Asus ROG Ze­phyrus

Space rocket-in­spired cool­ing helps Asus squeeze a GeForce GTX 1080 where no GPU has gone be­fore

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A light and loaded lap­top that loves games


Space rock­ets, you say? In­deed, the Ze­phyrus is the first lap­top we’ve seen built ac­cord­ing to Nvidia’s Max-Q de­sign. In fan­cy­pants sci­ence talk, this is the point where aero­dy­namic stress on a rocket is at its max­i­mum, so you can dial down thrust and still break out of the at­mos­phere.

Ba­si­cally, it means that the GeForce GTX 1080 in­side the Ze­phyrus uses half the power of an iden­ti­cal chip in other gam­ing lap­tops, but man­ages 90% of the per­for­mance. With­out sound­ing like a hairdryer.

That’s right, this puppy is only 17mm thick and weighs less than 2.2kg, mean­ing it’s de­signed for ac­tual porta­bil­ity, un­like most gam­ing lap­tops that prom­ise as much but end up an­chored to a desk.

It wasn’t just a case of adding more air vents, though. Asus has shifted the key­board to the front edge of the lap­top, leav­ing the top sec­tion to fo­cus on cool­ing. It takes a bit of get­ting used to, but wasn’t as an­noy­ing as we ex­pected it to be.

The 15.6in screen is gam­ing­grade, too. Asus has gone for an IPA panel and kept the res­o­lu­tion down to a sen­si­ble 1080p, so the GPU won’t be work­ing over­time just to ren­der Win­dows. Of course, you can plug it in to a 4K telly if you want more pix­els thanks to that beasty GTX 1080. And its 7th gen In­tel Core i7-7700HQ pro­ces­sor and up to 24GB of RAM make it sing.

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