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Asus ROG Chimera G703 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1080, Full HD) Laptop Review

Florian Glaser, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 03/02/2018

Frequency fanatic. If until recently, 120 Hz displays represented the ultimate in gaming laptops, now Asus goes a step further and presents one of the first 144 Hz notebooks with the ROG Chimera G703. You can find out in our test what the 17-incher additionally has to offer.

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Asus G703

In contrast to the successful ROG G752, which is "only" equipped with a GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070, in the ROG G703, Nvidia's currently most powerful Pascal chip for notebooks, the GeForce GTX 1080, is used. The DirectX-12 accelerator is accompanied by a Core i7-7820HK. The rest of the equipment is not bad either. For example, our UK version was equipped with 64 GB of DDR4-RAM (4x 16 GB DDR4-2800 @ 2,400 MHz) and a combination of a 2 TB HDD and a 1 TB SSD-RAID (2x 512 GB NVMe). The extremely fast 144 Hz IPS display with G-Sync support turns out to be another highlight.

In Germany, the above configuration is not available yet, even though the G703VI-E5089T model, which costs about 3600 Euros (~$4433) has identical specifications except for the working memory which is half the size (32 GB DDR4; in the US a version with smaller drives costs ~$3,500). Correspondingly, the results and evaluation of the German variant should turn out very similar.

The competitors of the ROG Chimera G703 include other 17-inch gaming notebooks with the GeForce GTX 1080, such as the Schenker XMG Ultra 17, the Acer Predator 17 X, the MSI GT75VR, and the Alienware 17 R4, which are all included as comparison devices in this test.

Asus G703 (G703 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1682 MHz, Memory: 2578 MHz, GDDR5X, ForceWare 390.77
Memory
65536 MB 
, 4x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2800, dual-channel, 4 of 4 slots occupied, 64 GB max.
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AUO B173HAN03.0 (AUO309D), IPS, Full-HD, 144 Hz, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM238
Storage
2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0), 1024 GB 
, + Seagate Mobile ST2000LM007, 2 TB HDD, 5400 rpm. Slots: 3x M.2 Type 2280 (of that 2x PCIe/NVMe) & 1x 2.5 inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC295 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphones, microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 51 x 425 x 319 ( = 2.01 x 16.73 x 12.56 in)
Battery
71 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 330 Watt power supply, various tools by the manufacturer, XSplit Gamecaster trial, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
4.744 kg ( = 167.34 oz / 10.46 pounds), Power Supply: 1.278 kg ( = 45.08 oz / 2.82 pounds)
Price
3600 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

While the design of most notebooks is symmetrical, Asus pursues an individual approach in the design of its gaming cases. In the case of the G703, not only is the top of the base unit asymmetrical, as we have already seen in the G752, but the lid is asymmetrical as well. Of course, it depends on your own tastes whether you can appreciate the numerous slants and color changes. While the design of the 17-incher appears very fresh with its silver elements in our opinion, we would have liked slightly less visual gimmicks here and there (for example on the bottom of the case).

There is hardly anything to complain about in terms of the materials. This also goes for the lid, which is made from brushed aluminum. The soft-touch finish of the high-quality palm rest also strikes a good impression, but it tends to become dirty quickly (due to its materials). In particular greasy palms will easily leave prints. In order to keep the weight from being too high, the bottom of the case is made of plastic.

We would call the stability of the case good. Even when using more force, the base unit hardly budges under pressure, if at all. As in many other notebooks, things are not so good with the lid, which can be twisted significantly using two hands and then it creaks unpleasantly. The workmanship could also use some improvements. In our test unit, the gaps between the display and the frame varied considerably, and this diminished our impression of the quality. However, taking all the aspects into account, the case still delivers a good impression.

