ROG FLOW Z13 is a 2-in-1 gaming notebook published from ASUS on February 17, 2022.

It is 2-in-1, which is a tablet with removable keyboard covers, but it is a major feature that it has gaming performance that can play 3D games al1. In addition, you can also enjoy heavy-level games such as “Battlefield 2042” and “Microsoft Flight Simulator” by connecting a dedicated EGPU unit “XG Mobile”.

This time, the model equipped with Intel Core I9 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop and Full HD 120 Hz LCD (GZ301ze-I9R3050 Te) and XG Mobile (GC31S-026) equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop as a valuation machine I was able to do.

In addition to having a sense of use that actually tried to play a weight game, it is a benchmark test combining three GPUs of the strongest class CPU and IGPU, DGPU, EGPU at this time, and with existing laptops and gaming desktop PCs I also tried comparison.

# 2021 From the 18th edition, the appearance and the contents are both innovated

“ROG FLOW Z13” is a compact look similar to Microsoft ‘Surface Pro, which can be said to be a 2-in-1PC standad, but various tuning is performed as a gaming PC, and a powerful external GPU is also optional. It is prepared by

As the ASUS Gaming PC Brand “ROG” (Republic of Gamers-Gehmer Republic), there are also “ROG FLOW X13” released in 2021. This is 2-in-1 that turns the liquid crystal 360 degrees and becomes tablet type, and AMD Ryzen 9 is adopted for CPU. This time is completely different from the same 2-in-1. The 360 ​​degree liquid crystal rotary type is continuously sold as “ROG FLOW X13 (2022)”.

Furthermore, the 3 models, including the 2022 new launch, including Z13, have various new technologies, such as MUX switches, liquid metal grays, and vapor chambers, and have a large basis performance as a gaming PC. This will be mentioned later later.

# 4 basic specifications from high-end to widespread price

First, let’s check the specifications of the “ ROG Flow Z13 ” series. The hardware specifications are divided into the hardware specifications from the top-level Core I9 model to the CORE I5 model of the widespread price.

Here, for convenience, the CPU built-in CPU is “IGPU” (DGPU), an independent GPU mounted on the base of the notebook PC “DGPU” (discrete GPU), and the GPU of the separate chain connecting with a cable “EGPU” It will be described as “External GPU”.

Of the four, the top two models are equipped with Core I9 and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop, and the main difference is the resolution and refresh rate of the LCD. The “GZ301ZE-I9R3050TE” (model number) to be evaluated this time is a product directed to gaming applications with a 1,920 × 1,200 dot resolution, with a liquid crystal of a 120 Hz refresh rate.

The other “GZ301ZE-I9R3050TE4K” (model number) is a product that seems to be aware of the creative application with gaming applications with 3,840 × 2,400 dots and 60 Hz LCD. Although the models are different, the product name is the same “ROG FLOW Z13 GZ301ZE”.

Located in the middle range on the product lineup, “ROG FLOW Z13 GZ301ZC” (Model number: GZ301ZC-I7R3050) is equipped with CORE I7-12700H and DGPU on GEFORCE RTX 3050 LAPTOP, 1,920 × 1,200 dot 60Hz in LCD..

“ROG FLOW Z13 GZ301ZA” (Model number: GZ301ZA-i5UMA), which is a low-end extension product, is equipped with CORE I5-12500H, 1,920 × 1,200 dots 60Hz in LCD. DGPU is not installed and only IGPU Intel IRIS XE is.

The main specifications are summarized below.

Product Name: ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE Model number: GZ301ZE-I9R3050TE4K
CPU: Intel Core I9-12900H

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Liquid Crystal Display: 3,840 × 2,420 dots, 60 Hz
Memory: 16GB (LPDDR5-5200)
SSD: 1TB (PCI Express 4.0 x4 connection)
Weight: Tablet about 1.18 kg, cover type keyboard: about 340g
Price: 269,800 yen (tax included)

Product Name: ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE Model number: GZ301ZE-I9R3050TE
CPU: CORE I9-12900H
Memory: 16GB (LPDDR5-5200)
Liquid Crystal Display: 1,920 × 1,200 dots, 120 Hz
SSD: 1TB (PCI Express 4.0 x4 connection)
Weight: Tablet about 1.18 kg, cover type keyboard: about 340g
Price: 254,800 yen (tax included)

Product Name: ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZC Model number: GZ301ZC-I7R3050
CPU: CORE I7-12700H
Memory: 16GB (LPDDR5-5200)
Liquid Crystal Display: 1,920 × 1,200 dots, 120 Hz
SSD: 512GB (PCI Express 4.0 x4 connection)
Weight: Tablet about 1.18 kg, cover type keyboard: about 340g
Price: 239,800 yen (tax included)

Product Name: ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZA Model number: GZ301ZA-I5UMA
CPU: CORE I5-12500H
IGPU: IRIS XE (CPU built-in)
DGPU: None
Memory: 16GB (LPDDR5-5200)
Liquid Crystal Display: 1,920 × 1,200 dots, 120 Hz
SSD: 512GB (PCI Express 4.0 x4 connection)
Weight: about 1.12kg tablet, cover type keyboard: about 340g
Price: 199,800 yen (tax included)

All memory is LPDDR5-5200, and SSD is a PCI Express X4 connection, and the most fast standards are currently adopted.

X13 (2021) is equipped with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS on all model numbers, and GPU type (RTX 3050 TI and GTX 1650), memory loading amount (32GB and 16GB), SSD capacity (1TB and 512 GB) discrimination It was d1. In this z13, all memory is all 16GB, and CPU spreads from CORE I9 to CORE I5, and CORE I5 model is only IGPU.

