Asus unveils a fleet of Pascal-powered ROG gaming laptops

Now that the cat's out of the bag regarding the new mobile GeForces, everyone's announcing updates to their gaming laptops. Asus has no fewer than six new ROG notebooks coming soon with Pascal cards, in regular 15-inch, thick 17-inch, and massive 18-inch sizes.

The star of this particular show is the ROG GX800, which we saw briefly at Computex this year. It does this machine a disservice to refer to it as simply a gaming laptop, as this "portable" system is more powerful than the overwhelming majority of desktops. Asus isn't sharing the full specs of the machine just yet, but we know it includes a Intel Skylake Core i7-K series processor, up to 64GB of RAM, and a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 mobile cards in SLI.

All that number-crunching horsepower requires a lot of regular old power. To bring its full performance to bear, this machine requires both a second power adapter and an external liquid-cooling dock. You'll want every bit of GPU performance, too, as the display only comes in 4K resolution. Asus refers to the the laptop's RGB-LED-backlit keyboard as "MechTAG", which apparently stands for "Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming."

The ROG G800 is essentially the same laptop as the GX800, but it forgoes one of the GTX 1080s and the watercooling dock. A single mobile GTX 1080 should still suffice for most gamers, though. The G800 has the same K-series processor, 64GB of memory, and 4K display as its liquid-cooled sibling. The MechTAG keyboard on G800 only offers red-colored lighting, which we guess may come as a dealbreaker for some people.

Next up are the ROG G752 laptops. While they may seem puny compared to the beastly brutes described above, the machines in the G752 series are no slouches either. The 17-inch G752VS and G752VM both pack unlocked Skylake Core i7s, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and 120 Hz IPS displays. The two models differ in the graphics hardware on board—the G752VM has a mobile GTX 1060, while the G752VS comes with a GTX 1070.

Finally, if you don't mind sacrificing a little performance in exchange for a laptop that won't give you back problems later in life, the ROG Strix GL502 series should fit the bill. These are relatively slim 15-inch laptops with IPS screens. Much like the G752s described above, the GL502 laptops come in VS and VM varieties. The GL502VM packs a mobile GTX 1060, while the VS variant has a GTX 1070. Asus says these machines come with Skylake quad-core CPUs.

This is normally the part where we would tell you how much the new models would be and when they're coming, but Asus didn't share that information with us. We did spot a couple of pretties on Newegg, though: a GL502VS with a Core i7-6700HQ CPU and 16GB of memory for $1699, and a G752VS with a Core i7-6820HK and 32GB of memory for $2499. Both machines include dedicated mobile GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards. The top-end G800 and GX800 models aren't listed yet, but given the hardware on offer there, "if you have to ask..."

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