At Skylake launch, Intel introduced two new mobile processor lines; mobile Xeons and overclockable mobile processors. Today, I take a look at ASUS's G701 gaming notebook equipped with an overclockable mobile Core i7 CPU, the i7 6820HK. Now, for a notebook to be considered a gaming product, it must also carry a discrete graphics processor. In the case of the G701, a NVIDIA GTX 980M is used. While it is true that the 980M is no longer king since the launch of the GTX 1000 series mobile graphics processors, this notebook is still very capable of rendering high frame rates at a slightly lower cost since the GTX 980M is no longer NVIDIA's most powerful mobile GPU.
The G701 is a 17" notebook, and while I have reviewed a lot of 17" notebooks, this is the first one that uses an FHD (1920x1080) panel instead of a UHD (3840x2160) panel. While some might consider that a negative, I do not consider it as a weakness. In fact, a 17" panel is not that big, and 1080p is more than enough pixels to produce a worthwhile gaming experience. The G701 I am looking at today is equipped with a 1TB RAID 0 array based on two 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 x4 PCI-E 3.0 SSDs. The super-fast storage coupled with the overclockable mobile processor and high-end mobile gaming GPU should produce a very powerful mobile gaming system. Let's take a look.
Like most notebooks, the G701 comes in many different configurations. However, they will all use the i7-6820HK processor with 4 cores and 8 threads. The processor runs at 2.7GHz base frequency with a 3.6GHz Turbo, and 3.8GHz if you overclock it. Our unit uses a GTX 980M with 8GB of VRAM, two 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 SSDs in RAID 0, and an Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 7265 Wireless AC and Bluetooth card. The panel is a 17.3" LED FHD (1920 x 1080) anti-glare panel with 72% NTSC with wide view technology. The notebook is a little heavy at 7.9lbs. It's also not small at 17x12x13" (WxDxH).
The CPUz screens show our unit with an overclock. The overclock was configured through ASUS's software in Windows and applied upon reboot. Our G701 has an immense 64GB of DDR4 running at 2400MHz. The unit also has Thunderbolt 3, a refined audio DAC, and a 6-cell 93 Whrs battery. To power all of this, ASUS provides a 230W power adapter.
The G701 comes in many different forms; ours costs roughly $3200. The price should drop as the GTX 1000M series mobile GPUs become more widespread.
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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]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]