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Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 5 1600, Radeon RX 580, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 02/05/2018

Very power-hungry. The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC can run all the latest games smoothly on its matte screen. The laptop comes equipped with a Ryzen 5 1600 hexa-core processor, a Radeon RX 580 GPU and a hybrid drive. This entry-level model forgoes an SSD.

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With the GL702ZC, Asus delivers a 17.3-inch gaming laptop, which is powered by a removable desktop CPU. AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600 hexa-core processor is used in the laptop. The device we have on hand represents an entry-level model in the series. The notebook is no stranger to us: We have already reviewed a sibling model (Asus GL702ZC-GC104T). The competitors of the device include: the Acer Predator Helios 300, the HP Omen 17, the MSI GL72 7RDX-602 and the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G.

Because both GL702ZC models are identically built, we shall skip the sections that deal with the case, connectivity, input devices and the speakers. You can find all the relevant information in the review of the Asus GL702ZC-GC104T.

Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T (GL702 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1077 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz, GDDR5, 256-bit-wide bus, 23.20.15002.11 (Adrenalin 17.12.1), no Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, two RAM slots (one slot occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, IPS, FreeSync, 60 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD B350
Storage
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172, 1027 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 900 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC256 @ AMD K17 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone combo jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 415 x 280 ( = 1.34 x 16.34 x 11.02 in)
Battery
74 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.2 kg ( = 112.88 oz / 7.05 pounds), Power Supply: 1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz / 2.65 pounds)
Price
1249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Predator Helios 300
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79 MB/s ∼100% +36%
Nexoc G739
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼99% +34%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼96% +31%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼96% +31%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
58 MB/s ∼73%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.3 MB/s ∼33% -55%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.6 MB/s ∼30% -59%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
91 MB/s ∼100%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Nexoc G739
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼96% -4%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Acer Predator Helios 300
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84 MB/s ∼92% -8%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.1 MB/s ∼30% -70%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
19.9 MB/s ∼22% -78%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 300
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
696 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
687 MBit/s ∼99% +9%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
649 MBit/s ∼93% +3%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
633 MBit/s ∼91% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
632 MBit/s ∼91%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
443 MBit/s ∼64% -30%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
305 MBit/s ∼44% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
670 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
613 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
555 MBit/s ∼83% -17%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
545 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
388 MBit/s ∼58% -42%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
342 MBit/s ∼51% -49%

Display

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The GL702ZC comes with the same Full HD screen as the previously-reviewed sibling model. What we have here is a bright, contrasty IPS display with great viewing angles. The values we have measured are somewhat different, but this is quite normal. Two identically-built panels never match 100%.

A positive: The display does not exhibit PWM-flickering. Here, Asus forgoes controlling the brightness level via PWM. Things looked differently with the sibling model.

The screen supports AMD’s FreeSync Technology. This technology allows the frame rate of the display and the GPU to be synced up. As a result - especially when gaming - you will get the smoothest image possible without any rendering errors. FreeSync-enabled external monitors can also be connected via HDMI or Mini DisplayPort.

341
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 415 cd/m² Average: 365 cd/m² Minimum: 19.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 415 cd/m²
Contrast: 988:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.95 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.69 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
82% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 54% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33

