ASUS announces new NVIDIA 800M-packing gaming laptops
By Chris Wood
March 17, 2014
ASUS has announced an update to its Republic of Gamers (ROG) range, with the new models featuring recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M graphics solutions. Though detailed specs are yet to be released, the new systems are set to be powerful new additions to the angular 17.3-inch ROG G750 series.
Since NVIDIA unveiled its latest 800M notebook graphics solutions last week, a number of manufacturers have announced product upgrades and refreshes to accommodate the new tech. Today, ASUS joins that list with the new ROG G750JZ, JM and JS models.
As of yet there are no prices or release date for the new laptops, but we do know that they’ll feature 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4700 CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M graphics “up to the top-of-the-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX880M GPU.”
Based on the current G750 range, we’re expecting screen resolutions no higher than 1920 x 1080, up to 32GB RAM and a price tag north of US$2,000 for the high-end model.
Though those basic specs are fairly standard for gaming machines of this level, ASUS does aim to bring something a little extra to the party.
The new systems will ship with the company’s TurboMaster technology, an overclocking solution that “lets users easily and safely overclock the GPU by up to five percent.” The systems will also come with a GPU Tweak utility for any further overclocking experiments.
The new G750 systems will also feature upgraded cooling with independent GPU and CPU heat-pipe-based systems, and a design to minimize user distraction from that inevitable fan noise. The systems support triple display and 4K output, and ship with Killer Wireless-N 1202 networking solutions.
Factor in the 800M series’ BatteryBoost and GeForce ShadowPlay features detailed by NVIDIA last week, and the new G750 machines start to look like an interesting option for anyone eyeing an upgrade to the latest GPU tech.
That said, it’s difficult to match the new systems up against the competition in the absence of pricing information. Laptops such as MSI’s new GT Dominator or Razer’s updated Blade offer some significant competition when it comes to NVIDIA 800M-packing machines.