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Looking at the weight and dimensions, you can see that the 17-inch notebook is meant more for stationary operation. 4.7 kg (~10.4 lb) is quite an uncomfortable weight to transport. With this value, the G703 is heavier than the competition, which reaches 4.3 to 4.4 kg (~9.5 - 9.7 lb). Only the MSI GT75VR weighs almost the same. In terms of its thickness, at 51 mm (2 in) the G703 ends up between the Acer Predator 17 X (45 mm, ~1.8 in) and the MSI GT75VR (58 mm, ~2.3 in).

Size Comparison

Features

Connections

Asus appears to have listened to the complaints from buyers and the press and has positioned the connections much more intelligently than in other versions of its gaming notebooks. The G701 and G752 17-inch siblings had to live with a positioning that was too far towards the front before, causing annoying collisions with plugged-in cables when using the mouse. Although the positions in the G703 are not perfect either with its fan openings on the sides, there is more room for movement now. 

Many of the most important and often used connections are now on the back. Overall, the 17-incher can score with four USB-3.0 ports, two audio ports, two display ports (HDMI & Mini-DisplayPort), an RJ45 port, a card reader, and a Kensington lock. The whole package is rounded-off by a modern Thunderbolt-3 port, which theoretically allows you to connect an external GPU.

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Back: USB-A 3.0, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, DC-in
Back: USB-A 3.0, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, DC-in
Left side: RJ45-LAN, Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.0, microphone, headphones
Left side: RJ45-LAN, Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.0, microphone, headphones
Right side: card reader, 2x USB-A 3.0, Kensington lock
Right side: card reader, 2x USB-A 3.0, Kensington lock

SD-Card Reader

As the MSI GT75VR and the Acer Predator 17 X show, fast card readers cannot be taken for granted. While the two competitors remain below 100 MB/s in the test with our reference card, the ROG G703 manages between 182 MB/s (transfer of images) and 240 MB/s (sequential reads). Only the Schenker XMG Ultra 17 can approach these values with its 187 and 208 MB/s rates.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
187 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Asus G703
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
182 MB/s ∼97%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=205)
90.1 MB/s ∼48% -50%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83 MB/s ∼44% -54%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79 MB/s ∼42% -57%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus G703
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
240 MB/s ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
208 MB/s ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=203)
109 MB/s ∼45% -55%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼37% -63%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88 MB/s ∼37% -63%

Communication

In the wireless communication, our Chimera misses a top spot. In contrast to its competitors, the 17-incher does not use a wireless module from Rivet Networks (Killer 1435 or 1535) but uses one from Intel. Even though the Wireless-AC 8265 plays at the top in the reception performance, its sending speeds are slightly lower.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
700 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
689 MBit/s ∼98% +1%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼97% 0%
Asus G703
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
681 MBit/s ∼97%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
606 MBit/s ∼87% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=180)
594 MBit/s ∼85% -13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
628 MBit/s ∼100% +24%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
596 MBit/s ∼95% +18%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
589 MBit/s ∼94% +16%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
558 MBit/s ∼89% +10%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 697, n=180)
534 MBit/s ∼85% +6%
Asus G703
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
506 MBit/s ∼81%

Software

In terms of software, Asus does not permit anything to go wrong. The so-called Gaming Center forms a central hub which offers dozens of monitoring options (clock speed, temperature, etc.) and settings options (for example for the fans). Additional programs also allow you to fiddle with the keyboard illumination, the network traffic, and the sound (see screenshots). As a significant feature, we should also mention the built-in overclocking. The Extreme Turbo-Gear mode, which is activated by default, accelerates the CPU and GPU noticeably, as we will analyze more in detail later.

Gaming Center
Gaming Center
Aura
Aura
Gamefirst IV
Gamefirst IV
Sonic Studio III
Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Radar III

Accessories

Our test unit for the press had to make do with a Spartan amount of accessories. In addition to the notebook itself, the box only contained the 330-Watt power supply, which weighs about 1.3 kg (~2.9 lb) and measures about 20 x 10 x 4 cm (~7.9 x 3.9 x 1.6 in).