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Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GF72VR 7RF
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Predator Helios 300
AH-IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Nexoc G739
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-4%
39%
7%
3%
-24%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
-9%
24.4 (15.2, 9.2)
32%
36 (18, 18)
-0%
29 (14, 15)
19%
45 (20, 25)
-25%
38 (20, 18)
-6%
Response Time Black / White *
23 (14, 9)
22.8 (11.2, 11.6)
1%
12.6 (11.2, 1.4)
45%
20 (8.4, 11.6)
13%
26 (21, 5)
-13%
28 (7, 21)
-22%
26 (15.6, 10.4)
-13%
PWM Frequency
122 (90)
25000 (20)
119000 (85)
961
450 (90)
200 (95)
Screen
9%
-13%
4%
-42%
11%
5%
Brightness middle
415
379
-9%
329.2
-21%
384
-7%
299
-28%
312
-25%
318
-23%
Brightness
365
354
-3%
318
-13%
373
2%
274
-25%
304
-17%
295
-19%
Brightness Distribution
82
89
9%
92
12%
93
13%
80
-2%
85
4%
79
-4%
Black Level *
0.42
0.31
26%
0.4
5%
0.35
17%
0.25
40%
0.23
45%
0.25
40%
Contrast
988
1223
24%
823
-17%
1097
11%
1196
21%
1357
37%
1272
29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.95
4.32
13%
6.4
-29%
4.81
3%
12.92
-161%
4.19
15%
4.7
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.34
8.56
8%
11.7
-25%
8.69
7%
19.91
-113%
8.7
7%
8.8
6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.69
4
15%
9.2
-96%
5.33
-14%
13.16
-181%
3.72
21%
5
-7%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.47 89%
2.18 101%
2.45 90%
2.36 93%
2.29 96%
2.28 96%
CCT
6485 100%
6984 93%
10484 62%
7137 91%
15046 43%
7104 91%
7374 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
54
56
4%
76
41%
56
4%
60
11%
59
9%
61
13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
82
85
4%
92
12%
86
5%
94
15%
91
11%
93
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 7%
13% / -5%
6% / 5%
-20% / -35%
-7% / 5%
-3% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8781 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 28 % 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
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Performance

With the GL702ZC, Asus has a 17.3-inch gaming notebook in its product range. It can run all the latest games smoothly. Our review device represents an entry-level model in the series and can be had for 1200 Euros (~$1485). Other hardware configurations are also available.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWInfo

Processor

The GL702ZC is powered by a Ryzen 5 1600 processor from AMD. The CPU plugs into a socket and can be replaced, if need be. What we are dealing with here is a desktop CPU with a TDP of 65 watts. The processor has six cores, which support simultaneous multithreading (one core can process two threads at the same time). The processor has a base clock of 3.2 GHz. By means of the Turbo, the clock rate can be increased up to 3.4 GHz for six cores and 3.7 GHz for two cores.

When plugged in, the processor runs at 3.4 GHz in the multi-core benchmarks and 3.4 to 3.7 GHz in the single-core benchmarks. When running on battery power, the CPU is throttled down to a clock rate of 548 MHz.

