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Asus ROG Strix GL702VI (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Laptop Review

Packing a punch. With its quad-core CPU and high-end GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, the ROG Strix GL702VI handles even the latest generation of graphically-intensive games with relative ease. The dual fans have no problem keeping the heat in check, but overall system performance lags slightly behind the competition.

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Asus' ROG Strix series of gaming laptops targets the mainstream-to-premium segment and really needs no further introduction. The 17.3-inch ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74 is far removed from mainstream though, as it packs some serious power: a 7th-generation Intel quad-core CPU, 16 GB of RAM, SSD plus HDD, and a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card add up to an overall very pleasing gaming performance. At the time of writing, our review notebook sells for $1900 from our supplier CUKUSA (Computer Upgrade King), which seems almost like a bargain, given that some competitors in this realm easily surpass $3000.

We've already encountered other notebooks in the GL702-series, namely the GL702VM (6700HQ, FHD, GTX 1060), GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) and the GL702ZC (Ryzen 7 1700, Radeon RX 580), so we encourage our readers to take a look at these review for additional information and viewpoints. For our comparison, we'll take a look at other gaming rigs like the Alienware 17 R4, Acer Predator 17 X, and the MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro, among others.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74 (GL702 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1566 - 1733  MHz, Memory: 10000 MHz MHz, GDDR5X, 390.77
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM 17-17-17-39
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN01.1, IPS, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, + 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM035
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack , Card Reader: Multi-format card reader (SD/MMC)
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B (10/100/1000MBit), Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 415 x 280 ( = 1.46 x 16.34 x 11.02 in)
Battery
88 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Built-in Stereo 1 W Speakers And Digital Array Microphone, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, cable tie, microfiber cloth, SONIC STUDIO III, SONIC RADAR III, ROG Gaming Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.198 kg ( = 112.81 oz / 7.05 pounds), Power Supply: 1.436 kg ( = 50.65 oz / 3.17 pounds)

 

Case

Asus uses a mix of materials for the construction of the GL702VI. While the body consists of plastic, the back of the display is made from brushed metal with a hairline texture finish and adorned with the prominent chrome-colored Asus logo and two angled accent stripes, both of which start glowing red when the laptop is turned on. The plastic on the keyboard deck features the same texture as the lid, while the bottom shell is made of much rougher plastic - a benefit in this case, as fingers won't slip easily when carrying the unit. Speaking of carrying: fingerprints are an issue on both the lid and the deck, but removing them is much less tedious then it is on other laptops. Stability and build quality are a mixed bag: while the chassis itself resists flex very well with only minor creaking sounds and features tight tolerances, the display appears to be much less well put together with uneven gaps around the bezel. The lid twists easily and creaks audibly during the process; even moderate pressure on the back leads to ripple effects and discoloration up front. The keyboard deck flexes noticeable as well - particularly in the area between the main section and the number pad - although this should only affect very heavy-handed typists. Laptops like the more expensive Alienware 17 R4 feature much better build quality along with soft-touch rubberized surfaces and upscale, higher-end materials.

The hinges are stiff enough to hold the display in any position up to the maximum opening angle of about 135 degrees with no noticeable wobbling while typing. Moving the laptop around or prodding the panel will introduce bouncing, but this is not likely to occur since a gaming laptop normally remains stationary on the user's desk.  

As far as the styling goes, Asus definitely uses a more "in-your-face" approach here compared to the more subdued and understated Asus ROG Strix GL703VD or the Razer Blade Pro 2017, both of which could even make an appearance in a boardroom without raising eyebrows. In addition to the aforementioned light-up logos and accent stripes, the heat sinks are bright red as well and visible when looking at the machine from the rear. For better or worse, it's hard to look at the GL702VI and not immediately recognize its intended audience.  

At first glance it's quite obvious that the GL702VI isn't one of the new, svelte-looking gaming laptops - like the astronomically expensive Razer Blade Pro - designed for maximum thinness. From a footprint perspective, the notebook is actually not that large and it's not nearly as deep as many competitors like the Alienware 17 R4 or the Acer Predator 17 X, but it is comparatively thick at 37 mm. Then again, laptops with desktop processors like the Schenker XMG U727 are larger in every dimension and heavier as well. Our review notebook tips the scale at 3.2 kg  / 7 lbs; the gargantuan power supplies adds an additional 1.44 kg / 3.2 pounds - as much as some Ultrabooks - so the all-up weight is north of 10 lbs. Needless to say that most users likely won't be using the GL702VI as their mobile companion, so the added heft isn't necessarily detrimental. 

Connectivity

Given the physical size of this notebook, we'd call the selection of physical ports adequate - many competing gaming notebooks offer additional or update, more modern ports. Connectivity is similar to that of the Asus Strix GL702VS Xotic PC Edition - with one major exception: while the GL702VS is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port, our review notebook features a simple USB Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen1) port, which tops out at at a paltry 5 Gbps. Given the powerful graphics card, which will likely keep most users happy for some time to come, we would've preferred it had Asus included a Thunderbolt 3 port as well to provide an additional measure of future readiness. Still, most users will find the port selection adequate. Most of the ports on Strix GL702 are on the left-hand side as well as behind the mid-line, so right-handers at least won't have to worry about cables getting into the way of mouse operation. Note that the AC power port has been moved to the back - a good decision, as the connector is huge by any standard.

