We waited almost a year, but in the end the ASUS ROG GX700VO also arrives in Italy. ASUS will hold an event in a few days to officially present it on our market, but just take a ride in the online shop to understand that the gamestation is already on sale. The stock is available for several days, and the shops with price lists already updated you can count on the fingers of one hand, but that is enough there to get an idea on prices and SKUs that the company has in store for us.
ASUS ROG GX700
ASUS ROG GX700 is sold in Italy in one configuration (the one with GX700VO-GB012T Code) at a price of 5499 Euros (VAT included) to which we must add shipping charges. We do not know if ASUS has provided other versions (more or less expensive), but those with a budget does not have many alternatives: some minor shop offers the same model to just over 5000 Euros, but you have to take some risks on the reliability of the seller, then We can not really recommend it unless you have not already positive feedback. The other possibility is to buy the SKU GX700VO-GC009T European import sold by Amazon, you should have some feature less than our ASUS GX700VO with a price of 5170 euro.
But let hardware equipping: the GX700VO-GB012T model is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core processor i7-6820HK (Skylake) to 2.7GHz, with 64GB DDR4 2133 MHz RAM memory installed on the four slots each 16GB and 1TB space on magnetic hard disks combined with 512GB of SSD M.2 PCI-Express. The large display 17.3-inch IPS G-Sync anti-glare matte has 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) and is well run by the powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card with GDDR5 memory 8GB.
As for the interfaces, on the rear side are the connectors for the cooling liquid and for the auxiliary power supply (necessary in overclocking mode), on the left side we have two USB 3.0 ports, two audio jacks and an SD memory reader, while on the right side are a USB 3.0, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), Gigabit Ethernet. There is the 1.2-megapixel front camera, stereo speakers with subwoofer, ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and a large 6-cell battery (93 Wh). Everything is managed by Windows 10.
To cope with the temperatures produced by an overclockable processor and a GPU “hottest and powerful” in circulation, ASUS has provided a liquid cooling system contained in a dock that connects to the notebook on the back side. The unit includes a heat sink and a pump to “inject” the liquid inside the machine through a dedicated channel and separated from the heat pipe of the air cooling. The heated liquid returns to the dock, where it is cooled and recirculated. The coupling / uncoupling system is rather simple and is done by pushing a big button on the external module, which releases the notebook from its base. Obviously, the docking station is included in the price.
The end result is a big notebook 429 x 309 x 33-35 mm and 3.6 Kg of weight, to which is added a docking equally cumbersome (417 x 368 x 114 to 4.8 Kg), even if the latter is useful only in of “extreme” gaming sessions. With all that space, there is room for an optical drive (Blu-Ray) and a large backlit chiclet keyboard that will help players even at night.
ASUS GX700 docking
Despite the price prohibitive for some, the ASUS ROG GX700VO gamestation is one of the most appreciated by gamers because it proposes a “desktop-class” data sheet from a notebook ROG-style type, though less extreme in the past. It has a brushed metal frame which extends up to the bottom, invading the keyboard plane, which instead is coated with an anti-fingerprint soft-touch rubberized material that besides giving a pleasant feedback to the touch protects the hand from a zone “dangerously” hot.
We loved it, not only because it is one of the most powerful gamestation presented, but also because in this ASUS model has dared, by introducing new technologies that could make school