We check whether or not the Turbo boost technology can be used continually by running the multi-core section of the Cinebench R15 benchmark for 30 minutes in a continuous loop. The results stay consistently on the same level. The Turbo boost operates at full speed.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The single-core performance of the CPU is on the same level as that of the Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor. However, in multi-core applications, the AMD processor offers more power than most of Intel’s CPUs. So the Kaby Lake CPUs cannot keep up with the Ryzen 5 1600. Only the Coffee Lake models can give it a run for its money. Moreover, the performance of the Ryzen CPU can be further increased, because the Geekbench benchmark benefits from the RAM running in dual-channel mode. In other words: If the GL702ZC were to get another RAM module, the results in the Geekbench benchmarks would improve.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
10652
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
25561
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4330
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
89.25 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
12.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.55 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
107.9 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1129 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
140 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG U507 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
192 Points ∼90% +37%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
190 Points ∼89% +36%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
181 Points ∼85% +29%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
178 Points ∼84% +27%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
167 Points ∼78% +19%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼76% +15%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼76% +15%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼75% +14%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼75% +14%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼73% +11%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
148 Points ∼69% +6%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼69% +4%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼68% +3%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
141 Points ∼66% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
140 Points ∼66%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼45% +25%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1334 Points ∼43% +18%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1129 Points ∼36%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
988 Points ∼32% -12%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
941 (min: 921.89, max: 945.25) Points ∼30% -17%
Schenker XMG U507 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
919 Points ∼30% -19%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
857 Points ∼28% -24%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼24% -34%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼24% -34%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼24% -35%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼24% -35%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼23% -35%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
708 Points ∼23% -37%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
515 Points ∼17% -54%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼16% -55%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.23 Points ∼91% +44%
Schenker XMG U507 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
2.18 Points ∼89% +41%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
2.02 Points ∼83% +30%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
1.9 Points ∼78% +23%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼75% +19%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75% +17%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75% +17%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74% +17%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74% +17%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼67% +5%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1.55 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼58% +26%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
15.02 Points ∼55% +20%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
12.5 Points ∼46%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
10.99 Points ∼41% -12%
Schenker XMG U507 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
10.14 Points ∼37% -19%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
9.52 Points ∼35% -24%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.21 Points ∼30% -34%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼30% -35%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30% -35%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼30% -35%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼30% -35%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7423 Points ∼69% +71%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7214 Points ∼67% +67%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
6371 Points ∼59% +47%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5952 Points ∼55% +37%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5874 Points ∼54% +36%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5525 Points ∼51% +28%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5502 Points ∼51% +27%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
4330 Points ∼40%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40% -1%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
39382 Points ∼79% +54%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
30921 Points ∼62% +21%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼59% +15%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
29209 Points ∼59% +14%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
25561 Points ∼51%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22380 Points ∼45% -12%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22143 Points ∼45% -13%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18304 Points ∼37% -28%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18296 Points ∼37% -28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
23920 Points ∼77% +23%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
19391 Points ∼62%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14090 Points ∼45% -27%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9752 Points ∼31% -50%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9728 Points ∼31% -50%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3840 Points ∼82% +20%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3343 Points ∼71% +5%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3195 Points ∼68% 0%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3195 Points ∼68% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3189 Points ∼68%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
19500 Points ∼71% +30%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
15037 Points ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14216 Points ∼52% -5%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10525 Points ∼38% -30%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8085 Points ∼29% -46%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
4996 Points ∼87% +41%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4682 Points ∼81% +32%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4061 Points ∼70% +15%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3542 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼59% -4%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
20500 Points ∼57% +26%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
18457 Points ∼51% +14%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
16235 Points ∼45%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
15111 Points ∼42% -7%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
11039 Points ∼30% -32%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8081 Points ∼22% -50%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
5104 Points ∼81% +41%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4808 Points ∼76% +33%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4159 Points ∼66% +15%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3884 Points ∼61% +8%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3611 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼53% -6%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
1054.2 ms * ∼2% -3%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Microsoft Edge 40.15063.674.0)
1025.2 ms * ∼2% -0%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
1021.3 ms * ∼2%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
962.7 ms * ∼2% +6%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (EDGE 38.14393.1066.0)
952.2 ms * ∼2% +7%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
929.6 ms * ∼2% +9%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
918.8 ms * ∼2% +10%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
753.3 ms * ∼1% +26%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
48562 Points ∼98% +58%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
41110 Points ∼83% +34%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (EDGE 38.14393.1066.0)
40592 Points ∼82% +32%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
39373 Points ∼80% +28%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
36449 Points ∼74% +19%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
32176 Points ∼65% +5%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
30668 Points ∼62%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
333 Points ∼0% +53%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
275.96 Points ∼0% +26%
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
268 Points ∼0% +23%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Microsoft Edge 40.15063.674.0)
263.52 Points ∼0% +21%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (EDGE 38.14393.1066.0)
259.75 Points ∼0% +19%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
253.52 Points ∼0% +16%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
250.74 Points ∼0% +15%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40)
247.82 Points ∼0% +13%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 38)
247.51 Points ∼0% +13%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
227.9 Points ∼0% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
218.36 Points ∼0%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

With the GL702ZC, Asus forgoes a solid state drive and instead relies on a hybrid drive. The lack of an SSD makes itself apparent during boot-up and loading. In other words: The system does not operate as responsively as you would have expected from such a powerful device. The extremely capable hexa-core processor and the dedicated Radeon graphics chip offer enough computing power for such demanding usage scenarios as gaming, video and image-editing. This is confirmed by the outstanding results in the PCMark benchmarks. 

