In addition to its exciting UX31A and UX21A, Asus is adding one more member to the ZenBook Prime family. The 13.3in ASUS Zenbook UX32VD still sports Ivy Bridge processing power and one of those lovely Full HD/1080p matt IPS panels that have us drooling all over our desks, but throws in dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics for a spot of 3D gaming too.
The compromise to keep its price affordable is that the standard UX32VD configuration uses hybrid storage with a 24GB SSD and 500GB hard drive, rather than a pure SSD. Of course it’s also a little thicker and weight has gone up from the regular 13in Zenbook’s 1.3kg to 1.45kg.
So will the UX32VD finally be that rare delight, a halfway capable gaming machine in a slim and light chassis? Well no, not quite. Unfortunately, the specific ‘Series 6’ Asus has selected is the GT620M. Unlike Nvidia’s GT640M, which is proper next-generation Keppler architecture, the GT620M is merely a rebranded Fermi, or Series 5 GPU. It should perform roughly similar to the GT540M, except use less power. That means you won’t get the stunning performance of Nvidia’s latest chip, but rather the mediocre talents of last year’s low-end.
This leaves us wondering if it’s even worth the upgrade over Intel’s integrated HD 4000 graphics, which are a significant step up from the current-gen HD 3000 and should only be a few frames behind in many games. We can only hope a Zenbook Prime model with more graphics muscle is in the cards.
We’ve heard the UX32VD may launch before the end of May with a price of around €1,150, which would equate to £925 – though we’re guessing that UK pricing will be set independently.
Via Ingadget News