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Asus ROG Strix GL703GM Scar Edition (8750H, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review

Cooler, faster, better. The mid-2018 edition of the Strix GL703 Scar Edition comes with hexa-core Coffee Lake-H i7 processor, same Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and a significantly redesigned cooling system. The changes are largely positive.

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The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition we reviewed earlier this year gets the Coffee Lake-H treatment and now features an i7-8750H hexa-core processor and unchanged Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics. In addition to the obvious CPU upgrade, Asus appears to have revamped the motherboard layout and the cooling system - at least when compared to the "regular" GL703VD we reviewed in 2017. Both previous editions were hot and too noisy under load, so we can only applaud this design change. 

The GL703GM might look near-identical to the predecessor, but there are several key differences: 

  • revamped cooling system / heat pipe design + modified exhausts
  • Chi Mei 120 Hz TN panel vs. 120 Hz IPS panel by AU Optronics
  • increased battery capacity
  • different speakers

There is no shortage of competitors and we'll compare the GL703VM to other 17.3-inch notebooks like the GTX 1060-equipped Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE with previous-generation i7 CPU, Asus' own GL703GE with i7-8750H and GTX 1050 Ti, or higher-end notebooks like the MSI GE73 8RF Raider with Coffee Lake-H CPU and higher-end GTX 1070 graphics.  

We will drop certain review sections and focus primarily on the performance differences and other merits of the new model. For a more in-depth discussion of the chassis and the input devices, please refer to our reviews of the Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition and the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74

Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74 (Strix GL703 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1404 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, 398.11
Memory
16384 MB 
, PC4-21300 DDR4
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, Chi Mei CMN1747 M173JJE-G32, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack , Card Reader: Multi-format
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 414 x 279.4 ( = 0.94 x 16.3 x 11 in)
Battery
74 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 3.5 W, Keyboard: chiclet, Asus ROG Gaming Center, ROG Aura Core, ROG Game Visual, Sonic Radar 3, Sonic Studio 3, Asus Hello, Asus Live Update, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.872 kg ( = 101.31 oz / 6.33 pounds), Power Supply: 608 g ( = 21.45 oz / 1.34 pounds)
Price
1600 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Internal changes: GL703GM with GTX 1060 on the left, GL703VD with GTX 1050 on the right
Internal changes: GL703GM with GTX 1060 on the left, GL703VD with GTX 1050 on the right
Rear view: fan exhausts GL703GM
Rear view: fan exhausts GL703GM
Rear view: fan exhausts GL703VD
Rear view: fan exhausts GL703VD

SD Card Reader

SD Card Reader performance as measured with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card is slightly better than before at 91 and 85 MB/s for our AS SSD read and JPG Copy tests, respectively. The transfer speeds are still in line with our expectations, but some notebooks like the higher-end Eurocom Q6 offer vastly superior performance.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Eurocom Q6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
170.67 MB/s ∼100% +101%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.8 MB/s ∼50%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼45% -10%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.2 MB/s ∼41% -18%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼15% -69%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23 MB/s ∼13% -73%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eurocom Q6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
207.24 MB/s ∼100% +128%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90.7 MB/s ∼44%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼42% -4%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.2 MB/s ∼40% -8%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼15% -65%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.3 MB/s ∼11% -74%

Communication

Asus replaced the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 in the predecessor with the Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac) module with a theoretical throughput of 1.73 Gbps. Receive rates one meter away from our Linksys EA8500 test router are acceptable at about 650 MBit/s, but at 450 MBit/s, transmit speeds still suffer somewhat. We didn't experience any dropouts or other connectivity issues during the review period. Gamers requiring faster transfer speeds should opt for a hardwired connection via the provided Realtek RTL8168B/8111B PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet module. 

