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Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 Laptop Review: Slim Gigantic Gaming Notebook with 300-Hz Panel

17-inch, gaming hardware, and compact. Asus wants to combine those characteristics in the Zephyrus S17. With Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super in the Max-Q design and a powerful Intel Core i7-10875H, the basic requirements are fulfilled, and using various tricks, sufficient cooling is supposed to be ensured. Our review clarifies whether this concept also really works in practice.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege),
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS

These days, gaming notebooks from Asus represent innovation. With the particularly small 14-inch Zephyrus G14 laptop, gamers can also play on the road, and with the ROG Zephyrus Duo, they can push content to an integrated second display. In contrast, the Asus Zephyrus S17 would almost look like a classic, if it weren't for the more unusual position of the keyboard. However, not only in terms of the exterior but also the insides, the 17-inch gaming laptop has a lot to offer. With the Intel Core i7-10875H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, it brings a lot of performance. In addition, there is 32 GB of RAM in dual-channel mode and a 1 TB SSD.

Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Processor
Intel Core i7-10875H 8 x 2.3 - 5.1 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 735 MHz, Memory: 1375 MHz, GDDR6, NVIDIA 442.80, Intel UHD Graphics 630
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4-3200 dual channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, Sharp SHP14DC, IPS, G-Sync, glossy: no, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, 1024 GB 
, 890 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combined 3.5-mm audio port
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.7 x 399 x 272 ( = 0.74 x 15.71 x 10.71 in)
Battery
76 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 240-Watt power supply, 65-Watt power supply, Armoury Crate, GameFirst VI, GameVisual, Sonic Studio III, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.62 kg ( = 92.42 oz / 5.78 pounds), Power Supply: 615 g ( = 21.69 oz / 1.36 pounds)
Price
3300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

With this equipment, we compare the Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 with the competing devices listed below. In addition, you can also add more laptops from our database below each chart.

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82 %
08/2020
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
2.6 kg18.7 mm17.3"1920x1080
87 %
06/2020
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.7 kg19.9 mm17.3"1920x1080
84 %
07/2020
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.3 kg18.9 mm17.3"1920x1080
84 %
03/2020
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
3 kg25.5 mm17.3"1920x1080
84 %
02/2020
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.6 kg20.5 mm17.3"1920x1080

Case - A slim 17-incher

When it is closed, the Asus Zephyrus S17 appears very sturdy. The case is made of metal and shows no faults in workmanship at all, which creates a very high-quality impression. When you open up the notebook, a large gap opens at the bottom, which is supposed to optimize the air circulation. However, this also makes it more difficult to carry the laptop around with the lid opened, since the opened bottom plate appears significantly less sturdy than the rest of the Zephyrus S17. Due to this mechanism, the opening angle of the display is also limited to about 140°.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS

The Asus Zephyrus S17 is very large. However, when comparing it to other 17-inch devices, it becomes apparent that it has an average width and is also not as deep as the Lenovo Legion Y740, for example. On the other hand, the MSI GS75 Stealth 10SF and Razer Blade Pro 17 competitors are slightly less deep than our test unit. The weight of 2.6 kg (~5.7 lb) is also at the level of comparable notebooks.

Size Comparison

412 mm / 16.2 inch 305 mm / 12 inch 25.5 mm / 1.004 inch 3 kg6.64 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 295.5 mm / 11.6 inch 20.5 mm / 0.807 inch 2.6 kg5.7 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 2.6 kg5.78 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.7 kg5.99 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.3 kg5.11 lbs

Connection Equipment - A gaming laptop with a Thunderbolt port

Asus forgoes a Gigabit LAN connection and a storage card reader in the Zephyrus S17. On the other hand, several USB 3.2 Gen2 ports and the Thunderbolt 3 connector give users the option to create almost any kind of connection via adapters. 

Due to the large fan vents in the back area on the left and right sides, the connections have moved quite far forward toward the users. This might lead to some obstructions from plugs that are sticking out or cables when using an external mouse, for example.

