Asus returns to 2019 with the new GTX 1650 OLED laptop


The latest Asus devices aimed at developers have the latest, and not quite so the latest, Nvidia mobile graphics. Equipped with newer technologies, such as an OLED panel with a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz and mobile CPUs of the 11th either the RTX 3050 of the current generation or the GTX 1650, a card that came onto the market for the first time two generations ago.

The mobile GTX 1650 originally came on the market in 2019 with GDDR5 memory. But in 2020, since current-generation cards were practically nowhere near the MSRP, Nvidia released a new variant with GDDR6 memory that increased the bandwidth from 128 to 192 Gbit / s. Back then, Nvidia told PC Gamer that “the industry is running out of GDDR5”.

The new Vivobooks from Asus use the Max-Q version of the GTX 1650, which means that the 14-inch laptop is just 0.76 inches (19.25 mm) and the 15-inch version 0.74 inches (18.9 mm) mm). The slim GPU has 4 GB of GDDR6 memory and should achieve a clock rate of up to 1,245 MHz with a total graphics performance (TGP) of 35 W. For comparison: The RTX 3050 is only available in the 15-inch version Vivobook Pro OLED with 4 GB GDDR6 and up to 1,500 MHz at 35 W (50 W with Dynamic Boost).Port selection.Enlarge / Port selection.

The GTX 1650-equipped Vivobook Pro 14s won’t be available until December, but the 15.6-inch version is currently available for $ 919.99. It also has a 1920 × 1080 OLED screen, 8 GB of memory, 512 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, and a quad-core Intel Core i5-11300H.The RTX 3050 is only available in the 15-inch version. Enlarge / The RTX 3050 is only available in the 15-inch version.


The 14-inch laptop goes up to a quad-core i7-11370H or octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with a 1 TB SSD and a 2880 × 1800 90 Hz OLED screen that is 100 percent DCI – P3 coverage claims and VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 True carries black certification, which requires a minimum brightness of 600 nits and a maximum black level of 0.0005 nits. The 15.6-inch model differs in its maximum output of 60 Hz with its 1920 × 1080 OLED panel and 512 GB of storage.

Asus’ announcement states that it is targeting “younger developers” with lower RAM and memory specifications and highlights a “unique enter button with warning stripes”. The announcement also claims to be focused on keeping things in order and further emphasizes that Asus is not trying to offer the top performing creator clamshell here.A jazzy enter key.Enlarge / A jazzy enter key.

Not the only GTX 1650 in town

Other OEMs are also pushing for GTX 1650 clamshells these days, including prices that are even higher than those stated in Asus’ announcement. For example, the Lenovo Legion 5 15-inch laptop also combines 11th generation Intel CPUs with a GTX 1650; it starts at an MSRP of $ 1,200. In the meantime, HP’s Omen laptop and Acer’s Swift X each have a current-generation AMD Ryzen 5000 chip and a GTX 1650 for MSRPs of 1,000 and 850 US dollars, respectively.

Using the GTX 1650 is an interesting, but not isolated, choice. It offers a more affordable option for laptop buyers who need more than just integrated graphics. In addition to AAA titles, a GTX 1650 can also run creative apps and most games with low to medium settings.

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