With this week's major launch of the rest of the 8th Generation Core lineup, virtually every last major OEM is issuing significant updates to large parts of their product lines to incorporate the new CPUs and chipsets. To that end we're on day 3 of our recap of OEM spring product refreshes, this time taking a look at all of the updated gaming desktops and laptops due this quarter from ASUS under their Republic of Gamers Brand.

On the desktop side of the ASUS announcement are the ROG Strix GL12 and the ROG Huracan PCs that traditionally wed performance and unconventional style. The former comes in mid-tower chassis and can offer factory overclocking of its CPU, whereas the latter is a small form-factor machine featuring an asymmetric avant-garde enclosure outfitted with Aura RGB lighting effects for customization by the end user.

On the notebook side of things there are several very interesting products too. ASUS updated its flagship ROG G703 “Chimera” laptop with an IPS-type display panel featuring a 3 ms response time and Intel’s six-core Core i9-8950HK CPU. In addition, the company launched its all-new ultra-thin ROG Zephyrus M laptop powered by Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU running at full speed, a rare feature for a sub-2 cm design. Besides, the company also introduced its ROG Strix Hero and ROG Strix SCAR Edition laptops with quad- and six-core processors and discrete graphics that start at $1099.

We are going to start with the revamped ROG Chimera as no matter how hard it was to take a unique system and make it better (an even more exclusive), ASUS has managed to do it.

ASUS ROG G703 Chimera Gets Core i9
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  • jordanclock - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    The Chimera table has i9 in both model names but the right model should be i7. Reply
  • johnnycanadian - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    Wow. Just wow. Between the new Samsung laptop and the abomination that is Huracan (will Lamborghini take issue with the nomenclature?) it's a race to the bottom to see who can build the most hideous looking PC. Reply
  • zepi - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    Here we see Nvidia GPP in full efect.

    Asus needs to come up with a secondary brand to sell any machines with Vega.
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  • Sttm - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    That is such a stupid conspiracy theory. They sell RoG Strix banded Vega cards.https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-R...

    If GPP kept them from using AMD in their RoG gaming brand, how could that exist?
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  • GeorgeH - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    Going Nvidia-only in mobile might be understandable, but their desktop line? Especially when they have offered ROG desktops in the past with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs of the 1080 class?

    It's circumstantial and unproven (and at best it won't be until the lawsuits are settled a decade from now) but suggesting it's completely baseless speculation or a "conspiracy theory" is either pure ignorance or Nvidia shilling.
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  • PeachNCream - Friday, April 6, 2018 - link

    “…inspired by cyber-warrior and cyberpunk themes, resulting in an aggressive, angular design with sharp creases to symbolize a warrior’s battle scars.”

    Someone at Asus needs to put down the crack pipe and get off cloud nine.
    Reply
  • hammerang - Sunday, April 8, 2018 - link

    You can see these things are no longer ordinary computers but a relics of the zombie apocalypse. Reply
  • jojoba - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    brilliant Reply
  • hammerang - Sunday, April 8, 2018 - link

    Is this the nvidia aka. "Gaming" lineup already bros? Reply
  • DrizztVD - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Do us a favour @Anton Shilov and ask Asus: "Where's Ryzen?". This GPP thing is a double whammy since they seem to be recommending Intel CPUs for "optimal Nvidia performance". The lawsuits show that if consumers don't act, the law will be far too late in response to help much. Intel still has not paid AMD for the 2005 case, they've tied it up in appeals. Reply

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