that enables an exceptional balance of powerful processing, quiet acoustics, and cool temperatures in a svelte chassis less than 20mm thin. As you lift the lid, the keyboard rises at a 5° angle, opening broad vents that increase intake airflow by 25%. This unique implementation of our innovative AAS Plus technology brings outsized cooling and performance to the super-slim system. Raising the keyboard also reduces its surface temperature, keeping your fingers cooler during marathon gaming sessions.

View of the S1y with the lip open and keyboard raised, with the ROG eye logo on screen.

Additional features from the ROG Intelligent Cooling portfolio bolster the S17’s thermal capacity even further. Our latest Arc Flow fans move air quietly and efficiently; the blades vary in thickness to maximize flow, and they’re capped by a special aerodynamic wave pattern to minimize turbulence and noise. When component temperatures drop below 50°C, the fans automatically spin down to 0dB mode for completely silent operation.

Exotic liquid metal thermal compound applied by our patented process efficiently diverts heat away from the Intel processor. It reduces CPU temperatures by up to 10°C compared to traditional thermal paste. A total of six heatpipes draw heat away from the CPU, GPU, VRAM, and VRM circuitry and out of the chassis through four heatsinks with ultra-thin fins. The thermal module is built to go the distance, with an updated self-cleaning design that uses anti-dust channels to direct particles away from critical cooling components, ensuring consistent cooling over time.

Throughout the day, you might have different priorities for performance, cooling, and fan noise. The ROG Armoury Crate utility makes it easy to adjust for the needs of the moment. Toggle between the Silent, Performance, and Turbo operating modes to optimize performance and cooling with a single click or keyboard shortcut. Scenario Profiles makes it even more convenient to adapt to different tasks. With this tool, you can create and personalize profiles that automatically trigger whenever you load certain apps or games. These profiles optimize the machine by adjusting the Operating Mode, Aura Sync lighting, display and audio settings, and more.

Portable elegance

At first glance, you might not realize that the Zephyrus S17’s luxurious exterior conceals potent performance and exceptional cooling. The all-metal magnesium-aluminum chassis is draped in a low-profile Off Black finish that resists fingerprints. This sophisticated hue gives the system an easy elegance that’s never out of place. Diamond-cut edges and a translucent accent behind the keyboard provide subtle contrast and memorable touches of personality without attracting too much attention.

A view of the lid of the S17.

The slim design and understated looks make it easy to take the S17 everywhere. Its substantial 90Wh battery augment that mobility, and when it’s time to top off the battery, fast charging pushes it to 50% in just 30 minutes. Support for USB Type-C charging up to 100W even lets you leave the main adapter at home. While the full-sized adapter is required for maximum performance, the laptop can handle everyday work running off a smaller Type-C adapter or even a portable USB power pack.

Vibrant visuals, absorbing audio

The spacious 17” screen provides a perfect window for games and creative projects. It’s surrounded by super-narrow bezels that slim down to a mere 5.65mm on the sides, immersing you in stunning sweep of pixels. Quick 3ms response times crush blur in fast-moving scenes, producing a sharper picture that gives you a competitive edge. Experience vivid colors in your games and media with full coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, plus enhanced contrast with Dolby Vision. All Zephyrus S17 displays are factory calibrated and Pantone Validated for exceptional out-of-the-box color accuracy, so creators can fine-tune their projects with confidence.

Two options let you choose the best experience for your needs. The first combines the high speed of a 165Hz refresh rate with the fine detail of a WQHD resolution. This is an ideal pairing for gamers who want it all: fluid and responsive gameplay with rich details and high in-game graphics settings.

Front view of the S17 with the ROG logo visible.

The WQHD display also comes with NVIDIA Advanced Optimus technology, which combines the battery saving tools of Optimus with the fluidity and responsiveness G-SYNC. It uses a dynamic display switch to intelligently shift between the integrated and discrete GPUs to maximize battery life or performance based on what you’re doing. When running off the discrete GPU, the display’s refresh rate synchronizes with the GPU’s frame rate for smoother, tear-free gaming.

The second display option is a 4K panel that caters to creators and gamers who demand even more detail. It’s primed for fluid gaming and everyday navigation with a 120Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync eliminates tearing and makes gameplay smoother, which is especially helpful at Ultra HD resolution. Create or game wherever inspiration strikes thanks to 500 nits of peak brightness. Even outdoors, you can see a clear and vivid picture.

