A pre­mium note­book with a pre­mium price tag, the ASUS ROG GX700 is for gamers who want the best pos­si­ble note­book gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

I/O Ports 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini Dis­playPort, 1x Thun­der­bolt port, 1x RJ45 LAN, 1x SD card reader, 1x au­dio combo jack, 1x Mic-in, 1x Head­phone-out // Con­nec­tiv­ity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Blue­tooth 4.0 // Bat­tery 6-cell (93 Whrs) // Power Out­put 19V DC, 9.5A, 180W / 19.5V DC, 16.9A, 330W // Di­men­sions 429 (W) x 309 (D) x 33~35 (H) mm // Weight 3.6kg (w/ bat­tery), 4.8kg (w/ Ther­mal Dock) // Con­tact ECS As­tar Sdn Bhd / Build Tech­nol­ogy Sdn Bhd // Tele­phone (03) 6286 8222 / (03) 7955 3699 // URL my.asus.com The liq­uid-cool­ing al­lows the desk­top GPU to run at its full spec­i­fi­ca­tions, ef­fec­tively re­mov­ing the speed throt­tling in place when the note­book is un­docked.

But the GPU isn’t solely re­spon­si­ble for the per­for­mance boost though. Dock­ing the note­book also au­to­mat­i­cally over­clocks the CPU quite ag­gres­sively. The mul­ti­plier is in­creased to 40 for a max­i­mum Turbo speed of 4.0GHz – a huge boost over the de­fault 2.7GHz base fre­quency.

When it came to mon­i­tor­ing op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures, it was the GPU that reg­is­tered the largest drop (71°C vs 62°C). On the other hand, the CPU dis­played a more mod­est drop from 91°C to 85°C when mov­ing to the dock. The lat­ter fig­ure is ac­tu­ally still higher than the 80°C we noted on the In­tel Core i7-6700K in the ROG G752, but the dif­fer­ence can prob­a­bly be at­trib­uted to the higher over­clocked speeds on the GX700.

ASUS has in­cluded all the ports and con­nec­tors that you would pos­si­bly need on this note­book. On the left are two USB 3.0 ports, a mi­cro­phone jack, a head­phone jack and an SD card reader. On the other side, there is an­other USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a Mini Dis­playPort, a Thun­der­bolt 3 port and a sep­a­rate USB 3.1 Type-C port. There’s even space for a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net jack, some­thing se­ri­ous play­ers of mul­ti­player on­line games will ap­pre­ci­ate.

The back­lit key­board pro­vides a gen­er­ous 19mm of travel, which makes for a fairly pleas­ant and tac­tile typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Five con­fig­urable macro keys are lo­cated in the top left, so you can bind cus­tom func­tions to them. There’s even a short­cut key to launch XS­plit Game­caster, an app for record­ing and stream­ing your game­play. Clearly, ASUS is do­ing ev­ery­thing it can to please even the most de­mand­ing of gamers.

We were also im­pressed by how thin the note­book was. At just 38.5mm thick, it is much thin­ner than the less pow­er­ful ROG G752, which is a hefty 51mm thick. It weighs 3.6kg, al­most a kilo­gram lighter than the 4.4kg ROG G752, so it is also slightly more mo­bile. Of course, lack­lus­ter bat­tery life is ex­pected of a note­book of this size and class. The GX700 lasted over two hours in our bat­tery life tests, which con­sisted of a mix of re­al­world ap­pli­ca­tions and us­age sce­nar­ios in PCMark Home. The GX700 may be quite easy to cart around for a 17.3-inch lap­top, but you’re not go­ing to be able to spend too long away from a power out­let.

With all that said and done, the GX700 is a pre­mium, lux­ury prod­uct through and through. It’s not likely some­thing you’d go out and buy on a whim. Per­haps it’s worth just step­ping back and marvel at what ASUS has cre­ated.

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There are ded­i­cated Thun­der­bolt 3 and USB 3.1 Type-C ports.

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