Please note that our current wireless test setup is limited to 1 Gbps, so we are unable to test the Wireless-AC 9560 module at its maximum throughput. We're working on improving our setup.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
693 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Aorus X5 v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
673 MBit/s ∼97% +2%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
657 MBit/s ∼95%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
638 MBit/s ∼92% -3%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
610 MBit/s ∼88% -7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
662 MBit/s ∼100% +48%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
626 MBit/s ∼95% +40%
Aorus X5 v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
587 MBit/s ∼89% +31%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
448 MBit/s ∼68%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
387 MBit/s ∼58% -14%

Maintenance

Once again, serviceability is very good and requires the removal of a single screw in order to remove the oddly-shaped maintenance cover. Cleaning the system fans or accessing the primary RAM module and WLAN card requires the removal of the entire bottom plate. Here, the procedure has changed slightly: after removing a total of ten Phillips screws plus the additional one for the maintenance cover, the 2.5-inch hard drive cradle, which is attached with four screws, has to be removed as well. Prying off the bottom panel with a plastic tool or old credit card is easily accomplished and takes just a few minutes.

M.2 SSD, 2.5-inch HDD, and secondary RAM slot under maintenance hatch
M.2 SSD, 2.5-inch HDD, and secondary RAM slot under maintenance hatch
Taking off the entire bottom panel is easy as well
Taking off the entire bottom panel is easy as well

Display

The older Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition was equipped with a 120 Hz IPS display from AU Optronics.  Asus swapped suppliers as well as the panel technology, as our test unit is equipped with a 120 Hz 1080p TN display supplied by Chi Mei. At an average of 286 cd/m², the TN panel is about as bright as the previous IPS display with an unimpressive contrast ratio and relatively poor brightness distribution, but thanks to the TN technology, the response times have improved significantly.

Moderate light bleeding around the edges
Moderate light bleeding around the edges
Matte subpixel array (127 PPI)
Matte subpixel array (127 PPI)
300.3
cd/m²
314.8
cd/m²
295.9
cd/m²
277.7
cd/m²
297.8
cd/m²
269.8
cd/m²
263.3
cd/m²
281.4
cd/m²
268.1
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 314.8 cd/m² Average: 285.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 297.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 902:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.68 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 2.71
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 84.77% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.06
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Chi Mei CMN1747 M173JJE-G32, TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Chi Mei N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN WLED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus GL703GE-ES73
Chi Mei CMN1747, TN, 17.3, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-an014ng
AUO149D, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
AU Optronics B173HAN01.1, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-248%
-101%
-16%
-363%
-240%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
29 (14, 15)
-230%
28 (16.4, 11.6)
-218%
11.6 (6, 5.6)
-32%
45.2 (20.8, 24.4)
-414%
30.8 (16.4, 14.4)
-250%
Response Time Black / White *
7.4 (5.2, 2.2)
27 (16, 11)
-265%
13.6 (11.8, 1.8)
-84%
8.8 (6, 2.8)
-19%
30.4 (16.4, 14)
-311%
24.4 (13.2, 11.2)
-230%
PWM Frequency
25510 (15)
25000 (14)
-2%
26040 (25)
2%
Screen
4%
10%
8%
5%
-9%
Brightness middle
297.8
380
28%
273
-8%
331.1
11%
314
5%
319.5
7%
Brightness
285
336
18%
273
-4%
312
9%
309
8%
293
3%
Brightness Distribution
84
81
-4%
90
7%
86
2%
88
5%
67
-20%
Black Level *
0.33
0.32
3%
0.26
21%
0.31
6%
0.34
-3%
0.65
-97%
Contrast
902
1188
32%
1050
16%
1068
18%
924
2%
492
-45%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.68
5.32
-45%
3.52
4%
2.86
22%
3.19
13%
3.17
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.71
7.63
1%
6.34
18%
6.35
18%
6.1
21%
5.32
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.71
2.09
23%
2.66
2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5
4.9
2%
3.11
38%
4.3
14%
3.49
30%
1.6
68%
Gamma
2.06 107%
2.61 84%
2.43 91%
2.268 97%
2.34 94%
2.22 99%
CCT
6728 97%
6558 99%
6999 93%
7034 92%
7261 90%
6668 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
84.77
87.2
3%
76
-10%
75
-12%
60
-29%
56
-34%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.97
100
0%
100
0%
100
0%
93
-7%
87
-13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-122% / -38%
-46% / -14%
-4% / 3%
-179% / -57%
-125% / -47%

