ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Mothership GZ700GX GZ700GX-XB98K
Laptop announced date: 6th November 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
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Is the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2021 gaming. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile is no problem, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice of GPU. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 64GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Far Cry 6, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5 to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. We find a GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 499 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile is also capable of running 482 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the ROG Mothership GZ700GX laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
We score the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 2.2 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the ROG Mothership GZ700GX laptop is in 1st position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
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|Processor||Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$6,499.99||0%|
|i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$6499.99||0%|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 462% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 391% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our ROG Mothership GZ700GX laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 17% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz processor.
The Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 487 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Far Cry 6 and our laptop processor gets 21% better performance rating. Next we have God of War 2018 where our CPU gets 40% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Forza Horizon 5, which has a performance difference of : 41% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz.
How does the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our ROG Mothership GZ700GX review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 16% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 482 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 499 games.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile against Far Cry 6. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 11% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have God of War 2018 and our laptop was 59% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Forza Horizon 5 which we saw our review laptop get 22% better compared to our laptop gpu.
The ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 144Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $311.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $618. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $618, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
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So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX i9-9980HK RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.