At the heart of the G701VI is an unlocked and factory overclocked Intel Core i7 6820HK processor, which can be equipped with up to 64GB of overclocked 2400MHz DDR4 memory (32GB comes standard). ASUS is really pushing the G701VI as virtual reality powerhouse, and we can’t really blame the company given that NVIDIA’s top shelf Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 is included to handle your gaming needs.
Despite the fact that the G701VI has a GTX 1080 under the hood, the 17.3-inch 120Hz IPS panel with G-SYNC is still limited to a 1920x1080 resolution. While that means that you should be able to crank up the detail settings in all of your games and still experience fluid frame rates, you’re completely left out of 4K gaming on the go unless you want to hook up an external monitor.
Other features include a 512GB NVMe SSD as standard equipment (or two 512GB SSDs in a RAID-0 configuration), 3-in-1 media reader, anti-ghosting gaming keyboard (complete with 30-key rollover), USB 3.1 Type-C port, Thunderbolt 3 port, along with DisplayPort and HDMI connections. When it comes to networking, you’ll find Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and GbE – all standard fare for a modern notebook.
Although the G701VI is by no means a lightweight gaming notebook (weighing in at 8.3 pounds with its 93 WHr battery), it’s still a lot more portable than its obese GX800 sibling which tops 22 pounds fully decked out.
The ASUS ROG G701VI is available now, priced at $3,099 with 32GB of RAM and a single 512GB SSD. If you opt for 64GB of RAM and dual 512GB SSDs in RAID-0, the price balloons to $3,699. You can purchase the laptops from a number of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.