ROG GX800: ASUS’ Portable Liquid-Cooled Performance Laptop


ASUS has launched its ROG GX800 gaming laptop, if it can even be called that. This machine shatters performance on all fronts, boasting a dedicated liquid-cooling dock, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI, and a built-in RGB mechanical keyboard.

How much does it cost? As it turns out, nothing less than an eye-popping S$9,498.

The ROG GX800 was first announced at Computex last year. ASUS has since updated the laptop with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processor, giving it a small performance boost.

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Here’s a quick overview of the key specifications:

- 18.4-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS G-Sync display
- Intel Core i7-7820HK (2.9GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
- 64GB DDR4 2,800MHz RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI
- 3x 512GB Samsung SM951 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0
- 5.7kg (with battery)

The most notable improvement compared to the ROG GX700 is the significant jump in GPU performance, and the ROG GX700 only featured a single desktop-class GeForce GTX 980 that was sometimes outclassed by notebooks with two GeForce GTX 980Ms in SLI.

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The ROG GX800 is powered by two 330 watt power adapters that supply juice to its 660 watt power supply. Both the processor and dual graphics cards benefit from the liquid cooling system, and coolant is pumped and circulated to the key heat-generating components before flowing back to the dock where two radiators work to dissipate heat.

According to ASUS, using the notebook with the liquid-cooling dock can automatically overclock the processor to a nice 4.3GHz and the GPUs to 2,075MHz, which should afford you a decent performance boost. That said, if you’re looking for a true desktop replacement, the ROG GX800 is pretty much it.

The ROG GX800 is now available at all ASUS stores and authorized retailers.

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Story originally appeared on HardwareZone.

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