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Asus ROG Strix GL503VS Scar Edition Andrei Girbea Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Asus ROG Strix GL503VS review – GTX 1070 and a 144Hz GSync IPS display in a 15-inch gaming laptop


  1. Bobby

    November 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    What’s the response time of the screen? I thought I had seen somewhere it was 3ms or 5ms but I don’t see that anywhere now. Thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 24, 2017 at 10:44 am

      I don't have the tools to measure that. Should be good according to Asus, I'ved read something about 7 ms (GtG – i think)

  2. Nilay

    November 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Hi. Can you compare this against MSI Raider GE63VR 7RF?
    I believe they are perfect competition of each other.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I didn't review the Raider, so can't share any insiders about it

  3. Matt

    November 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you so much for being the first to do a detailed review. A lot of us have been waiting on this model and haven't purchased yet!


    –I'm a bit saddened by the contrast ratio on the display, despite the ultra high refresh. Was this noticeable to you? Did you enjoy the 144hz?

    –G-Sync and throttling when unplugged: Did you notice that they had a custom power profile to toggle G-Sync on/off automatically?

    –Battery discharge: did the battery discharged while gaming? (This was a well known issue on the GL502VS that hopefully they've addressed)

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

      1. The SYpder4 sensor that I use records lower brightness and contrast then other sensors. I'd say in reality it's probably better than what I got.
      2. Hmmm, no. Didn't look into this.
      3. Wasn't aware that was an issue and actually I didn't check. I played games for a couple of hours at a time and didn't get any low battery warnings, but again, I didn't specifically check if it discharged or not. I already returned the laptop and can't check anymore

  4. mystiq

    November 24, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    good review, and the first review GL503VS on the entire internet hahaha,

    andrei, is that true that thunderbolt 3 has no support for 4 lane 40gb/s ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

      As far as I can tell, it only has a 2x PCie lines port, but I don't have an eGPU to properly test it out

      • mystiq

        November 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

        would you mind to test the MSI GE63VR Raider please ? the unit has come with (GTX1060 or GTX1070).

  5. Wulf

    November 28, 2017 at 2:21 am

    i actually picked this up for about 1700 USD (about the price of the other slim, 1070 laptops) since some websites offered a small discount on Cyber Monday/ Black Friday with free shipping. This review actually helped me pick this one out, since i was thinking "whats the point of getting a 60hz display with a 1070?" and at the discounted price, i think its worth it. Even if the price drops down the line, for what i paid for, i wont even be mad :D THANK YOU M8

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

      nice, let us know how you feel about it if you have the time.

      • Wulf

        November 29, 2017 at 1:13 am

        I wont be getting it till the 8th of next month, but i'll let ya know how it goes once i get it

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