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Asus ROG Strix SCAR Edition GL703GS Andrei Girbea Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Asus ROG Strix GL703GS SCAR Edition – i7-8750H, GTX 1070 and 17-inch screen with GSync


  1. jayson

    May 3, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Hi Admin,

    Is the GTX 1070 graphics in this model 6gb? I saw specs in some online stores this model has gtx1070 8gb. Please clarify my confusion.

    Thanks in advance. Your reviews are helping consumers a lot in choosing our prefered units.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 3, 2018 at 10:25 am

      8, that was a mistake on our end, the GTX 1070 comes with 8 GB of Vram. This pic from HWinfo confirms it: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/hwinfo.png

      • sergio

        June 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        Salut Andrei,o intrebare rapida : ce ai alege dintre Asus Gl703gs modelul asta pe care l-ai prezentat cu Aorus scan.co.uk/products/173-aorus-x7-v6-cf1-120hz-qhd-g-sync-i7-6820hk-16gb-ddr4-512gb-m2-pcie-ssdplus1tb-hdd-8gb-gtx-1070-w si modelul asta ?? multumesc anticipat si tine-o tot asa !!

        • Andrei Girbea

          June 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

          Daca sunt la acelasi pret, as merge pe Asus. Procesorul i7-8750H e mult peste 6820-ul ala.

  2. mastafish

    May 5, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Thank you for the color calibration!!! Can't wait to unbox mine and start gaming. Great review and now I know what to expect!! I also bought some Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut which I'm hoping will reduce temperatures enough to make the fans run quieter. Cheers my fellow Scar Edition gamers!!!

    • Mike RFX

      May 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Hey Mastafish, so any follow up on Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut temps and fan noise reduction if any? Can you provide us some numbers? Thank you

      • fejern

        August 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        It is not recommended to use liquid metal on the 8750h because unlike previous generations the flip chip is not perfectly flat.
        Very dangerous to use conductonauot.

  3. Mathias

    May 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Andrei.

    I got this Laptop last Week and i really love it. Got a bit of Screen-Bleeding but i can live with that. I was able to undervolt the CPU to -160 mv and it is still running stable.
    One Question:
    On your Pictures of the Mainboard there is one Label "Xbox Module". Do you know what that means? Whats it`s purpose?

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 7, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Could be an integrated XBox One Wireless controller, that's been part of some other Asus ROG laptops. But I can't see the exact module on this laptop, just the inscription, so it's either not installed or behind the motherboard.

  4. jon

    May 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    thanks for the review, i'm looking for a laptop with max budget 1900$,my main use is programming and watching movies and gaming(but it's not the first priority), and i really want to get this laptop, but I'm sensitive to noise,i can handle wearing headphone while gaming, but not while daily use,so is it louder than the average noise level of most of laptops while daily use ??… and if you can recommend me another laptop even if it has GTX 1060, i will be really thankful.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 7, 2018 at 10:01 am

      The thing is, if you don't want this primarily for gaming, you should probably get something without GSync, that will last longer on battery. There are options out there.

      On the other hand, all the thinner gaming laptops get noisy fans, there's just no way around it. This particular laptop isn't very noisy with daily use and it shouldn't get very noisy with programming software either, but with games it will be fairly noisy.

  5. ahmed

    May 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Great review, if it hasn't been for the loud fans, it would have been a perfect one.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 7, 2018 at 10:01 am

      there's no way around them on a thinner gaming laptop

  6. edbert

    May 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I got one last week, and already have sent it back due to horrible crashing and BSODs, even after a format and re-install of a clean Win10 Enterprise.

    I'm not turned off, I've a 20+ year love affair with Asus and ordered another one already.

    • Jory

      May 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      From Where did you order it ?

      • edbert

        June 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm

        I ordered from Amazon, the reseller was a real problem, they told me to return it then wanted to charge a $400 "restocking fee". I'm withholding their name for now, it has been three weeks since they got the machine and so far they have not refunded a penny.