However, the end of the line has not been reached. The performance of the laptop can be further increased. Installing a second RAM module would boost the performance of the laptop in that it would enable the RAM to run in dual-channel mode. But this will require some elbow grease; because the installation of a RAM module will necessitate the removal of the heat-sink. Those who would like to avoid this should get a GL702ZC model that comes equipped with two RAM sticks. Furthermore, installing an SSD and using it as a system drive would create a significantly more responsive system.

PCMark 7 Score
5444 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4186 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5608 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4988 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4874 Points ∼80% +16%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4270 Points ∼70% +2%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4216 Points ∼69% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 1600, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4186 Points ∼69%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 1700, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4173 Points ∼68% 0%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4002 Points ∼66% -4%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3220 Points ∼53% -23%

Storage Devices

A hybrid drive from Seagate serves as the system drive. It operates at 5400 RPM and offers a storage capacity of 1 TB. The drive has an 8 GB SSD cache, which enables often-used applications to start faster. The transfer rates are on the normal level for this kind of HDD.

There is an empty M.2-2280 slot inside the device. It supports both SATA-III and NVMe SSDs.

Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Transfer Rate Minimum: 36.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 137.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 104.3 MB/s
Access Time: 18.9 ms
Burst Rate: 183.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.2 %
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Nexoc G739
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
37802%
119%
50582%
47919%
Write 4k QD32
0.221
404.5
182932%
1.102
399%
544.4
246235%
504.7
228271%
Read 4k QD32
1.294
457.7
35271%
1.068
-17%
635.7
49027%
587.9
45333%
Write 4k
0.169
125.5
74160%
1.022
505%
154.5
91320%
155.6
91971%
Read 4k
0.484
34.29
6985%
0.582
20%
60.74
12450%
59.93
12282%
Write 512
101.8
425.9
318%
58.35
-43%
826.7
712%
805
691%
Read 512
37.67
579.6
1439%
45.57
21%
856.5
2174%
846.3
2147%
Write Seq
105.1
568.6
441%
127
21%
1192
1034%
1176
1019%
Read Seq
92.48
899.2
872%
135.3
46%
1666
1701%
1606
1637%

Graphics Card

The GL702ZC comes equipped with a dedicated Radeon RX 580 graphics card. It is an entry-level model among the high-end GPUs. It is based on AMD’s Polaris architecture. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and has a maximum core clock of 1077 MHz. The graphics chip has 4096 MB of GDDR5 video memory at its disposal. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are comparable to those of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

The Asus laptop does not support automatic switching between a discrete and an integrated graphics adapter. The dedicated Radeon GPU is engaged all the time.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 06 Standard
28909 points
3DMark 11 Performance
12626 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
28295 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9866 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3718 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
46773 Points ∼92% +208%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700
29615 Points ∼58% +95%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8600K
25604 Points ∼50% +69%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
18205 Points ∼36% +20%
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
15607 Points ∼31% +3%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15264 Points ∼30% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
15182 Points ∼30%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14518 Points ∼28% -4%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12970 Points ∼25% -15%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10270 Points ∼20% -32%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9482 Points ∼19% -38%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7769 Points ∼15% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), Intel Core i5-8400
8523 Points ∼77% +129%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4396 Points ∼40% +18%
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3854 Points ∼35% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3718 Points ∼33%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3696 Points ∼33% -1%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
2407 Points ∼22% -35%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
26751 Points ∼100% +171%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), Intel Core i5-8400
19885 Points ∼74% +102%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700
16980 Points ∼63% +72%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8600K
15909 Points ∼59% +61%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11857 Points ∼44% +20%
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
10144 Points ∼38% +3%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
10093 Points ∼38% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
9866 Points ∼37%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 7 1700
9642 Points ∼36% -2%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9356 Points ∼35% -5%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8725 Points ∼33% -12%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6500 Points ∼24% -34%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5622 Points ∼21% -43%

Gaming Performance

The GPU-CPU combination of the Asus laptop can run all the latest games smoothly. Most of these games can be run at Full HD resolution and with the high, or maximum, graphical settings. A few titles can only achieve playable frame rates at lower resolutions and/or lower detail settings. This graphics card is not fit for resolutions above 1080p.

