ASUS this week introduced the industry’s first gaming laptop powered by AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor. The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74 is a 17.3” desktop replacement machine that uses the desktop-class CPU and a powerful GPU to offer peak gaming performance to its users. Since the system relies on numerous desktop-class components and an inexpensive FHD display panel, the final pricetag not too high for a gaming notebook, with the laptop launching for $1499. Meanwhile, ASUS will also offer an even more affordable version powered by AMD’s six-core Ryzen 5 1600, as well as a more advanced model with a 120 Hz display panel.

To a large degree, the ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC can be considered to be AMD’s flagship mobile gaming platform, as it supports all of the company’s latest technologies and can scale in terms of performance and pricing to satisfy different requirements and customers. In fact, the ROG Strix GL702ZC is the first all-AMD gaming laptop in years as makers of mobile PCs avoided AMD’s FX-series CPUs due to power consumption and did not use AMD's APUs due for gaming computers because of performance concerns. The notebook relies on a a couple different AMD 65W desktop processors — the six-core Ryzen 5 1600 or the eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 — as well as AMD’s Radeon RX 580 GPU with 4 GB of memory (the manufacturer does not disclose specs of the part, but we are investigating). The graphics processor supports AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology for both internal and external displays. Speaking of displays, ASUS will offer GL702ZC with either 60 Hz or 120 Hz FHD IPS panels, so FreeSync support will be especially handy in the second case. To cool down the two key chips of the notebooks, ASUS uses its Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system featuring heat pipes and two fans that are said to cool down the CPU and GPU independently.

Moving on to other internal parts of the ROG Strix GL702ZC. The GL702ZC-WB74 model that ASUS is formally introducing today comes with 16 GB of DDR4 memory, a 256 GB SATA SSD, and a 1 TB hard drive. Meanwhile, more advanced configurations may expand DRAM to 32 GB, upgrade the SSD to 512 GB, and install a 1 TB SSHD or a fast 7200 RPM HDD. By contrast, entry-level configs are going to feature 128 GB SATA SSDs.

As for I/O capabilities, the ROG Strix GL702ZC looks like a fairly standard model here. The notebook comes with a GbE port, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C header, an SD card reader, an mDP 1.4 port, an HDMI output, an HD webcam, a TRRS jack and so on. The machine features a Chiclet keyboard with marked WASD keys, 30-key rollover support as well as an isolated numeric pad.

With two display outputs, the ROG Strix GL702ZC can handle a couple of external monitors (with FreeSync support), which is okay for a relatively inexpensive gaming machine. In addition, the HDMI port and three USB-A connectors allow users to plug VR headsets to the laptop to play virtual reality games.

The machine is not as bulky as flagship offerings featuring more advanced GPUs and storage sub-systems But since the ROG Strix GL702ZC is still a desktop replacement laptop, it is rather thick (34 mm) and heavy (3 – 3.2 kilograms). ASUS does not disclose specific battery runtime figures, but a 76 Wh battery should provide enough time do an urgent work while on the go.

ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC
  ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74
Display Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution 1920×1080
Type IPS
Refresh 60 Hz with AMD FreeSync
Response Time unknown
Color Gamut 72% NTSC
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
(8C/16T, 8 MB, 3/3.7 GHz, 4 MB L2, 16 MB L3, 65 W)
PCH AMD B350
Graphics AMD Radeon RX580 with 4 GB of GDDR5
RAM 16 GB DDR4 (expandable to 32 GB)
Storage SSD 256 GB SSD SATA
HDD 1 TB HDD with 5400 RPM spindle speed
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Ethernet 1 GbE controller
USB 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort with FreeSync
1 × HDMI with FreeSync
Audio 2 × speakers
Microphones
3.5-mm audio in/out TRRS connector
Keyboard Chicklet RGB-backlit keyboard, 1,6-mm travel, 30-key rollover
Specially-marked WASD keys
Other I/O HD webcam, SD/MMC card reader
Battery 76 Wh, 4 cells
Dimensions Width 41.5 cm | 16.3"
Depth 28 cm | 11"
Thickness 3.4 cm | 1.33"
Weight 3 - 3.2 kg | 6.6 - 7 lbs
Price $1499

