Launching today is ASUS” first flagship AMD-based laptop. The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC is the world’s first AMD Ryzen powered laptop and that is not just a feat in itself but also a great sign of resurgence for AMD in the notebook side of things. Given their market presence in the portable space has been relegated to APUs, its incredibly fascinating their highly-celebrated Ryzen processors available in mobile form factor. That being said, it wasn’t an easy feat but through collaboration, AMD and ASUS has managed to put it together and keep it just in reach for mainstream users. If you’re AMD, there’s a lot of reason to celebrate with this release but if you’re Intel you should really be worried right now as the multi-core prowess of Ryzen has proven it can easily dominate their HEDT line at half the price and given notebooks have been in a state of limbo for the past few years with Intel quad-cores being the upper ceiling to performance, the ASUS ROG STRIX GL702ZC marks a milestone in what consumer notebooks may offer soon.
For this particular review, we decided to go all-out in a dedicated head-to-head showdown of performance: the ROG Strix GL702ZC and a fully custom AMD Ryzen 1800X-powered desktop and an ASUS Radeon RX480 OC, just enough to compete with a reference and down-clocked RX 580 found in the GL702ZC. Read on!
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Chipset: AMD B350 Memory: 24GB DDR4 Display: 17.3″ IPS Graphics: AMD Radeon RX580 4GB Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD Dimensions: 415 x 280 x 34 mm (WxDxH) Weight: 3.0 kg ~ 3.2 kg