You thought you’ve seen it all with the introduction of the external liquid-cooling laptops when Asus’s gaming laptop line presented the GX700 to the world. You need to think again with the newer version of an amazing ROG laptop! To spice up things and get away from a normal review, I pit the GX8oo against the GT51 SH desktop PC.

The ROG is a desktop made easy for those who like to be mobile and deliver a punch in their gaming and performance.

Let’s start with the obvious, the looks of the GX800

Casing and looks:

I said that the ROG GX800 packs a punch and is a portable PC, and I mean it: not a laptop; a portable PC. It is a 5.6 kg gaming rig that’s almost double the weight of its predecessor, the ROG GX700.

It comes with an external, liquid-cooling unit that weighs almost 5 Kgs which will make the laptop’s total weight something around 15kg with all the power adapters thrown in to the mix! It packs a 17″ screen which blends 4K resolution with metal and high-quality plastic and rubber lining, making it tankier than the GX700 and stiff and rugged like the GT51. Since this is a flat PC or a PC built horizontally, the ROG GX800

Since this is a flat PC, or a PC built horizontally, the ROG GX800 doesn’t lack the ports. In fact, there are three full-size USB 3 ports, two further USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 3 compatible), a Mini DisplayPort 1.4 jack, an HDMI 2.0 port, separate 3.5mm jacks for headphones and a microphone, an SD card reader, a gigabit Ethernet port and an extra dedicated port for an optional external Wi-Fi aerial.

 

Performance and Storage:

This is where the meat is! I will expand the performance into two parts, where the first part will be the CPU and the second part in the GPU. With Intel’s i7 77000 that can be overclocked to 4.4GHz, you really don’t need to think about performance. The GPU on the other hand, is in fact Nvidia 1080 SLI 16GB VRAM which can be overclocked as well. These two elements are top notch and recent techs which can corner some desktops. I did mention that I will compare the ROG GX800 to the ROG GT51 which can have almost an identical hardware except for the motherboard and power supply unit. The heat dissipates very good if you are not connected to the liquid cooling unit which you might end being connected to it most of the time to unleash the full potential of your laptop, in fact, it matched the same performance of the GT51 while the cooling unit was connected but dropped 32% when that unit was detached.

The GPU, on the other hand, is the Nvidia 1080 SLI 16GB VRAM which can be overclocked as well. These two elements are top notch and recent techs which can corner some desktops. I did mention that I will compare the ROG GX800 to the ROG GT51 which can have an almost identical hardware except for the motherboard and power supply unit. The heat dissipates very good if you are not connected to the liquid-cooling unit which you might end being connected to it most of the time to unleash the full potential of your laptop, in fact, it matched the same performance of the GT51 while the cooling unit was connected but dropped 32% when that unit was detached.

Putting the GX800 in the mud through stressful tests was something unique and eye-opening. Scoring of the stress test was remarkebly close to the GT51. In fact the PC Mark 8 Home 3.0 garnered a score of 4855, not only that, but in the Creative 3.0 test scored 8866 and in the Work 2.0 it scored 4843. All impressive scores as expected. Thanks to the 64GBs of RAM with ROG HyperDrive RAID 0 SSD of a 1.5 tera bytes that’s got MLC NAND which is extremely fast in transfer speeds of an average read speed of 850 MB/s and write speeds of 782 MB/s.

The sound design, or sound system of the laptop, is really the best. Asus claims this is the world’s first gaming laptop with two 34mm x 11mm 2W tweeters at the base of the display that direct sound toward you with two 280 2W squawker speakers right beneath the keyboard which reflects the sound in a similar way of audio chambers but only this is just bigger and better as your desk has better sound displacement properties than your paw. But this is taken to a whole new level when you plug in headphones. It’s proper audiophile stuff going on here and you can hear it. Asus has included a ESS Sabre DAC and amp combo that allows for playback of 32bit/384KHz, which means pristine quality audio. What further adds to the drama is the extremely useful Sonic Studio software that allows you to take control of the sound. You get traditional controls and features like the Profile Manager, Equalizer, Asus Perfect Voice, Casting Enhancer and much more.

The ROG Gaming Center is a must in any of those ROGs out there and the GX800 is not exception, blend that with the ability to control your entire rig from your phone and you will get yourself some serious jealousy . Go on, you can download the ROG Gaming Centre app on your Android phone and all you need to do is scan the code that the software on the laptop displays. This app allows immense control over the system remotely, like CPU Clock Frequency, Temperature etc. Not only that, but you can switch between the Turbo Gear options for overclocking and select any of the three available and change them. Also available is the ability to switch Game Profiles, but what’s really cool is that you can launch all the utility apps from your phone.

 

The Verdict

The ROG GX800 is a PC in disguise as long as you are keeping that big’o cooling unit attached to it. It really matched the performance of the GT51 yet drooped the ball once the cooling unit was detached from it. In case you didn’t notice, this laptop, the GX8oo was compared to the GT51, yeah, that price tag is certainly BIG! The GX800 is for the serious gamers who don’t tolerate performance over mobility or mobility over quality, it is for those who adore craftsmanship and gaming on the go with their friends and their LAN parties.