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The ROG GX800 sets new bar for gaming laptops

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Remember the days when gaming laptops were these huge and heavy machines?

Well, they still are, but for good reason. ASUS just recently unveiled its top-of-the-line gaming laptop, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) GX800.

At 18.4 inches in screen size and 30mm in thickness, this is in no way a slim and portable laptop, and like the Predator 21 X gaming laptop from Acer, it comes with it’s own suitcase.

With size comes power, lots of it. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and two GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards running in SLI mode, which really just means that this thing is rocking two of the most powerful commercial graphics processing units (GPUs) to date at the same time.

And while most people would think that’s overkill, ASUS certainly doesn’t think so. It claims this setup is necessary to run the most demanding games on Ultra settings at 4K Ultra HD resolution.

While this isn’t the first dual GTX 1080 setup in the gaming laptop market, it’s the first to come with its very own liquid cooling system as a separate docking attachment.

The liquid cooling allows you to overclock the processor and GPUs to a higher frequency to get more performance out of them, without encountering the problem of overheating. Luckily, the only time you ever need to dock the laptop is when you need even more power. Five games at the same time, anyone?

All that hardware doesn’t come cheap, at a whopping price tag of $6,000 (PhP 369,995 in the Philippines), this laptop is clearly targeted at hardcore enthusiasts, but the price is modest when compared to Acer’s $9000 Predator 21 X.

While the Predator offers a mechanical keyboard more akin to the more traditional desktop-class mechanical keyboards, Tobii eye tracking, and a 21-inch curved display, it’s arguably less portable.

But, to be frank, neither of the two actually are. The Predator, however, doesn’t have the liquid cooling necessary to overclock as much as the GX800, and ASUS is quick to note that the GX800 outperforms other gaming laptops in its class in benchmark tests.

If you’re curious or serious about owning this beast of a machine, here are the specs — otherwise, skip ahead.

Operating system: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 2.7 GHz (8M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB GDDR5X VRAM
Memory: 64GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 3x 512GB PCIE Gen3 x4 SSD
Display: 18.4″ UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution

For the more casual gamer, ASUS also announced a slew of new products across the ROG line this year, the GX being its top tier, followed by the G, and the most recent addition, the Strix. All are capable gaming machines, sharing the same design philosophy which ASUS claims was driven by feedback from its users.

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Nintendo reveals upcoming games for the Switch

Featuring some old favorites!

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Throughout the year, the world’s biggest tech companies host the most lavish events to promote new launches and announcements. Most of the time, these massive events have redefined their respective industries. Alternatively, some companies rely on subtler means for their launches. Regardless, the industry-defining effects remain the same.

Nintendo typifies this strategy to perfection, boasting their chops through online-only Nintendo Direct events. Today, in the first Nintendo Direct of the year, the company unveiled its slew of strong contenders going into 2019. Here’s a taste of Nintendo’s upcoming heavy-hitters:

Super Mario Maker 2

In 2015, Nintendo released its most revolutionary retooling of the Mario formula — Super Mario Maker. Exclusive to the 3DS and the Wii U, the highly customizable Mario game was a beloved hit. This June, Nintendo finally releases a follow-up featuring new tools, elements, and a lot more playability on the Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

By no means a new game, Link’s Awakening brings the Game Boy classic to the Switch. This time, Nintendo has remastered the game in a top-down, 3D engine. Further, the remastered game features similar side-scrolling segments from the old game.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

The current Marvel fever has also infected the gaming world. The Black Order brings a four-player co-op brawler experience to the Switch. Featuring a wide array of characters from the universe, the game features an original story, pitting your favorite heroes against Thanos and the Black Order.

Tetris 99

Out today, Tetris 99 is the most shocking iteration of the time-honored series. Why? It’s a battle royale. The free online block-building game pits you against 98 other players in a race to become the last man standing.

Besides these four, Nintendo will also launch a flurry of updates and ports. In the coming months, the company will release substantial updates to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. It will also launch Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon: Let’s Go gets its own Nintendo Switch bundles

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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