Asus' progression of Pascal-powered portables proceeds with the updated ROG G701, called the G701VI. This 17.3" gaming laptop is mostly unchanged from the previous version, which was itself a somewhat saner version of the ludicrous GX700 water-cooled gaming laptop. The real magic here comes courtesy of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 and the attached 120Hz G-Sync display.
Asus says this is the world's first laptop to wield a 120Hz panel with G-Sync support. Asus is vague about what type of panel the display uses, but does refer to it as "wide viewing-angle." Earlier rumors stated that Asus would be using AHVA panels in its ROG laptops, so that might be the case here. In any event, the GTX 1080 should be plenty capable of pushing the 1920x1080 display to its limits. Asus claims the GTX 1080 in the G701VI performs "within 10 percent" of its desktop cousin.
In keeping with its gaming cred, the G701VI's chiclet-style keyboard offers 30-key rollover support. Users get a whole pile of ports to plug things into, as well, including an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 3-enabled), and three regular old USB 3.0 ports.
Besides the fancy GPU and screen, the machine is unchanged from its predecessor. That means buyers have the option of a Core i7-6700HQ or unlocked Core i7-6820HK CPU. Asus equips the machine with 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory, and the G701VI will take up to 64GB. On the storage side, the machine will take at least two PCI Express M.2 SSDs. Asus will RAID 0 those drives for owners out-of-the-box, too. There's no mention of a 2.5" drive bay, but given the laptop's 1.3"-thick profile, there may not be one inside.
Asus hasn't announced pricing or availability information for the ROG G701VI.
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