The new ROG Strix gaming laptops recently just received the RTX GPU upgrade and we were lucky enough to receive a sample unit from ASUS for this review. Read on to find out what we think of the ROG Strix SCAR II GL704.
- Intel Core i7-8750H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6
- 16 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 (single channel)
- 512 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD
- 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144 Hz, 3ms, anti-glare
What you get in the package:
- ROG Strix SCAR II GL704
- Charging adapter
- User manual & warranty documentation
- ROG Metal sculpture
Since the GL504 & GL704 chassis is less than a year old, there is no reason for ROG to change it. First of all, the ultra-narrow bezels keep the laptop in a small footprint and you can fit it into a bag for 15.6-inch laptops. Even though the overall chassis is still made of plastic, due to the added thickness, the construction of the laptop feels solid in the hands. As for the RGB, You’ll still get the same backlit logo and light strip at the front of the laptop.
The display itself has been kept the same from its predecessor – 1080p Full HD resolution at 144 Hz refresh rate. The 3 ms grey-to-grey response time is impressive for FPS and fast-paced games. The lack of NVIDIA G-SYNC is a letdown especially for a gaming laptop that almost costs RM 10,000. Nonetheless, if you’re in dire of needing the G-Sync feature, perhaps have a look at the Zephyrus series laptops from ROG.
The slim bezels are only applicable to the top and sides. The bottom bezel unnecessarily houses the logo and the nostril-pointing-webcam. If ASUS is capable of releasing ZenBooks with ultra-slim bezels yet able to fit a Windows Hello capable IR camera at the top bezel, what’s the reason for not doing so in their gaming line up as well, right?
Anyway, judging from the fact the new ZenBook is relatively new. We believe they will release the technology to ROG Strix in the next iteration.
The keyboard itself has remained the same throughout the GL-X03 and GL-X04 series. The typing experience on this keyboard has stayed consistent throughout the generation and I have absolutely no complaints about its usability. Design-wise, we can’t help but notice the transparent WASD keys which don’t blend really well with the rest of the laptop’s design.
For RGB fanatics, the 4-zone backlit keyboard is still lacking behind especially when some of their competitors already offering individually backlit keyboards for laptops of this price range.
The trackpad uses the Windows Precision driver and it works just as good as what we’re expecting. It is smooth and the tracking is accurate, at least for Window’s standard. We just hope the size could have been slightly larger for the 17.3-inch laptop. Nonetheless, gamers wouldn’t care to use the trackpad because gaming mouse is still the better choice for them.
We have the same quad-antenna AC WiFi as well as Bluetooth 5.0 from the GL704 (GTX 1070).
There are plenty of ports when it comes to physical connectivities:
- Barrel charging port
- RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
- mini DisplayPort
- 3x USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen 1)
- 3.5mm audio combo jack
- SD card reader
- USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen 2)
- USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen 2)
It seems ROG has chosen to reserve ThunderBolt 3 to their higher-end models such as the ROG Zephyrus.
Windows 10 1809
NVIDIA Driver version 417.71
CPU Single-Core: 4662
CPU Multi-Core: 18306
Time Spy: 6807
Fire Strike: 15934
Port Royal: 3964
The included Intel 660p 512GB PCIe x4 NVMe SSD is so slow that it spells “something is wrong”. We have reached out to ASUS for further clarification on this matter.
|Game||Avg FPS||CPU Max Temp (C)||GPU Max Temp (C)|
|F1 2018 (ultra high)||69||97||86|
|AC Odyssey (ultra high)||40||88||87|
|GTA V (very high)||98||88||87|
|Battlefield V (DXR ON)||55||99||87|
|Battlefield V (DXR OFF)||74||99||87|
While the gaming performance on the GL704 did meet some of our expectations, however, it doesn’t really reflect that well on Overwatch and GTA V. The average frame rates on this 2 games were kind of low. Even though Overwatch at 69 fps is VERY playable, but a GTX 1070 can easily achieve that without any issue. High chance it is due to the driver issue and game’s compatibility with the new RTX cards. So we believe the RTX 2070 can push more frames out the game after a driver or game updates.
Other than the aforementioned 2 games, other games have been performing exceptionally well. Battlefield V with DXR ON and we’re getting average 55 fps is a shockingly great result.
We did raise our concern regarding the temperatures especially for the CPU because it only gets one heat sink while the GPU has two. As you can see from the gaming benchmark, the CPU could reach a whopping 99-degrees Celsius. Besides, the fan noise on this thing is ridiculously loud during gaming sessions.
On the plus side, the GPU temperature is well under control. This makes us believe that SCAR II can even take on the RTX 2080 without any issue.
ASUS has decided to provide a single stick of DDR4-2666 16GB RAM with the laptop because it allows users to easily self-upgrade it. The RAM price has dropped significantly for the past few weeks. Just drop in another stick of 16 gig and you’re good for that extra Chrome tabs.
If you think the 512GB SSD is not enough, you can always opt to self-install an additional 2.5″ SATA SSD or HDD.
The ASUS ROG Strix GL704 SCAR II has the most up to date system with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. Pairing with the modern chassis design, it allows anyone to enjoy the next generation gaming graphics while on the go. We appreciate the capabilities of the laptop itself with just a small qualm over the lack of proper cooling for the CPU itself.
As for the price, the GL704 (RTX 2070) at RM 9,299 is almost RM 2,300 more expensive than the GL704 (RTX 2060). With that being said, we have to point out the fact that ROG Strix uses a standard RTX 2070 card instead of the slower RTX 2070 Max Q. Besides, looking at the bright side, compared to their close competitors, ROG’s price is considerably cheaper, keeping the GL704 RX2070 under RM9,300.
If you’re in the market looking for a high-performance gaming power station with the latest RTX graphics card, perhaps you will be interested with the ROG Strix SCAR II GL704.