* ... smaller is better

The FHD panel covers the entire sRGB color space and about 85 % of AdobeRGB, thus outperforming the AUO panel Asus used for the GL703VM-DB74. The competing laptops offers similar coverage.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Acer Predator Helios 500
vs. Acer Predator Helios 500

Measurements with our X-Rite spectrophotometer show good color and grayscale out of the box with DeltaE-deviations of 3.7 and 2.7, respectively. A calibration improves the results further with the Delta-E dropping to 2.7 for color and 2.1 for grayscale. For a gaming notebook, the color accuracy is quite acceptable and the GL703GM is certainly usable for occasional photo editing in addition to various other duties.

ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps 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
7.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 2.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25510 Hz ≤ 15 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25510 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 15 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25510 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

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

Outdoor visibility is far from stellar given the just average maximum brightness and comparatively low contrast. Direct sunlight washes the screen out completely and is out of the question, but working in the shade is not really a problem. Since this is a TN panel, the viewing angle stability suffers as expected with the colors eventually inverting at more shallow angles.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Restricted TN viewing angles
Restricted TN viewing angles

Performance

At the time of writing, Cukusa offers three different SKUs - all of them with the i7 hexa-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM. The lowest-end model sells for $1250 and comes with a 4 GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the middle model gets the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM and retails for $1600, while the top SKU for $1900 is equipped with the 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 and a 3 ms FHD G-Sync display running at 144Hz for even smoother gameplay. The latter two models feature a 256 GB NVMe SSD in addition to the 1 TB SSHD; the entry-level model comes with a 128 GB NVMe SSD and the same 1TB SSHD.

 

Processor

As previous reviews have shown, the new hexa-core i7-8750H offers a significant advantage over the 7th-generation i7-7700HQ, particularly when the application can take advantage of the two additional cores. The CineBench benchmark scores show our GL703GM to be between 18 - 57 percent faster than the GL703VM with the older quad-core i7. Performance lags behind the average for the i7-8750H CPU, but the the difference doesn't exceed the single-digit percentage range.

Sustained multi-core performance is decent, although the initial high score of 1026 does drop to about 935 on average for a reduction of about 9 percent. Subsequent loops of the CineBench R15 Multi-Thread after the initial run show very consistent performance with no major fluctuations. The predecessor-model GL703VM with i7-7700HQ experiences no such initial drop, but also offers a much lower performance across all loops of the CineBench R15 Mutli-Thread test.

See see our dedicated page on the Intel Core i7-8750H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit - Asus ROG Strix GL703GM
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit - Asus ROG Strix GL703VM
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼80% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=52)
173 Points ∼79% +3%
Eurocom Q6
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼78% +1%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Core i7-8750H
168 Points ∼77%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
Intel Core i7-8750H
163 Points ∼75% -3%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼74% -4%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
144 Points ∼66% -14%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
142 Points ∼65% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Core i7-8750H
1163 Points ∼27% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=55)
1107 Points ∼25% +9%
Eurocom Q6
Intel Core i7-8750H
1050 Points ∼24% +3%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Core i7-8750H
1015 Points ∼23%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
Intel Core i7-8750H
1005 Points ∼23% -1%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% -28%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼17% -28%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
710 Points ∼16% -30%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼81% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (1.89 - 2, n=34)
1.965 Points ∼81% +2%
Eurocom Q6
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.95 Points ∼80% +2%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼79% 0%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼79%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.61 Points ∼66% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.49 Points ∼46% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (9.54 - 13.5, n=35)
12.3 Points ∼45% +10%
Eurocom Q6
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.62 Points ∼43% +4%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.2 Points ∼41%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.15 Points ∼41% 0%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.13 Points ∼26% -36%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
12130
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
29952
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6404
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.92 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
75.98 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
11.2 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
168 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1015 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
123.23 fps
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System Performance