Maintenance

The maintenance options can best be described by the word "limited." Anyone who removes the maintenance flap from the bottom of the case, which is easily done, only gets access to the storage and half of the RAM slots. In order to reach the cooling system, the battery, and the rest of the RAM, you would need to completely take the notebook apart, which would be rather difficult for non-professionals. This is a lot easier in other notebooks (such as the Schenker XMG Ultra 17). But since the CPU and GPU are soldered in, you cannot upgrade the core hardware later anyways.

Asus G703
Asus G703
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Asus G703

Warranty

The pick-up and return warranty covers 24 months.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Fans of illumination are definitely well-served by the ROG 703. As should be the case for a current gaming notebook, the keyboard can offer a multi-stepped and pleasantly bright RGB illumination (including various modes). The quality of the keyboard is on a high to very-high level. While the keys still felt slightly spongy in the G752 and G701, the Chimera convinces with a very crisp feedback, which reminds us of the mechanical keyboard of the GT75VR. The relatively long stroke and the loud typing noise seem to be inspired by the MSI Pendant as well.

Fortunately, Asus uses another approach in the layout. The G703 makes do without any more daring experimentation and keeps to the standard to a large extent. Advantages compared to the GT75VR consist of the four instead of three-column number block and the more sensibly separated and organized F-row. The arrow keys reach into the block of number keys and not into the main block. There are also positive points for the practical special keys above the keyboard. For example, they allow you to adjust the volume and deactivate the microphone.

Asus G703
Asus G703

Touchpad

The touchpad also achieves a reference level. On the positive side we have the comfortably smooth surface that makes sliding pleasant and also the ample size of 11.2 x 6.8 cm (~4.4 x 2.7 in). Since it is a conventional touchpad with dedicated keys (even if they appear slightly loose), left and right clicks are always recognized reliably. The same goes for the multi-touch support (zooming and scrolling via two-finger gestures) which most often works flawlessly. Asus could possibly make some improvements in the precision, which should be a tad more exact.

Display

After 60–75 Hz have been the standards for displays for years, now more and more 120 and 144 Hz monitors are appearing. Asus and many other manufacturers are bringing this trend into the notebook segment as well.

280
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 288 cd/m² Average: 268.1 cd/m² Minimum: 31 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 274 cd/m²
Contrast: 945:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.99 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.79
ΔE Greyscale 4.14 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
92% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.58
Asus G703
AUO B173HAN03.0 (AUO309D), IPS, 1920x1080
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), IPS, 3840x2160
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
CMN N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 1920x1080
Alienware 17 R4
TN LED, 2560x1440
Response Times
-136%
-153%
37%
-42%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
44 (22.8, 21.2)
-150%
45 (18, 27)
-156%
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
34%
30 (18.8, 11.2)
-70%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (6, 5.2)
24.8 (11.6, 13.2)
-121%
28 (6, 22)
-150%
6.8 (4.8, 2)
39%
12.8 (10.8, 2)
-14%
PWM Frequency
25000 (15)
Screen
15%
4%
26%
-16%
Brightness middle
274
332
21%
380
39%
274
0%
402.3
47%
Brightness
268
313
17%
362
35%
262
-2%
372
39%
Brightness Distribution
80
88
10%
91
14%
87
9%
86
8%
Black Level *
0.29
0.28
3%
0.37
-28%
0.26
10%
0.62
-114%
Contrast
945
1186
26%
1027
9%
1054
12%
649
-31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.99
3.86
3%
4.12
-3%
1.36
66%
5.6
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.33
5.88
20%
8.19
-12%
4.1
44%
9.8
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.79
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.14
4.33
-5%
3.95
5%
0.64
85%
4.7
-14%
Gamma
2.58 85%
2.41 91%
2.47 89%
2.19 100%
2.14 103%
CCT
7352 88%
6595 99%
6539 99%
6551 99%
7519 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
88
47%
55
-8%
77
28%
53.7
-10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92
100
9%
84
-9%
100
9%
82.2
-11%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-61% / -10%
-75% / -22%
32% / 28%
-29% / -20%

