Here are key points about the G701.
Overclockable Mobile CPU: The Intel i7-6820HK is one very interesting CPU. Most people would consider overclocking a mobile CPU to be taboo since cooling is one of the most important aspects to facilitate a stable overclock. But with Skylake's low TDP and ASUS's solid cooling solution, it's not only possible but also useful. You can use the standard profile when on the go, and then set the system up to overclock the CPU when plugged in. That way you can have the best of both worlds.
1TB RAID 0 Array: Two x4 PCI-E 3.0 NVMe based M.2 drives in RAID 0? Don't mind if I do, and the G701 has it all setup out of the box. The blistering speeds and large storage space offered by the 1TB array facilitates a very speedy experience.
Integrated Audio: While the Realtek codec isn't anything special, the Sabre ESS dedicated DAC and driver chips along with the Texas Instruments amplifier produces excellent audio. Plug in your headphones and the G701 delivers an impressive audio experience for a notebook.
ROG Aesthetics: People love sleek looking products, and ASUS's ROG products are some of the sleekest. The G701 has two orange strips on its lid that light up and red LEDs under the keyboard. My favorite part is the window on the underside of the notebook where you can get a peek at the hardware within the beast since there are red LEDs under the heat sinks. The color theme and ROG trimmings are a nice touch.
Thunderbolt 3: ASUS didn't forget content creators and those who want the fastest in consumer connectivity. With Thunderbolt 3, you get the latest and greatest in type-C technology at 40 Gb/s.
Very Heavy: The G701 isn't lightweight by any means, on the contrary, it's very heavy. Perhaps even too heavy to lug around with you everywhere you go.
No 2.5" Storage: The G701 does offer a 1TB RAID 0 array, but adding to that with more internal storage isn't going to happen. The only internal storage option is M.2, and there is no SATA connection for a 2.5" SSD or HDD.
The ASUS G701 is loaded with extremely high-end hardware. In almost every aspect, it's a direct competitor to most custom desktops. Its CPU is a top of the line mobile Intel Core i7 with overclocking support. Our unit came with 64GB of DDR4, a 1TB Samsung SM951 RAID 0 array, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 8GB of VRAM. The G701 is the crème de la crème of high-performance mobile notebooks, and can handle pretty much everything thrown its way.
While our sample came with a 1080p FHD display, you can get the G701 with a 4K UHD panel for even better resolution. While you can go for the 4K display, you should realize that 4K gaming isn't very easy for mobile GPUs, and 1080p is enough to experience beautiful graphics on a 17.3" panel.
The G701 isn't without its issues; battery life isn't that great, it's heavy, and can't take more than 1TB of internal storage. Still, I will say that the G701 is one of the most feature filled and powerful notebooks I have reviewed thus far, and with the new notebooks with the GTX 1000M series GPUs on the market, soon enough its high price should drop to something more reasonable.
Overall, if you want a super-fast, loaded, and sleek gaming notebook, then the ASUS G701 is well worth a look.
|Performance (including Overclocking)||96%|
|Quality including Design and Build||92%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||88%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: The ASUS ROG G701 notebook is a top performer in almost all categories, but you can also increase the performance by overclocking this fully loaded beast.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
- Page 3 [Physical Overview Continued]
- Page 4 [Software and BIOS]
- Page 5 [System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO and Battery Performance]
- Page 8 [Thermal Performance]
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