Have to say, I genuinely don’t perceive the day-glo orange highlights Asus have used with their GTX 1070-powered STRIX laptop computer, however there’s no getting away from the very fact it produces gaming efficiency virtually alongside its far dearer Asus Zephyrus sibling, and for $1,000 much less.
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Seriously, the $1,670 (£1,749) STRIX GL702VS appears like some mid-nineties throwback bought busy with a paint-marker within the Asus manufacturing facility, tagging all of the laptops with a retina-searing orange eye. And these vivid WSAD keys… gracious. It’s all reasonably incongruous given the standard Republic of Gamers pink, but it surely’s definitely eye-catching, even when it solely has your eyes catching on fireplace.
Thankfully there may be extra aesthetically pleasing Armor Titanium model, so you do not have to go for the bizarre-looking Myst Black design.
But nonetheless Asus have managed to squeeze some severe gaming hardware contained in the cellular chassis. In truth they’ve been capable of get a degree of componentry contained in the STRIX that permits it to run its GTX 1070 graphics card at speeds which permits it to virtually maintain tempo with a GTX 1080 Max-Q design card, clocked down as they’re to slot in extra svelte laptop computer confines.
Along with the full-fat GTX 1070, with 8GB of video reminiscence, you get a Kaby Lake Core i7 7700HQ processor, working at a good Three.4GHz below load. The commonplace model of the cardboard comes with 16GB of DDR4, although bizarrely our model got here kitted out with 24GB. In phrases of storage you get a 256GB Micron M.2 SSD on your OS and most oft-used video games, with a 1TB spinning platter as a tough drive backup.
You additionally get a stunning 17.Three-inch IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh and G-Sync compatibility. That affords each an important image and, as a result of it’s nonetheless solely working at a local 1080p decision, the GTX 1070 is ready to ship wonderful gaming efficiency even on the highest graphical settings.
It’s actually solely the brutal Total War: Attila which provides the STRIX GL702VS any pause for concern on the gaming entrance. But then that’s the identical it doesn’t matter what GPU you’re passing its graphical information by means of. When it involves Rise of the Tomb Raider it blitzes by means of the benchmark at 93fps and hits 115fps in Grand Theft Auto V.
These numbers on their very own look fairly spectacular, however much more so if you put them up in opposition to its far dearer Zephyrus stablemate. The lovely, slimline Zephyrus is the quicker machine, and genuinely far better-looking, however not by sufficient to justify the additional £1000+ Asus need you to spend on it. It’s solely ever between four and 9% quicker in-game, and solely delivers an additional 7% artificial efficiency if you fireplace 3DMark its approach.
But the Zephyrus is all about providing its gaming efficiency in a chassis that’s solely 17mm thick. Take one have a look at the 30mm thick STRIX and you may see a go to to Weight Watchers has not been a precedence for this porker. Sorry, as one other one of many corpulent I shouldn’t forged such aspersions on others, and it’s not actually that fats. But you understand how you by no means like standing proper subsequent to your thinner, better-looking mates? Yeah, it’s form of like that for the STRIX – the Zephyrus simply makes it look much more chubby. Kinda like once I do a video stood subsequent to our Jacob.
What that chassis does do for the STRIX, nevertheless, is permit Asus to make use of that full-power GTX 1070 with out worrying overmuch in regards to the thermal efficiency. Even when absolutely harassed neither the CPU or GPU warmth as much as such an extent that the STRIX ever must get anyplace close to audible when it comes to its cooling followers. Sure, in the event you pressure your ears you possibly can hear it as soon as it begins getting over 75°C, however the tone is low and reasonably unobtrusive.
Asus are even utilizing the identical chassis for the STRIX GL702ZC, the ROG laptop computer utilizing a desktop Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and RX 580 graphics chip.
The chunky chassis then is a good choice. While that doesn’t essentially make the STRIX a very horny wanting machine, it does make it a fascinating one from the viewpoint of thermals, aurals, and gaming efficiency. Asus have been sensible in placing collectively the STRIX; it’s bought an important mixture of elements, a good value, and performs like an understated hero.