Dual Screens and Overclocks – Our Favourite Laptops From Computex 2019

Computex 2019 is on, and it’s time to show some love for laptops. We’ve seen our fair share of amazing, innovative and weird designs over the years, and you’ll be happy to know that the tradition is alive here as well. Without further ado, here are our favourite laptops revealed at Computex 2019.

Intel Honeycomb Glacier Dual Screen Laptop

Why have one screen in your laptop, when you can have two?

This seems to be Intel’s philosophy behind the Honeycomb Glacier Gaming laptop. In addition to a 15.6-inch 1080p display, it has a secondary 12-inch 720p display hinged with the primary one. When you lift the screen, it automatically pulls the secondary display into place, propped at any angle you feel comfortable.

The Honeycomb Glacier is supposed to cater to people who rely heavily on dual screen setups, including streamers who need to focus on the game on screen and monitor the chat on the other.

It is just a concept model, with a GTX 1070, 32 gigs of RAM and an unnamed 8-core CPU, but maybe someday we may actually get to see a proper version in the market.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo

Now, ASUS isn’t going to be left behind when it comes to dual screen laptops.

The company announced the Zenbook Pro Duo, a 15.6-inch notebook with two 4K screens: One 4K OLED primary 15.6-inch display and a 4K ScreenPad Plus.

You can drag any window from the primary to the secondary screen, and even use it as an extension of the primary display.

On the inside, it packs a 9th gen Intel Core i9 processor and an RTX 2060, making sure you get a smooth experience. There is a 14-inch version as well, which replaces the 4K screens with 1080p ones, and a Core i7 along with an NVIDIA MX250 GPU.

MSI GT76 Titan

While ASUS and Intel are putting in more screens, MSI’s been busy beefing up it’s single screen laptops. At Computex, the company revealed

the MSI GT76 Titan, a monster laptop with a full Core i9-9900K desktop processor, capable of sustaining a stable  5 GHz overclock over extensive time periods. Naturally, it is quite a beefy piece of hardware, weighing about 4.5 kilos. But on the inside it packs quite a punch. The 9900K is coupled with an RTX 2080 and supports upto 128 gigs of DDR4 memory. It also features an 11 pipe, quad fan cooling system that apparently took MSI four years to design. Needless to say, this is going to cost quite a lot, with a starting price point of $3600.

Alienware m15 and m17

Alienware has decided to redesign their m15 and m17 laptops from the ground up, and I gotta say, I dig it.

The new models are inspired by the legend design from the Alienware Area 51m we saw during CES 2019.  They are made from a magnesium alloy, making them sturdy yet lightweight. Display options range from 240 Hz to 4K OLED panels. Other than, it seems business as usual, with laptops being updated to the latest 9th gen Intel processors and NVIDIA’s GTX 16 series and RTX 20 series laptops.

ASUS Reveals ROG XG17 240Hz Portable Monitor At Computex

ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today unveiled at Computex 2019 an all-new line-up of gaming innovations designed to delight and excite players around the world. Products revealed include: ROG Theta and Theta Electret gaming headsets; ROG Strix XG17 portable gaming monitor; ROG Strix power supplies; ROG Strix LC 120/240/360 RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers and Aura Creator (beta), an all-new app for next-level control of Aura Sync illumination.

Members of the media, trade and general public are invited to experience the future of gaming gear by visiting the ROG booth at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall, situated at Taiwan’s World Trade Center. We welcome visitors between May 28-30 from 09:30-17:30, and on June 1 from 09:30 to 16:00.

ROG Theta: 7.1 surround-sound, USB-C gaming headset

Building on the popularity of ROG Centurion, our rave-reviewed gaming headset, ROG Theta is a brand-new set of cans that employs eight discrete drivers and the industry’s first virtual-subwoofer technology to deliver 7.1 surround sound directly to gamers’ ears. Revered ASUS Essence drivers are supported by virtual subwoofers to create an enveloping soundstage with deep bass, providing especial immersion.

Theta also benefits from an AI-powered noise-cancelling microphone – another industry first. This employs machine-learning techniques to identify and cancel out 50-million varieties of external sound while accurately detecting and retaining the user’s speech, ensuring clear in-game voice communication and chat.

With an ESS SABRE9601 quad amp and exclusive, ROG-customized 7.1 DAC – which is the same as that used in high-end ROG motherboards – to deliver home-theater-grade output, Theta provides exceptional lossless audio.

