Asus reveals 300Hz gaming laptop

So you think 144Hz is a fast refresh rate? What about 240Hz? Asus’ Republic of Gamers has news for you. After hitting the market with the first 144Hz mobile display back in 2017, Asus wants to up the ante with more than double the hertz. At IFA this week, Asus revealed the first 300Hz-display gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701.

And that display really is the main event here. In addition to the 300Hz refresh rate, the 17-inch screen features a 3-ms GtG response time. Current variants of this model offer either a Pantone Validated G-Sync display or an HDR-enabled display, so we’re expecting to see one version or the other on this one. As noted by Anandtech, it’s likely that this is a 240Hz display pushed into overdrive mode.

Asus 300Hz GX701 gaming laptop

An Nvidia RTX 2080, clocked up to 1,230MHz and 100W in turbo mode, powers that ultra-fast display, and the CPU is one of Intel’s 9th Gen H-Series chips.

Looking back to look forward

Aside from that information, we have to look at the other models with a dismal 144Hz refresh rate to get more information on Asus’ 300Hz gaming laptop. The currently-available GX701 can accept up to 32GB of DDR4 SDRAM and features an Intel Core i7-9750H. On the storage side, the laptop can house an M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 1TB SSD and an M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD in 1TB or 512GB configurations. It offers Aura Sync RB lighting through the backlit-keyboard and two 2.5-watt speakers.

The current GX701 as a solid loadout of ports, too. You can plug in one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C device with both DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery support, one USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C device, and one each of USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 Type-A devices. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b port and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

While the 300Hz variant of the GX701 could have some different stats, we’re betting they’ll be pretty close.

The machine will be available in October of this year, Asus says. With the current GX701 going for a cool $3,300, we’re expecting a price north of that.

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A 300 Hz refresh rate but a 3ms G2G response time, bizarre combo.

anotherengineer
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It will be nice when 120Hz becomes the new standard 60Hz, without a ridiculous mark-up.

Krogoth
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Why? Anything beyond 100FPS it starts becoming placebo. The impact it has on input lag is trivial at best. You can’t get around the limitations of the human element.

This is just as bad as audiophile snake-oil non-sense.

The real goal for an ultra-smooth experience is that make sure that FPS minimal never drops below 100FPS and frame time maximum never exceeds 0.10s.

chuckula
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chuckula

I’ve got some oxygen-depleted cables to sell you!!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

I’m afraid those cables just got cancelled. The vendor was unable to secure enough glue….

jihadjoe
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It was interesting playing around with these settings back when we had CRTs and could create custom resolutions and refresh rates so long as the monitor and RAMDAC could handle it.

I found that I was pretty happy around about 85Hz @ 1280×1024. I could get 100Hz at 1024×768, but opted instead for the increased resolution.

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I also would always try to push CRTs to 75Hz and if they could handle it, then 85Hz! Ahh the VQuake and GLQuake days 🙂

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