Left side: power, HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (incl. DisplayPort 1.4), combined 3.5-mm audio
Left side: power, HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (incl. DisplayPort 1.4), combined 3.5-mm audio
Right side: 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3 (incl. DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0), Kensington lock
Right side: 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3 (incl. DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0), Kensington lock
Front: no connections
Front: no connections
Back: no connections
Back: no connections

Communication

The Zephyrus S17 is able to create wireless connections via Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6. With the latter, it achieves speeds of up to 1260 Mb/s when receiving and 1390 Mb/s when sending data in our WLAN test. With this, the Asus gaming notebook offers a very good WLAN performance and is able to lead our test field.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1260 MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=86)
1190 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1182 (1085min - 1338max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1177 (773min - 1353max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1390 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1283 (1089min - 1413max) MBit/s ∼92% -8%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1270 (1080min - 1388max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=86)
1063 MBit/s ∼76% -24%

Webcam

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 with "ROG Eye" webcam
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 with "ROG Eye" webcam

Asus has not equipped the Zephyrus S17 with a webcam but offers this as a separate accessory. The "ROG Eye" webcam, which costs about 160 Euros (~$190), can be fixed to the top of the display and can also be used as an external camera for other devices.

Accessories

In addition to the laptop itself, the box of the Asus Zephyrus S17 includes a 240-Watt power supply for gaming operation and a 65-Watt power supply with a USB Type-C connection, which can be used for regular operation or just charging the notebook. Asus also offers numerous generic accessories that are also suited for use with the Zephyrus S17.

Maintenance

At the bottom of the Asus laptop are numerous screws, which can be removed by the user. After doing this, the bottom plate can be removed above the fans, but this only makes the fans accessible. In order to open the Zephyrus S14 further, a lot of experience is necessary, since the case has to be taken apart completely. To avoid damaging it, we did not do this with our test unit.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Maintenance options
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Maintenance options

Warranty

Asus offers buyers of the Zephyrus S17 a warranty period of 24 months.

Input Devices - Keyboard moved to the front and RGB illumination

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Asus Zephyrus S17 offers a very shallow stroke with a clear pressure point. The rubberized key surfaces prevent fingertips from slipping, and after a little time of getting used to it, longer typing tasks succeed easily. The arrow keys turn out a little smaller, and the image position keys as well as "Home" and "End" share their keys with another function, duplicating key occupancy. In bad light conditions, users can activate the three-step keyboard illumination, which can be individually adjusted with RGB colors.

Due to the keyboard position in front, users have to get their own palm rest. However, because of the slim height of the laptop, this will not be absolutely necessary when the notebook is placed on a table.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Input devices
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Input devices
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Volume wheel
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - Volume wheel

Touchpad

As mouse replacement, there is a touchpad with separate mouse keys for users of the Zephyrus S17. It is positioned to the right of the keyboard, which is a disadvantage for left-handed people. Even though there would be sufficient space, Asus has limited itself to a slightly squeezed version that offers little space for movements to the left and right. The mouse keys respond very reliably, offering a deep stroke and clear pressure point.

Users can also display a number block on the touchpad, which can be operated fairly easily. However, while using it as the number pad, you cannot use the mouse functions of the touchpad.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - touchpad
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - touchpad
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - illumination
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - illumination

Display - 300 Hz and without PWM

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - screen bleeding
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - screen bleeding

In our test configuration, the display of the Asus Zephyrus S17 consists of a 17-inch IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 300 Hz. At 310 cd/m², the average brightness places it in the middle of our test field. The brightness does not drop further during battery operation. However, the brightness distribution is quite low at 76%. In addition to the panel used here, Asus also offers our Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS test model with a refresh rate of 144 Hz.

According to our measurements, Asus does not use PWM to control brightness, so users with sensitive eyes should not expect any problems.

