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Asus GL702VM-GC102D Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Katarina Novak), 12/08/2016

Slim gaming laptop. Asus packs a lot of gaming power into a slim 17.3-inch notebook. Even so, the laptop does not produce too much noise or heat. Due to the deactivated integrated GPU, the laptop consumes more power while idling than necessary.

For the original German review, see here.

With the GL702VM, Asus has a slim 17.3-inch gaming laptop in its lineup. Inside is not only Intel's quad-core processor of the Skylake generation, but also a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core from Nvidia. The latter brings a significant performance improvement compared to its predecessor (GeForce GTX 960M). This means the Asus notebook is equipped for all current games and titles for the next few years. The GL702VM's competitors are the HP Omen 17, the MSI GS73VR 6RF, the Gigabyte P57X v6 among others.

Asus GL702VM-GC102D (GL702 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405-1886 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, 192-bit connection, ForceWare 375.95
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2132, Single-Channel, two RAM slots (one occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, IPS, Nvidia G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB 
, 7200 rpm, 930 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 415 x 280 ( = 0.94 x 16.34 x 11.02 in)
Battery
76 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Driver DVD, USB mouse, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds), Power Supply: 688 g ( = 24.27 oz / 1.52 pounds)
Price
1399 Euro

 

Case

Asus uses a black, relatively slim case. Highlights are created with red elements. A large part of the case is made of plastic. Only the back of the lid is made of brushed metal. The back is quite prone to fingerprints. The upper side of the base unit is also provided with a texture simulating brushed metal. The battery is built in. The laptop lacks a maintenance hatch. To access the hardware, you would have to remove the bottom shell. More on that later.

Overall, the device is well made. The gap dimensions are correct. The only problem: Some material overhang of the display bezel can be felt on the left and right side of the lid. The base unit can be slightly bent on both sides of the keyboard and below the touchpad. Additionally, the base unit can be twisted too easily for our taste. We expect greater stiffness from a device in this price range. The lid can also be twisted slightly, but this does not result in image distortion. The latter occur when pressure is applied to the back of the lid, however, only in a few places. The hinges hold the lid firmly in position. It is possible to open the lid with one hand. 

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The weight and dimensions of the Asus notebook are approximately on par with its rivals like the MSI GS73VR 6RF. Devices like the HP Omen 17 and the Gigabyte P57X v6 are bigger and heavier since their more powerful graphics cores require more massive coolers and more volume for air circulation.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Asus delivers a good selection of ports: Three USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports are on board. There are also two video outputs and a Thunderbolt 3 port. This means you can connect up to three displays to the laptop. The port layout is nice; they are placed towards the rear on both sides.

 

Left side: charging port, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 (Type-A), combo audio jack
Left side: charging port, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 (Type-A), combo audio jack
Right side: SD-card slot, 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A), Kensington lock
Right side: SD-card slot, 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A), Kensington lock

SD Card Reader

The GL702VM's SD card reader is one of the faster models. When copying large files, it achieves a maximum transfer rate of 84.6 MB/s. The transfer of 250 .jpg image files (each around 5 MB) is handled at a speed of 72.6 MB/s. The readers of the competition are on par - the only exception being the MSI GS73VR 6RF. We test memory-card readers with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker XMG P507
77 MB/s ∼100% +6%
Gigabyte P57X v6
76.4 MB/s ∼99% +5%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
76 MB/s ∼99% +5%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
72.6 MB/s ∼94%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
23.8 MB/s ∼31% -67%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte P57X v6
89.9 MB/s ∼100% +6%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
87 MB/s ∼97% +3%
Schenker XMG P507
86 MB/s ∼96% +2%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
84.6 MB/s ∼94%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
27.6 MB/s ∼31% -67%

Communication

The Asus notebook carries a WLAN module with an Intel chip (7265). In addition to the Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast AC standard. Under optimal circumstances (no other WLAN devices nearby, short distance between the notebook and the server PC) we measured excellent transfer speeds. The results of the laptop's rivals are more or less on the same level in this regard as well. The wired network connections are handled by a Gigabit Ethernet chip from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family. Representatives of this series are encountered in many notebooks. The chip accomplishes its tasks smoothly.

 

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
676 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
665 MBit/s ∼98%
Schenker XMG P507
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
642 MBit/s ∼95% -3%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
512.058 MBit/s ∼76% -23%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
538 MBit/s ∼100%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
536.301 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
529 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Schenker XMG P507
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
456 MBit/s ∼85% -15%

Webcam

Pictures taken with the webcam (maximum resolution: 1280x720 pixels) will not win any prizes - they are washed out and blurry.

