Republic of Gamers laptops power up with Skylake CPUs

The full Skylake CPU lineup is here, and Asus isn't wasting any time getting Intel's latest chips into its Republic of Gamers notebooks.

The ROG G752 lineup will probably be Asus' bread-and-butter in this segment. These three machines are all built around the same 17.3" chassis. Core i7-6700HQ CPUs are standard, while a beefier Core i7-6820HK chip will be available in the highest-end G752VY. Graphics come courtesy of Nvidia GeForce mobile chips, ranging from a GTX 965M with 2GB of RAM in the base G752VL, to a GTX 970M with 3GB or 6GB of RAM in the G752VT, to a GTX 980M with 4GB or 8GB of RAM in the G752VY.

Those innards will drive 1080p IPS screens in the G752VL and G752VT. A 4K screen will be available as an option in the G752VY, as well. All of these displays will include Nvidia's Mobile G-Sync variable-refresh-rate tech for smooth animation. Other options include 1TB or 2TB of mechanical storage alongside 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of PCIe-based solid-state drives. Each of these machines can address up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM running at 2133 MT/s. Aspirants to the Republic of Gamers family will have their choice of "plasma copper, armor titanium, and lava red" paint jobs, too. The G752 series will have a starting price of $1500 when it hits store shelves in Q4 of this year.

Another model that the company is only teasing right now is called the GX700. This monster of a machine manages to raise my eyebrows even in the typically over-the-top world of gaming laptops. Asus says this system will come with its own liquid-cooling dock, presumably to chill a top-end Skylake chip and Nvidia graphics card. The extra cooling power may be needed to rein in the factory-overclockable CPU's thermals when owners turn the knobs to 11. Those guts will drive a 17" 4K display, but details are otherwise scant. Asus says the GX700 series will be available in Q4 of this year. We're certainly curious to see what else is going on inside this intimidating-looking system.

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