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Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 08/21/2018

Shooting Star With the ROG Strix GL504, Asus introduces a 15-inch high-end notebook that brings almost all the features you could wish for in a gaming platform. A 144-Hz panel? Check. Thin display bezel? Check. RGB keyboard? Check. Hexa-core CPU and DirectX-12 GPU? Check. We explain in our test why this is still not quite sufficient for a "very good" evaluation.

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Asus ROG Strix GL504

"Thin bezels!" There is hardly another buzz word that is currently as present as this. While TV's and desktop monitors have already had particularly thin bezels for years, this trend is established in laptops only now. After some all-rounders such as the Dell XPS 15 introduced the trend, there are now also more and more gaming notebooks that that please us with their edge-to-edge designs. Here we should mention the Razer Blade 15, the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8, the MSI GS65 8RF, and the Schenker XMG Neo 15, which will all accompany us through this test.

As one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, ASUS is naturally also following the current trend, presenting a corresponding 15-inch product with the ROG Strix GL504. To attract as many gamers as possible, the laptop is available in two different variants. For one, there is the Hero II, whose specially marked QWER keys are supposed to attract MOBA fans. Then there is also the Scar II that we tested, which is distinguished by a camouflage pattern and emphasizes the WASD area which is important for ego-shooters.

Model GL504GM GL504GS
Processor Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H
Graphics card GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
RAM 32 GB DDR4-2666 max. 32 GB DDR4-2666 max.
Storage 128-512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD/SSHD 128-512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD/SSHD
Display 144 Hz Full-HD IPS 144 Hz Full-HD IPS
G-Sync no no
Optimus yes no
Power supply 180 Watts 230 Watts

To give gamers their money's worth, there are only high-end components inside the case. Those who splurge on the top model will not only receive a Core i7-8750H, but also a  GeForce GTX 1070. A 144-Hz display frequency, up to 32 GB DDR4-RAM, and a combination of NVMe-SSD and SSHD reinforce the claims of luxury. Will the GL504 be able to grab the crown among the thin-bezel gaming notebooks? We will find out.

Asus GL504GS (GL504 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 397.31
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, all slots occupied, 32 GB max
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), IPS, Full-HD, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
, NVMe + Seagate FireCuda ST1000LX015, 1 TB SSHD, 5400 rpm. Slots: 1x M.2 Type 2280 + 1x 2.5 in
Soundcard
Realtek ALC294 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo port, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 361 x 262 ( = 1.02 x 14.21 x 10.31 in)
Battery
66 Wh, 4210 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 3.5 watts, Keyboard: Chiclet, RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 230-watt power supply, key chain, sticker, various manufacturer tools, XSplit Gamecaster, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.456 kg ( = 86.63 oz / 5.41 pounds), Power Supply: 613 g ( = 21.62 oz / 1.35 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Camouflage looks

Compared to the previous generation, a lot has changed in terms of the case. As well as the size and design, the surface pattern has also been reworked. The top of the case is even graced by two different textures. Whether you like the camouflage visuals of the Scar edition or not is a matter of taste. Our impression is that at first glance, you could mistake some spots for chipped-off varnish from some angles. The strange design mixture also extends to the bottom of the case which, corresponding to the C-cover, is "only" made of plastic. The lid, on the other hand, is made from brushed metal, giving it above-average sturdiness. The base unit is also quite robust and can only be bent or pushed in by using a significant amount of force.

Due to the status of our test unit as a pre-production sample, we cannot give any final comments on the workmanship yet. Our test unit was quite convincing in this regard, however. Nice: not only should some illumination fetishists be pleased wth the RGB keyboard, but also with a multi-colored LED strip in the notebook front. Yet as already mentioned, the main highlight is still the very slim bezel, provided you disregard the bottom segment, which is often noticeably smaller in the competitors.

Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
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Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504

Apropos, "slim": While at a height of 2.6 cm (~1 in) the GL504 appears to be very slim compared to conventional gaming notebooks, it does not come close to the skinniness of the Razer Blade 15 (17 mm/~0.66 in), the MSI GS65 (18 mm/~0.7 in), the Gigabyte Aero 15X (18 mm/~0.7 in), or the Schenker XMG Neo 15 (22 mm/~0.9 in). Things look similar with the weight, where you can still transport 2.5 kg (~5.5 lb) in relative comfort, but the competitors are much lighter at 1.8 - 2.1 kg (~4 - 4.6 lb).

This is not surprising, considering that Asus forgoes Nvidia's Max-Q technology, which is suggested particularly for very compact devices. We also do not really understand the decision against Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching (this concerns only the GTX-1070 version), especially since there is no G-Sync on board either. The hinges on the GL504 make a good impression. Even though they are quite stiff, the base unit does not move when opening the lid. Surface vibrations only cause the lid to wobble to a limited extent.

Size Comparison

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Features - Software Eldorado

Connections

As up-to-date as the GL504 is in many respects, there would still be room for improvement in terms of the connections. Even though two of the total of four USB ports support the 3.1-Gen2 protocol, we are looking in vain for Thunderbolt 3 to use external GPUs and other peripherals. The rest of the connections follow the gaming standard and include an RJ45 port, an audio port (combined headphones/microphone), a card reader, and an opening for Kensington Locks. You can connect desktop monitors via either HDMI 2.0 or Mini-DisplayPort 1.2.

The positioning of the connections particularly benefit right-handed users. Since most of the ports are gathered on the left side, a mouse plugged into the right side has lots of room to move.

Left side: DC power-in, RJ45 LAN, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB-A, USB-C, audio
Left side: DC power-in, RJ45 LAN, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB-A, USB-C, audio
Right side: card reader, USB-A, Kensington Lock
Right side: card reader, USB-A, Kensington Lock

SD Card Reader

At 79-82 MB/s, the performance of the card reader settles between that of the Gigabyte Aero 15X which is 2-3 times as fast (191-242 MB/s) and the much slower Schenker XMG Neo 15 (25-32 MB/s). The MSI GS65 and the Razer Blade 15 must do without a card reader and are therefore missing from the placement.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
191 MB/s ∼100% +142%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=202)
90.3 MB/s ∼47% +14%
Asus GL504GS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79 MB/s ∼41%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25 MB/s ∼13% -68%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
242 MB/s ∼100% +195%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=200)
109 MB/s ∼45% +33%
Asus GL504GS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82 MB/s ∼34%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼13% -61%

Communication

There are hardly any differences between the comparison devices in the wireless communication. With the exception of the Gigabyte Aero 15X which has a slightly-aging wireless module, all the thin-bezel gaming notebooks offer very current Wi-Fi adapters from Rivet Networks or Intel. Besides the Killer Wireless-AC 1550, the Wireless-AC 9260 and 9560 also achieve top-notch values. In our WLAN test (1 meter/~3 ft distance to the Linksys EA8500 reference router), most of the devices achieve close to the 700-Mbit mark.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
694 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
682 MBit/s ∼98% +1%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
681 MBit/s ∼98% +1%
Asus GL504GS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
672 MBit/s ∼97%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
660 MBit/s ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=174)
594 MBit/s ∼86% -12%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus GL504GS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
697 MBit/s ∼100%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
665 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
643 MBit/s ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (213 - 697, n=174)
532 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
379 MBit/s ∼54% -46%

Software

As we are accustomed from Asus, the system includes a large number of various tools that are all bundled in the well-known Gaming Center. While GameVisual handles the display output, Aura is responsible for the keyboard illumination and the LED strip. The sound can be adjusted extensively via Sonic Studio and Sonic Rader. Naturally for the elite in 2018, a fan control is also included. We are using the Balanced mode for our tests, and in the Silent and Overboost modes, the measurements can vary significantly.