Left side: Gigabit LAN, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, audio combo audio jack
Left side: Gigabit LAN, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, audio combo audio jack
Right side: SD card slot, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock
Right side: SD card slot, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, Kensington lock
Front: no connectivity
Front: no connectivity
Rear: AC power port
Rear: AC power port

SD Card Reader

AS SSD attests the spring-loaded card reader on the right edge transfer rates of about 90 MB/s; a copy of 1 GB of jpeg files (about 5 MB each) from our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card to the desktop takes place at 71 MB/s and thus just under 15 seconds. Judging by the recorded and fairly middling speeds, the card reader utilizes a USB 3.0 interface - the GL702VI is in good company here, although some gaming notebooks like the Aorus X7 v7 are significantly faster.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Aorus X7 v7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
196 MB/s ∼100% +175%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
166 MB/s ∼85% +133%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 165, min: 12.6, max: 202)
91.9 MB/s ∼47% +29%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79 MB/s ∼40% +11%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
 
71.2 MB/s ∼36%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
70.2 MB/s ∼36% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
50 MB/s ∼26% -30%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Aorus X7 v7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
247 MB/s ∼100% +174%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
207 MB/s ∼84% +130%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 164, min: 17.9, max: 257)
111 MB/s ∼45% +23%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
 
90.1 MB/s ∼36%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼36% -1%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.3 MB/s ∼35% -5%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
52 MB/s ∼21% -42%

Communication

Our review notebook is equipped with the Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi card, which supports the standards a/b/g/n/ac as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The transmit and receive speeds - established one meter away from our Linksys EA8500 reference router - are just average at 470 and 587 Mbit/s, respectively. Most upper-class gaming notebooks are equipped with Killer wireless cards along with the renowned Killer Control Center software suite, which allows the user to configure the network card.

In addition, the notebook sports Realtek RTL8168B/8111B (10/100/1000MBit) network card for wired connections.


Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
683 MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
671 MBit/s ∼98% +14%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
606 MBit/s ∼89% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
587 MBit/s ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 121, min: 141, max: 702)
582 MBit/s ∼85% -1%
Aorus X7 v7
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
485 MBit/s ∼71% -17%
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% +34%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
589 MBit/s ∼94% +25%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
584 MBit/s ∼93% +24%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
528 MBit/s ∼84% +12%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 121, min: 213, max: 670)
506 MBit/s ∼81% +8%
Aorus X7 v7
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
498 MBit/s ∼79% +6%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
470 MBit/s ∼75%

Software

The pre-installed software includes the ROG Gaming Center, which allows the user to monitor system information like the temperature and fan speed, Sonic Studio, which offers in-game noise cancellation, volume stabilization, as well as Sonic Radar, which is supposed to help detect opponents by displaying the position of gunshots, footsteps, and other sound effects. 

ROG Gaming Center
ROG Gaming Center
Sonic Studio III
Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Radar III

Accessories

The colorful box contains the notebook, the 330 W power adapter, a microfiber cloth, a couple of pamphlets, and an Asus-branded cable tie. 

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Maintenance

A total of 10 Phillips screws have to be removed in before the bottom plate can be pried off, as there is no dedicated maintenance hatch. While the internal hooks retain the plate quite securely, a tool like an old credit card makes the job much easier and a rather painless affair. Once the panel is removed, the user gains access to the two DDR4 SODIMM slots (one occupied), the M.2 SSD, the 2.5-inch HDD, the WLAN-module as well as the two system fans, which . The battery is easy to access as well should a replacement become necessary.

Warranty

Asus warrants its notebooks against manufacturers defects for a period of 12 months, which also includes a one-year international warranty service, a 30 day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee, 24/7 technical support and free 2-way standard shipping.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Asus ROG Strix GL702VI is equipped with a four-zone, backlit keyboard (3 brightness levels + off) with chiclet-style keys and visually different WASD keys. Typing is generally pleasant with decent feedback and a reasonably well-defined pressure point. According to Asus, the keys features scissor switches and 1.8 mm of travel. Keyboard clatter is very minimal and unobtrusive enough even in very quiet environments. As we mentioned earlier, there's some flex across the deck when pressure is applied and the smaller 12 mm keys in the dedicated number block in particular feel maybe a smidgen softer when depressed. The backlight is customizable and can be adjusted across the four zones. Gaming aficionados might miss the lack of dedicated macro keys, however. We are also not a fan of the location of the power switch, which is integrated in the function key row on the far right next to the PgDn-button and thus fairly easy to hit by accident.

Note that the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 features a more modern gaming-centric keyboard layout with a wider space bar on the left side and three of the four arrow keys sitting below the keyboard to improve ergonomics while gaming. The GL703VD also has four dedicated buttons on the left above the function key row - on the review notebook, these buttons are integrated into the function key row and the number pad, which leads to a much more cramped experience overall.

Touchpad

The clickpad utilizes Windows 10 precision drivers, measures about 10.4 x 7.3 cm (4.1 x 2.9 in) and does its job reasonably well as far as cursor control as well as gestures are concerned. Fingers glide easily on the smooth surface, although moist fingers tend to stick somewhat. Response can be intermittent at the very left and right edges; in addition, left and right clicks are occasionally interpreted as movement if the finger isn't perfectly still. The integrated left- and right-click buttons feature average travel with good and audible, but hollow-sounding feedback. We much prefer dedicated mouse buttons as found on the Alienware 17 R4 or the Acer Predator 17 X. Right-clicking can also be accomplished by using a two-finger press. While the touchpad might suffice for normal daily tasks, we definitely recommend the use of an external mouse for gaming.

