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Asus ROG Zephyrus S17: A Large Gamer with the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

A good cooling system meets good performance: The Asus ROG Zephyrus S17
A good cooling system meets good performance: The Asus ROG Zephyrus S17
It has been a long time that notebook gamers had to use fat gaming giants. Thanks to refined cooling concepts and hardware that has shrunk significantly, slim laptops can also offer outstanding performance.
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While at this point, the design of the Asus Zephyrus devices is not brand new anymore, it still contributes to good cooling of the hardware. The fact that it also changes the position of the keyboard is not as detrimental to the operation as it might look at first. Only the shrunk touchpad needs some getting used to, but in most cases it will be replaced by an external mouse anyways.

When you open the notebook, it becomes apparent that Asus has not just drilled some vent holes through the case from top to bottom. Instead, together with the lid, the bottom of the case will also open slightly, ensuring significantly better air flow. However, this design has the disadvantage that users should always place their notebook on a fixed surface. If you carry the notebook around in opened state, the open bottom plate does not offer any sturdy support.

In our test of the ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS, the Asus gaming notebook presents its best side. Although the 300-Hz display is not particularly bright, it shows a very beautiful picture. However, whether a large difference to a 240-Hz panel would be noticeable, is another matter. 

Thanks to the good cooling, gamers also won't have to be constantly annoyed by loud fan noise with the Zephyrus S17. When games are played in Full-HD resolution, the "Quiet" performance profile is easily sufficient for smooth frame rates beyond 60 fps on the notebook display. Since the fans will run very moderately in this mode, the headphones can stay at home, because the internal speakers produce a saturated sound that is very well-suited for games.

Our review shows all the capabilities of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 overall.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 424 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
contact me via: @mornoc_mw, Xing
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-08-19 (Update: 2020-08-20)