        The good news is that the replacement is working great, I'll confess to seeing two BSODs in the last 3+ weeks, so far always when one particular game is running, but it is in open beta so…who knows. This second unit is perfectly acceptable in the stability department.

  7. Mohamed Badawi

    May 8, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Hi Andrei,

    Have you tried nvdia optimus on this laptop as on paper it should support it, and how it is affecting battery life?


    • Andrei Girbea

      May 8, 2018 at 11:19 am

      There's no Optimus, this has GSync and the Intel chip id disabled.

  8. Iskan

    May 8, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Clevo PA71ES-G is another great alternative. According to pundits over at Notebookreview forum, MSI Stealth line is riddled with issues, ASUS has poor thermal design as with poor QC and A/S, and Aorus is heavily overpriced. So really there are only two lightweight 17" players here: MSI GE73 Raider and Clevo PA71.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 9, 2018 at 10:42 am

      thanks, updated and added the Clevo as a suggestion as well.

  9. Starrbuck

    May 9, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    The ROG logo on the back of the screen is backlit.

  10. Evgeniy

    May 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for review!

  11. Arka Banerjee

    May 15, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hi admin….,in terms of gaming performance and thermals, which one is better between this one and the msi ge73 8rf. I really do rely on ultrabookreview reviews and this one is very important to know for me

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 17, 2018 at 11:14 am

      I haven't reviewed the GE73, but you should check notebookcheck for more details, they have very indepth reviews as well.

    • manuel

      June 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Did you buy any of them? I am also doubting between those 2. I wish the new scar II came also in 17.3 since it seems like they finally improved the heat problems

  12. Luis

    May 16, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I could do a review on YouTube, I'm interested in this notebook but before buying I would like a full review

  13. Ooi Yin Ken

    May 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Was into acer nitro v17 since 2017 , 1 year reading ur review
    Got into action this Monday , but Malaysia Acer has stopped this product

    Then got recommended this 17inch scar edi , as I again read ur review , bought it yesterday.

    Just want to exclaim my thanks here , ur website is really helpful ..
    As it expose all the truth for laptop , which is so important for us consumer.

    Thank you and God bless you !

  14. Casey

    June 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Is there anyway to improve battery life? Perhaps upgrading the battery yourself? Maybe there’s some kind of software?

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Not really. Undervolting should help a little bit, keeping the CPU's speed low and dimming the screen

  15. Mark

    July 16, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Really good review, thx.

  16. Max

    July 18, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    One thing i'm worry is noise and heat, good review :)

  17. Tom

    July 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Great review. Really helped me make my decision (thanks!) and have no complaints since getting mine about a month ago. I went with the 17.3", Core i7-8750HQ processor, 16 GB of RAM, GTX 1070 graphics, 512GB PCIe SSD/1 TB HDD – Runs super smooth.

    Cons are well covered above and typical for this type of product: Volume of fans is bearable. You're not buying it for battery life, but still infinitely more practical than a desktop. Heats up but won't turn your room into a sauna. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is a bit lame, and a 4k resolution would have been nice but you can work around both of these.

    One thing you didn't mention was that it comes with a neat backpack, gaming mouse and gaming headset – great little perk which I think sets it apart from the MSI rivals.

    Hands down best laptop on the market for under £2k IMO.

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks, they don't include those accessories over here. Will add to the review.

  18. Can Yuksel

    July 24, 2018 at 12:49 am


    Instead of gaming I consider this laptop for video editing (adobe products) and 3d render works. However, color accuracy and Adobe RGB color performance(75% as far as I know) bothers me. Battery performance is no problem at all. Would you recommend this laptop for video editing(also for color grading) or should I go with Dell XPS series?

    Thanks for great review!

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      I don't think that screen is accurate enough for color grading. I'd go with something else, there are 15 and 17 inch laptops with 100% ARGB screens out there

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