The keyboard features 30-key rollover and 1.8 mm key travel
The keyboard features 30-key rollover and 1.8 mm key travel
Touchpad functionality is decent
Touchpad functionality is decent
The Asus Aura software...
The Asus Aura software...
...makes it possible to customize the four individual RGB zones
...makes it possible to customize the four individual RGB zones

Display

Display choices are restricted to two different anti-glare IPS panels: both feature FHD resolution and G-Sync, but the refresh rate is 60 Hz in one case and 120 Hz in the other. Our review notebook is equipped with latter panel from AU Optronics (type B173HAN01.1). 1920 x 1080 pixels isn't all that much considering the screen real estate and many laptops offer UHD and QHD panels as options and subsequently much higher pixel densities. Given that the GL702VI is equipped with a high-end graphics card, we would've liked to see a 4K panel as an option. Asus doesn't make any claims as far as the brightness is concerned, but according to our measurements with the X-Rite spectrophotometer, on average the panel provides is just under 310 nits, which is decent, but not great. Most notebooks - including Asus' own ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 - are a bit brighter. The contrast ratio of about 1000:1 is also quite acceptable - most TN displays don't perform nearly as well.

Although the refresh rate is fast at 120 Hz, the black-white response time of about 15.2 ms can't hold a candle compared to laptops equipped with faster TN displays like the MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro, which comes in at just under 5 ms. Still, the general operating experience is silky-smooth and responsive. The anti-glare coating only contributes to a fairly minor amount of graininess, but unfortunately, our panel suffers from major backlight bleeding particularly in the lower left and upper right corners, which can be very distracting when displaying darker backgrounds while gaming. While minor backlight bleeding is not uncommon at all with panels based on IPS technology, our particular example is one of the worst offenders we have seen in a while. At this point, we can't say if this affects all the notebooks in this series our just our particular review sample.

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Pronounced corner backlight bleeding
Pronounced corner backlight bleeding
295.2
cd/m²
321.5
cd/m²
308.8
cd/m²
301.6
cd/m²
312.9
cd/m²
299.3
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
301.5
cd/m²
317.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 321.5 cd/m² Average: 307.7 cd/m² Minimum: 38.22 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 312.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 1009:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.82 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
87.4% sRGB (Argyll) 62.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.18
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
AU Optronics B173HAN01.1, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Schenker XMG U727 2017
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), AHVA, 17.3, 3840x2160
Alienware 17 R4
TN LED, 17.3, 2560x1440
Aorus X7 v7
AU Optronics B173QTN01.4 (AUO1496), TN LED, 17.3, 2560x1440
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Sharp LQ173D1JW33 (SHP145A), IGZO, 17.3, 3840x2160
Response Times
-21%
-20%
30%
52%
15%
-65%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
32 (15.6, 16.4)
45 (18, 27)
-41%
44 (14, 30)
-38%
30 (18.8, 11.2)
6%
24 (14, 10)
25%
30.8 (18, 12.8)
4%
60.8 (28.8, 32)
-90%
Response Time Black / White *
27.6 (15.2, 12.4)
28 (6, 22)
-1%
28 (6, 22)
-1%
12.8 (10.8, 2)
54%
6 (4, 2)
78%
20.4 (12, 8.4)
26%
38.4 (22, 16.4)
-39%
PWM Frequency
119000 (99)
204.9 (20)
Screen
-4%
15%
-24%
-29%
-10%
-10%
Brightness middle
312.9
380
21%
362
16%
402.3
29%
375
20%
421.2
35%
230
-26%
Brightness
308
362
18%
344
12%
372
21%
353
15%
393
28%
207
-33%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
85
-8%
86
-7%
85
-8%
85
-8%
83
-10%
Black Level *
0.31
0.37
-19%
0.35
-13%
0.62
-100%
0.58
-87%
0.44
-42%
0.2
35%
Contrast
1009
1027
2%
1034
2%
649
-36%
647
-36%
957
-5%
1150
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.82
4.12
-8%
2.46
36%
5.6
-47%
6.06
-59%
5
-31%
5.62
-47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.06
8.19
-16%
4.26
40%
9.8
-39%
10.54
-49%
8.8
-25%
10.24
-45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.3
3.95
-20%
2.9
12%
4.7
-42%
5.68
-72%
5
-52%
4.54
-38%
Gamma
2.18 110%
2.47 97%
2.31 104%
2.14 112%
2.3 104%
2.18 110%
2.36 102%
CCT
7037 92%
6539 99%
6120 106%
7519 86%
7998 81%
6882 94%
6625 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.3
55
-12%
88
41%
53.7
-14%
57
-9%
62.94
1%
88
41%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.4
84
-4%
100
14%
82.2
-6%
87
0%
86.1
-1%
100
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -7%
-3% / 9%
3% / -15%
12% / -15%
3% / -6%
-38% / -19%

* ... smaller is better

Color space coverage is decent at 87 and 62 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards with most higher gaming notebooks not offering a noticeably better color gamut. The exception here is the Schenker XMG U727, as its 4K panel plays in a different league altogether and does a much better job with the professional color spaces. While we can't recommend the GL702VI for serious graphic or video editing, occasional photo editing is definitely not out of the question. 

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Acer Predator 17 X
vs. Acer Predator 17 X

Our measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer show relatively accurate grayscale and color as shipped. A quick calibration unfortunately has a negligible effect and colors in particular do not improve at all. Blue becomes increasingly inaccurate at higher saturation levels, but it's difficult to see the effect with the naked eye. 

ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation before calibration
Saturation before calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation after calibration
Saturation after calibration

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
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 17 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.1 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: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9953 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Overcast sky
Overcast sky

While we can't be sure how many users actually venture outside with their gaming notebooks, outdoor visibility is nonetheless acceptable in the shade and heavily overcast conditions. While the brightness should be higher than 310 nits to overcome direct sunlight, it's still surprising how well this large screen remains readable in the shade. Glossy panels are at a distinct disadvantage, as are panels based on TN technology because of their inferior contrast. Viewing angle stability is also quite good with no major color changes or darkening and shallow angles. 

Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Our review unit is powered by the - at least in the world of gaming notebooks - ubiquitous Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Computer Upgrade King sells various (fairly inexpensive) upgrades: switching to a 512 GB SSD costs $95; an additional 16 GB of RAM cost $160. With a 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD, 2 TB HDD, and 32 GB of RAM, the laptop tops out at just over $2300.

The Strix makes use of Nvidia's G-Sync technology, so naturally, Nvidia Optimus is not supported.

 

Processor

The ROG Strix GL702VI is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ with a TDP of 45 W and base clock of 2.8 GHz with Turbo boost up to 3.8 GHz. In addition, Asus also offers the notebook with a lower-end Intel Core i5 7300HQ CPU. Many high-end competitors feature the i7-7820HK, which is one of the fastest mobile Kaby Lake CPUs out there. The result of 723 points for Cinebench R15 Multi is slightly lower than we expected it to be but not worryingly so; the higher-end i7-7820HK outperforms the i7-7700HQ by roughly 20 %. Users opting for a Core i5-7300HQ processor can expect a performance decrease of roughly 30 percent. Note though that the i7-7700HQ isn't really a bottleneck while gaming, so the faster and more expensive CPUs offered by other manufacturers might not actually yield major benefits. 

Sustained performance is very good: after an initial and very minor drop, the GL702VI keeps going with no apparent degradation even towards the end of the Cinebench R15 loop test (50 iterations).

For more information about the Intel Core i7-7700HQ and additional benchmarks, please visit our dedicated processor page.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
193 Points ∼33% +36%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
184 Points ∼31% +30%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
171 Points ∼29% +20%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
166 Points ∼28% +17%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
158 Points ∼27% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 109, min: 120, max: 162)
155 Points ∼26% +9%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
149 Points ∼25% +5%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 357, min: 79, max: 197)
148 Points ∼25% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
142 Points ∼24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
958 Points ∼45% +33%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
874 Points ∼41% +21%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
867 Points ∼40% +20%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
793 Points ∼37% +10%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
771 Points ∼36% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 110, min: 603, max: 747)
726 Points ∼34% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
723 Points ∼34%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 358, min: 196, max: 1408)
699 Points ∼33% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
517 Points ∼24% -28%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
2.18 Points ∼96% +35%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.08 Points ∼92% +28%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.85 Points ∼81% +14%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.81 Points ∼80% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 80, min: 1.36, max: 1.84)
1.766 Points ∼78% +9%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.69 Points ∼74% +4%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 366, min: 0.71, max: 2.23)
1.644 Points ∼72% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.62 Points ∼71%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
10.59 Points ∼44% +32%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.55 Points ∼40% +19%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.53 Points ∼40% +19%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.71 Points ∼36% +8%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.39 Points ∼35% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.03 Points ∼34%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 81, min: 6.67, max: 8.23)
8 Points ∼34% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 467, min: 1.13, max: 15.8)
6.86 Points ∼29% -15%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
7023 Points ∼79% +29%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6566 Points ∼74% +20%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6252 Points ∼70% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 50, min: 5426, max: 7647)
5918 Points ∼67% +9%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5454 Points ∼61%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 383, min: 8.85, max: 8872)
4621 Points ∼52% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
27705 Points ∼56% +27%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
26081 Points ∼52% +19%
Aorus X7 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
23763 Points ∼48% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 51, min: 19409, max: 29209)
22507 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21883 Points ∼44%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 383, min: 19.7, max: 39382)
16696 Points ∼34% -24%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
357.5 s * ∼4%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
348.084 s * ∼4% +3%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 191, min: 117, max: 2331)
334 s * ∼4% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 48, min: 210, max: 379)
257 s * ∼3% +28%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
179.449 s * ∼2% +50%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average of class Gaming
  (of 2788, min: -1, max: 207000)
3223 Seconds * ∼14% -474%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  (of 316, min: 4, max: 7839)
879 Seconds * ∼4% -56%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBM 80YY001APB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
597.553 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
561.7 Seconds * ∼2%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
490.548 Seconds * ∼2% +13%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11092
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21883
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5454
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
63.44 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.03 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.62 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
107.12 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
723 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
142 Points
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System Performance