It is said that it was 16 GB of the specification as a global model that the memory was 16GB unity was that it was necessary to have a lot of demand.

The CORE i5 model is not DGPU is to suppress the price. It seems that there is also a pointed out that the PC that does not mount DGPU should be called “gaming PC”, but the keyboard is the gaming specification of all models N key roll over, and is installed in the CORE I series after Intel’s 11th generation “IRIS XE Graphics”, which is an IGPU, is considered to be able to achieve 60 fps in 1920 × 1080 dots, and has been significantly enhanced in the 12th generation.

The liquid crystal display is a slightly vertical longer than the aspect ratio of 1,920 × 1,080 dots, such as 1,920 × 1,080 dots, such as 1,920 × 1,080 dots, with 3,840 × 2,400 dots or 1,920 × 1,200 dots or 1,920 × 1,200 dots. There is a loss of vertical vertically at 16: 9 videos such as movies, but in the game, it is possible to make a merit, such as visible even in full screen condition, and it is 16 for office work and creative work. 16 The reason is that other companies’ products adopt a 16:10 display because it is easy to work and highly productivity.

The refresh rate of the 1,920 × 1,200 dot model used this time is 120 MHz. In order to rewrite the screen once per second, one screen is rewritten once in 0.0083 seconds, there are also 300 MHz and 360 MHz performance in the ROG model, but it is not enough specs for general gamers to play.

There was also specifications such as brightness 500nits, contrast 1000: 1, and it was a bright and easy-to-see display that actually plays the game and dissatisfied.

This liquid crystal display is a touch panel and can be used as a tablet PC if the keyboard is disconnected, and you can also use stylus pens such as ASUS PEN.

# Power up with dedicated EGPU and dock “ROG XG Mobile”

Another charm of the ROG Flow series is the existence of “ROG XG Mobile”, which is a dedicated EGPU and dock. The XG Mobile introduced here is a story about the product released mainly in 2021, but there are many topics common to the new product of 2022, which has been announced, so check the features again To go.

“EGPU” is a GPU that can be external to cable connections, and is like a turbocharger that can improve PC gaming performance and creative performance. Common EGPUs connect with one Thunderbolt3 cable. This is easy, but Thunderbolt3 is a bottleneck when the PCIe connection of 16 Gbps is connected. Even if there is a Thunderbolt4-enabled EGPU, the transfer rate at PCIe connection is 32 Gbps (Source: INTRODUCING Thunderbolt 4: Universal Cable Connectivity for Everyone | Intel NewsRoom).

ASUS is “ROG XG Mobile” as an “external graphics device”, but it will be unique to say EGPU. The difference from common EGPU is to connect with a dedicated cable of PCIe 3.0×8 (theoretical value 64 Gbps / effective value 63 Gbps), not Thunderbolt3. Because it is four times with theoretical value, it is easy to make more use of high-performance GPU performance.

Currently, XG Mobile has two lineups below.

Product Name: GC31S-026

Video Memory: 16GB
Price: 188,800 yen (including tax)

Product Name: GC31R-026

Video Memory: 8GB
Price: 149,800 yen (tax included)

Common EGPUs have a size close to a little desktop PC, and the hurdles of introduction were high even with heat dissipation and sound problems.

XG Mobile can be used as an AC adapter that supplies power to Z13 and X13 with a compact size with a width of 208 mm × depth 155 mm × height 29.6 mm. Furthermore, in addition to HDMI and DISPLAYPORT video output, it is equipped with a LAN port × 1, USB 3.2 TypeA port × 4, and SDXC memory card slot X1, so it can be used as a so-called external dock.

Connect up to two monitors and keyboards, mice, game controllers, etc. in XG Mobile, and get from out of the go, and connect to Z13 with one cable and use as a desktop machine, enable lifestyle and workstyles.

In addition to external monitors connected to XG Mobile, the external monitor can be connected to the Touch panel LCD and the Thunderbolt4 / USB Type-C connector, so you can use up to four displays simultaneously.

In addition to this, the release of “ROG XG Mobie GC32” equipped with the AMD RADEON RX series in 2022 has been earned. The materials are “USB Type-A × 4, DisplayPort 1.4 × 1, HDMI 2.1 × 1, 2.5 Gbase-T compatible LAN port × 1” and it seems that other than GPUs are updated.

The installed Radeon RX was “AMD RADEON RX 6850M XT” in the document of the proceeded in advance. RX 6850M XT is a GPU for the latest notebook PC announced by AMD in CES2022 in January 2022. The memory bus width is 192 bits and the maximum VRAM size is 12 GB, and the maximum memory bandwidth is 432 GB / s.

The RTX 3080 Laptop installed in XG Mobile GC31S-026 holds 16GB VRAM capacity with 256-bit memory bus width, and the maximum memory bandwidth when viewed in the NVIDIA control panel installed in Z13 borrowed this time Is 448.06 Gb / sec. If you look at this only, the GC32 of the new product may be inferior to the GPU specifications from the current GC31S-026, but when you contacted the ASUS Publication, it was an answer that “not a lower model”.

In the formal announcement document as of February 17, “AMD RADEON RX Series” is only a specific description of “RX 6850M XT”, so I do not know what the actual product will be. Let’s look forward to the formal announcement.

XG Mobile is not inferior to the main unit, and it seems to be a gaming PC peripherals, and the lamp is inside and the lamp is red, and the logo relief is coolly designed.