Hardware news Asus ROG switches to 3080 Ti and Ryzen 6000 for high-end laptops
After AMD and Nvidia’s announcements at CES 2022, manufacturers are starting to showcase their next-gen machines. Asus is of course in the game and partly renews its ROG range.
2022 is already shaping up to be a rich year for laptops, with the main manufacturers taking advantage of CES 2022 to unveil new high-end models and fuel the latest chips from AMD and Nvidia. The Taiwanese Asus thus came (virtually) to Las Vegas with his arms loaded with overpowered laptops. Among them, we retain two particularly attractive models: the Zephyrus G14 and the Zéhyrus Duo 16.
Zephyrus G14: the compact format moves to the Radeon RX 6000S
Let’s start with the Zephyrus G14, a “gamer, but compact” laptop PC, which has the particularity of opting for a 14-inch screen. The first generation had largely seduced us in May 2020 and this new version seems to offer some great new features.
On the outside, it departs a bit from its predecessor, this time offering a 16:10 format and therefore a screen that gains a little height compared to the 16: 9. It will be able to mount in 2560×1600 pixels (120 Hz) and Asus announces a brightness of 500 cd / m2. The manufacturer has also reduced the frame around the screen, which achieves a panel occupancy rate of 91%.
On the side of the cover, there is a system of mini LEDs offering the possibility to the user to display the text or the animation of his choice. It is purely gadget and aesthetic, but it brings a little more cachet to the product. In any case, the G14 is still so easy to transport, thanks to a weight of 1.75 kg and a thickness of less than 2 cm.
On the configuration side, Asus opts for 100% AMD of the latest generation, since there is a Ryzen 6000 processor (Ryzen 5 6600HS, Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS), but also a Radeon RX 6800S or 6700S graphics card. The two GPUs offer 8 GB of video memory and an 80 watt TGP which can go up to 105 watts thanks to the SmartShift technology (which will take some power from the CPU to switch it to the GPU). In short, a small laptop that should offer an excellent level of performance, in addition to having an atypical look.
Zephyrus Duo 16: two screens and an RTX 3080 Ti under the hood
The Zephyrus Duo 16 takes up a concept launched by Asus in 2020, namely the dual screen on a laptop PC. The main screen is therefore in 16-inch format and offers a 1440p definition at 165 Hz. Note that the panel this time uses miniLED technology for the backlighting, which should drastically increase the brightness and contrast. Asus also announces a bright peak at 1200 cd / m2. Never seen on a laptop PC. The second screen, placed just above the keyboard, is in the 14-inch format and displays a Full HD or Ultra HD definition, all at 60 Hz.
On the configuration side, the Zephyrus Duo 16 goes upmarket and opts for the latest AMD processors (R5 6600H, R7 6800H or R9 6900HX) and can accommodate up to a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti on the graphics side (135W TGP). The presence of an HDMI 2.1 port will also allow it to provide 4K 120 Hz rendering on a screen or TV, especially with such a powerful CPU / GPU pair.
Zephyrus Duo 16 and G14: price and availability
The Zephyrus G14 will be available for sale during the 1st quarter of 2022, starting at $ 1,599. The Zephyrus Duo 16 will also be available during the first quarter of 2022, starting at $ 2,999.