Gaming Center
Aura
Fan Overboost
Game Visual
Sonic Radar
Sonic Studio

Accessories

The accessories included with our evaluation sample are limited to a key chain and various stickers. As a power supply for the GTX-1070 version, Asus includes a 230-watt model (180 watts for the GTX 1060) that weighs about 0.6 kg (~1.3 lb) and measures 16.5 x 7.5 x 3 cm (~6.5 x 3 x 1.2 in).

Maintenance

In terms of the maintenance, there are no big surprises. After you have removed all the Philips screws from the D-cover, you can completely remove the bottom plate (for which you will need a flat prying tool, however). Under the hood, you can find not only the wireless module and the battery, but also two DDR4-RAM banks, one M.2 slot of Type 2280, and one 2.5-inch slot. The cooling system consists of two fans that are connected with several heat pipes.

Asus ROG Strix GL504
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Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504
Asus ROG Strix GL504

Warranty

Asus offers a two-year warranty on the 15-inch notebook.

Input Devices - Optimized for shooters

Keyboard

The input devices do not need to hide behind the competitors at all. Unlike some other Asus laptops whose keyboards feel a bit spongy (look at the G752, for example), the keyboard in the ROG Strix feels quite crisp and tight, which ensures a high accuracy. Whether you can appreciate the transparent WASD area is a matter of your personal tastes. Thanks to its bright lettering and the configurable RGB illumination, the keyboard stands out regardless, be it day or night.

The manufacturer also deserves some credit for the practical special keys which allow you to adjust the volume, deactivate the microphone, and open the Gaming Center. Since our test unit is a UK version, we cannot offer a final evaluation on the (German) layout yet. We can definitely give some praise for the separated Arrow keys and the enlarged Enter key. Only the combined Insert/Delete key stood out as a negative point to the author. Despite the limited space, Asus has still managed to fit a dedicated number block, although its keys turned out quite small.

Chiclet keyboard ...
Chiclet keyboard ...
... with RGB illumination
... with RGB illumination

Touchpad

For the touchpad, the manufacturer uses a classic variant with "real" mouse keys. Although the surface is very smooth, the sliding characteristics could have been better, particularly with moist or greasy fingers. In terms of the multi-touch support, there are hardly any reasons for complaint. Two finger gestures such as zooming or scrolling work mostly smoothly. The precision is also inconspicuous to a large extent.

The dimensions of the touchpad are on a typical 15-inch level, and 10.7 x 5.9 cm (4.2 x 2.3 in) are neither particularly large, nor particularly small. However, Asus should improve on the noise of the mouse keys, which although sounding well defined, also make quite a clatter and are much louder than the keyboard.  

Display - Winner in the response time

While Razer, Gigabyte, and Schenker trust the 144-Hz displays from LG Philips (LGD05C0), Asus is using a panel from AU Optronics for the GL504, whose label is slightly different from the display of the MSI GS65 (B156HAN08.2 instead of B156HAN08.0).

