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There are two competing variable refresh rate technologies living side by side. One is NVIDIA’s proprietary G-Sync, and the other is AMD’s FreeSync, which is based on the same protocols as VESA’s Adaptive-Sync standard. Up until now, a monitor equipped with variable refresh rate capabilities employed one technology or the other, leading to a bit of bifurcation for consumers.

But that’s changing. NVIDIA recently announced G-Sync Compatible, a certification program that runs monitors with baseline variable refresh support through a battery of tests. Those that pass are identified in the company’s drivers and have their variable refresh features enabled by default, allowing gamers with GeForce graphics cards to buy FreeSync-branded monitors and enjoy unprecedented smoothness right out of the box.

What’s variable refresh, and why do I care?

In short, variable refresh rate technology improves what you see while gaming by eliminating artifacts that affect monitors with fixed refresh rates. To appreciate how the tech makes your experience better, a basic understanding of the display pipeline is helpful.

The speed at which your GPU renders each frame in your favorite game varies based on scene complexity, causing frame rates to go up and down. In some places, the processor might crank out 120 frames per second. In others, it might slow to 45 or 30. Without a way to modulate the rate at which rendered frames are displayed, pieces of multiple frames show up together on a single monitor refresh cycle. Differences between those frames are painfully evident, especially when there’s lots of movement from one frame to the next. The resulting artifact is referred to as tearing.

Vertical synchronization, or VSync, addresses tearing by getting the graphics card to match the monitor’s refresh rate. But if your GPU cannot keep up with that cycle, old information persists on the screen for multiple refreshes, cutting your effective frame rate. On a 60Hz panel, you might end up with brief periods of 30 or even 15 frames per second. When performance drops and refresh cycles get skipped, the effect is perceived as stutter.

Some gamers are painfully sensitive to tearing. Others are bothered more by stuttering. But we can all agree that both sides of the VSync coin are far from ideal.

LCD monitors with support for variable refresh rates save you from choosing between turning VSync on or leaving it off. They can adapt to the graphics card’s frame rate within a predetermined range, refreshing whenever a new frame is presented. As a result, tearing and stuttering disappear. The difference in smoothness is incredible, even to gamers who never realized they were living with the caveats of VSync.

Getting on board

Previously, all monitors with G-Sync branding had to have a proprietary NVIDIA module inside featuring an expensive FPGA and 768MB of DDR3L memory. This module took care of the technology’s heavy lifting and ensured a consistent experience across a range of native resolutions, refresh rates, panel technologies, and price points.

But NVIDIA allows that there are lots of excellent monitors out there capable of satisfying its standards for a high-quality variable refresh rate experience. Those displays can now become “G-Sync Compatible.”

The classification is earned only by monitors that support a variable refresh range of at least 2.4:1 (60 to 144Hz, for example). A nice, big window ensures that qualifying monitors spend as much time in variable refresh mode as possible, yielding an optimal gaming experience. G-Sync Compatible monitors must also prove that they can avoid “blanking, pulsing, flickering, ghosting or other artifacts during VRR gaming,” per NVIDIA.

Displays that earn G-Sync Compatible branding will have their variable refresh capabilities enabled by default in NVIDIA’s latest Game Ready driver. Monitors that haven’t been validated, but support variable refresh technology, can be experimented with using a tick box in the NVIDIA Control Panel. You’re rolling the dice at that point, though. It’s best to be safe and stick with one of the G-Sync Compatible models. We have several, and there are more to come.

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We offer a number of G-Sync- and FreeSync-capable monitors like the ROG Swift PG27UQ and ROG Swift PG258Q, as well as the ROG Strix XG27VQ and ROG Strix XG35VQ. Now, we have several monitors that officially support both technologies.

The ROG Strix XG248Q is built with speed in mind. Its 24” 1920 x 1080 panel features a blazing-fast 240Hz native refresh rate, which is great for twitchy first-person shooters and esports titles. But even if your graphics card doesn’t push 240 FPS to the XG248Q, the monitor’s generously wide 48 to 240Hz dynamic refresh range all but assures you get smooth animation in every game you play.

On its own, a 1ms gray-to-gray response time helps minimize ghosting. However, ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur technology can be used to deliver perfect motion clarity with Adaptive-Sync disabled and a refresh rate of 100Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz.

The display is framed by thin bezels all the way around and set off by the iconic ROG tripod stand. You can pivot the monitor 90° to use it vertically, swivel 50° side to side, tilt it back, and slide the screen up or down to get the most comfortable view. A bright beam of light emits from the base, projecting a rich, red glow onto your desktop. Pop on one of two ROG logo covers or customize the bundled blank cover to create your own projection. Moreover, the ring around the XG248Q’s stand mount supports Aura Sync lighting, so you can match its RGB LEDs to the lighting scheme of your other ROG gear.

Input options on the XG248Q are plentiful: you get two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort interface. AMD’s FreeSync technology works across any of the three inputs, while GeForce GTX 10-series and RTX 20-series cards support variable refresh rates over DisplayPort. The monitor also boasts two USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio output for your headphones.

ModelStrix XG248Q
Size23.8"
PanelTN
Viewing angle170°/160°
Resolution1920x1080
Aspect ratio16:9
Variable refreshFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Refresh rate (max)240Hz
Response time1 ms
Brightness400 cd/m²
Contrast ratio1000:1
Display colors16.7M
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
2x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Mini-Jack
Power

The MG278Q gaming monitor steps variable refresh rates up to a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Its 27” panel features a 144Hz native resolution and a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. But because this is one of the few models qualifying for G-Sync Compatible branding, GeForce GTX 10-series and GeForce RTX 20-series cards can dynamically drive it at rates between 40 and 144Hz, yielding smooth gameplay across a broad performance range. Of course, FreeSync support enables similar functionality with compatible Radeon graphics cards.

Plenty of inputs accommodate any generation of GPU you have installed. One HDMI 1.4 port, one HDMI 2.0 interface, and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity match the XG258Q and facilitate variable refresh support. But there’s also a dual-link DVI input for attaching older devices. A 3.5mm jack takes the audio stream from an HDMI or DisplayPort cable and pipes it into your gaming headset. Moreover, a USB 3.0 upstream jack is split into two downstream ports for your gaming peripherals. A pair of 2W speakers built into the MG278Q give you audio when you can’t be bothered to don headphones.

The stand is svelte and unassuming. Its professional aesthetic belies this monitor’s gaming roots. Smart cable management helps hide cords to keep your battle station looking clean. Similar to the XG series’ showier stand, you can rotate the MG278Q side to side, slide it up and down, tilt it, or pivot to your liking.

ModelMG278Q
Size27"
PanelTN
Viewing angle170°/160°
Resolution2560×1440
Aspect ratio16:9
Variable refreshFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Refresh rate (max)144Hz
Response time1 ms
Brightness350 cd/m²
Contrast ratio1000:1
Display colors16.7M
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x Dual-link DVI-D
2 x USB 3.0
1x 3.5mm Mini-Jack
Power
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Constant reinvention is required to continue creating compelling gaming experiences that meet evolving player needs, wants, and budgets. By staying at the forefront of emerging technologies and adopting the latest platforms, ASUS has developed a full family of dynamic gaming machines that delivers serious performance per dollar. This includes an increasing number of systems that combine AMD Ryzen CPUs with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, a pairing long-favored by hardware enthusiasts looking to maximize each component’s impact, and one that helps us bring great gaming machines to a wider audience than ever before.

The ROG Strix GL10DH is among the world’s first gaming desktops with AMD’s new 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, bringing together formidable firepower with core gaming fundamentals. It was demonstrated live during AMD’s “Next Horizon Gaming” event at E3, in Los Angeles, CA on June 10.

We’re also continuing to shake up our laptop lineup with the latest Ryzen mobile APUs. The new TUF Gaming FX505DV raises the bar for our Ryzen family with a 144Hz/3ms display and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU tuned for fast-paced gameplay. It joins a cast of durable TUF contenders along with the subtly sleek ROG Zephyrus G GA502, an affordable ultra-slim gaming laptop with surprisingly good battery life.

Matisse expands possibilities for gaming desktops

Gaming and streaming go hand in hand. Players need to be able to hop in-game and share their experiences quickly and efficiently, and their extra-curricular activities often aren’t limited to streaming. We’re focused on creating attainable gaming machines with the power and flexibility to do more, from streaming to content creation to heavy multitasking. The new Strix GL10DH gaming desktop uses the latest Ryzen CPUs to bring a new level of performance and versatility to affordable gaming desktops.

Equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 3800X CPU with eight cores and 16 threads, the Strix GL10DH packs heavy duty horsepower. The 3rd Gen Ryzen processor otherwise known as Matisse is based on an updated Zen 2 microarchitecture that boasts up to 15% higher performance per-clock than the previous generation, plus a larger cache and higher clocks. These improvements accelerate both gaming and more serious workloads, which made us eager to be the first to deploy the new processors in a gaming desktop.

The Strix GL10DH flexes its gaming prowess with a range of ASUS graphics cards that includes the Turbo GeForce RTX 2070, or options from the Phoenix family featuring GPUs up to the GeForce® RTX 2060. NVIDIA’s new Turing GPU architecture uses a mix of CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores dedicated to programmable shading, real-time ray tracing, and artificial intelligence to produce incredible visual effects. They enable advanced lighting, lifelike reflections, and realistic shadows that make in-game experiences more immersive. These capable cores can also accelerate a range of computationally intensive tasks from 3D modeling to deep learning.

The graphics cards slot neatly into a reliable ASUS Prime B450M-K motherboard that offers a solid foundation with flexible connectivity for a wide range of components. If you’re interested in upgrading, the board is backed by thousands of hours of validation testing to ensure compatibility and stability with popular devices. Out of the box, the GL10DH is configured with up to an M.2-based NVMe SSD with 512GB of super-fast storage that accelerates load times for demanding games and apps. The SSD is paired with up to 1TB of mechanical storage for the rest of your library, along with up to 32GB of system memory for smooth multitasking.

The Strix GL10DH puts performance and potential into a streamlined case with Aura Sync accents. Choose between a vented side panel that increases airflow into the main chamber or an expanse of clear acrylic that provides an unobstructed view of the illuminated internals. The dual-chamber chassis groups the CPU, GPU, and motherboard in the main housing, while the storage bays and power supply sit in a separate cooling zone below. Everything squeezes into just 27 liters to save space wherever you play.

