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ASUS ROG G701 17.3" Overclockable Gaming Notebook Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 10:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Software

 

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ASUS's Gaming Center is where you will find a lot of ASUS's unique features, including overclocking. You can launch utilities from a small panel in the lower right corner. You are also able to control lighting and other effects.

 

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The Gaming Center also allows you to disable the touchpad and control audio features. The notebook also has Macro keys, and you can customize them through Gaming Profile Settings.

 

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Overclocking is done through the Turbo Gear Settings menu. You can increase the multiplier to 38x and control the BCLK. There are standard and extreme presets along with manual tuning. Once you choose your settings, a warning pops up and shows you how to recover if the overclock fails. After accepting the disclaimer, the system will restart and apply your overclock.

 

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The MacroKey utility lets you link software applications to the keys. Sonic Studio II allows you to choose audio effects.

 

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Sonic Radar II provides gaming specific effects customized per game. ASUS's GameFirst IV utility allows you to control network traffic.

 

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ASUS's WebStorage application allows you to setup a personal cloud. ASUS's Live Update utility will automatically check for newer driver and software versions and allow you to update them simply.

 

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ASUS Smart Gesture lets you customize the touchpad. ASUS USB Charger+ allows you to increase charging current at the designated USB port on the right side of the notebook.

 

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When you first boot into Windows, ASUS's welcome application shows you around. ASUS also provides an On-Screen Display Utility.

 

 

BIOS

 

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The BIOS on the ASUS G701 looks very basic, and it does not offer much over what you might expect from an OEM system. Overclocking has to be done through ASUS's Windows application. The 1TB RAID 0 array is already setup, and the OS is already installed. You won't need to enter the BIOS to have a solid experience with the notebook.

 

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