While the GL703GM trails some competitors with the same i7-8750H when it comes to raw processor performance, the overall system performance is top notch according to PCMark with the notebook consistently scoring at or near the top when running the PCMark 8 and PCMark 10 benchmarks. Of course, the synthetic benchmarks benefit hugely from the quick NVMe SSD. Subjectively, the system performance is very snappy with ten-second boot times and next to no lag during heavy multitasking sessions. 

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 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 - Score
Aorus X5 v8
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6154 Points ∼79% +11%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5525 Points ∼71%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5465 Points ∼70% -1%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
5362 Points ∼69% -3%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5137 Points ∼66% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (4646 - 5525, n=13)
5134 Points ∼66% -7%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
4532 Points ∼58% -18%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4352 Points ∼56% -21%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X5 v8
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5953 Points ∼91% +8%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
5751 Points ∼88% +4%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5528 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5111 - 5731, n=14)
5499 Points ∼84% -1%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5342 Points ∼82% -3%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5289 Points ∼81% -4%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
5288 Points ∼81% -4%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4877 Points ∼75% -12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4207 Points ∼65% -24%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7765 Points ∼81%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
6519 Points ∼68% -16%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5336 - 7765, n=3)
6185 Points ∼65% -20%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
5254 Points ∼55% -32%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5002 Points ∼52% -36%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X5 v8
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5773 Points ∼95% +7%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5371 Points ∼88%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4989 Points ∼82% -7%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4757 Points ∼78% -11%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
4644 Points ∼76% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (4119 - 5371, n=14)
4508 Points ∼74% -16%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4498 Points ∼74% -16%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
4148 Points ∼68% -23%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3444 Points ∼57% -36%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5371 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7765 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5528 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 and 2.5-inch storage drives
M.2 and 2.5-inch storage drives

Just like the GL703VD, our particular test unit is equipped with both an M.2 2280 and a 2.5-inch drive. These days, many competing gaming notebooks like the Acer Predator Helios 500 or the MSI GE73 8RF Raider pack two M.2-2880 slots in addition the conventional hard drive bay. Performance of the 256 GB PM961 SSD is very good according to AS SSD, although Samsung's own 512 GB SSD 960 Pro in the Eurocom Q6 is faster - particularly when it comes to the sequential write speeds. Still, the 4K read performance is very similar which helps to explain the very fast boot times and near-instantaneous program launches. Cukusa offers many different options for the hard drive configuration ranging from a 128 GB to 1 TB NVMe SSDs. The secondary Seagate 1 TB ST1000LX015 offers decent performance for a 5400 RPM drive.