348
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp SHP14DC
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 348 cd/m² Average: 310.2 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 76 %
Center on Battery: 308 cd/m²
Contrast: 906:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.49 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 0.99
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6
96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 74% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.193
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Sharp SHP14DC, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Sharp LQ173M1JW02, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Sharp LQ173M1JW05, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
AUO_B173HAN03, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Chi Mei 173HCE, CMN175F, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-16%
9%
-129%
-140%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5 (2.2, 2.8)
5.6 (2.6, 3)
-12%
5 (2.2, 2.8)
-0%
16 (8, 8)
-220%
17.2 (8.8, 8.4)
-244%
Response Time Black / White *
8 (3.6, 4.4)
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
-20%
6.6 (2.6, 4)
17%
11 (6, 5)
-38%
10.8 (6, 4.8)
-35%
PWM Frequency
26320 (25)
Screen
-59%
-8%
-35%
13%
Brightness middle
308
328
6%
299.4
-3%
310
1%
384.2
25%
Brightness
310
329
6%
299
-4%
281
-9%
357
15%
Brightness Distribution
76
78
3%
84
11%
85
12%
90
18%
Black Level *
0.34
0.35
-3%
0.31
9%
0.31
9%
0.29
15%
Contrast
906
937
3%
966
7%
1000
10%
1325
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.49
4.74
-218%
1.82
-22%
3.86
-159%
1.35
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.97
8.99
-126%
3.91
2%
7.8
-96%
3.45
13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.99
2.12
-114%
1.59
-61%
1.42
-43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.3
6.8
-196%
2.7
-17%
4.48
-95%
1.2
48%
Gamma
2.193 100%
2.2 100%
2.18 101%
2.5 88%
2.23 99%
CCT
6981 93%
6446 101%
6837 95%
7542 86%
6580 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
74
64.8
-12%
67.1
-9%
60
-19%
65.5
-11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
98.6
3%
99.8
4%
93
-3%
98.5
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-38% / -52%
1% / -5%
-82% / -51%
-64% / -11%

* ... smaller is better

With 96% of the sRGB and 74% of the AdobeRGB color spaces, the Zephyrus S14 offers good color-space coverage. Even though the contrast ratio turns out only mediocre at 906:1, it is at a similar level as the rest of our test field. Only the Alienware m17 R2 turns out significantly better. At 0.34 cd/m², the black value is elevated, but this also corresponds to the average in this class.

The CalMAN analysis attests the display of the Asus notebook with a very low DeltaE-2000 deviation of 1.49 (ColorChecker) already by default. This value can be further improved via calibration to 0.99. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded from the link in the window above, to the right of the brightness distribution graphic.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Outdoors, the use of the Zephyrus S17 is very limited. In shaded areas, the display brightness is just barely sufficient to still be able to read the image contents.

Asus Zephyrus S17 vs sRGB (96%)
Asus Zephyrus S17 vs sRGB (96%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Asus Zephyrus S17 vs AdobeRGB (74%)
Asus Zephyrus S17 vs AdobeRGB (74%)
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 outdoor use
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 outdoor use
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 outdoor use
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 outdoor use

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
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.6 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.2 ms rise
↘ 2.8 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 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 (38.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17699 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the Zephyrus S17 has very stable viewing angles. The display content can be viewed from almost any angle without any color distortions.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Zephyrus S17 with a very good gaming performance

Asus clearly targets ambitious gamers with the Zephyrus S17. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q built into our test unit in combination with the Intel Core i7-10875H represents the maximum configuration. Users can also choose an Intel Core i7-10750H and the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 GeForce cards. There are also several different working memory and storage configuration options.

All of the following benchmarks were run using the "Performance" profile and activated graphics switching.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - CPUz
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - CPUz
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - CPUz
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - CPUz
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - GPUz
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 - HWInfo

Processor

Intel's Core i7-10875H is an octa-core processor that can run up to 16 threads simultaneously. The clock speeds are between 2.3 and 5.1 GHz, with the amount of time that high clock speeds can be maintained heavily depending on the built-in cooling system. In our Cinebench R15 constant load test, the CPU in the Zephyrus S17 is able to start with a good value, but then we record a varying drop of performance, which is about 5% lower than the starting value.

In the separate disciplines of CPU performance, the results of the Intel Core i7-10875H in the Zephyrus S17 are sometimes above and sometimes below the average values that we measured for other laptops with this CPU.