The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74 is already available in the U.S. from the ASUS Store, Amazon, and other retailers at an MSRP of $1499. Keeping in mind that we are talking about a notebook based on an eight-core processor (a rather unique feature) and a fairly high-end GPU (for a portable PC), this laptop does not seem to be overpriced. In the meantime, it will be very interesting to see how much ASUS will charge for the lower-end SKU with the Ryzen 5 1600 as well as the higher-end model with a 120 Hz display and a 512 GB SSD.

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  • MonkeyPaw - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    Any chance that you guys will review it? I’m curious how the components would perform since there likely isn’t as much thermal headroom versus a standard desktop machine. Reply
  • IGTrading - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    You need to review it Ian. :) You know you do!

    We're curious as well.

    I'm a bit disappointed that ASUS didn't include an interchangeable DVD-RW drive as well.

    Also, I have no idea why that's just a SATA SSD and not a more up to date solution. I find no reason for this.

    Another bizarre thing is the fact that they've used a smaller battery when compare with the other ROG notebooks.

    I know this makes it a bit lighter, but I would have happily taken those extra 200 grams for an extra hour of battery life despite this being a DTR.

    ASUS made some weird design choices on this one ....
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    The SATA SSD is probably so that they can offer RAID0 SSD and HDD configurations using the same chassis without needing 2 2.5" bays and 2 m.2 slots. Reply
  • IGTrading - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    The rumors are that the inferior surface temperature on this model is more than 10 degrees Celsius lower than on the other ASUS ROG offerings with Intel's 8core Skylake.

    It's nice to see an AMD notebook which is cooler and way more powerful than its Intel-based counterpart.
    Reply
  • itsjustaprankbro - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    Why, ASUS, WHY?!
    The CPU would make sense. It would. Hook up a big pipe (like ROG team does on GPUs) and you get a killer CPU performance. But using one of the most horrible GPUs ever made to power this beast? WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

    Pair this thing with a 1060 6GB or 1070 and it would have been a match made in Heaven. I seriously don't know what ASUS is thinking from time to time. This is just plain dumb.
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    I suspect AMD may be sponsoring this model in some way shape or form. Reply
  • Agent Smith - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    Freesync needs an AMD GPU so its a great match.

    Also they’ve already got plenty of nVidia laptops already.
    Reply
  • deksman2 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - link

    Considering that the RX 580 in this laptop is restricted to 68W but still performs pretty much on par with GTX 1060 in actual games, and even surpasses it in some DX12 titles... your statement seems to be one made in ignorance and potential bias.

    The only reason the RX 580 desktop seems inefficient is because its made on a manuf. process not suited for higher clock speeds.
    Asus could have easily restricted the RX 580 in this laptop to 80W like GTX 1060 usually is, and would still squeeze out MORE performance out of it using same or better efficiency.
    Reply
  • Fhp - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - link

    Horrible gpus ever? There is far worse gpus out there bud. Besides you no at this resolution the 580 will tackle any game on ultra at 60 fps. You know how graphics cards work right?

    Try some research before saying somthing assinine
    Reply
  • Alexvrb - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - link

    Ellesmere on that 14nm process actually becomes WAY more efficient with lower clocks/voltages. You're basing your statement (which was a bit silly to start with) on desktop cards (mostly non-reference) where power is a secondary concern to things like cost:performance. Also, they are using binned chips.

    Personally I hope AMD releases a lower-TDP Ryzen for desktop, maybe 45W. It would be great for SFF desktops and DTR laptops. Ryzen APUs will obviously come in lower TDP variants but they tops out at 4C/8T for this generation.
    Reply

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