Ryzen gains faster mobile sidekicks

TUF Gaming brings military-grade toughness and a strong core experience together at affordable prices, making these laptops excellent options for everyday gaming machines. Our TUF Gaming FX505DY was the first adopt AMD’s Picasso platform, combining its mobile Ryzen APU with discrete Radeon graphics and a FreeSync display. The TUF Gaming FX505DD/DT/DU laptops released in April paired the same processor with GeForce GTX graphics to maximize gaming performance.

The next step forward is the TUF Gaming FX505DV, which carves out a new sweet spot at the intersection of durability, performance, and price by teaming the latest Ryzen mobile APU with a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 144Hz/3ms panel. Great graphics are crucial to any gratifying gaming experience, and the FX505DV can pump out reliably high frame rates that take full advantage of its NanoEdge display. The high refresh rate makes fast-paced gameplay significantly smoother than on standard 60Hz displays, and the quick response time keeps the picture sharp at speed, giving players a competitive advantage in esports and FPS gaming. Sharing your screen for movies or multiplayer is also more enjoyable thanks to IPS-level panel technology that ensures consistent colors for every seat in the house, and slim 6.5-mm bezels that keep your attention focused on-screen.

Paired up with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H mobile APU, this TUF Gaming laptop is fast and efficient whether you’re hopping into a match or taking care of work on the go. The processor’s quad cores and eight threads make quick work of everyday multitasking and productivity, and the system’s performance is further bolstered by an efficient cooling system that pairs innovative internal design with on-demand switching that optimizes the system for the task at hand. With a keyboard shortcut, HyperFan lets you quickly adjust system settings so that you get the cooling you need when you need it. Turbo mode pushes fan speeds and performance to the max, unleashing the full power of the FX505DV. Balanced mode optimizes operation to deliver strong performance with lower acoustic levels for gaming. Silent mode minimizes fan noise for less demanding tasks, which is perfect for working in quiet environments and streaming videos.

Under the hood, our self-cleaning cooling system channels particles and other debris out of the laptop through anti-dust tunnels integrated into the fan housings. This preventative measure prevents dust buildup on the heatsink and fans that can compromise cooling over time. It’s essential to maintaining long-term performance and stability, helping the FX505DV live up to its TUF Gaming name.

Like its predecessors, the family’s newest recruit is defined by durability. It meets strenuous MIL-STD-810G standards in a range of tests, from basic drops and vibration to surviving extreme temperatures and altitude. The TUF Gaming FX505DV can handle everything from an everyday commute to a trek across the desert, as long as you cross paths with an outlet oasis somewhere in between.

Slim style takes your game anywhere


If sleeker, lighter laptops are more your speed, the mobile Ryzen platform makes ultra-slim gaming more affordable with the ROG Zephyrus G GA502. Portability is typically considered a premium feature, but with the Zephyrus G it’s attainable for freelancers, students, and everyone else who wants to work on the go.

Despite being only 20mm thin and 2.1kg, this machine is no slacker when it comes to gaming performance. Configurable with up to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics and a 120Hz display framed by super-narrow bezels, the GA502 capably cuts through a wide range of popular games. In Turbo mode, ROG Boost clocks the discrete GPU up to 1435MHz at 60W, which is ample power for everyday gaming and streaming.

Modern multitasking is also well within the GA502’s wheelhouse. The Zephyrus G is equipped with the same quad-core, eight-thread AMD Ryzen 7 3750H mobile APU as the TUF Gaming FX505DV. The processor optimizes performance and power consumption with SenseMI technology, allowing the battery to last up to nearly nine hours in MobileMark, or survive almost seven hours of video playback or Wi-Fi web browsing.

Paired with a superfast NVMe SSD, the Zephyrus G zips through everyday tasks with quick load times across games and applications. Up to 32GB of RAM guarantees enough memory for major multitasking, and all this power and utility is lightweight and slim enough to slip into standard backpacks. The laptop’s brushed black exterior and tasteful white keyboard backlighting distinguish it from other gaming machines, letting you blend in everywhere from classrooms to coffee shops to local LANs.

AMD x ASUS brings premium gaming to everyone

Enabling great gaming experiences that truly connect with every player’s needs is core to our design philosophy. That’s why we push ourselves to break conventions, experiment with new ideas, and take early advantage of new platforms. Our latest collaborations with AMD demonstrate this dedication, resulting in an exciting range of affordable gaming machines suited to different interests and needs.

With the ROG Strix GL10DH, gamers get a flexible and customizable 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop powerful enough to go beyond gaming. The military-grade TUF Gaming FX505DV puts mobile Ryzen horsepower into a reliable, do-it-all laptop that’s exceptionally durable. And the ROG Zephyrus G GA502 provides an ultra-slim, ultra-versatile machine portable enough for gamers who want to stream, work, and play anywhere. The GA502 is already selling at retailers worldwide, while the others systems will join it in Q3. Check with your local ASUS and ROG retailer for information on specific configurations and availability in your region.

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Computex is one of the biggest tech events on our calendar, and every year we bring a bevy of new toys. With a home turf advantage, we go all out, packing our booth with cutting edge technologies and all the new ASUS and ROG gear that we’re preparing for release throughout the rest of the year. Computex 2019 is bigger than ever, because we’re marking a milestone. This year marks our 30th birthday and it’s clear our thirst for innovation hasn’t waned. We’ve got boat-loads of gear to show off, some of which is purely conceptual, and plenty that’s coming in just a few months’ time. Read on to check out everything we’ve got at the show.

Celebrating a very nerdy thirty

Over the years, we’ve expanded into every corner of the PC industry, from ultraportable laptops to massive monitors, and everything in between. To celebrate our birthday in style, we’re releasing 30th Anniversary Editions of some of our flagship products. They debuted at Computex alongside a host of new products that will pave the way for the next three decades of innovation.

The new Prime X299 Edition 30 is a reflection of our storied past and also emphasizes the fact that our focus remains squarely on the future. This exquisite high-end desktop board has the cutting-edge performance and signature features you’d expect from ASUS, including a powerful VRM tailored for overclocking, intuitive cooling control for your entire system, next-gen connectivity at every turn, and extensive customization through lighting and more. It also includes innovations you might not expect, like an all-new Smart Control Console that adds an external OLED with gesture tracking and voice input. The Prime X299 Edition 30 reinforces our position as the world’s leading motherboard maker and is the culmination of our three decades of experience developing motherboards. You can read more about it here.

Our newest X299 board will be available soon, but we’re always focused on the next big thing, so we also brought a hint of the future of our Prime series, too. The Prime Utopia is unlike any motherboard you’ve ever seen. Traditional motherboard layouts put everything on one side of the system, which limits space and cooling for the hardware that needs it the most. This concept board moves GPUs to the back, where a dedicated chamber provides superior cooling with easy access. It also removes the ambient temperature in the main chamber, which is better for the other components and prevents the cards from obstructing airflow.

The Utopia’s unique layout leaves enough room for an expansive water block capable of chilling monster VRMs, and creates more space for extra expansion slots that take advantage of growing bandwidth in the CPU and accompanying platform. In addition to mounting a graphics card at the back, Utopia hangs four M.2 slots off the front face, enabling insanely fast SSD RAID arrays with ample cooling and easy accessibility. High-end systems rarely feature this many M.2 slots, or they bury them behind graphics cards that obstruct upgrades and increase drive temperatures. The proprietary Hydra Cortex fan header supports up to four fans from a single motherboard connection while still allowing for the independent tuning and control of each fan, and system performance can be monitored and settings adjusted via an extra large OLED display. Read all about the Prime Utopia concept motherboard here.

Continuing in our quest for incredible, the ZenBook 6 tosses out the rulebook for smartphone design with a bezel-free screen and a motorized flip camera that allows the front- and rear-facing cameras to share the same high-quality 48MP sensor for uniformly superior picture quality. The ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is decked out in black and bumps the specs up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Under the hood, it features a powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC from Qualcomm. The camera’s motorized module makes panoramas, wide-angle shots, and group selfies as easy as pressing the shutter button, but the implementation of this mechanism was quite complex. We had to rely on our experience in motherboards to make space for the camera, motor, and wiring without reducing the size of the 5000mAh battery or making the phone itself larger. The ZenFone 6 runs a near-stock version of Android that is free of clutter and is on the list of approved devices for the Android Q beta program. Read more about this extraordinary phone here.

We’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum for ultrabooks. Decked out in rich Royal Blue and gilded with Rose Gold trim, the ZenBook line stands out in a sea of too-similar silver and carries an air of opulence that’s hard to match. For our birthday, we wanted to go all in on luxury, though. The new ZenBook 13 UX334 Edition 30 carries all the same great features of our upgraded ZenBook 13, including the latest generation of Intel processors, discrete graphics, a generous helping of PCIe SSD storage, and our new ScreenPad 2.0 for streamlining your productivity. However, this laptop adds an extra layer of extravagance with hand-stitched Italian top grain leather that’s dyed Pearl White. It bears an ASUS 30th anniversary emblem fashioned from gold-plated ceramic glaze, and the laptop’s pure white exterior is accented by diamond-cut Rose Gold edges along the laptop’s lid as well as around the ScreenPad. Even with this fancy treatment, the ZenBook is still just 0.73” thick, so it’s eminently portable. Each laptop is accompanied by matching accessories, including a complementary sleeve, mouse pad, and Pearl White mouse and power adapter. Read all about our most luxurious laptop yet here.

The changing face of laptops

Continuing the trend for unique looking laptops that push the boundaries of conventional design, 2019 brings a striking new color for our newest ROG gaming laptops. Though Original Black is here to stay, this year’s focus on ROG Intelligent Cooling inspired our designers to find a cool color to complement our improved thermals. The result is a frosty shade that looks and feels brighter and lighter, bringing new energy to gaming laptops. To retain a sense of boldness and hint at the hardware within, we passed over sleepier shades in favor of high-energy blues inspired by science fiction.

Glacier Blue unifies these concepts with a wintry look. This specific shade has a slight silvery sheen in the light, making it appear paler and more polished from a distance, but it becomes surprisingly saturated upon closer inspection. The brighter appearance helps mask fingerprints and other blemishes while also blending in with more mainstream and professional laptops. Bolder blue tones jump out when you’re up close or in darker environments, providing a shot of color along with more contrast for RGB lighting. Glacier Blue is coming later this year in the Zephyrus S GX502, Zephyrus M GU502, and Strix G G531 and G731. Get an eyeful of our true blue laptops here.