Singlecore rendering
Singlecore rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load
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Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS Intel Core i7-10875H, Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1561 (1522.36-1646.36)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz Intel Core i7-10875H, Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1362 (1352.68-1494.38)
MSI GS75 10SF-609US Intel Core i7-10875H, Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1620 (1596.04-1713.21)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1123 (1105.49-1224.89)
Alienware m17 R2 P41E Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel Core i9-9980HK: Ø1640 (1625.22-1699.96)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (190 - 214, n=24)
204 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
201.96 Points ∼99%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
200 Points ∼98% -1%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
198 Points ∼97% -2%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
195 Points ∼96% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼86% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 219, n=609)
161 Points ∼79% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1754 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
1713 (1596.04min - 1713.21max) Points ∼98% +4%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
1646 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1111 - 1833, n=24)
1567 Points ∼89% -5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
1549 (1352.68min - 1494.38max) Points ∼88% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
1225 Points ∼70% -26%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=613)
915 Points ∼52% -44%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=75)
390 Seconds * ∼100% -39%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
389.5 Seconds * ∼100% -39%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (280 - 386, n=16)
326 Seconds * ∼84% -16%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
324 Seconds * ∼83% -15%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
281 Seconds * ∼72%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
280 Seconds * ∼72% -0%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
48397 MIPS ∼100% +8%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
44947 MIPS ∼93%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
44947 MIPS ∼93% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (33674 - 48397, n=17)
42222 MIPS ∼87% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=76)
36861 MIPS ∼76% -18%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
33674 MIPS ∼70% -25%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
33364 MIPS ∼69% -26%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (5232 - 5605, n=17)
5354 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
5284 MIPS ∼99%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
5284 MIPS ∼99% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
5245 MIPS ∼98% -1%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
5232 MIPS ∼98% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5674, n=76)
4873 MIPS ∼91% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
4585 MIPS ∼86% -13%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (461 - 511, n=18)
489 Points ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
483 Points ∼99% +5%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
478 Points ∼98% +4%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
475 Points ∼97% +3%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
461 Points ∼94%
Average of class Gaming
  (340 - 511, n=121)
448 Points ∼92% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
429 Points ∼88% -7%
CPU (Multi Core)
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
4136 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
3917 Points ∼95%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
3885 Points ∼94% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (2800 - 4133, n=18)
3444 Points ∼83% -12%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
3367 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (1530 - 6321, n=122)
2960 Points ∼72% -24%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
2738 Points ∼66% -30%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
8363 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (6988 - 8620, n=16)
7743 Points ∼93% +4%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
7531 Points ∼90% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
7474 Points ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (3448 - 10190, n=59)
6585 Points ∼79% -12%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
5909 Points ∼71% -21%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
1307 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1233 - 1371, n=16)
1302 Points ∼100% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
1278 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
1271 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (874 - 1401, n=59)
1216 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
1128 Points ∼86% -14%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.8 fps ∼100%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.8 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (10.1 - 13, n=15)
11.5 fps ∼90% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 18.9, n=75)
10 fps ∼78% -22%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
9.47 fps ∼74% -26%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
57.8 s ∼100% +21%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 95.8, n=52)
57.3 s ∼99% +20%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (43 - 84.3, n=16)
52.2 s ∼90% +9%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
50.2 s ∼87% +5%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
47.7 s ∼83%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
0.676 sec * ∼100% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.546 - 0.761, n=56)
0.613 sec * ∼91% -5%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.589 sec * ∼87% -1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.583 sec * ∼86%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (0.547 - 0.59, n=15)
0.578 sec * ∼86% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
201.96 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
136.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.62 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1646 Points
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System Performance

In the system performance benchmarks, the Asus Zephyrus S17 achieves results on the level of other laptops with this equipment. We measure the largest deviation in the single "Digital Content Creation" discipline of PCMark 10, where the Asus gaming notebook ends up 11% below the average of its hardware configuration. In daily operation, the system runs very smoothly, not showing any micro-stutters or similar delays. Programs are opened quickly, and files can be accessed without any delay.

