ROG Ice Blade Dual Screen Gaming Book Review: Industrial Design Artwork of Top Hardware

As a high-end e-sports brand owned by ASUS, ROG Player Kingdom has made countless people become its firm fans. At the same time, ROG’s years of hard work in the field of gaming have also made it a unique existence; the Ice Blade series is ROG’s flagship product, which almost perfectly balances size, weight and hardware performance.

Since the Ice Blade series moved the keyboard down, increased the heat dissipation area, and made the C surface also part of the heat dissipation module, many people have put forward a lot of illusions about the vacant upper part, and among them, it becomes the second part. The voice of the block screen is endless; now, ROG has also fulfilled the ice-blade dual-screen notebook that was warmed up in April this year, making dreams truly shine into reality.

The ice blade dual screen naturally continues the light and thin style of the ice blade series. Unlike the super god series “one inch thick and one inch strong”, the ice blade is only 20.9mm thick and weighs only 2.5KG while ensuring heat dissipation. More square, right-angled shape, more powerful. The A-side adopts a frosted process as a whole, and the decorative lines are cut diagonally. In a black appearance, such a blue-gray product is very eye-catching.

From the appearance, the e-sports style does not seem to be prominent, and the reflective player country LOGO shows that it is indeed an e-sports game book.

The main screen has a small hinge design, and the indicator light has been moved to the center of the front.

There is no obvious heat dissipation hole at the bottom. People who see it for the first time may wonder, can the heat dissipation on both sides and the rear satisfy this behemoth? Several pairs of high foot pads, a pair of speakers and an air inlet are all on the bottom surface. We can find the answer when we turn on the screen. The dual speakers are equipped with TAS5825M and ESS9118 audio chips, so that the ice blade dual screen can bring greater volume when using the speakers, and it can provide 7.1 surround sound after plugging in the headphones, bringing an immersive audio and video experience.

Open the screen with one hand and follow the main screen to raise the 13° 4K IPS panel secondary screen, which makes people sigh “wow awesome”. The ice blade dual screen adopts a 15.6-inch, 1080P FHD resolution, 100% sRGB, 3ms response time main screen, and the refresh rate has reached an amazing 300Hz refresh rate.

Due to the structure of the secondary screen, although the D surface cannot be lifted like Ice Blade 4, the two air inlets under the tilted secondary screen can also provide more air intake to ensure heat dissipation. When you close it, you can’t see that this is a notebook with two screens, and the clever mechanical structure makes people feel amazed.

Glacier cooling architecture 2.0Pro design, using Thermal Grizzly liquid metal AAS Plus wind tunnel technology + keyboard bottom design, excellent temperature control, at the same time will not make the keyboard hot.

The player kingdom logo under the screen makes the chin “disappear” in an instant.

I9+Geforce RTX is not a mess.

The touchpad area can not only be used as a touchpad, but can also be switched to a small keyboard with one key, which greatly improves the efficiency of digital input. The touchpad rotated 90 degrees may need to be adapted.

The RGB backlit keyboard supports Divine Light Synchronization. Although the appearance is low-key, after turning on the screen, everyone can feel its noble lineage.

In terms of interfaces, there are dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A interfaces on the right side of the fuselage, and a full-featured Thunderbolt 3 protocol Type-C interface, which supports 65WPD charging + video output + high-speed data transmission, but if you have Thunder 3, you want to connect to the graphics card docking station. The idea can be slowed down first, the built-in GeForce RTX 2080 Super with Max-Q design is enough to meet most of the needs of the use, plus the loss of external performance, I am afraid that the gain is not worth the loss. 65W PD charging can abandon the huge 240W power supply when using the nuclear display for office work, and it can be powered by the 65W lipstick power supply, which is very convenient.

On the left is the conventional audio interface and power interface.

In addition to the heat dissipation holes, the rear is equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A interface, RJ45 network port and HDMI2.0 interface. The HDMI interface supports 4K60Hz output to meet the needs of connecting to a large screen. Also constrained by the sub-screen on the half of the C surface, the interfaces are basically moved to the bottom, and the rear of the fuselage is also plugged in. The number of interfaces is not too rich, but it is enough for daily use.