* ... smaller is better

With the AUO B173HAN03.0, the ROG G703 has a 17.3-inch IPS panel, which supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology, fitting to the high display frequency. This ensures a softer image without tearing. If you disregard the mediocre brightness (around 268 cd/m²) and the clouding in the edge areas that is present in our test unit (see photo below), the display used has many strengths. Although a black value of 0.29 cd/m² and a contrast of almost 950:1 are not top values, they are more than okay for a laptop.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Asus ROG G703 vs. sRGB (92%)
Asus ROG G703 vs. sRGB (92%)
Asus ROG G703 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Asus ROG G703 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)

At 92% sRGB and 60% AdobeRGB, the color space is also great, at least from the point of view of gaming. However, due to the slight blue tint, professional users should consider calibration or install our ICC file, which is linked above. If needed, you can also simply change the display mode in the Gaming Center (GameVisual). All the measurements were performed in the sRGB standard setting.

Outdoor use (sunny sky)
Outdoor use (sunny sky)
Light halos
Light halos
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

We were positively surprised by the reaction time. At this point it should be well-known that IPS panels offer good viewing-angle stability. However, in terms of the reaction speed, TN panels have an advantage most of the time. With a relatively fast 11.2 ms (black-to-white) and 17.6 ms (gray-to-gray), the Asus G703 is an exception here. The IPS displays of the Schenker XMG Ultra 17 and Acer Predator 17 X need more than 20 and 40 ms respectively.

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
11.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
17.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 9.2 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

Even though with Intel's Coffee-Lake architecture and AMD's Ryzen generation, six and eight-core CPUs are just around the corner and will proceed on their victory march in 2018, the quad-core chip of the Asus G703 still belongs to the high-end range. Gamers will be particularly pleased with the powerful GeForce GTX 1080. An SSD RAID and 64 GB of DDR4-RAM reinforce the luxury claims.

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HWiNFO
GPU Z
Latencies

Processor

As mentioned above, the Chimera masters a functionality called Turbo Gear, which besides the graphics card also overclocks the processor. While the GPU speed is increased by 100 MHz on average, the Core i7-7820HK runs at a maximum of 4.3 GHz instead of 3.9 GHz.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load

In contrast to Intel's Turbo-Boost technology which adjusts the speed dynamically to the load of the single cores (for example, 3.5 GHz @ quad-core load), Turbo Gear is designed to maintain the 4.3 GHz constantly, with the exception of longer stress scenarios. The G703 mastered our Cinebench loop (at least 30 minutes multi-core test) without any problems.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.09 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
10.33 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
185 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
932 Points
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The 17-inch racer is ahead in the benchmarks accordingly. Even the Acer Predator 17 X, whose Core i7-7820HK also overclocks to 4.3 GHz, falls behind by a few percentage points. The advantage to a 7820HK notebook without OC is about 20%. Note that the graphics chip (HD Graphics 630) integrated into the processor remains always inactive due to the lack of Optimus technology.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
190 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
185 Points ∼97%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
184 Points ∼97% -1%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
171 Points ∼90% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK
  (156 - 185, n=16)
170 Points ∼89% -8%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
160 Points ∼84% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 209, n=419)
152 Points ∼80% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
1167 Points ∼100% +25%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
932 Points ∼80%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
874 Points ∼75% -6%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
867 Points ∼74% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK
  (689 - 932, n=18)
808 Points ∼69% -13%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
758 Points ∼65% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1865, n=420)
748 Points ∼64% -20%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
2.18 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.09 Points ∼96%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.08 Points ∼95% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK
  (1.69 - 2.09, n=15)
1.917 Points ∼88% -8%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.81 Points ∼83% -13%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.69 Points ∼78% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.38, n=408)
1.68 Points ∼77% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
12.9 Points ∼100% +25%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
10.33 Points ∼80%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.55 Points ∼74% -8%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.53 Points ∼74% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK
  (8.34 - 10.3, n=16)
8.98 Points ∼70% -13%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.34 Points ∼65% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 21.2, n=509)
7.28 Points ∼56% -30%

System Performance

For a price of more than 3000 Euros (~$3694), buyers should expect an extremely high system performance. In brief: The G703 delivers this in all respects. Thanks to the high-end components, the ample amount of RAM, and the SSD duo, the 17-incher also offers sufficient power for the most demanding applications, be in the gaming or in the multimedia areas. Since the operating system is located on solid state drives, Windows 10 boots up extremely fast and loads programs in a very short time. In all other areas, the system also reacts comfortably fast, and things like high latencies are foreign to the G703.