You can find out about the performance of other laptops in our tests from our CPU benchmark list.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
9082 Points ∼100% +79%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
8560 Points ∼94% +69%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8240 Points ∼91% +63%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11245, n=289)
6468 Points ∼71% +28%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (4747 - 7296, n=4)
6074 Points ∼67% +20%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
5514 Points ∼61% +9%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5069 Points ∼56%
Productivity
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
8469 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8386 Points ∼99%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
8253 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (7633 - 8386, n=4)
8106 Points ∼96% -3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
8028 Points ∼95% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7749 Points ∼91% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 9077, n=290)
7305 Points ∼86% -13%
Essentials
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
10064 Points ∼100% +10%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
9933 Points ∼99% +9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
9831 Points ∼98% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (9118 - 9599, n=4)
9290 Points ∼92% +2%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9140 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8827 Points ∼88% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 11266, n=291)
8753 Points ∼87% -4%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6370 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
6317 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
6191 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (5682 - 6370, n=3)
6131 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5949 Points ∼93% -7%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
5818 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6825, n=450)
5117 Points ∼80% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5539 Points ∼100% +19%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
5217 Points ∼94% +12%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4780 Points ∼86% +2%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4666 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (4375 - 4666, n=3)
4569 Points ∼82% -2%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
4384 Points ∼79% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=467)
4295 Points ∼78% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4666 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6370 points
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DPC Latencies

The LatencyMon test attests the Asus Zephyrus S17 with increased latencies. Therefore, there can be some interruptions in real-time applications.

LatencyMon - statistics
LatencyMon - statistics
LatencyMon - drivers
LatencyMon - drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
1029.5 μs * ∼100% -127%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
453 μs * ∼44%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
364 μs * ∼35% +20%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

Asus has equipped the Zephyrus S17 with a 1-TB SSD from Samsung, which achieves very good read and write rates in our benchmarks. Even though there are also SSD models in the competing devices that do even slightly better, users will still profit significantly from the fast read and write rates.

You can find out how this SSD fares in the comparison with other storage solutions in our HDD/SSD benchmark list.

Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Lite-On CA5-8D512
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0)
Average Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
9%
18%
1%
4%
7%
Write 4K
120
119
-1%
177.9
48%
101.2
-16%
110.6
-8%
142 (118 - 173, n=11)
18%
Read 4K
45.24
51.87
15%
47.42
5%
44.61
-1%
41.46
-8%
47.7 (43.7 - 51.9, n=11)
5%
Write Seq
2090
2258
8%
2707
30%
2295
10%
2378
14%
1897 (1067 - 2854, n=10)
-9%
Read Seq
2246
2283
2%
2369
5%
2174
-3%
2114
-6%
1803 (973 - 2359, n=10)
-20%
Write 4K Q32T1
392.5
491
25%
427.8
9%
401.2
2%
445.4
13%
449 (268 - 576, n=11)
14%
Read 4K Q32T1
348.4
539.7
55%
543.2
56%
475.5
36%
509.3
46%
498 (348 - 655, n=11)
43%
Write Seq Q32T1
3015
2253
-25%
2703
-10%
2397.2
-20%
2735
-9%
3000 (2936 - 3033, n=11)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
3445
3172
-8%
3387
-2%
3336.8
-3%
3206
-7%
3475 (3195 - 3568, n=11)
1%
AS SSD
-60%
-13%
9%
-27%
13%
Score Total
4283
2392
-44%
3366
-21%
4630
8%
3624
-15%
4780 (3309 - 5810, n=11)
12%
Score Write
2170
1034
-52%
1343
-38%
2034
-6%
1447
-33%
2041 (1471 - 2327, n=11)
-6%
Score Read
1439
913
-37%
1328
-8%
1729
20%
1437
0%
1814 (1154 - 2339, n=11)
26%
Access Time Write *
0.034
0.167
-391%
0.071
-109%
0.039
-15%
0.107
-215%
0.0366 (0.024 - 0.086, n=11)
-8%
Access Time Read *
0.064
0.058
9%
0.076
-19%
0.05
22%
0.051
20%
0.0521 (0.032 - 0.087, n=11)
19%
4K-64 Write
1925.76
812.64
-58%
938.15
-51%
1697.03
-12%
1137.27
-41%
1692 (1074 - 1926, n=11)
-12%
4K-64 Read
1117.55
664.71
-41%
1049.71
-6%
1405.89
26%
1217.48
9%
1520 (878 - 2011, n=11)
36%
4K Write
109.08
90.18
-17%
157.4
44%
94.81
-13%
100.83
-8%
125 (88.2 - 156, n=11)
15%
4K Read
47.24
46.61
-1%
45.46
-4%
42.77
-9%
25.88
-45%
52.9 (45.5 - 61.4, n=11)
12%
Seq Write
1350.94
1314.33
-3%
2479.16
84%
2424
79%
2093.64
55%
2244 (1351 - 2649, n=11)
66%
Seq Read
2743.71
2019.26
-26%
2326.96
-15%
2800
2%
1937.52
-29%
2411 (1950 - 2744, n=11)
-12%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-26% / -31%
3% / -0%
5% / 6%
-12% / -14%
10% / 11%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3445 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3015 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 348.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 392.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2246 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2090 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 45.24 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 120 MB/s