 

Accessories

Included with the laptop is a USB mouse. Our review unit also came with a driver DVD, since no Windows operating system was available. The usual documents (quick-start poster, warranty information) are also included.

 

Maintenance

To access the hardware, you have to take off the bottom shell of the laptop. This requires removing the screws on the bottom. Afterwards, the bottom shell is removed with a spreader. This gives you access to the memory slots, the hard drive, the unoccupied M.2 slot, the three fans, the BIOS battery, and the WLAN module.

 

Innards
Innards

Warranty

Asus gives the GL702VM a two-year warranty - including pick-up service. The time span can be expanded to three years for about 70 Euros (~$74).

 

Input Devices

Keyboard

Asus equips the GL702VM with a chiclet keyboard illuminated in red. The backlight has three brightness levels, which can be chosen with two function keys. The flat keys have a medium travel and a clear pressure point. Their resistance could be a bit firmer for our taste. While typing, the keyboard gives in in the middle. This results in a somewhat spongy typing feel. If you write a lot, this is not the keyboard for you. However, it suffices for the requirements of home use.

Touchpad

The multi-touch capable click pad takes up a space of approximately 10.5 x 7.3 cm (~4.1 x 2.9 in). This gives plenty of space for using gesture controls. The various gestures can be individually turned on and off in the configuration menu. The pad's smooth surface does not hinder the fingers while gliding. It also registers input in the corners. The pad has a shallow travel and a pressure point that can be heard and felt. The click pad can also be used for handwritten input. Asus supplies the laptop with the "Touchpad Handwriting" software for this purpose.

We did encounter one problem: The right mouse key does not function reliably. It functions for a while, and then, after turning the laptop on the next time, it does not work. We could not find a reason for this behavior. A reinstallation of the driver did not solve the problem, which is also present on the 15.6-inch version of the GL702VM - the Asus GL502VM (a review of this notebook will be published in the next few days on Notebookcheck.com). Thus, it does not appear to be a unique problem affecting only our current review unit.

Input devices
Input devices
The click pad can register handwritten input.
The click pad can register handwritten input.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The GL702VM features a matte 17.3-inch display with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. According to the Asus webpage, this is the only available display model. The screens brightness (311.9 cd/m²) is decent, but the contrast (652:1) should be higher. On a positive note: The display never exhibits PWM flickering.

The display supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology, through which the frame rate of the screen and the GPU are dynamically adjusted to each other. This is supposed to create as smooth images as possible - especially with computer games - without display errors.

318
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 326 cd/m² Average: 311.9 cd/m² Minimum: 36 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 326 cd/m²
Contrast: 652:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.3 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 7.37 | - Ø
83% sRGB (Argyll) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.37
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w110ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Gigabyte P57X v6
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GS73VR 6RF
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Schenker XMG P507
IPS, 60 Hz, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-1%
1%
42%
3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (12, 26)
37 (13, 24)
3%
33.6 (14, 19.6)
12%
28 (13.2, 14.8)
26%
36 (12, 24)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
23 (5, 18)
24 (4, 20)
-4%
25.6 (5.2, 20.4)
-11%
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
58%
23 (5, 18)
-0%
PWM Frequency
Screen
26%
21%
34%
17%
Brightness
312
342
10%
321
3%
315
1%
292
-6%
Brightness Distribution
91
87
-4%
93
2%
86
-5%
87
-4%
Black Level *
0.5
0.31
38%
0.267
47%
0.308
38%
0.3
40%
Contrast
652
1168
79%
1233
89%
1095
68%
960
47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.3
4.5
29%
5.93
6%
2.96
53%
5.1
19%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.37
3.48
53%
6.72
9%
2.57
65%
4.43
40%
Gamma
2.37 101%
2.23 108%
2.12 113%
2.25 107%
2.46 98%
CCT
7116 91%
6144 106%
7611 85%
7114 91%
6687 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
55
0%
57
4%
74.3
35%
55
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
83
84
1%
87
5%
100
20%
83
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
13% / 21%
11% / 17%
38% / 36%
10% / 14%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8499 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The laptop's display shows a DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 6.3 in default settings. A result below 3 should be aimed for. The screen does not suffer from a blue tint. Using the color profile we provide, the color and grayscale reproduction can be improved. The color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB cannot be displayed. The coverage rates amount to 55% (AdobeRGB) and 83% (sRGB). 

