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Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050, FHD) Laptop Review

Sleek & affordable gaming? The Asus ROG Strix GL703VD is a 17.3-inch entry-level to mid-range gaming notebook which tries to find the right balance between style, performance and price. Unfortunately, Asus' new notebook runs too hot and is too noisy given the comparatively modest performance of its graphics card.

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In addition to the middle-tier GL502 and GL702-series of notebooks, the new Asus ROG Strix 15.6-inch GL503 and the 17.3-inch GL703 are flanked by the much more expensive ultra-thin Max-Q ROG Zephyrus on one side and Asus' more traditionally-styled, oftentimes much clunkier and heavier gaming notebooks on the other. At the time of writing, the GL703 is offered with seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 HQ processor, 16 or 32 GB of RAM and storage consisting of either a single SSD, single HDD or a combination of the two drive technologies. Note that the GL703 actually compares better to the thicker Strix GL753VD from a hardware perspective, as the GL702 - see our review of the GL702VM-GC102D - isn't even offered with the more entry-level GTX 1050.

Asus plans to release special SCAR (GL703VS) and Hero editions (GL703VM), which will feature faster 120 Hz displays, more powerful GTX 1060 graphics as well as unique aesthetics to appeal to FPS aficionados or the MOBA-crowds. Neither model seems to be available yet at the time of writing. Meanwhile, our “standard” SKU from CUSKA comes equipped with an Intel i7-7700HQ CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256 GB SATA III M.2 SSD in addition to a 1 TB conventional hard drive and sells for $1300.

Competitors are plentiful and include the 17-inch versions of the Acer Predator Helios 300, Acer Aspire V17 Nitro, Asus ROG Strix GL753VDHP Omen 17, MSI GL72M and MSI GS73, to name just a few. Since a few of these notebooks include better graphics, we'll provide an overview of the specs in the table below:

Acer Predator Helios 300 Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Asus ROG Strix GL753VD HP Omen 17 MSI GL72 7RD-028 MSI GS73VR 6RF
CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Panel 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 17.3 inch 1920 x 1080
RAM 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 8 GB 32 GB
Storage 512 GB SSD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 1 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD
Rating 82% 87% 83% 81% 82% 84%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (Strix GL703 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354 - 1493 MHz, Memory: 7000 MHz, ForceWare 382.53, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 PC4-19200
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, no, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
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, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth V4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 414 x 279.4 ( = 0.94 x 16.3 x 11 in)
Battery
64 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 3.5 W w/microphone, Keyboard: RGB (4-zone) chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, ROG Gaming Center, ROG Sonic Studio, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.95 kg ( = 104.06 oz / 6.5 pounds), Power Supply: 520 g ( = 18.34 oz / 1.15 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but at least in our book the Strix GL703 is one of the better-looking entry-level gaming notebooks on the market. The brushed aluminum lid - quite obviously a copy of the lid design the manufacturer uses for their flagship ROG Zephyrus - features a hairline textured finish and a beveled diagonal stripe with the prominent ROG logo off to one side. At first glance, the logo appears to be chrome-colored, but it's actually backlit and glows red when the laptop is turned on. Unfortunately, the lid is a true fingerprint magnet and smudges are next to impossible to avoid. Inside you'll find a narrower-than usual (we measured 13 mm on the sides and 17 mm up top), matte-black bezel with another ROG logo at the bottom. The deck itself is also segmented and features a similar diagonal stripe running from the top rear to the bottom right. The hairline texture is only applied in the upper right triangle, so the palm rests are smooth to the touch. Red heatsinks visible through the exhaust vents also hint at the fact that this isn't just a plain old multimedia notebook, but overall, the GL703 isn't nearly as flashy as some.

The Strix GL703 appears to be well constructed despite the thin design and the rigidity of the base is decent with only very minor creaking sounds when twisting. The hinges are strong enough and hold the display securely up to the maximum opening angle of about 135 degrees; one-handed operation is possible thanks to the heft of the base unit. The keyboard deck does have some flex to it, too, so moderate to strong pressure in the center but also on the right side of the palm rest area will cause visible deflections. The lid twists more easily, but even moderate pressure will cause no visible distortions or wave formations on the display itself. Overall rigidity and sturdiness are definitely a notch above many all-plastic systems.