Constant Performance Reads: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics Card

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q used here is currently one of the most powerful mobile graphics cards. With its Max-Q design, it is also distinguished by its energy-efficient operation, which is not the case for the non-Max-Q models. Corresponding to the performance of its graphics unit, the Zephyrus S17 achieves an above-average result in the benchmarks and is able to lead our test field with this. Only in the "Cloud Gate" 3DMark test does the Razer Blade Pro 17 score slightly better.

On our GPU benchmark page, you can find out what performance other graphics cards were able to achieve in our tests.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
32995 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (26292 - 32995, n=9)
29497 Points ∼89% -11%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
29220 Points ∼89% -11%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
27694 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
27203 Points ∼82% -18%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
24066 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=706)
14602 Points ∼44% -56%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
8906 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
8479 Points ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (7372 - 8979, n=10)
8179 Points ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
8065 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
7597 Points ∼85% -15%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
7057 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=242)
5963 Points ∼67% -33%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
23649 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
22391 Points ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (19655 - 23649, n=9)
21644 Points ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
21191 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
18877 Points ∼80% -20%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
18517 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=629)
12159 Points ∼51% -49%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
134255 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
128974 Points ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (101976 - 140750, n=7)
126108 Points ∼94% -2%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
124815 Points ∼93% -3%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
121539 Points ∼91% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
114826 Points ∼86% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=606)
71456 Points ∼53% -45%
3DMark 11 Performance
25058 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
45467 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
19929 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
8883 points
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Gaming Performance

The Asus Zephyrus S17 with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is also able to bring demanding games to the screen smoothly and at high detail levels. All the games we tested ran smoothly without showing any larger drops in the frame rates. Due to the 300-Hz display, the game contents also appear comfortably smooth, but users should decide for themselves whether they can really see any subjective difference to a 240-Hz panel, for example.

Our GPU games list shows what gaming performance in other games you can expect from the graphics unit used here.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (74.3 - 96, n=10)
85 fps ∼100% +3%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
82.6 (69min) fps ∼97%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
81 (72min - 91max) fps ∼95% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
80.9 (75min - 90max) fps ∼95% -2%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK
78 fps ∼92% -6%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
67.5 (61min - 75max) fps ∼79% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=403)
53.2 fps ∼63% -36%
X-Plane 11.11 - 1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
85.3 fps ∼100% +3%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
83.7 fps ∼98% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
82.8 fps ∼97%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
81.6 fps ∼96% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (76.8 - 84.3, n=5)
80.8 fps ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (17.2 - 93.8, n=80)
69.5 fps ∼81% -16%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
126 (108.2min) fps ∼100% +7%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
126 (109.8min) fps ∼100% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
119.6 (103.2min) fps ∼95% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (115 - 125, n=5)
118 fps ∼94% 0%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
117.7 (102.5min) fps ∼93%
Average of class Gaming
  (14 - 134, n=77)
105 fps ∼83% -11%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
135 (117.7min) fps ∼100% +9%
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H
133 (116min) fps ∼99% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
126.4 (110.3min) fps ∼94% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (117 - 139, n=5)
125 fps ∼93% +1%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
124.2 (108min) fps ∼92%
Average of class Gaming
  (15.3 - 148, n=74)
111 fps ∼82% -11%
Far Cry 5 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
101 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (91 - 102, n=3)
98 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (10 - 113, n=56)
72.4 fps ∼72% -28%
Doom Eternal - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
177.68 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (140 - 178, n=8)
156 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (25.9 - 191, n=27)
133 fps ∼75% -25%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1920x1080 High Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (67 - 80.8, n=2)
73.9 fps ∼100% +10%
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H
66.99 fps ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.8 - 108, n=54)
55.4 fps ∼75% -17%

Our The Witcher 3 constant load test running for about one hour with the "Ultra" graphics setting shows a slight but noticeable reduction in the frame rates after about half the time. However, the system is able to recover from this until the end of the test. Users therefore do not need to expect any limitations during long gaming sessions.

