ASUS ROG Mothership - an absolute beast of a PC

Asus ROG Mothership reimagines the power laptop at CES 2019

Asus ROG Mothership reimagines the power laptop at CES 2019

The gaming PC comes with a built-in kickstand created to support the ROG Mothership 10-pound weight, and Asus also designed a detachable keyboard that supports wireless operation. Only the ROG Mothership is not a Surface Pro at all-it's a desktop replacement laptop with some serious hardware inside.

ASUS has just unveiled its new flagship ROG MATRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card with one of the most unique cooling systems on the market, with ASUS using something it calls an Infinity Loop which has been done before, but not like this.

In order to target extreme out-of-the-box clock speeds, the custom circuit board from ROG Strix cards is used for Matrix, allowing an aggressive binning process that pushes the GPU core to 1815MHz and memory to GDDR6-14800MHz - overclocks that the only the top 5% of cards can achieve. But, they also make concessions to conform to a clamshell form factor that's unnecessarily rigid for deployment on a desk. This desktop replacement redefines what's possible for portable gaming machines that take hardcore horsepower to go.

"The limiting legacy blueprint of previous designs not only limit cooling, but also locks the user into a fixed position that's really only required for use on a lap", said ASUS.

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For added versatility, the keyboard can be detached from the Mothership for a more comfortable setup. When detached, it can be connected via USB-C or wirelessly with a low-latency 2.4GHz connection.

As mentioned, the Mothership has an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, running at 4.3GHz. In this case, however, Asus says the ROG Mothership will land sometime in the second quarter of this year.

ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced the Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. Pushing parts beyond spec in a mobile form factor brings immediate cooling concerns, though Asus claims the ROG Mothership is up to the challenge.

Looking at the sides, the ROG Mothership has an array of ports to keep most power users happy.

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