ROG Theta Electret: Hi-fi 3.5mm gaming headset

ROG Theta Electret is the second new gaming headset that we’re introducing at Computex 2019. Marking yet another gaming-industry first, Theta Electret combines high-fidelity electret drivers with dynamic subwoofers to deliver impeccable sound quality in all listening scenarios – creating true-to-life stereo audio underscored by strong and punchy bass.

Theta Electret is built with an audiophile mindset and oozes hi-fi quality. The 3.5mm connecting cable is constructed from silver-plated copper wire, supporting high-frequency sound reproduction and ensuring excellent fidelity for all audio types. A 3.5mm-6.3mm jack adapter is supplied, making it easy for gamers to connect Theta Electret to their own hi-fi setup. The new headset also has an integrated boom, certified by both TeamSpeak and Discord, for clear in-game voice communications.

ROG Strix XG17: First-ever portable gaming monitor with 240Hz refresh rate

Mobile GPUs are now able to drive AAA at superb frame rates, but serious gamers crave more than 60Hz, as the esports arena demands higher performance to facilitate quick reactions. That’s why high-refresh displays are standard for both practice and competitive play, and where ROG Strix XG17 steps up.

Designed for ultra-competitive gamers that wish to hone their skills on the move, Strix XG17 is a portable 17.3-inch IPS Full HD (FHD) panel delivering a blistering 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time, making it the fastest portable display in the world. With both micro-HDMI and Type-C connectivity, the portable display is compatible with all kinds of devices – from smartphone and tablets to laptops and games consoles.

Strix XG17 weighs a mere 800 grams and has a built-in battery that supports up to three hours of 240Hz operation off a single charge. Downtime is minimized thanks to fast-charging support, with a one-hour top-up sufficient to power the panel for 2.7 hours.

Other salient features include adaptive-sync, which operates between 48Hz-240Hz, making it easier to derive smooth gameplay from modest GPUs. There’s even a built-in speaker for those times when a headset is unavailable or just won’t do.

ROG Strix 750W Gold and 650W Gold: Gaming-grade power supplies

ROG Strix series power supply units (PSUs) bring high-end performance to the core gaming audience. The lineup consists of 750W and 650W models armed with massive ROG heatsinks and a 135mm axial-tech fan, delivering cooler operation and less noise.

A potent mix of Japanese capacitors and low RDS(on) MOSFETs provide the foundation for a 10-year warranty and have helped Strix PSUs earn an 80 PLUS® Gold certification. For the gamer, the result is an incredibly quiet and efficient power supply with the endurance to handle the most intense gaming scenarios.

To facilitate clean-looking builds that look the part, Strix PSUs also feature fully-modular cables to reduce clutter, together with a selection of stickers and a magnetic badge that can be used to customize aesthetics.

ROG Strix LC 120/240/360 RGB: Liquid coolers bathed in brilliant color

ROG Strix LC coolers deliver high-performance liquid cooling in a worry-free closed loop, perfect for builders looking to maximize the value of an unlocked Intel Core or AMD Ryzen CPU.

We’re now expanding the series by introducing new models with addressable RGB fans, in 120, 240 and 360mm sizes, for thermal control in colorful style. The ROG-designed radiator fans optimize both airflow and static pressure, improve acoustics and feature addressable RGB, with an extra style flourish furnished by ROG stickers on the spindles.

ROG Strix LC RGB coolers also offer full Aura Sync support, enabling them to integrate seamlessly with existing setups and lightshows.

Aura Creator (beta): Next-level control over personalized RGB LED illumination

Debuting at Computex 2019, ASUS Aura Creator (beta) represents a step change in the evolution of personalized RGB illumination – enabling users of Aura Sync-compatible gear to create peerless LED lightshows. This brand-new effect-editing software has been developed by ROG software engineers to provide users with complete creative control over the lighting across an entire battle station. The streamlined interface belies surprisingly expansive depth for customization, making it easy to learn for beginners and a powerful arsenal for experienced creators and modders

The ROG booth will host two demonstration gaming rigs with lightshows created and controlled by Aura Creator (beta). The first is a laptop scenario based on the powerful ROG Strix Scar III, with a complex RGB display that flows across a ROG Delta gaming headset, ROG Gladius II Origin optical gaming mouse and ROG Balteus Qi RGB mouse pad. The second setup is a desktop PC system based on the latest 3rd Gen Ryzen-supporting ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard.

