ASUS refreshes its ROG Strix Hero II, Scar II and ROG G703 gaming notebooks (Updated)
ASUS refreshes its ROG Strix Hero II, Scar II and ROG G703 gaming notebooks at CES 2019
Updated on 24 January 2019: Added details on local price and availability for the ROG Strix Scar II laptops.
Originally published on 16 January 2019:
ASUS has refreshed its ROG Strix Hero II and Scar II gaming notebook series with the latest NVIDIA RTX 20-series GPUs. It even dusted off the ROG G703, the desktop replacement notebook, which is a beast of a gaming notebook, to be included in this round of GPU upgrades.
ASUS ROG Strix Hero II
This 15.6-inch gaming notebook keeps its thin-bezel display, its hardware upgrade includes being able to support up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 mobile graphics chipset and a “quad-antenna” Wi-Fi system with “optimized algorithm” for better coverage. This is an interesting development as we have yet to see desktop counterpart, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar II
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar II family has two variants, i.e., one 15.6-inch (GL504), and the other is a 17.3-inch (GL704). The product series has been updated to support up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 mobile graphics chipset.
Their highest supported processor is still the 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8570H, with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM. Its storage options include up to 1TB PCIe-based NVMe SSD, and a 1TB FireCuda hybrid HDD.
ASUS ROG G703
The 17.3-inch ASUS ROG G703 has also been dusted off for CES 2019. Its GPU has been upgraded to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM from the previous gen GTX 1080 GPU. The rest of its hardware appears to have been kept intact like its factory-overclocked 8th-gen Intel Core i9-8950HK, to its triplet of PCIe-based NVMe SSDs. Its network connectivity options have been upgraded to include a 2.5GBase-T network port and Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi.
Price and availability
The 17.3-inch ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW and 15.6-inch ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW will retail at S$3,598 and S$3,498 respectively starting from 29 January.
Both laptops will come equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. In addition, they will feature a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD and a 1TB FireCuda hybrid drive.
They will be available to buy at all ASUS Brand Shops and authorized retailers.