238
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 278 cd/m² Average: 261.1 cd/m² Minimum: 29 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 847:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.61 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 2.33
ΔE Greyscale 1.97 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
90% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.4
Asus GL504GS
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), IPS, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 2018
LGD05C0, IPS, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
LGD05C0, IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED), IPS, 1920x1080
Schenker XMG Neo 15
LGD05C0, IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-88%
-80%
-95%
-66%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
17.2 (8.8, 8.4)
-139%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
-133%
17.6 (9.2, 8.4)
-144%
16 (8.4, 7.6)
-122%
Response Time Black / White *
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-36%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
-27%
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
-45%
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
-9%
PWM Frequency
Screen
2%
21%
11%
8%
Brightness middle
271
290
7%
313
15%
254
-6%
325
20%
Brightness
261
281
8%
300
15%
262
0%
303
16%
Brightness Distribution
86
82
-5%
78
-9%
89
3%
90
5%
Black Level *
0.32
0.3
6%
0.33
-3%
0.22
31%
0.33
-3%
Contrast
847
967
14%
948
12%
1155
36%
985
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.61
2.85
-9%
1.29
51%
2.37
9%
2.69
-3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.93
6.27
-27%
2.04
59%
4.71
4%
4.91
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.33
1.39
40%
1.84
21%
1.27
45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.97
2.4
-22%
0.69
65%
1.58
20%
2.34
-19%
Gamma
2.4 92%
2.34 94%
2.43 91%
2.48 89%
2.38 92%
CCT
6398 102%
6718 97%
6550 99%
6785 96%
6872 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
60
2%
60
2%
60
2%
60
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90
94
4%
94
4%
92
2%
94
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-43% / -12%
-30% / 4%
-42% / -5%
-29% / -4%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of its response time, the Asus laptop is way ahead. 7.2 ms gray-to-gray is an excellent value that leaves the competitors in the dust. The ROG Strix does not commit any blunders in the other disciplines either. Okay, the contrast (847:1) and the brightness (261 cd/m²) could have been a little higher, but the image still appears quite vibrant and - thanks to the calibration by the manufacturer - very natural.

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)

From a gamer's point of view, the color space is also respectable. 90% sRGB and 59% AdobeRGB should be sufficient for most buyers. As is known for IPS panels, the viewing angle stability is also right. In a TN panel, the image would appear distorted significantly faster with steeper viewing angles, particularly in the vertical range.

Asus GL504 vs. sRGB (90%)
Asus GL504 vs. sRGB (90%)
Asus GL504 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)
Asus GL504 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)

Another positive is that there is no flickering of the screen (for example, due to PWM) according to our measurements. We did see some screen bleeding in our test unit, even though it was rather subdued.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

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
8.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 4.4 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. » 5 % 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
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. » 3 % 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 8656 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance - Turbo with the brakes on

Regardless of whether it comes with the GeForce GTX 1060 and Core i5-8300H or the GeForce GTX 1070 and Core i7-8750H, the ROG Strix GL504 settles comfortably in the high-end segment. While with 32 GB of RAM and an SSD-SSHD combo, our test configuration is also well-equipped otherwise, 16 GB of RAM and a combination of SSD and HDD would fare similarly well or identically in the benchmarks, so this does not necessarily have to be the top model.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
GPU-Z
LatencyMon

Processor

Since most of the 3D applications are GPU limited, the Core i5-8300H quad-core processor should really be sufficient for your perfect gaming enjoyment. On the other hand, you get the best future proofing with the Core i7-8750H hexa-core chip, which is able to run up to 12 threads in parallel via Hyper-Threading (compared to 8 threads for the i5-8300H). At 9 MB compared to 8 MB, the amount of L3 caches is also higher than that of the more affordable Coffee-Lake sibling. The same goes for the clock speed. Instead of a maximum of 4.0 GHz, the Core i7-8750H reaches up to 4.1 GHz, at least in single-core load.

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

The GL504 does well in the benchmarks. In Cinebench R15 as well as Cinebench R11.5, the 15-incher is ahead of the competitors in the multi-core test. Despite having the same CPU, the distance is often more than 10%.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼98% +1%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼98% +1%
Asus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼97%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 209, n=412)
151 Points ∼86% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
1190 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Intel Core i7-8750H
1154 Points ∼97% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1133 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
1053 Points ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
983 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1865, n=413)
743 Points ∼62% -38%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
2 Points ∼100% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼99% +3%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.96 Points ∼98% +2%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.95 Points ∼98% +2%
Asus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼96%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.38, n=405)
1.678 Points ∼84% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
13.26 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.93 Points ∼98% -2%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.89 Points ∼97% -3%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.82 Points ∼89% -11%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
10.51 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 21.2, n=506)
7.25 Points ∼55% -45%

However, the Core i7-8750H is only able to maintain its high performance level for a short period of time. In our Cinebench loop which lasts at least for 30 minutes, the clock speed dropped from 3.9 to only 3.3 GHz after a while, reducing the performance by about 15%. The same behavior can be observed in numerous Coffee-Lake notebooks.