These two showcases will demonstrate how Aura Creator is elevating Aura Sync control to the next level, handing users total creative freedom to create richly detailed, multi-layered device effects that are truly unique, and managed and applied in real time to enable infinite lighting possibilities.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Pricing, Availability and on shelf dates will be confirmed shortly. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

NVIDIA Partners Announce 25 New Laptops At Computex

NVIDIA today announced the launch by leading manufacturers of 25 laptops fueled by its power-efficient NVIDIA Turing™ GPUs, broadening the reach of their revolutionary ray-tracing capabilities beyond the nearly 100 Turing-generation laptops announced earlier this year.

The latest systems include both powerful RTX Studio laptops — aimed at the new class of independent artists whose creativity is fueling fields like social media, digital advertising and 3D development — and high-end gaming laptops, delivering unprecedented levels of performance and cutting-edge features including real-time ray tracing and AI-assisted gaming.

The launch — including systems with award-winning, power-efficient GeForce® and Quadro® GPUs — rounds out the industry’s most acclaimed line of mobile PCs. RTX Studio laptops deliver performance of up 7x that of the MacBook Pro, while delivering 100 frames per second in popular titles such as FortnitePUBG and Apex Legends.

“The laptop landscape has exploded over the past six months, with Turing fueling dozens of incredible devices,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC business at NVIDIA. “Thanks to leaps in innovation and power efficiency, there has never been a better time to be in the market for a powerful, thin, light laptop to meet creative or gaming needs.”

RTX Studio Laptops

At Computex this week, NVIDIA introduced 17 RTX Studio laptops, which are purpose-built for creative workflows to inspire creativity and enable desktop-level performance on the go. Inside are NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ or GeForce RTX™ GPUs, which enable real-time ray tracing, AI processing and high-resolution video editing for the tens of millions of creators who have joined the workforce over the past decade.

RTX Studio laptops feature new Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs, as well as GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Quadro RTX 5000-based laptops are the world’s first Max-Q laptops with 16GB of graphics memory — the largest available in a laptop — enabling advanced multi-app creative workflows and use of large 3D models that previously were not possible while on the go.

RTX Studio laptops will be available starting in June from top OEMs, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, GIGABYTE, HP, MSI and Razer. Pricing for RTX Studio laptops starts at $1,599 and will vary based on partner designs, features and region.

Latest Gaming Laptops

Additionally, nine new GeForce-powered laptops are being introduced at Computex, giving gamers even more options to choose the best in performance and power efficiency for today’s most popular games.

In addition, systems by ASUS, HP and MSI offer the world’s first G-SYNC gaming laptops with 4K 120Hz DCI-P3 color displays, for definitive, high-fidelity, on-the-go gaming experiences.

For the gamer who prefers ultra-fast framerates, for a portable esports experience, ASUS, Clevo, Dell and Razer are demonstrating at the show their 15.6-inch, 240Hz GeForce-powered laptops. 

And ASUS, Clevo, Dell, MSI and Razer offer GeForce-powered 4K OLED gaming laptops, bringing advanced color fidelity and true black levels to a portable form factor. These are perfect for creators who need true color accuracy on the go and love high-fidelity gaming.

ASUS And ASRock Confirm AMD Ryzen 3000 Support On Existing AM4 Motherboards

Recently, we learned that MSI had confirmed that they will be supporting AMD’s upcoming 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 processors on the existing AM4 motherboards. The company said they’ll be releasing BIOS updates to ensure backwards compatibility for the new CPUs with the 300 and 400 series boards.

Other brands seem to be following suit, with ASUS and ASRock announcing that they’ll also be supporting Ryzen 3000 on existing motherboards. The new BIOS updates for ASRock motherboards will be available this month, which is pretty much in tune with the expectations that AMD will be revealing the Ryzen 3000 processors at Computex.

X470 Chipset BIOS Version
X470 Taichi Ultimate P3.30
X470 Taichi P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 P3.40
X470 Master SLI/ac P3.40
X470 Master SLI P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.30
B450 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 P3.30
B450 Steel Legend P2.10
B450 Pro4 P3.30
B450M Steel Legend P2.10
B450M Pro4-F P1.40
B450M Pro4 P3.30
B450M-HDV R4.0 P2.30
B450M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.40
X370 Chipset BIOS Version
X370 Taichi P5.60
Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X P5.50
X370 Killer SLI/ac P5.40
X370 Killer SLI P5.40
X370 Pro4 P5.80
X370M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
X370M Pro4 P5.80
X370M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
X370M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
B350 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 P5.80
AB350 Pro4 P5.80
AB350M Pro4 P5.90
AB350M Pro4-F P1.20
AB350M Pro4 R2.0 P1.40
AB350M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
AB350M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
AB350M-HDV P5.90
AB350M P5.10
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
A320 Chipset*
*Supports AMD Next-Gen Ryzen series APU only.
BIOS Version
A320M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
A320M Pro4-F P1.10
A320M Pro4 P5.90
A320M-DVS R4.0 P1.70
A320M-DVS R3.0 P3.10
A320M-DGS P5.80
A320M-HDV R4.0 P1.90
A320M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
A320M-HDV P5.80
A320M-ITX P5.60
A320TM-ITX P3.10

