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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Flow X16

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the brand new ROG Flow X16 gaming laptop. This 16-inch thin and light laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, with support for the XG Mobile family of external GPUs, all while weighing just 2.1 kg and packed into a 15-inch chassis.

The Flow X16 also features the flagship Nebula HDR Display, a dazzling 165 Hz Mini LED panel with 1100 nits of peak brightness, 512 local dimming zones, and 100% DCI-P3 coverage. These premium parts are complemented by the all-new cooling system with Frost Force Technology and a Pulsar Heatsink, featuring three fans and a high-density heatsink to keep performance high and temperatures low.

The Flow X16 is the third addition to the ROG Flow family, and the most powerful yet. Featuring an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU with a MUX Switch, the Flow X16 can render frames in a game much faster than its 19.4 mm thick chassis would imply. With the RTX 3070 Ti operating at a maximum TGP of 125 watts with Dynamic Boost, the Flow X16 redefines what ultraportable gaming and content creation look like.

ROG has not sacrificed usability and upgradeability for this thin and light form factor. Both the blazing-fast DDR5 4800 MHz memory and PCIe 4.0 SSD are accessible and upgradeable. The Flow X16 supports 32 GB of RAM, and both SO-DIMMs are easily accessible for future upgrades. Featuring 1 TB of SSD storage, the Flow X16 also has a second open M.2 slot, making it painless to drop in more storage for a scratch disk or larger game library.

As a member of the Flow family, portability and versatility were instrumental in the design of the Flow X16. Featuring a full 360° hinge, gamers can transform their machine from a traditional clamshell laptop to utilize tent mode, maximizing airflow when using an external keyboard or gamepad. Alternatively, they can flip the display back into full tablet mode to utilize touch functionality. No matter where, how, or what they play, the Flow X16 can transform itself to match their needs.

This versatility also includes full support for the XG Mobile family of external GPUs. These compact enclosures house laptop variants of the highest-performing AMD and NVIDIA discrete graphics chips while being portable enough to comfortably carry in a backpack. These unique external GPUs also act as an I/O expansion hub, housing dedicated Ethernet, USB Type-A, DisplayPort, HMDI 2.1 ports, and an SD card reader.

The Nebula HDR Display on the Flow X16 meets all of those requirements while pushing the boundary of stunning HDR performance. This QHD, 16:10, 165 Hz Nebula HDR display uses Mini LEDs that are capable of 1100 nits of peak brightness. Nebula HDR is VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified, boasting 512 dimming zones for excellent contrast and a truly out-of-this-world HDR experience.

Powered by AUO’s AmLED technology and the ROG Nebula HDR Engine, Nebula HDR uses incredibly precise backlights for local dimming that produces stunning contrast. This software combination of adaptive image processing paired with adaptive dimming and boosting of the backlight helps deliver incredibly accurate imagery with minimal haloing. Whether gamers choose to utilize this incredible HDR panel for gameplay or consume their favorite content comfortably in tablet mode, this machine is the ultimate choice for anyone’s on-the-go HDR needs.

Packing all of the Flow X16’s gaming and multitasking power in a chassis less than 20 mm thick was no easy feat. The Flow X16 features Thermal Grizzly liquid metal on the CPU and brand-new Frost Force Technology, which features two fans that direct airflow through precisely calculated cutouts and towards crucial internal components. A third auxiliary fan also assists with moving heat from the GPU directly to the new Pulsar Heatsink that covers the entire rear of the machine. Designed with ultra-dense fins just 0.1 mm thick, the Flow X16 sports a total of 110,902 mm of heatsink surface area.

The addition of an auxiliary third fan keeps GPU temperatures 7°C cooler than traditional solutions, which allows the Flow X16 to maintain high framerates during sustained gaming sessions in any of its four modes. For gamers needing the ultimate in portability without sacrificing power, the Flow X16 has arrived. ROG Flow X16 will be available from 9th September 2022 in Virgin Megastore, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, Amazon, HyperX , Computronic, and ASUS eshop. The price starts from AED 10,999.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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