ASUS is the world’s number one seller of gaming laptops and no one can wonder considering all that it offers. The renewal for 2023 is underway and this week we had the opportunity to offer you a very complete analysis of one of the updated models, the ROG Zephyrus M16. Now comes the launch of an even more impressive series in terms of performance, the ASUS ROG Strix 2023, which will win the category of “Best Gaming Laptop of the TPNET Awards 2022”.
The general idea of these large laptops is to offer enough capacity to replace desktop machines in the execution of videogames, the most demanding task in consumption. To do this, ASUS has renewed its star series inside and out, with 13th Gen Intel Core processors (AMD Ryzen 7000 in some models) and dedicated graphics. NVIDIA’s RTX 40 Mobile series.
One of the outstanding innovations for some models in the series is a screen that the firm calls «Nebula», which debuts modern Mini-LED panels, with HDR, up to 1,100 nits of maximum brightness and up to 1,024 dimming zones. All feature NVIDIA Advanced Optimus technology.
Another renewed section has been that of the refrigeration. And it is that the increase in performance and the increasingly stylized designs are forcing its improvement and ASUS is using liquid metal as a thermal compound together with a cooling system with seven heat pipes, a full-width heat sink and a steam chamber.
The top of the range like the ones we review in this post will have up to three fans and integrated filters to prevent the entry of dust and fibers. The company has also incorporated wraparound vents to improve airflow. In addition, when the temperature of CPU and GPU is lower than 50/60 degrees Celsius, the system will turn off all fans and offer 0dB ambient cooling solution.
ASUS ROG Strix 2023 builds
The Strix line has remained the flagship of performance within the laptops of the elite division Republic of Gamers. ASUS has renewed the entire series, but has released a unique model that with an 18-inch screen is the portable with which every gamer dreams to replace your table tops. Of course, in addition to games, they have plenty of capacity for all computing uses, including workstations simply by varying the NVIDIA drivers from Gaming to Studio drivers for professional applications.
Strix SCAR 18 and 16
The redesign of the mentioned chassis that adapts to the largest screens has allowed mounting screens of 16 and 18 inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio and several panels to choose from up to the impressive Nebula with Mini-LED technologyQHD+ resolution, PANTONE Validated with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut support, HDR 1100, Dolby Vision, and gaming support for G-Sync synchronization technology, sub-3ms response time, and like all screens in the series a refresh rate of 240 Hz.
Inside, ASUS mounts top of the line performance, new generation Intel processors up to the Core i9-13900H and dedicated graphics up to the NVIDIA RTX 4090, the most powerful on the market. You can equip up to 64 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz memory and equip 4 Tbytes for storage with PCIe 4.0 SSD.
As we said above, the manufacturer has improved the cooling performance of these new chassis, allowing more space for the CPU and GPU to increase maximum frame rates. They are now equipped with an extra-thick, full-width heat sink, Tri-Fan technology, and liquid metal for more efficient waste heat removal.
Its connectivity is up to par, with Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB 3.2, HDMI 2.1 output, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, among others. Its keyboard is a backlit chiclet and the audio system includes four speakers with Dolby Atmos. It includes a power adapter of up to 90 Wh and we must highlight the manufacturer’s care in controlling the weight of these laptops, which without being ultralight, can be transported anywhere with 3.1 and 2.5 kg respectively.
The Scar 16 is available now in select markets to pre-order starting at $2,899, while the Scar 18 starts at $3,699. They are not cheap, but in exchange you get one of the best series of laptops for games and for everything you need. They should not take long to arrive in Spain on the ASUS website.
Strix G16 and G18
A variant of the previous ones with some “reduced” components. And we put in quotes because its potential is tremendous. The screens can be IPS or LCD, QHD and with a refresh rate of 240Hz, while the processor remains up to the Core i9-13900H, the graphics up to the RTX 4080, 32 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD. Surpluses for many consumers and at a much lower price starting at $1,999. They are already available in some regions in the pre-order phase.
This model has not yet been marketed, but it has been announced and will be of interest to those who bet on AMD CPUs. It will mount Ryzen 9 Zen 4 processors and NVIDIA graphics up to 4090. It will be able to equip up to 64 GB of DDR5 memory at 4800 MHz and 2 Tbytes for storage with SSD. Its screen offers a single 17-inch IPS panel, with QHD resolution (2560 × 1440 pixels), 240 Hz / 3 ms, DCI-P3 100%, with G-SYNC and Dolby Vision. The connectivity is as complete as the previous ones except for Thunderbolt 4 reserved for the Intel platform.