The Core I9-10980HK equipped with the Ice Blade dual-screen is currently Intel’s flagship mobile-class model, with 8 cores and 16 threads, 2.4GHz frequency, and the highest core frequency up to 5.3GHz, which is very powerful.

Restricted by the size of the body, the GPU is equipped with GeForce RTX 2080 Super and Max-Q design. Although the performance is not as good as the desktop version of RTX 2080 Super, with the NVIDIA dynamic acceleration function, the 105W 2080 Super strength cannot be underestimated. For RTX 2080Super, the number of CUDA cores has increased from 2944 on RTX 2080 to 3072. Compared with the GeForce RTX 2080 equipped with Ice Blade 3S plus, the performance of the Max-Q design has also improved.

In terms of hardware configuration, ROG has almost given all the configurations currently available. The dual-screen design does not seem to be so important for running scores. However, we switched to enhanced mode in the Ultron Center, and only used the independent display for a simple test. , Otherwise the limelight will be robbed by dual screens.

30204 points for chess multithreading.

CineBench R15 multi-core 1894 points single-core 204 points.

CineBench R20 multi-core 4226 points single-core 484 points.

The CPU-Z benchmark also reached a high score of 5192.

Geekbench 5 multi-core 8134, single-core 1294.

A more comprehensive 3DMARK test was subsequently conducted.

The ice blade dual screen has a high score of 8867 in TimeSpy, which is almost the same as the 150W standard 2080, and the temperature is also at a low level of about 70 degrees, which is very valuable for such a thin body.

In the Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme tests, the scores were 19548 and 10423, and the physical scores were 20340 and 19587. The overall strength is good.

It can be seen that with the support of I9-10980HK, the performance of the dual-screen ice blade is very good. The current top hardware processor has a very significant improvement compared with the previous generation I7-9750H. Perhaps due to the 30 degree room temperature of the test environment, This leads to discrepancies between performance and theoretical level, but this does not prevent the ice blade dual-screen from becoming the strongest e-sports game book.

The housekeeping skill of the Bingblade dual screen is naturally dual screens. The touch secondary screen can not only expand the main screen, but also display separately. In the case of separate display, it can display up to three windows at the same time, which doubles the efficiency. ROG also provides special optimizations for the secondary screen at the system level. Whenever the window is dragged, it can be displayed in the primary/secondary screen with one click.

After reading the running scores, let’s take a look at what kind of experience the ice blade dual screen can bring to us in the actual game. This time we selected two masterpieces of “Control” and the domestic game “Bright Memory”. At the same time, three games with their own test system were run for scores, namely “Tomb Raider”, “Exit the Subway”, and “Far Cry New Dawn”.

When the special effects are fully turned on, the highest level of light tracking and DLSS are turned on, the computer mode is switched to enhanced, and the independent display is used for testing. The average frame number of “Control” is about 83.

Similarly, when the special effects are fully turned on, light tracking and DLSS are turned on, the computer mode is switched to enhanced, and the independent display is used for testing. The average frame number of “Bright Memory” is 84 frames.

In the test of “Far Cry: New Dawn”, the fluctuation is large, the maximum frame number is 138, and the average frame number can reach 91. The game experience will not be discounted.

A similar situation occurred in Tomb Raider, with an average frame rate of 106.

In “Zombie World War”, the performance seems to be better, with an average of 174 frames.

Generally speaking, the performance of the game is still very satisfactory. The current 3A masterpieces on the market are not a problem. The built-in manual mode can further squeeze the performance. As for why there are fluctuations, the subsequent copying link may give Our answer.

In terms of hard drives, I can finally say goodbye to the 660P. The “epoch-making” uses two 1T Samsung PM981a RAID0 arrays. Although the maximum speed is restricted by the bus, the speed is quite impressive.

We have also experienced the actual application of dual screens.

During the game on the main screen, the secondary screen can display the status of the whole machine, monitor the load temperature, avoid the monitoring window to block the field of vision, and also open the voice software to communicate with teammates and reply to WeChat. At this time, the game, brother, and girlfriend are truly trinity, all taking care of it.