We use the video game The Witcher 3 to check if the frame rates can be maintained consistently over an extended period of time. For this, we run the game with the maximum graphics settings at Full HD resolution (1920x1080) for one hour. Over the entire run of gameplay, the player-controlled character just stands still. There are no drops in performance to report.

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The Witcher 3 ultra

Most of the time, the frame rates of the GL702ZC are below those of the GeForce GTX 1060-based notebooks. At times, the frame rates can go up or down very rapidly. You can find out how different graphics cards compare to each other in our GPU and gaming comparison charts.

low med. high ultra
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 7242.221.820.6fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 163.5102.681.354.1fps
GTA V (2015) 120.4115.583.439.6fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 17312168.936fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 867776.369fps
World of Warships (2015) 135.111510195.9fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 98.695.465.525.7fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 826651.124.5fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 56.254.449.847.7fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 35.33029.2fps
Overwatch (2016) 276.3276191.196.2fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 55.945.935fps
Civilization VI (2016) 105.684.869.863.5fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 38.233.627.125.1fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 106.772.369.453.4fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 108105102101fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 242.9242.2218.1215.4fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 117856649fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 56.447.145.444.3fps
ELEX (2017) 117.18063.548.6fps
Destiny 2 (2017) 97.691.483.369.7fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 50444337fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 132.3128.86839.1fps
Need for Speed Payback (2017) 92.88678.575.6fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 6253.945.645.7fps
Fortnite (2018) 238.5183.180.659.5fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
92 fps ∼79% +88%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
69 fps ∼59% +41%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
62 fps ∼53% +27%
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
53 fps ∼45% +8%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
49 fps ∼42%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
46 fps ∼39% -6%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
184.3 fps ∼100% +167%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700
145 fps ∼79% +110%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
94.5 fps ∼51% +37%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
90.3 fps ∼49% +31%
Saelic Vidi G771D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700
87.4 fps ∼47% +27%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
72.4 fps ∼39% +5%
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
72.3 fps ∼39% +5%
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
71.7 (min: 62, max: 81) fps ∼39% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
68.9 fps ∼37%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
68.5 fps ∼37% -1%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
68 fps ∼37% -1%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 7 1700
67.4 (min: 58) fps ∼37% -2%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
67.1 fps ∼36% -3%
Nexoc G739
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
50.4 fps ∼27% -27%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
47.962 fps ∼26% -30%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
47.4 fps ∼26% -31%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
46.7 fps ∼25% -32%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
36.3 fps ∼20% -47%
World of Warships - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
95.9 fps ∼58%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
85 fps ∼52% -11%
Need for Speed Payback - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
87.2 fps ∼62% +15%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
75.6 fps ∼54%
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
66.2 fps ∼47% -12%
Call of Duty WWII - 1920x1080 High / On AA:Filmic 1X SM
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
97.2 fps ∼49% +43%
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
92.3 fps ∼46% +36%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
68 fps ∼34%
Civilization VI - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
63.5 fps ∼59%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
43 fps ∼40% -32%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-6300HQ
42.8 fps ∼40% -33%
GTA V - 1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
48.2 fps ∼36% +22%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
39.6 fps ∼30%
Hitman 2016 - 1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
57 fps ∼54% +19%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
56 fps ∼53% +17%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
51 fps ∼48% +7%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
49.6 fps ∼47% +4%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
47.7 fps ∼45%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
46 fps ∼44% -4%
Mafia 3 - 1366x768 Medium Preset
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
115 fps ∼100% +151%
Saelic Vidi G771D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700
94.7 fps ∼82% +106%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48 fps ∼42% +5%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
47.1 fps ∼41% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
45.9 fps ∼40%
Star Wars Battlefront 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
55 fps ∼35% +20%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
45.7 fps ∼29%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
300 fps ∼100% +212%
Schenker XMG P507
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
103 fps ∼34% +7%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
96.2 fps ∼32%
Destiny 2 - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:SM AF:16x
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8700K
113.1 fps ∼67% +62%
PC Zentrum Defiance IV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
71.4 fps ∼42% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), AMD Ryzen 5 1600
69.7 fps ∼41%

