Asus’ Republic Of Gamers (AKA ROG) is a prolific gaming arm of the Taiwanese computer company. The ROG CES 2023 event showcased a hectic number of laptops, utilising a mix of 13th gen Intel Core processors, AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series laptop GPUs.
Many of the new laptops also have ROG’s proprietary Nebula displays (a certification created by ROG to bestow upon ROG laptops the company deems to have particularly good displays) and its refined Intelligent Cooling technology. The refinements make the full-width heatsinks and Tri-Fan Technology both cooler and less acoustically unpleasant. The actual design of the new heat sink depends on the laptop it’s going into, with the Zephyrus M16 getting this design, and the Strix 16-inch and 18-inch models getting a thicker variant.
Part of the ROG CES 2023 event focused on the brand’s Strix range, which is split into two categories, the premium Strix Scar and regular Strix lines.
Strix Scar comes in 16” and 18” sizes, both with the new 13th Gen Intel Core i9 13980HX processor with 8 performance cores and 16 efficient cores, which is a lot of cores. The chassis has been redesigned to accommodate the larger 16:10 QHD, 240Hz, Mini LED Nebula screens. Both models will have GPU choices going up to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 at 175W.
On the regular Strix side, there will be the G16 and G18, which will have the same processor and can be configured up to the same 4090.
For gamers that prefer AMD processors and odd numbers, there is also the option of the Scar 17 and G17 17” screen models, which feature the 16 full-performance core AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processor.
ROG Zephyrus lineup
Chasing not just the gaming market, but also the emerging creator laptop market, the Zephyrus lineup is known for being thinner and lighter than the Strix range. Thanks to the updated heatsink, the Zephyrus M16 will run 25 watts higher than last year’s model to get extra power out of the Intel Core™ i9 13900H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch and Nvidia Advanced Optimus. This is all to say that ROG threw the kitchen sink at this laptop. It’s also the first 16-inch device to have ROG’s AniMe Matrix LED lighting array, which is an extremely specific “first”.
The M16 also has the 240Hz QHD Mini-LED Nebula HDR Display with an extremely impressive 1024 dimming zones (this is a lot for a 16” screen, given some Australian Hisense 75” Mini LED TVs only have 100 dimming zones).
Going down the range, the G16 will have an Intel Core i9 13900H CPU and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch and Nvidia Advanced Optimus, as well as a Nebula display. The Zephyrus G14 will have up to an AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPU and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch and Nvidia Advanced Optimus, and ROG’s first 14” Nebula display.
At the more feature-packed section of the Zephyrus range is the Duo 16, featuring a dual display set-up consisting of a regular 16” screen and a 4K touchscreen that slides up when you open the laptop. It features an AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processor with 16 cores and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch.
ROG CES 2023 got into the Flow
The hybrid tablet-laptop Flow range is all about the heat sink and staying as cool as possible, spanning those gaming and creator markets. This year all Flow devices have Corning Gorilla Glass DXC to increase hardness by 40% and reduce surface reflections by an unspecified amount.
The 2023 Flow X13 uses liquid metal on the CPU to lower temperatures by up to 13C compared to regular thermal paste, which is a lot. It’s also 1cm smaller than last year, and the battery has been boosted from 62Wh to 75Wh. It features up to an AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processor, up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU and up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
A slight step down in power, the Flow Z13 houses an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, with a total graphics power of up to 65 W and a 13” QHD 165Hz refresh rate Nebula display.
ROG Flow X16 is the gamiest of the Flow range, with a new Intel Core i9 13900H processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch and Nvidia Advanced Optimus, as well as a 240Hz Nebula HDR touchscreen display.
Finally, there is a brand-new Flow device: the XG Mobile. It’s got an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with a maximum total graphics power of 175 W. Coupled with the unspecified number of extra ports Asus promises the laptop comes with, it appears to be designed to be used by professional creators in the field, and then docked at home as a hybrid workhorse.
Australian pricing and availability for these 13 laptops have not yet been announced.