CES 2019 has finally come to an end and we have some really nice gaming tech coming out from the show that we would like to share with our readers. A lot of companies launched some kick-ass gaming products that range from a monitor to a fully modular gaming laptop from Alienware. Companies like Asus, Razer, and Dell showcased some really nice things at the CES this year and we have decided to showcase our favorite products coming out of CES 2019 in a ranked manner. Let’s get started!
Let the Battle Begin!
Rank 1: Asus ROG Mothership
The best way to define this thing is calling it a gaming version of the Surface Pro. It isn’t exactly a laptop but it comes with a display that contains all the gaming hardware and a keyboard and trackpad that attaches to the whole thing in a way similar to that of a Surface. As you can see in the image above, the Mothership carries a kickstand in the main display and the keyboard is completely detachable which makes this thing very portable as well.
Under the hood, the ROG Mothership carries an NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU which can easily run games with Ray Tracing but apart from that, it will crush through every game that you throw at it. It also carries an overclocked Intel Core i-8950HK processor that runs at 4.8GHz and Asus has made sure that the Mothership has enough cooling to run these two high-performance components without any sort of throttle. You also get three NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 which is rare to see in portable gaming setups.
Talking about the display panel, Asus has added a 17.3-inch IPS 144Hz display. This display panel has a 3ms response time and it also comes with NVIDIA G-SYNC to eliminate issues such as ghosting, screen tearing and more. The display panel also covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut which is great for content creation. You can read the full review here.
Rank 2: Razer Raptor Gaming Monitor
Razer has been expanding their bases in the gaming accessories department and the company has finally introduced a completely new gaming monitor – Razer Raptor. This monitor comes with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution and the panel’s refresh rate is 144Hz. Mind you that this is a 27-inch display that uses an IPS panel. You also get a wide color gamut coverage along with HDR support. Razer has designed this amazing stand for this monitor that is not only set with attractive RGB but it also has great cable management for the five USB Type-C connections that you can have on this monitor.
The stand itself is quite amazing and it has about 90-degrees tilt with support for height adjustment as well. The monitor has very thin bezels that measure up to just 2.3mm. In true Razer fashion, the company has managed to keep the monitor’s look synonymous to their design language. As mentioned, the monitor has a refresh rate of 144Hz and has support for AMD FreeSync that fortunately, NVIDIA decided to support this year.
Rank 3: Alienware Area-51m Laptop
Alienware is Dell’s very own in-house gaming brand that the company works on every year and releases gaming peripherals, laptops, and desktops for its consumers. Dell already had an Area 51 line up under Alienware but the Alienware Area-51m is a completely modular laptop with a desktop class processor and GPU. When I say desktop class, I mean that Dell has gone ahead with a desktop level 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor along with an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti GPU. You can actually switch these components out and then upgrade your Alienware Area-51m to a newer version of a GPU/CPU.
There’s a hitch though. The replaceable GPU will be Dell’s proprietary design of a PCB which means new or newer versions of a component might depend on the kind of schematics they’re using in terms of PCB technology. But having such modularity in a laptop based form factor is appealing. You can still carry your laptop that you can rely on by having the option to upgrade is an amazing thing to have when you are talking about portable systems. This might make this sound like a sponsored post but I think Dell has done something extremely amazing. If you want to know more about this laptop, you should watch The Verge’s video about the Alienware Area-51m laptop and an interview with the Director of Alienware.
Rank 4: Asus Zephyrus S GX701 Gaming Laptop
This Asus laptop is super interesting and amazing. After the Alienware Area-51m, this laptop is the one that caught our eye since it truly provides a desktop class experience in such a thin form factor. It’s thin and has a lot of ventilation spots which are needed. In terms of I/O options, there’s an RJ45 jack and the laptop can easily take power input through USB Type-C up to 65W. This also has an Asus proprietary power input but USB is an option anyway.
Coming to the thermal design, the thermal design is worth mentioning here. The fans on this thing are made up of a liquid crystal polymer which makes the fans really thin and there are new shrouds over the heatsinks to keep them cleaner. There’s also a slip gap in the front that takes cool air in while the fans push out the heat at the back. This is a really efficient way of making sure the laptop doesn’t push back in the hot air that’s coming out.
The display is an NVIDIA G-Sync certified display with up to 400 nits of variable brightness but you won’t find a webcam on this thing. It isn’t there, on a laptop, you don’t get a webcam…Really, Asus? But Asus does have an external webcam that can do 1080p at 60fps so it’s a trade-off if nothing more.
The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 8750H which is a 6 core 12 threads processor and it can have up to 64GB RAM. You also have an option between NVIDIA RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 MaxQ. The laptop also has an RGB backlight for the keyboard and gives you options such as a volume control wheel. You also have a GPU switch button that will allow you to switch between G-Sync and Optimus mode on the laptop. Sadly, Asus has provided no Thunderbolt port completely eliminating the possibility of using an external GPU in the future.
Rank 5: Alienware 55 OLED Monitor (Technology Preview)
While this isn’t a consumer product as of right now, it is still a thing that Alienware is very close to bringing to the market. This product is basically a 55-inch OLED Monitor termed as a TV for people who want PC class gaming experience on their TV. Since this is a monitor, the input lag is way less on this thing along with the fact and this is a high refresh rate display which is very tough to achieve on an OLED panel.
A lot of things about this monitor-TV hasn’t been finalized yet. Things like the monitor’s support for FreeSync or NVIDIA G-Sync or even the kind of I/O is going to be on it. While it might support 120Hz refresh rate over DisplayPort 1.2, it might also go with HDMI 2.1 which is a tech with a lot of bandwidth to transmit that kind of data as well. Nevertheless, this is an interesting product that is worth keeping an eye on.
Corsair One Pro i180
The Corsair One isn’t a new thing in the market but the new Corsair One PRO i180 is something that really caught our eye. This workstation computer is using a rather unique cooling solution to keep the components cool. This new cooling system keeps the computer cool by over 10-degrees Celcius. There’s a big 190mm exhaust on top of the computer and the radiators that are cooling the CPU and the GPU don’t have any fans. The 190mm exhaust pushes the hot air upwards and cool air is pulled in from the sides.
This is a very unique and efficient way to cool a computer. Corsair is also focusing on the workstation market so it has included an Intel Core i9 9920X along with an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti. You also get 32GB DDR4 SODIMM memory clocked at 2666MHz and for storage, you have a 960GB m.2 NVMe SSD and a 2TB hard drive. All this comes at a whopping $4999.
AMD Radeon Vega VII
AMD launched their new Radeon Vega VII (Seven) and is now a direct competitor to NVIDIA’s own RTX series of graphics card. The performance itself from this GPU looks really compelling. The process of manufacturing has been moved to 7nm which will boost performance and cost saving. This also brings a lot of power efficiency to the GPU. AMD claims that this card is 25% faster than the Vega 56.
The cooler is also very powerful and the card remains very silent even when you’re gaming on a 4K 60fps resolution. Cooling on such a spectrum of performance is very nice on such powerful GPU. The card is clocked at 1.8GHz with 60 compute units and it can do 1440p to 4K gaming at 60+ fps. Older games might produce more than 100fps which is certainly possible. On the memory side, you get 16GB HBM or High Bandwidth Memory with speeds up to 1TB/s in bandwidth. This card can prove to be a really powerful companion for content creators.
Wrapping it up!
CES 2019 was a great year for gaming enthusiasts and we are looking forward to amazing improvements in our gaming experiences thanks to every company that has worked on new technologies for such a huge industry. So, this was our rankings of the best of gaming tech from CES 2019.