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 26 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.4 ms).

Asus provides the notebook with an IPS panel that has stable viewing angles, which makes the display readable from every position. The laptop can be used outside, though the sun should not shine too brightly.

 

The GL702VM outdoors.
The GL702VM outdoors.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

With the GL702VM, Asus delivers a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that can display all current games smoothly. We are reviewing the least expensive (1399 Euros) model of the series. A Windows operating system is not included. If you invest almost 1800 Euros (~$1904), you get the best model of the series with an SSD, HDD and 16 GB of RAM.

 

 

 

 

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

Single-Thread
Single-Thread
Multi-Thread
Multi-Thread

The GL702VM sports an Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) quad-core processor. It is a representative of top range CPUs. This model can be found in many gaming laptops, because it offers a lot of processing power, but still manages to maintain relatively low power consumption. The CPU also offers more than enough performance for applications besides computer games. With a TDP of 45 watts, the processor is three leagues above ULV-CPUs (15 watts). The Core i7 works with a base speed of 2.6 GHz. Turbo can raise the clock speed to 3.1 GHz (four cores), 3.3 GHz (two cores), or 3.5 GHz (one core); this works while charging as well as on battery power. However, it is not used as aggressively as with other notebooks. This is why the results of our CPU test are slightly worse than those of comparable laptops.

The built-in 6700HQ does not exceed the performance of its Broadwell predecessor (Core i7-5700HQ). Maxing out the Turbo Boost would result in a draw: The Skylake processor would have s slight advantage in single thread applications thanks to the improvements in its Skylake architecture. The Broadwell model would perform better with multithread applications due to its higher Turbo speeds. Since the processor built into the GL702VM does not use its Turbo as aggressively as we have seen in other notebooks, it somewhat lags behind its predecessor in CPU tests.

The Kaby-Lake successor (Core i7-7700HQ) anticipated in 2017 should differ significantly from the 5700HQ and the 6700HQ because of its higher processing speed. This was the case with all the Kaby-Lake processors we have tested so far.

 

 

 

 

The processor is soldered in.
The processor is soldered in.
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5126
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20111
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8238
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.47 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
61 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
134 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
678 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
74.03 fps
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG P507
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼74% +10%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼74% +10%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
142 Points ∼71% +6%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼70% +4%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼67% 0%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼67%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
694 Points ∼32% +2%
Schenker XMG P507
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
682 Points ∼32% +1%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
679 Points ∼32% 0%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼32%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼31% -1%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
635 Points ∼30% -6%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5484 Points ∼62% +7%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5126 Points ∼58%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4926 Points ∼56% -4%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20283 Points ∼41% +1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20111 Points ∼40%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20090 Points ∼40% 0%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11903 Points ∼38%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2926 Points ∼63%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11033 Points ∼40%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3663 Points ∼63%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
269.16 Points ∼0% +16%
Gigabyte P57X v6
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
251.96 Points ∼0% +8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
232.36 Points ∼0%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
230.83 Points ∼0% -1%

System Performance

The system works well and without hiccups. We did not encounter any problems. The results of the PCMark benchmark are very good. A look at our diagram shows that the results of the competition are approximately the same. There is no noticeable difference between the notebooks in everyday use. Increasing the system performance of the Asus laptop is possible. An M.2 SSD can be installed in the notebook. If you use it as the system drive, the system operates quicker and loading times are shorter. It is also possible to install a second RAM module.

Two memory slots are available.
Two memory slots are available.
PCMark 7 Score
4114 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4670 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
6361 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4809 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5394 Points ∼83% +12%
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
5014 Points ∼77% +4%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4809 Points ∼74%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4774 Points ∼73% -1%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4833 Points ∼81% +3%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4670 Points ∼78%
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
4206 Points ∼70% -10%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4012 Points ∼67% -14%

Storage Devices

When it comes to storage, you will not run out of it very quickly: A 1TB hard drive working at 7,200 RPM is built into the laptop. HDDs like these are almost exclusively found in gaming and business notebooks these days. The transfer rates of the HDD are at a normal level for 7,200 models and are about 15-20% better than those of 5,400 models. 

There is also the option of installing an SSD. In the case is an unoccupied M.2 slot (2280), which can host a corresponding SSD. It does not have to be an SATA model, NVMe works too.

