Asus unveiled its latest liquid cooled gaming laptop at Computex this year and, as expected, it’s a heavyweight.
The Republic of Gamers is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and the Asus ROG GX800 appears to be the company's thank you to its loyal fans. It also has a spanking new motherboard, a new desktop and a Geforce GTX 1080 graphics card on the release schedule, but this is the one that impresses most.
According to Asus, a staggering one in seven people on the planet is a gamer. However, this particular laptop is very much a machine for the overclockers among them. Two 330W power supplies allow for uninterrupted gaming with overclocking rates of 236 per cent on the GPU without compromising on graphic power. Wow.
The GX800, like its predecessor, the GX700, uses liquid cooling via a docking station - Thermo Hydro Clocking - to allow for that serious overclocking on the CPU (Intel K-series, 4.4Ghz) and GPU (twin Nvidia SLI, 1428MHz). You’re looking at 2,800MHz of DRAM and 3.8MHz of VRAM as well. The model on show was running on a desktop grade Geforce GTX980.
It’s an incredibly good looking bit of kit with a ROG mechanical keyboard, on which gamers can colour-customise each LED key according to their desires. Asus calls this MechTAG (Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming). It also employs anti-ghosting technology to avoid missed key presses and allows for multi-key commands. The logo to the left of the keyboard glows and changes colour too, which just makes it look even slicker.
The display is a world first, an 18.4-inch 4K display with G-Sync, and we have to say it was looking pretty impressive.
The GX800 is set for a worldwide launch at the end of August, although pricing is yet to be revealed. If you’re serious about overclocking on a gaming laptop this is truly top shelf kit and is likely to cost a fair bob for the pleasure.