Float like a Zephyr, sting like an ROG! ASUS' new gaming laptop

Subject: Mobile | April 15, 2019 - 05:55 PM |
Tagged: GX531-GX, asus, Zephyrus S, gaming laptop

In this corner, standing 15.6" diagonal and weighing in at 2.1kg, we have the new Asus ROG Zephyrus S!  With an i7-8750H processor, an RTX 2080 Max-Q and up to 24GB of DDR4-2666 this featherweight contender packs a lot of punch.  The screen is an IPS panel with a top refresh rate of 144Hz, though it only offers 1080p resolution which may upset some viewers.  This is definitely a right hander, you can tell by the placement of the touchpad and buttons, an interesting choice but one which allows the keyboard to extend right to the bottom of the shell.

With such a light and compact build, can it stand up to the competition?  Check out the rumble over at eTeknix to see if it is a knockout or if we are looking at a split decision.

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"When it comes to performance laptops, there are very few brands that demand more attention than the ASUS ROG Zephyrus range. In terms of gaming laptops, the Zephyrus design really does look to tick all of the right boxes with high-performance components with an ultra-slim and light weight design."

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April 16, 2019 | 09:45 AM - Posted by PhonesTooCostlyConsumerNoBuy (not verified)

"•Huawei P30 Pro: Nifty camera tricks haven't made mobe mandatory over last year's model @ The Register"

Well it's definitely past peak smartphone and maybe it's the higher pricing that's turning more consumers off to smartphones over the past few years.

Also TSMC's got a new 6nm node(1) that's denser than their 7nm node and I guess that's because of some Denser Design Libraries but the BEOL pitch metrics are still estimated to be the same by Wikichip/Fuse as TSMC's 7nm process but the transistors per mm^2 metrics have gone up compared to TSMC's 7nm node. TSMC's 2019 Technology Symposium will be held April, 23, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA so I'll guess we will find out more about their 6nm process node.

It looks like more of these less than half node shrinks are coming from more than just GlobalFoundries with the intent to make it easy for current customers to transition to denser offerings. GF did the same thing with their 12nm node in keeping the BEOL metal layers pitch the same as their 14nm/Samsung licensed process but making use of 7.5T or 9.5T Design Library options for customer density options, along with other transistor tweaks at 12nm. Maybe EUV is helping somewhat also in gaining more density without having to use a full process node shrink.

Maybe AMD will be able to use TSMC's 6nm node with some future APU offerings and get some higher Navi CU counts in 2020.

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"TSMC Announces 6-Nanometer Process"

https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2261/tsmc-announces-6-nanometer-process/

April 16, 2019 | 09:59 PM - Posted by SammyCountersWithTheRopeadopeEnSome6nmToDaMidsection (not verified)

Da 6 shooterz(1) at high noonerz! And Intel is napping in 10nm dreamland! High 5s on the way also from the Fab Duo while Intel's still blowing Zs!

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"Samsung Ramps 7nm, Preps 5nm, And Adds 6nm"

https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2259/samsung-ramps-7nm-preps-5nm-and-adds...

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