ASUS has introduced its unique ROG Mothership GZ700GX convertible desktop replacement laptop that combines performance, mobility, and versatility of a desktop computer. Equipped with a G-Sync-enabled 17.3-inch display featuring a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, the notebook is powered by Intel’s six-core Core i9 processor as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX graphics.

Traditionally, 2-in-1 and convertible laptops are meant to provide benefits offered by notebooks and tablets, so they are supposed to be light and portable. With its ROG Mothership GZ700GX, ASUS rethought the concept by combining a standard large gaming laptop with a 2-in-1 in a bid to improve cooling of internal components (i.e., boost performance) and provide some additional comfort. Three years ago, engineers from ASUS concluded that high-performance laptops starved for airflow because the air intake on their bottoms could not draw enough air to cool down hot components. As a result, they decided to put key components behind the display instead and found that temperatures were indeed lower this way. Designers from ASUS also found that gamers prefer to put their keyboards in various positions on their desk, which is not possible if a laptop keyboard is used. Therefore they determined that they needed to go with a detachable wireless keyboard with a numpad too.

 

Essentially, the ROG Mothership is a relatively small CNC-machined all-aluminum all-in-one desktop PC featuring a 17.3-inch Full-HD display with a kickstand that can be easily transported and which offers performance and features of higher-end desktop gaming machines.

The ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX convertible is based on Intel’s six-core overclockable Core i9-8950HK processor accompanied by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. The CPU works at up to 4.3 GHz with all six cores activated, but actual clocks of the GPU are unclear. To cool down both chips as well as their VRMs, ASUS uses a special cooling system comprised of four large heatsinks featuring 375 0.1-mm thick copper fins in total as well as two powerful 12 V blowers.

The system can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory as well as four PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, two of which are attached directly to the CPU to provide an extreme bandwidth (this also means that the GPU has four PCIe lanes in its possession).

 

Connectivity wise, the ROG Mothership GZ700GX offers a fairly standard set of technologies that includes an 802.11ac/802.11ax Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 5.0 controller, a GbE, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C/VirtualLink connector, three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A headers, an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card slot, as well as 3.5-mm audio jacks for a headset and a microphone. In addition, the PC has a Windows Hello-compatible webcam, four speakers, a microphone array, and a bunch of programmable RGB LEDs to make the thing look trendy.

Being very powerful, the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX is also pretty large. It is 41 cm wide and nearly 3 cm thick, so it is not going to be easy to carry around, especially keeping in mind that its weight totals 4.7 kilograms. Battery capacity of the unit is unclear, but the convertible machine comes with two 280 W power supplies.

The ASUS ROG Mothership General Specifications
  GZ700GX
Display Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution 1920×1080
Response Time 3 ms
Refresh Rate 144 Hz with NVIDIA G-Sync
Color Gamut sRGB: 100%
CPU Intel Core i9-8950HK processor:
6C/12T,
2.9 GHz Base
4.8 GHz Turbo
45 W TDP
RAM Up to 64 GB DDR4-2667
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with 8 GB GDDR6
Storage Up to three 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ax or 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module
Bluetooth BT 5.0
General Ports 1 × Thunderbolt 3 for data, display output
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C/VirtualLink
3 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × GbE
Other I/O HD webcam,
TRRS connector for audio,
speakers,
microphone array,
SD card reader
Dimensions (W × D × H) 41 × 32 × 2.99 cm
16.14 × 12.6 × 1.17 inches
Weight 4.7 kg | 10.36 pounds
Battery Life ?
Price ?

The ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX will be available in the second quarter. ASUS plans to disclose the final configuration(s) of the convertible notebook at launch, along with the price.

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Source: ASUS

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  • Opencg - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    i agree. if youre going to have a flagship laptop might as well give it the best screen possible. otherwise a mini atx and monitor would be better / cheaper and do the same thing. but idk maybe its some pimped out ips with great colors and angles and no glow Reply
  • Diji1 - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    >1080p is easy to drive and doesn't need an RTX 2080

    Some games will fully utilise a GTX 1080 Ti at 1920x1080 144 FPS eg. PUBG
    Reply
  • Diji1 - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    2560x1440 on a 17" screen for games though? Reply
  • SquarePeg - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    *Smiles to self and imagines whipping this out down at the local coffee shop. Reply
  • danjw - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    Give me this without the display & battery, and replace the 2080 with a 2080 Ti. That would be something that would be interesting. This just seem clunky. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    But without the display, you don't have the CPU or graphics card or battery. The system isn't in the keyboard like an 80s home computer.

    And putting it all back in the keyboard restores the cooling issues for no gain. You've now just got a laptop with no screen.
    Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    But without the display, you don't have the CPU or graphics card or battery. The system isn't in the keyboard like an 80s home computer.

    And putting it all back in the keyboard restores the cooling issues for no gain. You've now just got a laptop with no screen.
    Reply
  • milkod2001 - Friday, January 25, 2019 - link

    This could be very decent mobile production lappy for video, photo, teethering if they went with some lower GPU and presuming screen is half decent. Reply
  • jahid - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - link

    Now available this Laptop in Bangladesh. Reply
  • VicMamugs - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    May i know how much is this, and how can i buy it..?please reply... Reply

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