Like every respectable manufacturer in the PC gaming industry, Asus sometimes releases insane products that a very limited selection of people will actually purchase. Last year, the crown went to the ROG GX700, the world’s first liquid-cooled laptop. Now, the company wants to up the ante with an upgraded version of that monstrous device which will aim to run games with a 4K resolution at a smooth 60 FPS.
Externally, this gaming laptop looks almost identical to its predecessor. The only noticeable external change is the RGB mechanical keyboard. The keyboard of the GX700 was one of its weakest points, so it is certainly great to see Asus responding directly to criticism. Other than that, the two laptops look virtually the same down to the external cooling dock that turns the laptops into power-hungry beasts. For those of you who missed last year’s model, the external dock basically allows the GPU and CPU to reach their full potential through overclocking. What that means is that performance is at its greatest when the laptop is docked.
Internally, the GX800 will sport two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards and a quad-core Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU which can be overclocked to 4.2GHz automatically or up to 4.4GHz with a manual setting and system restart. Speaking of overclocking, the two graphics cards can be overclocked to 1961MHz while the VRAM and DRAM can be overclocked to 5200MHz and 2800MHz, respectively. Of course, 660W of power is needed to power the machine.
As if those we not enough, the laptop also runs three 512GB Samsung SM951 NVMe SSDs mirrored for peak performance. Weighing at 5.7kg, the laptop also includes a huge variety of ports so that you will never miss anything. With these specs, the ROG GX800 can run absolutely anything you throw at it for an incredibly smooth gaming experience.
Comfort and price, however, are the two biggest factors you should consider here. Though the GX800 does not have a set price yet, the previous model was priced at an eye-watering £3,500. It’s fair to assume then that the successor will have a similarly high price tag. Of course, Asus simply wants to showcase its technical prowess while being acutely aware that the GX800 will not break any sales records.