Last year, ASUS ROG shocked the world with their world’s thinnest, most powerful gaming laptop ever – the ROG Zephyrus. More than a year later, ASUS ROG is back again with a brand new update to the Zephyrus series of gaming laptop – aptly named the Zephyrus S since it is S-sized, smaller and thinner than the original Zephyrus. Then, the highly popular Strix SCAR II also got upsized to a 17.3-inch screen.

Zephyrus S GX531

The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 now packs the latest Intel Core i7-8750H with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, alongside with a beautiful 144Hz display with 3ms response time and very, very thin bezels. All of these hardware are packed within a laptop that is only 14.95~15.75mm thin.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 (1)

With its thinness comes the usual challenge for laptops – thermals. The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 tackles this by introducing ASUS’s patented technology, the ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS), which comes with two 12V fan and 83-blade fans.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531

The process to make the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 is not simple. It requires precise CNC milling on an aluminium-magnesium alloy to cut the frame itself. This milling process takes five tooling stages and nearly 72 minutes to carve out all the intricate details that ensure a perfect fit, creating a lid that is remarkably rigid, yet slim. We actually got to look and touch the milled out aluminium-magnesium alloy here.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 (1)

The aluminium-magnesium alloy also helps in dissipating heat – but the main heavylifter here is the new cooling system. The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 has a total of 5 heatpipes to pull heat away from the CPU, GPU, and VRM. It is said that the power components stay under 80°C to improve long-term reliability, and it also has more vents for ventilation.

Keeping heatsinks free of dust and debris is key to preserving cooling performance, which is why the engineering team added self-cleaning fans to eject particles from the system through anti-dust tunnels. This special feature prevents accumulation on the fins to ensure consistent cooling and improve long-term stability.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531

The new ROG Zephyrus S GX531 is also one of the earliest to be using the Armoury Crate software, which is the successor of the ROG Game Center. It is now cleaner, sleeker, and more informative at a glance. All of the modules and plugins for ASUS laptops are also found in the Armoury Crate, making it a hub for other ASUS-specific applications as well. Check out our first look at the Armoury Crate here.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 comes with a 8GB+8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM with 512GB of NVMe SSD and has 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi to make sure you get the most out of your Unifi Turbo. There is also a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and full-size HDMI 2.0 – which means you can connect two more external monitors at once.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) will be available now in Malaysia from authorized ASUS ROG dealers. Pricing and configurations as below:

Model Name Product Spec SRP (RM) with VAT
GX531GM i7-8750H/8G+8G/512G PCIE SSD/GTX1060 6G/WIN10/FHD WV 300nits 144Hz/Sleeve RM7,999

For those who are purchasing the ROG Zephyrus S GX531, be quick. The first 30 end users purchasing GX531 to get free BP1500G ROG backpack. Promotion period runs from 13th December 2018 to 15th January 2018. Redemption link is here:

Strix SCAR II GL704

The new Strix SCAR II GL704 comes with pretty much the same specs as its 15-inch brethren – Core i7-8750H with a full-fledged GTX 1060 6GB VRAM, 16GB of RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD and 1TB HDD.


The display however, is upsized to 17.3-inch. With ASUS’s beloved ultra-thin bezel technology, the new Strix SCAR II GL704 manages to maintain a 15.7-inch laptop footprint despite having a larger 17.3-inch screen. Bigger screen while still having a small body, that’s a plus.

We also got to play around with the Strix SCAR II GL704 at ROG HQ at Taiwan a while ago, which is indeed a completely different experience. Larger screens do change the entire gaming experience.


The new Strix SCAR II GL704 will be available now in Malaysia from ASUS ROG Authorized Dealers. Pricing and configurations as per below.

Model Name Product Spec SRP (RM) with VAT
GL704GM i7-8750H/16G/1T SSHD + 256G PCIE SSD/GTX1060 6G/WIN10/FHD WV 300nits 144Hz/Bag RM7,599

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