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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix SCAR II and Hero II

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Gaming laptops designed for FPS and MOBA games with responsive narrow-bezel displays, multi-antenna Wi-Fi, with new HyperStrike Pro keyboard and HyperCool Pro cooling technology

KEY POINTS

  • Responsive 15.6-inch IPS-level narrow-bezel 144Hz display with 3ms GTG response time and 100% sRGB colour gamut for incredibly immersive, super smooth and vivid visuals
  • HyperCool Pro technology aids in cooling the high-performance CPU and GPU; HyperStrike Pro keyboard provides supreme control in fast-paced games
  • ROG RangeBoost technology uses 4 antennas and a unique algorithm to cover Wi-Fi dead spots — providing 30%-wider coverage range than dual-antenna configurations
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the new ROG Strix SCAR II and ROG Strix Hero II gaming laptops – follow-ups to the successful ROG Strix SCAR and Hero gaming laptops, optimised for FPS and MOBA gaming titles.

These powerful gaming laptops have an all-new compact design with a front light bar featuring customisable Aura Sync lighting. Both laptops feature the world’s first 144Hz narrow-bezel display with an ultrafast 3ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, a HyperStrike Pro gaming keyboard for improved control, and HyperCool Pro technology for improved CPU and GPU cooling. They are also the world’s first gaming laptops to feature multi-antenna Wi-Fi for improved connectivity.


Super-narrow-bezel display with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG time
For maximum advantage in fast-paced games, the ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II laptops boast the world's first 144Hz narrow-bezel display with an ultrafast 3ms GTG response time.

The narrow-bezel display allowed us to reduce the laptop chassis dimensions to a minimum, resulting in both laptops being 2.33cm narrower than their predecessors, while not having to sacrifice on screen space. The new gaming laptops are also lighter, with an overall weight of just 2.4kg, which is great for gaming on the go. There is also a rubber frame surrounding the display to protect it from damage when the lid is closed.

Gaming keyboard with HyperStrike Pro technology
Both ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II feature a gaming keyboard with HyperStrike Pro technology for decisive command and control. The keyboard has a desktop-inspired layout, including four hotkeys, customisable Aura Sync-compatible RGB backlighting across four zones, and ergonomically-designed keys with 0.25mm-deep keycap curves.

ROG-exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier key actuation, and has a longer overstroke distance for fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes. The keyboard has specially-highlighted WASD (SCAR II) or QWER (Hero II) key groups with transparent key caps. The keyboard is also durable with a 20-million-key-press lifespan, double the industry average, and N-key rollover technology ensures no keyboard lock-ups when multiple keys are pressed at the same time during intense gaming sessions.


ROG RangeBoost technology for zero dead spots
The ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II are the world’s first gaming laptops to feature multi-antenna Wi-Fi for more stable online gaming. Patented ROG RangeBoost technology uses a combination of four antennas — located at the front and back of the laptop — with a unique algorithm that constantly scans and selects the best pair of antennas to cover dead spots, resulting in 30% wider coverage when compared to dual-antenna configurations.

Geared for gaming
The new ROG Strix gaming laptops are powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor with 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory, and a choice of either NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics. For storage, it can be specified with up to a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a 1TB Seagate® FireCuda™ solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

When used as primary storage or as a secondary drive to support the SSD, the 5400rpm FireCuda SSHD loads games in less than half the time taken by traditional 7200rpm HDDs, while also staying quieter. The SSHD takes note of the most frequently used files and caches them onto its onboard flash memory for faster file access speeds.


Extreme cooling with HyperCool Pro
The HyperCool Pro thermal system provides the cooling performance needed to get the most out of the laptop’s high-performance CPU and GPU. An extended cooling plate soaks up heat and spreads it evenly to avoid thermal throttling and keep the chipset power components below 90°C, while two high-performance 12V fans deliver stronger airflow and increased air pressure to cool the CPU and GPU and also drive hot air out of the chassis.

