It’s been a few months since we last saw the Asus ROG Mothership—the part-laptop, part-desktop gaming behemoth—but since its CES 2019 debut, it has only gotten even crazier since then.
Asus has finally told us the full specs of its 17-inch hybrid gaming machine will include Intel’s newest Core i9-9980HK processor fitted alongside a factory-overclocked Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.
The new 9th Generation H-series processor lays on the speed with a maximum 4.7GHz Turbo frequency. Meanwhile, the Asus ROG Mothership features a non-Max Q version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 that will be able to achieve a maximum 1,880Mhz boost clock—that said, it’s not a desktop-grade part like the one found in the Acer Predator Helios 700.
The Asus ROG Mothership’s other over the top specs include up to 64GB DDR4, a configurable HyperDrive Extreme RAID storage array for 8.7GB/s read speeds, and your choice of either a 4K 60Hz display with 100% RGB color reproduction or a 1080p screen designed for smoother gameplay up to 144Hz.
During a short hands on session, I was able to play with two fully loaded Asus ROG Motherships featuring Intel Core i9-9980HK and Nvidia RTX 2080 parts, but one equipped with a 4K screen and the other a Full HD display. While playing Battlefield V on Ultra, the Full HD model was able to maintain a 90fps experience with Ultra ray tracing effects. Meanwhile, the 4K variant performed just as admirably with a 60-70 fps experience while running at Ultra quality settings and ray tracing set to medium.
While the Asus ROG Mothership’s massive size, weight, and arguably stiff support system (not to mention it needs two power bricks to power it) make it impossible to use on your lap, it seems like the perfect desktop replacement. This machine’s performance already looks to be incredible, outclassing even some of the top gaming PCs and it’s still technically portable, assuming you have a bag big enough and a back strong enough to carry it.
I’m personally even more impressed by its potential as the ultimate home theater PC. I could easily see myself using a machine this capable for work all day and then connecting it to a 4K TV for some big-screen gaming or movie watching—it even has a built-in wireless keyboard and touchpad to make it couch-friendly.
Of course, my biggest worry about a machine this massively powerful is how much it will cost, which is still a mystery as Asus has yet to announce pricing. While we wait for the inevitably heavy price tag, this 17-inch gaming laptop is set to release in Q2 2019, which should mean we should see this laptop release in the next couple of months.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
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