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Asus ROG launches G701 gaming laptop

by Mark Tyson on 19 July 2016, 09:31

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Asus ROG has launched a powerful new 17-inch gaming laptop. The new G701 gaming laptop is designed for those that were attracted by what the GX700 offered but aren’t interested in the extreme cooling for overclocking - facilitated by the desk dock lump that came with that machine.

Asus bills the new G701 as a VR-ready gaming laptop and looking at the components it does seem to easily satisfy most VR ready standards. Despite lacking the extreme cooling dock of the GX700, Asus says that the new G701 is still capable of some overclocking via the ROG Gaming Centre 1-click software.

Key performance components in the Asus ROG G701 gaming laptop are as follows:

  • Intel i7 6820HK overclockable processor
  • GeForce GTX 980 graphics (with HDMI out for your VR headset)
  • 8GB to 64GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Dual 512GB or 256GB PCIe Gen 3 X4 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration (No ODD)
  • USB 3.1 Type-C and Intel Thunderbolt, 3x USB 3.0 ports (plenty spare for the VR headset)

Buyers can choose between a Full-HD (1080P) or Ultra-HD (4K) 17-inch screen with G-SYNC and WideView technology. Complementing the visuals Asus has installed an ESS Sabre headphone DAC and amplifier for crisp, punchy sounds in games, or for enjoying music and entertainment. An anti-ghosting keyboard is installed which offers 30-key rollover.

For the power on offer Asus ROG is rather proud that the G701 gaming laptop measures a mere 33mm thick and weighs just 3.8Kg. The Asus press release didn’t provide pricing and availability details.



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Bit late to the game, especially since the 1000 series is here now.
Isn't it with 1070?
aidanjt
Bit late to the game, especially since the 1000 series is here now.

They've release a mobile/MXM 1000 series? That came out quietly then!
I think this has the ‘desktop’ class GTX 980 but Nvidia haven't created a similar product from Pascal yet - even if they released a 1080M I suspect this wouldn't be far behind in performance terms, even if it uses far more power.
3s-gtech
I think this has the ‘desktop’ class GTX 980 but Nvidia haven't created a similar product from Pascal yet - even if they released a 1080M I suspect this wouldn't be far behind in performance terms, even if it uses far more power.

Wrong on every count.

This isn't a ‘desktop’ class GTX 980. Nvidia have created a similar product from Pascal already. This is already far behind in performance terms. This doesn't use far more power.

The GTX 980 (notebook, no M) is just marketed without an M, to make people like you think it's a ‘desktop class’ chip. It's a downclocked chip which uses less power and performs lower.

Un-named Pascal mobile parts were shown off months ago, and meanwhile we've seen leaked benchmarks of the 1080(M) scoring over >3500 points higher in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics, compared to this GTX 980. Other sources show the 1080(M) has a 40% higher clockspeed, faster VRAM, and the same TDP, ROP, and core counts as the GTX 980 notebook (no M) Guess what, with the Pascal part being much more efficient, it's going to be faster. A lot faster, if the benchmarks with early silicon and pre-release drivers are anything to go by.

See here

kalniel
They've release a mobile/MXM 1000 series? That came out quietly then!

Nope, just some ignorant fool spouting rubbish again. Though leaks/rumours point to the mobile/MXM 1000 series being announced at the beginning of August. They do exist though, and manufacturers have shown off notebooks with “next-gen Nvidia graphics” at trade shows (e.g. Computex), without disclosing the exact details.