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ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC Andrei Girbea Rating: 4 out of 5

Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC review and impressions – what to expect from an AMD Ryzen laptop


  1. Charlie

    August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    For content creators is a super mobile workstation. In raytracerts AMD GPU perform better that nvidia.

    • Ryan Eka

      October 24, 2017 at 10:25 am

      how to enable raytracer ?. bcoz in after effects, I can not enable it with my RX 480 an d R7 1700…

  2. sicily428

    August 23, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Is that Ryzen cpu soldered or not onto the motherboard? could you take a photo of that without the heatsink?

  3. Charlie

    August 23, 2017 at 8:20 am

    The problem is that it can not support more tdp with that cooling solution.

    This could be upgradable if proper motherboard firmware would be released.

    Even if Intel make 6core mobile cheaps I do not think in 45w tdp will much the performance not ryzen 1700 in multithreading.

  4. RMg

    August 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hi, have you tried maybe to undervolt the GPU? The RX 580 usually submit pretty well to undervolting and people say this bring the temperatures down pretty well without hurting performance. This is typical for AMD cards as of late. If you still have the machine it is worth a try.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      No, and I returned it already. Unfortunately my experience with AMD cards is basically null and I didn't think about this when I still had the laptop.

      • Ben Wagner

        October 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

        your lack of understanding amd cards is clear in the review, but you seem to do a decent job giving facts not traditional talking points. its clear that the 580 due to its clocks on a mobile platform is slightly slower than a 1060 in games and the power is also slightly higher for its lower performance which results in terrible battery life.
        This alone does not make it a bad laptop however. price is the ultimate deciding factor. even a 1060 would give this laptop 1:20 uptime gaming. you should have tried using amd power saving features such as radeon chill to determine effectiveness in this review

  5. Charlie

    August 24, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Do someone know the thickness of the mechanical HDD so to be able to be replaced with a 3 or 4 th 2.5". It makes sense for using it as a mobile workstation.

  6. Vlad

    September 12, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Given the fact that this is basically a desktop system put in a laptop case, I think it is very good. 40W consumed in normal tasks considering this doesn't have any graphics switching option, an 8 core CPU and a power hungry AMD GPU, 17 inch display and a chipset designed for desktop, I think it is pretty good.
    If you look at desktop replacements with Intel desktop CPUs (7700K) you will see that they are ~ same from consumption and acoustics perspective.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

      I agree, I just wanted to make sure potential buyers understand that. This is after all a laptop and people might expect to be able to use a laptop on battery :)

      • Jeff

        October 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

        No one would buy this expecting it to last long on a battery. Your review is kind of crap in a way. UEs Nvidia uses less power but that might buy you an extra 15 minutes of battery life at best. Neither AMD/Nvidia mid level GPUS will last long on battery power.

        • Andrei Girbea

          October 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

          :) Look at the TDP/performance ratio of the AMD chip that's included on this laptop and the Nvidia options. Battery life isn't the only issue, temps/noise are as well and they're associated with that higher TDP GPU.

          • Jeff

            October 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

            Really seen many of Jay 2 cents and other laptop reviews with 1060 or higher cards in them and all get very loud and hot. Even a 1050 laptop gets loud and hot. My point is any dGPU worthwhile from AMD/Nvidia is loud and hot. Ya okay Nvidia is a tad better not enough to be a valid argument.

          • Andrei Girbea

            October 19, 2017 at 9:57 am

            Based on my experience, laptops with 1060 get to about 48-50 dB at head level. This one gets to 60 dB, which is significantly noisier and imo, alongside the high TDP of this chip, valid arguments why this doesn't make sense in a laptop.

      • Jeff

        October 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

        So why does the AMD GPU not make sense? Because it is not Nvidia? A similar Nvidia 1060 will fair no better with power and heat in a Laptop environment.

        • Andrei Girbea

          October 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

          Look at the TDP of a 1060 chip. How does it not make more sense inside a laptop?

        • Raz

          October 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

          That cooling system looks like it would be enough for a gtx 1080 (or at least 1070), so yeah, getting 1060 max-q type of performance (in gaming) with that cooling system, really doesn't make sense!

          • Jeff

            November 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

            Geez you leave out its CPU performs like a desktop unlike every 1060 max-q system. Ahhh Nvidia has no CPU.

  7. Den

    September 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Finally a ROG laptop with a powerful and properly socketed cpu(not that BGA calculator-hardware that intel makes for laptops since 2015 and not LGA with enormous socket) …comes with a non-replaceable soldered on mid-level gpu. This is awkward.

  8. Bryan Hernandez

    October 9, 2017 at 12:21 am

    This laptop apparently isn't available in the United States. How would I go about getting my hands on one of these? The Amazon listing doesn't ship to the US.

    • Charlie

      October 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      thisis available only in uk and germany. all the others waiting for mid November. I tried to buy from both countries but no one is exporting even to other EU countries and the warranty is only local and that is too bad in case a technical problem show up.

  9. Othmar

    October 17, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Is it possible to upgrade the RAM modules with higher speed ones?

  10. anon

    October 26, 2017 at 1:09 am

    why aren't they selling it in the US ? also why is it standard with an ssd and 16 gb ram man 1500 dollars is hard to spend all at once would've rather been given the option to upgrade later, its so cool that the cpu is upgradable cause of ryzen 2 coming out next year

    • Charlie

      October 26, 2017 at 5:29 am

      It's not a good idea to upgrade the cpu. I talked with aids and they delayed it because they had problems with the thermals. And as a joke I mentioned that It was released only in countries that they have colder weather for this reason :)

      • anon

        October 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

        haha do you think they'll let us buy it with less ram and without the ssd? by my calculations that would make it at least 200 dollars cheaper

      • anon

        October 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

        also don't know why they are having thermal issues those heat pipes look crazy almost overkill but its great that they're paying attention to that I was considering the clevo n850hk1 but I changed my mind when I saw how bad the thermals were and they had only 2 heat pipes on that. Hopefully they don't go the other direction and try to cut some costs by cutting the copper. Wouldn't mind an rx570/560 for lower temps just really need that ryzen, since raven ridge is for the thin and light market and I don't know when coffee lake will come to the mobile market and what price it will be this laptop is my only option for performance cause I'm going to use it to render 3d models. been waiting for it for months now

        • Charlie

          October 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

          I am waiting it from july. I needed for 3d rendering and Content creation. If they will not release it globally till the 15th of October intel 6cores desktop i7 with clevo barebones will be available as an alternative from many system builders.

  11. Kevin

    October 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Can't wait to see what will be the price of this badboy in Canada!

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