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Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR: Ø83.3 (73-88)
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 82.6 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 146.6 135.8 124.2 117.7 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 66.99 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 114 97.6 82.8 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 101 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 177.68 fps

Emissions - Very good speakers

Noise Emissions

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

Producing 45 dB(A), the fans of the Zephyrus S17 can become quite noticeable in the "Performance" profile, slightly interfering with the game play. However, due to the high performance of the Asus laptop, many games can also be played smoothly at high frame rates in the "Quiet" mode. While you can still hear the fans producing an even whirring noise in this mode, the speakers of the gaming laptop produce a sufficient volume to drown out the noise.  

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 35 / 43 dB(A)
Load
44 / 45 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, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.334.633.230.525.335.12537.535.733.630.935.9343136.234.829.926.334.226.24036.339.136.534.434.944.75039.635.734.731.331.537.56334.536.233.125.52534.88028.825.627.725.222.127.610024.62321.321.522.624.112528.623.425.418.717.928.21603226.628.32720.429.720030.129.830.523.315.829.72503021.625.419.613.928.33153021.425.72113.429.74003224.628.320.812.430.950030.924.827.720.612.330.363030.82227.619.911.130.280031.52329.922.410.931.6100031.622.62921.711.231.4125033.524.731.622.113.433.3160034.424.433.52111.734.3200035.424.833.621.311.835.4250035.324.533.820.912.334.8315036.224.934.820.712.735.5400033.620.831.31912.433.2500032.517.929.415.212.832.5630029.316.327.814.112.928.8800025.615.223.913.412.924.31000022.216.819.81412.819.51250020.215.617.713.912.716.81600018.313.514.513.41214.8SPL45.23543.432.124.644.8N52.24.21.60.64.8median 30.9median 23median 28.3median 20.7median 12.7median 30.2Delta2.52.73.12.51.73.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS

Temperature

Our measurements attest the Zephyrus S17 with surface temperatures of up to 59 °C (138 °F) in our The Witcher 3 load test. But since the keyboard area always remains below the 40-°C mark (104 °F), the laptop can still be used comfortably as long as it is placed on a table, for example. We do not recommend using the notebook on your lap during gaming operation.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - top
Full load - top
Full load - bottom
Full load - bottom

During our approximately hour-long stress test with the FurMark a Prime95 tools, the CPU temperatures rise up to 95 °C (203 °F). At the same time, the clock speed drops to about 1.7 GHz, which is significantly lower than the basic clock speed of 2.3 GHz. However, since this still allows for smooth system operation and our stress-test scenario is almost impossible to occur in practice, users should not expect any limitations due to temperatures being too high. In our The Witcher 3 test, the average CPU clock speeds of about 3 GHz were significantly higher than the basic clock speed.

Max. Load
 56 °C
133 F
57 °C
135 F
54 °C
129 F
 
 49 °C
120 F
52 °C
126 F
46 °C
115 F
 
 39 °C
102 F
38 °C
100 F
36 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 57 °C = 135 F
Average: 47.4 °C = 117 F
50 °C
122 F
50 °C
122 F
51 °C
124 F
49 °C
120 F
49 °C
120 F
50 °C
122 F
42 °C
108 F
43 °C
109 F
42 °C
108 F
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 47.3 °C = 117 F
Power Supply (max.)  54 °C = 129 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 47.4 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 33.4 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 57 °C / 135 F, compared to the average of 39.8 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 42.6 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 48.6 °C / 119 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 40 °C / 104 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-11.2 °C / -20.2 F).

