Introducing the ROG Chimera gaming laptop and its ultra-fast 144Hz display
The designers and engineers in the Republic of Gamers took all those factors into account when developing the new ROG Chimera gaming laptop. They paired a cutting-edge Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with powerful cooling that lets you overclock beyond stock speeds. Then they added an ultra-smooth 144Hz G-Sync display with 7-ms pixel response and upgraded the keyboard with a new layout, longer travel, and per-key RGB lighting. The result is a laptop that rivals the premium gaming experience available on high-end desktops.
The GPU needs to sling frames fast enough to saturate the display, but that won’t be a problem for the Chimera’s desktop-class GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X memory. It has more than enough power to push triple-digit frame rates at the laptop’s 1080p native resolution.
the GTX 1080 can deliver compelling virtual reality experiences with popular headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The discrete graphics chip is joined by Intel’s Core i7-7820HK CPU, whose quad cores and eight threads equip the Chimera to handle a wide range of demanding workloads that includes content creation and heavy multitasking. Although it normally tops out at 3.9GHz, the CPU is unlocked for easy tweaking and factory overclocked to 4.3GHz right out of the box. The DDR4-2800 memory also runs faster than stock, and you can push the system’s clock speeds even higher with our ROG Gaming Center software.
The ROG Chimera gaming laptop beefs up to 51 mm thick to make room for an elaborate cooling system. For this class of laptop, we think it’s worth adding a little thickness for cooling that helps expand overclocking headroom and maintain higher clock speeds while gaming.
A new keyboard design helps the ROG Chimera gaming laptop emulate the tactile feel of a desktop system. The full-sized layout puts everything in its right place, with each key offering a generous 2.5 mm of travel. N-key rollover ensures keystrokes register precisely, regardless of how many other keys you’re mashing at the same time.
Dual tweeters sit at the base of the display and fire directly toward you, while a pair of larger full-range speakers add depth and volume by shooting out the bottom and bouncing sound off your desk. The four speakers have 10W of output power between them, and smart amp technology carefully monitors the output to prevent damage and distortion when the volume gets turned up to 11.
The ROG Chimera gaming laptop boasts an ESS Sabre HiFi headphone DAC with greater range and less distortion than typical solutions. The chip supports audio up to 32 bits and 384kHz, making the most of high-definition tracks that offer more nuance and detail than standard recordings.
With up to 64GB of DDR4-2800 memory onboard, the ROG Chimera gaming laptop has faster RAM than most desktops—and more of it, too. The chassis can hold dual M.2 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 for peak storage performance, and room for a 2.5” drive provides extra capacity for overflowing game libraries. With some titles pushing nearly 100GB a pop, you’re going to want all the storage you can get.
External displays get plenty of love from HDMI 2.0, which is ideal for big-screen TVs, and Mini DisplayPort 1.4, which is ready for G-Sync desktop monitors. Both outputs are capable of driving 4K resolutions at 60Hz, as is the Type-C port. You can even connect displays to all three simultaneously for a triple-wide 4K60 setup.