Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 review (GX701GX model – Core i7, RTX 2080 100W)


  1. Tim Lesnick

    January 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Excellent review. That keyboard and trackpad is a disaster for us lefties, though I recognize that we're a minority.

  2. poopy

    February 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

    are you guys going to do the msi gs75 like this?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      We're working on the GS65 (RTX 2080) and GE75 (RTX 2070 and 2060) right now, and hopefully will also be able to review the GS75 next

  3. yivanes

    February 14, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Are you sure the GX701GW uses the Max-Q version? It's listed as a regular RTX 2070 on

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 14, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Hmmmm, good point. I'll ask about that, maybe they were able to squeeze a full 2070 in there. The smaller GX531 does seem to get the Max-Q variant though.

  4. JACOB

    February 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Just Bought it based on your review – the only concern is the battery spikes – i hope its not hardware related problem – the GS75 getting much longer battery life according other websites – 82mAh comparing to GX701 who have "only" 76mAh .. i hope they will fix it ASAP

    Detailed review – THANKS !

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Looking forward to your detailed impressions. I'm also curious about battery life and performance. If you're planning on running benchmarks, perhaps we can further chat on email?

      • Jacob

        February 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        yeah, I defiantly will run a lot of benchmarks and ill update my results here – ill get it by the end of this month so stay tuned

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

        cool, looking forward to it

  5. Vin

    February 18, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Can you tear it down so we could see its serviceability?
    Also how many nvme m.2 slots are there?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 18, 2019 at 11:18 am

      I wasn't allowed to do that, but I'm being told there are two M.2 slots inside. Can't confirm 100% though

  6. Dilusha Bandara

    March 5, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Hi, I'm considering buying RTX 2060 variant of this laptop. Will it have lower temperatures when working/gaming?

  7. Dilusha Bandara

    March 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I really want to see some benchmarks of this laptop.

  8. Stephen James

    June 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Does the laptop need to be undervolted at all to accommodate lower temps or does it run fine stock with no throttling etc

  9. LWT

    June 26, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Excellent reviewer. I just wish you had covered silent mode on this review.
    I'd quite happily give up 20% game performance to run this machine quietly.

    I imagine silent mode + mild gpu overclock would fit this machine perfectly.

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 26, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Yeah, I didn't look into it at that point, but I covered it in later reviews of the ROG GX502 and GU502. I'd expect similar results to the GX502, with a 20% drop in performance and an increase in temperatures. Undervoltign the GPU is something else to look into if you plan to get the maximum performance on Silent.

      • LWT

        June 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

        Thanks for replying Andrei. And yes I noticed you started doing this. It's much appreciated – gives a much better idea of what these machines are capable for different users / scenarios.

      • Chun Kui

        July 7, 2020 at 3:40 am


        Does the rgb logo on the lid lights up?
        Mine stays black

      • Andrei Girbea

        July 7, 2020 at 10:35 am

        As far as I know it's black on the newer 2020 models, was RGB on the 2019 variant.

  10. Sergio

    July 22, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    They must have changed the laptop because I just got mine and it has Thunderbolt 3. I upgraded to the latest BiOS as well and it only lets me undervolt to -80 at max. Such a shame hopefully they will fix this later. It's still a beast though. I got this as a replacement for my desktop for video editing, but also wanted something I could take out on the field to edit video when I have downtime in between filming locations.

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 22, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      This is the 2019 model, yours is the 2020 update, that's why it gets TB3. -80 mV is fine imo, helps the performance and prevents any stability issues.

      • Sergio

        July 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm

        Oh yeah… I should probably read dates… Do you guys have a review of the 2020? I'd like to see what you have to say.

      • Andrei Girbea

        July 22, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        Nope, I haven't tested the 2020 GX701 and probably won't. We did test the smaller 2020 GX502 series with similar hardware:

        For what is worth, I'd expect slightly improved performance and thermals for the 2020 GX701 over the one reviewed here, but I'd still complain about the form-factor. Having tried a couple of different models over the years, this sort of downshifted layout is not something I can see myself using every day, especially on a cramped desk or on the lap. It's fine on a spacious desk, but even in this case, I don't like that the screen ends up slightly farther away than on a standard laptop. What do you think?

  11. Ck

    July 27, 2020 at 4:29 pm


    Does the GX701 run cooler or the Razer blade pro 17 inch 2020

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 29, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      I haven't reviewed the 2020 GX701, but from what I can tell, the Blade Pro seems to run cooler, however, the GX701 outmatches it in performance

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