Fresh hues aren’t just reserved for our gaming laptops, though. Our affordable VivoBook S line once again flies the flag for laptops cloaked in color. This year’s new models up the ante with bolder color-blocked designs that are inspired by music, streetwear, and nature. The VivoBook S14 and S15 are based on a powerful combination of 8th Gen Intel processors, discrete graphics, and lightning-fast SSDs designed to keep pace with every aspect of your life. They’re made for getting work done, whether you’re at school or the office, but are powerful enough for creative pursuits, too. The slim design features our ErgoLift hinge for more comfortable typing and a metal lid for a more premium feel. Specific models also incorporate a second screen. Dubbed the ScreenPad 2.0, this 5.65” display comes from our high-end ZenBook line and allows you control music, check in on your calendar, keep an eye on chat apps, and more without changing tabs or minimizing windows. Read up on the most stylish VivoBooks to date.

An updated look is crucial to staying on top of trends, but we’re focused on functional changes that make a difference to how you work, too. Our ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14, and ZenBook 15 are the foundation of our ultrabook family, balancing price and power to offer maximum performance across a range of sizes. They’re wrapped in our signature Royal Blue with luxe Rose Gold accents, and like the ZenBook 13 Edition 30, the entire family benefits from our ScreenPad 2.0, a 5.65” IPS display that sits in the laptop’s palm rest in place of the touchpad.

Once limited to the premium ZenBook Pro, the ScreenPad swaps your everyday touchpad for a high-res touchscreen with native apps and the ability to dock handy tools like your calculator. The ScreenPad complements a variety of primary displays wrapped in razor-thin bezels. Ranging from 13.3” to 15.6”, the smaller laptops are more compact and ideal for people who spend a lot of their time hopping from one place to the next between bouts of work. The roomier 15.6” ZenBook 15 UX534 packs a bigger display, but NanoEdge bezels keep the footprint compact enough to slip into a backpack or messenger bag. The whole family runs on the latest generation of Intel processors and features up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage for faster multitasking. Read all about the new ZenBooks here.

At ASUS, we pride ourselves in stepping outside the confines of what’s considered conventional to see if there’s a better way of doing things. While the ScreenPad adds a miniature panel that streamlines your workflow by relocating certain functions and toolbars to maximize screen space without hiding important windows, we realized that a second screen could be more useful for a wider variety of people if we moved some things around.

The ScreenPad Plus is a roomy second display that spans the full width of the keyboard on the new 15.6” ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 and 14” ZenBook Duo UX481. In the ZenBook Pro Duo, it takes the form of a 14” touchscreen that spans the full width of the laptop and sits under the display, while the more compact ZenBook Duo boasts a 12.6” touchscreen stretching from one side of the chassis to the other. Both are carefully sized to match the display that sits directly above, resolution and all, so dragging windows down is seamless and you won’t have to deal with differences in scaling.

Designed for more demanding workloads, this pair of laptops feature powerful Intel processors, discrete graphics from NVIDIA, and blazing fast PCIe-attached storage. They’re wrapped up in a brand new Celestial Blue that’s business-like without being boring. Subtle pewter grey accents highlight the angular edges and show off the new futuristic look, while oblique cuts on the back edge and sides lend an elegant air of authority that feels all business. Get all the details in this article here.

Seeing the future of displays

We pride ourselves in packing our PCs with enough performance to tackle any task, but we can’t pretend it’s just what’s on the inside that counts. Your computer’s display is crucial to a comfortable and visually great experience while you work and play. For Computex 2019, we’ve brought better displays for everyone, from pro gamers to traveling professionals. We even have a little taste of what’s to come in future products.

Portable monitors that connect to your laptop aren’t new, but the newest ZenScreen features a touch panel that allows for easier interaction and allows you to connect your Android phone. Whether you’re working on the road or just hunkering down in your hotel with Netflix, the ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT ensures you won’t be stuck on a small screen. The MB16AMT boasts a 15.6” Full HD panel and is complemented by a new ZenScreen Touch app that allows you to hook it up to your Android phone, too. Read all the details in our introductory article.

A peek at the future of gaming laptops

ROG has made a name for itself with high-quality displays. At CES, we demoed a cutting-edge 240Hz panel inside the Strix SCAR II, and Computex presents another opportunity for us to show off a taste of what’s to come. The ultra-slim Zephyrus S GX502 has been turned into a test vehicle for two jaw-dropping 4K demos. One takes the Ultra HD resolution up to a blistering 120Hz with 3ms response and full Adobe RGB coverage, while the other showcases the same pixel density in a gorgeous AMOLED with high dynamic range.

Though they’re not available on existing ROG laptops, these displays highlight how we’re looking at complementing the ultra-fast Full HD panels that already populate the Republic of Gamers laptop lineup. They also underscore the work we’re doing to guarantee the color accuracy of select models to meet the needs of creators and professionals who harness the power of gaming machines to turbocharge their creativity and productivity. You can read more about the future of our gaming laptop displays here.

For those looking to up their game in the more immediate term, the ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III are both already available with 15″ 240Hz panels, and 17″ variants with the same ultra-fast refresh rate will start arriving in Q3. Each one packs the latest generation Intel CPUs as well as NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics capable of feeding triple-digit frame rates to their impressive displays. Read more about these magnificent gaming machines in this story.

If you’re not in the market for a new laptop just yet, the ROG XG17 serves up 240Hz gaming on the go without the need for a new notebook. This portable display gives you 17.3” of screen real estate and a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz with a 3ms response time. A pair of 1W speakers ensure you always have sound, even when you forget your headset at home, and at less than half an inch thick, the XG17 takes up minimal room in your backpack, so stashing it away for your next trip is a no-brainer. This high-performance portable monitor is an upgrade that’s capable of improving the gaming experience across all your mobile devices, and it will be available to buy soon. Click through to ROG for more information on our 240Hz portable gaming monitor.

We haven’t focused all of our efforts on gamers on the go. Our ambition to deliver the best gaming displays also extends to desktop monitors that stay parked on your desk at home. Our ROG Swift PG27UQ is already the envy of every gamer. With its ultra-sharp 4K resolution, smooth 144Hz maximum refresh rate, support for HDR content, and NVIDIA G-Sync, it ticks off every feature on the “dream monitor” list. So, of course, we set about improving upon the original.

Localized backlight dimming is key to helping the PG27UQ achieve its prestigious VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and UHD Alliance UltraHD Premium certifications. By dividing the monitor up into 384 distinct zones that could be individually controlled, we maximized the contrast between the darkest areas on-screen and other zones displaying up to 1000 cd/m² of brightness. The next-generation 27” ROG Swift PG27UQX will be our first gaming monitor that utilizes Mini LEDs to enable 576 distinct zones. More zones make it possible to illuminate smaller objects without bright light bleeding all over dark scenes. Since that’s one of the main critiques leveled against today’s best displays capable of full-array local dimming, the PG27UQX represents a big step forward in bettering the LED LCD category as a whole. The PG27UQX isn’t available just yet, but you can drool over it here in the meantime.

For gamers on a budget, our newest TUF Gaming monitors come equipped with ELMB Sync and are ideal for competitive players targeting a better experience at a lower price point. This trio of desktop displays uses a new breed of Extreme Low Motion Blur tech that allows you to enjoy the blur-reducing effects of ELMB and adaptive sync at the same time. Dubbed ELMB Sync, this new implementation of ELMB means no longer having to choose between smooth, lag-free animations or blur reduction.

We’ve got a range of panel types each leveraging this technology to deliver a Moving Picture Response Time of only 1ms and variable refresh rates of up to 155Hz. As members of ASUS’s gaming monitor family. These displays also come equipped with our GameFast input lag reduction technology as well as GameVisual optimized color presets, Shadow Boost for better visibility in dark scenes, and TÜV certification for flicker-free operation and low blue light emission. Read all about ELMB Sync and our TUF Gaming monitors here.

What’s new for desktops

Mobile gaming continues to grow and evolve, but our hearts belong to the art of the custom build, and there’s never been a better time to plan out a new PC. AMD is returning with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs that pair its Zen 2 architecture with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 connectivity, promising more bandwidth and performance than previous generations. The family remains focused on offering high numbers of cores and threads, and that class of chip needs a quality motherboard. For Computex 2019, we debuted a complete lineup of motherboards based on AMD’s X570 chipset.

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AMD’s 1st and 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors have been a massive hit with both gamers and professional users everywhere. They pack lots of cores underneath their heat spreaders, and every model offers Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) for extra parallel computing grunt—just the ticket for heavy multitasking, gaming while streaming, or thread-heavy professional pursuits like 3D modelling and video rendering.

Now AMD is returning with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs that pair its Zen 2 architecture with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 (PCIe) connectivity, promising more bandwidth and performance than previous generations. The family remains focused on offering high numbers of cores and threads, a class of chip that needs a quality motherboard. ASUS is ready for action with an array of new models based on the latest X570 chipset.

The cast is headlined by the Republic of Gamers, whose Crosshair VIII boards are fit for the most demanding overclockers and gamers looking to extract every ounce of performance from their systems. The ROG Strix series focuses on good looks coupled with strong core performance, while TUF Gaming rolls up essential features in battle-tested packages with affordable prices. Those who prefer subdued styling with carefully chosen features can turn to the Prime family, which still has enough punch for power users. Pushing further in that direction, our first Pro workstation motherboard for Ryzen processors provides a platform for serious workstations and creative professionals. This ASUS X570 guide helps new and experienced users find the best Ryzen motherboard for their needs and budget.

Extreme bandwidth for extreme storage and peripherals

New Ryzen processors are designed to pair with the AMD X570 chipset, the first desktop chipset to put PCI Express 4.0 connectivity at your disposal. The brand-new spec doubles peak throughput to 2GB/s per lane, paving the way for a new generation of graphics cards, solid-state drives, and peripherals. A four-lane NVMe SSD based on PCIe 3.0 can reach a maximum raw speed of close to 4GB/s. That’s pretty fast but already capping the performance of modern drives. With PCIe 4.0 on the X570 platform, the same number of lanes gives devices peak raw bandwidth of 7.9GB/s, a figure previously only attainable with a multi-drive RAID 0 array and a direct connection to the CPU. Future graphics cards sitting in x16 slots will have nearly 32GB/s of bandwidth available, laying the foundation for games with higher-resolution textures, and letting machine-learning algorithms access more data faster than ever before.

