Saturday, June 3rd 2017

ASUS Showcases the First Ryzen Powered Laptop: The ROG STRIX GL702ZC

At Computex 2017, ASUS showcased the first Ryzen-powered laptop, which the company had already teased a while back. The STRIX brings to an end a period of lacking competition in the laptop space; before this, if you wanted a high-performance gaming (or even professional-grade) laptop, you went with one with an Intel processor inside, or not at all. AMD is back in the fold, and Ryzen was the one who rose to the challenge.

The ROG STRIX GL702ZC packs a Ryzen 7 1700 8-core, 16-thread CPU; the absence of an X there isn't a typo, considering AMD themselves say the company's XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) is meant to accelerate CPU speeds under the right thermal conditions (and headroom), which a laptop almost surely wouldn't have.) This is a full desktop CPU (and I stress, an 8-core, 16-thread one) running inside a laptop. And this laptop dresses itself fully in red, with the graphics workhorse being an RX 580. The RX 580 is a great 1080p card, so it will feel right at home on the ROG STRIX GL702ZC's 17.3", 1080p IPS panel with FreeSync support. Let's just hope this is the first in a wave of AMD-powered laptops. We'll be here to see what happens with Ryzen-based APUs closer to the end of the year.
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11 Comments on ASUS Showcases the First Ryzen Powered Laptop: The ROG STRIX GL702ZC

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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Should come at better(cheaper) prices than intel/nvidia gaming laptops.
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drade
Pretty nice combo there. I am optimistic to see the change in mobile platforms utilizing AMD Ryzen CPUs! Wonder how much these will launch MSRP?
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HD64G
That's a first for an 8-ore/16-threads notebook me thinks. And the 580 in it should be underclocked to 800-900 to consume only 65W. Not any problem for 1080P with freesync though imho. Good start for the Ryzen notebook line. Let's hope more will come with the Ryzen 1600 and 570 for even less expensive notebooks with still more than enough power into them. Monitor quality and features will be crusial to sell though. 1080P, IPS and freesync are a must for 2017-2018 gaming notebooks.
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#4
drade
HD64G said:
That's a first for an 8-ore/16-threads notebook me thinks. And the 580 in it should be underclocked to 800-900 to consume only 65W. Not any problem for 1080P with freesync though imho. Good start for the Ryzen notebook line. Let's hope more will come with the Ryzen 1600 and 570 for even less expensive notebooks with still more than enough power into them. Monitor quality and features will be crusial to sell though. 1080P, IPS and freesync are a must for 2017-2018 gaming notebooks.
100% agreed very excited to see this
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#5
plåtburken
P4-630 said:
Should come at better(cheaper) prices than intel/nvidia gaming laptops.
I doubt this laptop would be cheaper than the typical gtx1050 or 1050ti intel/nvidia combo.
It would be most likely be at same price range as the gtx1060 intel/nvidia combo.
I am very very very interested in how this Ryzen laptop is cooled,
The R7 1700 and RX580 are heavy duty gear and draws a lot of power, so cooling must be super.
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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
plåtburken said:
so cooling must be super.
Or not....
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plåtburken
P4-630 said:
Or not....
I suspect that, BUT who knows.
Will be interesting when they finally release some benchmarks and tests an so on.
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Bruno_O
HD64G said:
That's a first for an 8-ore/16-threads notebook me thinks. And the 580 in it should be underclocked to 800-900 to consume only 65W. Not any problem for 1080P with freesync though imho. Good start for the Ryzen notebook line. Let's hope more will come with the Ryzen 1600 and 570 for even less expensive notebooks with still more than enough power into them. Monitor quality and features will be crusial to sell though. 1080P, IPS and freesync are a must for 2017-2018 gaming notebooks.
Yeah, 900~1000 I'd say, Polaris is a very efficient chip as long as you stay < 1v.
My undervolted (950mv) 4GB RX580 uses ~90W running at 1280 / 1860, fans never go over 20%.
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plåtburken
Bruno_O said:
Yeah, 900~1000 I'd say, Polaris is a very efficient chip as long as you stay < 1v.
My undervolted (950mv) 4GB RX580 uses ~90W running at 1280 / 1860, fans never go over 20%.
Pretty sure, there must be some profile implemented for the GPU when the laptop is running battery only, so that it underclocks and undervolts properly to use less than 65 and 90 watt.
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#10
9700 Pro
I'm pretty sure they use binned GPUs with low leakage.
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#11
kn00tcn
Raevenlord said:
The ROG STRIX GL702ZC packs a Ryzen 7 1700 8-core, 16-thread CPU; the absence of an X there isn't a typo, considering AMD themselves say the company's XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) is meant to accelerate CPU speeds under the right thermal conditions (and headroom), which a laptop almost surely wouldn't have.) This is a full desktop CPU (and I stress, an 8-core, 16-thread one) running inside a laptop.
excuse me, all of the (r7) cpus have XFR, it has nothing to do with the X in the model number

XFR is merely 100mhz on the best models, so it's not really much of a boost... nothing to do with form factor, it's simple wattage, anyone is free to use a terrible cpu cooler or cramped case to get a bad temperature that can be worse than a laptop

a laptop is fully capable of a 65watt cpu with whatever gpu power they decide to add

mine for example is 45w cpu with i dont know how much a 570m is, the power brick is 180w, but there are more high end gaming laptops that go up to 230w or possibly beyond...

so putting a large desktop cpu isnt a big deal when there are those historical laptops using SLI, quite a lot more power
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