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ASUS ROG GX700
We’ve come across over-the-top gaming notebooks before – think fullfledged mechanical keyboards and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ms in SLI – but the ASUS ROG GX700 is quite a different beast altogether. Not only is it the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming notebook, it is also equipped with an overclockable mobile processor, a desktop-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, a 512GB RAID 0 SSD setup, and a whopping 64GB of DDR4 RAM.
The liquid-cooling system is housed in a separate cooling dock, which means you get to enjoy both the relative mobility of an undocked notebook, and when you’re ready to get settled for some mad fragging, the extra performance that liquid cooling will unlock. In addition, you get chilly temperatures and more overclocking headroom for both CPU and GPU, which equates to even more performance.
The 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 75Hz G-Sync display can seem a bit underwhelming in a time of 4K displays on compact Ultrabooks, but it may actually be a good thing for a gaming notebook because you can be assured of running even more titles on it. Furthermore, G-Sync synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the frame rates the card is pushing, so you get an overall smoother gaming experience.
When undocked, the ROG GX700 serves up performance on the level of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M. In our gaming benchmarks, it matched other tested GeForce GTX 980M-equipped notebooks, and even managed to best them in some areas. It’s safe to say that the notebook is a solid performer even without the added boost from liquid-cooling dock. For instance, it turned out an average of 72.2 fps in Middleearth: Shadow of Mordor on Ultra at 1080p, so you should have almost no trouble running most modern titles.
Performance rocketed to proper GeForce GTX 980 levels when docked. The same Shadow of Mordor benchmark saw a 23 percent improvement on Ultra and a 38 percent boost on High.