Exchanging the HDD would be possible.
Exchanging the HDD would be possible.
An unoccupied M.2 slot is available.
An unoccupied M.2 slot is available.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 52.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 137.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 104.7 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 92.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.6 %
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
MSI CX72-7QLi581
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Omen 17-w110ng
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Gigabyte P57X v6
Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-20%
12720%
7576%
5569%
Write 4k QD32
1.186
1.064
-10%
295.3
24799%
274.9
23079%
167.1
13989%
Read 4k QD32
1.106
0.918
-17%
600.2
54168%
273.9
24665%
251.6
22649%
Write 4k
1.146
1.063
-7%
153.3
13277%
84.59
7281%
42.51
3609%
Read 4k
0.602
0.422
-30%
42.7
6993%
25.93
4207%
20.3
3272%
Write 512
63.33
46.87
-26%
294.7
365%
314.4
396%
254.4
302%
Read 512
44.85
34.83
-22%
616.2
1274%
303.1
576%
242.3
440%
Write Seq
130.6
100.2
-23%
294.9
126%
315.4
142%
319
144%
Read Seq
134.6
102.8
-24%
1156
759%
481.7
258%
334.3
148%

Graphics Card

The Core i7-6700HQ processor brings along Intel's integrated HD Graphics 530. However, Asus deactivated the GPU. The dedicated GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core therefore works all the time. The GPU is Nvidia's current entry-level model of their high-end GPUs. The core is based on Pascal architecture and supports DirectX 12. It is assisted by 6.144 MB GDDR5 graphics memory. The model in our review unit achieves speeds of up to 1.886 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are at a normal level for this GPU. The core significantly beats its predecessor (GeForce GTX 960M).

The GPU is also soldered in.
The GPU is also soldered in.
3DMark 06 Standard
19244 points
3DMark 11 Performance
11159 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
113032 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
22619 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9432 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5067 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3536 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte P57X v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
23356 Points ∼46% +63%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20656 Points ∼41% +44%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
17738 Points ∼35% +24%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14904 Points ∼29% +4%
XMG P723 Pro
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, Intel Core i7-4800MQ
14696 Points ∼29% +3%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14317 Points ∼28%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14222 Points ∼28% -1%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
8597 Points ∼17% -40%
MSI GL72 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5825 Points ∼11% -59%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15806 Points ∼39% +40%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
11869 Points ∼29% +5%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11506 Points ∼28% +2%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11311 Points ∼28%
XMG P723 Pro
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, Intel Core i7-4800MQ
11296 Points ∼28% 0%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11045 Points ∼27% -2%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
5701 Points ∼14% -50%
MSI GL72 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4705 Points ∼12% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
86780 Points ∼53% +10%
Gigabyte P57X v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
79578 Points ∼49% +1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
79107 Points ∼48%
XMG P723 Pro
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, Intel Core i7-4800MQ
77275 Points ∼47% -2%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
69834 Points ∼43% -12%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
67791 Points ∼41% -14%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
66398 Points ∼41% -16%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), Intel Core i7-4790K
34892 Points ∼21% -56%
MSI GL72 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
33474 Points ∼20% -58%

Gaming Performance

As a representative of the "Republic of Gamers", the GL702VM can handle computer games. The notebook smoothly displays practically all current games in Full HD resolution and with high quality settings. Even the maximum quality settings can be chosen in many cases. Of all the games we tested, the only exception was X-Plane. Gaming in 4K is also possible, but the choice of corresponding titles is limited. In addition, this would necessitate an appropriate external display, since the GL702VM is only available with a Full HD resolution. If you wish to play more 4K games, you should get a laptop with a GeForce GTX 1070 or even a GTX 1080 core.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 344.9325.4286.2138.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 195.1177.3166.498.9fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 180.1167.2151.499.1fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 81.846.624.524.5fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 147.5130.910985.7fps
GTA V (2015) 122.3117.790.348.2fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 51.249.147.5fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 6561.948.727.3fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 232.7216.2198.6197.9fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 51.347.140.1fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 116.4104.987.479fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 209.3179.6165.1153.9fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 143.414389.380.2fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Gigabyte P57X v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
123.8 fps ∼100% +25%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
103.8 (min: 19.8) fps ∼84% +5%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
100 fps ∼81% +1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
98.9 fps ∼80%
Schenker XMG P507
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
98.1 fps ∼79% -1%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
138.4 fps ∼100%
Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
99.1 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
92.9 fps ∼94% -6%

Emissions

System Noise

Three fans can be found in the GL702VM. The noise in an idle state is still quiet. You can only hear the laptop in very silent environments. It is mainly the swooshing of the hard drive that can be heard, not the fan noise. Under load, the silence is gone. We measure a sound pressure level of around 40 dB(A) during everyday gaming. During the stress test, the pressure level rises to 46.2 dB(A). With regard to the performance of the laptop, these results are certainly all right.

