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Asus ROG G703GX (i7-8750H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 02/17/2019

Professional high-end gamer. Thanks to a hexa-core processor and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, the G703GX brings all the current games smoothly to the matte 144-Hz IPS screen. We also like the rest of the equipment: an NVMe SSD, SSHD, 32 GB of RAM, and Thunderbolt 3. If needed, you could still upgrade the working memory and storage media.

The Asus G703GX belongs to the high-end gaming notebooks in the 17.3-inch format. The inside of the notebook is filled with the most current technology: a Coffee-Lake hexa-core processor, an NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, and a brand-new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics core. The notebook is not unknown to us. With the Asus ROG Chimera G703GI and the Asus ROG Chimera G703, we already tested two similar predecessors, with the 703GI being its direct predecessor. While that is also equipped with a Coffee-Lake processor, the GPU is a GeForce GTX 1080. The competitors of the G703GX include devices like the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51, the Schenker XMG Ultra 17, and the Aorus X7 DT v8.

Since the G703GX, the G703GI, and the G703 have an identical build, we are not addressing the case, equipment, input devices, speakers, and display here - except where there are differences. You can find the corresponding information in the reviews of the ROG Chimera G703GI and the ROG Chimera G703.

Asus ROG G703GX (G703 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1575 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, 256-bit connection, ForceWare 417.71, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, dual-channel, four storage slots (two occupied), max. 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN03.2 (AUO329D), IPS, 144 Hz, Full-HD, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
, NVMe + Seagate ST1000LX015-1U7172, 1 TB SSHD, 5400 rpm; two free M.2-2280 slots, 1426 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC295 @ Intel Cannon Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone input, headphones output, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 51 x 425 x 319 ( = 2.01 x 16.73 x 12.56 in)
Battery
96 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers + subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 2x 280-watt power supply, McAfee LiveSafe (test version), XSplit Gamecaster trial, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
4.65 kg ( = 164.02 oz / 10.25 pounds), Power Supply: 2.036 kg ( = 71.82 oz / 4.49 pounds)
Price
4000 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Changes/Upgrades

  • The G703GX has a larger battery capacity than its predecessors (96 Wh vs. 71 Wh).

  • You can switch between G-Sync and Optimus (it was only G-Sync before).

  • The Gigabit Ethernet slot now supports transfer speeds of up to 2500 Mb/s.

Size Comparison

425 mm / 16.7 inch 319 mm / 12.6 inch 51 mm / 2.01 inch 4.7 kg10.3 lbs428 mm / 16.9 inch 298 mm / 11.7 inch 38.7 mm / 1.524 inch 3.8 kg8.33 lbs418 mm / 16.5 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 4.4 kg9.63 lbs428 mm / 16.9 inch 305 mm / 12 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 3.4 kg7.44 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Chimera G703GI
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198 MB/s ∼100% +10%
Aorus X7 DT v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
196 MB/s ∼99% +9%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
187 MB/s ∼94% +4%
Asus ROG G703GX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
180 MB/s ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=245)
92.9 MB/s ∼47% -48%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus Chimera G703GI
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
246 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Aorus X7 DT v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
244 MB/s ∼99% 0%
Asus ROG G703GX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
243 MB/s ∼99%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
208 MB/s ∼85% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=243)
111 MB/s ∼45% -54%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
689 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼99% +1%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
671 MBit/s ∼97% 0%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
671 MBit/s ∼97%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
655 MBit/s ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=266)
604 MBit/s ∼88% -10%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
691 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
690 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
682 MBit/s ∼99%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
599 MBit/s ∼87% -12%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
596 MBit/s ∼86% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 749, n=266)
559 MBit/s ∼81% -18%

Display - 144 Hz with G-Sync

The G703GX is equipped with a matte 17.3-inch IPS display that has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The 144-Hz display offers good contrast and decent brightness. The same display was used in the predecessor model. Nonetheless, there are some small differences in the measured values, which is a normal phenomenon, since two identically built panels are never 100% identical.

Like in the old G703, G-Sync is also available here. With G-Sync, the frame repeat rates of display and GPU are dynamically adjusted to each other, which is supposed to bring an image that is as smooth as possible, particularly during computer games. However, all our measurements were done with active graphics switching.

