ASUS ROG Strix GL503VS Scar Edition Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
So let's see what it's got to offer and find out how it performs in some gaming benchmarks. Let'S start by checking out the hardware specs it's got an Intel. 7700 HQ quad core cpu running at 2.8 gigahertz, which Canterville up to 3.8 gigahertz there's 32 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz, although it typically seems to come with 16 gig for storage, has a 256 gig MDOT to nvme SSD and a 1 terabyte 5400 Rpm hard drive installed for the graphics. We'Ve got invidious 1070 with 8 gig of memory in combination with a 15.6 inch. 1080P 144 hertz IPS panel and we'll see how this performs later in the benchmarks for the network connectivity, there's, a Gigabit, Ethernet port and Intel 8 265 AC, Wi Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The lid has a brushed metallic, look to it and features the ROG logo, which has a mirrored finish and lights up red when the laptops powered on the plastic material inside is smooth and has a carbon fiber. Look to it, which helped a little in hiding fingerprint marks. Overall, I think it's got a nice clean, look to it with that feeling: gamer II, the physical dimensions of the laptop, a thirty eight point: five centimeters in width 26 point two centimeters in depth and 2.54 centimeters in hyatt. Considering the powerful hardware inside, I thought it was fairly thin, but we'll see how the temperatures are later. The total weight of the laptop is advertised at 2.
5, 4 kilos with the battery, which is exactly what I got, and this increases to just under three point: five kilos. When you include the power, brick and cable for charging, as mentioned the screen here is a 15.6 inch, 144 Hertz, 1080p IPS matte panel with g sync. The viewing angles are pretty good. The colors are still clear even on sharp angles. I'Ve also measured the colors produced by the screen using the Spider v and my results, return 98 of srgb, 68 of ntsc and 74 of adobe RGB. So it seems pretty good in terms of color. Reproduction I'd have no issues using this for content creation in to gaming, I've performed my usual backlight bleep test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed, so this is a worst case scenario test. As you can see here, there was no bleed at all. The screen was basically perfect in this regard, although this may of course vary between laptops, while moving the display. There was only a little bit of flex. Overall, it was fairly sturdy owing to the hinges that were placed on the left and right corners, and you can open the laptop with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution above the display is a HD camera capable of 720p video. The camera looks fairly blurry.
Even with some decent lighting, the microphone doesn't sound too bad, although it does seem to pick up some of the fan. Noise from the laptop the keyboard was alright to type with the keys felt a little mushy, but I had no problems using it. There'S RGB backlighting, which can be customized in four separate zones through the included or a software, and you can either set a static, color, a breathing effect or cycle through colors. There was only a little keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard. Where, for all, it was fairly solid and this wasn't an issue while typing? Normally, there are four extra buttons along the top left hand side, including volume up and down microphone, mute and the ROG button, which opens the ROG gaming centre app where you can monitor the system, change, fan, speeds and more just next to those buttons there's, a grill Which is another air intake for the internals? The touchpad was also pretty good. It'S got a nice smooth surface with two physical left and right mouse buttons, which weren't too clicky moving on to the io on the left. That'S the power input, Ethernet port mini DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 port 2, USB 3.1 gen2 on type, a ports and a 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic combo Jack over on the right there's, an SD card reader, USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with Thunderbolt 2 more USB, 3.1 Gen2 on type a ports and a lock slot, there's, nothing at all on the front and on the back there's, some air exhaust vents and the status LEDs can be seen with the lid closed, but they're also viewable from the front when the lids open underneath there's.
Some more air intakes to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both help prevent the laptop from moving around on flat surfaces when in use, and also raise it up slightly to help. Let cool air in the speakers are also found underneath the laptop towards left and right sides, and I found them to sound pretty good. As far as laptop speakers are concerned, there was some bass, although it was difficult to notice at higher volumes, but overall the speaker's still sounded fairly clear, there's, also a panel that can be unscrewed to reveal the m2 slot 2.5 inch drive bay and 2 Ram slots. Allowing you to quickly and easily upgrade these components, which is a pretty useful feature to have powering the laptop, is a 62 watt hour 4 cell battery and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background Apps disabled, I was able to use it for 2 hours and 3 minutes while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings. An invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for 51 minutes, which is about in line with other 15 inch laptops that I've tested it's. Also worth noting that g sync can't be used while running on battery power. Overall, I thought the battery life was a little on the lower side for tasks outside of gaming, as there's no option to swap to integrated graphics here.
So the power hungry 1070 will be in use the whole time during normal use, with an ambient room temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, the CPU idled at 45 degrees, while the GPU set it around ' – and here are the external temperatures, have the laptop will actually be Put in your hands getting to around 35 degrees, or so with the CPU and GPU maxed out for half an hour with the default fan profile using the heaven benchmark and aida64 stress test. At the same time, with the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 99 degrees Celsius, while the GPU peaked at 76. The CPU was thermal throttling by around 25, as it was running so hot, but this stopped. If I removed the GPU load, the keyboard area got a fair bit warmer up to around 43 degrees in the center. Why not manually max out the fans, the CPU temperature doesn't change at all and we're still throttling by about the same amount but we're able to drop a few degrees off the graphics and it does get a bit louder as you'll hear soon. The keyboard area drops down a bit and, despite the internals being quite hot I'm, surprised that this wasn't worse so it does seem to at least do a good job of taking the heat out rather than heating up the laptop itself and in all cases, the areas Where you put your hands like the wrist rests and WASD Keys stayed fairly cool in comparison.
