The beast unleashed: Overclocking the ASUS ROG GX700
This article is also contributed by Sophia Dao.
A force to be reckoned with
There are gaming notebooks, and then there are gaming notebooks. The ASUS ROG GX700 clearly falls into the latter category. One look at the ROG GX700, and any other gaming laptop – even one with the top-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M – seems tame by comparison. And we haven’t even gotten into its specifications yet! Thanks to its outlandish liquid-cooling dock, the ROG GX700 is truly one-of-a-kind, and even extravagant affairs like the Aftershock W-15 don’t quite compare.
Even though we’ve already written extensively about the GX700 in a preview article and full review, the laptop has never ceased to amaze us. Here’s a brief recap of its specifications (the components can speak for themselves):
- Intel Core i7-6820HK (2.7GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
- 32GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- Dual M.2 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 (configurable with up to dual 512GB SSDs)
- 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display with support for NVIDIA G-Sync (4K display also available)
If the 32GB of DDR4 RAM doesn’t already impress you, remember that you’re also getting an overclockable mobile processor, a top-end desktop graphics card, and a blazing-fast storage configuration. The specifications in the brackets are what you get if you opt for a unit with a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) display.
On top of that, it also has all the connectivity options you could possibly need, including two USB Type-C ports (one Thunderbolt 3, one USB 3.1), three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort connector, and even a dedicated low-profile Gigabit Ethernet jack.
But you already know all that. This time, we’re going to push the ROG GX700 by manually overclocking it. The ROG GX700 has been expressly designed to enable overclocking, and with a liquid-cooling dock to go with it, we’re quite excited to see how much extra performance we can squeeze out of the notebook.
Over on the next page, we’ve also taken apart both the laptop and the dock to take a peek at its innards and better understand the cooling apparatus.