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ASUS Republic of Gamers launches range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptops in SA

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) debuted its latest line-up of laptops, which will take gaming to the next level at a glittering fashion show at Sandton City today.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Strix Scar II 17, ROG Strix Scar II 15, TUF Gaming FX705 and the TUF Gaming FX505 are filled with updates that elevate portable PC gaming experience across a diverse family of form factors.

Top South African designers Nao Serati, inaugural Project Runway SA winner Kentse Masilo and Balini Naidoo showcased designs: "Inspired by ASUS", at the launch. The laptops were first debuted at the global trade show, CES, in Las Vegas three weeks ago.

"South Africa is an important market for us, which is why we wanted to launch our new models at a glittering event, similar to the global launch at CES," says Jasmine Lin, Product Manager & Marketing Head at ASUS South Africa.

Lin says the new laptops will bring gaming to the next level: "ROG's mission has always been producing the most innovative gaming solutions that enable the ultimate experience for gamers. We've noticed that quite a few of the gamers need their machines for both gaming and working. The ROG Zephyrus is designed for both scenarios."

Zephyrus S GX701

Ultra-slim gaming laptop that takes hardcore gaming to the next level with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs with Max-Q design and 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor. Zephyrus S GX701 features a 17-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and frames it with super-narrow bezels. It also adds NVIDIA G-SYNC and Optimus technology into the mix. The PANTONE Validated panel is ideal for immersive gaming or serious content creation. ProArt TruColor Technology guarantees colour accuracy that is better than most desktop monitors.

Even with these upgrades and a much larger screen, Zephyrus S GX701 maintains an impressively slender profile and surprisingly compact footprint. It fits most conventional laptop bags and backpacks, thanks to its slim 6.9mm bezels that allow the massive 17.3-inch screen to squeeze into a body just 15.7 inches wide. It's the most compact 17-inch gaming notebook around, and at only 18.7mm, it's also the thinnest.

A potent processor allows Zephyrus S GX701 to tackle any task with confidence. The 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU boasts six cores and 12 threads with a peak turbo clock of 4.1GHz.

There's up to 24GB of fast DDR4-2666 system memory and up to 8GB of separate GDDR6 VRAM. Super-fast storage is supplied by an NVMe SSD with up to 1TB of capacity and four lanes of PCI Express 3.0 bandwidth.

To avoid compromising performance, the innovative Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) exposes a large intake when the lid is lifted to increase airflow compared to traditional designs. It draws additional air through vents above the keyboard, and dual fans propel it all through four heatsinks and exhaust vents flanking the rear corners to ensure Zephyrus S GX701 runs cool in all conditions.

Fan speeds are controlled by an intelligent algorithm that responds automatically to temperature changes. Users can choose between three expertly tuned profiles via a convenient keyboard shortcut to quickly adapt to different usage scenarios.

Zephyrus S GX701 is a first gaming laptop capable of being powered by DC or USB Type-C (USB-C) input. With support for USB power delivery, it can handle everyday work powered by a 65W Type-C adapter that's much smaller than the required AC adapter for maximum gaming performance.

And thanks to Aura RGB technology, each key is illuminated by an independent RGB LED capable of producing a brilliant glow at peak brightness. Users can easily customise the intensity and configure colours and effects to suit different scenarios, like identifying important keys for specific games and choosing a more subtle look for serious work.

Zephyrus S GX531

Putting high-end gaming components into an ultra-slim laptop is exceedingly difficult, especially when targeting a thinner chassis than ever before, but the Zephyrus S GX531 delivers with a remarkably compact body that's a testament to ROG's engineering prowess. The slender exterior measures nearly 15mm thin and leverages a 15.6-inch display with super-narrow bezels to squeeze into a smaller footprint, so you can easily stuff the system into bags made for laptops with much less power.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 lowers its profile without scaling back on specifications. You get cutting-edge parts like the latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a premium 144Hz refresh rate display plus all the ROG essentials. They are just squeezed into a slimmer package that lacks some of the extras available in the new compact 17-inch ROG Zephyrus S GX701. That makes the smaller Zephyrus S a more focused alternative for people who prioritise portability above everything else.

ROG Strix SCAR II GL504/GL704

ROG Strix occupies a more mainstream middle ground between beast-like desktop replacements and premium ultra-slim gaming laptops.

Built for the FPS side of the e-sports arena, the ROG Strix SCAR II comes in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch flavours available with the same 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Both versions are draped in a shooter-inspired motif that uses splashes of camouflage to create a unique aesthetic fit for the battlefield. Highlighted WASD keys further reinforce the SCAR's roots and ensure you can easily find the home row for FPS gaming.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU gives the 15-inch SCAR II GL504GV and 17-inch SCAR II GL704GV enough horsepower to drive triple-digit frame rates in popular shooters. Serious gamers should upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070, though; the SCAR II GL504GW and GL704GW offer this more powerful graphics with both screen sizes, providing additional performance headroom for competitive gaming, demanding AAA titles, and cutting-edge VR experiences. Choose between a larger 17-inch display that is more immersive and a compact 15-inch display that is more portable.

TUF Gaming FX505/FX705

TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 are durability-enhanced 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch gaming laptops that have been carefully engineered to deliver all the essentials needed for high-end gaming experiences at affordable prices.

Both feature FHD IPS-level NanoEdge displays with refresh rates up to 144Hz, delivering ultra-smooth and clear gameplay that avoids blurring. The matte non-reflective displays cover the entire sRGB colour gamut and produce vivid colours, even at wide viewing angles.

Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a next-gen workhorse with six cores and 12 threads, not only capable of providing best-in-class gaming experiences, but also able to process multithreaded workloads much faster than the previous generation. Both models feature up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, supremely capable of high-framerate gaming at FHD resolution. Up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, and a 1TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) ensure snappy Windows performance and fast game-load times.

As with all TUF Gaming products, FX505 and FX705 are built to withstand everyday abuse. They are put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, and they have also passed the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts.

Availability and pricing

ROG Strix SCAR II models are already available, while the ROG Zephyrus S and TUF Gaming are available at selected retailers from next month.

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world's best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at