ROG notebooks are updated across the board, the strongest 13-inch notebook on the surface is here

The notebook market in early 2021 is destined to be turbulent. The release of "Cyberpunk 2077" at the end of last year added a huge boost to the replacement market, and the arrival of NVIDIA 30 series graphics cards on the mobile side is also the general trend, followed by the resounding "AMD, Yes "The loudest sound is ushered: ROG notebooks have been updated across the board, equipped with AMD processors.

For consumers, due to the superposition of internal and external factors, this year may be a very strong year for replacement. Therefore, ROG, as the head brand of gaming notebooks, updated its notebooks during CES to provide consumers with a full range of Series, full size and full price range (not including cost-effective models) choice. In addition to the regular updates of the three major series of Ice Blade, Moba, and Gun God, the Phantom series also ushered in a new Phantom 13 notebook, which is currently the strongest 13-inch notebook on the surface.

ROG Ice Blade 5 Dual Screen Gaming Notebook

The Ice Blade series has always been ROG’s flagship game product, and it is also ROG’s product series that spends the most time on stacking, thinness and heat dissipation. In the previous generation of ice blade game books, ROG tried a dual-screen design, this generation of ice blade 5 This dual-screen design is also continued.

Ice Blade 5 is equipped with a 15.6-inch 4K UHD resolution IPS wide viewing angle main screen, with 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response speed, covering 100% Adobe RGB professional wide color gamut, basically a screen without shortcomings, high definition Brush wide color gamut. The screen has passed Pantone professional color certification and has Adaptive Sync technology.

After opening the A side, the 14-inch ROG ScreenPad Plus touch screen will automatically rise to seamlessly interact with the main screen, and with an ergonomic 13° tilt angle, it is convenient for players to watch and control. The secondary screen has 4K UHD resolution, covering 100% sRGB wide color gamut. Players can use the Overwolf application to let the ROG ScreenPad Plus touch screen display real-time game status and various information, and can also perform collaborative operations for control, streaming and interaction during live broadcast.

Other core configurations include:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX overclocked processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/ RTX 3070 graphics card
  • Glacier Cooling 2.0 Pro, dual fans, four outlets, five heat pipes, 220 pieces of 0.15mm ultra-thin pure copper cooling fins, 84 pieces of LCP material fan blades, liquid metal heat conduction, AAS Plus cooling system
  • Thickness 20.9mm, weight 2.4kg, tide soul black color

Basically, if you want to play "Cyberpunk 2077" on the laptop side, ROG Ice Blade 5 is one of the best choices. Of course, this configuration will basically have no problems playing other 3A masterpieces. In addition, in terms of memory and hard drives, it can be configured up to 32GB+2TB.

ROG Gun God 5 series game book

The Gun God series is positioned lower than the ice blade, but it is also a good choice for hardcore players, especially FPS gamers. The core configuration of the Gunslinger series is of course a super-high refresh rate screen.

The ROG Gunshin 5 (15.6 inches) and Gunshin 5 Plus (17.3 inches) released during CES 2021 are equipped with FHD IPS gaming screens with 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time as standard, and Gunshin 5 Plus can be optional 360Hz ultra-high refresh rate, 3ms response time FHD IPS gaming screen. Both support 100% sRGB color gamut and Adaptive-Sync technology.

Similar to the previous Bingblade 5, the heat dissipation system of the Gunshen 5 series is designed with dual fans, 5 heat pipes and 4 air outlets, and uses violent bear liquid metal to conduct heat.

The choice of processor and graphics card is similar. ROG Gunsling 5 series uses AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX overclocking processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070/RTX 3080 graphics card 130W high-performance version.

What needs to be mentioned is that the keyboard of Gunshen 5 series adopts a brand new optical axis mechanical keyboard, single key response only takes 0.2ms, 1.9mm keystroke, 0.15mm keycap surface, theoretically has a better feel. At the same time, the Dolby ATOMS supported by the four speakers is also helpful for listening and distinguishing positions in FPS games.

