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 06, 2018 - link

    The Chimera table has i9 in both model names but the right model should be i7. Reply
  • johnnycanadian - Friday, April 06, 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 06, 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 06, 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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  • npz - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    That's old pre-GPP page and they haven't updated the page yet. On new stock they removed the ROG branding.

    For example pages for new stock as sold by Amazon removed the ROG labeling from the part. Strix is still present, since ROG is their designated GPP brand However, they are still showing old photos of the box

    https://www.amazon.com/Radeon-Overclocked-2048-Bit...
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  • Sttm - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    So you are basing this on the title of the part not having ROG in it, even though they say ROG in the description, it shows pictures of it in the box as ROG, and STRIX is in the product number...

    That is pretty thin dude.
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  • npz - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    No I'm basing this on the new part number used which is shown in the ttile. And having owned a ton of Asus stuff I can tell you that if it's ROG branded, it will have ROG in the part number--as is shown on your Asus: ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING

    Like I said they are showing old photos, but actual new stock ordered parts do not have ROG in the part number, only STRIX so the new part is: STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING

    No big deal to enthusiasts, as it's just a simple rebranding. But to say there's no effect of the GPP not accurate at all. MSI removed all their links from the main page to their previous GAMING X radeon cards. All new stock are only the ARMOR brand:
    https://www.msi.com/Graphics-cards/
    -> click RX 580 -- no Gaming brand

    despite the fact that Radeon Gaming branding pages still exist via search -- mostly for support and specs reference for existing customers. However, as you can see from MSI's main GPU page, it's no longer available.
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  • GeorgeH - Friday, April 06, 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 06, 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.
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  • hammerang - Sunday, April 08, 2018 - link

    You can see these things are no longer ordinary computers but a relics of the zombie apocalypse. Reply

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