The gaming result was from playing pub G at high settings and we can see that the CPU was still the same, but the GPU is slightly warmer when playing a real game rather than using a benchmark tool. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop I'll, let you have a listen to each of these tests, as you've probably noticed under full load and even while gaming it's fairly loud, definitely louder than most of the other 15 inch laptops that I've tested. However, most of those only run with 1060 graphics or lower so there's more power here in a thinner body, which I think explains these temperatures. I did expect the CPU to run a bit cooler than this, especially considering the extra air intake above the keyboard. Although it's worth considering, it was a pretty warm day here at 26 degrees Celsius inside so your mileage may vary. I'Ll also note that there was no noticeable coil wound, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests were run at 1080p resolution with all windows and Nvidia updates to date installed over watering, really well we're able to take advantage of the 144 Hertz panel at higher or lower settings. However, even at higher setting levels, the average frame rates were still quite high and the game ran nicely. This is my first time testing csgo, as I thought it would be a competitive game that people would actually be looking at.
This laptop for high settings are essentially everything maxed out, while low was everything on minimum settings, even with everything maxed out, the averages was still crazily high and well above the refresh rate of the display, but we can increase those 1 lows by dropping the settings down. Dota 2 isn't too demanding but I'm testing with a fairly intensive replay and to me it still felt extremely smooth. Regardless of setting level used player, unknowns, battlegrounds was tested with the latest one pointer version using the replay feature at high o lowest settings we're. Getting some pretty respectable frame rates, although these can dip down quite a bit as shown depending on what's going on in the game. I really wish this was better optimised. Shadow of war with the built in benchmark did quite well. You'Ll, probably want medium or lower settings. Assuming you want to best utilize that 144 Hertz refresh rate battlefield 1 ran very smoothly and needs medium. Settings are lower to fully make use of the 144 Hertz panel. However, even at Ultra settings the averages are still pretty high and the 1 lows don't change much regardless of the setting level. The Witcher 3 wasn't able to make full use of the refresh rate given a minimum settings but I'd argue that this game doesn't really need it. The rent quite well regardless of the settings watchdogs 2, is a fairly resource, intensive game and another that I don't think really needs a high frame rate to enjoy so averaging.
Around 60 FPS on Ultra settings was a really great experience. Rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark tool and even at max settings we scored over 100 FPS, so most setting levels should be able to make use of our display. Ghost Recon is another fairly resource intensive game and was also tested with the built in benchmark tool and we're, not really getting high enough frame rates for the panel unless we play at minimum settings. But in any case, these frame rates are quite good for this game. Compared to what the laptops I've tested, doom doesn't change much regardless of the setting level used. However, 120 FPS at max settings with fairly high 1 lows, even with OpenGL, meant that the game was running very nicely, expect even more with volcn. Overall, many of these games are able to take advantage of the 144 Hertz refresh rate of the display, thanks to the Nvidia 1070 inside, allowing for extremely smooth gameplay. Although, depending on the game, you may need to put the settings back a bit. Esports titles like overwatch and csgo, run extremely well now onto the benchmarking tools. We'Ll start with the unit in benchmarks, and this is how the laptop performed in heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme and anti aliasing on 8 here's, how the valley benchmark performed with anti aliasing on 8 at various graphic settings. And finally, these are the results from their newest super position, benchmark for the final graphics benchmarks.
I rank fire strike and time spy from 3d mark as well as VR Mark and got some pretty nice scores thanks to the 1070 in Crystal discs. Mark the 256 gig and VM a m2 SSD performed around 3300 megabytes per second in sequential reads about 1200 megabytes per second in sequential, writes, so really excellent, read speeds and, although the writes are lower in comparison, they're still about double that of eSATA 3 based SSD. So pretty nice, the 1 terabyte hard drive gets around 140 megabytes per second in sequential reads, and 120 megabytes per second in sequential, writes pretty good for a 5400 rpm Drive. As for the price, the slept off comes in at 1899, US dollars so you're, definitely paying for all of these nice features such as the graphics, 144 Hertz display and nvme SSD, but as you've seen, it does provide a great experience. So what did you guys think about the ROG Strix GL 5 air 3 vs gaming, laptop 4 masseuse? Overall, I was pretty impressed. This is the first laptop I've used with 144 Hertz screened and combined with g sync and the nvidia 1070 graphics, it's, capable of providing high frame rates in many games, while still being somewhat thin and portable. However, this does result in it running quite warm and loud. So just throw in some headphones and you'll be good to go. Let me know what you guys saw down in the comments and leave a like if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.