Asus' GX800 laptop pushes portable PC gaming to absurd extremes
The GX800 laptop looks like an impressive beast. Not only does it offer the innovative liquid cooling dock that the company first introduced last year, but it's very powerful, with dual graphics cards, 1 TB of SSD storage and more.
The GX800 bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor, the ROG GX700, which introduced the imposing, detachable liquid cooling solution that allows users to overclock without encountering overheating issues. The new system makes some big improvements though, not least of which is a switch from a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, to a pair of GTX 1080 GPUs in an SLI setup.
That's plenty of graphics punch for a notebook, and the rest of the machine's components appear to be equally premium. For storage, Asus has opted for a RAID0 setup (which increases performance, but doesn't offer the redundancy of RAID1), with four 512 GB PCIe SSDs, and there's an Intel Core i7 6820HK processor on board.
The GX800 offers a choice of 32 or 64 GB DDR4 RAM. Both automatic and manual overclocking options are included for the GPU, CPU and RAM.
The system's 18.4-inch 4K 3,840 x 2,160 display includes Nvidia's G-SYNC technology, which eliminates screen tearing by matching the refresh rate of the screen with the output of the graphics card. The feature first started arriving on notebooks last year.
Purists will be happy to learn that aside from the obligatory customizable, multi-colored backlighting, the keyboard is also built with mechanical switches, with 2.2 mm (0.09 in) of key travel.
With those specs, the GX800 should be able to cope with just about anything you could throw at it, 4K gaming and buttery smooth VR experiences included. Unsurprisingly, the super high-end nature of the machine also pushes the price tag sky high, with the GX800 set to hit shelves at an eye-watering US$6,999(!). It's set to land in November.