Please see our table of HDDs and SSDs for additional benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD (primary storage)
AS SSD (primary storage)
HD Tune (secondary storage)
HD Tune (secondary storage)
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
HP Omen 17-an014ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Eurocom Q6
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
AS SSD
-17%
-84%
-419%
31%
Copy Game MB/s
480.98
816.45
70%
295.55
-39%
633.24
32%
Copy Program MB/s
780.01
336.04
-57%
192.94
-75%
363.41
-53%
Copy ISO MB/s
1043.39
1091.58
5%
412.55
-60%
1768.37
69%
Score Total
3075
1678
-45%
881
-71%
2205
-28%
3894
27%
Score Write
825
677
-18%
254
-69%
161
-80%
1693
105%
Score Read
1520
692
-54%
417
-73%
1414
-7%
1477
-3%
Access Time Write *
0.042
0.035
17%
0.097
-131%
1.85
-4305%
0.039
7%
Access Time Read *
0.066
0.075
-14%
0.235
-256%
0.058
12%
0.049
26%
4K-64 Write
633.06
516.1
-18%
172.7
-73%
122.86
-81%
1402.71
122%
4K-64 Read
1285.1
502.8
-61%
351.41
-73%
1129.23
-12%
1194.78
-7%
4K Write
88.38
104.77
19%
38.34
-57%
1.26
-99%
96.21
9%
4K Read
35.76
29.75
-17%
14.07
-61%
47.62
33%
29.62
-17%
Seq Write
1031.3
565.92
-45%
425.71
-59%
365.55
-65%
1943.43
88%
Seq Read
1993.13
1590
-20%
511.18
-74%
2373.98
19%
2522.91
27%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1244 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1132 MB/s
512K Read: 768.3 MB/s
512K Write: 819.7 MB/s
4K Read: 46.89 MB/s
4K Write: 87.86 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 307.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 256.5 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Nvidia GTX1060 in our test unit comes with 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM and generally performs mid-pack according to the 3DMark 11 and 3DMark 13 benchmark tests. As it is common for gaming notebooks, disconnecting the mains results in a severe performance hit: when we ran 3DMark 11 on battery power, the graphics and physics scores dropped by 53 and 22 percent, respectively. 

Gaming performance is good for a GeForce GTX 1060 and allows most titles to be played at FullHD resolution at ultra settings, although some newer games will require reduced settings and/or resolution to keep the frame rates at more appropriate levels for a 120 Hz panel. Systems with the standard GTX 1070 offer at least 30 percent higher frame rates, while notebooks with the GTX 1050 Ti see the frame rate cut in half depending on the game and chosen settings.

For additional technical information and benchmark comparisons, please see our dedicated page on the GeForce GTX 1060.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Aorus X5 v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H
12471 Points ∼69% +28%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11115 Points ∼61% +14%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
10351 Points ∼57% +6%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
9771 Points ∼54%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8889 Points ∼49% -9%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8830 Points ∼49% -10%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
8828 Points ∼49% -10%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8802 Points ∼49% -10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5655 - 12930, n=74)
8439 Points ∼47% -14%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7358 Points ∼41% -25%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23261 Points ∼46% +60%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
21918 Points ∼43% +51%
Aorus X5 v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H
21823 Points ∼43% +50%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
18363 Points ∼36% +26%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
15145 Points ∼30% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (12731 - 15607, n=75)
14720 Points ∼29% +1%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14556 Points ∼29% 0%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
14528 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
13668 Points ∼27% -6%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
9128 Points ∼18% -37%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
8505 Points ∼43% +59%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
6826 Points ∼34% +28%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5542 Points ∼28% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5140 - 5862, n=31)
5417 Points ∼27% +2%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5411 Points ∼27% +1%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
5335 Points ∼27%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5298 Points ∼27% -1%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
3701 Points ∼19% -31%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17980 Points ∼44% +57%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
17289 Points ∼43% +51%
Aorus X5 v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H
17257 Points ∼42% +50%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
14694 Points ∼36% +28%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
12038 Points ∼30% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (10708 - 12298, n=75)
11547 Points ∼28% +1%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11546 Points ∼28% +1%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11469 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11049 Points ∼27% -4%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
7953 Points ∼20% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
13021 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
30148 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10198 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5212 points
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Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
64 fps ∼40%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
90.93 fps ∼56% +42%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
58.7 fps ∼36% -8%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
82.4 fps ∼51% +29%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
56 fps ∼35% -12%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
36 fps ∼22% -44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (51 - 68.8, n=37)
61.3 fps ∼38% -4%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
76 fps ∼41%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
107.89 fps ∼58% +42%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
71.6 fps ∼39% -6%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
97.8 fps ∼53% +29%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
44 fps ∼24% -42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (65.3 - 82, n=24)
73.3 fps ∼40% -4%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
140 fps ∼62%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
170.21 fps ∼76% +22%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
166.2 fps ∼74% +19%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
71 fps ∼32% -49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (82.2 - 140, n=14)
121 fps ∼54% -14%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
41 fps ∼36%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
62.9 fps ∼55% +53%
Asus GL703GE-ES73
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
26 fps ∼23% -37%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
58 fps ∼50% +41%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
38.3 fps ∼33% -7%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
48.9 fps ∼43% +19%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
39 fps ∼34% -5%
Aorus X5 v8
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
60 fps ∼52% +46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (24 - 42.3, n=59)
38.5 fps ∼33% -6%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
58.78 fps ∼32%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
113.8 fps ∼62% +94%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
108.78 fps ∼59% +85%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
66.4 fps ∼36% +13%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
97 fps ∼53% +65%
Aorus X5 v8
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
113 fps ∼61% +92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (52.6 - 80.6, n=48)
68 fps ∼37% +16%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
134.3 fps ∼50%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
184.7 fps ∼68% +38%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
168.68 fps ∼62% +26%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
165.2 fps ∼61% +23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (91.7 - 139, n=15)
126 fps ∼47% -6%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
115.2 fps ∼43%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
108 fps ∼41% -6%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
139.6 fps ∼53% +21%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
102.6 fps ∼39% -11%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
132.1 fps ∼50% +15%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
111 fps ∼42% -4%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
71 fps ∼27% -38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (82 - 159, n=47)
104 fps ∼39% -10%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
234.2 fps ∼68%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
210.5 fps ∼61% -10%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
231 fps ∼67% -1%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
230.8 fps ∼67% -1%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
155 fps ∼45% -34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (128 - 234, n=28)
181 fps ∼52% -23%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
257.8 fps ∼69%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
227.9 fps ∼61% -12%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
246.3 fps ∼66% -4%
Eurocom Q6
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
246.7 fps ∼66% -4%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
164 fps ∼44% -36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (142 - 258, n=21)
196 fps ∼52% -24%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 300.4257.8234.2115.2fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 200.7134.358.7841fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 183.81407664fps

