Gaming notebooks aren’t usually considered to be the slimmest offerings around the block by virtue of their design that requires beefy graphics and the immense amounts of cooling needed to keep them ticking along nicely but the spanking new Asus Republic of Gamers Zephyrus S GX531 bucks that trend as it is not only a throughbred gaming laptop that can take on the best of them in the proverbial ring but it’s also, at this point in time, one of the thinnest gaming rigs on the planet.
Crammed into a 14.95mm thin machined aluminium and magnesium alloy chassis is a massive 15.6-inch display with super slim bezels, a 144Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time; quite an achievement seeing as the Zephyrus S GX531 has a footprint about the size of a 14-inch notebook. Added to this is an Intel Core i7-i8750H processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GTX1060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM and a 512GB PCIE SSD for storage.
Gaming notebooks generate a lot of heat but the Zephyrus S GX531 tackles this with aplomb as it sports a revamped take on Asus and Republic of Gamer’s Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) tech from its predecessor. The air intakes are 22% larger on the GX531 and the whole affair has five heat pipes to vent heat away from the CPU and graphics card to four heatsinks and the aforementioned exhaust vents. The cooling fans have also been beefed up with more blades for more efficient cooling and essentially better gaming.
The keyboard hasn’t been neglected as well and it is a full-sized affair complete with a numeric keypad. Of note is that it has four-zone backlighting, their Aura Sync tech to sync it to your ROG gaming mouse and keyboard and N-key rollover to minimise button mashing hijinks.
All this gaming goodness clocks in at RM7,999 but Asus is throwing in a special bundle programme that throws in a free BP1500G ROG backpack worth RM159 to carry it in if you are one of the first 30 buyers.
For more details on this sweet gaming rig swing by https://rog.asus.com/