Size-wise, the Strix GL703 offers a slightly smaller footprint than many other 17-inch gaming rigs and compares best to the HP Omen 17. At just under 24 mm, the notebook is also quite slim and is only bested by the MSI GS73 here, which is just under 20 mm thick. Users wanting to take their gaming system on the road are also better served with the aforementioned MSI notebook, as it is significantly lighter at 2.4 kg than the rest of the bunch at right around 3 kg. Keep in mind though that the weight of the power adapter has to be added to the total lug-around weight as well, in which case our review notebook's total is about 500 g lighter than that of the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro. Of course, users opting for a 17-inch gaming notebook in the first place might not necessarily have portability on their mind, but it’s nice to know that the Strix GL703 is more than just “technically" portable.

Connectivity

Connectivity is decent with 4x USB 3.0 and a single Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen1) port. It would've been nice had Asus included a faster Gen2 port here, but considering that some competitors still have USB 2.0 on board, this isn't entirely unexpected, nor a deal breaker. The Strix GL703 also comes with a mini DisplayPort in addition to its HDMI port, but given the modest graphics performance, 4K displays for gaming are not really an option. The location of the physical ports is well thought out with most located on the left edge of the chassis, so right-handers don't have to worry about cables interfering with the use of a mouse.

Left: power, RJ45, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack
Left: power, RJ45, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack
Right: SD Card Reader, Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen1), 2x USB 3.0, Kensington Lock
Right: SD Card Reader, Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen1), 2x USB 3.0, Kensington Lock
Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity

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SD Card Reader

The spring loaded SD card reader on the right side offers average transfer rates of just over 70 MB/s when copying JPG files and sequential read rates of 85 MB/s according to AS SSD, so it utilizes USB 3.0 as its interface. Most entry-level gaming notebooks are about as fast, but some - like the MSI units and the Acer Aspire V17 - operate at much more middling speeds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Predator Helios 300
 
79 MB/s ∼100% +13%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
 
76 MB/s ∼96% +8%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
 
70.2 MB/s ∼89%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
 
25.9 MB/s ∼33% -63%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
 
23.6 MB/s ∼30% -66%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
 
23.2 MB/s ∼29% -67%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Omen 17-w206ng
 
87 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
 
85.3 MB/s ∼98%
Acer Predator Helios 300
 
84 MB/s ∼97% -2%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
 
27.1 MB/s ∼31% -68%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
 
24.6 MB/s ∼28% -71%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
 
19.9 MB/s ∼23% -77%

Communication

The Strix comes equipped with an Intel 8265 802.11ac WLAN module with Bluetooth 4.2 support. Speeds are decent, but not great - our standardized real-world WLAN test one meter from the Linksys EA8500 test router shows about 408 Mbps and 670 Mbps send and receive rates, respectively - and almost identical to those of the flagship Asus ROG Zephyrus with the same module. During the review period, we didn't experience any dropouts or other connectivity issues. We didn't test the physical RJ45 connection provided by the Realtek RTL8168B/8111B PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet module.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 300
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
696 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
687 MBit/s ∼99% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
670 MBit/s ∼96%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼92% -4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
599 MBit/s ∼86% -11%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
305 MBit/s ∼44% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
664 MBit/s ∼100% +63%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
563 MBit/s ∼85% +38%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
545 MBit/s ∼82% +34%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼82% +33%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
408 MBit/s ∼61%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
342 MBit/s ∼52% -16%

Software

As always, Asus pre-installs their software suite ROG Gaming Center, which provides access to multiple features including the monitoring of system information like the temperature and fan speed, as well as allowing the user to create profiles, change audio settings, or configure macros to launch other software.

Accessories

Aside from the notebook itself, the AC Adapter, the user manual and the warranty card, the colorful box is empty. Asus of course also offers generic accessories like carrying cases and backpacks as well as mechanical gaming keyboards and mice.

Maintenance

Access to the hard drives and the open RAM slot is easy.
Access to the hard drives and the open RAM slot is easy.

Serviceability is comprehensive with the secondary (in our case empty) RAM slot, the M.2 SSD and the 2.5-inch hard drive bay hidden behind an irregular-shaped maintenance cover on the bottom. Cleaning the system fans or accessing the other RAM slot requires removal of the bottom plate, which is also fairly easy to accomplish after 13 Phillips screws - three of which are hidden under the aforementioned maintenance hatch - are removed. Note that even though our review unit is equipped with a SATA SSD, the M.2 slot can accommodate PCIe/NVMe SSDs as well.

