THE DEF­I­NI­TION OF EX­TRAV­A­GANCE

ASUS ROG GX700

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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.

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