Hey dude! How did the Asus die in the end, if you feel like saying?
Both of mine were faulty from the beginning (random hardware lock-ups with ‘frozen’ orange / purple screens almost daily / sometimes hourly). That started after about 2-3 months of light usage post purchase. After two years, each suffered constant overheating / hardware reboots, making the machines unusable for game work. By end of life neither could boot, except after multiple attempts, and then they’d only go into a kind of restricted video mode (800 x 600 with pixel noise over most of the screen - unreadable over dark screen colors).
As replacements, I bought rigs from two different firms this time. First, an Acer Predator Triton 500. I wanted to try Acer or MSI this time anyway, but outside of Asia or North America retail choice isn’t great. So overall, it was the best spec I could buy at the time. However, it definitely runs hot and so isn’t a practical replacement for full-time dev (just useful for bringing on the road / working in front of the TV). For main work I rely on a HP Omen X which runs well / cools well so far, but isn’t all that practical / portable (lacks a screen for starters)…