Warranty

Asus offers a standard 12-month warranty against manufacturers defects, which also includes a one-year international warranty service, a 30 day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee, 24/7 technical support and free 2-way standard shipping.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Strix GL703VD comes with the RGB Aura keyboard, which features customizable RGB lighting (3 brightness levels + off) and lets the user set various colors and effects across the four colored zones. At close to 2 mm, key travel is a notch above most notebooks, although it's still markedly shorter than the 2.5 mm Asus offers on the ROG Strix GL753VD. Still, depending on the gaming scenario, the shorter drop might not be a disadvantage. The typing experience is a mixed bag: there's a slight curvature to the key caps, which helps the typing accuracy, but the feedback is somewhat lacking and a just a tad too soft for our liking. The space bar is wider on the left side and three of the four arrow keys sit below the keyboard for greater isolation and to improve gaming ergonomics. Speaking of the space bar: while most of the keys are very quiet, the space bar is a little more obtrusive and its clatter might be disturbing to some in noise sensitive environments. There's also a set of four dedicated buttons on the left above the function key row, which allow the user to mute, increase or decrease the volume and launch the Republic of Gamers Gaming Center.

Touchpad

The clickpad, which measures 10.4 x 7.1 cm (4.1 x 2.8 in), utilizes Windows 10 precision drivers and works reasonably well for both cursor control as well as gestures. The surface is smooth, which allows the fingers to glide easily, although moist fingers tend to stick quite a bit during operation. Left and right clicks offer a fair amount of both audible and haptic feedback. Many users are likely going to use an external gaming mouse instead, so the quality of the mouse substitute and its ergonomics might not be of the utmost importance.

The Aura Keyboard Software...
The Aura Keyboard Software...
...makes it possible to customize the four individual RGB zones
...makes it possible to customize the four individual RGB zones
The keyboard features a larger spacebar and isolated arrow keys
The keyboard features a larger spacebar and isolated arrow keys
The touchpad works well, but most users will use a gaming mouse
The touchpad works well, but most users will use a gaming mouse

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The matte 17.3-inch 60 Hz 1080p IPS display is currently the only choice for the ROG Strix GL703. Presumably just for the higher-end SCAR and Hero editions, Asus will make a 120 Hz Full HD display available as well. The same LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5 panel can also be found on the more expensive Dell Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) and the Acer Predator Helios 300. The higher-end version of the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro with a 4K panel from AUO post similar brightness and DeltaE-deviations, but of course it does so at a much higher resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and much better color space coverage (100 percent sRGB).

At an average of just under 400 nits, the panel is quite bright for a gaming notebook. The contrast ratio of almost 1000:1 is also perfectly acceptable, but with a brightness distribution of 85 percent, our panel is not particularly uniform. Backlight bleeding is pretty minor though and not much of an issue during normal operation even when black is displayed.

Please note that time of writing, the GL702 offers G-Sync, while the new GL703 only supports Optimus technology.

390
cd/m²
393.7
cd/m²
387.4
cd/m²
407.2
cd/m²
421.2
cd/m²
393.6
cd/m²
379.7
cd/m²
402.7
cd/m²
358.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 421.2 cd/m² Average: 392.7 cd/m² Minimum: 24.17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 421.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 957:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
86.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.94% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.18
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Helios 300
LG LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), AH-IPS, WLED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
AUO B173HAN01.0, a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 17.3, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Chi Mei CMN1738, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Chi Mei CMN1735 N173HGE-E11, TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GS73VR 7RF
AU Optronics AUO109B, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
Response Times
-5%
-22%
-50%
-40%
-25%
-13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
30.8 (18, 12.8)
36 (18, 18)
-17%
36 (20, 16)
-17%
38 (20, 18)
-23%
29 (14, 15)
6%
38 (19.6, 18.4)
-23%
29 (14, 15)
6%
Response Time Black / White *
20.4 (12, 8.4)
20 (8.4, 11.6)
2%
26 (15, 11)
-27%
26 (15.6, 10.4)
-27%
26 (21, 5)
-27%
26 (16, 10)
-27%
27 (16, 11)
-32%
PWM Frequency
119000 (99)
119000 (85)
0%
200 (95)
-100%
961
-99%
Screen
2%
5%
3%
-44%
2%
9%
Brightness middle
421.2
384
-9%
346
-18%
318
-25%
299
-29%
371.1
-12%
380
-10%
Brightness
393
373
-5%
307
-22%
295
-25%
274
-30%
343
-13%
336
-15%
Brightness Distribution
85
93
9%
84
-1%
79
-7%
80
-6%
86
1%
81
-5%
Black Level *
0.44
0.35
20%
0.26
41%
0.25
43%
0.25
43%
0.42
5%
0.32
27%
Contrast
957
1097
15%
1331
39%
1272
33%
1196
25%
884
-8%
1188
24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5
4.81
4%
4.32
14%
4.7
6%
12.92
-158%
4.5
10%
5.32
-6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.8
8.69
1%
8.05
9%
8.8
-0%
19.91
-126%
9.7
-10%
7.63
13%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5
5.33
-7%
5.76
-15%
5
-0%
13.16
-163%
3.1
38%
4.9
2%
Gamma
2.18 101%
2.45 90%
2.35 94%
2.28 96%
2.36 93%
2.17 101%
2.61 84%
CCT
6882 94%
7137 91%
6447 101%
7374 88%
15046 43%
7120 91%
6558 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.94
56
-11%
59
-6%
61
-3%
60
-5%
61
-3%
87.2
39%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86.1
86
0%
90
5%
93
8%
94
9%
97
13%
100
16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / 0%
-9% / 0%
-24% / -9%
-42% / -43%
-12% / -2%
-2% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Asus promises 100 percent sRGB coverage for the panel on their website, but our own measurements of 86 and 63 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards don't even come close to the manufacturer's claim. The results are pretty typical for most IPS screens in this class of notebook, however. PWM is also used at all brightness levels up to 99 percent, but at 119 kHz, the frequency is extremely high and unlikely to be a problem even for the most sensitive users. The HP Omen's flicker occurs at a very low 200 Hz, which might be an issue for some. 