ROG Moba 5 series gaming notebook

The Moba series can be regarded as a relatively cost-effective series in the ROG camp. Previously, it could have a ROG belief logo and good configuration at about 10,000 yuan.

This generation of Moba 5 series is also the same route. The current 15.6-inch Moba 5 (16GB+512GB+RTX 3070) is officially priced at 12,999 yuan. It is expected that the price will be pulled into about 10,000 yuan after the follow-up RTX3060 is launched.

Once again, the Moba 5 series also uses the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX overclocking processor, which also means that this year's ROG gaming notebooks will use AMD's processors for the three main series. The graphics card can be equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060/3070 graphics card 130W high-performance version, the whole system comes standard with 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, while the hard disk and memory are reserved for expansion.

In terms of speakers and keyboards, the Moba 5 series is slightly worse than the Gunshen 5 series, with dual speakers, while Dolby Atmos is limited to headset mode. At the same time, the keyboard is not a mechanical optical axis, the keystroke is 1.8mm, of course, the RGB lighting effect is still retained.

The screen quality seems to be similar to that of the Gunslinger 5 series. They are all FHD IPS gaming screens with a 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time, but there is no 360Hz ultra-high refresh option.

Magic 13 added, Magic 14 and Magic 15 updated

The Phantom series is a new product line launched by ROG last year. Strictly speaking, the Phantom series is not positioned as a game book, but an "all-round book" that focuses on productivity, meaning that it can work and play games.

Under this positioning, the magic series has become a new growth point for ROG, and it has also won good popularity.

This year ROG continued to expand this product line, launching the Magic 13 notebook.

First of all, don’t be fooled by the size of the Phantom 13, compared to the Phantom 14 and Phantom 15 in the 2021 version, the Phantom 13 processor is actually stronger: exclusive first special edition AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor, processor Adopting the new Zen3 architecture, the performance per watt is increased by 2.4 times compared with the original Zen architecture. Based on the 8 core 16 thread design of the 7nm process, the 8 core CCX design can directly share the 32MB L3 cache with a TDP of 35W.

In terms of memory and hard drives, you can choose up to 32GB LPDDR4X 4266MHz high-frequency memory and 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD. The standard graphics card is GeForce GTX 1650, which currently looks like an entry-level gaming book. However, the Phantom 13 weighs only 1.3KG and has a thickness of 15.8mm, which is only a little heavier and thicker than ordinary light and thin business books, but it is too strong.

For the screen, it has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 120Hz FHD (4K UHD is optional), touch IPS screen, 100% sRGB color gamut (UHD 60Hz screen is 116% sRGB color gamut), Pantone certified colors, supports Adaptivesync technology , Basically the higher screen quality in this category. In order to make this notebook more versatile, ROG also added a 360-degree flip feature to the Magic 13 to adapt to various scenarios.

What really changed the Magic 13 is the additional ROG XG graphics card expansion dock, which can provide 63Gb/s ultra-high bandwidth through PCIe 3.0 x8, and losslessly connect to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. Its GPU has a maximum operating power of 150W. The ROG XG graphics card docking station has a built-in 280W adapter that can supply power to the notebook and the external graphics card at the same time, and the graphics card can be switched without restarting.

Changing the outside world's cumbersome perception of the graphics card expansion dock, the ROG XG graphics card expansion dock is only the size of a book and weighs 1kg. In addition, the ROG XG graphics card docking station also supports the expansion of 7 interfaces and a card reader to meet various external needs. If the Phantom 13 body is difficult to find rivals in the field of 13-inch notebooks, then with this graphics card expansion dock, the Phantom 13 has become the top gaming laptop on the market.

The Magic 14 and Magic 15 have also been updated this time. The new generation of ROG Magic 14 and ROG Magic 15 are equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor with Zen 3 architecture, and the TDP is also 35W. In terms of graphics cards, the new generation ROG Magic 14 is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards, and the Magic 15 is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and 3070 graphics cards.

As mentioned earlier, this ROG update is just the right time for users who want to change their phones in the near future. The addition of 30 series graphics cards can be said to be just needed. However, the problem now is not whether the product is worth buying, but whether it can be bought.

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