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Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.92 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
13.26 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1190 Points
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System Performance

The system performance depends strongly on the selected configuration. The top model of the GL504 with a Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1070, 32 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD is able to achieve first (Home Score) or second place (Work Score) in the PCMark 8 benchmarks. The results in the PCMark 10 are a little surprising. While 4854 points are good, the competitors can gain a few points more.

PCMark 10 - Score
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
5191 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5095 Points ∼98% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5059 Points ∼97% +4%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5046 Points ∼97% +4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 6959, n=114)
4934 Points ∼95% +2%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4854 Points ∼94%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5676 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5673 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
5669 Points ∼100% 0%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5637 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5621 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=309)
4918 Points ∼87% -13%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5390 Points ∼100%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4665 Points ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4658 Points ∼86% -14%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
4585 Points ∼85% -15%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4504 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=327)
4218 Points ∼78% -22%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5390 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5673 points
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Storage Solution

Windows 10 is running on a modern PCIe drive. The 512-GB SSD integrated in our test unit comes from Samsung and – remember the MSI GS65  goes by the name "PM981."

SSD
SSD
SSD
SSD
SSHD
SSHD
SSHD
SSHD

Judging from the AS SSD benchmark, the M.2 model offers a very good performance which is similar to that of the in-house Samsung PM961 (Razer Blade 15). The Samsung 970 Pro of the Schenker XMG Neo 15 is able to move slightly ahead, while the Gigabyte Aero 15X noticeably falls behind, due to the weaker Toshiba SSD. Subjectively, the differences are minor, and the devices are quite similar in Windows everyday life.

Asus GL504GS
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Schenker XMG Neo 15
Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
AS SSD
-6%
-31%
-7%
13%
Score Total
4318
3806
-12%
2536
-41%
4122
-5%
5224
21%
Score Write
1983
1450
-27%
939
-53%
2051
3%
2423
22%
Score Read
1542
1584
3%
1092
-29%
1346
-13%
1837
19%
4K Write
105.67
93.55
-11%
80.44
-24%
107.15
1%
105.97
0%
4K Read
53.26
46.45
-13%
23.36
-56%
48.94
-8%
48.03
-10%
Seq Write
1729.74
1520.94
-12%
1163.11
-33%
1834.04
6%
2323.76
34%
Seq Read
1836.5
2375.98
29%
2212.97
20%
1266.1
-31%
1914.52
4%
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2738 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1864 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 344.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 297.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1761 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1852 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 41.23 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 97.91 MB/s

Graphics Card

Perhaps the decision on the graphics card might be the hardest. Those who are willing to lower the graphics quality settings if necessary and are not planning to connect a WQHD or 4K monitor should be happy with the GeForce GTX 1060. Nvidia's DirectX-12 model from the Pascal series has 1280 shader units and 6 GB of GDDR5-VRAM.

On the other hand, core gamers who always want to play in maximum detail and possibly want to connect an external monitor with a higher resolution than 1920x1080 should go for the more expensive GeForce GTX 1070. Nvidia provides this with 2048 shader units and 8 GB of GDDR5-VRAM.

3DMark 11 Performance
17775 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
36818 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
14394 points
Help

Similar to the CPU, the GPU can also use its Turbo only to a limited extent over longer periods of time. While there were no frame rate drops in our 60-minute test with "The Witcher 3" (Full-HD, Ultra), around 1544 MHz is meager for a GTX 1070 (basic clock speed: 1443 MHz, maximum clock speed: 1860 MHz).