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Aspire V17 Nitro BE (4K)
vs. Aspire V17 Nitro BE (4K)

Color accuracy and grayscale are decent according to the measurements with our X-Rite spectrophotometer with the maximum DeltaE values just a few points above the average DeltaE. A calibration does improve grayscale significantly - the average DeltaE drops from 5 to 1.5 - but the color accuracy isn't affected as much, although there's definite improvement at the lower saturation levels. Overall the display does its job well and even occasional photo editing is not out of the questions.

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
20.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 8.4 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. » 21 % 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
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 12.8 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. » 16 % 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 119000 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 119000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 119000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Thanks to the high brightness of 400 nits in combination with the non-glare display, outdoor usability  is surprisingly good. Although the display can't overpower direct sunlight, working in the shade or under overcast skies is possible without major caveats. 

Since this is a display based on IPS technology, the viewing angles are very wide with only minor color changes and slight darkening occurring at very shallow and admittedly quite unrealistic angles.

Outdoors - shade
Outdoors - shade
Outdoors - sunlight
Outdoors - sunlight
Good viewing angles stability...
Good viewing angles stability...
...courtesy of the IPS technology
...courtesy of the IPS technology

Performance

At the time of writing, the Asus ROG Strix GL703 is available with two different Intel quad-core processors and various SSD/HDD and RAM configurations, but with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 as the sole graphics option. Asus plans to offer special SCAR and Hero editions down the line, which will feature faster 120 Hz display options and more powerful GTX 1060 graphics. The review notebooks is equipped with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ - lower end models get the Intel Core i5-7300HQ - 16 GB of RAM and both a 256 GB SSD as well as a 1 TB HDD. The lowest-end SKUs feature 1 or 2 TB 2.5-inch hybrid drives (SSH), but our supplier CUKUSA only carries the model with i7 CPU and SSD/HDD combinations. Our SKU comes with a 256GB M.2 SATA SSD; an upgrade to a 256GB M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD costs $40.

Processor

The quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ has a TDP of 45 W and a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz with a Turbo-boost maximum of up to 3.8 GHz for a single core or 3.6 GHz for all four cores. It delivers top-notch performance and is therefore commonly used for higher-end gaming systems and workstations. In our testing, the processor performed slightly slower than expected with single-threaded performance in particular lagging slightly behind its competitors with the same CPU. The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE with the Intel Core i5-7300HQ is about 20 - 30 percent slower when running the Multi-Thread portion of the different Cinebench benchmark tests; single-core performance on the other hand is only 7 - 10 percent slower. Our CineBench R15 Multi-Thread loop test shows very stable scores with no throttling and subsequent decline in performance. 

For more technical information as well as benchmarks please see our dedicated page on the Core i7-7700HQ.  

