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ASUS launches new AMD Ryzen gaming laptops on a budget

Unleashing the power of Ryzen

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Not all gaming laptops have to be really expensive, while affordable notebooks don’t have to be inferior. That’s why ASUS introduced two new gaming laptops for consumers. Powered by AMD Ryzen processors, the two new machines will be able to deliver great performance without the high price tags.

First, we have the ASUS Gaming X570. It’s probably one of the cheapest gaming-specced laptops you can get today. It features a 15.6-inch Full HD display running Windows 10. Inside the laptop is the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete graphics. It’ll come with a 1TB HDD to store all your games, but you might want to upgrade its 4GB DDR4 memory.

Ports-wise, it has all the basics covered including full-size USB, HDMI, and even Ethernet for uninterrupted LAN or internet connectivity.

ASUS Gaming X570

The design of the X570 is understated unlike most gaming laptops in the market which some users prefer. It’s considered to be a budget gaming laptop after all, so it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the more expensive ROG laptops.

If you want to have something in between, there’s the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505. It’s powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor with Radeon RX 560X graphics. The laptop also comes with a 1TB HDD and 4GB DDR4 memory.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505

The TUF gaming laptop sports a more streamlined design featuring a 15-inch display with slim bezels and military-grade toughness. It also sports a similar keyboard to the pricier ROG notebooks complete with RGB lighting. The selection of the ports here is pretty abundant including a speedy USB 3.1, HDMI, and Ethernet. It has no USB-C, but that’s not a deal breaker.

The ASUS Gaming X570 will retail in the Philippines for PhP 37,995, while the TUF Gaming FX505, with its upgraded body and specs, is priced slightly higher at PhP 39,995. Both notebooks are available in stores starting today, February 27.

SEE ALSO: ASUS brings RTX-powered Strix II gaming laptops to the Philippines

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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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