The Nvidia Max-Q technology has allowed laptops to be very thin while keeping the GPU performance pretty impressive. While the Max-Q graphics cards are not as powerful as the desktop versions, they consume less power and are lighter on the battery. They also do not need the kind of cooling you get on a desktop GPU. One such laptop that uses the same technology is the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Notebook is powered by a GTX 1060 but there is a GTX 1070 option as well. Asus claims that this is the thinnest GTX 1060 laptop on the market and that is believable keeping in mind that the laptop is only 15.75mm thick. The CPU configuration has also been updated and now you can choose the 8th generation Intel CPUs. The bezels are pretty thin and even though there is a bit of a chin, the display looks pretty good.
You can get the Intel’s Core i7-8750H Coffee Lake processor, which is a high-performance mobile chip that comes with 6 cores. So you have plenty of CPU horsepower to go with your graphics card. You will be able to do some rendering, editing and a lot of gaming on the device. The extra cores will make multi-tasking a lot smoother.
The CPU has a base clock of 2.2 GHz and can boost to 4.1 GHz which might not seem like much for a desktop SKU but is plenty for a laptop. The 144Hz screen is a major upgrade as compared to the 120Hz display that the older model had. Asus has also introduced a new Active Aerodynamic System which adds a fourth exhaust in order to dissipate heat faster.
The new system allows for the cooling pipes to be smaller and a new Liquid Crystal Polymer material has been used for the fans. The thickness has been reduced by 20% and hence it is the slimmest laptop that comes with a GTX 1060 inside.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is a very impressive device but then again, when it comes to Asus we expect nothing less. Stay tuned for further information regarding the device.