An overview of gaming notebook ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM: optimal solution
Let me remind you that our website had previously published reviews of laptops with the chips Coffee Lake: the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS) and MSI GE73 Raider RGB 8RF used 6-core CPU Core i7-8750H. This time to us in edition has finally arrived model is simpler — the ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM a 4-core chip Core i5-8300H and mobile version of the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. And this tandem should very well manifest itself in modern games.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM had no actual item card on the manufacturer’s website. Therefore, the following table lists modifications, which can be found now on sale in Russia. I should note that the ROG series Strix GL703GM can be equipped as a Quad-core Core i5-8300H, and six-core Core i7-8750H. In all cases, a mobile graphics GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 or 6 GB of video memory.
|ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM|
|Display||A 17.3″, 1920 × 1080, TN, 120 Hz (optionally supplied with 144 Hz IPS-matrix)|
|The CPU||Intel Core i7-8300H, 4/8 cores/threads, 2,3 (4,0) GHz, 45 W|
|Intel Core i7-87500H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 m (4,1) GHz, 45 W|
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB GDDR5|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5|
|RAM||12/16 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing drives||1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, 128/256 GB
1 × SATA 6GB/s, HDD 1 TB
|Interfaces||4 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × HDMI
1 × mini-DisplayPoert
1 × RJ-45
1 × card reader
|Built-in battery||76 W⋅h|
|External power supply||230 W|
|Dimensions||415 × 280 × 24 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2.8 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64|
|Price in Russia (“according to Yandex.Market”)||90 000 rubles for a model with GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, no OS|
To us to edition came modification with a Core i5-8300H, graphics GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, 16 GB memory, 128 GB SSD and a hard drive capacity of 1 TB. Unfortunately, sales of this version of the ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM I have not found. Nevertheless, the model with a higher capacity 256 GB solid state drive, but without a preinstalled operating system in the Moscow retail costs an average of 95 000 rubles.
A laptop equipped with a wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbit/s and 5 Bluetooth. This controller in the laptop chips Core eighth generation meets me for the third time in a row.
Complete with the ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM is only the external power supply is 230 W and a mass of about 600 g. the same power source is supplied, for example, with ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS).
And together with the operating system Windows 10 on the laptop comes with many proprietary utilities ASUS ROG, which can be activated using the corresponding button located above the keyboard. Read more about all the programs can read here.
Representatives of the company ASUS was asked to clarify that the ROG series notebooks with Core processors of the 8th generation is included in the Premium service Pick Up and Return for a period of 2 years. This means that if a problem occurs to owners of new laptops do not have to go to the service center — laptop and free pick-up, repair and return promptly.
Appearance and input device
The all-new model now ASUS have similar and recognizable appearance. Look at the ROG Strix GL703GM and previously tested laptops ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS) and ROG Strix GL503VD — they are very similar to each other. It’s all about the cap, which is emblazoned the logo of Republic of Gamers. To the main point — the build quality of the laptop — I have nothing to complain about: the unit is very well tailored. The lid is made of metal and all the other elements — from quality plastic.
Cover ROG Strix GL703GM revealed approximately 130 degrees. It is not loose and does not move during typing and gaming is the most important thing that is required of the hinges of the laptop. In the closed position the thickness of the device does not exceed 2.4 cm, and the weight is almost 3 kg. If to compare this “Semashko” with other models, it can even be called small. For example, the HP Omen 17 (an008ur) weighs 3.8 kg with the thickness of 3.3 cm in Fact, ROG Strix GL703GM without any problems fit in the backpack ASUS Triton, and when shipping I experienced severe discomfort associated with the need to carry all the weight.
The front and back of the laptop there are no interfaces. On the back side is the only grid through which heated air FROM leaving out of the case. The same is sucked cool air in the standard way — through the perforations in the bottom of the laptop.
All interfaces are located at the sides of the body. On the left side of ROG Strix GL703GM located the connector for the power supply, Ethernet port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type and a combined 3.5 mm input to connect headphones or headset. Soldered to the right two more USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type and one USB 3.1 Gen2 type-C, and a memory card reader. On the same side is a slot for connecting a Kensington lock. Exactly the same set of connectors (except SD card slot) is present in previously tested models ROG Strix GL503VD.
Membrane, almost silent keyboard STRIX Strix GL703GM repeats the one we saw in the laptop ROG Strix GL503VD. The location and size of the keys to overall success: with large Ctrl, Shift, Enter and Backspace to work is very convenient, the power button no longer disturbed, and additional four function keys too. With their help, remember, regulates the speaker volume and turns on and off built-in microphone. When you press the button with the brand logo application opens Gaming Center, about which I wrote earlier.
The course of the buttons is 2 mm, the key must be pressed with a force of 60 g, the residual force is 27 g. white edging Separately allocated block of buttons WASD is probably the most poppy thing modern gaming laptops. This provides for a three-level RGB-backlight. The program Aura Sync the user can configure each of the four zones separately.
The workspace of the touchpad is 108 × 64 mm, while the touch panel is additionally equipped with two physical buttons. With them, by the way, much easier to play computer card games — for example, the same “Quint” or Hearthstone. To the touchpad there are no claims — appreciate the gestures and pressing with your fingers.
Pro webcam gaming laptops traditionally nothing good to say. The ASUS ROG Strix GL703GM applied module, capable of delivering a 720p resolution with a refresh rate of 30 Hz. The image quality indoors with artificial lighting — the floor, although Skype calls and that will be enough. But such a noisy, dark and soap pictures just is not enough to ensure high quality streams and recording a letsplay on the laptop.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
As GL503VD Strix and ROG, ROG Strix GL703GM equipped with a hatch on the bottom, when removing the user gets quick access to 2.5-inch hard drive, SSD and one module of RAM. In order to get to the cooling system and the second module of RAM, remove the bottom entirely by loosening the 10 screws and remove the HDD.
The cooling system of the test-piece causes some skepticism for heat removal from a 4-core Core i5-8300H is only one teplostroy. But for cooling GeForce GTX 1060 I am calm: the chip is cooled by two teplotami, and one copper element is designed to remove heat from the converters supply the CPU and GPU. It is noteworthy that the cooling system includes a third fan — it just blows the space around the chips.
How this will cope with the removal of heat from the Core i5-8300H, we’ll know soon enough, but I want to believe that the modification ROG Strix GL703GM with 6-core Core i7-8750H has increased the number teplorulon.
As you probably already understand, to upgrade a test model is very simple. Now the configuration ROG Strix GL703GM looks quite balanced, but sooner or later SSD with capacity of 128 GB (uses NVMe-model Kingston RBU-SNS8154P3/128GJ) want to replace larger and faster counterpart. Also 16 GB RAM SK Hynix HMA81GS6CJR8N-VK running on the effective frequency 2666 MHz delays 19-19-19-43, can be replaced, thereby doubling the amount of RAM in the laptop. ST1000LM035 hard Seagate 1 TB with time can also be changed on any SSD with SATA 6 GB/s.