Last March 4 2016, Asus Philippines launched their much-anticipated gaming laptop, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) GX700VO. In line with ROG’s 10th year anniversary, they showcased their most powerful gaming laptop which would cement their name as the top producer for this market segment with a share of 36.9% according to GfK SE, a society for consumer research. Safe to say, we were in for a treat.
The ROG GX700VO is currently the only laptop worldwide which utilizes a liquid cooling system which are normally found on desktop computers. This top-spec laptop with a liquid cooling system will give users an unparalleled gaming experience.
George Su, Asus Philippines’ System Country Manager, showed us a snapshot on how dedicated Asus is into the gaming market segment. The Republic of Gamers brand was launched July of 2006. After a decade, they had launched a CPU (Commando) which broke the overclocking record that time. A series of ROG gaming notebooks, desktop systems, graphic cards, mother boards, audio cards, headsets and monitors soon followed and are geared into satisfying the (blood) lust of hard core gamers.
Eason de Guzman, Asus Philipippines’ Head of Public Relations, delved deeper into the specifics of ROG GX700VO. He explained how their exclusive hydro overclocking system would unlock the potential for greater overclocking. The Philippines’ Top Overclocker – Boss Mac Suba (www.Back2Gaming.com), helped explain the results of their tests. Using 3Dmark, a benchmarking tool, and ROG Gaming Center utility tool for monitoring and overclocking, they had reached the following bench marking scores:
|Difference vs Standard mode||+1.49%||+24.55%||+33.42%|
Yes, the ROG GX700VO comes with Asus’ Hydro Cooling System dock which comes with two radiators and variable speed fans inside of it. The laptop is engineered to connect onto the valves of the dock to help achieve lower temperatures inside the system by pumping coolants inside which help the components to run at their maximum capacity without the fear of any meltdown. Asus claims that by attaching the dock, the CPU temperature further goes down by 18% and also a decrease of 12% for the GPU temperature. They also noted that the GPU was faster by 43%, the CPU by 48% and the RAM by 32 %. If this isn’t spectacular, we don’t know what is.
Aside from the dock, the laptop also has the most powerful components within its chassis. It has an overclockable Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK Processor that is partnered with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, 32GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM (16GB x 2) and 256 GB PCIE SSD that is on RAID 0 configuration for faster data access. Lag? What’s that?
It also has a 17.3 Inch Full HD Anti-Glare Matte Finish screen. Partnered with G-sync , a NVIDIA-exclusive display synchronizing technology, it allows zero lag and no screen tearing gaming experience which means if you miss something, you blinked. By synchronizing the display refresh rates to the GPU, G-sync minimizes stutter, input lag and visually eliminates screen tearing.
The ROG GX700VO has Stereo Speakers equipped with ASUS Sonic Studio II technology and Sonic Radar II for a more immersive gaming audio experience. Sonic studio helps on providing high quality gaming audio, an improved streaming, voice pickup and noise reduction. On the other hand, Sony Radar II helps detect opponents by having an on-screen overlay that shows you which direction footsteps, gunshots or any other in-game sound effects are coming from. Ghost mode? Pfft.
ROG GX700VO carries an accurate, comfortable and responsive anti-ghosting keyboard. It utilizes 30-key rollover technology meaning it could correctly log up to 30 keystrokes even if you hit several of them all at the same time. Keyboard smashing has reached a fine art level.
Asus Philippines only has 20 of these systems that would be available in the local market dubbed as the Legendary 20. These 20 individuals would be the exclusive owners of the powerful limited edition GX700VO gaming systems.
Being part of the said Legendary 20 would have perks of course, the package would include a ROG Sica gaming mouse, a ROG Command luggage case that let you bring the system everywhere, a Personalized Legendary 20 Luggage Tag and a tailor-fit signature style Legendary 20 jacket for maximum bragging rights. GX700 owners are also entitled of extended privileges that include VIP-access to any local ROG event and exclusive Legendary 20 activities.
This is what we wish we had too:
|Operating System||64bit Windows 10|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel® CM236 Express Chipset|
|On board processor||Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK Processor 2.7 GHz (8M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)|
|Graphics Processor||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM|
|Display||17.3″ 16:9 Full HD (1920×1200) Anti-Glare Matte Finish|
|RAM / DIMM Memory||32GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM (16GB x 2)|
PCIE x 4 256G
|Wireless||Integrated 802.11 ac|
|I / O Ports||1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s)
3 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x mini Display Port
1 x Thunderbolt port
1 x SD card reader
1 X AC adapter plug
|Audio / Speakers||Stereo Speakers with ASUS Sonic Studio technology|
|Battery||6 Cells | 93Whrs|
|Power Adapter||Output :
19 V DC, 9.5 A, 180 W
19.5 V DC, 16.9 A, 330 W
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
|Dimensions||429 x 309 x 33 ~35 mm (WxDxH)
Dock: (Thermal Dock)
417 x 368 x 114 mm (WxDxH)
|Weight||3.6 kg with Battery
Dock: (Thermal Dock)
|Other freebies||Includes 1 month Trial for New Microsoft Office 365 Customers
Free 1 Year ASUS WebStorage
|Legendary 20 Package||ROG SICA Mouse
ROG Command Case
Personalized Leather Bag Tag
Limited Edition Legendary 20 ROG Jacket
Legendary 20 Official Membership
ROG GX700VO has a local SRP of Php249,995 and is only available at Villman, PC Corner, PC Express and Complink. Legendary priced too, we know. Though, you can probably stare at them at the locations below.
|No.||Dealer Name||Store Name||Branch||Address|
|1||VillMan||ASUS Concept Store||SM North EDSA||4/F Floor, The Annex, SM City North Edsa, Brgy. Sto. Cristo, BagoBantay, Quezon City|
|2||VillMan||ASUS Store in Store Lounge||SM Megamall||Cyberzone 4th Floor, Bldg. B SM , Megamall, Mandaluyong City|
|3||VillMan||VillMan||SM Mall of Asia||Cyberzone, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Seaside Blvd.,Pasay City, Philippines|
|4||PC Corner||PC Corner||Gilmore||Unit E, Ground Floor, Gilmore Commercial Plaza,, #10 Gilmore Ave., cor. Aurora Blvd., Brgy., Valencia,, New Manila, Quezon City,|
|5||PC Express||PC Express||SM Megamall||Cyberzone 4th Floor, Bldg. B SM , Megamall, Mandaluyong City|
|6||PC Express||PC Express||Gilmore||UNIT 2A 2ND FLOOR, 25 Gilmore Ave, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|7||Complink||Complink||SM North EDSA||5/F Floor, The Annex, SM City North Edsa, Brgy. Sto. Cristo, BagoBantay, Quezon City|
|8||Complink||Complink||Glorietta 2||Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Palm Dr, Makati, 1225 Metro Manila|
The GX700VO heralds a new era for gamers. One we can’t wait to see.
Words by Gian Ramirez | Photography by Yven Aldover