283
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B173HAN03.2 (AUO329D)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 296 cd/m² Average: 278.9 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 296 cd/m²
Contrast: 1184:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.77 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.46
ΔE Greyscale 5.83 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
93% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.47
Asus ROG G703GX
AU Optronics B173HAN03.2 (AUO329D), IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
AUO_B173HAN03, IPS, 1920x1080
Aorus X7 DT v8
AU Optronics B173HAN03.0 (AUO309D), IPS, 1920x1080
Asus Chimera G703GI
B173HAN03.2 (AUO329D), IPS, 1920x1080
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), IPS, 3840x2160
Response Times
-44%
-88%
-1%
-335%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
14 (7, 7)
-94%
18 (8.8, 9.2)
-150%
6.4 (3.4, 3)
11%
44 (22.8, 21.2)
-511%
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
9 (5, 4)
6%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-25%
10.8 (6, 4.8)
-13%
24.8 (11.6, 13.2)
-158%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-23%
19%
10%
15%
Brightness middle
296
335
13%
297
0%
285
-4%
332
12%
Brightness
279
300
8%
281
1%
275
-1%
313
12%
Brightness Distribution
85
82
-4%
84
-1%
82
-4%
88
4%
Black Level *
0.25
0.7
-180%
0.23
8%
0.22
12%
0.28
-12%
Contrast
1184
479
-60%
1291
9%
1295
9%
1186
0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.77
4.99
-5%
2.19
54%
3.18
33%
3.86
19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.08
9.32
-3%
4.81
47%
5.99
34%
5.88
35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.46
1.93
-32%
1.73
-18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.83
5.2
11%
1.31
78%
2.93
50%
4.33
26%
Gamma
2.47 89%
2.49 88%
2.42 91%
2.45 90%
2.41 91%
CCT
8076 80%
7719 84%
6464 101%
7165 91%
6595 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
59
-2%
59
-2%
60
0%
88
47%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
91
-2%
91
-2%
93
0%
100
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-34% / -26%
-35% / 1%
5% / 8%
-160% / -43%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Asus ROG G703GX vs. sRGB (93%)
Asus ROG G703GX vs. sRGB (93%)
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Asus ROG G703GX vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Asus ROG G703GX vs. AdobeRGB (60%)

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
9.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 5.2 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
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 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
7.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.8 ms rise
↘ 3.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.7 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9409 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance - Turing power on board

With the G703GX, Asus delivers a high-end gaming notebook in the 17.3-inch format that can play all the current games smoothly. For our test unit, you have to pay about 4000 Euros (~$4518; $4000 in the US for a model with i9-8950HK and 1.5 TB SSD RAID-0), and other equipment configurations are also available.

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

Test Conditions

The Armoury-Crate tool allows the selection of the power management scheme among other things. This determines the behavior of the G703GX. The options "Quiet," "Balanced," "Turbo," "Manual," and "Windows" are available. If you select the latter, Windows power management takes control. While this was the option we chose for running our tests, we also ran a few benchmarks with the Turbo mode activated. You can find the results in the corresponding charts and tables.

Processor

The G703GX is driven by an Intel Core i7-8750H (Coffee Lake) hexa-core processor. We can find this mobile CPU (TDP: 45 watts) in many gaming notebooks. This is the successor of the Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) quad-core processor. The 8750H runs at a basic clock speed of 2.2 GHz, and you can increase the clock speed via Turbo up to 3.9 GHz (six cores), 4 GHz (four cores) or 4.1 GHz (single and two cores).

The processor runs through the multi-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks at 3.9 GHz and the single-thread tests at 3.9 - 4.1 GHz. While these are the values in mains operation, the CPU runs at 800 MHz in battery operation.

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

We evaluate whether the CPU Turbo can also be maintained constantly in mains operation by running the multi-thread test of the Cinebench-R15 benchmarks for about 30 minutes in a constant loop. The results drop slightly from the first to the fourth run and then remain at a constant level.  With the Turbo mode activated, the CPU is able to maintain its higher speeds constantly. 

