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The Asus ROG GX800VH, a liquid cooled monstrosity of a gaming laptop, is one of those things that, like 4K phones or the Apple Watch, is wholly unnecessary yet awfully desirable.
Beneath its fully mechanical, RBG-lit keyboard is Intel’s top-of-the-line mobile i7-7820HK processor, which is based on the same Kaby Lake architecture as the i7-7700K and is similarly overclockable.
There are two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards paired in SLI, 64GB of DDR4 memory, and an 18.4-inch 4K display with G-Sync.
Buying one costs £6,600/$6,300, which is an astonishing amount of money even considering the tech that’s included.
Specs at a glance: Asus ROG GX800VH
3840×2160 18.4-inch IPS G-Sync display 100 percent RGB
Windows 10 Home x64
4C/8T 2.9GHz Core i7-7820HK (OC to 4.4GHz)
64GB 2800MHz DDR4
2x Nvidia GTX 1080
2x 512GB NVMe SSD in RAID 0
802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF)
1 x Type C USB3.1 (GEN2) Thunderbolt
3 x Type A USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x Docking port (HOT swap)
1 x mini Display Port
1 x SD card reader
45.8 x 33.8 x 4.54 cm (WxDxH)
Dock: (Thermal Dock)
35.9 x 41.8 x 13.3 cm (WxDxH)
8 Cells 71 Whrs Battery, HD Web Camera, Mechanical Keyboard
The GX800VH certainly isn’t for everyone, then, not least those that want the most bang-for-the-buck.
But as an example of what’s possible on the bleeding edge when money is no object, it’s one of the finest pieces of technological willy-waving that we’ve ever seen.
Buying a GX800VH requires a commitment from both your credit card and your ego. Not only is the laptop itself physically large and covered in orange highlights, but it comes with both a backpack and a suitcase to carry the accompanying liquid cooling unit around—and the graphics on the suitcase are hardly what you’d call subtle.
Still, the suitcase—which is filled a pre-cut foam insert for the liquid cooling unit and extra power supply—and bag do make carrying the whole setup around that much easier, should you want to lug it around to a friend’s house or, if you’re seriously committed to gaming, on holiday.
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