Republic of Gamers (ROG) is the sub-brand of ASUS "dedicated to making" the world's best gaming hardware and software ", with more than a decade in use and including gaming-class motherboards , graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals.
Asus has unveiled two brand new Republic of Gaming (ROG) laptops with a number of major improvements designed to bring the Asus ROG gaming line to a higher level of portable gaming power, with this article focusing on the Zephyrus S ( GX531), with all details about the new 17.3-inch Strix SCAR II (GL704) here.
Let's start with the Zephyrus S (GX531), which is called the world's thinnest gaming laptop, powered by the latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, with a 144Hz screen and Windows 10 Pro "- although there are two models in the series that you'll see in the specifications below.
The most important points are as follows:
- & # 39; The world's slimmest gaming laptop: 14.95 ~ 15.75 mm thin with Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060 GPU
- Powerful images on a super-slim bezel display: a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 3 ms ensure super-smooth play with hazy graphics.
- Patented ROG active aerodynamic system (AAS): optimum cooling with innovative ventilation and fans with 83 slats for peak performance in ultrasound design
This is the full start video with a question and answer session of the two new Asus ROG – game series models, with much more to see and read below:
So, at the aforementioned world-slamming thinness of 14.95 ~ 15.75 mm, Asus is proud that its Zephyrus S "is 12% narrower than the original Zephyrus (GX501)".
As you would expect, it has the latest 8th generation "Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics", which as Asus points out, makes it "ideal to work or play" .
Beautiful to see is the "super-narrow bezels" that, as if by magic, are able to "press a 15.6-inch screen, with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time", in a 14.2 -inch chassis! It is not quite like the Dr. Who Tardis, but it is still great to see that bigger and smaller can be achieved at the same time and that both are an absolute advantage for end users.
In addition, it has a full metal chassis that is "strong enough to meet military quality standards without sacrificing design, sleek lines and first-class workmanship".
Of course there is more – you also get "an advanced cooling system" that "ensures optimum performance of all components", including the patented Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) – a design and construction character of the Zephyrus series. "
So, what is more detail on this" all-metal chassis "that combines" design with function "- and all other features and advantages?
Here Asus shares that & # 39; the biggest challenges in making such a thin laptop is to ensure that the chassis achieves the best balance between strength and weight: Zephyrus S uses a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloys in the construction to achieve this balance.
"Each lid is meticulously made of a solid block of aluminum. This precise CNC milling process takes five machining phases and almost 72 minutes to remove all the intricate details that ensure a perfect fit, creating a lid that is remarkably stiff and yet slim. It also helps to keep the Zephyrus S housing durable: technical samples already meet military standards for shocks and vibrations.
"Contrasting finishes accentuate the design of the valve: two-phase anodes accentuate the unobtrusive surfaces with copper highlights, while a surgical slash separates competing textures.A similar lines cut across the area above the keyboard, giving Zephyrus S a distinctive style Hinged door hinges keep a low profile until the laptop is opened, exposing the screen and opening the unique air intake of Zephyrus  Closing a video of this mechanism is included below Asus & # 39; description of how it all
Powerful images achieved with a super-narrow bezel display
For this exciting development, Asus explains how the "Super-Narrow Edges make that the 15.6-inch screen can are pressed into a 14.2-inch chassis. This reduces the total footprint, making the Zephyrus S fit into narrower spaces and its predecessor. In addition, the slimmer edges create a more immersive gaming experience.
"Since the original Zephyrus, ASUS has worked closely with AUO, a manufacturer of panels, to ensure that ROG laptops have the very best screens for gaming. The 120Hz panel on the first version doubled the refresh rate of conventional screens , while Zephyrus S sets the refresh rate to 144Hz and reduces blur and ghosts by lowering the response time to 3ms.
"Built for more than just speed, the IPS-type AHVA panel also has excellent image quality. It covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and provides richer color reproduction, and wide viewing angles prevent the image from being washed out when viewed on a split screen. "
You can view more information on this larger screen in a smaller chassis enclosed in the first video above.
Patented cooling for optimum performance
Asus explains that" cooling the critical components that make up Zephyrus S is a difficult technical achievement because of its ultra-thin design, but it is absolutely essential to ensure top performance.
"For this reason, technical engineers from ASUS and ROG developed the innovative Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) for the original Zephyrus.When the lid of the laptop is lifted, a special vent opens under the chassis for the laptop to work attract more fresh air
"In the same way, the AAS intake measures 5 mm on Zephyrus S, which extends over the entire back of the body to improve the airflow by 22% compared to traditional designs. Extra airflow is entering via the keyboard and the forward layout of the keyboard provides more room for additional cooling throughout the system. "
You can watch the very short video I made of this air intake mechanism directly below, as well as in the first video that is included above, after which there is much more info:
 "In the chassis," continues Asus, "the Zephyrus S contains five heatpipes that dissipate heat from the CPU and GPU, and also the VRM circuit that supplies them with power.
"The CPU and GPU connect to both shared and dedicated heatsinks to ensure efficient cooling for each workload, and the power components remain below 80 ° C to improve long-term reliability Thermal energy is transported along piping to four cooling elements and outlet openings in the rear corners, twice as much as in the first Zephyrus.
