ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced its first interactive experience and an exciting lineup of gaming weaponry and technologies at the CES 2021 ROG For Those Who Dare virtual launch event. The event marked the debut of the ROG Flow X13 gaming laptop with the XG Mobile external GPU, the dual-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE gaming laptop, Strix SCAR 17 gaming laptop. These latest products and more are available to explore in ROG Citadel XV, a boundary-breaking interactive experience introduced during the “ROG For Those Who Dare” virtual event livestream and available to download for free on Steam.
ROG Citadel XV extends ROG’s reach from hardware and software to gaming content to enrich the gaming ecosystem and overall gaming experience. The experience takes gamers through the ROG Citadel underground fortress, where they’ll experience the latest cutting-edge ROG products and technologies being developed. They will be taken to several futuristic Cyberpunk-inspired laboratories to view the new ROG offerings. The lab designs reflect the ROG design language based around the themes of Vanguard, Fusion and Rebel. Once through the fortress, an arcade-inspired first-person shooter mini-game is then unlocked, where participants can test their aim and reflexes by taking down 3D targets moving across the screen.
ROG Flow X13
ROG Flow X13 is a 13-inch ultraportable gaming laptop powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. The energy-efficient CPU helps prolong battery life, giving Flow X13 up to 10 hours of gaming on a full charge. It also comes with a lightweight, 100-watt USB-C® PD charger that can charge an empty battery to 60% in just 39 minutes.
Flow X13 features a flip design that allows the screen to be flipped 360° for use in various scenarios. The laptop features a high-res 4K panel that’s protected by tough Corning Gorilla glass and features a narrow-frame design and support for touch and stylus input. Both choices of display have a 16:10 aspect ratio, support Adaptive-Sync, and are Pantone Validated for superb color accuracy.
Two down-firing speakers and Dolby Atmos technology deliver pristine, immersive audio. In addition, Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation ensures clear in-game communication and is powered by the CPU to have minimal impact on gaming performance.
Flow X13 can be paired with XG Mobile, an external GPU with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. When connected, XG Mobile gives Flow X13 a graphical prowess that’s equivalent to full-sized gaming rigs. A proprietary eGPU connector dedicates 63 Gbps of bandwidth exclusively to graphics, resulting in significantly higher performance than Thunderbolt eGPUs. The graphical performance boost from XG Mobile gives Flow X13 the versatility to handle content creation, AAA gaming, and work on the go, as well as hardcore gaming at home.
XG Mobile also includes a dedicated USB 3.2 Gen 2 link, which feeds an I/O hub with extra connectivity, and an integrated 280W AC adapter, which powers both XG Mobile and Flow X13 so that users don’t need to carry an additional power brick. The cooling system of Flow X13 is fine-tuned for high performance in a small chassis. ROG is the first to apply AMD CPUs with liquid metal in mass-produced laptops. Flow X13 has three heatsinks and fan outlets, and new Arc Flow fans that improve airflow by up to 15% without increasing noise. A self-cleaning thermal module also ensures reliable performance over time. ROG offers multiple operating modes so users can tune the cooling system for different requirements.
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Zephyrus Duo 15 SE features the innovative ROG ScreenPad Plus to give gamers the advantage of a secondary screen for more usable onscreen space for gaming and productive tasks. ScreenPad Plus raises a few degrees when the laptop display is opened to give the user a comfortable viewing angle.
The ultraslim Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. It comes with either a 120 Hz 4K display with 100% Adobe RGB color space coverage or a 300 Hz FHD display with a 3 ms response time and 100% sRGB color space coverage. Both panels are PANTONE Validated and feature thin-bezel designs and Adaptive-Sync technology.
Gamers can use the ScreenPad Plus secondary panel to browse the web, read emails, chat over instant messaging apps, or to stream or record gameplay. ROG worked with developers for additional interactive content on the secondary display, as well as partnered with XSplit Gamecaster to allow gamers to monitor their streams while gaming on the main display. In addition, ROG worked with Adobe for additional content creation tools for some of its creative software.
The built-in Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation feature offers clear communication, while the upgraded speakers provide crisp and rich audio. The inclusion of Dolby Atmos brings entertainment to life, giving users exceptional audio quality when listening to music, as well as providing three-dimensional precision audio to allow users to pinpoint the source of in-game sounds
The upgraded Active Aerodynamic System Plus (AAS+) cooling system allows more power to be fed to the CPU and GPU without increasing noise levels. The design provides an air intake underneath the secondary display to aid cooling. It features new Arc Flow fans that increase airflow by 13% over the previous generation, transfers heat from the AMD CPU with a liquid-metal thermal compound, and uses five heat pipes and four heatsinks with the increased surface area.
ROG Strix SCAR 17
ROG Strix SCAR 17 is a gaming powerhouse that can be specified with up to GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor CPU. It has up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR-3200 MHz memory and features new fans and liquid-metal cooling.
Designed as the ultimate portable esports machine, SCAR 17 offers superfast visuals on the world’s fastest laptop display, a 300 Hz FHD panel with a 3 ms response time. An optional 165 Hz WQHD panel combines fluidity with higher detail and a DCI-P3 color gamut. Both options have Adaptive-Sync technology, and ROG engineers worked on reducing the bezel size to offer a larger screen-to-body ratio for more immersive gaming.
SCAR 17 has a quad-speaker design and Dolby Atmos sound enhancement to give gamers a competitive edge, allowing them to accurately pinpoint the source of in-game noises like footsteps or gunfire. The built-in Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation feature filters out ambient noises for crystal-clear in-game communication, even when gaming in noisy environments.
The larger 90 Wh battery now provides up to 12 hours of video playback on a single charge, with support for fast charging and compatibility with 100-watt USB Type-C power adapters. The optical-mechanical keyboard of SCAR 17 features per-key RGB lighting, 1.9 mm key travel and zero debounce delay for near-instantaneous inputs. The trackpad is also 85% larger than the one found on the previous model, making it easier to use while on the go.
SCAR 17 is more compact than its predecessor, and this new design also includes a higher-density RGB light bar around the front edge of the chassis, an additional light strip under the display, a set of three user-swappable hinge caps, and a bold new aesthetic inspired by athletic gear.
A refined cooling system extracts peak performance from SCAR 17 while lowering noise levels by 3 dB compared to the last generation. Refinements include the use of a liquid metal thermal compound on the AMD CPU, new Arc Flow fans with special blade tips that reduce turbulence with an aerodynamic wave pattern, and a more efficient self-cleaning cooling system.