Captivating visuals combine with best-in-class audio to heighten your immersion. Six speakers with Dolby Atmos drive thrilling entertainment experiences. Two tweeters team up with dual force-canceling woofers to produce crisp highs and clear bass. Each woofer comprises two speakers that are slightly offset to cancel each other’s vibrations, which reduces unwanted resonance. This helps the Zephyrus S17 produce deeper bass and louder volume than competing gaming laptops.

Top down view of the S17, with power adapter, mouse, headset and backpack.

When it’s time to stream or record, the 3D mic array lets you choose between three configurations to pick up exactly the sounds you want. Cardioid mode captures sources immediately in front of the laptop, making your voice loud and clear for streaming and chat. Omnidirectional mode picks up audio from the entire room, letting you draw an entire group into a call. Blending the two in stereo mode opens up rich recording opportunities for music creation.

Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation improves voice clarity by minimizes background noise in your microphone feed. What’s more, it does the same for incoming audio from squadmates and friends, so that you can hear them clearly and without distraction. Noise canceling runs on the CPU, which frees up the GPU to hit higher FPS. It can be applied to any audio device and even customized on a per-app basis, so you can limit noise-canceling to chat without affecting in-game sounds.

Comfortable inputs, broad connectivity

Whether you’re sitting down with the ROG Zephyrus S17 for a few rounds of multiplayer or to take the next step on your latest project, the laptop’s refined inputs fall naturally under your hands.

The rising keyboard’s 5° angle maximizes typing comfort with an ergonomic tilt that echoes the slope of desktop mechanical keyboards. It’s easy to find the right keys thanks to a desktop-style layout and numpad, complete with independent arrow keys and full-sized caps. The touchpad is always in reach with a surface area that’s 125% larger than the last generation.

Top down view of the S17 with the lid open, emphasizing the keyboard.

Ultra-responsive optical-mechanical key switches put you in control of every moment. They actuate in just 0.2ms with no debounce delay, minimizing the latency between your commands and in-game actions. The optical mechanism is highly durable, too, extending the switch’s lifetime to 100 million keystrokes. N-key rollover ensures that all of your presses register even in the middle of frantic battles. Per-key RGB lighting adds personalized style that you can customize for different games and workflows, and also synchronize with the lighting on other Aura Sync gear.

Common controls are easier to access with the configurable Multiwheel in the upper left corner of the keyboard deck. Click the roller once, and a small menu pops up with different functions to adjust. You can adjust input and output volume, keyboard backlighting, display brightness, Operating Modes, and more. Customization options in Armoury Crate also let you choose which functions appear in the pop-up menu and the default for scrolling on the fly.

Logging into Windows is a breeze thanks to the fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button, which briefly saves your fingerprint and automatically applies it to the right Windows profile at the login screen. When it’s time to stream or chat with friends, the integrated webcam with advanced noise reduction is ready to make you look your best. It cleverly combines algorithms that correct noise in static and moving elements of a scene, producing superior video quality, especially in low-light environments.

A rich selection of ports offers exceptional flexibility and convenient places to connect all your peripherals. Thunderbolt 4 introduces a wide range of possibilities. It can connect to a versatile docking station or an external display with up to an 8K resolution. The interface offers especially high-speed access to large files on external storage. And with power delivery, you can use it to charge the laptop or top off the battery of other devices.

Need to connect another display? A USB Type-C port with DisplayPort stands ready alongside a dedicated HDMI port. The SD card reader supports transfer speeds up to 312MB/s, giving you quick access to photos and videos. WiFi 6 networking lets you get the most out of compatible routers, and plentiful USB ports make it easy to connect all your devices.

ROG Zephyrus S17
CPU Core i9-11900H
Core i7-11800H
Display 165Hz/3ms WQHD 100% DCI-P3 with G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
120Hz/3ms 4K 100% DCI-P3 with Adaptive-Sync
GPU GeForce RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3060
Memory Up to 48GB DDR4
Storage Up to 3 SSDs in HyperDrive Ultimate RAID Array
Wireless WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
I/O 1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x SD card reader
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x RJ45
1x audio combo jack
Battery 90Wh
Size 395 x 264 x 19.9mm

For those who dare to want it all

The ROG Zephyrus S17 sets the bar high-performance gaming and creating in a slim design. The innovative rising keyboard and AAS Plus cooling unleash the power of the latest processors to drive fluid gameplay and effortless artistry across a choice of immersive 17” displays. Premium materials and thoughtful conveniences elevate the entire experience, adding satisfaction to every moment.

Reach the next level with the luxurious Zephyrus S17 gaming laptop. Contact your local ROG representative for more information on pricing and availability.