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The Witcher 3 ultra

The relatively small advantage to the Max-Q competitors can be explained accordingly. In the Fire-Strike test of 3DMark, the Razer Blade 15, the Gigabyte Aero 15X, and the MSI GS65 are merely 4-10% slower. The GL504GS noticeably surpasses the GTX-1060 notebooks: in the case of the Schenker XMG Neo 15 it is a plus of 41%.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus GL504GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16345 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
15748 Points ∼96% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
15156 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14780 Points ∼90% -10%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11558 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=440)
10267 Points ∼63% -37%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus GL504GS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21058 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
19969 Points ∼95% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
19162 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18687 Points ∼89% -11%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14367 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=514)
11878 Points ∼56% -44%

Gaming Performance

The GeForce GTX 1070 is also not afraid of the current games. Even extremely demanding games such as "Final Fantasy 15" can be played smoothly in their native resolution – at maximum graphics settings, of course. In less computing-intensive games (such as "Destiny 2" and "Fortnite") it often reaches more than 100 FPS, allowing the 144-Hz panel to prove its capabilities.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
55.6 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
53.5 fps ∼96% -4%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
52.7 fps ∼95% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
52.4 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=216)
44.9 fps ∼81% -19%
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
38.6 fps ∼69% -31%

The ample image refresh rate also shows its positive influence outside the fast 3D programs, and you can even notice the advantages of the technology in regular desktop programs (smooth mouse pointer).

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 10255.6fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 247218fps
Destiny 2 (2017) 135116fps
Fortnite (2018) 148111fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 57.2fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 9287fps
The Crew 2 (2018) 6060fps

Emissions - A sound wonder

Noise Emissions

Currently, noise-sensitive users are not really well-served by gaming notebooks. as with its competitors, the ROG Strix is also quite loud under load. At 51 dB(A) during "The Witcher 3," the test unit positions itself between the Razer Blade 15 (49 dB(A)) and the XMG Neo 15 (53 dB(A)), with the Gigabyte Aero 15X producing an identical value. Only the MSI GS65 runs noticeably quieter (42 dB(A)).

Noise level, idle
Noise level, idle
Noise level, load
Noise level, load
Volume level, speaker
Volume level, speaker

During idle, the GL504 does not leave a particularly great impression either. Even though an average of 33 dB(A) is quite low, the system sometimes revs up unnecessarily and tends to some whistling in particular situations or load scenarios. In addition, the fans are never completely deactivated. As previously mentioned, we created our measurements in the Balanced mode, and the Silent option might ensure more relaxation.  

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 33 / 40 dB(A)
Load
49 / 53 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: 29 dB(A)
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
7%
3%
10%
-2%
7%
off / environment *
29
29
-0%
29
-0%
30
-3%
29
-0%
29.4 (27.7 - 32, n=221)
-1%
Idle Minimum *
32
29
9%
30
6%
30
6%
29
9%
31.6 (28 - 41.7, n=642)
1%
Idle Average *
33
30
9%
31
6%
31
6%
35
-6%
32.8 (28 - 46.6, n=642)
1%
Idle Maximum *
40
38
5%
35
12%
34
15%
40
-0%
34.7 (28 - 50.4, n=642)
13%
Load Average *
49
46
6%
49
-0%
43
12%
50
-2%
40.4 (30.3 - 58, n=643)
18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
49
4%
51
-0%
42
18%
53
-4%
Load Maximum *
53
46
13%
54
-2%
44
17%
58
-9%
47.7 (38.9 - 64, n=643)
10%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

We had mixed feelings about the temperatures. While the Scar II remained on the level of the competitors under load, in idle mode the case surface heated up more than in the other thin-bezel gaming notebooks. The main reason is the lack of graphics switching, causing the dedicated Nvidia chip to run continuously and produce heat accordingly.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load, top
Full load, top
Full load, bottom
Full load, bottom

In 3D operation, the components get very hot in general. A maximum of 88 °C (~190 °F) for the GPU and up to 97 °C (~207 °F) for the CPU after a 60-minute stress test using the FurMark and Prime95 tools are borderline. Things look slightly better in the realistic gaming sessions. During "The Witcher 3," the GTX 1070 leveled out at about 85 °C (185 °F). At around 80 °C (176 °F), the Core i7-8750H remained significantly cooler than during full load.