Speakers

The speakers of the Asus Zephyrus S17 produce a relatively high volume and a wide sound spectrum. This makes them well-suited for reproduction of media content. With their saturated sound, they also strike a good figure during gaming, so that users don't necessarily have to use headphones or external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.330.12535.932.43134.233.34034.935.85031.536.7632533.58022.129.210022.63912517.958.516020.46420015.865.225013.967.331513.466.540012.469.550012.368.563011.172.180010.970.2100011.269.6125013.471160011.772.3200011.872.5250012.374315012.772400012.468.6500012.868.9630012.966.4800012.959.61000012.859.11250012.756.4160001250.9SPL24.682.5N0.656.8median 12.7median 68.5Delta1.75.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - No endurance with a mediocre battery life

Power Consumption

According to our measurements, the Zephyrus S17 has slightly lower power consumption during operation under low load than is the case for our selected competing devices. Under load, this impression reverses, and the Asus gaming notebook has slightly higher power consumption at times. The maximum value is 206 watts, which means that the included 240-Watt power supply has a sufficient size to always ensure enough power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 2.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10 / 16 / 29 Watt
Load midlight 143 / 205 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-25%
-26%
-18%
-75%
-6%
-20%
Idle Minimum *
10
19.6
-96%
19.2
-92%
15.7
-57%
24.7
-147%
13.5 (10 - 23, n=7)
-35%
18.8 (1.9 - 113, n=784)
-88%
Idle Average *
16
21.7
-36%
22.4
-40%
26.3
-64%
35.9
-124%
17.9 (13.1 - 30, n=7)
-12%
24.2 (6 - 119, n=784)
-51%
Idle Maximum *
29
36.1
-24%
34.7
-20%
28
3%
69.6
-140%
28.3 (15.8 - 42, n=7)
2%
29.8 (8.3 - 122, n=784)
-3%
Load Average *
143
115.6
19%
106.7
25%
136
5%
141.8
1%
125 (94.8 - 156, n=7)
13%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=775)
27%
Witcher 3 ultra *
146
157
-8%
160.5
-10%
160
-10%
185.8
-27%
Load Maximum *
205
219.9
-7%
248.7
-21%
177
14%
235.4
-15%
203 (169 - 211, n=7)
1%
175 (21.9 - 590, n=774)
15%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Asus Zephyrus S17 lasts for barely three hours, which means that it does not last as long as the other gaming laptops in our test field.

Using the included 240-Watt power supply, the battery is completely recharged after about two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 28min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min
Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, 76 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 70 Wh
MSI GS75 10SF-609US
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 80.25 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRHg-81UJ001VGE
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 76 Wh
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 76 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
74%
132%
-1%
37%
41%
Reader / Idle
208
513
147%
229
10%
426
105%
362 (39 - 1174, n=728)
74%
WiFi v1.3
170
296
74%
295
74%
178
5%
290
71%
267 (62 - 622, n=442)
57%
Load
88
243
176%
73
-17%
31
-65%
79.8 (18 - 243, n=696)
-9%

Pros

+ very good gaming performance
+ smooth frame rates also in "quiet" mode
+ 300-Hz display offers an attractive image
+ good cooling system

Cons

- no storage card reader
- no Gigabit LAN
- small touchpad

Verdict - A modern gaming laptop with a lot of performance

In review: Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS. Test unit provided by Asus Germany.
In review: Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS. Test unit provided by Asus Germany.

After a purchase of the Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS, users don't have to worry about the hardware performance of their laptop for a long time. This is completely sufficient for current games, even allowing them to be played in the significantly less noisy "Quiet" mode, where the fans don't sound like an engine room. In our opinion, the cooling design from Asus works, and we were not negatively affected in everyday operation by the resulting re-positioning of the keyboard. However, the slight opening of the case bottom when the lid is opened creates a very unstable impression, so that we would only want to use the Zephyrus S17 on a fixed surface.

The Asus Zephyrus S17 offers plenty of performance that can also be maintained over long time periods due to the refined cooling system.

However, those who want to get the maximum performance from their Asus Zephyrus S17 will sooner or later want to use the "Turbo" mode. Particularly during 4K or VR applications, the performance requirements will be significantly higher than for the Full HD resolution games we tested here. We would worry less about the constant performance than about the noise level. When the fans rev up fully, nothing goes without headphones. But since this is nothing unusual for a gaming notebook, the Asus Zephyrus S17 still leaves a good overall impression.

Asus Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS - 08/16/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
69%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
59 / 10-66 → 88%
Battery
51 / 95 → 54%
Display
87%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
75 / 95 → 79%
Noise
66 / 90 → 73%
Audio
89%
Average
69%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-08-17 (Update: 2020-08-18)
Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.