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ASUS ROG Strix G17 Review : Heavy Gamer with Ryzen 9 and RTX 3070 | Tech Reviews

ASUS ROG Strix G17: Heavy Gamer with Ryzen 9 and RTX 3070 | Tech Reviews

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The ASUS ROG Strix G17 is a gaming notebook that comes with fairly powerful hardware and was one of my most interesting tech reviews.

 

Like the previous model , the current iteration of the great gamer also dispenses with unnecessary frills and concentrates on the essentials. Strong CPU, high-performance graphics card, rapid display, much faster memory. The price is currently* at 1899 euros (2017.48 USD).

Display 43.9 cm (17.3″), mattes IPS-Display
Resolution 1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (Full HD), 16:9-Format, 144 Hz, 250 nits
Processor AMD Ryzen™ 9-5900HX Processor
8x 3,30 GHz, 4.60 GHz; 16 MB Cache
Chart Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB)
RAM 16GB DDR4 (3200MHz)
expandable to 32GB
Hard Disk 1000 GB SSD PCIe
Network 802.11 ax Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.1
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Connections 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen Type-C (inclusive DisplayPort)
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3,5mm Combo
1x LAN
Battery lithium polymer, 4 cells; 66 Wh, screwed
Input devices Fully backlit keyboard with number pad (Aura Sync RGB)
Touchpad with 2 physical mouse replacement buttons
Sound 4 watt stereo speakers
Camera
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Dimensions 39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 ~ 2.83 cm
Weight ca. 2.95 kg (incl. battery)

 

Angular design with plenty of RGB

Subtle is different. The ROG Strix G17 is a bulky notebook. The large ROG logo on the display lid immediately catches the eye. After switching on, the RGB festivals follow. There is a light strip on three sides and of course the keyboard also flashes.

The feel is right. THE ROG Strix G17 feels premium and robust. The case makes a good impression, but unfortunately it is susceptible to fingerprints, at least on the top. But they can easily be removed with a damp cloth.

As befits a 17.3” notebook, the keyboard has a number pad. The distance between the keys is not too big. It should be slightly wider to ensure a good typing speed right from the start. But as with most keyboards, the same applies here: A little getting used to it and then longer texts are no problem.

Above the keyboard are five special keys for audio, light and fan control. The arrow keys are slightly lower and smaller. You can feel them without having to look directly, but they should have been a little larger for my personal taste.

The touchpad reacts quickly and precisely. The lower edge can be used as a mouse replacement button. Most will hardly use it, but connect a mouse.

The display has very narrow frames on three sides. You have to do without a webcam for this. Although, given the average performance of notebook webcams, I’m not sure if renunciation is the right word here. If you install the MyAsus software, you can use your smartphone as a webcam. And if you’re one of those gamers who really gets their desk dancing: the hinges always keep the display in the desired position.

The processing is impeccable. But that has to be the case at this price. There are no burrs or edges, the gaps are narrow and even. The surface can only be dented with considerable pressure. That’s how it should be.

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Plenty of connection choices

The ports of the ROG Strix G17 are distributed on the left side and the back. There are no connections on the right.

All connections that you do not have to constantly access are on the back. These include the USB-C port, a USB-A port, LAN connection, HDMI and power connection.

On the left side you will find two more USB-A ports and the 3.5mm jack port.

The right side remains empty. Too bad, because a card reader could have been accommodated here.

Nimble 17″-Display with 144 Hz

The 17.3” display offers you strong and rich colors with good contrast. It has a Full HD resolution and displays all content so beautifully sharp. If you’re a number fan: the display has a PPI value of 130. Thanks to the IPS panel, it also offers large viewing angles. It is therefore not a problem to sit in front of the display with several people.

Thanks to the 144 Hz refresh rate, everything on the display looks nice and smooth. Of course, this is especially true when gambling. Fast shooters in particular benefit from the high Hz number and are really fun.

The brightness is unfortunately not record-breaking. ASUS states 250 nits. This is perfectly sufficient for indoor use, but you should avoid direct light.

Unfortunately, there is no information on the color space coverage. The predecessor covered 96% of the sRGB color space and 74% of the AdobeRGB color space. The values ​​should be similar here. In plain language, this means that the display is qualified for simple image processing. For really color-critical work, however, you should plan for an appropriate external monitor.

No pre-installed Windows

The ROG Strix G17 comes without an operating system. So you need a USB stick with at least 8 GB memory, the Windows Media Creation Tool and a little time. If you’ve never installed a Windows version before, you can find our step-by-step guide here . The Strix G17 immediately recognizes the boot stick and guides you through the installation. Then just update the drivers and you’re good to go.

The advantage is that you don’t get any annoying bloatware. Disadvantage: You have to install Windows yourself. Armory Crate (downloadable) is necessary for controlling the fans and lighting. If you want to use your smartphone as a webcam, MyAsus is another option (download from the Microsoft Store).

Perfomance

The Ryzen R9-5900HX offers you massive performance with eight cores. It is supported by 16 GB of RAM and a fixed SSD. So you are really well equipped in everyday life.

The built-in Nvidia RTX 3070 ensures high to very high frame rates with maximum detail levels, especially in Full HD. It also cuts a fine figure in WQHD. 4K should still be fun with medium details.

However, the hardware is not only predestined for gaming, but also for creative tasks. Demanding tasks like video editing don’t bother the ROG Strix G17. Videos with many effects are rendered quickly even in 4K and there is no throttling even under really high load. So it works.

Audible fans. But this is no problem

Gaming notebooks like to get loud. This also applies to the ROG Strix G17. The hardware just produces a lot of hot air and it has to go somewhere. In this case to the back and to both sides.

The background noise changes depending on the load. So you won’t be able to do without a headset when gambling. Otherwise, the background noise would simply be too unpleasant in the long run. But there is no annoying whistle. The ROG Strix G!7 simply rushes along. The temperature is well under control. It never gets more than lukewarm anywhere.

Apart from intensive tasks, you will only rarely hear the gaming notebook and then only quietly.

Easy to open – with a stumbling block

Access to the interior is easy. All you have to do is loosen eleven Phillips screws on the underside and then you can pry open the base plate. However, you have to be careful when opening it, because it is connected to the mainboard with two ribbon cables. The cables control the RGB strip on the bottom.

If you put the base plate aside, you can simply swap out the two RAM bars. If the memory is too tight for you, you can also install a second M2 NVMe SSD in 2280 format. The battery can be replaced if necessary. It is only screwed and not glued.

Full marks at this point for the ROG Strix G17.

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Conclusion: ASUS ROG Strix G17

The ROG Strix G17 is not one of the bargains at currently* 1899 euros. But it’s a good overall package. The hardware gives you enough power for all tasks for the next few years. And if you run out, you can easily upgrade. The display is fast and scores with beautiful and intense colors. Gambling is really fun with it.

The workmanship leaves nothing to be desired and the keyboard and touchpad do their jobs as they should: reliably and without attracting attention. The fans, which are loud under load, are not a problem since there are no annoying whistles. After all, they are the price for strong hardware.

As I said: The ROG Strix G17 is a good overall package that has a fair price in view of the high performance and many features. Do check out more tech reviews for Asus products here by exploring different tags.

Hocainehttps://fadvices.com
A full time tech enthusiast with a passion for writing. Religiously follow everything new happening in the tech world and share my two cents with my audience here.
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