Max. Load
 52 °C
126 F
51 °C
124 F
55 °C
131 F
 
 45 °C
113 F
47 °C
117 F
47 °C
117 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
34 °C
93 F
34 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F
Average: 44.6 °C = 112 F
55 °C
131 F
52 °C
126 F
53 °C
127 F
48 °C
118 F
53 °C
127 F
50 °C
122 F
34 °C
93 F
38 °C
100 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F
Average: 46.1 °C = 115 F
Power Supply (max.)  60 °C = 140 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-900
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
1%
8%
15%
4%
14%
Maximum Upper Side *
55
56
-2%
53
4%
49
11%
56
-2%
45.5 (28 - 68.8, n=607)
17%
Maximum Bottom *
55
59
-7%
65
-18%
63
-15%
68
-24%
49.1 (25.9 - 78, n=605)
11%
Idle Upper Side *
36
33
8%
26
28%
24
33%
28
22%
30.8 (21.6 - 46.8, n=558)
14%
Idle Bottom *
36
34
6%
30
17%
25
31%
29
19%
31.6 (21.1 - 50.3, n=556)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The sound quality of the GL504 turns out surprisingly good. The speakers, which are positioned at the sides, produce a very powerful sound. You will only find such a full bass foundation in very few gaming notebooks, especially in the slim segment. For a laptop, the mids and highs are also quite accurate and clear.

The use of headphones is therefore not a requirement for the ROG Strix, and movies, games, and songs already sound good using the on-board speakers. Thanks to the preinstalled Audio Tools, you can configure the sound if you like and adjust it for various scenarios.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.246.62532.738.3312731.24032.838.35027.335.8632643.68027.352.210025.764.312523.669.416024.167.320023.669.425022.56931520.468.540019.465.35001966.863017.970.580018.572.5100018.371.3125017.769.616001768.520001765.5250017.664.1315017.363.5400017.360.5500017.458.1630017.359.2800017.358.21000017.262.91250017.155.41600017.144.1SPL29.979N1.348.1median 17.7median 65.5Delta1.74.442.241.736.134.229.632.533.333.326.430.526.131.124.937.924.240.722.34121.448.121.754.822.257.220.558.318.962.918.865.217.763.917.470.117.273.816.874.117.173.61772.1177017.267.917.265.117.262.117.261.417.255.717.25117.147.51740.329.681.81.347.5median 17.2median 62.11.99hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus GL504GSRazer Blade 15 2018
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus GL504GS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 2.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 94% 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, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Razer Blade 15 2018 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 66% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 40% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Limited mobility

Power Consumption

The lack of Nvidia's Optimus technology not only has negative consequences for the temperature and noise development, but also for the power consumption and battery life. At 29-38 watts during idle, the 15-incher has a relatively high power consumption. The competitors use mostly less than 20 watts here. In 3D operation, the Asus GL504 also moves past the comparison notebooks, drawing 100-217 watts from the outlet instead of 91-182 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.8 / 2.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 29 / 32 / 38 Watt
Load midlight 100 / 217 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
31%
31%
38%
39%
18%
Idle Minimum *
29
14
52%
14
52%
7
76%
10
66%
20.3 (3.9 - 113, n=602)
30%
Idle Average *
32
17
47%
18
44%
11
66%
13
59%
25.9 (6.8 - 119, n=602)
19%
Idle Maximum *
38
21
45%
22
42%
20
47%
18
53%
30.9 (8.3 - 122, n=602)
19%
Load Average *
100
95
5%
91
9%
98
2%
95
5%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=593)
-4%
Load Maximum *
217
179
18%
173
20%
182
16%
179
18%
166 (21.9 - 590, n=592)
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
170
141
17%
142
16%
132
22%
114
33%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The biggest weakness of the GL504GS is its low battery life. Graphics switching capabilities would vastly improve the mobility. While the MSI GS65 and the Razer Blade 15 last for almost 6 hours in our Wi-Fi test at medium brightness, the Scar II can only manage 2.5 hours. The distance to the Gigabyte Aero 15X, which lasts about 8.5 hours without a charger during internet surfing, is even larger. Even the XMG Neo 15 which is equipped with a weak 46-Wh battery (the competitors are provided with 66-94 Wh) can manage 4.5 hours, which is not bad.

