Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop.

It is the weekend and time for the last Hardware Hits. This week you can read about the thinnest gaming laptop in the world and the fastest desktop processor ever. The Razer Nommo Pro is also available from now on and Intel is trying to draw some attention away from Nvidia.

ASUS ROG comes with Zephyrus S gaming laptop

ASUS ROG, known for many gaming products, has announced the thinnest gaming laptop ever. The laptop has a thickness of barely 15mm, but is still equipped with a 6-core Intel i7-8750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q. A great achievement considering these chips can produce quite a bit of heat. To cool it properly, the Zephyrus S, just like the original Zephyrus, is equipped with an Active Aerodynamic System (AAS). This raises the laptop a bit for improved airflow.

Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop

The full metal housing also contains a 15.6-inch screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The bezels around this screen are very thin, making the Zephyrus S’s size comparable to that of a traditional 14.2-inch laptop. Of course, adaptable RGB lighting is also a must. The keyboard is illuminated in four zones and the opening of the AAS system is also subtly illuminated with LEDs that can be controlled via ASUS ‘Aura Sync software.

Intel will release GPU teaser just before Nvidia RTX 2080 announcement

Intel has created a new Twitter account and immediately launched a first teaser online for the brand’s new discrete graphics card. The timing is interesting, as Nvidia will announce the GeForce RTX 2080 on Monday.

Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop

The tweet contains a short video with some marketing slogans, but unfortunately without any details about the new GPU. It is also still unclear whether this discrete graphics card will be aimed at gamers or professionals. Intel has excellent experience with integrated consumer graphics chips and hardware for the most demanding professionals, so it can go both ways. Unfortunately, we will probably have to wait for more details, because the map is planned for 2020.

AMD Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores is available now

AMD has released several teasers of the 2990WX since June, but it is now finally available. The processor, with 32 cores and 64 threads, is the new flagship of the AMD Threadripper lineup. The cheaper options will hit the shelves later this year.

Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop

The Threadripper 2920X is probably the most sought after processor of the bunch. The high number of cores, high clock frequency and 64 PCIe lanes make it a fantastic entry-level model for better computing. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until October this year.

So for now all eyes are on the Threadripper 2990WX. AMD is not shy about regularly showing off the Cinebench R15 record, with which AMD has knocked Intel’s i9-7980EX off the throne. This means that AMD once again has the fastest desktop processor for professionals.

Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop

It is already available in a limited number of Dutch web shops for 1,859 euros.

Razer starts selling THX certified gaming speakers

Earlier this year, Razer had already announced the new Nommo Pro speakers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but now they are actually available. The Nommo Pro is one of three Nommo speaker systems sold by Razer. The other two systems, the Nommo and Nommo Chroma, consist of two speakers, each with a 3-inch driver. The Nommo Pro adds a 7-inch subwoofer to this, making it a 2.1 system. The frequency range therefore goes from 50-20,000Hz to 20-20,000Hz. In addition, both speakers also get a 0.8-inch tweeter in addition to the 3-inch driver. The Nommo Pro is also the only one of the bunch with a THX certificate.

The Nommo Pro is not cheap, because you pay no less than € 499 for this system.

Hardware Hits: ASUS ROG announces the world’s thinnest gaming laptop