Asus has launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest GTX 1060 gaming notebook, the ROG Zephyrus S GX531. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
The new S GX531 is the successor to the original Zephyrus Asus launched last year. The original was the first Asus laptop to use Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture.
Max-Q is a certification by Nvidia designed to help manufacture create thin and light gaming notebooks using it’s top end GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and 1060 GPUs.
The new laptop is a refinement of the original Zephyrus that’s full of subtle changes. Under the hood these include basic improvements, such as a move to Intel’s new 8th Gen CPU family and improved 144Hz screen – the original Zephryus’ had a still speedy 120Hz refresh rate screen.
Asus is one of many companies to launch gaming laptops with high refresh rate panels. The Gigabyte Aero 15 kicked of the trend earlier this year and Razer followed suit with its latest Razer Blade 15.
The bigger changes apply to the laptop’s custom “AAS” (Active Aerodynamic System) cooling system. The system improves on the older model by adding a fourth thermal exhaust, reducing the thickness of the cooling pipes and using a new material called LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) to build the fans. The Material reportedly let Asus designers load the fans with 83 blades.
The company claims the new system helped it reduce the laptop’s thickness by around 20%, making it the “thinnest GTX 1060 gaming notebook in the world, measuring in at a meager 14.95-15.75mm.
Asus has also loaded the new Zephyrus S GX531 with side RGB lighting, which will prove a hit with more ostentatious gamers. Outside of this it looks incredibly similar to its predecessor. It has a similar looking, uber thin, metal chassis and the same atypical keyboard and trackpad setup as its predecessor. This pushes the keyboard forward to the front of the laptop and places the trackpad on its fight side.
You can see a full breakdown of the new Zephyrus S GX531 specs in the table below.
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Asus Zephyrus S GX531 specs
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz|
|GPU||NVidia GTX 1060 – 6GB|
|Display||15.5-inch FHD IPS-Level panel. 144Hz refresh. 3Ms response time|
The only obvious spec omission is the use of an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. The new Nvidia Turing architecture was unveiled earlier in August. Nvidia is expected to unveil its new line of Turing GeForce GPUs at Gamescom next week.
Intel is also expected to unveil details about it’s next generation Canon Lake CPUs in the very near future.
This could make the Zephyrus’ specs out of date fairly quickly – though Asus likely already has refreshes in the works with the newer hardware so this hopefully won’t be an issue.
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Zephyrus S GX531 price and release date
The Zephyrus S GX531 will retail for £1999.99 when it launches at an unspecified point later this year.
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