If we had to describe the ASUS ROG GX800, we could define it as a cross between an ASUS and MSI GX700 GT83S Titan, two of the most powerful gamestation in circulation. We will also explain why: the liquid cooling system (what ASUS calls Hydro Overclocking System) has not changed, but the chassis is raised to make room for a larger screen 18.4-inch and two graphics cards. We saw the ASUS GX800VH live at Computex 2016, and on that occasion we tried to make a video-preview, well aware that the exhibited prototype could be very different from the final version that will be launched at the end of summer and maybe we meet again at IFA 2016, in just over a month.
ASUS ROG GX800
ASUS in these months will focus its efforts on some of the gaming notebook features: keyboard and touchpad, and build quality of the case materials, software, WiFi module, cooling system, audio, independence and stability of the system. The ASUS final GX800VH could be very different (but not aesthetically) from the prototype that we studied closely a few months ago, but at least our hands-on gives you a first idea of the potential of this car.
ASUS ROG GX800VH will come with an Intel Core 2.7 GHz processor i7-6820HK, overclockable to 4.4GHz, up to 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM memory in four slots and three bays for SSD Samsung SM951 512GB NVMe M.2 (RAID 0 ). The sample shown is equipped with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards in SLI that, in the final version, ASUS will replace with Nvidia GeForce 1080 GTX (Pascal), and a 18.4-inch screen with resolution 4K Ultra HD matte, anti-glare, to facilitate the viewing even outdoors and not eye strain after long gaming sessions, with G-Sync technology. Essentially ASUS GX800 is the powerful gaming notebooks in the world.
ASUS ROG GX800
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The machine also incorporates a pair of 330-watt power supplies, so that they can provide the energy needed for the toughest gaming sessions, and a mechanical keyboard called MechTAG (Advanced Mechanical Tactile Gaming) backlit with RGB LED and anti-ghosting technology.
The design is very similar all’Asus GX700, with the successful combination of metal (lid) and polycarbonate (inserts and details), but the dimensions are much greater. The ASUS GX800 weighs 5.69 kg (almost twice a GX700 touching 3.9kg), and – adding the liquid cooling system (4.7 Kg) – the scales exceeds 10 Kg. If we consider also the two feeders (1280 grams each), the weight of this machine reaches 13 kg, practically twice the weight of an MSI GT80S (6.3 Kg) that has the same equipment but only one power supply and is devoid of the cooling system. But no matter: ASUS GX800 is a desktop replacement that finds its ideal setting on the desk at home.
ASUS ROG GX800
The docking will work just like that dell’ASUS GX700: when the notebook is connected to the base with liquid cooling, you can turn up the processor frequency and therefore the performance capabilities of all major components, because the energy and heat produced by the machine It will be well managed by the external cooling system but, at the moment when the hooked dock the notebook “resize” its performance (about 10-15% less). The two are not interchangeable dock.
As for the interfaces, on the rear side recognize the connectors for the cooling liquid and for the auxiliary power supply (necessary in overclocking mode), on the right side we have two USB 3.0 ports, antenna and a SD memory reader, while on the side left there are a USB 3.0, two audio jacks, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, USB Type-C Thunderbolt and 3, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1. Ultimately the price, although still unknown, it will be very high: ASUS ROG GX800VH could have the same price of the GX700, so around 5000 Euros, or even overcome it (there is already talk of $ 7000).