This is one of the smallest true gaming notebooks on the market. But what does it have to offer, when it comes to its insides?
1. Remove the bottom plate
This guy has a total of 14 Phillips-head screws holding its bottom panel in place. If we have to be honest, even most 17-inch gaming laptops have less, but it’s good to see that ASUS is thinking about rigidity here. Moreover, the higher the number of screws, the fewer clips they need, which means it would be easier to remove the bottom panel, itself.
Battery-wise, there is a 76Wh unit, which is something impressive to see on a 14-inch gaming laptop.
3. Memory and storage
In terms of upgradability, there is one RAM SODIMM slot and a single M.2 PCIe x4 drive. However, there is a caveat with the memory. Some models come with 8GB of soldered DDR4 RAM, while others are equipped with 16GB. Additionally, ASUS says that the maximum supported memory is 32GB of DDR4, working at 3200 MHz. On the other side, you can configure it with a total of 40GB, if you have the 8GB soldered and you put another 32GB in the slot. However, this would result in only 16GB working in dual-channel. On the other side, when you pair the 16GB of soldered memory with a 16GB module, you’ll get the full 32GB in dual-channel mode, marginally increasing the performance.
4. Cooling system
Another interesting solution here concerns the cooling. Instead of going for two or three heat pipes, ASUS actually has gone all the way of designing an entirely new cooling system for this notebook. We can see a total of five heat pipes. Two of them are shared between the processor and the graphics card, while there is one more for each of them. Not only that, but you can see an additional heat pipe, cooling the memory modules and the VRMs, and is also connected to one of the four heat sinks.