No matter which ASUS X570 motherboard you choose, we want to ensure you can take advantage of the power of PCI Express 4.0. Every single PCIe x16 and M.2 slot on most of our lineup is wired with PCIe 4.0 for maximum bandwidth. Only our most affordable models make a couple small cuts to keep prices down and stick to PCIe 3.0 for their secondary x16 and M.2 slots. No matter the model, you can use a next-gen graphics card or NVMe drive without fear it’ll be bandwidth-constrained.

High wattage, low temperatures

Hosting a high-end CPU requires a voltage regulator module (VRM) that can not only supply the chip with a sizable amount of stable power, but also adapt quickly to drastic shifts in demand. This is why we’ve designed our new X570 motherboards to use digital ICs feeding control signals directly to teamed power stages for improved transient response. The ROG Crosshair ATX models in particular offer 16 IR3555 PowIRstages, split between the CPU and the SOC, each rated for 60 amps. Great power requires great cooling, so ROG ATX boards employ large VRM heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass.

All ASUS X570 motherboards include sizable chipset heatsinks coupled with efficient fans that help the underlying silicon stay cool under pressure. With double the bandwidth via PCIe 4.0, the X570 presents a greater thermal challenge than its X470 predecessor. Higher-end models have extra-large chipset heatsinks that improve cooling by also covering multiple M.2 slots, and all but the Prime X570-P offer integrated cooling for at least one M.2 SSD. Small-form-factor boards from the ROG and Strix families integrate an additional fan dedicated to cooling the VRMs under extreme power draw like heavy overclocking. The extra fan helps compensate for their smaller heatsinks and the limited airflow inside compact cases.

Having heatsinks on the motherboard is vital, but they’re only one aspect of maintaining a chilly PC. Efficient airflow through the case and around components is key to keeping temperatures low and clock speeds high. Our X570 boards are loaded with hybrid fan headers that know if they’re hooked up to 3-pin DC or 4-pin PWM fans, and adjust accordingly. Most also include a dedicated AIO pump header that makes it easier to set up common all-in-one liquid coolers. You choose the temperature sensor that dictates the speed of each fan and whether it responds based on a preset profile or a custom curve you tweak yourself. All the grades are available between loud and fast for maximum performance, and quiet and smooth for unobtrusive acoustics. With our FanXpert 4 software, you can even configure individual system fans to respond to the temperature of not only the CPU, but also the GPU on compatible ASUS graphics cards. This capability enables optimal cooling for any workload, from processor-heavy tasks to graphics-intensive gaming.

For more ambitious liquid cooling, mid-range and high-end boards include a dedicated pump header primed to power a custom loop. The Crosshair VIII series also has headers for tracking coolant temperatures and flow rate for those who obsessively monitor their machines. The Crosshair VIII Formula goes a couple steps further still, employing a CrossChill EK III hybrid cooler that covers the VRM with a combined water block and heatsink that works with both air cooling and standard fittings for liquid plumbing.

Networking is key to a happy team

Desktop machines are often tethered to the outside world with a cable, but as wireless speeds climb higher and latency drops, more gamers and professionals are turning to fast Wi-Fi for their networking needs. To keep them on the cutting edge, we fitted most of our ROG boards with brand-new Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapters. Recently released, they support the latest 802.11ax protocol and can broadcast blazing-fast signals up to a theoretical peak of 2400Mbps. At that kind of speed, cables are an option, not a necessity.

Raw throughput is only part of the story, though. The latest Wi-Fi technology fares much better than 802.11ac and its predecessors in crowded environments like apartment buildings and dorm rooms, where lots of devices and networks are competing. Latency is likewise improved—when using an 802.11ax access point or router like the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 or the RT-AX88U, ping times can be lower than before thanks to the magic of OFDMA, letting you dominate online matches even when using a wireless connection.  Additionally, the AX200 adapter supports Bluetooth 5.0 for easy pairing and quick data transfer with devices like headsets and phones.

You can’t beat wires when you need ultra-low latency and steady speeds. Intel’s networking chips are some of the best and business, so we’ve added its I211AT Gigabit Ethernet controller to almost the entirety of our X570 lineup. Higher-end Crosshair and Strix boards have additional Aquantia 5G or Realtek 2.5G Ethernet controllers that enable even higher speeds to easily handle multi-terabyte file transfers on fast networks. Along with the rest of the ROG models, they also feature enhanced GameFirst V network packet prioritization capabilities.

OptiMem III

ROG X570 boards are fitted with our latest-gen OptiMem III technology. This exclusive tech offers additional margin for memory tuning compared to the previous generation—even when tested using an identical 2nd Gen Ryzen processor on the same board with and without this technology. Look forward to announcements on 3rd Gen Ryzen RAM performance as the launch draws nearer.

Turn on the bright lights

Motherboards aren’t just functional; they’re works of art in their own right. Our X570 series couples advanced engineering with meticulous design to create boards that form the centerpiece of any build. Nearly every member of the family has an integrated I/O shield for streamlined looks and easier installation, as well as integrated Aura Sync RGB lighting with carefully placed diffusers for exquisite illumination. The Crosshair and Strix series have multi-zone lighting and graphical styling in subdued monochrome tones to avoid clashing with colored lighting. Should you find the glow distracting (say, when playing a horror game or watching a movie), it’s easy to slip into stealth mode to enforce a total blackout that includes secondary diagnostic LEDs.

Having lots of RGBs across your machine and peripherals can look like a real mess if the lighting is difficult to tweak and synchronize for a cohesive look. Aura Sync offers the most complete ecosystem of compatible components along with intuitive software that puts the controls at your fingertips. It’s available across all of our RGB-equipped X570 boards, letting you configure multiple components and peripherals from ASUS and our partners with just a few clicks. Lighting up your battlestation and its accessories has never been easier. Developers can also use our freely available Aura SDK to roll their own effects and link system lighting to games or applications. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Anthem, and other titles already heighten immersion by using Aura Sync to reflect some of what’s happening in-game.

Customized chassis lighting is key, so you’ll find plenty of headers for RGB LED strips on almost every one of our X570 boards. Headers for addressable strips that allow control over individual LEDs enable more advanced effects and extensive personalization. ROG and Prime boards include upgraded addressable headers ready for next-generation lighting devices. These Gen 2 headers can detect how many addressable LEDs are on an attached device, simplifying the setup process and allowing software to automatically configure lighting effects. They’re backed by a new, low-latency controller capable of lighting every LED on long strips in a perfectly synchronized dance. The new headers are backward-compatible, so existing addressable RGB strips work fine, too.

Additionally, most high-end models in our X570 lineup come with a Node connector that allows bidirectional communication between the motherboard and compatible devices. This creates new possibilities like the ability to monitor system accessories or peripherals, or have external devices control board features.

A pleasant burst of sound waves

When talking about immersion, we tend to think of visuals first, but sound also plays an important role. The audio chips and associated circuitry on our X570 motherboards have been scrupulously designed for crystal-clear sound processing and output. Your teammates will appreciate the clarity of your communication, and woe to enemies who try to sneak up on you.

In the ROG family, the Crosshair and Strix series carry premium SupremeFX audio solutions with integrated amplifiers and op-amps. Auto impedance detection lets you use even high-impedance audiophile headphones and get crystal-clear, distortion-free output. The onboard codecs are capable of a 120 dB output signal-to-noise ratio and 113 dB mic input SNR for crisp squad communication. The Crosshairs put an ESS Sabre DAC to good use pumping top-notch audio to the front-panel output, which is perfect for plugging in high-quality headphones. The Strix employ a similar SupremeFX S1220A solution that drops the dedicated front-panel DAC but otherwise keeps the same high-end circuitry. No matter the motherboard, the audio circuit design uses Japanese capacitors, interference shielding, and discrete traces for the left and right channels.

Our SonicStudio III software can inject virtual surround sound and other effects into any audio device, whether it’s analog headphones, a USB DAC, or a VR headset; it even works with Bluetooth gear. The virtual mixer is particularly handy for streamers, as it allows routing multiple audio sources at once (like game sound, music, and your own voice) into a single virtual device for broadcasting or recording. The ROG boards offer DTS Sound Unbound technology for object-based audio, letting you enjoy next-gen surround sound virtualization that also allows sound to be mapped above and below you in compatible games.

Detail is key

Attention to detail separates merely good motherboards from the absolute best. The small touches we add ensure a smooth assembly and setup experience. Reliability is assured thanks to a host of physical and electrical protection measures. Each and every one of our X570 boards has overvoltage and ESD protection, and higher-end models boast Ethernet ports with LANGuard power spike protection and reinforced electronics for cleaner signaling. Modern graphics cards hang heavy coolers off the PCIe x16 slot, so we reinforce it with SafeSlot metal armor and nickel clips that improve durability and offer peace of mind. The Crosshair and Strix models go one step further with ProCool power connectors featuring beefier pins and metal casings.

Having a ton of features at hand isn’t very useful if they’re hard to use. Thanks to Easy and Advanced setup modes, our critically acclaimed UEFI lets both beginners and experts get a system up and running with minimal fuss. Any changes made to the UEFI are summarized in a handy panel before saving and rebooting, so it’s easy to check what changed (and what didn’t). Tweakers, overclockers, and enthusiasts can dig into the expert menus to tune every aspect of the motherboard to do their bidding.

Updating the UEFI is trivial with the integrated EZ Flash tool, which automatically downloads and installs the latest firmware for your board. If you’re building a system and need to update the UEFI to support a recently-released CPU, the USB BIOS Flashback available on select models lets you do that using nothing but a power supply and a USB stick containing the firmware file.

Gathering the crew

Across the ASUS X570 army, five divisions stand ready to handle the latest Ryzen firepower. The ROG Crosshair VIII series has the biggest arsenal and should be the first choice for hardcore gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts. Following closely, ROG Strix models are fit for gamers with a keen eye for good looks, high speeds, and quality components that don’t need to be embellished by luxuries. The TUF Gaming series distills the essential elements of the new AMD platform and combines them with game-ready features at affordable prices, while Prime boards offer a perfect balance between high-end features and visual restraint. The Pro WS is the working professional’s choice, ready to dress Ryzen CPUs in workstation clothes.

Everything you need to know about each model is summarized in the table below or detailed in the pages that follow. Scroll horizontally to see the full lineup, use the search bar to filter the results, and click model names to jump to that section of the guide.