System performance according to the PCMark benchmarks falls slightly behind comparably-equipped competing notebooks. Application launches happen very quickly with no perceivable lag or other issues. Booting the system to the Windows desktop is also exceedingly quick and takes less than 10 seconds.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6123 Points ∼94% +18%
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5287 Points ∼81% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5199 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 1, min: 5199, max: 5199)
5199 Points ∼80% 0%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5088 Points ∼78% -2%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
4972 Points ∼76% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 260, min: 2484, max: 6515)
4822 Points ∼74% -7%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
2486 Points ∼38% -52%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
9309 Points ∼98% +19%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
8272 Points ∼87% +5%
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
8196 Points ∼86% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7853 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 1, min: 7853, max: 7853)
7853 Points ∼82% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 214, min: 2303, max: 9529)
5461 Points ∼57% -30%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5975 Points ∼100% +20%
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5101 Points ∼85% +3%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5064 Points ∼85% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4970 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 1, min: 4970, max: 4970)
4970 Points ∼83% 0%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
4902 Points ∼82% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
4531 Points ∼76% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 274, min: 2554, max: 5975)
4145 Points ∼69% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4970 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7853 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5199 points
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Storage Devices

Samsung PM961 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Samsung PM961 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

The ROG Strix GL702VI  houses both a speedy SSD for the operating system as well as an economical HDD for secondary storage. Our review notebook is configured with a primary 256 GB Samsung PM961 PCIe NVMe M.2 drive and offers blistering performance. The secondary 2.5-inch 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM035  spins at 5400 rpm and - at 107 MB/s according to HD Tune - almost offers comparable performance to the 7200 rpm HGST Travelstar HDD we so frequently encounter during our reviews. Users purchasing their notebook from CUKUSA can opt for a 2 TB HDD for just $20 more.

The MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro features the same SSD in a RAID 0 configuration and easily bests all other laptops in our comparison. Many competing notebooks also offer additional storage bays, so users wanting the utmost in flexibility should probably consider other gaming laptops. 

See check our list of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD - copy
AS SSD - copy
CDM 5 - SSD
CDM 5 - SSD
CDM 3 - secondary storage
CDM 3 - secondary storage
HD Tune - secondary storage
HD Tune - secondary storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Schenker XMG U727 2017
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R4
SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Aorus X7 v7
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
Average Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
AS SSD
11%
53%
47%
-27%
31%
-172%
Score Total
2536
2581
2%
3938
55%
3392
34%
2072
-18%
3668
45%
2634 (of 40, min: 942, max: 4653)
4%
Score Write
584
930
59%
1187
103%
1289
121%
858
47%
1021
75%
543 (of 40, min: 48, max: 1029)
-7%
Score Read
1321
1118
-15%
1858
41%
1412
7%
831
-37%
1803
36%
1419 (of 40, min: 363, max: 2545)
7%
Access Time Write *
0.033
0.028
15%
0.021
36%
0.029
12%
0.123
-273%
0.031
6%
0.637 (of 40, min: 0.023, max: 4.15)
-1830%
Access Time Read *
0.058
0.061
-5%
0.033
43%
0.041
29%
0.042
28%
0.059
-2%
0.0699 (of 40, min: 0.04, max: 0.49)
-21%
4K-64 Write
352.71
622.73
77%
866.28
146%
924.67
162%
671.01
90%
790.72
124%
362 (of 40, min: 15.3, max: 798)
3%
4K-64 Read
1045.56
852.52
-18%
1526.99
46%
1047.94
0%
620.48
-41%
1485.33
42%
1163 (of 40, min: 199, max: 2280)
11%
4K Write
114.08
133.79
17%
175.94
54%
128.75
13%
113.36
-1%
123.31
8%
89.8 (of 40, min: 1.16, max: 161)
-21%
4K Read
49.71
39.52
-20%
56.75
14%
50.12
1%
35.61
-28%
48.35
-3%
46 (of 40, min: 21.5, max: 54.1)
-7%
Seq Write
1171.03
1338.19
14%
1444.7
23%
2352.3
101%
734.8
-37%
1066.75
-9%
919 (of 40, min: 223, max: 1392)
-22%
Seq Read
2259.91
2261.03
0%
2745.81
22%
3136.95
39%
1752.03
-22%
2690
19%
2107 (of 40, min: 1224, max: 2834)
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CDM 5 Read Seq Q32T1: 3308 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq Q32T1: 1113 MB/s
CDM 5 Read 4K Q32T1: 449.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Write 4K Q32T1: 366.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1065 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 972.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read 4K: 42.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Write 4K: 129.7 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark 11 and Fire Strike graphic scores trail other systems with the same GPU by between 7 and 9 percent, respectively. As we'll see in the stress test section below, Asus employs rather aggressive thermal management, so the GPU hardly ever exceeds the nominal clock speeds under load. Because of this behavior, the GL702VI outperforms laptops with the GTX 1070 at a lesser degree - the difference between the review notebook and systems with the GTX 1070 is generally at or below 20 percent depending on the chosen benchmark.

See our dedicated review on the GTX 1080 for more technical information. 