Emissions & Energy Management

System noise

During idle operation, the fans of the GL702ZC stand absolutely still. Only the rustling noise that the hard drive makes is audible. However, even when idle, the fans start to spin from time to time, which makes them quite audible. While gaming, we measured a sound pressure level of 38.9 dB(A). The fan noise is the loudest under full load. During the stress test, the fan noise reached 50.6 dB(A). All in all, our review device produces significantly less noise than the previously-reviewed sibling model. However, what we have here is not a quiet notebook, by any means.

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 32.7 / 32.7 dB(A)
HDD
31.2 dB(A)
Load
38.9 / 50.6 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.538.341.441.339.52539.835.636.437.839.83129.432.432.630.729.44030.632.430.231.530.65030.230.630.128.630.2633130.930.731.1318028.127.827.430.428.110028.729.326.53228.712527.331.124.525.827.316027.331.825.826.127.320027.233.225.824.927.225029.335.324.424.229.331528.236.1252328.24002734.623.321.82750025.232.723.321.225.263024.8322120.324.880027.5362419.527.5100030.84024.418.630.8125030.339.922.917.930.3160031.843.722.517.431.8200028.742.720.11728.7250024.941.11816.724.9315021.237.916.816.421.2400019.533.616.416.319.5500018.433.416.116.118.4630017.728.7161617.7800018.6261615.918.61000019.322.716.11619.31250019.820.4171619.81600020.319.416.516.120.3SPL38.950.732.730.238.9N2.96.81.81.42.9median 27median 33.4median 22.5median 17.9median 27Delta3.83.743.73.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T

Temperature

The Asus laptop during the stress test
The Asus laptop during the stress test

In our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running for at least one hour), the GL702ZC performs differently when it is plugged in and when it is running off of battery power. When plugged in, the processor runs at 3.4 GHz. In a subsequent benchmark run, the CPU cores are throttled down to 548 MHz from time to time. The core clock of the GPU fluctuates between 600 and 700 MHz.  When running on battery power, the CPU (548 MHz) and the GPU (300 MHz) are throttled down to their minimum clock speeds.

The laptop does not get excessively hot. During the stress test, the 50 °C (122 °F) mark is exceeded only at one measurement point. The temperatures are somewhat lower in our The Witcher 3 stress test, during which the game runs for one hour at Full HD resolution and with the maximum graphical settings. 

Max. Load
 39 °C
102 F
54.3 °C
130 F
45.6 °C
114 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
48.4 °C
119 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 29 °C
84 F
28.8 °C
84 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 54.3 °C = 130 F
Average: 6 °C = 43 F
51 °C
124 F
43 °C
109 F
47.5 °C
118 F
38.6 °C
101 F
38 °C
100 F
35.1 °C
95 F
27.4 °C
81 F
30 °C
86 F
28.8 °C
84 F
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 37.7 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.8 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 23.3 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 6 °C / 43 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 54.3 °C / 130 F, compared to the average of 39.2 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 41.6 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 4 °C / 39 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 6.2 °C / 43 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34 °C / 93.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-5.3 °C / -9.5 F).
Heat distribution of the top side (under load)
Heat distribution of the top side (under load)
Heat distribution of the top side (during idle)
Heat distribution of the top side (during idle)
Heat distribution of the top side (The Witcher 3)
Heat distribution of the top side (The Witcher 3)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (under load)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (under load)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (during idle)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (during idle)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (The Witcher 3)
Heat distribution of the bottom side (The Witcher 3)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.241.345.22541.237.841.23144.930.744.94045.331.545.35047.628.647.66348.631.148.68052.330.452.310056.53256.512556.525.856.516057.226.157.22006024.96025063.824.263.831569.82369.840070.221.870.250067.221.267.263061.920.361.980061.119.561.1100059.518.659.5125057.117.957.1160056.417.456.4200056.71756.7250055.116.755.131505516.455400060.816.360.8500065.316.165.36300621662800056.515.956.5100005616561250054.51654.51600047.116.147.1SPL73.530.273.5N35.31.435.3median 57.2median 17.9median 57.2Delta2.93.72.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204TApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.15 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% 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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
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%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy Consumption

