The new 13-inch gaming PC converts between a laptop and tablet via a 360-degree hinge and gets a performance boost from an external GPU.
Gamers looking for desktop-class power in a mobile machine may be intrigued by a new gaming laptop that can connect to an external graphics processing unit.
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Announced by Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) at CES 2021 on Tuesday, the new 13-inch Flow X13 convertible laptop is packed with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor and a dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Buyers can choose from two 16:10 display options—a 120 Hz FHD screen and an ultra HD 4K screen. As a convertible, the Flow X13 is constructed with a 360-hinge that lets it bounce between laptop mode and tablet mode.
To supplement the new laptop, ROG is also introducing an external GPU dubbed the XG Mobile. Outfitted with a GeForce RTX 3080 processor, the XG Mobile connects directly to the Flow X13 through a custom PCIe 3.0 interface. A 280W AC adapter built into the XG Mobile supplies both the laptop and the external GPU with power.