PCMark 10 - Score
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5976 Points ∼100% +19%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
5211 Points ∼87% +3%
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
5035 Points ∼84%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 6959, n=119)
4945 Points ∼83% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (3991 - 5290, n=4)
4882 Points ∼82% -3%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6123 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
6016 Points ∼98%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
5444 Points ∼89% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (2486 - 6123, n=7)
5208 Points ∼85% -13%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5088 Points ∼83% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=314)
4926 Points ∼80% -18%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4849 Points ∼79% -19%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5975 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
5944 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (4531 - 5975, n=7)
5376 Points ∼90% -10%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
5237 Points ∼88% -12%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5064 Points ∼85% -15%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4865 Points ∼81% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=332)
4222 Points ∼71% -29%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5944 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6016 points
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Storage Solution

While most notebook manufacturers are content with a single SSD, Asus has equipped our test configuration with two solid state drives that run together in RAID-0 mode. Although subjectively, such a combination only has a limited influence on the speeds; the storage benchmarks show what is possible with the RAID technology in terms of performance values. 3,177 MB/s during sequential reads and 2,556 MB/s during sequential writes (AS SSD benchmark) belong to the best rates we have ever seen.

SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
HDD
HDD
HDD
HDD

In case space on the two 512 GB SSDs (Samsung SM961) should become tight one day, the G703 also offers a classical HDD with a 2 TB capacity (Seagate Mobile). The 17-incher can be equipped with up to four storage drives in total. Under the hood are one 2.5-inch slot, two PCIe/NVMe-capable M.2 slots, and one M.2 slot which supports only SATA-III and which was still empty in our test unit.

Asus G703
2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R4
SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Average 2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
 
AS SSD
-7%
-30%
-9%
-44%
0%
Score Total
3962
4173
5%
2581
-35%
3392
-14%
2072
-48%
3962
0%
Score Write
1519
1615
6%
930
-39%
1289
-15%
858
-44%
1519
0%
Score Read
1633
1716
5%
1118
-32%
1412
-14%
831
-49%
1633
0%
4K Write
148.44
139.47
-6%
133.79
-10%
128.75
-13%
113.36
-24%
148
0%
4K Read
47.61
43.65
-8%
39.52
-17%
50.12
5%
35.61
-25%
47.6
0%
Seq Write
2556.32
1771.22
-31%
1338.19
-48%
2352.3
-8%
734.8
-71%
2556
0%
Seq Read
3177.06
2532.5
-20%
2261.03
-29%
3136.95
-1%
1752.03
-45%
3177
0%
2x Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP NVMe (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3505 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3082 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 708.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 612.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 3346 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2738 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 54.82 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 160.7 MB/s

Graphics Card

Anyone who does not want to compromise in terms of the image quality and performance is well served by the current top choice, the GeForce GTX 1080. The DirectX-12 model from Nvidia's Pascal series offers 2560 shaders and 8 GB of GDDR5X-VRAM.