Here, Asus uses a desktop CPU with a TDP of 65 watts. On top of that, the notebook comes with a powerful dedicated GPU, which is engaged at all times. There is no energy-efficient GPU in this laptop (the kind of GPU which can be used in less-demanding applications and when the laptop runs on battery power). As a result, even when idle, the notebook proves to be very power-hungry. Here, the power draw fluctuates between 49 and 68 watts. During our stress test, the power draw peaked at 262 watts. When gaming, the power consumption turns out to be lower (it fluctuates between 100 and 200 watts). The nominal power draw of the included AC adapter amounts to 330 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 49 / 60 / 68 Watt
Load midlight 150 / 262 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practically-oriented Wi-Fi test simulates loads that are consistent with surfing the web. The “balanced” power plan is selected, the energy-saving functions turned off and the display brightness set to 150 cd/m². The GL702ZC achieves a battery runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
1h 20min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
380 min ∼14% +375%
Nexoc G739
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
288 min ∼11% +260%
Acer Predator Helios 300
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 48 Wh
279 min ∼11% +249%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 43.2 Wh
203 min ∼8% +154%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 43 Wh
142 min ∼5% +78%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
1700, Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 76 Wh
90 min ∼3% +13%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
1600, Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 74 Wh
80 min ∼3%

Pros

+ bright, contrasty display
+ Full HD resolution
+ FreeSync
+ a lot of storage space
+ an empty M.2 slot
+ CPU is removable
+ plenty of multi-core performance

Cons

- high energy consumption during idle
- heavy AC adapter
- very poor battery life
- no Thunderbolt 3
- no SSD
- hard-to-upgrade RAM

Verdict

The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T, provided courtesy of: cyberport
The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T, provided courtesy of: cyberport

The gaming notebook from Asus can run most games smoothly at Full HD resolution and with high graphics settings. Only a few titles require lowering the resolution and/or graphics settings. AMD’s FreeSync Technology creates a smooth gaming experience on the 60Hz screen. The matte IPS display delights with a high contrast ratio, good brightness and stable viewing angles.

The built-in hexa-core processor has made a good impression.

It offers more than enough computing power for all modern applications. In terms of multi-core performance, the CPU does better than the competition from Intel - actually it was only beaten by the Core i7-8700K. However, the Core i7-8700K is a 95-watt chip, which does not compete directly with the Ryzen processor. Furthermore, the Core i7-8700K costs significantly more than the Ryzen CPU.

The laptop offers plenty of storage space. Asus has equipped the device with a 1 TB hybrid drive. In order to achieve the lowest possible price, Asus has decided to forgo an SSD. However, an SSD can be added after purchase, because the notebook comes with an empty M.2-2280 slot.

Because the laptop comes only with a powerful dedicated GPU, it needs a lot of power, even during idle operation. Therefore, users who would like to use the notebook for day-to-day office work should stay away from it. Here, the Asus laptop lacks an energy-efficient, integrated GPU. Furthermore, the laptop produces too much noise for office use.

Asus asks 1200 Euros (~$1485) for the entry-level model in the GL702ZC line. Therefore, price-wise, it is comparable to the notebooks that come equipped with an Intel Core processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. However, such devices are often useable in everyday scenarios, because, as a rule, they come with both a dedicated GPU and an integrated GPU. As a result, these devices have a significantly lower power draw during idle and produce considerably less noise - here, for example, we have in mind the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G. Therefore, the GL702ZC is for those who want as much multi-core performance as possible for a relatively low price and who put a premium on the ability to replace the CPU.

Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T - 02/02/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
64 / 81 → 79%
Weight
55 / 10-66 → 81%
Battery
50%
Display
85%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 89%
Noise
80 / 90 → 88%
Audio
80%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
73%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-02- 5 (Update: 2018-02- 7)