The BingBlade dual screen also has a built-in touch screen toolbox, calculator and other small tools.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, you no longer need to use your mobile phone to view the map treasure guide. The secondary screen is displayed in full screen 1:1, and compared with the main screen, it is not a dream to send five sets of treasures to Nazar for half a day.

With various game plug-ins of OverWolf, the main screen displays the game screen, the secondary screen displays the inventory, menu bar, etc., supports a variety of mainstream competitive games, and makes the secondary screen glow and heat when playing games.

In terms of productivity, PS can not only create two layers at the same time, but also can directly create art with a stylus. PR can display the time axis on the secondary screen alone and drag it directly using the touch screen. With 4K resolution, “one inch long and one inch strong”, although the upper and lower screens have the same width, the secondary screen can display more content.

With word document processing, multiple files can be displayed on the secondary screen at the same time, and the data is clear at a glance, eliminating the trouble of switching.

The ice blade dual screen is also a weapon for game anchors. The main screen is used for games and the secondary screen can not only monitor the OBS streaming status, but also interact with the barrage.

The secondary screen can carry more and more powerful things. ROG equips us with a secondary screen. As a tool, the secondary screen has more uses waiting for everyone to discover and create. What we show is just the tip of the iceberg.

Finally, let’s take a look at the temperature and power consumption of the copy machine. The following are also in enhanced mode.

The average temperature of the single-bake CPU is maintained at about 80 degrees, the highest temperature is 97 degrees, the main frequency is 3.6GHz, and the power consumption is maintained at 90W.

The temperature of the dual-bake CPU and the graphics card are 90 degrees and 76 degrees respectively, the power consumption is 45W and 90W respectively, the CPU frequency is maintained at 2.7GHz, and the graphics card frequency is maintained at about 1500MHz.

It is worth mentioning that when single-copy GPU, after triggering NVIDIA dynamic acceleration, the GPU can obtain a power consumption exceeding 90W TDP to 105W, providing stronger performance, and the average temperature is less than 70 degrees, which is low for high GPU loads such as games. It can provide higher and more stable frames under the CPU load.

In order to explore the maximum potential of the ice blade dual screen, we also turned on the manual mode to fully expand the fan speed and double-bake to see the temperature performance.

It can be seen that compared to the enhanced mode, the fan speed is manually adjusted to the highest value, and the temperature has been further significantly reduced. The CPU temperature is controlled at about 75 degrees, and the average temperature of the graphics card is only 65 degrees. The temperature performance is very satisfactory.

The ice-blade dual screen moves the keyboard down, and puts all the major heating users under the upper part of the secondary screen, so that the surface temperature is well controlled under the condition of double copy and high load. The secondary screen is lifted to let heat Can disperse faster.

It can be seen that due to the existence of the secondary screen and the limitation of the thickness, the performance tuning of the ice blade dual screen is not radical. The single-copy CPU can reach 90W power consumption, while the dual-bake is due to high load and the system is limited. The CPU maintains 45W. The GPU maintains 90W, which is consistent with the marked TDP. It can also be seen that when the CPU and GPU are under high load at the same time, due to the dynamic limitation of the system, the actual game frame number fluctuates. Fortunately, such fluctuations are acceptable. .

Of course, this is also beneficial. The most intuitive performance of limiting power consumption is the reduction of temperature. Even if it is a long time copying machine, the temperature can be maintained at about 85 degrees. For such a 20.9mm thick notebook, this performance is very good. It does not show the top level of flagship hardware, but the performance and temperature performance are very good compared to other notebooks.

to sum up

We can see that in order to realize the dream of “dual screen” in many people’s minds, ROG engineers have made a lot of compromises. They have a lot of feet for heat dissipation, and the life of the secondary screen is less subject to high temperature, which limits the hardware performance. Some people say that the secondary screen “lives down” the mold with strong heat dissipation.

If Ice Blade 4 shows us what flagship games should look like today, Ice Blade’s dual-screen dream-forward design concept, and the current most advanced hardware configuration, except for the price difference of 1 RMB 50,000 and the “price ratio” In addition to being unrelated (of course being poor is our problem, not its problem), it can be said to integrate the current top industrial design and show us the future development direction of the game book. Looking back many years later, it may be That epoch-making product.