3DMark 11 Performance
21293 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
35865 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
17502 points
Help

Like the CPU, the GPU is also overclocked via Turbo Gear. Instead of 1,5821,771 MHz, the core reaches 1,682–1,871 MHz according to the GPU-Z tool. Because Nvidia's GPU Boost leaves a lot of room on top in terms of the clock speed, the values achieved in practice are much higher. For example, the GeForce GTX 1080 leveled out at 1,924 MHz in the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark, which could break some records. In the optimal case, the GPU even climbs up to a respectable 1,974 MHz.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
22566 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus G703
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
22160 Points ∼98%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
21846 Points ∼97% -1%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
21366 Points ∼95% -4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (18879 - 23091, n=24)
21306 Points ∼94% -4%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
21104 Points ∼94% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=447)
10260 Points ∼45% -54%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
29109 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus G703
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
29109 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
28621 Points ∼98% -2%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
28595 Points ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (24868 - 31412, n=26)
28106 Points ∼97% -3%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
26438 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=520)
11894 Points ∼41% -59%

Using the computing-intensive RPG hit The Witcher 3 for 60 minutes, we tested whether the high performance can be maintained over longer periods of time. The result deserves our highest admiration: An average of 1,911 MHz for the GPU and 4,300 MHz for the CPU point to a powerful cooling system. Other gaming notebooks often begin to have trouble here. The G703 executes the graphics benchmarks unobtrusively. In 3DMark 11 and the Fire-Strike test of 3DMark 13, the 17-incher remains comfortably at the level of the GTX-1080 competitors.

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The Witcher 3 ultra

Gaming Performance

While a Full HD panel with 60 Hz would be underwhelming for the performance capabilities of the GTX 1080, the high-end GPU can fully shine with a 144 Hz display. All 12 games we tested raced ahead at more than 60 FPS in maximum details, and in seven games it was even more than 100 FPS.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
78.1 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
77.9 fps ∼100%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
75.9 fps ∼97% -3%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
75.6 fps ∼97% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (61.7 - 78.1, n=23)
72.5 fps ∼93% -7%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
68.5 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=223)
44.5 fps ∼57% -43%

If you prefer a higher resolution rather than higher FPS numbers, Asus also sells a variant of the G703 with a UHD display (3840x2160 pixels). According to our information, there is no WQHD model.

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 14877.9fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 357348fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 78.376.1fps
ELEX (2017) 119104fps
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) 145125fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 9883fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 160136fps
Need for Speed Payback (2017) 144135fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 147124fps
Fortnite (2018) 216159fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 80fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 10076.4fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

Even though the G703 is heavily overclocked, it remains quieter under load than most of the other GTX-1080 products. Okay, this is relative: An average of 48 dB in The Witcher 3 is very noticeable and not for those with weak nerves. However, numerous gaming laptops cross the 50 dB mark here. Besides the Alienware 17 R4 (50 dB), the Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (52 dB) and the MSI GT75VR (56 dB) also draw strong attention. Compared to the other devices, the fans don't whir with a high-frequency noise, but their sound has rather lower frequencies. The fact that after longer periods of load, the fans lower their speed again very quickly deserves additional praise.

Noise level - idle
Noise level - idle
Noise level - load
Noise level - load
Noise level - speaker
Noise level - speaker

In idle mode, the G703 also deserves fewer complaints than some of the other 17-inch competitors. Whereas the Clevo barebones for example often tend to rev up, in the G703 sudden, unexplainable jumps in the fan noise occur rather rarely. They only happen if they are provoked by CPU or GPU-heavy tasks or the opening of applications. If the system simply idles along, at 35–36 dB the 17-incher reaches an acceptable level for gaming notebooks. In the ideal case (longer inactivity and power-saving options activated), the fans and the HDD are completely deactivated.

Noise Level

Idle
35 / 36 / 38 dB(A)
Load
46 / 54 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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 dB(A)
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Noise
-2%
5%
-2%
1%
off / environment *
30
30
-0%
30
-0%
30
-0%
28.2
6%
Idle Minimum *
35
34
3%
33
6%
33
6%
35.6
-2%
Idle Average *
36
35
3%
35
3%
34
6%
35.6
1%
Idle Maximum *
38
40
-5%
37
3%
38
-0%
35.7
6%
Load Average *
46
45
2%
40
13%
44
4%
50.2
-9%
Witcher 3 ultra *
48
52
-8%
56
-17%
50.2
-5%
Load Maximum *
54
60
-11%
50
7%
62
-15%
50.2
7%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

There are also no ugly surprises in the case temperatures. While up to 55 °C (131 °F) on top and up to 54 °C (129 °F) on the bottom initially sound like a lot, they are limited to the back third of the notebook, and the palm rest remains surprisingly cool at 26–28 °C (79–82 °F) even under full load. In The Witcher 3, we were able to measure 50 or 48 °C (122 or 118 °F) at most in the hot spots of the device. After 60 minutes of gaming load, the WASD area only warmed up to 37 °C (99 °F).

