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RTX 3080 Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 gaming laptop reviewed: The case opens a gap for more fresh air

RTX 3080 Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 gaming laptop reviewed: The case opens a gap for more fresh air
RTX 3080 Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 gaming laptop reviewed: The case opens a gap for more fresh air
In the Zephyrus S17, the hinges simultaneously push the keyboard unit upwards and lift it when the laptop is opened. This allows the case to open a gap in this area, which is supposed to draw in more fresh air. Is this useful and what are the drawbacks?
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Cooling powerful hardware in thin laptops like the Zephyrus S17 continues to be problematic. The Asus ROG gaming device that we just reviewed is running an Intel Core i9-11900H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU, both high-end components that require a lot of fresh air to reduce waste heat.

Some desktop gaming PCs tend to open up their tower cases in order to give their systems more fresh air, and Asus seems to have had a similar idea for laptops. On the ROG Zephyrus S17, the keyboard is lifted up from the rest of the case, creating a gap into the interior and allowing fresh air to be drawn in more easily. Does this work?

Yes and no. The S17's big advantage over most 17-inch competitors is actually its quiet operation - apart from some irritating noise - even when it's under strain. The high-end gaming device is quieter than the competition with the same graphics performance.

But it's still far from cooler as a result. On the contrary, it gets a bit warmer but by no means to a critical degree. At the same time, a question that is difficult to answer in the test remains: Is the potential access for dust and dirt a negative factor for longevity?

There might be a positive effect behind the exotic design, since it makes the Asus laptop run more quietly. Details regarding the unusual design and all other advantages and disadvantages of the very good gaming laptop can be found in our in-depth review.

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Christian Hintze
Editor of the original article: Christian Hintze - Managing Editor - 1628 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 411 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Christian Hintze, 2021-07-18 (Update: 2021-07-18)