Upcoming Asus X550UI may be shipping with RX 460 graphics
Nvidia has gotten AMD backed up against the corner in the notebook world. Systems pairing Intel processors with AMD GPUs have been essentially non-existent especially now that Pascal is out in the wild. Alienware showed off a VR Ready notebook equipped with a Polaris GPU at CES 2017, although we spotted no other major Polaris notebooks even at the AMD floor.
The red chipmaker is expected to step up its game this year not just in the desktop space but also in the mobile market. According to Indonesian site Cursorpedia.com, Asus is readying the X550UI gaming notebook equipped with RX 460 graphics. It won't be running on an Intel CPU, however, as the source is claiming that the Asus will ship with the Bristol Ridge FX-9830P SoC instead rated at ~25 W TDP. The RX 460 GPU may not have any special "mobile" name tags similar to the new naming convention of Pascal GPUs for notebooks.
Other core specifications for the X550UI include:
- 15.6-inch FHD display
- 8 to 16 GB DDR4 RAM
- 1 TB HDD
- 2.45 kg
Otherwise, the chassis may be largely identical to the existing Vivobook X series of Asus notebooks. Pricing could start as low as $700 USD, which will be very inexpensive for a gaming machine should sources prove to be true.