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG U727 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K
11463 Points ∼65% +52%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
11082 Points ∼63% +47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 19, min: 7533, max: 13993)
10743 Points ∼61% +43%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10349 Points ∼59% +37%
Aorus X7 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
10303 Points ∼59% +37%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7533 Points ∼43%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7516 Points ∼43% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7238 Points ∼41% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 463, min: 510, max: 14119)
6510 Points ∼37% -14%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Schenker XMG U727 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K
29426 Points ∼58% +13%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
28595 Points ∼56% +10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 19, min: 24868, max: 31412)
28021 Points ∼55% +8%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
26438 Points ∼52% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ
26062 Points ∼51%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
22825 Points ∼45% -12%
Aorus X7 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
22190 Points ∼44% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 462, min: 513, max: 50983)
11364 Points ∼22% -56%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7855 Points ∼15% -70%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
22566 Points ∼56% +16%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
21846 Points ∼54% +12%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K
21534 Points ∼53% +11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 19, min: 18879, max: 23091)
21332 Points ∼52% +9%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ
19487 Points ∼48%
Aorus X7 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
17433 Points ∼43% -11%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
17131 Points ∼42% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 390, min: 385, max: 40636)
9966 Points ∼25% -49%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6242 Points ∼15% -68%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
135164 Points ∼73% +46%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
132575 Points ∼72% +44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 19, min: 88432, max: 143992)
122390 Points ∼66% +33%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K
121926 Points ∼66% +32%
Aorus X7 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
116901 Points ∼63% +27%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ
92362 Points ∼50%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
73454 Points ∼40% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 382, min: 5761, max: 184578)
59571 Points ∼32% -36%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
39126 Points ∼21% -58%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
383895 Points ∼53%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
349270 Points ∼48%
Aorus X7 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
309248 Points ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 8, min: 186545, max: 390417)
307862 Points ∼42%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 148, min: 27912, max: 390417)
164139 Points ∼22%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
141599 Points ∼19%
3DMark 11 Performance
16156 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26020 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
14301 points
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Gaming Performance

The gaming performance follows suit with the review notebook trailing other GTX1080-equipped notebooks by roughly the same margins as in the synthetic benchmark tests. The performance is still very good though and should satisfy most users. Users wanting to play virtual-reality can rejoice, as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is VR-ready as well.

For additional benchmarks, please check our dedicated page on the GTX 1080 GPU. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
100.5 fps ∼62%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
126.1 (min: 112, max: 143) fps ∼78% +25%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
118.3 fps ∼73% +18%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
92 fps ∼57% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 9, min: 101, max: 126)
114 fps ∼71% +13%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 116, min: 8.9, max: 126)
63.5 fps ∼39% -37%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
159.6 fps ∼60%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
176.8 fps ∼67% +11%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
176.8 fps ∼67% +11%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
162.9 fps ∼61% +2%
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
145.8 fps ∼55% -9%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
121 fps ∼46% -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 10, min: 151, max: 181)
167 fps ∼63% +5%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 243, min: 9.7, max: 266)
85.4 fps ∼32% -46%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
72 fps ∼63%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
68.5 fps ∼60% -5%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
74.9 fps ∼65% +4%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
78.1 fps ∼68% +8%
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
61.3 fps ∼53% -15%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
58 fps ∼50% -19%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 15, min: 64.9, max: 78.1)
73.5 fps ∼64% +2%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 160, min: 12.6, max: 115)
45.1 fps ∼39% -37%
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
85 fps ∼73%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 4, min: 85, max: 99)
93 fps ∼79% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 20, min: 29, max: 99)
68.8 fps ∼59% -19%
Batman: Arkham Knight - 1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
76 fps ∼54%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
93 fps ∼66% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (of 7, min: 76, max: 141)
101 fps ∼72% +33%
Average of class Gaming
  (of 117, min: 8, max: 141)
55 fps ∼39% -28%
low med. high ultra
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 94.386.177.372.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 221192.8181.4159.6fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 59.957.955.954.4fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 166.5151.8145.4134.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 190164.6123.672fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 12111810576fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 148.8139115.3100.5fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 52.650.9fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 95.689.864.252.1fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 118.688.46345.1fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 1231149985fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 72.16664.961.7fps
ELEX (2017) 119.2117.69990.6fps

Stress Test

To identify throttling and potential stability issues, we subject our review notebooks to unrealistically high loads using tools to induce CPU and GPU stress. Under Prime95 load, the CPU cores stabilize at 3.4 GHz with no further changes in the clock rate. The same can't be said about the fan RPMs: at the two and a half minute mark, the fans have reached a high of 4300 RPM; a couple minutes later, the speed has decreased to 3200 RPM. The fans then slowly start spooling up again and reach the 4300 RPM ceiling once again before dropping back down. This cycle keeps repeating indefinitely. Interesting is the fact that the temperatures don't fluctuate much at all and generally remain around 81 C give or take a couple degrees at most. Many systems run in at least in the upper 80-degree range here - the Acer Predator 17X will push as high as 96 C with "Stage 2 Overclocking" applied - so Asus is very conservative in this regard. When running Furmark, the GPU starts out at between 1430 - 1480 MHz - so not even close to the maximum Boost rate of 1733 MHz - and a temperature of 60 degrees. The temperature increases to about 78 C within the first minute with the fans ramping up to 4300 RPM and the GPU now fluctuating between 1354 and 1405 MHz. At the 5 minute mark, the fans reach 5000 RPM and a slow cycle begins - this time, the range is from 4300 to 5000 RPM. Note that most competing notebooks maintain much higher clock rates when running the GPU stress test with only the Acer Predator 17 X performing in a similar manner as the review notebook.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark in parallel results in a CPU clock rate of 3.4 GHz at a temperature of 89 C, while the GPU runs between 1392 - 1430 at 73 C. The fans reach their highest possible speed (identified as "maximum" in the ROG Gaming Center) within just a few minutes, but just as before, a cycle ensues, although the spread between the upper and lower thresholds isn't as pronounced as before. With the notebook disconnected from the mains, the GPU performance takes a serious hit: a 3DMark Fire Strike run on batteries returns a Graphics scores of 6821 points compared to 19487 points, since the frame rate is now limited to just 30 FPS.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Furmark stress
Furmark stress
Prime95 + Furmark stress
Prime95 + Furmark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress

We also subject the notebook to Witcher 3 load, as it is a much better representation of real-world gaming stress. Here, the GPU shows noticeable differences in performance with frame rates mainly ranging from 64 to 73 FPS as seen in the graph below. GPU clock rates remain at ~1710 MHz for the duration of the test, which also explains why the GL702VI trails most other, identically-equipped gaming notebooks when it comes to the frame rate numbers. The GTX 1080 in the Alienware 17 R4, for example, starts out at 1848 MHz and "throttles" down to 1771 MHz with corresponding frame rates of 79 FPS and 72 FPS.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.4 - 80-81 -
FurMark Stress - 1350-1405 - 80
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.4 1392-1430 89 73
Witcher 3 Stress (if applicable) 3.4 1710 76-83 83

While we certainly expect fluctuations of the fan speed and thus the system noise in response to increasing and decreasing workloads, it’s somewhat disappointing that the GL702VI fails to maintain constant RPMs when steady-state loads are applied. The wide range grates on the nerves, even though the increase and decrease cycles take place over the course of several minutes and are thus not nearly as annoying as a pulsating fan system would be. Asus should definitely be able to fix this behavior with a firmware update. Still, compared to other notebooks, Asus skimps on the number of heat pipes, as the GL702VI comes equipped with a single heat pipe for the CPU and four short ones for the GPU. MSI is ahead of others in this regard: the GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro, for example, feature three heat pipes for the CPU and six heat pipes for the the very same mobile GTX 1080 graphics card.

Emissions

System Noise

As we've mentioned above, the GL702VI increases and decreases the speed of its two 12 V cooling fans over the course of several minutes at higher load levels - and that even when a constant load is applied. While the system remains quiet at just 31 dB when idling on the desktop - the Alienware 17 R4 reaches 36 dB here - maximum load results in a fan noise of between 52 and 57 dB. Only Asus' own, overclockable ROG G701VIK with Core i7-7820HK is just as loud. The same is also true during our Witcher 3 test: here, the system fluctuates between 42.4 and 52 dB. Since the fans are fairly large - they appear to be about 60 mm in size - the noise isn't particularly high-pitched, but headphones are highly recommended for anything other than web browsing or word processing.

Fan speed can be controlled in the ROG Gaming Center
Fan speed can be controlled in the ROG Gaming Center
GL702VI (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
GL702VI (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 30.6 / 30.6 dB(A)
Load
38.5 / 57 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.2 dB(A)
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Aorus X7 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Asus Strix GL702VSK
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Noise
-7%
-7%
-6%
-9%
-7%
4%
-11%
2%
off / environment *
28.2
30
-6%
30
-6%
30
-6%
28.2
-0%
30
-6%
27.9
1%
30
-6%
28.6
-1%
Idle Minimum *
30.6
30
2%
33
-8%
31
-1%
35.6
-16%
33
-8%
30.4
1%
33
-8%
30.6
-0%
Idle Average *
30.6
31
-1%
35
-14%
34
-11%
35.6
-16%
36
-18%
30.4
1%
34
-11%
30.6
-0%
Idle Maximum *
30.6
36
-18%
37
-21%
37
-21%
35.7
-17%
41
-34%
30.4
1%
38
-24%
30.6
-0%
Load Average *
38.5
47
-22%
40
-4%
44
-14%
50.2
-30%
41
-6%
36.4
5%
44
-14%
39.8
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52
51
2%
50.2
3%
45
13%
46
12%
56
-8%
Load Maximum *
57
56
2%
50
12%
52
9%
50.2
12%
52
9%
53
7%
62
-9%
48
16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Prime95+FurMark stress (exhaust)
Prime95+FurMark stress (exhaust)

The aggressive temperature management also has its advantages: surface temperatures generally remain below those of competing systems. Even at idle with not applications running. temperatures are never flat and some areas get warmer than others. Our stress test with Prime95 and Furmark raises the temperature to a maximum of 42 C at the bottom right corner. Many competing systems get significantly hotter: the Alienware 17 R4 for example reaches 56 C. The system gets a couple degrees warmer during the Witcher 3 test, but the palm rest and the WASD key area - in fact, the entire lower two thirds of the notebook - stay remarkably cool even under very extreme conditions. 


Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)
Idle (top)
Idle (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
Max. Load
 38.2 °C34 °C38.2 °C 
 25.4 °C28.4 °C30.2 °C 
 21.2 °C23.8 °C22.8 °C 
Maximum: 38.2 °C
Average: 29.1 °C
42 °C29.6 °C36.2 °C
22.2 °C29.6 °C26.8 °C
21.8 °C21.1 °C21.6 °C
Maximum: 42 °C
Average: 27.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  43.2 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Raytek Raynger ST

Speakers

The GL702VI features two built-in Stereo 1 W speakers located on the left and right edges of the palm rest. The sound quality is decent, although most gaming notebooks with dedicated subwoofer still sound much better. Since the speakers sit in the palm rest, there's noticeable vibration at higher volume level, although we couldn't detect any rattling. The quite elaborate Sonic Studio III software allows the user to select different effects and features an advanced mode with a configurable equalizer.

