CES 2018 – Asus took the wraps off the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G703, the first notebook with a 144Hz display. Highlights of this notebook include a factory-overclocked Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.
144Hz Display in a Notebook
Previous Asus ROG notebooks, including the G701VI, had a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. We’ve also seen such displays on competing notebooks, like the Alienware 17 R4. However, the ROG G703 is the first notebook we’ve seen with a 144Hz refresh rate. That has only been available on desktop monitors up until now. We’re not certain such a high refresh rate is necessary on a notebook; even the GeForce GTX 1080 will struggle to produce 144 frames per second (fps) in today’s titles without lowering in-game detail settings. Don’t think we’re complaining, though. The display has IPS panel technology for wide viewing angle support, as well.
The ROG G703 has a number of other special features, including a keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting. Each key can be set to one of 16.7 million colors. In addition, it has a built-in Xbox wireless control module. (You’ll need to supply your own controller.) Last, its cooling system has a built in anti-dust feature.
Asus ROG G703 Technical Specifications
The Intel Core i7-7820HK quad-core processor in the ROG G703 is factory overclocked up to 4.3GHz. That should make it quite a bit faster than the Core i7-7700HQ processor commonly found in gaming notebooks. Its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is also factory overclocked; Asus says its core clock can reach 1,974MHz. The GPU’s memory can be overclocked, too.
The G703VI-XH74K SKU of this notebook has a whopping 32GB of memory and 512GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. It also has a 1TB hard drive for secondary storage.
Don’t expect all of this power to come in a lightweight package. The ROG G703 is 10.4 pounds, and is two inches thick. We suspect its 8-cell battery won’t sustain it for more than a few hours off the plug.