 Crosshair VIII FormulaCrosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)Crosshair VIII ImpactStrix X570-E GamingStrix X570-F GamingStrix X570-I GamingTUF Gaming X570-PLUS (Wi-Fi)Prime X570-PROPrime X570-PPro WS X570-ACE
SizeATXATXMini-DTXATXATXMini-ITXATXATXATXATX
Memory4 x DDR44 x DDR42 x DDR44 x DDR44 x DDR42 x DDR44 x DDR44 x DDR44 x DDR44 x DDR4
PCIe3 x16
1 x1
3 x16
1 x1
1 x163 x16
2 x1
3 x16
2 x1
1 x163 x16
3 x1
3 x16
3 x1
2 x16
3 x1
3 x16
M.22 x42 x42 x42 x44 x42 x42 x42 x42 x41 x4
1 x2
SATA8848848664
EthernetAquantia 5G
Intel 1G
Realtek 2.5G
Intel 1G
Realtek 2.5G
Intel 1G
Realtek 2.5G
Intel 1G
Intel 1GIntel 1GRealtek 1GIntel 1GRealtek 1GIntel 1G
Realtek 1G
WiFi802.11ax802.11ax (optional)802.11ax802.11axNA802.11ac802.11ac (optional)NANANA
AudioSupremeFX S1220SupremeFX S1220SupremeFX S1220SupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ARealtek S1220ARealtek S1220ARealtek S1200ARealtek S1200A
USB 3.2 Gen21 front
1 Type-C
7 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
7 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
5 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
7 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
3 Type-A
1 Type-C
3 Type-A
1 Type-C
2 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
3 Type-A
4 Type-A1 Type-C
4 Type-A
RGB headers2 strip
2 Gen2 address
2 strip
2 Gen2 address
1 strip
2 Gen2 address
2 strip
2 Gen2 address
2 strip
2 Gen2 address
1 strip
1 Gen2 address
2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
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Showing your style is important, yet it’s rare to find a laptop that stands out from the crowd. Last year, our colorful VivoBook series proved that productivity and plain design do not come as a package deal. For Computex 2019, we’re doubling down on color and sharing a new and refined VivoBook vision in five stunning shades.

Featuring a slim and attractive colorful design, the new VivoBook S14 and VivoBook S15 perfectly express your individuality while allowing you to get more done. Inside these stylish packages is a powerful combo of 8th Gen Intel processors, discrete graphics, and lightning-fast SSDs designed to keep pace with your every aspect of your life, be it work, school, or your side hustle making videos for YouTube.

But these VivoBooks are more than just a fresh new look. For years, we’ve been bringing the best bits of our premium ZenBooks to the VivoBook family, and this year that includes the ScreenPad 2.0, which transforms the single-use touchpad into a multi-functional tool designed to streamline your workflow.

Express yourself

Anyone who plasters their computer with colorful stickers knows that personality matters. In a lecture hall of lookalikes, it’s important your computer represents you. But what if a computer could do this right from the start?

We’re introducing five stunning and unique new VivoBook shades to help you find the best fit for your personal taste. Whether it’s calm Moss Green, subtle Transparent Silver, sleek Gun Metal, spunky Cobalt Blue, or renegade Punk Pink, this year’s VivoBook S series runs the gamut and blends brushed aluminum with lightweight plastic for a more premium design. Each one features a bold, color-blocked trim in a contrasting but complementary color. Moss Green is accented by an Energetic Orange racing stripe, while Transparent Silver benefits from a pop of Pure White. Cobalt Blue’s already bold exterior is enhanced by a Neon Red streak, and Gun Metal uses a smooth Cobalt Blue to brighten a more traditional hue. Finally, a muted stripe of Moss Green offsets Punk Pink’s fuchsia shade, softening the punchiest of the bunch with just a hint of nature.

Fashion-forward attention to detail continues throughout the whole laptop. A menswear-inspired twill design is splashed across the underside. The pattern is injection-molded, so it won’t wear down over time, and though you won’t see it every day, touches like this lend a premium feel that’s often missing in mid-range or budget laptops. Up top, you’ll notice a brand new mirrored VivoBook logo sits off-center on the lid. It’s more modern than the old ASUS logo that adorned previous generations of VivoBook, and the shiny silver glints when the sun catches it just right. The bright colors and fresh new design are fashionable enough on their own, but if you want to further customize your laptop, each VivoBook will come bundled with a sticker pack so that you can add your own personal touch.

Take a load off

From long lectures and library cram sessions to cross-campus treks, school days are exhausting. But it’s even worse when they’re painful, too. With backpacks weighing anywhere from a whopping 18 to 30 pounds (or more!), it’s no surprise many back and shoulder issues start during school years.

Most ultrabooks with slim and light designs come with a premium price tag, but we believe it’s possible to balance performance, price, and portability. The VivoBook S series is purpose-built to add as little weight as possible to already overladen bags. The 14” S14 is just 3 lbs, while the 3.9-lb S15 is lighter than a lot of 15” laptops available today. Throw this super-compact ultrabook into your backpack, slip it in your messenger, or tuck it under your arm; no matter what way you carry it, it won’t weigh you down.

Our ultra-slim four-way NanoEdge bezels help trim down the overall size, as well as provide the illusion of a larger screen. These immersive, nearly frameless displays feature bezels as thin as 5.2 mm, which helps to minimize the laptop’s footprint so it takes up less space. The itty bitty VivoBook S14 measures just 12.7” x 8.3”, yet boasts a roomy 14” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display. Meanwhile, big brother the S15 squeezes its 15.6” Full HD display into a snug 14.1” x 9.1” package. Collaborating on projects can feel cramped when you have to crowd close to see the screen, but both the S14 and S15 feature wide 178° viewing angles to keep colors vivid and bright, even for friends sitting next to you.

Multitasking marvel

One of the most difficult aspects of staying productive on the go is that your constantly changing location makes it hard to really settle in. To help you stay productive no matter where you are, the 2019 VivoBooks have taken a cue from our most powerful ZenBook and adopted the ScreenPad, an innovative alternative to a standard trackpad that adds a second display for multitasking.

The new ScreenPad 2.0 is a 5.65” touchscreen gives new life to the underutilized touchpad on the VivoBook 15 S532 and VivoBook 14 S432. It can change functions depending on the app you’re using, or serve as a dock for handy tool panels and media controls.

For amped-up multitasking, you can drag and drop your favorite chat client in the ScreenPad to ensure you don’t miss a message. Or you can keep an eye on the score of the game without reaching for your phone. While you use the ScreenPad, the App Switcher function can be used to easily move docked windows between your main display and second screen, and App Navigator makes flipping between different active apps on the ScreenPad a breeze. Your normal touchpad is only a tap away, too. Just hit the dedicated Mode Switcher to activate the trackpad, and press the “X” in the top right corner when you’re done with the cursor and ready to get back to the ScreenPad.

Versions of the S14 and S15 will also be available without the ScreenPad, though those models don’t skimp on clever design tweaks to improve usability. The VivoBook 14 S431 and VivoBook 15 S531 both pack a traditional trackpad that matches their colorful finishes. The S15 is a little wider, so it has room for a traditional number pad on the keyboard, while the more compact S14 features a light-up NumberPad built right into the trackpad.

Pretty and powerful

Shopping for a school laptop is tough. Some are small and lightweight, but aren’t designed to handle demanding workloads. Others are powerful enough for more than written assignments, but too big and bulky, making cross-campus treks painful. Thankfully, the VivoBook combines its portability with practicality. Every model offers up to an 8th-generation, Intel Core i7-8565U CPU. This ultraportable processor has four cores and eight threads for turbo-charged mobile multitasking. With the help of up of up to 16GB of RAM, these laptops make quick work of intensive multimedia tasks like editing photos or cutting together videos for YouTube. For extra oomph in photo and video applications, or even a little light gaming after class, every new VivoBook offers up to NVIDIA MX250 dedicated graphics.

There’s plenty of space for all of your work, whether you’re creating a big presentation or the ultimate DJ mix. The S431, S432, and S532 offer up to 1TB of lightning-fast SSD storage, so you’re ready to start note-taking within seconds of boot and have loads of room for assignments and projects. On the S531, up to 1TB of SSD storage joins forces with an up to 2TB HDD for a one-two punch of fast boot and plenty of capacity.

We’ve found most students need to use their webcam at least once a month, so for the first time VivoBooks also add an IR HD camera. Secreted away in the top bezel, this webcam offers great video quality, plus enhanced laptop security with Windows Hello’s face-based login. When your face is your instant password, you can rest assured that none of your friends will be able to sign in and prank your Facebook.

All day in the comfort zone

Of course, endurance is as important as weight and performance. It’s no use having a light and powerful laptop if it can’t keep pace or isn’t pleasant to work on. Comfort is key when you’re using a laptop all day. An increasing number of high school and college students report hand, wrist, and arm pain, and prolonged computer use, poor posture, and too-small keyboards can contribute to the problem. To address these issues, the VivoBook uses our ErgoLift hinge to prop up the keyboard at a slight angle, and the display can be positioned between 0° and 135° for a comfortable viewing. The ErgoLift hinge doesn’t just add an ergonomic slope to the keyboard, though.

The full-size keyboard and 1.4 mm of key travel provide pleasant, pain-free typing when you’re working all day, and a backlight ensures you can always see what you’re doing, even after lights out. A clever layout prioritizes the function keys’ actual functions, so you don’t have to do finger gymnastics while panic-muting a video in the library.

Long battery life across the family keeps your bag as light as possible by letting you leave your charger at home. These latest VivoBooks are made to last through your afternoon classes, but if you forget to charge, fast charge tops up the battery to 60% in only 49 minutes.

While you’re out and about, support for next-gen Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) ensures a stable, reliable connection. Not only is Wi-Fi 6 faster, but it’s particularly beneficial when everyone on campus is on the same network trying to download materials and upload notes simultaneously.

When you’re back at your desk, you can hook up all your peripherals. Every version of the S14 and S15 packs in an HDMI port for connecting to external displays and projectors, as well as three USB Type-A ports and a USB Type-C port for newer storage devices. For photographers, the entry-level S431 features a full-size SD slot while the rest incorporate a MicroSD slot that’s handy for pulling photos and video off your smartphone or GoPro. The combo audio jack and up to Bluetooth 5.0 give you multiple options for drowning out your loud roommates with headphones. When you’re home alone you can enjoy the clear vocals and rich bass of SonicMaster-enhanced Harman Kardon-certified speakers as you crank out your paper.