HyperCool Pro also incorporates the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system, which uses centrifugal force to expel dust particles and dirt out of the chassis. This prevents build-up on the heatsink fins and ensures a stable gaming experience as well as producing less noise too, as the fans are not being overworked due to less dust build up in the long run.

HyperCool Pro utilises special copper cooling fins that are just 0.1mm thin — half the thickness of regular fins. This increases the surface area for heat dissipation by up to 10%, and reduces air resistance by 7%.

Furthermore, normal laptop display lid designs can block the rear airflow exhausts out of the chassis which could, in some cases, cause overheating. ROG laptops feature our patented trapezoid-cut lid which improves thermal efficiency by up to 27% over traditional designs and keep the rear thermal exhausts clear.

The Overboost app, accessible by pressing FN + F5 or via the Gaming Center hotkey, can be used to select three different fan settings. Fan Overboost provides the fastest fan speed to fully exploit the power of the ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II laptops during intense gaming sessions. Silent mode curbs fan speed and power consumption for less demanding tasks and the balanced mode delivers stable fan performance at a moderate noise level.

Clearer, louder audio
Both laptops deliver clearer, louder, and more accurate audio via powerful side-firing speakers that provide immersive sound. Smart-amplifier technology monitors audio output and makes real-time adjustments, with audio output up to 200% louder than before, with increased dynamic range and bass. Sonic Studio III provides high quality in-game audio, surround sound for headphones, as well as improved streaming and audio recording for perfect voice pickup and noise reduction.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ROG Strix SCAR II and ROG Strix Hero II will be available from the beginning of July 2018 in Australia from the ASUS Shop, Harvey Norman and select channel partners starting at $2,699 AUD.

SPECIFICATIONSi


ROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GM / GL504GS)
ROG Strix Hero II (GL504GM)
Processor
8th Gen Intel® Core i7-8750H
8th Gen Intel® Core i7-8750H
Operating system
Windows 10
Windows 10
Display
15.6" IPS-level FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, 100% sRGB colour gamut, and non-glare coating
15.6" IPS-level FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, 100% sRGB colour gamut, and non-glare coating
Graphics
GL504GM:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
GL504GS:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
Memory
16GB 2666MHz DDR4 (dual-channel)
16GB 2666MHz DDR4 (dual-channel)
Storage
Up to 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 1TB 2.5” 5400rpm FireCuda SSHD
Up to 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 1TB 2.5” 5400rpm FireCuda SSHD
Wireless
802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth® 5.0
802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 W-Fi
Bluetooth® 5.0
Connectivity
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (USB-C)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo
1 x Kensington lock
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (USB-C™)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo
1 x Kensington lock
Keyboard
Backlit chiclet keyboard
RGB across four zones, with Aura Sync support
Marked WASD keys
Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute / ROG Gaming Center
1.8mm travel distance, 0.25mm keycap curve
Backlit chiclet keyboard
RGB across four zones, with Aura Sync support
Marked QWER keys
Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute / ROG Gaming Center
1.8mm travel distance, 0.25mm keycap curve
Audio
2x 3.5W speakers with smart-amplifier technology
Array microphone
2 x 3.5W speakers with smart-amplifier technology
Array microphone
Software
ROG Gaming Center 2.5
ROG GameFirst V
ASUS Splendid
ASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III
ASUS Aura Core 2.5
XSplit Gamecaster (free)
Android™ / iOS app
ROG Gaming Center 2.5
ROG GameFirst V
ASUS Splendid
ASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III
ASUS Aura Core 2.5
XSplit Gamecaster (free)
Android™ / iOS app
VR Ready
Yes
Yes
Power
For GL504GM:
180W power adapter

For GL504GS:
230W power adapter
180W power adapter

Size
36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm
36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm
Weight
2.4kg
2.4kg
i Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com


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Aussie Gamers Express
4th June 2018

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