Asus raise the bar with the ROG G701VI Gaming Laptop

Asus has revealed a new 17.3” laptop model called the ROG G701VI, a VR-ready gaming notebook with an overclockable CPU and a 120Hz G-Sync display powered by a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.

The Asus ROG G702VI comes in two flavours. Catchily titled the G701VI-XB72K and G701VI-XB78K. Each model sports the same base hardware, with only the storage and memory configuration differing. The G701VI features an unlocked Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, up to 64GB of memory, and a GTX 1080 graphics module, with the slightly lower end XB72K offering 32GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. The bigger brother, the XB78K, sports 64GB of RAM and two 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.


Asus is heralding the G702VI as the “world’s first” laptop with a wide-viewing angle 120Hz display with G-Sync, Asus may be the first, however, other vendors will likely be making similar announcements in the coming days. The 17.3-inch anti-glare panel features a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and Nvidia’s variable framerate technology (G-Sync) will ensure a smooth gaming experience even with settings set to max. However, with a GTX 1080 under the hood, it may be difficult to find a game that will bring the G701VI under 60 FPS anyway.

The USB 3.1 Type-C ports are something of an anomaly. The G701VI features two of them, although each one has its own functionality. One of the Type-C ports is a dedicated Thunderbolt 3 interface, and the other offers only 10Gbps data rates. This goes against the grain of other mainstream laptops that may offer a single port with both features, however we suspect Asus may be including the bare-minimum amount of ports to attach its XG Station 2 GPU dock, which connects to an Asus laptop via two USB Type-C cables.


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