The GL702VM ...
The GL702VM ...
... has a total of 3 fans.
... has a total of 3 fans.
Fan noise
Fan noise
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.933.335.734.637.92537.740.541.239.637.73140.640.942.939.940.64034.431.933.235.234.45034.531.130.532.334.56329.629.930.628.229.68027.127.528.12627.110027.427.327.52627.412529.429.329.825.429.416027.52924.723.327.520026.127.623.923.826.125025.829.722.422.725.83152832.322.321.62840026.830.220.520.226.850023.126.719.919.623.16302429.819.918.62480028.330.12118.628.3100028.133.119.31828.1125030.535.319.117.430.5160031.836.819.917.931.8200033.438.518.817.533.4250032.937.419.117.832.9315027.937.618.217.927.9400023.329.618.91823.350002227.618.618.322630020.625.918.718.420.6800019.924.118.718.419.91000018.821.218.518.418.81250018.519.518.318.218.51600018.318.918.218.418.3SPL40.946.231.530.540.9N3.34.91.61.43.3median 26.8Asus GL702VM-GC102Dmedian 29.6median 19.3median 18.4median 26.8Delta2.93.12.222.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Noise Level

Idle
31.4 / 31.4 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD
31.5 dB(A)
Load
40.9 / 46.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Noise
-8%
-7%
-5%
-6%
off / environment *
30.5
30
2%
29.7
3%
28.4
7%
30
2%
Idle Minimum *
31.4
33
-5%
33.2
-6%
31.9
-2%
31
1%
Idle Average *
31.4
34
-8%
33.2
-6%
32
-2%
32
-2%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
35
-11%
33.2
-5%
34
-8%
38
-21%
Load Average *
40.9
45
-10%
47.5
-16%
47
-15%
46
-12%
Load Maximum *
46.2
52
-13%
52.5
-14%
49.4
-7%
49
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The GL702VM in our stress test.
The GL702VM in our stress test.

The GL702VM passes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) slightly differently while charging and while running on battery power. The processor constantly works at a speed between 2.9 and 3.1 GHz. On battery power, the graphics core runs at a speed between 800 and 900 MHz. When it is plugged into an outlet, it runs at a speed of 1300 MHz. The temperature of the laptop is reasonable. During the stress test, the 50 °C (122 °F) limit is surpassed at one measurement point. Our stress test is an extreme case scenario, which does not occur in day-to-day use. This means that such high case temperatures are not encountered in everyday use.

Max. Load
 40.2 °C53.1 °C41 °C 
 27.1 °C47.2 °C26 °C 
 27.9 °C27.3 °C27.5 °C 
Maximum: 53.1 °C
Average: 35.3 °C
42.2 °C44.9 °C44.1 °C
36.3 °C36.3 °C30.6 °C
23.5 °C25.1 °C28.7 °C
Maximum: 44.9 °C
Average: 34.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  46.6 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Heat
5%
-13%
0%
1%
Maximum Upper Side *
53.1
45
15%
59
-11%
50.8
4%
49.3
7%
Maximum Bottom *
44.9
54.3
-21%
66
-47%
60
-34%
52.7
-17%
Idle Upper Side *
32.9
29.6
10%
33.2
-1%
27.4
17%
32.6
1%
Idle Bottom *
33.4
28.6
14%
30.6
8%
28.8
14%
29.5
12%

* ... smaller is better

Heat development upper side (load)
Heat development upper side (load)
Heat development bottom side (load)
Heat development bottom side (load)
Heat development upper side (idle)
Heat development upper side (idle)
Heat development bottom side (idle)
Heat development bottom side (idle)

Speakers

The notebook's speakers are on the left and right side of the palm rest. They produce a pleasant sound and can be used even for extended periods of time. However, the sound is a bit muffled. Using headphones or external speakers is advised for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.334.639.32541.739.641.73142.839.942.84037.235.237.25037.532.337.56341.828.241.88030.32630.310040.72640.712548.325.448.316049.623.349.620047.623.847.62505222.75231558.221.658.240063.920.263.95005719.65763056.618.656.680057.218.657.2100056.51856.5125054.817.454.8160057.117.957.1200058.117.558.1250058.217.858.231506017.960400066.21866.2500059.818.359.8630053.418.453.4800048.518.448.51000048.918.448.91250048.718.248.71600043.418.443.4SPL71.330.571.3N28.31.428.3median 56.5Asus GL702VM-GC102Dmedian 18.4median 56.5Delta4.424.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus GL702VM-GC102D audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 23% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 10% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes above are selectable/deselectable!))