Under load, the ROG Strix is already on its last breath after about 1 hour. The 3D performance drops significantly during battery operation. "The Witcher 3" is brought to the screen between 40 and 70% slower (18-32 vs. 56 FPS @FHD/Ultra).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 56min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2h 26min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 11min
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, 66 Wh
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, 80 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, 94.24 Wh
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, 82 Wh
Schenker XMG Neo 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, 46.7 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
89%
235%
122%
89%
58%
Reader / Idle
176
382
117%
762
333%
507
188%
400
127%
329 (39 - 1174, n=591)
87%
H.264
150
324
116%
504
236%
356
137%
288
92%
244 (88 - 506, n=122)
63%
WiFi v1.3
146
322
121%
513
251%
362
148%
262
79%
249 (78 - 622, n=267)
71%
Load
71
72
1%
156
120%
81
14%
111
56%
78.5 (18 - 202, n=559)
11%

Verdict - The top-end of the field

Pros

+ very responsive 144-Hz panel
+ NVMe-SSD + SSHD
+ good input devices
+ very fast WLAN
+ RGB illumination
+ powerful sound
+ powerful tools
+ thin bezels

Cons

- unfortunate positioning of the webcam
- limited CPU and GPU Turbo
- high noise level under load
- neither Optimus nor G-Sync
- weak battery life
- no Thunderbolt 3
ROG Strix GL504, test unit provided by Asus Germany
ROG Strix GL504, test unit provided by Asus Germany

In the segment of slim gaming laptops having a thin-bezel design, we can see the beginnings of a tough competition. After the Gigabyte Aero 15X and the Razer Blade 15 were already able to convince us almost completely in the last few months, with the Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II there is now a third candidate that achieves an overall evaluation of 87% or 88%.

The 15-incher owes its high percentage in the evaluation not only to the stylish case with the 144-Hz screen, but also to its good input devices and the surprisingly voluminous sound of the speakers.

On the other hand, it is questionable why Asus has chosen a regular GeForce GTX 1070 instead of the Max-Q version. Although the standard model brings slightly more power, as a result the emissions, the case height and the weight suffer, turning out better with the competitors in most cases.

However, in practice, the lack of graphics switching is even more of a problem. Without the Optimus technology, it becomes difficult to consider the GL504GS a mobile gaming platform, since buyers will be very dependent on the power supply (according to Asus, at least the GL504GM with a GTX 1060 is supposed to support Optimus). The manufacturer could also make some improvements in terms of the connections. In 2018, we do expect a Thunderbolt 3 port in the price range above 1000 Euros (~$1139).

Despite these deficits, the 15-incher can surpass the MSI GS65 whose case shows several weaknesses. And at the end of the day, the Schenker XMG Neo 15 also loses out against it.

Asus GL504GS - 08/21/2018 v6
Florian Glaser

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
64 / 81 → 79%
Weight
60 / 10-66 → 89%
Battery
65%
Display
88%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
99%
Temperature
79 / 95 → 83%
Noise
63 / 90 → 70%
Audio
86%
Average
79%
87%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review
Florian Glaser, 2018-08-21 (Update: 2018-08-22)