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼76% +13%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼75% +12%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼75% +11%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼75% +11%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼73% +9%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
143 Points ∼67%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
133 Points ∼62% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼24% +2%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼24% +1%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼24% +1%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼24% +1%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼23% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
503 Points ∼16% -31%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75% +11%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74% +10%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74% +10%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.64 Points ∼67%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.51 Points ∼62% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼30% +3%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30% +2%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼30% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.97 Points ∼29%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.81 Points ∼21% -27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5930 Points ∼55% +8%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5874 Points ∼54% +7%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5488 Points ∼51%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4920 Points ∼45% -10%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22323 Points ∼45% +4%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22143 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21561 Points ∼43%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17618 Points ∼35% -18%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
326 s * ∼4%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
304.65 s * ∼4% +7%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
757.7 Seconds * ∼3% -25%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
608.5 Seconds * ∼3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6839
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21561
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5488
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
59.56 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.97 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.64 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
91.35 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
724 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
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System Performance

Subjective system performance and response is very good thanks to the powerful hardware with primary SSD. Synthetic benchmarks like PCMark 8 confirm our impression and rank the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD similar to other contenders with the GTX 1050, although the system trails competitors with NVMe SSDs slightly, while outperforming those with regular, much slower hard drives.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5116 Points ∼79% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4998 Points ∼77%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4940 Points ∼76% -1%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4735 Points ∼73% -5%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4259 Points ∼65% -15%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4207 Points ∼65% -16%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
7411 Points ∼78% +49%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5225 Points ∼55% +5%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5002 Points ∼52% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4967 Points ∼52%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4777 Points ∼50% -4%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3553 Points ∼37% -28%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4874 Points ∼80% +26%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4216 Points ∼69% +9%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3899 Points ∼64% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
3868 Points ∼63%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3581 Points ∼59% -7%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3444 Points ∼57% -11%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3220 Points ∼53% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3868 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4967 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4998 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 2280 slot supports SATA and PCIE/NVMe
M.2 2280 slot supports SATA and PCIE/NVMe

According to the spec sheet, Asus offers the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD with SSH (up to 2 TB), SATA SSDs (up to 512 GB), PCIE NVMe SSDs (up to 512 GB), or a combination of SSD and conventional hard drives. Our model from CUSKA is equipped with a SATA SSD (SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002) and a 1 TB conventional hard drive (HGST HTS721010A9E630). Swapping the SATA drive for a much faster 256 GB NVMe drive costs $40 at the time of purchase, so users wanting the highest read and write speeds should definitely consider an upgrade. Performance of the SanDisk SSD is good according to CrystalDiskMark 3.0, but of of course restricted to the maximum SATA-throughput of 6 Gbps. The secondary 7200 RPM hard drive performs exceptionally well with average read rates of 116 MB/s according to HD Tune.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM (Primary SSD)
CDM (Primary SSD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
Acer Predator Helios 300
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
MSI GS73VR 7RF
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
67%
5%
157%
-88%
149%
Write 4k QD32
214.2
404.5
89%
267
25%
504.7
136%
1.102
-99%
355.3
66%
Read 4k QD32
327.3
457.7
40%
344.6
5%
587.9
80%
1.068
-100%
454.1
39%
Write 4k
49.93
125.5
151%
76.21
53%
155.6
212%
1.022
-98%
131.5
163%
Read 4k
26.18
34.29
31%
28.4
8%
59.93
129%
0.582
-98%
48.5
85%
Write 512
339
425.9
26%
267.8
-21%
805
137%
58.35
-83%
747.6
121%
Read 512
321.5
579.6
80%
325.8
1%
846.3
163%
45.57
-86%
445.2
38%
Write Seq
444.4
568.6
28%
270.2
-39%
1176
165%
127
-71%
1609
262%
Read Seq
476
899.2
89%
493.1
4%
1606
237%
135.3
-72%
2459
417%
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
Transfer Rate Minimum: 309.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 335.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 325.9 MB/s
Access Time: 0.125 ms
Burst Rate: 141 MB/s
CPU Usage: 13.9 %

GPU Performance

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 is used in many entry-level gaming laptops as well as multimedia notebooks. In our comparison, systems with the GTX 1050 Ti will outperform the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 by roughly 15 - 20 percent according to 3DMark 11. Systems with the much more powerful GTX 1060 pull ahead by about 80 percent when it comes to raw GPU performance.

