ASUS ROG Stream Z13 (2022) & ASUS ROG XG Cell RTX 3080 overview

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The ASUS ROG Stream Z13 gaming pill is a novel little bit of package from one of the crucial progressive gaming laptop computer manufacturers within the sport. This touchscreen transportable pill, full with removable keyboard which evokes the design of the Microsoft Floor Professional, will be purchased as a standalone gadget or mixed with an exterior graphics card to offer it an enormous enhance in gaming efficiency. This eGPU is called the ASUS ROG XG Cell, which comes with its personal energy cable, inner cooling, and I/O ports, and we’ve obtained the RTX 3080 model of the gadget right here to place by way of its paces. Neither of those merchandise come low-cost although, and mixed they retail for an MSRP that’s up there with probably the most highly-priced laptops (round $3400 for each). Learn on to see in the event that they’re value your hard-earned money.

ASUS ROG FLOW Z13

ASUS ROG Stream Z13 (2022)

CPU

Intel Core i5-12500H/ i7-12700H/ i9-12900H

Graphics

Intel Xe (iGPU) / RTX 3050 / RTX 3050 Ti

Max Refresh Price

120Hz / 60Hz

Specs & upgradability

ASUS ROG Flow Z13 Laptop 40

As is typical for a pill, in comparison with a laptop computer, the Stream Z13 can’t be opened up and upgradability choices previous the purpose of buy are extraordinarily restricted. The one exception to that is the lined SSD slot on the rear, which will be uncovered by eradicating the one Philips head screw securing it. That is the smaller sized M.2 2230 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot (versus the bigger 2280 dimension you generally see in laptops) so will solely settle for appropriately sized SSDs.

When it comes to the CPU and GPU there are three potential loadouts: probably the most highly effective Intel Core i9-12900H paired with Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti (which we have now right here), the i7-12700H with RTX 3050, or the i5-12500H with Intel Iris Xe built-in graphics (iGPU). The processor choices all have liquid metallic cooling, which is additional assisted by a vapor chamber. 

Show choices on the 16:10 display screen are a 3840 x 2400 60Hz possibility, not advisable for avid gamers, or the 1920 x 1200 model we got. Reminiscence dimension for the Z13 caps out at 16GB of LPDDR5-5200MHz RAM (good and quick), although we’ve seen the AMD-powered X13 include 32GB of RAM: hopefully one thing that may grow to be accessible for the Z13 as properly in time. The utmost SSD dimension you should buy with the laptop computer is 1TB.

Unsurprisingly, this being a pill gadget, you don’t get an Ethernet port, so are solely reliant on the Wi-Fi 6E AX211 160MHz connection for gaming, until you employ a USB Ethernet adapter. Nonetheless, the ROG XG Cell GPU does have one, when you determine to choose one in every of these up. Extra on this within the Ports, sockets, and different options part beneath.

Lastly, you in fact get touchscreen performance, and you’ll order the Z13 with an ASUS Pen SA201H stylus, although it doesn’t include this as normal.

Intel Core i5-12500H/ i7-12700H/ i9-12900H

Intel Xe (iGPU) / RTX 3050 / RTX 3050 Ti

1920 x 1200 / 3840 x 2400

1080p rear-facing & 720p front-facing

1x USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2), 3.5mm audio combo jack, 1x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C, 1x PCIe 3.0 x8 & USB-C 3.2 combo port

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