Asus has a history with fast gaming displays, and previously introduced a laptop with a 240Hz panel, as well as a 4K UHD laptop with a panel running at 120Hz. At the IFA tech show in Berlin, the company is one-upping itself.
Usually, Asus is known for making technological leaps forward in regard to gaming-laptop displays, and now it seems the Taiwanese manufacturer is ready to make another huge addition to the tech world. Asus has now revealed that the Zephyrus S GX701 will be the world’s first notebook to offer a display capable of a 300 Hz refresh rate, ideal for esports and gaming professionals alike.
The 300 Hz refresh rate offered up in the panel of this particular 17-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 SKU is accompanied by some incredible statistics. The frame-drawing rate is five times faster than the 60 Hz panels found in many common laptops, and the new display is even 25% quicker than the current 240-Hz machines favoured by professional gamers and esports enthusiasts.
Asus has also been showing off prototypes of other machines that will come with the 300 Hz panel option, including the 15-inch and 17-inch models of the Strix SCAR III and the 15-inch Zephyrus S GX502. Along with powerful GPUs such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080, the upgraded ultra slim laptops will also feature the ROG Active Aerodynamic System that pushes the bottom panel down when the lid is opened, creating a uniquely handy (and desirable) space in order to expedite air flow.
The company has noted that it expects to release special editions of the Zephyrus S GX531 and GX701 with bright and contrast-rich HDR displays, and these will be the first gaming laptops that come with these particular cutting-edge screens. Having multiple display options gives excited gamers and esports players (and professionals) the ability to choose between plenty of new options to choose from when purchasing a laptop that can offer that all-important edge over its competitors.
In a statement, Asus commented on the new product, stating;
“Raising the refresh rate to 300Hz represents a 25% increase over the current standard for high-level esports tournaments. At that speed, the screen can draw 5X more frames than the 60Hz panels found on conventional laptops. Paired with a GPU that produces enough frames per second to keep up, the faster display makes gameplay silkier than ever before.
Higher frequencies can also improve the experience when the refresh rate is fixed and the FPS drops below the maximum. The delay between refresh cycles is shorter, allowing the display to respond faster to fresh frames produced by the GPU. When the system is running Vsync to eliminate visual tearing, the higher frequency mitigates visible stuttering that can occur when the display is forced to wait until the next cycle to show a new frame. At 300Hz, it’s ready to draw a complete new frame every 3.3ms, which matches the 3ms response time of the pixels.”
In addition, Asus is also announcing “Glacier Blue” editions of its Zephyrus S GX502, Zephyrus M GU502, and Strix G G531 and G731 gaming laptops. The Zephyrus M and Zephyrus S will come with options for the six-core 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor, with frequencies up to 4GHz. Under the hood, each also supports up to 32 GB RAM. The Zephrus M devices will be sporting options for up to an RTX 2060 GPU or the GTX 1660 Ti