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ASUS ROG Announces Zephyrus G (GA502)

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KEY POINTS

  • Sleek and subtle: Just 20 mm thin and weighs just 2.1 kg, with professional brushed-metal finish, diamond-cut edges and tasteful white backlight
  • Gaming prowess: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with ROG Boost, up to 120Hz vIPS display with 81% screen-to-body ratio 
  • Powerful multitasking: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU, NVMe SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • Intelligent cooling: Self-cleaning thermal module, anti-dust tunnel fans, 33% thinner blades for up to 17% improved airflow, fan scenario profiles and modes
  • Flexible and versatile: Smart amplifier and HRA certification, earlier actuation with ROG Overstroke, N-key rollover, HDMI and USBC with DisplayPort 

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 24, 2019 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the new Zephyrus G (GA502), the first laptop in the Zephyrus series to bring ultra-slim gaming to a wider audience.

Building on the principles of its predecessors, Zephyrus G covers all the essential gaming needs in an enviably compact form at a surprisingly affordable price. Its new NVIDIA® GeForce® 1660 Ti GPU deftly handles the most popular games, while its energy efficient AMD® Ryzen 7 APU offers up to 8.8 hours of battery life and ample power for everyday productivity. Combined with cutting-edge Intelligent Cooling that optimizes system settings based on the scenario, Zephyrus G blurs the line between capable gaming machine and ultraportable laptop.

Sleek and subtle 

Like its siblings, Zephyrus G is a svelte stunner. At just 20 mm thin and 2.1 kg light, it is eminently portable. Slim bezels on three sides squeeze the 15inch display into a 14inch chassis that is small enough to fit into any backpack or carry-on luggage. 

Its portability is accompanied by a clean design that blends in anywhere, with a professional outlook that distinguishes Zephyrus G from other gaming laptops in its class. Tasteful white backlighting illuminates the keyboard for easier typing in the dark. Subtle details, like the brushed-metal finish on the lid and diamond-cut chamfers around the exterior, exude a refinement that makes an impression without demanding attention. 

Gaming prowess

The latest GeForce GTX GPU and punchy Ryzen APU deliver solid frame rates with reliable smoothness. 

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti brings NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture to the well-loved GTX series, providing a serious step up from its Pascal predecessors. An upgraded video encoder improves live-stream video quality by up to 15%, offering accelerated capture with less burden on the CPU. Tweaks to the CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem also result in a significant per-core performance lift that benefits a broad range of modern games. Thanks to Intelligent Cooling, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti clocks up to 1335MHz at 60W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost.

The display has up to a 120Hz refresh rate that doubles the output of standard screens, Zephyrus G is fast enough to fully support the triple-digit frame rates that the GPU can deliver. It delivers smoother gameplay that is especially noticeable and advantageous during fast-paced FPS games.

The slim bezels provide an 81% screen-to-body ratio for an immersive feel. Wide viewing angles keep the picture on the vIPS panel from washing out, so it’s perfect when watching movies or split-screen gaming with friends.

Powerful multitasking

The AMD Ryzen 7 APU is quick and versatile, with four cores and eight threads capable of cutting through day-to-day work. Its energy-efficient architecture enables superior battery life, offering nearly 7 hours of video playback, and up to 7 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. With 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, Zephyrus G ensures quick and efficient multitasking.

A fast NVMe SSD ensures quicker game and app load times. With 512GB of storage, there is ample space to quickly save a work portfolio and favorite media. The combination of a potent APU and superfast storage means more time on actual play and work, and less time waiting.

Intelligent cooling

The Intelligent Cooling philosophy allows Zephyrus G to get the most out of its components with a strategic blend of hardware and software that optimizes performance and acoustics, and improves stability over time.

The self-cleaning thermal module resists dust and debris that could otherwise build up and compromise heat dissipation over time. Anti-dust tunnels prevent accumulation on the heatsinks and fans; they catch particles sucked into the fan and propel them out the back.

Carefully placed heat pipes draw heat off the CPU and GPU, as well as the circuitry that powers them. The processors have multiple pipes connected to shared heatsinks, ensuring optimal cooling for any workload, including gaming that puts more stress on the GPU.

Updated fans maximize airflow through the heatsinks. They are made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that allows the blades to be incredibly thin but still strong enough to withstand high rotation speeds. Because each blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs, each fan can pack 83 blades for the highest density yet — and up to a 17% improvement in airflow.

Different tasks require different levels of performance and cooling, so ROG Armoury Crate’s new Scenario Profiles step in to seamlessly switch between operating modes. Turbo mode sets clocks and fan speeds to the maximum for processorintensive tasks. Balanced mode makes adjustments to lower noise levels for gaming while maintaining high FPS. Silent mode lowers acoustics and is perfect for basic tasks like browsing the web and taking notes in class.

Flexible and versatile

7.1-channel virtual surround-sound over headphones allows deeper immersion in games and movies, and smart-amplifier technology keeps the speakers' voice coils within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can be turned up without damaging the cones. Hi-Res Audio certification ensures that media and games are experienced at peak audio fidelity, for a richer acoustic experience.

The keyboard is designed for more precise and comfortable typing and gaming. Earlier key actuation enabled by ROG Overstroke technology means faster, more responsive inputs, while N-Key rollover ensures that every press is registered, even when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously. Even the shape and placement of the keys is geared toward accuracy and convenience. Users can initiate function commands quickly and intuitively with key spacing that mimics desktop layouts, and access essential commands like volume and mic mute instantly with dedicated hotkeys.

Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports offer enough capacity for a gaming mouse, gamepad, and external storage if needed. The reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port does more than charge devices and transfer data: its DisplayPort 1.4 compatibility provides video output to external monitors. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b port that can output a 60Hz signal for 4K UHD TVs and monitors.

Getting online is easy with both wireless and Ethernet. Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) offers fast and reliable access for everyday networking, while the wired gigabit Ethernet port provides the lowest latency for performance-sensitive activities like multiplayer gaming and streaming.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus G GA502 will be available for pre-order now and will be arriving in the UK from early May beginning with Amazon and the AUS E-shop, then rolling out to all major retailers. The ROG Zephyrus G GA502 has a SRP of £1,249.99 Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G GA502

Processor

AMD® Ryzen™ 7 3750H

Operating system

Windows 10

Display

15.6" FHD 120Hz vIPS display, anti-glare

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6

Memory

16GB DDR4 2400MHz

Storage 

512GB/256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe® SSD

Wireless

1x1 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 

Bluetooth® 5.0

Connectivity

1 x RJ-45 jack

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 TypeC w/ DisplayPort 1.4

3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 TypeA

1 x HDMI 2.0b

1 x 3.5 mm audio combo jack

1 x Kensington lock

Keyboard

White-backlit chiclet keyboard w/ N-key rollover and Overstroke 

Audio

2 x 1W w/ smart amplifier

Battery

76Wh 4-cell Lithium-ion

AC adapter

180W AC Adapter

Size

360 x 252 x 19.9 mm 

Weight

2.1 kg

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.