Work smarter and look good doing it

Whether you’re a multitasking machine, an after-dark DJ, or a budget-conscious student seeking style, performance, and practicality, the new VivoBooks are up to the task. Their unique good looks join forces with powerful components, stunning NanoEdge displays, multitasking trackpads, and comfortable keyboards for the ultimate cross-campus machine that’s made to cater to school work and your extra-curricular activities.

 VivoBook 15 S532VivoBook 15 S531VivoBook 14 S432VivoBook 14 S431
CPUUp to Intel Core i7-8565U, 1.8GHz (8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Display15.6" four-way NanoEdge, 178° wide viewing angles
5.65" ScreenPad 2.0
15.6" four-way NanoEdge, 178° wide viewing angles14" four-way NanoEdge, 178° wide viewing angles
5.65" ScreenPad 2.0
14" four-way NanoEdge, 178° wide viewing angles
ResolutionFull HD (1920x1080)
Full HD+ ScreenPad (2160x1080)
Full HD (1920x1080)Full HD (1920x1080)
Full HD+ ScreenPad (2160x1080)
Full HD (1920x1080)
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR4Up to 16GB LPDDR3
Storage256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD256GB / 512GB/ 1TB PCIe SSD plus 1TB / 2TB HDD256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD
Networking802.11ax Intel Wi Fi 6 (GIG+)
Connectivity1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack
1 x MicroSD card reader
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2
1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack
1 x SD card reader
Integrated NumberPad (Transparent Silver only)
ColorMoss Green
Punk Pink
Transparent Silver
Moss Green
Punk Pink
Cobalt Blue
Transparent Silver
Gun Metal
Moss Green
Punk Pink
Transparent Silver
Moss Green
Punk Pink
Cobalt Blue
Transparent Silver
Gun Metal
Dimensions14.2" x 9.6" x 0.7"12.7" x 8.3" x 0.7"
Weight3.97lbs
3.96lbs
3.1lbs3.1lbs
Battery42Wh42Wh47Wh
OSWindows 10Windows 10

With stunning new colors, the refined VivoBook S lets you be as unconventional or understated as you’d like. Practical multitaskers will love the ScreenPad-equipped S432 and S532 in mellow Moss Green, Punk Pink, and cool Transparent Silver, while urban trendsetters will love life in color with the S431 and S531, which are available in Cobalt Blue and Gun Metal.

If you’re ready to express yourself, the new VivoBook S14 and S15 will be available in a variety of unique configurations in the coming months. Check with your local ASUS representative for information on pricing and availability in your region.

By Kimberly Koenig

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of ASUS. The company was founded way back in 1989 by a handful of engineers working out of a small Taiwan apartment. Today, we’re the biggest motherboard maker in the world and also produce a diverse collection of products that covers every corner of the PC industry, from hardcore gaming year to ultraportable laptops to massive monitors.

With thousands of employees and billions in yearly revenue, ASUS has come a long way since those humble beginnings. But we haven’t forgotten what started it all, so we created the new Prime X299 Edition 30 to celebrate three decades making motherboards. This exquisite high-end desktop board has the cutting-edge performance and signature features you’d expect from us, including a powerful VRM tailored for overclocking, intuitive cooling control for your entire system, next-gen connectivity at every turn, and extensive customization through lighting and more. It also includes innovations you might not expect, like an all-new Smart Control Console that adds an external OLED with gesture tracking and voice input.

A reflection of our storied past that remains focused intently on the future, the Prime X299 Edition 30 reinforces our position as the world’s leading motherboard maker.

The history of motherboards leads to Prime

ASUS pursued the incredible from the very beginning. After just one year, we became the first to develop a 486 board without direct support from Intel, leading to a partnership that continues to this day. Our pursuit of performance drove the development of overclocking capabilities that really came into their own in 1998 with the P2B, whose FSB flexibility let enthusiasts wring more frequency from the Pentium II processor.

We led the transition to the UEFI era with the Intel P67 platform, whose graphical BIOS interface was intuitive enough to encourage beginners to explore but still powerful enough for advanced experts to exploit. We also brought onboard intelligence to overclocking with 5-Way Optimization, a smart auto-tuner that finds the limits of individual CPUs using custom microcontrollers and smart algorithms that emulate the behavior of human overclockers.

These core elements form the roots of the ASUS Prime series, which delivers the high performance everyone craves with approachable tuning they can actually use. With greater focus on high-end desktops with lots of cores and loads of bandwidth, it’s only fitting that the motherboard marking our 30th anniversary is the Prime X299 Edition 30.

Setting the stage for serious overclocking

Opening the pristine white box housing the Prime X299 Edition 30 reveals a beautiful board that flows from gleaming white accents to hard metal edges. The black PCB and subtle onboard lighting are faithful to the more refined, professional motif that defines the Prime series.

The LGA2066 socket is compatible with Core X-Series processors with up to 18 cores, 44 PCI Express lanes, and a 165W TDP. Those specs require serious power, especially if you’re overclocking, so the Edition 30 is equipped with a premium power solution. A sweet 16 power stages line up neatly along the top edge of the PCB; they’re cooled well enough to sustain a staggering 544W output, which is more than enough to overclock 18-core CPUs into truly extreme territory. There’s so much juice on tap that the board uses ProCool 12V power connectors with thicker pins capable of carrying more current, plus metal covers for structural reinforcement.

Managing VRM thermals is crucial to maintaining top performance, and it’s not just a question of having enough surface area. Mass and airflow are critically important, so the cooler stretching across the power circuitry balances thin fins with chunky heatsinks and a hidden 40-mm fan that only turns on when necessary. Headers for seven additional fans populate the board, including two that are preconfigured for an all-in-one liquid cooler and stand-alone pump. The Prime X299 Edition 30 also ships with our Fan Extension Card II, which has headers for additional fans and temperature sensors, allowing consolidated control of complete system cooling for even the most hardcore rigs.

Bandwidth in every direction

This platform delivers copious bandwidth on multiple fronts. Its quad-channel memory controller supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory spread over eight slots. Our T-Topology trace layout maintains more consistent signaling with multiple modules per channel, so with the right DIMMs, the Edition 30 can hit memory speeds up to DDR4-4266 and beyond with all its slots populated.

When linked to a 44-lane CPU, the three PCIe x16 slots are capable of running a trio of graphics cards in an x16/x16/x8 config. Multi-GPU configurations rose to fame by increasing gaming performance, but these days their appeal has largely shifted to accelerating more productive pursuits like content creation, 3D rendering, and deep learning.

Professional applications require lots of fast solid-state storage, which is why the Prime X299 Edition 30 is equipped with three M.2 slots compatible with the latest NVMe SSDs. Two slots are covered by heatsinks to combat temperature-induced throttling that can slow performance during heavy sustained storage loads, while the third orients drives vertically, so they can benefit from normal airflow inside the chassis. All the slots support longer 110-mm drives, and they can be configured in bootable RAID arrays connected directly to the CPU via Intel VROC technology.

Stay connected to the latest standards

A premium design through and through, the Edition 30 features upgraded networking for both wired and wireless networks. Its reliable Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller is paired with a faster Aquantia 5G chip capable of much higher throughput on compatible networks. The onboard Wi-Fi module is also the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, which is compatible with 802.11ax. Otherwise known as Wi-Fi 6, the new networking protocol pushes peak theoretical bandwidth to an incredible 2.4Gbps. Perhaps more importantly for power users, it’s optimized for more efficient operation on crowded networks with lots of competing traffic.

Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and accompanying DisplayPort inputs give content creators an easy way to connect chains of external storage and displays. There are plenty of USB ports for high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a front-panel header with faster USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity for compatible cases. An onboard audio codec with integrated headphone amplification delivers clear sound for both input and output, while DTS:X Ultra adds spatial audio to enhance games, VR, and extended reality. DTS:X Ultra supports sound based on channels, scenes, and objects to enable deeper sonic immersion in content that takes advantage.

Little things make a big difference

The audio ports poke through a pre-mounted I/O shield that looks sleeker than traditional designs while also making installation much easier. We pay careful attention to all the little details that improve your overall experience, from using hybrid fan headers that automatically adjust to the presence of 3- or 4-pin fans, to integrating a flashing utility directly into the UEFI to simplify firmware updates. The Prime X299 Edition 30 also supports USB BIOS Flashback, which is capable of performing low-level firmware updates using only a power supply and USB stick with the required file.

New for this generation is reset retasking, which maps the seldom-used reset button to different functions. Instead of leaving the button bound to a dated function, you can reassign it to change performance profiles, boot directly into the UEFI, and toggle Aura Sync lighting, among other actions.

In addition to onboard Aura Sync lighting, the board has dual headers for standard RGB strips, plus two more for next-gen addressable strips and devices. The Gen 2 addressable headers can detect the number of LEDs in connected hardware, allowing software to automatically adjust effects to fit. Additional RGB strips are supported via the Fan Extension II Card.

The expansion card plugs in via the ASUS Node connector, which provides a path for bidirectional communication between the motherboard and compatible devices. Node debuted less than a year ago with the Z390 platform, so the ecosystem is still in its infancy, but already FSP makes a compatible HydroDPM 1000W PSU that shares power stats, temperatures, control over its fan. ROG and In Win have also developed a prototype chassis with integrated OLEDs that monitor vital system stats via Node.

The Prime X299 Edition 30 doesn’t need an external OLED because it has one of its own. Just below the socket sits a 2” LiveDash display capable of showing system stats, custom messages, static images, and even animated GIFs. This monochrome display is designed for function first, but you can still have a little fun with it.

Smile and wave at the Smart Control Console

Another LiveDash display can be found in the new Smart Control Console. This external module connects via USB and comes with a stand that sits neatly on top of typical monitors. Its integrated OLED can be controlled separately from the onboard LiveDash, and that’s just a taste of what this little device can do.

A 720p IR webcam allows the Smart Control Console to support face login via Windows Hello biometric authentication. It’s also capable of tracking movement, enabling gesture-based input reminiscent of Minority Report. Hand movements can control basic functions like mouse movement, scrolling, dragging, zooming, swiping, and volume. An integrated array mic adds Cortana voice recognition support, so you don’t have to wave your hands to make things happen. There’s also an ambient light sensor for adjusting to environmental brightness and a dedicated time-of-flight IC to determine when you arrive at your machine and when you leave.