Stress test
Stress test
Full load - top (Optris PI 640)
Full load - top (Optris PI 640)
Full load - bottom (Optris PI 640)
Full load - bottom (Optris PI 640)

The insides of the G703 get significantly hotter. A maximum GPU temperature of 88 °C (190 °F) and a maximum CPU temperature of 97 °C (207 °F, according to the HWMonitor tool) come close to the limits. Yet neither the GeForce GTX 1080 nor the Core i7-7820HK throttle, which not all high-end notebooks can claim. During everyday gaming, you do not need to worry about the temperatures of the components, since even the more demanding games will tax the system less than our stress test with the Furmark and Prime95 tools. For example, The Witcher 3 only heated up the GTX 1080 to 80 °C (176 °F).

Max. Load
 44 °C
111 F
45 °C
113 F
55 °C
131 F
 
 43 °C
109 F
44 °C
111 F
49 °C
120 F
 
 28 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F
Average: 40 °C = 104 F
54 °C
129 F
44 °C
111 F
50 °C
122 F
48 °C
118 F
40 °C
104 F
46 °C
115 F
23 °C
73 F
26 °C
79 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 40.3 °C = 105 F
Power Supply (max.)  59 °C = 138 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 55 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 39.3 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 41.7 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.1 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28 °C / 82.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (+0.7 °C / 1.3 F).
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Heat
6%
6%
-4%
3%
Maximum Upper Side *
55
41
25%
44.2
20%
46
16%
49.6
10%
Maximum Bottom *
54
48
11%
43
20%
57
-6%
56
-4%
Idle Upper Side *
29
30
-3%
32.4
-12%
34
-17%
29.6
-2%
Idle Bottom *
32
35
-9%
32.8
-3%
35
-9%
29.2
9%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The sound of the speakers of the 17-inch racer is quite acceptable. Even though at times games, movies, and music may sound slightly muffled, in other respects the sound does not need to hide behind the competitors. For example, the Chimera offers a decent bass, and with its high maximum volume (89 dB), it is also suitable for larger rooms and distances from the notebook.

Tuning enthusiasts should also be able to have their fun with the preinstalled audio software (Sonic Studio III), which offers several profiles and sound improvements. Overall, we liked the performance of the two loudspeakers that are positioned at the front. External speakers or a headset are not absolutely necessary for the G703. However, buyers of the more affordable G752 should think about using alternative methods (worse sound).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.137.72537.135.93129.629.34035.4335037.431.26327.142.58028.253.810031.261.112526.662.716024.267.820024.865.925028.966.731522.569.640019.9755001978.563019.878.780017.477.1100017.273.1125017.179.5160017.280.6200017.280.4250016.980.231501777.8400017.470.9500017.365.6630017.364.5800017.567.51000017.475.11250017.565.41600017.371.6SPL30.489.2N1.581.4median 17.4median 71.6Delta2.76.139.843.737.141.430.837.132.433.426.128.62631244624.661.322.656.222.156.62361.724.663.720.469.618.476.418.57517.571.417.77117.264.616.864.716.962.317.16517.265.817.664.517.564.717.663.217.56217.462.418.361.118.259.717.450.929.879.21.348.3median 17.6median 63.71.62.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus G703Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Asus G703 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Schenker XMG Ultra 17 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
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 selectable!)

