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ASUS brings the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) with RTX graphics to the Philippines

The most compact 17-inch gaming laptop

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Shortly after the launch of AMD Ryzen-powered gaming laptops, the ASUS announced the Philippine arrival of the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701). The gaming laptop was first introduced at CES earlier this year and it brings 17-inch display goodness in the body of a typical 15-inch laptop.

The first generation Zephyrus with a 15-inch display is about the same size as this new 17-inch model, making it the most compact 17-inch gaming laptop available. Don’t let its size fool you, because it has the most powerful NVIDIA graphics available for laptops.

The new ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) sports a Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support. It’s even Pantone Validated for color accuracy.

Inside is an Intel Core i7-8750H processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics. Since it’s a gaming laptop, it’s not lacking in ports. It has two USB-C (one with Power Delivery and DisplayPort), three full-size USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack.

It has all the features we know and love about Zephyrus S laptops including individual RGB backlighting and the unique Active Aerodynamic System which now has anti-dust tunnels to keep the cooling system clean.

In the Philippines, the Zephyrus S (GX701) will come in three configurations. The cheapest one will have 16GB DDR4 memory, 512GB PCIe SSD, and RTX 2060 for PhP 139,995. The mid-tier RTX 2070-equipped variant is selling for PhP 169,995. If you really wish to have the top-dog variant with RTX 2080 Max-Q plus 24GB DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe SSD, you’ll have to shell out PhP 209,995.

Considering that the similarly specced ROG Strix Scar II sells for less cash, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) is indeed quite pricey. Basically, you’re paying a premium for the slim design and a couple of extra features.

Pre-orders start March 1 until March 10 in ROG concept stores nationwide and Octagon in Glorietta. The laptop will be sold in select stores after the pre-order period.

SEE ALSO: ASUS launches new AMD Ryzen gaming laptops on a budget

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available

The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate

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ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.

Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new  Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.

Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.

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FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage

A look into the iconic theme song and squad

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A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is  just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.

The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.

The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:

Square Enix’ remake of Final Fantasy VII will be released on April 10, 2020. It will only be available for the PlayStation 4, and pre-orders are still being accepted.

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NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers

Another cloud gaming competitor

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NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.

Luring in gamers

NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.

Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.

Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.

This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Uplay.

There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.

Pricing and availability

GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.

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