Please check our dedicated GPU page on the GTX 1050 for additional benchmarks and comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8802 Points ∼49% +22%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8687 Points ∼48% +20%
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8619 Points ∼48% +19%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
8495 Points ∼47% +17%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7238 Points ∼40%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6859 Points ∼38% -5%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
5655 Points ∼31% -22%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
15607 Points ∼31% +99%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
14785 Points ∼29% +88%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14666 Points ∼29% +87%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14556 Points ∼29% +85%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9482 Points ∼19% +21%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7855 Points ∼15%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7769 Points ∼15% -1%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
12009 Points ∼30% +92%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11546 Points ∼28% +85%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11384 Points ∼28% +82%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
10984 Points ∼27% +76%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6242 Points ∼15%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6230 Points ∼15% 0%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Predator Helios 300
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
82678 Points ∼45% +111%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ
59879 Points ∼32% +53%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
46269 Points ∼25% +18%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
39126 Points ∼21%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
38907 Points ∼21% -1%
3DMark 11 Performance
7751 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
20414 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5642 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2765 points
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Gaming Performance

Although the GTX 1050 can't compete with the higher-end GTX 1060, it is still suitable for many older games at the native Full HD resolution and maximum settings. Modern 3D games will require reduced resolution and/or details to run stutter-free. When playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, notebooks with the GTX 1060 achieve frame rates that are approximately 80 percent higher.

Please check our dedicated GPU page on the GTX 1050 for additional benchmarks and comparisons.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
35 fps ∼22%
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
65.7 (min: 57, max: 75) fps ∼41% +88%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
58.4 fps ∼36% +67%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
32.2 fps ∼20% -8%
MSI GS73VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
51 fps ∼32% +46%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
43 fps ∼23%
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
77.8 (min: 72, max: 88) fps ∼42% +81%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
68.7 fps ∼37% +60%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
38.4 fps ∼21% -11%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
73 fps ∼33%
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
135.3 (min: 125, max: 148) fps ∼60% +85%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
111.4 fps ∼50% +53%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
63.3 fps ∼28% -13%
1024x768 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
117 fps ∼38%
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
203.1 (min: 194, max: 212) fps ∼67% +74%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
115.4 fps ∼38% -1%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
110.4 fps ∼36% -6%
low med. high ultra
Dirt 3 (2011) 208.6178.2168110.8fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 186.4159.1154.169fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 100.792.481.441.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 358257.716977.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 237.6178.3158.864.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 103.795.160.450fps
GRID 2 (2013) 150111.8101.474.4fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 52.24845.825.1fps
Thief (2014) 77.371.269.244.1fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 119.27341.223fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 117734335fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 46.437.934.3fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to reveal throttling or stability issues. With Prime95 running, the CPU cores start out at a steady Turbo-speed of 3.4 GHz for 15 minutes, before frequent dips down to 3.1 – 3.2 GHz start occurring. After an additional 15 minutes, the cores once again stabilize at a 3.4 GHz. The temperature increases from an initial 47 C at idle to a maximum of 96 C. The scores of the Cinebench R15 Multi loop test don’t fluctuate much at all, however, which the graph below clearly shows. 

Furmark on its own will bring the GPU clock to between 1400 - 1430 MHz with the temperature increasing from 60 C to about 66 C.  Simultaneous CPU and GPU stress with Prime95 and FurMark running in parallel results in initial CPU and GPU clock rates of 3.4 GHz and 1417 MHz at temps of 64 C and 94 C. Clock rates drop very slightly at the two-minute mark; 20 minutes into the test, the CPU clock speed has eroded to about 2.6 – 2.8 GHz with the GPU still maintaining around 1400 MHz. At the one-hour-mark, temperatures  stabilize at 92 and 72 C, respectively.

To simulate real-world gaming stress, we run our Witcher 3 test.  Here, the GPU maintained a rock-solid 1645 MHz for the duration with the temperature remaining under 71 C at all times. The CPU on the other hand gets initially very hot at a maximum temperature of 96 C. Switching between “Overboost” and “Auto” Fan Mode had no perceivable impact on the fan speed and recorded temperature. Interestingly enough, the CPU eventually drops down to only 1.1 GHz, although the recorded frame rates fluctuates minimally depending on the day-night cycle, but remain within the expected range even when running the test for longer than one hour. 

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.1-3.4 - 90 -
FurMark Stress - 1400-1430 - 66
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.6-2.8 1400 92 72
Witcher 3 Stress 1.1 1645 64 63
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The Witcher 3 ultra

Emissions

System Noise

GL703VD (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
GL703VD (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

The GL703VD is one of the slimmest 17-inch systems and it's one of the noisiest as well. At idle and very light loads, the fans are barely audible. Moderate loads increase the fan noise quickly to about 36 dB, while maximum loads produce about 53 dB, which is higher than any other system in our comparison. Still, the fan noise isn't really high-pitched and thus not that obtrusive compared to some others, but still bothersome in the long run. When Witcher 3 is running, we measure about 46 dB, which ties the Acer Predator Helios 300, but still remains behind the HP Omen 17, which emitted 48 dB.