Power Management

Power Consumption

A great disadvantage of the CPU and GPU overclocking is the enormous power consumption. At 123–341 watts under load, the G703 consumes even more power than the Schenker XMG Ultra 17, which uses a desktop processor with 65 instead of 45 watts TDP. In idle mode, the situation is much better. 26–37 watts is typical for a high-end notebook that runs without graphics switching.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.8 / 1.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 26 / 30 / 37 Watt
Load midlight 123 / 341 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Power Consumption
-7%
4%
-14%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
26
32
-23%
27
-4%
34
-31%
37.5
-44%
Idle Average *
30
38
-27%
32
-7%
41
-37%
37.6
-25%
Idle Maximum *
37
45
-22%
41
-11%
50
-35%
37.6
-2%
Load Average *
123
96
22%
102
17%
106
14%
122.4
-0%
Load Maximum *
341
331
3%
248
27%
320
6%
277.4
19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
257
237
8%
257
-0%
180.3
30%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In the battery life section, the G703 places last. 2:31 hours of Internet surfing via WLAN and 2:23 hours of watching HD movies (medium brightness) will not knock anybody's socks off. Even when the notebook is only occupied with a text document and the brightness is adjusted to the minimum level, the lights go out after just 3:20 hours. The Predator 17 X at least manages 5:13 hours here. No wonder, since the Acer has a much stronger battery with 89 instead of 71 Wh. Apropos power: Without a power supply, the 3D performance drops by about a third. We recently observed the same result with the Schenker XMG Ultra 17.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2h 31min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 23min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 54min
Asus G703
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 71 Wh
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, 82 Wh
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 88.8 Wh
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 75 Wh
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 99 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
2%
58%
2%
29%
62%
Reader / Idle
200
164
-18%
313
57%
182
-9%
276
38%
332 (39 - 1174, n=598)
66%
H.264
143
148
3%
204
43%
148
3%
244 (88 - 506, n=124)
71%
WiFi v1.3
151
142
-6%
251
66%
144
-5%
181
20%
251 (78 - 622, n=272)
66%
Load
54
70
30%
90
67%
65
20%
69
28%
78.7 (18 - 202, n=564)
46%

Verdict

Pros

+ practical function keys
+ cool palm rest
+ great input devices
+ very high performance
+ RGB illumination
+ powerful sound
+ Thunderbolt 3
+ 144 Hz panel
+ factory overclocking
+ SSD-RAID
+ G-Sync

Cons

- high noise development in 3D operation
- thick and heavy case
- small blemishes in the workmanship
- hefty power consumption
- limited maintenance
- short battery life
- screen bleeding
ROG Chimera G703, test unit provided by Asus Germany
ROG Chimera G703, test unit provided by Asus Germany

As far as powerful desktop replacements are concerned, the ROG Chimera G703 can grab a spot on the winners' podium without any trouble.

Asus put together a very successful package here, which does not allow itself any larger missteps. Not only do we positively recall the first rate input devices (keyboard incl. RGB illumination) but also the many connections (such as Thunderbolt 3). The display and sound quality also know how to convince. Particularly the IPS display with its combination of 144 Hz and G-Sync represents a real argument for purchase.

The performance is also beyond any reproach. In order to justify the hefty purchase price, Asus has equipped the 17-incher with an abundance of high-end components, be it the GeForce GTX 1080 or the Core i7-7820HK, which can offer their highest performance thanks to overclocking. The SSD-RAID and the amount of RAM are also worth noticing.

On the negative side, we have to hold its high weight, the thick design, the low battery life, and the background noise in 3D operation (at least when the OC function is active) against the G703.

Despite these weaknesses, the ROG Chimera will land a very high place in our Top 10 Gaming Laptops list.

Asus G703 - 02/27/2018 v6
Florian Glaser

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
70 / 81 → 86%
Weight
41 / 10-66 → 55%
Battery
65%
Display
86%
Games Performance
100%
Application Performance
100%
Temperature
84 / 95 → 88%
Noise
58 / 90 → 65%
Audio
88%
Average
79%
88%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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