Tech show CES 2019 has kicked off in Las Vegas. On day 1, Asus has officially unveiled their upcoming flagship, the OG Mothership. And it has indeed landed.

ROG Mothership is Asus’s new big-bad gaming machine. It’s a portable all-in-one laptop that also works as a desktop  replacement. It has Nvidia’s latest Turing-based GPU’s, the GTX 2060 series.

The processor doesn’t fall behind: the Mothership will be packing an Intel Core i9-8950HK with 4.8GH Turbo factory overclock. The Intel Core i9-8950HK has 6 cores, 12 threads, and Intel UHD Graphics 630.

The Mothership has landed

ROG Mothership series has two different models: GZ700 and Zephyrus GX701. The latter is a less expensive version, albeit with a lot of power still. Let’s take a look on the specs:

Asus ROG Mothership GZ700 Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701
CPU Intel Core i9-8950HK at 4.8GHz Turbo Up to Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6) Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6X)
RAM Up to 64 GB DDR5 2666 MHz Up to 24GB DD4 2666MHz
Storage 3x 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD in RAID0 Up to 2TB SSD
Display 17.3-inch, FHD/G-Sync/144Hz 17.3-inch, FHD or 4K, 60Hz
Ports Thunderbolt 3, VirtualLink, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type- A, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, 3.5 mm microphone jack, 3.5 mm headphone/mic jack, Ethernet port, SD card reader, Kensington lock USB Type-C Gen 2, USB Type-C Gen 1, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, headphone jack
Dimensions 20 x 12.6 x 1.2 inches / 510 x 320 x 29.9 mm 15.7 x 10.7 x 7.4 inches / 399 x 272 x 187 mm
Weight 10.4 pounds / 4.7 kg 6 pounds / 2.7 kg
Audio 4 x 4W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Array microphone
4 x 4W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Array microphone

Source: Asus.

The Mothership is part of the Republic of Gamers (ROG) series. Asus has been building the computer for three years as they were making the perfect air-flow system. The result allows them two have factory-overclocked chips covered by 8 heat pipes across 4 different heatsinks.

Asus Rog Mothership
Asus Rog Mothership. Source: Thurrott.

As you can see in the photo, the display stands upwards. That’s the solution Asus had regarding heat distribution. It means the Mothership won’t be sitting on your lap anytime soon, but on a table. Which means you don’t need extra gear to take care of the overheat.

A massive gaming detachable laptop

The ROG Mothership is a detachable laptop. It means you can plug in and plug out the keyboard, and still use the ROG as a portable tablet. In other words, the Mothership is a desktop-replacement laptop.

It’s a sight to behold. While it does fold shut like a regular laptop, it works like a Microsoft Surface Pro built for gaming.

The 17.3” FHD display stands over the detachable keyboard with 2.5 mm of thickness and per-key backlighting.

The keyboard connects to the display with a 2.4GHz wireless or a USB Type-C port. Hence, the Mothership is both a desktop and a laptop. And it sure packs the power of a high-end computer.

However, you would not be able to modify the Rog Mothership by tweaking the components on its motherboard. It’s not up to PC build.

Asus’ pride and jewel

Desktop replacement laptops are powerful portables you can take anywhere. However, as said before, desktop replacements are not sitting on your lap. Instead, the Mothership stands tall to draw more air into its cooling system.

The keyboard detaches and folds to fit different settings. It will give you the freedom to find the perfect position. It will also leave enough room to put the speakers below the screen.

The ROG Mothership
The ROG Mothership. Source: SoyaCincau.

Furthermore, the Mothership features an elegant aluminum chassis protecting the ultra-fast 144HZ/3ms G-Sync display. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU powers the machine’s screen.

More so, a better cooling allows Asus to push both the CPU and the GPU beyond their factory speeds while still sustaining fantastic performance.

All in all ROG Mothership is superior hardware that competes with any high-end PC. Too bad Asus hasn’t shared release date or price, but we can assume it’s going to be late 2019 and pretty expensive. If you’re looking for something cheaper gaming wise, you can definitely build a gaming PC on a budget.


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