There is a lot of gaming related focus at CES this year, and there is a lot of gaming related focus at the Asus booth as well. The company has announced a host of gaming devices and peripherals that include 7 ROG laptops, 4 ROG PCs among gaming motherboards and peripherals.
While the 2017 lineup of Asus ROG laptops support 7th gen Intel Core i7 processors, it is the only upgrade that some of the models carry. Though the company hasn’t released any pricing information, it says all of its products showcased at the CES 2017 event are available across the globe.
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ROG’s 2017 gaming notebooks include GX800VH, G701, G752, GL502, GL702, GL553 and GL753.
The top of the line GX800VH comes with a tank attached to it, deploying Hydro Over-clocking liquid-cooling system for extreme over clocking performance. Suing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 in 2-way SLI for graphics, Asus says it is the world’s first gaming laptop with an 18-inch 4K UHD panel and NVIDIA G-SYNC. It also has a MechTAG mechanical-switch keyboard, which features anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover, and a customizable ROG Aura RGB LED effects for each key.
ROG G752 and G701 are both VR-ready laptops sporting the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and unlocked Core i7 processors. The laptops deploy a ‘3D Vapour Chamber’ cooling system that Asus claims is ROG-exclusive and keeps the GPU 7-degree Celsius cooler than the usual cooling mechanisms do. G752 and G701 have Full HD display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for 120Hz refresh rates, HyperDrive RAID 0, NVMe and PCIe storage and a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard.
The GL502 and GL702 are smaller in size and a more affordable offerings, that are however VR-ready, come with Intel 7th Generation processors and 120Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC panels, but miss out on the ‘3D Vapour Chamber’ cooling system. Both run the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070/1060 GPUs and feature a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard. The GL553 and GL753 keep the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor but with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti/1050 cards for graphics.
The Asus ROG’s gaming desktop lineup is refreshed with GT51CH, G20CI, GD30 and GR8 II deploying 7th gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA graphics. They have upgraded cooling systems and come pre-installed with ASUS software — Aegis III to monitor real-time system performance and tweak parameters accordingly.
The ROG GT51CH runs an overclocked 4.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 2-way SLI graphics, and comes installed with 64GB DDR4 memory. It supports stutter-free 4K UHD output has the SABRE headphone DAC and amplifier that delivers 32-bit/384kHz audio output.
The ROG GD30 has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics and better cooling mechanism while the G20CI is a small-form-factor (SFF) gaming PC supporting graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM. It also features the SABRE audio DAC. But ROG GR8 II is the smallest among them, housed in a tinny four-liter chassis. Asus says it is built for VR and has the most advanced graphics in its class using the NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GPU.
Gaming motherboards showcased at the CES event include the ROG Strix series — Z270E, Z270F and Z270H Gaming ATX motherboards, Z270G mATX and Z270I mini-TX, a ROG Strix Magnus gaming microphone, ROG Gladius II, Impact and Evolve gaming mouse with 50-million clicks Omron switches.
Asus also debuted the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router that takes inspiration from a spider (laid upside down?). It has a tri-band Wi?Fi (a notch above dual-band), eight-port gigabit-LAN and 1.8GHz quad-core CPU to support better network gaming.