ROG Strix GL702VI (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
ROG Strix GL702VI (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Alienware 17 R4
Alienware 17 R4
The speakers sit in a removable housing
The speakers sit in a removable housing
The Sonic Studio III software features an EQ
The Sonic Studio III software features an EQ
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.235.92533.832.9313430.74032.532.25029.631.46332.838.18029.945.810028.44912527.853.616026.955.920026.462.225025.76331525.164.640024.8695002468.76302472.580023.971.2100024.767.6125023.667.6160023.269.8200023.669.5250022.965.6315023.360.6400022.959.6500022.867.463002369.980002368.1100002359.4125002357.31600023.254SPL35.679.9N2.550.5median 23.6Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74median 65.6Delta14.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.54 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption is lower than expected across the board considering this is a system without Optimus-technology. While the lower idle power consumption and lower average loads (simulated with 3DMark06) are certainly appreciated, it's interesting to see that the notebook tops out at a paltry 170 W during the stress test. The other laptops in our comparison require at least 80 W more; the Schenker laptop with desktop CPU draws a staggering 180 W more. When running Witcher 3, the GL702VI requires a maximum of 198 W and is thus more in the ballpark for a system with the GTX 1080 GPU. As is, the included 330 W power brick is severely underutilized and a smaller and lighter 250 W power adapter could easily handle the load. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.69 / 1.19 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 19.8 / 25.2 / 25.9 Watt
Load midlight 84.1 / 171.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Schenker XMG U727 2017
7700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e, AHVA, 3840x2160, 17.3
Alienware 17 R4
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB, TN LED, 2560x1440, 17.3
Aorus X7 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL, TN LED, 2560x1440, 17.3
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0), TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
-37%
-73%
-47%
-33%
-62%
-39%
Idle Minimum *
19.8
27
-36%
32
-62%
37.5
-89%
27
-36%
34
-72%
24
-21%
Idle Average *
25.2
32
-27%
43
-71%
37.6
-49%
33
-31%
41
-63%
31
-23%
Idle Maximum *
25.9
41
-58%
51
-97%
37.6
-45%
40
-54%
50
-93%
38
-47%
Load Average *
84.1
102
-21%
138
-64%
122.4
-46%
107
-27%
106
-26%
98
-17%
Load Maximum *
171.1
248
-45%
350
-105%
277.4
-62%
259
-51%
320
-87%
320
-87%
Witcher 3 ultra *
198.6
279
-40%
180.3
9%
190
4%
257
-29%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Despite the low powre draw, the battery life is typical for a high-end gaming notebook with powerful hardware - or in other words, it's pretty short, despite the fact that the 3D performance takes a severe hit when the notebook is taken of the mains. The GL702VI comes with a 88 Wh battery and  lasts about 3.5 hours during the WLAN test, which is a decent enough result. The Schenker XMG U727 with desktop processor quits 40 minutes sooner. Interestingly enough, the Alienware 17 R4 also trails the review notebook by about half an hour - despite the fact that it's equipped with a larger 99 Wh battery. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 24min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 29min
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 88 Wh
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 88.8 Wh
Schenker XMG U727 2017
7700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 89 Wh
Alienware 17 R4
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Aorus X7 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 94 Wh
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 75 Wh
Asus Strix GL702VSK
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 76 Wh
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 93 Wh
Battery Runtime
1%
-18%
-21%
-22%
-37%
-11%
-1%
Reader / Idle
384
313
-18%
222
-42%
276
-28%
221
-42%
182
-53%
306
-20%
342
-11%
WiFi v1.3
209
251
20%
168
-20%
181
-13%
180
-14%
144
-31%
203
-3%
241
15%
Load
89
90
1%
97
9%
69
-22%
81
-9%
65
-27%
81
-9%
83
-7%

Pros

+ powerful hardware
+ fairly inexpensive
+ runs cool even at maximum load
+ 120 Hz display with G-Sync
+ blazingly fast PCIe SSD
+ easy maintenance
+ decent battery life

Cons

- aggressive temperature management and high noise levels
- performance trails other systems
- extremely heavy power supply
- no dedicated subwoofer
- massive backlight bleeding/clouding

Verdict

In review: Asus ROG Strix GL702VI. Test model provided by Computer Upgrade King. Use coupon code NBCGL702VI for $100 off
In review: Asus ROG Strix GL702VI. Test model provided by Computer Upgrade King. Use coupon code NBCGL702VI for $100 off

Overall, the Asus ROG Strix GL702VI is a pleasant enough gaming laptop with not too many obvious shortcomings. While we certainly can't overlook that the fact that the system doesn't quite reach its full potential -  Asus seems to err on the side of caution in this case when it comes to temperature management - we'd rather give up a few percentage points in performance then having to deal with a system tethering on the verge of overheating at all times. That said, Asus could certainly tweak the fan management with a firmware update and address the issue with the cycling fan speed at the same time, as this behavior can really get quite annoying after a while. Screen bleeding is also an problem, but might be isolated to our test unit.

Although the Asus ROG Strix GL702VI is equipped with high-end components, it falls a bit short when it comes to raw performance.

The keyboard is good enough for longer typing sessions, the palm rests remain cool at all times, and the port selection is adequate. Gameplay is smooth thanks to the combination of a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with a 120 Hz G-Sync Full HD IPS display and should satisfy most for some time to come. Users looking to push their hardware to the extreme need to look elsewhere, but otherwise the Strix GL702VI is decent and fairly inexpensive choice. 

Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74 - 02/14/2018 v6
Bernhard Pechlaner

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
61%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
55 / 10-66 → 81%
Battery
72%
Display
87%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
91 / 95 → 96%
Noise
83 / 90 → 93%
Audio
59%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
74%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Bernhard Pechlaner, 2018-02-16 (Update: 2018-02-16)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).