The Smart Control Console isn’t our first external module with an integrated display, but it’s far more versatile than any motherboard accessory we’ve created to date. Its unique combination of forward-looking features reflects our desire to push the boundaries of what’s possible with a class of product we’ve been making since the 1980s.

 Prime X299 Edition 30
SizeATX
Memory8 x DDR4 up to 4266MHz (OC)
Multi-GPU3 x SLI, CrossFireX
PCIe3 x16 (CPU): x16/x16/x8
2 x1 (Chipset)
Storage1 x M.2 (NVMe x4 or SATA 6Gbps)
2 x M.2 (NVMe x4)
8 x SATA 6Gbps
Networking1 x Aquantia 5G Ethernet
1 x Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.0
AudioRealtek S1220A
Thunderbolt2 x Type-C (shared with USB 3.2 Gen 2)
USB3.2 Gen 2: 1 x front, 2 x Type-C
3.2 Gen 1: 4 x front, 4 x Type-A
2.0: 4 x front, 2 x Type-A
NodeYes
AuraI/O shroud, chipset heatsink
2 x strip headers
2 x Gen 2 addressable headers
3 x strip headers (Fan Extension Card II)
Cooling2 x pump headers (AIO, pump+)
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header
6 x fan headers (Fan Extension Card II)
2 x thermal sensor headers (Fan Extension Card II)
Pricing and availability

Join us to commemorate 30 years of ASUS motherboards with the new Prime X299 Edition 30, which is on display at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan from May 28 to June 1. You can see it in the ASUS showcase at the Nangang Exhibition Center, booth M0410, from 9:30AM ~ 5:30PM on May 28 to May 31, and from 9:30AM ~ 4:00PM on June 1. Check with your local ASUS representative for details on availability and pricing in your region.

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There’s a distinct difference between a gaming mouse and your average, everyday mouse. While the mouse that came with your first computer is fine for basic tasks, it’s not going to have programmable side buttons or an accurate sensor that keeps up with your quick movements. Plus, regular mice just aren’t designed to hold up to the type of punishment of marathon gaming sessions. The TUF Gaming M3 mouse earns its name by delivering on these essential features without charging a premium.

Focusing on the fundamentals

The TUF Gaming M3 is a right-handed mouse that’s ergonomically shaped to accommodate both claw and palm-grip styles. When you find yourself in a frenzied firefight, you need a mouse that’s going to move as quickly as you do, and is 85g the TUF M3 is designed to not slow you down.

In order to track those fast movements, you need a good, gaming-grade sensor. The Pixart 3325 optical sensor inside the M3 is more than capable of keeping up with your fastest flicks. Two dedicated sensitivity buttons allow you to instantly cycle through four custom settings up to 7000 DPI. The left side of the mouse features two customizable buttons, which are essential for assigning in-game functions like swapping weapons or casting spells.

No gaming mouse is complete without some sweet RGB lighting to help it stand out, and the M3 doesn’t skimp in favor of cutting costs. The TUF Gaming logo on the back can be customized through Armory II to glow in any color to match the rest of your devices.

Since you’ll want to use your mouse as often as you can, it has to be built to last. To ensure this we added a specialized coating to the M3 to increase durability. The Teflon feet are built for 250km of use, and the buttons themselves are rated for up to 10 million clicks. The mouse has also been put through rigorous testing including 300 cycles of rubber friction testing, 50 cycles of RCA abrasion wear testing, and a 65°C sweat test.

Tough but fair

Finding a gaming mouse that has everything you need doesn’t have to break the bank. The budget-friendly TUF Gaming M3 packs a gaming-grade optical sensor and a total of seven programmable buttons into a package that has been designed and tested to keep up with the most demanding players. Coming this summer, the TUF Gaming M3 is incredibly affordable at just $19 USD. Check with your local ASUS representative for information on pricing and availability in your region.

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ASUS has been making motherboards for 30 years. Our history is filled with innovations that steered the industry, and we’re looking ahead to what the next decades may hold. The Prime Utopia concept reimagines core motherboard elements to improve cooling for critical components and expand flexibility for PCI Express devices. Modular I/O offers more freedom outside the box, while special headers support multiple independent fans to cut cable clutter inside the case, and you can monitor it all on a removable OLED dashboard capable of connecting wirelessly.

The Prime Utopia gives a glimpse into the future of motherboards with a custom build that you can see today. This stunning example of our thoughtful engineering and creative design is on display at Computex 2019, on our home turf in Taipei where our search for incredible began.

Split the difference for superior cooling

As high-end desktop platforms add more CPU cores and PCI Express lanes, the form factor needs to adapt to handle the heat and accommodate additional devices. Traditional layouts put everything on one side of the system, which limits space and cooling for the hardware that needs it the most. GPUs top that list, so the Prime Utopia concept moves them to the back, where a dedicated chamber provides superior cooling with easy access.

Relocating power-hungry graphics cards removes their thermal footprint from the main chamber, reducing the ambient temperature for the CPU and other components. It also prevents the cards from obstructing airflow across the motherboard and its massive M.2 heatsink. Effective SSD cooling is crucial for the future because without it, even today’s NVMe drives can suffer temperature-induced performance throttling under sustained loads.

Throttling is more commonly associated with lowering CPU clocks in response to higher temperatures, but processor performance can also be constrained by VRM cooling. The circuitry feeding current to the CPU has to stay within its optimal thermal range to deliver full power. That becomes increasingly difficult as overclocking pushes more cores to higher frequencies, especially when those cores share silicon with faster PCIe and memory controllers that have their own heat signatures and power requirements.

Since way back in 2007, we’ve been a leader in supporting liquid cooling for power-hungry motherboard components. The Utopia’s unique layout leaves enough room to raise the stakes with an expansive water block capable of chilling monster VRMs. There’s more than meets the eye with this stealthy cooler, which hides its pump and plumbing around back to maintain a cleaner look up front.

Make room for more devices and modular I/O

Splitting the layout leaves more room for extra expansion slots that take advantage of growing bandwidth in the CPU and accompanying platform. In addition to mounting a graphics card at the back, the concept motherboard hangs four M.2 slots off the front face, enabling insanely fast SSD RAID arrays with ample cooling and easy accessibility. High-end systems rarely feature this many M.2 slots, and those that do typically bury them behind graphics cards that obstruct upgrades and increase drive temperatures.

Additional expansion capacity points the Prime Utopia toward a more versatile future, but flexible I/O is what really pushes it forward. Instead of relying on a fixed layout of external ports, the board combines static ports with four modular blocks that let you define your own spec. Each block connects via PCI Express and is completely self-contained, housing both the physical port and any auxiliary silicon required to drive it. You can pick the right mix for your needs and adjust the payload as necessary to meet new requirements.

These next-gen fans Hail Hydra

Streamlined styling has been a hallmark of the Prime family since its inception, and the Utopia concept consolidates cabling to carry that look across the rest of the system. We developed a proprietary Hydra Cortex fan header that supports up to four fans from a single motherboard connection. Driven by dedicated ICs, this interface allows independent tuning of both rotational speed and addressable RGB lighting for each fan, so you can cleanly connect all the cooling for an extreme build without giving up control.

The patent-pending headers combine the expertise we’ve gained at the forefront of motherboard-based cooling and lighting. They may arrive sooner than you expect, too. We’re already collaborating with industry partners to develop compatible fans based on the technology.

Aura Sync illuminates the translucent motherboard shroud, giving the smooth external skin a healthy RGB glow. Even with the lighting turned off, the shroud’s special paint reflects different colors depending on the angle. The bold shell helps hide additional cabling and also frames the 7” OLED that serves as a dashboard for your build. This removable display sits comfortably on a desk thanks to an integrated kickstand. It can connect to the system with a cable or via Wi-Fi, allowing updates to follow the screen anywhere on your home network.

We were the first to bring OLED-based monitoring to motherboards with the original LiveDash, and the Prime Utopia takes that idea to the next level. The larger panel and full color palette lay the groundwork for exciting new ways to visualize performance and other vital system stats, while touch support adds an element of interaction that expands the dashboard’s functionality. In addition to passively monitoring your machine, you can actively adjust fan speeds, clocks, and other UEFI settings, or even turn the system on and off by touch.

Witness the future of motherboards at Computex 2019

The Prime Utopia is on display in a custom build at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. You can see it in the ASUS showcase at the Nangang Exhibition Center, booth M0410, from 9:30AM ~ 5:30PM on May 28 to May 31, and from 9:30AM ~ 4:00PM on June 1.

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There’s a definite art to setting up case fans correctly. In general, though, you want intake fans up front, pulling air in, as exhaust fans in the back (or top) of your case push air out. While you want those fans to move plenty of air volume, you’re likely installing several of them, so they also need to be as close to silent as possible.

Our new 120 mm TUF Gaming ARGB fan ticks all of the performance boxes for enthusiasts. The MagLev system ensures the TF120A1 does its job quietly, while low-profile Aura Sync lighting adds a splash of RGB via the illuminated side panels.

Finding your bearings

As we designed our first ASUS-made case fan, we wanted to start with a bearing that would perform well at a whisper and outlast every other component in your PC. The MagLev system we tapped creates a magnetic field, which keeps the shaft from coming in contact with the bearing, which means almost no friction to wear down the fan’s parts or make noise.

The result is an expected lifetime of up to 400,000 hours, or a little more than 45 years at 25°C with your PC running non-stop. And while some bearing types are sensitive to orientation due to the way they’re lubricated, the MagLev system functions equally well mounted to the front, top, back, bottom, or side of your case.

Building a better fan

Optimizations for airflow, static pressure, and acoustics are much more conspicuous outside of the bearing system. The fan blades sport a precision-engineered groove meant to deaden the sound created by air vortices coming off the tips. This subtle enhancement helps increase airflow, too. Rounded corners on each fan blade do their part to control turbulence, further improving the TF120A1’s acoustic properties.

Even parts of the fan that don’t move are meticulously tuned. The frame is a potential source of disruption as air moves past it and through the blades, so we created curved and angled struts that serve to direct airflow, facilitating more throughput and improving our maximum static pressure to 3.07mm H₂O. Anti-vibration pads in all four corners isolate the fan, minimizing the vibrations transferred to your chassis. The result of our crusade to keep the TUF Gaming ARGB quiet is a noise level of just 22.5dB. When the TUF Gaming ARGB’s peak performance isn’t needed, PWM support allows for precise control between 1,800 and 400 RPM. Plug the TF120A1 into one of your ASUS motherboard’s 12-volt headers and use Q-Fan to set up a temperature-controlled curve through the firmware or Fan Xpert 4 for Windows-based tweaking.