Our review notebook produced a fair amount of coil whine during the various SSD benchmark tests. When performing standard office tasks and while gaming, the electronic noise is not really noticeable, however.

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.4 / 30.4 dB(A)
Load
36.4 / 53 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 27.9 dB(A)
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
Acer Predator Helios 300
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
MSI GS73VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Noise
-6%
3%
-12%
-4%
-1%
off / environment *
27.9
31
-11%
30.7
-10%
30
-8%
30.8
-10%
28.1
-1%
Idle Minimum *
30.4
31
-2%
30.7
-1%
34
-12%
32.4
-7%
30.8
-1%
Idle Average *
30.4
32
-5%
30.7
-1%
35
-15%
32.4
-7%
30.8
-1%
Idle Maximum *
30.4
33
-9%
31.4
-3%
36
-18%
32.8
-8%
30.9
-2%
Load Average *
36.4
44
-21%
32.1
12%
47
-29%
40.9
-12%
42.2
-16%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46
46
-0%
42.8
7%
48
-4%
44.4
3%
Load Maximum *
53
50
6%
42.8
19%
52
2%
43.6
18%
48.6
8%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

It might surprise some that Asus thus far hasn't released a notebook in the ROG Strix GL703-series with a higher-performing graphics card. One possible explanation: even with this fairly entry-level GTX 1050 GPU, the notebook can get extremely hot. Granted, idle temperatures are fairly flat and low across the board, but moderate-to-high loads increase the temperature in the rear quadrants directly above the CPU and GPU to a very uncomfortable maximum of nearly 70 C. The touchpad (at less than 30 C) and the WASD-area (35 C) stay remarkably cool, however. Still, given that the super-slim Dell XPS 15 UHD with the same CPU/GPU combo only reaches a maximum of 53 C (when running Witcher 3), we can't say we're really impressed with the temperature management and the dual-fan / multiple heatpipe design. Asus obviously needs to go back to the drawing board here to keep the temperatures better in check during prolonged periods of load.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Idle (top)
Idle (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
Max. Load
 48.2 °C
119 F
68.8 °C
156 F
50 °C
122 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
57.4 °C
135 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
29 °C
84 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 68.8 °C = 156 F
Average: 42.7 °C = 109 F
60 °C
140 F
58.8 °C
138 F
62 °C
144 F
33 °C
91 F
53.2 °C
128 F
35 °C
95 F
29.8 °C
86 F
30 °C
86 F
33.4 °C
92 F
Maximum: 62 °C = 144 F
Average: 43.9 °C = 111 F
Power Supply (max.)  47 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Raytek Raynger ST
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.7 °C / 109 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 68.8 °C / 156 F, compared to the average of 39.2 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 62 °C / 144 F, compared to the average of 41.6 °C / 107 F, ranging from 21.1 to 78 °C for the class Gaming.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 39 °C / 102 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 31.4 °C / 88.5 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 (-2.7 °C / -4.8 F).

Speakers

Despite the fact that our measurements don't attest the two downward/sideways firing speakers on the left and right edges better-than-average performance, the sound output is actually quite pleasing for the most part with very balanced mids and highs and still an audible amount of bass. At maximum volume - which isn't really that loud to begin with - the speakers sound very compressed and tend to distort. Given that the notebook is also quite noisy when playing games, we recommend hooking up headphones for a better experience.

The speakers are angled and fire downwards as well as sideways
The speakers are angled and fire downwards as well as sideways
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 Highs2039.938.42536.234.23134.634.34032.836.25031.732.46332.132.78030.732.910029.835.612528.941.416028.147.520027.453.125026.959.931526.963.94002662.850024.961.963026.463.980025.466.2100024.861.4125024.459.3160024.164.2200023.566.2250023.562.4315023.463.4400023.662500023.458.6630023.353.7800023.257.91000023.254.41250023.253.91600023.347.8SPL36.374.5N2.735.4median 24.4median 59.9Delta1.65.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 72% 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, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

