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.
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.