"Keeping cooling bodies and remains cool is the key to maintaining cooling performance. engineering team added self-cleaning fans to remove particles from the system through anti-dust tunnels. This special feature prevents fins from accumulating for consistent cooling and improves long-term stability. "
In the first video enclosed above, you can see how the dust separation mechanism is actively working to remove dust from the system, rather than up it, with the dust being driven out of the machine.
" With each 83 blades have the double 12V AeroAccelerator fans 17% more blades than in the original Zephyrus. The air flow is also improved by the fan's aluminum casing, which has curved edges and raised guides to channel more air into the blades.
"Rotational speeds are determined by an intelligent algorithm that is associated with three profiles – keyboard shortcuts allow users to switch between Overboost mode for maximum game performance, Quiet mode for lower acoustics, and Balanced mode that maintains a level between the two.
Adaptation with RGB lighting via Aura Sync
"Integrated RGB lighting allows gamers to adapt Zephyrus S to their preference, or to suit the mood of the game currently being played. zones illuminate the keyboard and additional LEDs create a subtle glow in the AAS vent.
"Aura Sync coordinates colors and effects with compatible peripherals such as the ROG Delta headset and the Gladius II Origin mouse, making it it is easy to personalize the entire set-up with just a few clicks. Third-party applications can use the lighting via the Aura SDK and ROG works with developers to integrate support in games and applications. " Armory Crate – the new unified control center
Asus has improved its software too, in that what was previously ROG Game Center, is now the" Armory Crate ".
We are told that this software "Unites ROG hardware with a single utility that makes essential functions easily accessible."
"System settings and Aura Sync lighting can easily be adjusted while working, or a user can define preferences for both – with up to four profiles – that automatically make adjustments when the selected titles are loaded Armory Crate comes with a corresponding mobile dashboard for Android ™ and iOS, and more options are due in future updates. "
"Although the keyboard-forward layout on Zephyrus S mainly benefits from cooling, it also offers a more comfortable desktop-like rest position. e. Overflow technology fires earlier in the keyway for faster response speed, and the longer post-activation distance maximizes the 1.2mm travel to improve the overall typing feel.
"The durable switches have a nominal power of 20 million presses, so they can withstand heavy weather and wind and N-key rollover ensure that every pressure on the pressure regulator is accurate regardless of the number of keys at the same time."  Asus explained that there is a palm rest in the box, which is important because the video shows that the trackpad is on the right side of the keyboard, rather than under where it is normally found. Since this is a gaming-optimized laptop where most gamers use an external mouse, this design decision allows for a much better cooling of the chassis above the keyboard, which is important when you try to design a device that offers maximum performance for gamers throwing away in its sole discretion.
Improved compelling sound
Here Asus explains that "Zephyrus S contains an improved audio system." Dual front-facing speakers embedded in the hinge cover are powered by smart-amplifier technology that keeps the speakers within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can reach higher limits without disturbing the output or damaging the cones.
"Sonic Studio III adds virtual surround sound for deeper immersion with stereo headphones and has a new APO injection capacity that extends speaker virtualization to a wider range of devices, including standard analog headphones, along with USB headsets, external DAC & # 39 ; s and VR devices. "
Storage and connectivity
" The Intel Core i7-8750H CPU in Zephyrus S is supported by fast DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVMe® storage, while 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi connects to compatible wireless networks than gigabit speeds.
"USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (USB-C) and full-size HDMI 2.0 ports support desktop monitors and large screen TV's , allowing users to connect dual additional displays. "
" More USB ports are ready for essential gaming peripherals and ubiquitous external storage, and there's a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port that provides extra bandwidth ear compatible devices. "
A powerful system, ideal for work or play
Finally, Zephyrus S" is capable of carrying out heavy workloads in the same way as it uses a complete gameplay. The latest 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor provides six cores and 12 threads of parallel processor power that can easily handle demanding work such as compiling, rendering and content creation.
"The extra cores also provide space for multitasking, allowing a mix of gaming with live streaming, recording and other tasks. GeForce 10 series graphics – up to the GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design – improve performance in apps that support GPU
"More importantly, the discrete graphical display chip is capable of injecting triple-digit frame rates into popular games, allowing optimum use of the screen. "
Asus did not have any information about whether AMD Ryzen processors would ever find their way to ROG laptops.  There are no Australian awards for the Asus ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) yet, but we have an update when this information goes live when the two laptops in Australia go on sale from the end of October
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531)
Available in two models, the GX531GS and GX531GM – details of the differences below
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro – ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i7-8750H  Graphics
GX531GS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Max-Q) with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM
GX531GM: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Memory – DDR4 2666 MHz SDRAM
GX531GS: up to 16 GB (8 GB on board memory)
GX531GM: Up to 24 GB (8 GB internal memory)
GX531GS: M.2 NVME PCIE 3.0 x2 512 GB SSD
GX531GM: M.2 NVME PCIE 3.0 x4 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB SSD
15.6 inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
Illuminated Chiclet keyboard
Marked WASD k eys
RGB – 4 zones
1.2 mm key movement
2x 2W speakers with smart amplifier technology
XSplit Gamecaster (free)
I / O ports  1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ™ (USB-C ™)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ™ (USB-C ™)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5 mm headphones and microphone combo plug
1 x Kensington lock
GX531GS: 230 W Power adapter
GX531GM: 180 W Power adapter
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
360 x 268 x 14.95 ~ 15.75mm  Weight
The writer lived the Axis at our ROG gaming laptop launch in Taiwan as a guest of Asus.