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Asus ROG G703GX Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1119 (1107.17-1211.8)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø933 (883.12-1007.2)
Aorus X7 DT v8 Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H: Ø1200 (1173.09-1276.01)
Asus Chimera G703GI Intel Core i9-8950HK, Intel Core i9-8950HK: Ø1117 (1099.93-1311.78)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Intel Core i7-8700, Intel Core i7-8700: Ø1130 (1100.35-1178.83)
Asus ROG G703GX Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H; (Turbo-Mode): Ø1213 (1205.55-1227.1)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop (Turbo mode)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop (Turbo mode)
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6388
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
35029
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8134
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
167 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1212 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105.19 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Core i9-8950HK
206 Points ∼100% +23%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
190 Points ∼92% +14%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
182 Points ∼88% +9%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼84% +4%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
167 Points ∼81%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 212, n=512)
156 Points ∼76% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1312 Points ∼100% +8%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
1276 Points ∼97% +5%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
1212 Points ∼92%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
1167 Points ∼89% -4%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H
1007 Points ∼77% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=515)
823 Points ∼63% -32%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
7171 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
6388 Points ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.85 - 8872, n=426)
4838 Points ∼67% -24%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
35029 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
34532 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (19.7 - 48808, n=426)
18295 Points ∼52% -48%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
22665 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
21806 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (9307 - 27774, n=76)
16127 Points ∼71% -29%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
4484 Points ∼100% +10%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
4084 Points ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (2926 - 4825, n=76)
3698 Points ∼82% -9%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
22006 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (8085 - 30099, n=30)
15653 Points ∼71% -29%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
4942 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (3387 - 6002, n=30)
4527 Points ∼92% -8%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
23313 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (4116 - 32070, n=56)
18607 Points ∼80% -20%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
5040 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (2131 - 6030, n=56)
4784 Points ∼95% -5%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Gaming
  (753 - 7545, n=189)
1208 ms * ∼100% -7%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
1126.2 ms * ∼93%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700 (Edge 41)
986.1 ms * ∼82% +12%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H
876 ms * ∼73% +22%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H
39883 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
34168 Points ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
  (12288 - 49518, n=185)
33436 Points ∼84% -2%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700 (Edge 41)
266.89 Points ∼100% +11%
Average of class Gaming
  (51.6 - 333, n=188)
250 Points ∼94% +4%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
239.7 Points ∼90%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H
207 Points ∼78% -14%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

An NVMe SSD, a powerful hexa-core processor, and the working memory running in dual-channel mode ensure a fast and smooth-running system. We did not encounter any problems, and the 8750H offers sufficient power reserves for the coming years. The dedicated graphics core enables playing computer games. The very good results in the PC-Mark benchmarks confirm that the Asus computer is also well equipped for power-hungry applications beyond gaming. 

PC Mark 10
PC Mark 10
PCMark 7 Score
6734 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4622 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5305 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5697 points
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PCMark 10 - Score
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6607 Points ∼100% +16%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5976 Points ∼90% +5%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5680 Points ∼86%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256GD9MNE-6200A
5589 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7171, n=208)
5220 Points ∼79% -8%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4524 Points ∼68% -20%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6281 Points ∼100% +10%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256GD9MNE-6200A
5872 Points ∼93% +3%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5697 Points ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=390)
5036 Points ∼80% -12%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4849 Points ∼77% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6093 Points ∼100% +32%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5779 Points ∼95% +25%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256GD9MNE-6200A
5431 Points ∼89% +18%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4865 Points ∼80% +5%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4622 Points ∼76%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=407)
4262 Points ∼70% -8%

Storage Solution

An NVMe SSD from Samsung serves as the system drive. This is an M.2-2280 model with a total capacity of 512 GB. In the state of delivery, about 426 GB of this remain available, with the rest of the storage being used by the recovery partition and the Windows installation. The SSD delivers very good transfer rates. NVMe SSDs are connected via PCI Express 3.0 x4, which enables significantly higher transfer rates than a connection via SATA III. In addition to the SSD, the notebook also has a 2.5-inch hard drive (1 TB, 5400 rpm).

However, this is not the end of it. Behind the maintenance hatch of the G703GX are also two additional M.2-2280 slots. If all the slots were occupied by SSDs, you could run them in RAID-0 mode. In this case, you could write to the SSDs in parallel, which would be accompanied by a considerable increase of the transfer rates. The SSDs would appear as a single SSD in the system.

In addition to SSD and SSHD...
In addition to SSD and SSHD...
...the notebook also offers two empty M.2-2280 slots.
...the notebook also offers two empty M.2-2280 slots.
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Sequential Read: 2311 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1845 MB/s
512K Read: 1461 MB/s
512K Write: 1821 MB/s
4K Read: 56.57 MB/s
4K Write: 112.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 474.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 411.2 MB/s
Asus ROG G703GX
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256GD9MNE-6200A
Aorus X7 DT v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Asus Chimera G703GI
2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-30%
-12%
92%
14%
Write 4K
90.38
79.18
-12%
88.55
-2%
130.2
44%
153.5
70%
Read 4K
39.19
39.69
1%
30.76
-22%
57.33
46%
44.1
13%
Write Seq
1863
949.6
-49%
1340
-28%
4049
117%
1725
-7%
Read Seq
2100
1087
-48%
1362
-35%
5325
154%
1750
-17%
Write 4K Q32T1
260.2
189.6
-27%
305.7
17%
383.2
47%
340
31%
Read 4K Q32T1
297
304
2%
366.8
24%
424.9
43%
392.1
32%
Write Seq Q32T1
1870
947.7
-49%
1562
-16%
4316
131%
1839
-2%
Read Seq Q32T1
3471
1488
-57%
2414
-30%
8905
157%
3308
-5%

