Lenovo, Asus gaming laptops refreshed with 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series GPUs

Lenovo Legion

Lenovo and Asus are amongst the first companies to announced gaming laptops based on Intel’s 9th Generation Core CPUs and Nvidia‘s GeForce GTX 16-series GPUs, both of which were announced earlier today. The latest offering from Intel caters to a range of targets from mid-range to ultra-premium while NVidia’s new mobile GPUs are aimed at value-conscious buyers who do not want ray-tracing effects.

The new laptops have been announced globally while Nvidia has stated that gaming laptops are one of the fastest growing category of PC in the world right now.

The new 9th Gen Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs from Intel are based on the Coffe Lake architecture. The top end i9–9980HK has 8 cores and 16 threads which makes it possible to reach a turbo boost speed of 5GHz. While the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1650 GPUs from Nvidia are based on its Turing architecture, which promises up to 4x gaming performance compared to four-year-old models and the ability to run 60fps at 1080p minimum in many of today’s most popular games.

To kick things off with Lenovo, the company has upgraded five of its Legion series gaming laptops and has added two new laptops to its portfolio including a more affordable model in the Lenovo IdeaPad series. The Lenovo Legion Y740, which was first showcased at CES 2019, will be made available in 17-inch and 15-inch options with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, with options including  GeForce RTX GPUs, 144Hz screens with Nvidia G-Sync, and up to 32GB of RAM. The laptop comes with an RGB LED keyboard designed by Corsair as well as a Dolby Atoms speaker system.

The Legion Y450 from Lenovo is designed for those who demand gaming as well as productivity from their machines at the drop of a hat. It comes in a 2.3kg package and offers up to 6 hours of battery life along with a white backlit keyboard and dual cooling fans. Under the hood, the laptop has a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and one of Nvidia’s new GPUs or a higher-end GeForce RTX 2060. The new Lenovo Legion Y7000p, which is also sold as Legion Y545 in some regions, offers the same CPU and GPU options and is designed to be ultra-slim and thermally optimized.

Lastly from Lenovo, the IdeaPad L340 is a more mainstream option from the company. it comes in 15-inch and 17-inch variants and is powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, with the option for Intel Optane memory. This model from Lenovo has blue backlighting and Dolby Audio.

All of these laptops will be available in the U.S between May and June. The IdeaPad L340 Gaming starts at $869.99 (approximately ₹60,405), the Legion Y740 will start at $1,609.99 (approximately ₹1,11,780), and the Legion Y540 will start at $929.99 (approximately ₹64,570), while the Legion Y7000p will be priced starting at $979.99 (approximately ₹68,040).

Asus has also upgraded a large number of its laptops including the Asus ROG Mothership, which was first showcased at CES 2019. The laptop has been updated to offer Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with a 17.3-inch 4K screen.

Next on the list is the 15-inch version of the super slim  Zephyrus S GX701, called Zephyrus S GX502. It comes with a Core i7-9750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1660Ti or GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and 240Hz screen with Pantone calibration. There is also a relatively more affordable Zephyrus M GU502 which also comes with a 15-inch display with the same CPU and choice of GPU up to a GeForce RTX 2060. Interestingly, the lower-tier Zephyrus  G GA502 features AMD’s recently announced Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with a 120Hz screen. The latter model has gone on sale in some countries immediately, with a starting price of $1,200 (approximately ₹83,315).

The new Asus ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III models cater to e-sports enthusiast and both feature a removable NFC module called the Keystone, which allows gamers to move their profiles from one compatible laptop to another. These profiles can also include RGB lighting effects. The Keystone will also unlock a hidden storage area on the owner’s laptop. Both the models have been launched in 17-inch and 15-inch variant and come with 9th Gen Core i7 or Core i9 CPUs, 144Hz or 240Hz screens, and Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX or older GeForce RTX GPUs. They also feature RGB LED strips around their bases and RGB LED keypads.

Asus also has a more affordable model in its portfolio in the form of  ROG Strix G. The model comes in 15-inch and 17-inch variants. While the laptop lacks the RGB LEDs and keystone features, it does come with up to a 9th Gen Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. The ROG Strix models will go on sale in June and Asus says that they might come to India by July, although the company did not divulge into pricing.  Joining this model are refreshed ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 models with Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 3000-series CPUs as well as the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.



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