One by one, the game flagships of previous years receive the actual RTX-stuffing. The turn has reached the ASUS ROG Zephyrus line (ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 gaming laptop). The fresh model with an index S, in addition to a powerful iron, can boast of continuity in terms of design and interesting engineering solutions.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Further thinner
The new ASUS, more compact and mobile than the previous generation ROG, was affected by the trend to reduce the frames around the display and the size of the case as a whole. Zephyrus dimensions allow you to comfortably carry it in a backpack: the thickness of the laptop is a little more than one and a half centimeters.
The slender case did not disappoint, and for strength: the lid is almost not burned outside, there is no backlash in the keyboard. At the same time, the lid opens without problems with one finger, the hinges are recessed, they operate smoothly and look reliable. The surface is quickly covered with fingerprints – however, they are easily erased.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Don’t get excited
For such a thin exterior need a thought-out cooling system. In order to provide the necessary heat output, the keyboard layout was rethought back in the first revision of Zephyrus. She was transferred to the lower part of the case and deprived of a digital unit – a small trackpad was put in its place. The upper part was occupied by a proprietary system with four radiators and five cooling tubes. Here, through the perforated holes above the keyboard, cold air is drawn inside, hot comes out on the sides and from the rear end. Fresh model Zephyrus retained this decision.
A partially open vent in the back of the laptop also looks unusual. First, there is a feeling that someone forgot to snap the protective plate, but the customizable light shining from the inside makes it clear: this is “not a bug, but a feature”. When you open the cover, the case is slightly raised above the table: this is how additional air flow is achieved to help the two main fans, and the angle of the keyboard becomes more convenient for typing. Complement the cooling system three fan modes, customizable in the utility Armory Crate.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Performance and autonomy
The NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics card in the MAX-Q design fits into the overall concept aimed at the most efficient ventilation of the inside. However, there is a variation from 2080 (also MAX-Q), as well as the ninth generation Intel i7 processor. The cooling system copes with its tasks perfectly: at maximum load, the processor temperature varies around 75-80 degrees – quite acceptable for such thickness. Of course, the fans can be heard, but they are blocked by the sound of stereo speakers aimed at the user, located under the screen.
There are no frame ratios. Whether it’s Battlefield V with real-time ray tracing enabled or another run in Apex Legends. The use of a graphics adapter with support for RTX significantly improves the impression from the picture: the shadows and rendering of reflections become as close to reality as possible. Indicators in benchmarks and games are at the level of similar solutions.
With a display brightness of 50%, the backlight turned off, and the Zephyrus S’s optimal performance mode, a single charge lasts about 2.5 hours. Comparing with the previous version, a big step forward – with a gentle mode, it pulled about 40 minutes. Remarkably, the novelty has support for charging via Type-C, not to mention portable batteries.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Test Results
|GEEKBENCH||single-core – 4787|
multi-core – 17 472
|3DMARK||FireStrike Ultra – 4428|
FireStrike Extreme – 8391
TimeSpy – 6843 (graphics 7248, processor 5201)
Port Royal – 4109
Night Raid – 31,579
Sky Diver – 34 561
|CINEBENCH R15,0||OpenGL – 95.98|
CPU – 1071
CPU Single core – 155
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Testing in games (Full HD, maximum graphics settings)
|APEX LEGENDS – OPENGL||76 fps|
|FORTNITE – OPENGL||84 fps|
|DOOM 2016 – VULKAN||76 fps|
|SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER- DIRECTX 12||81 fps|
|BATTLEFIELD V – DIRECTX 12||DXR activated, 51 fps|
DXR off, 64 fps
|FAR CRY NEW DAWN – OPENGL||78 fps|
|METRO EXODUS – DIRECTX 12||RTX activated – 72 fps|
RTX is off – 89 fps
|AUTONOMY||2 hours 30 minutes|
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – What about ergonomics?
It is clear that you will not go to a conditional cafe with such a laptop. Due to the layout of the trackpad, it is inconvenient to work in a confined space, for example, on an airplane. Yes, and indicators of autonomy immediately indicate that there is rather a stationary solution. In such a use case, the unusual arrangement of the keyboard and trackpad turns out to be a plus: the thickness of the case does not allow the hands to tire, the tunnel syndrome does not exactly threaten. You can wander around the network and type the text, without changing the position of the brushes – like a trifle, but the habit of such is formed quickly. The trackpad is not too wide, but it is easy to control, Windows Precision gestures are recognized accurately and accurately. By pressing a key above the trackpad, it turns into a touch-sensitive digital unit, even though the input will not be as tactile as with ordinary keys. Keyboard move is small,
The webcam is located above the screen, so you will not have to open the cover to the full. There is no fault in the display matrix: accurate color reproduction, smooth picture, fast response, there is a version with a refresh rate of 240 Hz and HDR, a level worthy of a flagship solution. Very pleased with the loud and clear sound, you can safely play without headphones.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Specifications
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8750H|
|VIDEO CARD||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 MAX-Q 8 GB|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (maximum 24 GB)|
|HDD||1 TB SSD|
|SCREEN||15.6 “, Full HD (1920×1080), IPS, 144 Hz, 16: 9, matte, 3 ms response|
|INTERFACES||1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen|
2, 2 x USB 2.0
|DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT||36 × 26.8 × 1.16 cm, 2.1 kg|
|ADDITIONALLY||Pantone display certification, VR support and USB Type-C power supply|
(PD 3.0 standard) up to 65 W, independent keystroke processing, color
backlighting, MIL-STD-810G protection, branded software for Armoury
The laptop looks spectacular due to the visual and constructive solutions, but also the filling level. The manufacturer has taken care of a good-quality cooling system – there is no critical overheating and throttling, and this is taking into account the presence of an up-to-date video card with RTX support. Gaming takes place under the powerful accompaniment of two speakers, the sound of which overlaps the rustle of actively working fans. The already decent display now supports 240 Hz, but the G-Sync was removed.
The new variation of the portable and productive gaming station ASUS turned out to be quite successful, everything is in place and in business: there are no fanciful forms and busting with the ubiquitous backlight, autonomy is tolerable, ergonomics at a good level. It turned out to keep a slim body and sustain the image of a premium product formed by the past generation. The Zephyrus S model range has the ability to choose between the eighth and ninth generations of Intel i7 processors, as well as the RTX 2070/2080 in the MAX-Q design. In general, in the Zephyrus series, you can find models, the cost of which starts from $2050 USD.