Graphics Card

The brand-new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics core found its way into the G703GX. This GPU represents Nvidia's current top model for notebooks. The Turing core supports DirectX 12 and reaches maximum speeds of up to 1935 MHz. However, this value cannot be maintained constantly. During our tests, we measured an operation speed of about 1815 MHz on average. The GPU is accompanied by a total of 8192 MB GDDR6 graphics storage. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks turn out good. With active Turbo mode, the results increase by only a few percentage points. In all cases, the RTX 2080 fares significantly better than its predecessor, the GTX 1080.

You also do not have to make do without a switching graphics solution (Optimus). While Intel's integrated UHD Graphics 630 GPU is used during everyday and battery operation, more demanding applications such as computer games are handled by Nvidia's graphics core.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
Port Royal
Port Royal
Fire Strike (Turbo mode)
Fire Strike (Turbo mode)
Time Spy (Turbo mode)
Time Spy (Turbo mode)
Port Royal (Turbo mode)
Port Royal (Turbo mode)
3DMark 06 Standard
35591 points
3DMark 11 Performance
24624 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
117607 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
37209 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
20452 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
11801 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9617 points
Help
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H (Turbo-Mode)
5942 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
5649 Points ∼95%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9700K
5377 Points ∼90% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (1294 - 5942, n=55)
3963 Points ∼67% -30%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H (Turbo-Mode)
10992 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
10364 Points ∼94%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9700K
9542 Points ∼87% -8%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700
6977 Points ∼63% -33%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
5730 Points ∼52% -45%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=151)
5719 Points ∼52% -45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H (Turbo-Mode)
27145 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
26223 Points ∼97%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9700K
24142 Points ∼89% -8%
Asus Chimera G703GI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-8950HK
21849 Points ∼80% -17%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700
21104 Points ∼78% -20%
Aorus X7 DT v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8850H
20813 Points ∼77% -21%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
17649 Points ∼65% -33%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=539)
11351 Points ∼42% -57%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H (Turbo-Mode)
38809 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
36478 Points ∼94%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9700K
33722 Points ∼87% -8%
Asus Chimera G703GI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-8950HK
29696 Points ∼77% -19%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700
28621 Points ∼74% -22%
Aorus X7 DT v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8850H
26201 Points ∼68% -28%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=614)
13391 Points ∼35% -63%

Gaming Performance

The CPU/GPU combination of the G703GX brings all the games you can find in our database smoothly to the matte screen in Full-HD resolution and maximum quality settings. Resolutions beyond Full HD also pose no great challenge to the GPU. But in order to use such resolutions, you would have to connect the corresponding external monitor.

While the G703GX produces better results through the bank in the 3D-Mark benchmarks than notebooks that have a GeForce GTX-1080 graphics core on board, things do not look as clear-cut in practice when gaming. A look at our comparison chart shows that sometimes the G703GX is clearly ahead and other times it remains clearly behind. The latter happens particularly in CPU-heavy games such as "Far Cry 5." The reason is quickly found: The GTX-1080 notebooks that we tested have stronger processors than the G703GX and thus fare better correspondingly.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 298.3264.1247.8180.7fps
GTA V (2015) 164159.6126.475fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 280.8210.2169.699.7fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 98.286.273.1fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 1231049796fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 124115111106fps
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (2018) 143.8119.1124.6120fps
Battlefield V (2018) 157.2117.6118.3117.4fps
Darksiders III (2018) 171.9111104.2102.9fps
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
99.7 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
95.1 (min: 81) fps ∼95% -5%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
77.4 fps ∼78% -22%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
76.8 fps ∼77% -23%
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
76.7 fps ∼77% -23%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
75.6 fps ∼76% -24%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
72 fps ∼72% -28%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
71.4 fps ∼72% -28%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
57 fps ∼57% -43%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=310)
49.5 fps ∼50% -50%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
180.7 fps ∼100%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
169 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=339)
97.4 fps ∼54% -46%
Far Cry 5 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
115 (min: 92) fps ∼100% +20%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
113 fps ∼98% +18%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
113 fps ∼98% +18%
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
103 fps ∼90% +7%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
96 fps ∼83%
Average of class Gaming
  (10 - 113, n=41)
70.1 fps ∼61% -27%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
106 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
90 (min: 47) fps ∼85% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (23 - 123, n=41)
69.4 fps ∼65% -35%
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 - 1920x1080 Very High / On
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
165 (min: 123) fps ∼100% +38%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
120 fps ∼73%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.3 - 131, n=13)
73.3 fps ∼44% -39%
Darksiders III - 1920x1080 Epic
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
132 (min: 109) fps ∼100% +28%
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
102.9 fps ∼78%
Average of class Gaming
  (10.6 - 121, n=13)
68.9 fps ∼52% -33%

