RTX 3080 Ti and Ryzen 6000 APU laptops reportedly coming to Asus laptop at CES
We’re just over a month away from CES 2022 and while it has been scaled back over the past two years due to the pandemic, the 2022 edition is sure to include plenty of product launches. One of the likely launches includes a new Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop, specifically a model that includes some exciting new hardware.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650 would include a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU. The processor in question is likely a Rembrandt APU, or the successor to the current Cezanne series APUs, while the RTX 3080 Ti is a new high-end GPU that represents a leap from the current computer flagship. portable RTX 3080.
The high-end Asus Zephyrus models usually come with hardware. Mylaptopguide (via Videocardz) speculates that the new model will include a 16-inch display with a 300Hz refresh rate. It also claims the unit will be available with options including an 8TB SSD and 48GB of DDR5 memory. While we’re a little skeptical of those specs, the big spenders will have to spend big if Asus releases a Zephyrus with all of that included.
The RTX 3080 Ti is said to be based on a new GPU, the GA103. This is expected to be an improvement over the GA104-based RTX 3080 in all respects. A list from Geekbench teases some desktop class specs with 58 SM for up to 7,424 CUDA cores and a clock speed of 1395 MHz. The GPU also has 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.
Performance at this level means it will consume a lot of power, so you’ll likely only find it in bulky desktop replacement machines. This GPU is likely to find its way into many high-end 12th-gen laptops that are set to appear at CES as well.
The AMD Rembrandt APU is rumored to be a 6nm refresh of the current 7nm Zen 3 Cezanne APU. Support for DDR5 memory has been prevalent, but if so, it’s likely to parallel DDR4. There is also welcome support for PCIe 4.0. Other than that, there aren’t many expected changes on the CPU side, with higher clocks likely thanks to the slight efficiency boost from the switch to 6nm.
The GPU is quite another thing. The venerable Vega integrated graphics unit is finally scrapped, in favor of RDNA 2-based graphics, although details are scarce. Current Vega integrated graphics are heavily bottlenecked by system RAM, so we can’t wait to see how RDNA 2 performs with bandwidth limitations. Of course, in a high-end gaming laptop you will be using much more powerful discrete graphics for the most part.
CES 2022 will kick off in Las Vegas early next month. We can expect plenty of laptop unveiling, including a slew of 12th gen models alongside AMD’s offerings. On the desktop side, we could see Nvidia reveal its V-Cache compatible RTX 3090 Ti, RTX 2060 refresh and RTX 3070 Ti processors and AMD. Stay tuned for our coverage.