Stress Test

As always, we subject the test unit to unrealistically high loads to identify throttling and stability issues. With Prime95 running, the CPU cores stabilize at between 2.7 - 2.8 GHz at temperatures ranging from 66 to 77 C. Under Furmark stress, the GPU runs at 1250 MHz with the temperature at 70 C. Simultaneous CPU and GPU stress with Prime95 and FurMark running in parallel results in CPU clock rates around 3 GHz at temperatures of 80 - 82 C, while the GPU fluctuates between 1200 and 1300 MHz at 74 C.

To simulate real-world gaming stress, we run Witcher 3 at the ultra setting. Here, the CPU maintains 3.9 GHz at temperatures of up to 70 C, while the GPU runs at 1600 - 1650 MHz at 71 - 72 C. The fps rate over a couple of hours remain comparatively consistent and follow the day/night cycle, as the graph below shows.

A quick comparison to the predecessors Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition as well as the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 show that the new cooling system with now 4 heat pipes markedly improves the temperature situation, as our review unit runs at least 10 C cooler on average. 

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.7-2.8 - 66-67 -
FurMark Stress - 1250 - 70
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.0 1200-1300 80-82 74
Witcher 3 Stress 3.9 1650 70 71-72

Emissions

System Noise

Asus ROG Strix GL703GM (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark
Asus ROG Strix GL703GM (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark

In addition to the lower temperatures, the system noise level is reduced as well. While the fans are always running even when idling on the desktop, they remain unobtrusive when web browsing, word processing or performing similar tasks. Gaming and maximum load will push the noise level to about 47 - 48 dB. The older GL703VM got quite a bit louder and pegged our meter at up to 55 dB under extreme conditions. From a noise level perspective, the GL703GM performs similarly to competing gaming notebooks, but the fan pitch is fairly bothersome, so we highly recommend headphones for longer gaming sessions.