In order to evaluate whether the frame rates can also remain constant over a long period, we run the game "The Witcher 3" for about 60 minutes in Full-HD resolution and maximum quality settings. During the whole time, the character of the player is not moved. While the frame rates drop slightly during the course of the test, they remain at a playable level. There are no noticeable performance drops.

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Asus ROG G703GX GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; The Witcher 3: Ø98.8 (90-105)

Emissions - Not without headphones

System Noise

It should not surprise that a notebook of this performance class is not one of the quietest of its kind. During idle operation and under low loads, the fans generally run constantly. They are rarely turned off, and even then the system is not completely quiet, but we can hear a quiet rattling or hum from the inside. Under load, the fans rev up significantly. During our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour), the noise level increases up to 52 dB(A). Under loads within the medium range, the value varies between 41 and 49 dB(A), and during the Witcher-3 test it is about 51 dB(A).

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

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 35 / 41 dB(A)
HDD
33 dB(A)
Load
44 / 52 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 ROG G703GX
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
8700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
6%
-3%
-3%
-4%
off / environment *
30
30.4
-1%
29
3%
29
3%
30
-0%
Idle Minimum *
30
31.2
-4%
35
-17%
30
-0%
34
-13%
Idle Average *
35
35.3
-1%
36
-3%
34
3%
35
-0%
Idle Maximum *
41
35.3
14%
41
-0%
42
-2%
40
2%
Load Average *
44
44.4
-1%
43
2%
53
-20%
45
-2%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
41
20%
53
-4%
51
-0%
52
-2%
Load Maximum *
52
45.2
13%
54
-4%
53
-2%
60
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

In mains and in battery operation, the Asus gaming notebook runs through our stress test (at least 60 minutes Prime95 & FurMark) in different ways. When plugged in, the processor runs at 3.3 - 3.4 GHz, and the graphics core runs at a speed of about 1785 MHz. In battery operation, the CPU is throttled to 800 MHz and the speed of the GPU is 300 MHz. 

Despite the very powerful hardware, the warming of the notebook is relatively moderate. During the stress test, the temperature reaches 50 °C (122 °F) at two measurement spots. In everyday operation, the values remain in the green range. The stress test represents an extreme scenario that does not happen like that in everyday operation. We evaluate in this test whether the system remains stable even under full load. 

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - top
Full load - top
Full load - bottom
Full load - bottom
Max. Load
 40 °C
104 F
42 °C
108 F
50 °C
122 F
 
 39 °C
102 F
39 °C
102 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 27 °C
81 F
27 °C
81 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
50 °C
122 F
44 °C
111 F
47 °C
117 F
45 °C
113 F
40 °C
104 F
45 °C
113 F
24 °C
75 F
26 °C
79 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 39 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 50 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 50 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 42.2 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.3 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.2 °C / 99 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 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 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (+0.8 °C / 1.4 F).
Asus ROG G703GX
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
8700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
9%
-1%
-2%
4%
Maximum Upper Side *
50
42.6
15%
51
-2%
50
-0%
41
18%
Maximum Bottom *
50
37.2
26%
63
-26%
50
-0%
48
4%
Idle Upper Side *
30
33.6
-12%
27
10%
32
-7%
30
-0%
Idle Bottom *
33
31
6%
28
15%
33
-0%
35
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.344.82539.445.13131.131.64037.438.25036.838.36327.538.58029.441.810031.350.812526.655.116026.762.620030.463.725025.469.731521.472.540023.975.650025.679.463021.281.680018.780.4100018.679.7125018.281.6160017.380200017.378.9250016.881.2315016.480.5400016.778.6500016.672.1630016.973800016.967.91000016.867.61250016.6581600016.550SPL31.190.9N1.691.1median 18.2median 73Delta4.28.433.735.531.229.729.929.927.229.2253126.140.32451.923.557.824.261.822.866.225.166.622.569.420.373.819.274.818.477.317.878.217.477.817.880.417.580.217.277.717.27717.477.717.377.117.576.717.272.817.269.417.467.917.365.417.258.31752.429.888.81.382.3median 17.5median 73.81.76.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG G703GXAsus Chimera G703GI
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG G703GX audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 15% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus Chimera G703GI audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Very hungry

