Asus crams Ryzen 4000 and powerful GeForce RTX graphics into a tiny 14-inch laptop

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Nvidia’s energy-efficient Max-Q technology helps gaming laptops slim down, and at CES 2020 today, they’ve reached a new milestone. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the first 14-inch laptop ever equipped with GeForce RTX 20-series graphics.  


Due partly to thermal concerns, most gaming laptops span 15.6 or even 17 inches, with tiny 14-inch form factors reserved for the likes of netbooks and thin-and-lights. No more, though—the ROG Zephyrus G14 is impressively svelte for a game-ready notebook, measuring just 0.7-inches thick and 3.5 lbs. That’s only a smidge more than the MacBook Air in all dimensions, but Apple’s laptop doesn’t do ray-tracing or 1440p gaming.


To be fair, however, this laptop might not handle ray-traced games especially well, as the beefier RTX 2080 Max-Q for notebooks barely pulled ahead of the desktop GeForce RTX 2060 in synthetic ray-tracing benchmarks. Max-Q mobile versions of Nvidia’s GPUs run at lower clock rates to increase their energy efficiency, which obviously affects performance. Nevertheless, this is a very impressive engineering feat.


So how did Asus manage to stuff a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q into such a tiny package? Nvidia wouldn’t divulge details, only saying it remains committed to advancing the Max-Q cause to help its partners push the envelope.


But we spoke to Asus about the laptop as well, and it said that the ROG Zephyrus G14 also features AMD's just-announced Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" mobile processor—and not just any Ryzen 4000 processor, but a "special CPU that generates less heat, enabling an unprecedented level of performance for such a compact chassis." Asus says it partnered with AMD for exclusive access to the 35W chip, which features 8 cores and 16 threads.


Nvidia's Max-Q GPUs and AMD's Ryzen 4000-series mobile chips sound like a potent one-two punch when it comes to efficiency. It’s exciting to see such powerful graphics work its way into such a sleek, small form factor.


The Asus ROG Zephryus G14 comes loaded with other delicious features as well, including Wi-Fi 6, a USB Type-C connection with Power Delivery for external monitors, a magnesium alloy deck, and self-cleaning cooling. But the highlight has to be the "AniMe Matrix" available on select models, which crams 1,215 mini-LEDs with 256 levels of brightness into the lid. "Users can import animated GIFs and other graphics,




Sounds like a bad year for Intel...

ASUS looks away from Intel...

Intel can't keep up...

Intel dies... (jk)

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