We did not notice any coil whine or electronic noise on our unit even when running hard drive benchmarks.

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 29.4 / 33.7 dB(A)
Load
41.2 / 48.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.6 dB(A)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Noise
-1%
-0%
-6%
-10%
off / environment *
28.6
28.4
1%
30.8
-8%
30
-5%
30
-5%
Idle Minimum *
29.4
30.2
-3%
31.4
-7%
32
-9%
30
-2%
Idle Average *
29.4
30.2
-3%
31.4
-7%
33
-12%
37
-26%
Idle Maximum *
33.7
30.2
10%
31.4
7%
34
-1%
39
-16%
Load Average *
41.2
38.4
7%
38.6
6%
41
-0%
44
-7%
Witcher 3 ultra *
47.3
49.7
-5%
50
-6%
47
1%
Load Maximum *
48.3
54.5
-13%
44.3
8%
54
-12%
55
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Dual exhaust vents (maximum load)
Dual exhaust vents (maximum load)

The lower internal temperatures translate to lower surface temperatures all around as well. In comparison to the GL703VM, the palm rests remain significantly cooler at less than 25 C when idling on the desktop and the localized hotspot under maximum stress now tops out at a much more acceptable 55 C vs. 65 C before. The WASD key area reaches a maximum of 37 C under prolonged load, which is comparable to other notebooks in this class.


System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Max. Load
 36.8 °C
98 F
54.6 °C
130 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 36.4 °C
98 F
37.2 °C
99 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
 24.4 °C
76 F
23.8 °C
75 F
22.2 °C
72 F
 
Maximum: 54.6 °C = 130 F
Average: 33.1 °C = 92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
41.2 °C
106 F
33.4 °C
92 F
26.2 °C
79 F
34.8 °C
95 F
40.4 °C
105 F
24.8 °C
77 F
25.2 °C
77 F
28 °C
82 F
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  48 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 22.2 °C = 72 F | Raytek Raynger ST
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.1 °C / 92 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 54.6 °C / 130 F, compared to the average of 39.3 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 41.7 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28 °C / 82.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (+0.7 °C / 1.3 F).

Speakers

Asus has also redesigned the speaker system as is evident in the pictures below. The 2x 1.5 W stereo speakers actually sound quite decent, but the GL703GM can in no way compete with gaming notebooks equipped with dedicated subwoofers. Overall volume is low with balanced mids and highs, but bass is lacking as expected. The included Sonic Studio III offers a custom equalizer mode, but of course the software can't overcome the physical limitations. Vibrations can be felt in the palm rests since the speakers sit right below, but there's no shake or rattle even at maximum volume settings. Since the notebook can get quite noisy while gaming as we mentioned earlier, we recommend headphones for a much improved sound experience.

Speaker GL703GM
Speaker GL703GM
Speaker GL703VD
Speaker GL703VD
Asus ROG Strix GL703GM-DS74 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Asus ROG Strix GL703GM-DS74 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.639.12533.836.43132.635.74034.933.75032.233.66331.535.780323810031.243.412528.847.71602856.620028.460.125026.962.931526.46340025.961.550025.762.863024.966.880024.669.2100024.367.612502462.6160024.162.420002463.4250023.867.4315023.759.840002467.2500023.569.7630023.764.9800023.665.91000023.657.81250023.552.71600023.646.2SPL36.377.8N2.744.4median 24.1median 62.8Delta1.34.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Strix GL703GM-DS74Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.72 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 10% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 88% 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%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Since the GL703GM with 120 Hz display doesn't support Nvidia's Optimus technology, idling on the desktop will draw between 19 W and 33 W depending on the power profile and chosen brightness, while gaming will demand about 140 W. The older GL703VM required about 125 W under similar load conditions. Notebooks with the GTX 1070 will consume about 15 to 30 percent more power; the MSI GP62 7REX with GeForce GTX 1050 TI draws 25 percent less.