Power Consumption

During idle operation, the power consumption varies a lot, and we measure values between 5 and 42 watts. During the stress test, the consumption increases up to 320 watts. With this, the consumption remains significantly below the 560 watts the two included power supplies can offer. Since the consumption is only 40 watts above the specified performance of a single power supply, we tried to run some tests with only one of the power supplies connected. While the system does not become unstable, the battery is discharging in many situations - for example, while running many of the gaming benchmarks.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 3.6 / 4.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 24 / 42 Watt
Load midlight 112 / 320 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ROG G703GX
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
8700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-42%
-59%
-95%
-96%
Idle Minimum *
5
20.4
-308%
23
-360%
29
-480%
32
-540%
Idle Average *
24
26.5
-10%
33
-38%
37
-54%
38
-58%
Idle Maximum *
42
37
12%
37
12%
46
-10%
45
-7%
Load Average *
112
129
-15%
115
-3%
156
-39%
96
14%
Load Maximum *
320
216
32%
281
12%
314
2%
331
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
284
186
35%
225
21%
252
11%
237
17%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the G703GX achieves a runtime of 3:58 h. Via a script, we simulate the load when calling up websites. The "Balanced" power profile is active, and the display brightness is adjusted to about 150 cd/m². The 17.3-inch notebook lasts for 3:46 h in our video test, where we run the short film "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a constant loop. The "Power Saving" mode is active and the brightness reduced to 150 cd/m². 

The G703GX offers a better battery life than its predecessor. The reason is quickly found, since the battery of our current test unit has a larger capacity (96 Wh vs. 71 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 01min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
3h 58min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 18min
Asus ROG G703GX
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 96 Wh
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
8700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 82 Wh
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-79BY
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 72 Wh
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 71 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-33%
-10%
-1%
-41%
8%
Reader / Idle
301
164
-46%
253
-16%
296
-2%
169
-44%
H.264
226
148
-35%
WiFi v1.3
238
142
-40%
174
-27%
228
-4%
130
-45%
256 (78 - 622, n=357)
8%
Load
78
70
-10%
88
13%
80
3%
51
-35%
Witcher 3 ultra
66
56.5 (50 - 66, n=6)

Verdict

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ 144-Hz panel
+ excellent performance
+ good input devices
+ RGB illumination
+ NVMe SSD
+ 2 free M.2-2280 slots
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- high noise development
- power-hungry
- limited maintenance
- high weight
- 2 power supplies
The Asus ROG G703GX, test unit provided by Asus Germany.
The Asus ROG G703GX, test unit provided by Asus Germany.

The Asus ROG G703GX is able to bring all the current computer games smoothly to the matte Full-HD screen. You do not need to concern yourself with the quality settings, and during all games, the settings can be adjusted to the maximum. The GeForce RTX 2080 and the Coffee-Lake hexa-core processor offer sufficient computing performance for the next few years.

The Asus ROG G703GX is one of the best and fastest high-end gaming notebooks currently available.

A lightning-fast NVMe SSD ensures a fast running system. In addition, there is a 1-TB hard drive on board. Replacing the two drives would not be a problem, and you could also add more SSDs, since two additional M.2-2280 slots are waiting behind a maintenance hatch.

The G-Sync capable 144-Hz IPS display pleases with a good contrast, stable viewing angles, and good response times. The brightness value is okay, but could have been higher. The battery life is decent for a device of this performance class. The effect of a larger capacity battery compared to the predecessor is noticeable here. This is accompanied by modern connections such as Thunderbolt 3 and 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet.

Asus ROG G703GX - 09/20/2019 v7
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
69 / 80 → 86%
Weight
42 / 10-66 → 57%
Battery
56 / 95 → 59%
Display
83%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 89%
Noise
66 / 90 → 73%
Audio
84%
Average
77%
85%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Asus ROG G703GX (i7-8750H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review
Sascha Mölck, 2019-02-17 (Update: 2019-02-17)