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The deactivated integrated graphics core is noticeable in an idle state. We measure a maximal power consumption of 21.4 watts. If the Intel GPU would be turned on, this figure would be 5 to 7 watts lower. A gaming day would consume around 90 watts (+/-20 watts). If you pick a higher resolution or quality level, this number will also rise. For a short while, the power consumption in our stress test peaks at 147 watts. Then the figure drops again, as the CPU and GPU does not work at their maximal speed. The rated output of the power supply is 180 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.44 / 0.57 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 15.6 / 20.2 / 21.4 Watt
Load midlight 90 / 147 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
-24%
-39%
-40%
9%
Idle Minimum *
15.6
19
-22%
18.4
-18%
22.6
-45%
11
29%
Idle Average *
20.2
25
-24%
22.8
-13%
32.7
-62%
16
21%
Idle Maximum *
21.4
31
-45%
24
-12%
32.8
-53%
21
2%
Load Average *
90
90
-0%
175.5
-95%
114.7
-27%
80
11%
Load Maximum *
147
193
-31%
229.5
-56%
167.9
-14%
174
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Asus laptop finished our realistic WLAN test in 4:10 h. The test simulates the workload of loading web pages. The profile "balanced" is active, the energy-saving mode is deactivated and the display brightness is lowered to approximately 150 cd/m². Our video test measures the playback time of videos. For this, we play the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules as well as the energy-saving mode are turned off, and the brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The GL702VM ran out of battery after 4:22 h.

The battery has a capacity of 76 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 76 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 53min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38)
4h 10min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 27min
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 76 Wh
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 95 Wh
Gigabyte P57X v6
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75.81 Wh
MSI GS73VR 6RF
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 65 Wh
Schenker XMG P507
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
11%
5%
-13%
22%
Reader / Idle
353
432
22%
418
18%
353
0%
409
16%
H.264
262
233
-11%
WiFi v1.3
250
247
-1%
201
-20%
213
-15%
274
10%
Load
87
115
32%
103
18%
66
-24%
123
41%

Verdict

Pros

+ Matte IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ G-Sync
+ Plenty of storage
+ Unoccupied M.2 slot
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- iGPU deactivated
- No full Turbo exhaustion
- Relatively high power consumption in idle state
- The click pad doesn't always function properly
In review: Asus GL702VM-GC102D. Test model provided by Notebook.de
In review: Asus GL702VM-GC102D. Test model provided by Notebook.de

With the GL702VM, Asus offers a relatively slim 17.3-inch gaming notebook. But, do not be fooled by the slim exterior; the laptop packs a good dose of processing power. A quad-core Core i7 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core form a duo which can display all current games in Full HD resolution with high to maximal quality settings. Nvidia's G-Sync technology takes care of smooth images. Despite the powerful hardware, heat development is within limits. The notebook's noise is also acceptable.

With the GL702VM, Asus delivers a solid 17.3-inch gaming notebook.

Thanks to the 1TB hard drive, the storage does not fall short, though it could be exchanged. This would require taking off the bottom shell, which would also be an opportunity to equip the laptop with an M.2 SSD (SATA or NVMe), since there is an unoccupied slot. The matte IPS screen delights with stable viewing angles and sufficient brightness. The contrast could be higher. The built-in keyboard fulfills the demands of household use. If you type a lot, though, you should get a different model. Because of the deactivated integrated GPU, energy consumption is higher in an idle state. Consequently, the battery life is worse than it could be. This, however, is only of secondary importance when it comes to gaming laptops.

Asus GL702VM-GC102D - 12/05/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
69 / 81 → 85%
Weight
58 / 66 → 86%
Battery
76%
Display
84%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 93%
Noise
82 / 90 → 91%
Audio
63%
Camera
23 / 85 → 27%
Average
74%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-12- 8 (Update: 2016-12-15)