Maximum load pulls 160 W from the power adapter. Since Asus chose to not upgrade the capacity - the medium-sized adapter measures approximately 15.9 x 7.4 x 2.5 cm and supplies 180 W as before - there's not a lot of overhead at maximum load levels.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.07 / 0.46 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 18.88 / 24.36 / 32.27 Watt
Load midlight 107.74 / 160.28 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, TN WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-an014ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
15%
27%
-2%
-11%
Idle Minimum *
18.88
17.3
8%
14.6
23%
15
21%
22
-17%
Idle Average *
24.36
21.8
11%
17.2
29%
20
18%
28
-15%
Idle Maximum *
32.27
23
29%
17.3
46%
26
19%
35
-8%
Load Average *
107.74
79.2
26%
82.7
23%
97
10%
93
14%
Load Maximum *
160.28
158.2
1%
136.7
15%
239
-49%
208
-30%
Witcher 3 ultra *
142
107
25%
186
-31%
157
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Despite the increase in battery capacity from 64 Wh to 74 Wh, run times have not increased dramatically. Users can expect about 3.5 hours of real-world web browsing with the balanced profile active and the display set to 150 nits, which isn't all that great compared to some competitors - particularly those equipped with Nvidia's Optimus technology. The much more expensive Razer Blade Pro 2017, for example, lasts almost twice as long on a charge.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 33min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 74 Wh
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 51 Wh
Asus GL703GE-ES73
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 64 Wh
HP Omen 17-an014ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 86 Wh
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 70 Wh
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
30%
-21%
3%
18%
75%
-20%
-26%
Reader / Idle
320
303
-5%
347
8%
349
9%
721
125%
241
-25%
259
-19%
WiFi v1.3
213
277
30%
186
-13%
286
34%
267
25%
419
97%
189
-11%
174
-18%
Load
70
38
-46%
47
-33%
84
20%
72
3%
53
-24%
41
-41%

Pros

+ attractive design
+ very good gaming performance
+ remains much cooler than before
+ 120 Hz TN display with improved response times
+ easy maintenance
+ good input devices

Cons

- still a bit noisy under load
- TN display with low viewing angle stability
- fairly dim display
- battery life is mediocre
- no Optimus or G-Sync

Verdict

Asus ROG Strix GL703GM Scar Edition. Test unit provided by Computer Upgrade King. Use code NBCGL703GM for $100 off
Asus ROG Strix GL703GM Scar Edition. Test unit provided by Computer Upgrade King. Use code NBCGL703GM for $100 off

Much better thermal management thanks to a redesigned heat pipe and fan system, slightly less noise, and an increase in performance of between 15 - 25 percent: the GL703GM is a definite improvement over the GL703VD with previous-generation i7 processor. The display swap from a 120 Hz IPS panel to one based on TN technology is a double-edged sword, as response times are of course much improved at the cost of reduced viewing angles. Still, most gamers will likely welcome the change. The build quality is decent, the input devices are solid, and the gaming experience leaves nothing to be desired. 

The battery life unfortunately remains unimpressive, the system fans still gets loud and sound unpleasant under load and the continued omission of a Thunderbolt 3 port might be frustrating to some.

The GL703GM doesn't generate nearly as much heat as the predecessors and is much easier to live with on a daily basis, but some competitors offer a similar feature set for less money.

Asus' ROG Strix models are generally not offered at bargain prices and at a street price of $1600, the GL703GM is not really an exception. The HP Omen 17 with 8th-generation CPU, 144 Hz G-Sync display and a 128 GB SSD / 1 TB HDD combo sells for about $200 less; users willing to step down to the older quad-core i7 processor can pick up a system like the Acer Predator Helios 300 with higher-end GTX 1070 for about $1500.

Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74 - 07/01/2018 v6
Bernie Pechlaner

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Battery
72%
Display
86%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
97%