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

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Since the GL703 supports Optimus - the GL702VM offers G-Sync only - the idle power consumption of around 12 W is significantly lower than what we measured for the latter notebook (~ 20 W). In fact, when idling, our review notebook consumes less than any other notebook in our comparison, including systems with the same lower-end graphics card. Medium loads are in line with the other notebooks, but at maximum load levels, notebooks with the GTX 1060 consume up to 25 percent more power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.076 / 0.81 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.8 / 11.6 / 12.3 Watt
Load midlight 82.4 / 135.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Predator Helios 300
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, AH-IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GS73VR 7RF
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Power Consumption
-24%
-16%
-42%
-30%
-66%
-52%
Idle Minimum *
5.8
7
-21%
7.8
-34%
11
-90%
9.6
-66%
14.2
-145%
10.5
-81%
Idle Average *
11.6
13
-12%
13.3
-15%
18
-55%
15
-29%
23.5
-103%
20.5
-77%
Idle Maximum *
12.3
20
-63%
16.6
-35%
24
-95%
16.5
-34%
23.8
-93%
22
-79%
Load Average *
82.4
81
2%
73
11%
84
-2%
104
-26%
90.9
-10%
91
-10%
Load Maximum *
135.5
162
-20%
140
-3%
146
-8%
129
5%
171.6
-27%
155
-14%
Witcher 3 ultra *
97
127
-31%
118
-22%
101
-4%
116
-20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

As we mentioned above, the GL703VD uses Optimus and not G-Sync, so the iGPU is utilized as well for less demanding 2D tasks. Thanks to the fairly large 64 Wh battery and very modest power consumption, the resulting runtimes of real-world WLAN use are quite amazing for a 17-inch notebook: our review laptop lasted over 7 hours before we had to plug it back in. With judicious use, the battery should easily last the entire workday, provided demanding tasks like gaming are avoided.

Speaking of gaming: battery use curtails the GPU performance by almost 20 % according to the graphics score of the 3DMark 11 benchmark test. CPU performance is not affected, however.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 24min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 12min
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 64 Wh
Acer Predator Helios 300
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 48 Wh
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 43.2 Wh
MSI GS73VR 7RF
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 65 Wh
Battery Runtime
-28%
15%
7%
-52%
-50%
Reader / Idle
804
611
-24%
618
-23%
795
-1%
327
-59%
301
-63%
WiFi v1.3
429
279
-35%
374
-13%
380
-11%
203
-53%
163
-62%
Load
72
54
-25%
130
81%
96
33%
40
-44%
55
-24%

Pros

+ slim, sturdy and upscale-looking design
+ bright, usable 1080p display
+ NVMe M.2 SSD + 2.5-inch HDD bays
+ hardware is easy to access
+ decent keyboard
+ great battery life

Cons

- runs way too hot under load
- can get very loud
- no G-Sync or 120 Hz display option (need to step up to GL703VS/VM)
- no other GPU options
- average touchpad

Verdict

We are left with a mixed impression: on one hand, the Asus ROG Strix GL703VD is a well-built and extremely slim 17-inch gaming notebook which performs well, features decent ergonomics and comes with a very bright and reasonably accurate matte Full HD display. The combination of primary SSD and platter-based drive for storage improves perceived performance and the notebook rivals some Ultrabooks when it comes to the battery runtimes.

There are some significant drawbacks as well: for a notebook with a more or less entry-level GPU, the GL703VD is simply too noisy and it runs way to hot as well - at least under extreme loads, as surface temperatures will be much cooler while gaming. At a maximum of 53 dB and with temperatures approaching 70 C, the laptop can get as loud and as hot as some gaming behemoths with desktop CPUs and top-of-the-line graphics cards. At this point, we can only hope that Asus revamps the cooling system for the upcoming SCAR and Hero editions with more powerful GTX 1060 graphics.

As it stands now, we unfortunately see no compelling reason to choose the Strix GL703VD over the many other available GTX 1050 gaming notebooks.

Users looking for a portable and higher-performing thin-and-light 17.3-inch notebook might consider the Strix GL702-series instead. Even when equipped with a GTX 1070, the GL702 remains substantially cooler and doesn't get as noisy. A version with GeForce GTX 1070, i7-7700HQ, 12GB of RAM and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD sells for just $200 more than the review notebook at the time of writing.

Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 - 10/31/2017 v6
Bernie Pechlaner

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Battery
89%
Display
84%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
77 / 95 → 81%
Noise
81 / 90 → 90%
Audio
70%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
76%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Bernie Pechlaner, 2017-10-17 (Update: 2017-10-27)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).