At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, new laptops from ROG were on display featuring the latest 7th Gen. Intel Core i7 processors. The new processors add several optimizations, for gaming laptops, some of the most beneficial ones would be the efficiency meaning you can Turbo Boost to higher speeds for longer, Speed Shift can change the clock speed faster to make the system more responsive, and a new media engine now shifts decoding into hardware which improves battery life and reduces heat. For the following laptops, you can see the boost in performance compared to the previous generation. The laptops getting the upgrade are ROG GX800, G701, G752, ROG Strix GL702/502 and GL753/553.
For the naming scheme, if we look at these new processors Intel Core i7-7820HK and i7-7820HQ for example, H denotes high performance (U for ultra low-power), K denotes overclockable quad-core chip, and Q denotes quad-core.
More ROG gaming laptops now feature super-fast 120Hz refresh rate and 4K Ultra-HD resolution!
The ultimate beast would natually get the upgrade, ROG GX800VH is an 18-inch gaming laptop now powered by an overclockable 7th Gen. Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and features two GTX 1080s in SLI graphics for monstrous gaming performance.
GX800VH features the exclusive Hydro Overclocking System, to provide liquid-cooling to all key components, and the route maximizes efficiency as the fresh cool liquid entering the laptop go straight to the processor and the first graphics card before reaching the second, which typically requires less cooling than the first. Extreme cooling means extreme performance from the processor, memory and graphics cards as they can overclocked even higher. The new Intel processor can now be overclocked to 4.3GHz (previously 4.2GHz), while the graphics cards also got a bump up to 2,075MHz (previously 1,961MHz). This translates to 20% more performance than other laptops with GTX 1080s in SLI.
GX800 features the Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming (MechTAG) keyboard with mechanical switches and customizable AURA RGB lighting for each individual key.
ROG G701 has been upgraded (again) to an overclockable Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, comes with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory bumped up to 2800MHz (from 2400MHz), and features an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5 video memory. G701VI has a 17.3-inch wide-viewing-angle Full-HD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC, a 4K IPS option is also available. To make everything load up faster, two M.2 PCIe X4 NMVe SSDs (solid-state drives) are configured in RAID 0.
Gamers will have precise control with 30-key rollover technology on the anti-ghosting backlit keyboard, amazing audio from the same built-in ESS Sabre ES9018K2M Hi-Fi DAC (digital-to-analog converter) as the Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly and paired with an ESS Sabre 9601 amplifier, and instant access to the all-new ROG Gaming Center, macros and gameplay recording via dedicated hotkeys.
ROG G752VS is a 17.3-inch gaming beast now powered by the new Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor paired with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory running at 2400MHz, is VR-ready with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 video memory, and comes with Windows 10 Pro. There's a new ROG G752VS OC Edition which has an unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor so you can overclock it to 4.3GHz, the memory is running at 2800MHz.
The new G752 is available with a Full-HD display with G-SYNC and a super-fast 120Hz refresh rate, or a 4K display with G-SYNC.
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ROG Strix GL502/GL702
The highly-popular ROG Strix GL502 and GL702 are back! Not only did they get a sexy brushed-metal makeover donning the ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme, they are now powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and feature NVIDIA GTX 1070 (VS) or GTX 1060 (VM) graphics. The 15.6-inch GL502 and 17.3-inch GL702 now also feature 120Hz wide-viewing-angle panels with G-SYNC. Both gaming laptops are compact and lightweight, offering a perfect balance between power and portability.
Both ROG Strix GL502/GL702 have anti-ghosting keyboards with red-backlit keys, 30-key rollover and highlighted WASD keys.
ROG Strix GL553/GL753
ROG Strix GL553 and GL753 also come with beefy 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ (VD) or i5-7300HQ (VE) processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and NVIDIA GTX 1050 or 1050Ti graphics.
GL553 offers a 15.6-inch display while GL753 offers a 17.3-inch display, Full-HD and Ultra-HD options are available for both. The keyboard features a larger space bar, isolated arrow keys, highlighted WASD keys and AURA RGB lighting across four zones.