ASUS Laptops with GTX 1660 Ti And Ryzen Spotted on 3DMark

It’s been an eventful time for laptop gamers. Intel announced its range of 9th gen laptop CPUs and NVIDIA has introduced the notebook versions for its latest GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 graphics cards. Amongst all the cheer, it’s only natural that we start to see some of these devices on in the internet, which is exactly what’s happening.

Thanks to TUM_APISAK, who posted the 3DMark benchmarks on Twitter, we now have eyes on ASUS laptops that pair the green team’s graphics with the red team’s Ryzen 3 APU, which was revealed at CES earlier this year. ASUS has already revealed a Zephyrus G series laptop with the same pairing, the GA502. But the ones we see in the 3DMark results are the FX505DU and GU502DU models, referred to as Gamersky and Galaxy 5305 in the test respectively. Both feature the Ryzen 3 3750H clocked at 2.3 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz, coupled with the GTX 1660 Ti. Being APUs, they also feature the Vega onboard graphics, giving the users an option to choose between high performance and battery life, based on their workloads.

The GTX 1660 Ti in question features 6GB GDDR6 VRAM and makes use of the same Turing architecture that we saw in the RTX graphics cards, minus the shiny ray tracing and DLSS features. The benchmarks show a comparison between the TimeSpy scores, and are quite recent, dating back to 15th April for one and 17th April for the other. The Gamersky variant gets a higher overall score, beating the Galaxy 5305 in the Graphics tests, but the latter fares better when it comes to CPU scores. Interestingly, the Gamersky has a lower boost clock speed of 1845 MHz while the other one clocks higher at 1920 MHz. Of course, these aren’t the specs that have been confirmed by the manufacturers, so take it with a grain of salt.

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ASUS Updates Strix and Zephyrus Line-Up With Intel 9th Gen Processors

ASUS is bringing its Strix and Zephyrus range of laptops to Intel’s latest 9th gen laptops. But if you think that’s all you’re getting in the refresh, you’re wrong. The displays are getting an update as well, with a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate.

The Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to a Core i7-9750H, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB SSD and an RTX 2070. On the other hand, the Zephyrus M GU502 has an i7-9750H and 32 GB RAM, but up to an RTX 2060. There’s a third, more affordable version as well, the Zephyrus G GA502, which includes a Ryzen 7 3750H, a GTX 1660 Ti, 32GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.

These laptops are incredibly slim with a thickness of just 0.7 inches. They’re impressively light as well, weighing just under 5 pounds. The design is mostly similar to what we’ve seen in the previous Zephyrus entries, with a brushed aluminium finish. What’s different, however, is that the keyboard is now more conventional instead of the forward facing version. The display’s a delight to boot as well, with options going up to 240 Hz for the GX502 and the GU 502, while the GA502 caps at 120 Hz.

Additionally, the Strix line-up is getting the 9th gen revamp too. The Scar III and the Hero III models both have options for Core i7 and i9 processors. The laptops can have either GTX 16 series for GPU or opt to go for the higher end RTX models. As with the Zephyrus, you can choose to go for a 240 Hz display if you wish, or settle for a 144 Hz panel.

They have a new feature called the ‘keystone’, which is a removable NFC module that lets users transfer their gaming profiles to other devices. It’s actual usefulness, however, still needs to be determined. There’s a less expensive, Strix G model which takes off the keystone for a lower price, but still has a 9th gen i7 and a GTX 1660 Ti. These laptops should be available in India in July.

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ASUS Gaming Laptop With Ryzen 7 3750H and GTX 1050 Spotted Online

AMD launched the Ryzen 3000 mobile series of processors earlier this year, and we can now finally see some of them in action. An ASUS laptop listing has been found on Chinese retail website JD.com that partners the Ryzen 7 chip with GTX graphics.

