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ASUS updates the Zephyrus S with a larger display and new NVIDIA RTX GPUs (Updated)

By Kenny Yeo - on 24 Jan 2019, 11:22pm

ASUS updates the Zephyrus S with a larger display and new NVIDIA RTX GPUs

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701

Updated on 24 January 2019: Added details on local price and availability.

Originally published on 7 January 2019:

ASUS has given the ROG Zephyrus S a thorough update for 2019.

The new model is called the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 and the first big change is the display. It has been upsized from 15.6-inch in the old model to 17.3-inch. Clearly, there's a demand for gaming notebooks with larger displays.

Despite the larger display, ASUS says the Zephyrus S is the world's thinnest 17-inch gaming notebook. Thickness is an impressive 18.7mm and weight is 2.7kg - commendable for a high-end gaming notebook.

The 17.3-inch IPS display supports Full-HD resolution, NVIDIA G-Sync, a response time of 3ms, and a high refresh rate of 144Hz.

Locally, the Zephyrus S GX701 will be available with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H processor
  • 24GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM (8GB + 16GB)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

The highlight here is obviously the new GeForce RTX class graphics. According to NVIDIA, a notebook with a mobile GeForce RTX 2080 will outperform a system with a desktop GeForce GTX 1080.

In addition, the existing 15.6-inch model has been updated with NVIDIA's new RTX GPUs as well. It will now come in the following configuration:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H processor
  • 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

The 17.3-inch ROG Zephyrus S GX701 and 15.6-inch ROG Zephyrus S GX531 will retail at S$4,998 and S$3,698 respectively starting from the mid-February. They will be available to buy at all ASUS Brand Shops and authorized retailers.