Let’s make it pretty

Addressable Aura Sync lighting serves to enhance the TUF Gaming ARGB rather than detract from its performance potential. A lot of case fans that feature RGB lighting utilize larger hubs or thicker frames to house their LEDs. We specifically sought to avoid those compromises, instead opting to mount low-profile panels on the fan’s sides. The lighting is completely external to the fan’s functionality, so it doesn’t impact our 62.5 CFM airflow rating in any way. Because a great many case mount points support 120 and 140 mm fans, the extra bit of width doesn’t present any issues with fit, and our TUF Gaming fan is able to offer configurable LED lighting on both sides with no negative effect on performance.

Enthusiasts with tastefully illuminated PCs are going to want a handful of these fans for a bit of positive pressure as they move air through their cases. The TUF Gaming ARGB TF120A1 will launch soon priced at $30 USD. Check with your local ASUS representative for details on availability and pricing in your region.

By Paul Cross

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ZenBooks have always been known for their balance of performance, portability, and style. For Computex 2019, we’re announcing a trio of new additions to the family. With each generation we find new ways to squeeze more into less space, but this balanced new family packs in more premium features than ever.

We’ve been honing our classic ZenBook design for busy young professionals, and the latest lineup features 8th Gen Intel processors, discrete graphics, and plenty of storage for perfect on-the-go performance. With a beautiful military-grade aluminum chassis and all-day battery life, these tough multitaskers go from conference center, to climbing wall, to cafe with elegance and ease.

But this isn’t just a hardware refresh. We went back to the drawing board and asked ourselves what’s needed for real mobile productivity. The answer is a second screen, which is why every new ZenBook in the line features our innovative ScreenPad. Once limited to the premium ZenBook Pro, the ScreenPad swaps your everyday touchpad for a high-res touchscreen with native apps and the ability to extend your desktop beyond the laptop’s display. All these updates mean the newest ZenBook series has the personality, portability, and power to truly go anywhere.

Feeling Blue

Browse the ultrabook aisle and you’ll soon notice a trend. Cheaper models miss the mark with plasticky finishes, while well-designed ones can be hard to justify given the more affordable alternatives. But ZenBooks have been doing high-end gorgeous design for years and that aesthetic extends to even the more affordable family members like the new ZenBook 13, 14, and 15. Our trademark deep Royal Blue delivers all the elegance of a navy tux. The laptops are clad in aerospace-grade aluminum for beauty and durability, and feature clean and square modern lines complemented by a luxurious Rose Gold accent along the display hinge.

Good looks don’t count for much if your laptop drags you down. Thankfully, these ZenBooks have more than fresh new facade. They continue their reign as the world’s smallest ultrabooks, packing power into three impossibly compact machines. It starts with the ZenBook 13 UX334, a 13” laptop in a 12” body that’s perfect for space-conscious commuters and busy urbanites. By shaving away every excess inch, it’s now 14% smaller than previous generations and only 0.7” thick. The ZenBook 14 UX434 is scaled down, too, measuring just a shade bigger than an A4 sheet of paper. Even the largest of the bunch, the ZenBook 15 UX534, crams its 15.6” display into a tight 13.9” x 8.7” footprint.

Life on the edge

Beyond a beautiful build, these new ZenBooks push the limits of what’s possible in such a small package. Their reduced footprint is possible thanks to razor-thin NanoEdge bezels measuring as thin as 2.8 mm. Designed to give you the most screen in the smallest package possible, the near-frameless display reduces unnecessary bulk and maximizes your work area for fewer distractions. The side bezels are the slimmest, while the top bezel is a little thicker to accommodate the high-definition 3D IR webcam. Centered above the screen, it’s in the perfect position for dialing into remote meetings or simply logging in with Windows Hello’s ultra-fast facial recognition.

Smaller is more portable but there’s benefit to going big: a larger display offers a roomier screen for working on bigger spreadsheets and projects. Our ZenBook line includes small, medium, and large options to better cater to individual needs. The new ZenBook 13 boasts a 95% screen-to-body ratio, squeezing a stunning 13.3” Full HD 1920 x 1080 display into its 12” body. For those needing more workspace in an ultra-portable package, the ZenBook 14 and 15 have 14” and 15.6” displays that spread their resolution across a bigger panel to give your apps more room to breathe. The 15.6” UX534 has the option of a Full HD or a 4K Ultra HD display, which is ideal for editing really large photos with lots of detail, while the UX434 features an optional touchscreen for easy interactions and quick scrolling as you read.

No matter how big your display, as a busy professional, flipping back and forth between windows and tabs can slow you down. This is why we’ve added the ScreenPad 2.0 to every new ZenBook. By exchanging the underutilized touchpad space for a 5.65” Full HD+ touchscreen, the ScreenPad streamlines your workflow to speed up everyday tasks. Your new multitasking BFF works as a numpad for data entry, media controls for video and music, or even a second screen for sneakily keeping an eye on the big game. It can also serve as a handy dock for important tools, like your calendar, favorite chat app, or your calculator.

The ScreenPad’s updated smart software makes it super easy to use. Just tap the dedicated navigation bar shortcut to switch to touchpad mode, and when you’re ready to go back to the ScreenPad, hit the ‘x’ in the top right corner. The default resolution has been tweaked to make it easier to see and interact with everything on-screen, but if you’d like more detail or want to play videos, the ScreenPad’s settings allow you to adjust to a higher 2160 x 1080 resolution as well. The latest generation of ScreenPad also consumes less power than before by running on Intel’s integrated graphics instead of the discrete GPU, so you can enjoy enhanced productivity without worrying about depleting your battery.

Ultralight heavyweight

Along with the additional screen real-estate and an updated design, the new ZenBooks have gotten an under-the-hood refresh. These hard-hitting ultraportables handle it all, easily going from email and word processing to design work.

The ZenBook 13 UX334 joins its siblings by offering up to an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor. This quad-core processor boasts a 1.8GHz base clock and a 4.6GHz Max Turbo for an extra boost when tackling demanding tasks, and it’s now available across the lineup. To help with intensive multitasking and multimedia work, the whole series features up to 16GB of memory. All of the ZenBooks leverage up to 1TB of speedy PCIe SSD storage to ensure they boot quickly and have plenty of room for all your apps and files.

We also know that integrated chipsets can struggle with heavier design and multimedia work, so this new generation continues in its predecessors’ footsteps with dedicated NVIDIA GPUs. The ZenBook 13 and 14 feature the latest GeForce MX 250 graphics, while the ZenBook 15 has a hard-hitting new GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. Now you can get all your work done, edit videos, and even unwind with some light gaming when it’s time to relax.

Most professionals need to hook up peripherals at some point during the day, whether that’s a mouse, an external drive, headphones, or all three. These ZenBooks feature a full suite of ports so you can connect a newer storage drive to the USB Type-C port while topping up the battery with the separate DC jack. The integrated HDMI port means there are no surprises when your boss asks you to present at the last minute, and a universal audio jack keeps the music going while you power through your unread emails. A couple of extra USB Type-A ports are on hand for legacy storage devices to keep your life dongle free.

Lighten your load

Our obsession with working hard while traveling light is pretty obvious. Making laptops as portable as possible is important, but smaller isn’t always better if a laptop is too uncomfortable to use for a prolonged period. Working from anywhere isn’t easy if your laptop is too hot and loud for class, and then there’s wrist pain from typing on tiny keyboards, and neck strain from poor screen positions. Our keyboard design considers both comfort and compactness. On the surface, a subtle curve ensures the full-size keycaps hug your fingertips, while backlighting makes typing easy even in dark rooms. Underneath, improved rubber dome switches and 1.4 mm of key travel provide comfortable tactile feedback.

The entire series also incorporates our ErgoLift hinge, which raises the back side of the keyboard for a perfect typing angle. The clever design offers improved airflow for a cool and quiet 25db, even at max fan speed, and creates space under the laptop so sound from the speakers isn’t muffled by the desk underneath.

Too often, performance like this comes at a cost; more power means shorter battery life, and a bigger battery adds more weight. But every new ZenBook is also astonishingly light. The UX534 is the heaviest of the bunch and it clocks in at just 3.5 lbs. Any one of them slips right into your gym bag, backpack, or favorite messenger bag. Large 50Wh batteries in the 13” and 14” models keep you going through long work sessions, and a beefy 71Wh battery in the UX534 ensures your decision to go big doesn’t also mean you have to go home for your charger.

Robust in all the right ways

Instead of shaving off necessities for the sake of size, we focus on fitting it all into a sleek, slim package. It’s a tenet we’ve delivered on with each new generation of ZenBook, and the stylish ZenBook UX334, UX434, and UX534 uphold this promise with a super-compact design, stunning good looks and well-priced performance to match.

 ZenBook 13 UX334ZenBook 14 UX434ZenBook 15 UX534
CPUUp to Intel Core i7-8565U, 4C/8T, 1.8GHz (8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)Up to Intel Core i7-8565U, 4C/8T, 1.8GHz (8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)Up to Intel Core i7-8565U, 4C/8T, 1.8GHz (8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 / NVIDIA MX250NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
Display13.3" NanoEdge
5.65" ScreenPad 2.0
14" LED-backlit NanoEdge, Touch Optional
5.65" ScreenPad 2.0
15" LED-backlit NanoEdge
5.65" ScreenPad 2.0
ResolutionFull HD (1920 x 1080)
Full HD+ ScreenPad (2160 x 1080)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Full HD+ ScreenPad (2160 x 1080)
Full HD (1920 x 1080) / Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Full HD+ ScreenPad (2160 x 1080)
MemoryUp to 16GBUp to 16GBUp to 16GB
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSDUp to 1TB PCIe SSDUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
NetworkingIntel Gigabit 802.11ac (2x2)
Connectivity1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x MicroSD slot
1 x Audio combo jack
Bluetooth 5.0
Battery50 Wh71Wh
WeightTBD3.5 lbs
Dimensions11.93" x 7.44" x 0.73"12.56" x 7.83" x 0.69"14" x 8.68" x 0.77"
OSWindows 10

With quad-core processors, discrete NVIDIA graphics, super-slim NanoEdge bezels, battle-tested MIL-STD 810G military toughness, and premium ScreenPads, the new ZenBooks are designed to make your workday more comfortable and productive. Check with your local ASUS representative for information on pricing and availability in your region.

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