Asus makes some great gaming machines under its ROG brand and the latest creation it has unveiled at CES 2019 is unlike anything it, or anyone else for that matter, has made before. Simply put, the Asus ROG Mothership is a powerful gaming all-in-one PC in a notebook form factor.
A kickstand comes out from the back of the screen at the touch of a button and the keyboard can be detached from it for wireless use. The ROG Mothership, therefore, becomes something like the Surface Pro while being a fully capable gaming rig.
It also happens to be one of the first gaming machines to ship with NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series GPUs, it’s even possible to get it with the 2080 Max-Q, the most powerful GPU in this series. Even though it masquerades as a notebook, all of the internals are packaged behind the 17.3 inch 1080p screen with a 3ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate.
The vertical design has allowed Asus to easily vent the intense heat generated by a machine of this sort instead of trapping it between a keyboard and the surface the notebook is placed on. It’s powered by Intel’s Core i9-8950HK processor that’s overclocked above the stock speed due to the cooling efficiencies provided by the vertical design. It can be configured with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and three NVMe SSDs. Other features include Windows Hello support, USB Type-C Thunderbolt port, HDMI, SD card slot, Ethernet port, and dual 280W charging ports.
It’s not really that portable, though, as Asus mentions that the ROG Mothership weighs around 10.36 pounds. Asus will start selling the machine later this quarter. It’s yet to confirm the price and configurations.