The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is a powerful Max Q laptop with one notable flaw

This is the Republic of Gamers Zephyrus by ASUS. Zephyrus for short, it’s a gaming-oriented ultrabook-style laptop with an NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card living inside.

The twist? The card is slightly underclocked, using a new design spec NVIDIA is calling Max Q, which allows a thinner, lighter chassis to be used with a top-tier card, instead of the usual seven pound metal behemoths we’re used to seeing. By contrast, the Zephyrus weighs five pounds, but looks even lighter than that.

What NVIDIA’s Max Q design is about

The Zephyrus would be considered a dream about a year ago. For nearly three grand, you get a 120Hz, G-Sync enabled 15.6-inch matte screen at a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution. It sounds odd at first, but it gets interesting as soon as you open a…

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