ASUS makes gaming Ultrabooks smaller and stronger with their ROG Zephyrus S

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ASUS makes gaming Ultrabooks smaller and stronger with their ROG Zephyrus S

ASUS makes gaming Ultrabooks smaller and stronger with their ROG Zephyrus S

One of the clearest signs of technological progress is miniaturisation, the process of placing increasingly powerful technology into smaller form factors. Most of us have seen computers shrink from giants desktop units to become mobile phones, or see entire render farms condensed into single machines that can deliver the same or greater amounts of computing performance.

The march of progress demands that technology becomes compact, or at a minimum becomes more powerful while training the same size/scale. In the past, gaming notebooks were beastly machines, shipping in sizes and weights that could barely be called portable. With the Zepherus series, ASUS endeavoured to change that, packing as much performance into as small a chassis as possible. 

Today, ASUS has announced the Zephyrus S, a gaming notebook that combines the power of a 6-core Intel i7-class 8750H processor and up to a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 Max-Q into a 15.6-inch laptop with a maximum thickness of 15.75mm. 

On top of these specs, ASUS has slimmed down the bezels on the unit's 1080p display, offering users a high-quality AUO Optronics IPS panel with support for 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz while providing a low 3ms response time. The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S delivers insane levels of gaming performance in an Ultrabook form factor. 


ASUS makes gaming Ultrabooks smaller and stronger with their ROG Zephyrus S

When looking at these specifications, it is easy to wonder how ASUS managed this technological feat, especially when the Zephyrus S needs to be sturdy enough for travel and cool enough for both heavy gaming and workstation loads. 

ASUS uses an all-metal chassis on their new Zephyrus S series to offer an optimal balance between strength and weight. The frame is made from a mixture of Aluminium and magnesium, requiring precision CNC machining to provide a premium finish and tight tolerances for component placements. The machining process on Zephyrus S takes 72 minutes, highlighting the attention to detail that ASUS has placed into their premium gaming ultrabook. 

The Zephyrus S is available in two flavours, with both GTX 1070 Max-Q and GTX 1060 based offerings, each of which can ship with up to 24GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory and between 256GB and 1TB of M.2 SSD storage.

The total mass of ASUS's ROG Zephyrus S is 2.1KG and makes use of a custom cooling solution to deliver optimal cooling performance, utilising ASUS' unique AAS (Active Aerodynamic System) cooling design in conjunction with a bespoke fan design that incorporates a self-cleaning system into their design. Users of this notebook have the option to configure their Zephyrus S with Boost Mode, Maximum Gaming Mode, Silence Mode and Balance mode, allowing users to prioritise performance or silence depending on their surroundings.  


ASUS makes gaming Ultrabooks smaller and stronger with their ROG Zephyrus S

ASUS' ROG Zephyrus S GX531 will become available in the UK in mid-October with an MSRP of £1999.99. 

You can join the discussion on ASUS' ultra-compact ROG Zephyrus S gaming Ultrabook on the OC3D Forums.  

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