Asus GL703

THE ROLLS ROYCE OF GAM­ING LAP­TOPS

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - CHRIS SZEWCZYK

As tech geeks, we are for­tu­nate to get our hands on some pretty cool gear, and there’s not much out there cooler than the Asus ROG G703 gam­ing lap­top. Call­ing this a lap­top is ac­tu­ally some­thing of a mis­nomer. It’s more like a tech­ni­cal state­ment – Look at what we can make. Straight up, The Asus G703 is per­haps the most beastly lap­top we’ve ever seen.

THE BEST OF EV­ERY­THING

Let’s rat­tle off a few specs, start­ing with an In­tel i9-8950HK and over­clocked GTX 1080. Not a bad start. Throw in 64GB of DDR4 mem­ory, up to three 512GB NVMe RAID SSDs (two in the de­fault con gu­ra­tion) and a 2TB SSHD. Then there’s the gor­geous 144Hz Gsync 17.3in IPS screen and you’re left with no doubt that this is not just a se­ri­ous lap­top, it’s a se­ri­ous PC. Sure there are bou­tique SLI units out there, but they come with their own heat, power and noise con­cerns, not to men­tion a reliance on game sup­port.

The i9-8950HK is a 6core/12 thread pro­ces­sor. It sits at the top of the range and is in fact the only Cof­fee Lake CPU to bear the i9 moniker at this time. It has a base fre­quency of 2.9GHz and a boost fre­quency of an in­cred­i­ble 4.8GHz. That’s even higher than a desk­top i7-8700K CPU.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is a well-known quan­tity at this time. Asus didn’t just bolt one on. They have over­clocked it. Dur­ing our test­ing, it was able to main­tain a boost clock above 1900MHz with­out the cooler go­ing berserk. Awe­some!

The G703 mea­sures in at 425mm (width) by 319mm (depth) by 51mm (height). Com­bine this with a chubby 4.7Kg weight and it be­comes ob­vi­ous that this is more like a desk­top re­place­ment rather than a lap­top. These large di­men­sions work to the GL703’s ad­van­tage. It’s rel­a­tively thick height means is good for cool­ing. There’s no sub­sti­tute for heatsink

sur­face area and dur­ing test­ing the Asus de­liv­ers noise lev­els that are not bad at all com­pared to the trendy slim gam­ing note­books out there. The case fea­tures a pre­mium feel and look as you’d ex­pect of a ma­chine in this price range. The lid is made of brushed alu­minium and fea­tures the Asus ROG logo.

The thick­ness of the unit means there is no need to com­pro­mise on the con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions. The four USB ports are all USB 3.1 Gen2 ca­pable. One of them is a Type-C port with Thun­der­bolt 3 sup­port. It’s nice to see a Gi­ga­bit LAN port which is be­com­ing rarer as lap­tops trend thin­ner. There’s a SD card reader and head­phone and mi­cro­phone jacks as you’d ex­pect to see. The video ports con­sist of Mini-DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 ports. An ex­tra one would have been nice to see for a triple screen setup though.

The 1080p 144Hz IPS 17.3In screen looks su­perb. Some may ask why Asus didn’t go for a 1440p screen. With a large desk­top mon­i­tor, yes you’d like to have a higher res­o­lu­tion, but when you’re at 17 inches, does it re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? We’d say not. There’s also the ques­tion of whether such a panel even ex­ists any­way, and if it did, you’re prob­a­bly look­ing at

an­other $500+ onto the price straight up.

The key­board is a strong point. Many lap­tops have to sacri ce key travel in or­der to keep them as slim as pos­si­ble. Thanks to the thick de­sign, this is not an is­sue with the G703. Key presses feel sat­is­fy­ingly clicky and re­spon­sive. Of course the key­board fea­tures full RGB light­ing, which can be con­trolled via the Asus Aura app. The track pad is large and the but­tons feel good with a very nice re­sis­tance and feed­back feel­ing. Of course you’re al­ways bet­ter off with a mouse for gam­ing but the track pad does its job well.

WE DON’T NEED NO DESK­TOP

The G703 cranks out frames per sec­ond at lev­els that make it the envy of any­thing short of a top spec GTX 1080 Ti desk­top sys­tem. Even some­thing de­mand­ing like Far Cry 5 runs at well over 100 FPS on av­er­age. In fact all our tested games came in at over 90 FPS. This kind of per­for­mance with very high set­tings is a real treat to be­hold and al­lows gamers to max­imise the beau­ti­ful 144Hz Sync screen with silky smooth per­for­mance with­out sacri cing much, if any­thing in the eye candy de­part­ment.

While the gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is likely to be the most ap­peal­ing fea­ture of the G703, it is such a beast that it shreds ev­ery other per­for­mance met­ric too. Ren­der­ing, video con­ver­sions, le com­pres­sion and SSD speeds are all ex­cel­lent by any stan­dard, and truly re­mark­able for a lap­top. The i9-8950HK ab­so­lutely blows away the older 7700HQ, not just due to the ex­tra cores and threads, but also the much much higher turbo boost fre­quency. If that’s not enough for you, how does up to 8000MB/s and 4500 MB/s SSD read and write

speeds sound? In­sane..

With a spec like this, the bat­tery life of the G703 is not a strong point as you’d ex­pect. It gave us a re­sult of 1hr and 17 min­utes in PCMark 8’s rather de­mand­ing bat­tery test. While not a great num­ber com­pared to some­thing like an Ul­tra­book, at least you can go a few hours with some light work with­out need­ing to have it plugged in. Bat­tery life is not why you’re buying a ma­chine like this though. In fact it’s ba­si­cally ir­rel­e­vant.

A TECH­NO­LOG­I­CAL TOUR DE FORCE

The Asus ROG G703 is the most pow­er­ful gam­ing lap­top we’ve tested to date. The G703 is classed as a lap­top, but its size and weight along with twin power bricks makes it less a lap­top and more a desk­top re­place­ment. In that ca­pac­ity it does an ex­cep­tional job. Its per­forms bet­ter than all but the high­est end 2018 desk­top sys­tems and looks great while do­ing it. Yes it’s ex­pen­sive, but cost be damned when you’ve got a ma­chine from the top end of town like this one. Silky smooth per­for­mance in ev­ery game you can think of with full eye candy and 144Hz G-Sync good­ness. This is as good as it gets.

KEY SPECS

In­tel i9-8950HK pro­ces­sor • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 • 17.3in 1920x1080 IPS 144Hz G-Sync screen • 64Gb DDR4-2666 • 3 x 256Gb NVMe SSD • 2Tb 5400RPM SATA HDD • Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net • AC Wi-Fi

$5,999 • www.asus.com.au

“The Asus ROG G703 is the most pow­er­ful gam­ing lap­top we’ve tested to date.”

All the gam­ing lap­top boxes ticked, and the de­sign is rel­a­tively tame

Pre­mium ma­te­ri­als give it a classy ap­pear­ance There’s plenty of ven­ti­la­tion, in­clud­ing on the side pan­els

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