What many players—pro, hardcore and casual—don’t always fully appreciate is how vital cooling is to the optimum performance of their gaming setup. Every graphics card, processor, motherboard and RAM setup in the world require great cooling to operate at their best levels and deliver the highest FPS results.
ASUS understand this is one of—if not the most important—overall factor in the compact form of a modern gaming laptop, which is why it relies on Intelligent Cooling to maximise the performance of its laptops, each utilising precision engineered, custom designed technology.
With extremely thin heat pipes and heat sink blades, the ROG lineup packs in a much larger surface area to keep everything inside cooler for much longer. With more of the computer exposed to cold external air, the components can continue running at their peak performance for much longer; resulting in higher frames per second counts at intense load—ideal for anyone playing games at any level—without the need for large, ugly heat vents and a thicker designed laptop. We think this is essential for the modern player, who seeks more than just excellent performance, but great looks too.
Intelligent Cooling is prevalent all the way through ASUS’ laptop line up, making it accessible by all types of players. From its entry level devices to the most advanced portable computers in the market, every device is custom designed to best perform under all kinds of loads. We particularly like the ROG Strix SCAR III, ROG Zephyrus M GU502 and ROG Zephyrus S GX701, all of which house some of the brand’s most advanced tech.
The latter, the GX701, houses Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core processor with a turbo clock speed of 4.1GHz, and up to 24GB of RAM. It is one of the most powerful gaming computers on the market, and it packs all of this strength into an impossibly slim 18.7mm form factor with a 17-inch display. All of that incredible performance in such a thin laptop is made possible thanks to Intelligent Cooling.
More than just these pre-built cooling advancements within the device, ASUS go the extra mile with its ROG Armoury Crate software, which comes as standard with the company’s laptops. This is portable gaming at its most customisable and personalised, giving you many tweakable settings and options for controlling your cooling, depending on the use case scenario you find yourself in.
Browsing the web or watching a movie? Without the need for your GPU and CPU to be used particularly heavily, you can set the Armoury Crate to a silent profile, running your device efficiently while also being whisper quiet. For more intense load activities like photo editing, video editing or gaming, the software’s performance mode strikes a perfectly tuned balance between optimum cooling, excellent performance and quiet acoustics for the ideal gaming experience.
At the other end of the spectrum, ROG Armoury Crate gives you the option of tuning everything to the maximum – which, let’s face it, everyone wants to do from time to time. This enhanced performance mode is ideal for tournament gaming – perfect for pros – as well as ray tracing graphics at 4K resolution and turbo mode overclocking of your CPU or GPU.
With all that extra power comes a lot of extra heat within the device, but Intelligent Cooling is capable of ramping up the systems to keep your components cold and competitive. Of course, all of this software comes packed with RGB lighting controls, too—if you’re into that.
A job well done, then. Whether you’re watching games on Twitch, playing everyday games for enjoyment, or competing at the highest level of eSports on the world stage, ASUS’ Intelligent Cooling has every portable gaming need cooly covered.