Dubbed as the Flying Fortress, the laptop in question is the ASUS FX FX95DD which packs in the Ryzen 7 3750H processor launched at CES 2019. It is a quad core, eight thread APU based on AMD’s current Zen+ architecture, with a base and boost clock speed of 2.3 GHz and 4 GHz respectively. It has a TDP of 35W and comes with Radeon Vega 10 integrated graphics that boost up to 1.4 GHz, making it a decent option for casual gamers on the go.

For those who want better gaming options, the ASUS FX95DD also has NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 discrete GPU, to make sure you don’t have to compromise on the performance. Based on your workload, you can switch between either the Vega 10 on-board graphics and the GTX 1050 to prioritise battery life or performance.

For display, the ASUS FX95DD has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It has 8 gigs of DDR4 RAM running at 2400 MHz, which can be expanded up to 32 GB and weighs about 2.2 kg. There’s a 512 GB M.2 SSD to take care of storage. According to the spec sheet, it also has two USB 3 ports, one USB 2 port, one HDMI port, one LAN port and one 3.5mm combination jack for both headphones and microphone. The battery is a three-cell lithium ion battery that can last anywhere between 2 to 5 hours depending on the workload. The keyboard has LED backlighting too.

The listed price translates to about $860-$870, which could be between INR 60,000 and INR 70,000 depending on the Indian pricing. You can find out more about the ASUS FX95DD “Flying Fortress” laptop listing here.

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ASUS To Launch Another ROG Gaming Phone This Year

ASUS made its foray into the mobile market last year with the ROG phone, a smartphone for gamers. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few gaming smartphones surface, and while none of them are cheap, damn, they are some of the coolest phones we’ve seen. The ROG phone was quite a premium device as well, with a price tag of INR 69,990. And if reports are to be believed, its successor might be on its way.

According to a report by Digitimes, ASUS is working on the next iteration of the ROG Phone. The company will officially reveal the smartphone sometime in Q3 2019. Interestingly, ASUS will be partnering up with Tencent to promote the phone’s launch.

Considering that Tencent is the publisher behind PUBG Mobile (which is one of the most popular mobile games, especially in countries like India and China), this partnership could actually provide a huge boost to the ROG Phone, especially during the launch period. The first ROG phone had Free Fire in its commercials, so we completely expect this one to go with PUBG Mobile.

There is no information regarding official specifications, but speculations suggest that ASUS will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor to power the ROG Phone 2. The phone should also have the 90 Hz AMOLED panel like its predecessor, if not a 120 Hz one like the Razer Phone.

Xiaomi recently launched the Black Shark 2, its latest addition to the Xiaomi line-up of gaming smartphones. With mobile gaming gaining popularity in the mainstream audience, we are bound to see a lot more action in the smartphone market, with every brand releasing their takes on gaming phones and accessories.

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ASUS might pair AMD Picasso with Nvidia GPUs in upcoming gaming laptops

Two new Ryzen 3000 series powered laptops have already made their way to Indian markets. But, it seems like there is more to come.

In a tweet, a renowned hardware leaker, TUM_APISAK has happened to share a very interesting image.
The image mentions of an ASUS Laptop with ‘yet to be announced’ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design. If you are not very good with the terminologies, let me tell you that Max-Q graphics cards are designed for a lower power consumption (TDP). This results in less heat dissipation resulting in slimmer laptops. However, you trade off performance for that. Max-Q variants are considerably slower than their non Max-Q counterparts.

TUM_APISAK’s Tweet

Taking about the processors, Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750 both are very capable 35W chips. They also come with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, Vega 8 and Vega 10 repectively. The laptops would probably automatically switch between the two GPUs, extending battery life.

Even we can’t wait to see how this configuration will work out. So, stay tuned if you don’t want to miss out.

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‘Refined’ Intel Coffee Lake processors might be on their way

It seems like Intel loves the 14nm process node just too much. While Intel’s struggle with the 10nm architecture is no mystery by now, a statement by ASUS tells us that Intel might refine its current generation processors. Yet again.

In a statement, ASUS says that it “has released BIOS updates for all 300 series motherboards, adding support for the forthcoming 9th Generation Intel Core processors based on new stepping.”
Looking at Intel’s current position, it seems pretty clear that the ‘new stepping’ will not be a new architecture. Rather, we are more likely looking at higher clock speeds, some minor tweaks to improve ‘overclockability’ and perhaps some bug fixes. Nothing too majestic.

ASUS’s Release Note

According to the release notes, these chips will hit the market by Q2’19. Fortunately enough, then we’ll know what is this ‘new stepping’ really is. Till then, stay tuned.

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