This combination makes a lot of sense in a full-fledged gaming laptop these days, and comes close in performance to something like the ROG Scar 17, which is based on the Ryzen 9 + RTX 3080, but with a much lower price. At the time of writing, the Ryzen 7 + RTX 3070 Strix G17 version costs $1799 in the US and around 1800-2000 euros here in Europe. For comparison: Variant 3070 of the ROG SCar 17 starts at $2,200 with a Ryzen 9 processor, while variant 3080 starts at $2,600.
Well, the Strix G17 and the Strix SCAR 17 differ in a few other ways as well. The G17 has a standard rubber keyboard instead of Scar’s mechanical keyboard, there is also a difference in materials, audio and RGB elements. Everything else is pretty much the same, though, so I was curious to see how this cheaper model compares to its high-end cousins in terms of feel, performance, and daily temperature.
I also took my time with this test and waited a few weeks after launch until more mature drivers and BIOS versions were available. So for now, our conclusions are essentially what you should expect from this long-term cycle, and it is unlikely that anything will change in future updates.
|2021 ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713QR|
|show||17.3-inch, 16:9, non-touch, matte, Sharp LQ173M1JW04
FHD 1920 x 1080 px IPS panel, 300Hz 3ms with 100% sRGB, with AdaptiveSync
|Processor||Cézanne’s money, the journey 7 5800H, 8C/16T|
|Video||AMD Radeon Vega + Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop 8GB (115W, up to 130W with Dyn Boost drivers, GeForce 461.23)|
|Memory||32GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs, up to 64GB)|
|Storage||1 TB NVMe SSD (2 M.2 PCI x4 slots)|
|Link||WiFi 6 (Intel AX201) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111)|
|Ports||3x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x USB-C gen2 with video, data and charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headset&Microphone|
|Battery||240W power supply + up to 100W charging via USB-C|
|Size||395 mm or 15.55 inches (W) x 282 mm or 11.1 inches (D) x 27.5 mm or 1.08 inches (H)|
|Weight||2.7 kg (5.95 lb), 0.73 kg (1.6 lb) bricks and electric cables, EU version|
|By the way..,||rubber dome for each key backlit RGB keyboard and NumPad, two 4W speakers, no webcam included|
The Strix G17 and the Scar 17 are almost identical in design, with a 17-inch size, yet compact and lightweight, around 6 pounds.
The cheaper Strix G17 loses some of Scar’s weird stuff, like. B. A transparent interior that allows the internal components, KeyStone or a removable ROG hood to be seen behind the display. RGB elements have also taken a step backwards. There is only one adjustable light on the front and sides, but no light bar under the screen and no RGB illuminated logo on the cover. The logo is located on the recessed luminaire of this series, i.e. it cannot be switched off independently.
In terms of materials, the black exterior of the SCAR 17 has a chic and whimsical look, while the dark grey (Eclipse Gray) of the Strix G17 is more practical and hides stains better. As for the plastic used for the interior and armrests, this simpler version on the Strix G17 is not nearly as unattractive as the SCAR’s. The status LEDs are also less distracting in this series, they are still under the screen, but are smaller and muted and less visible when using the laptop at night.
Otherwise, the two 17-inch ASUS models are nearly identical. This means that they are of robust construction, stand securely on the table thanks to the rubber feet on the underside, and are equipped with screens that can be easily picked up and adjusted with one hand.
With both models, they can only go about 140 degrees, as an uneven design prevents further movement and allows the speakers, microphones and some of the inputs/outputs to be removed from the interior and facilitates cooling. In addition, there is a notch in the screen at the bottom of the chin that some of you may not like. Personally, I’m more worried about the constant red light on the power button, the fact that there’s still no webcam or biometrics on this laptop.
The ROs are on the sides of both models, with the USB-A and audio jack on the left and everything else on the back. The Strix G17 doesn’t have KeyStone, which I won’t miss; I’d rather see a card reader on the right edge, but there’s no port for that.
In short, the Strix G17 is a more standard model that lacks some of the details and design features available on the Scar 17. At the same time, the dark gray materials are less prone to smudges and fingerprints, but I’m not a fan of the illuminated ROG logo on the lid, which cannot be changed.
Although the Strix G17 and Scar 17 share the same glass keyboard, the keyboards are the main difference between the two series.
The Strix G17 inherits the Rubberdome keyboard previously used in older 17-inch ASUS models, a full-size format with a smaller NumPad area on the right, small arrows and an extra media key set in the top left corner. These are rubber dome keys with RGB backlighting on each key.
If you’ve read some of my previous articles on ROG, it’s not surprising that I’ve been very successful with this keyboard, which I found to be fast, accurate, reliable, and much quieter than the 2021 Scar 17’s mechanical keyboard. For me, it’s a familiar and reliable font that I can easily get used to every day without much adjustment time.
I’ve always hated that the F1-F12 label on the top row of keys is not illuminated, making it difficult to find the right key in the dark. I have complained about this small but very annoying aspect in the past, but Asus has decided to stick with this keyboard and not change it on this 2021 model. Please correct it next time!
The clickpad is larger than on the 2020 models, it’s made of glass, and it no longer offers those silent physical buttons. Instead, the physical clicks are now rather awkward and the surface clicks when you type harder. Overall, the device was fast, reliable and accurate during the time I spent with the laptop.
As for biometrics, the 2021 ROG Strix G17 doesn’t have one yet.
Unlike the Scar 17, which is available with a variety of screen options, the 2021 Strix G17 only comes with a matte, non-touch 300Hz FHD display.
This is a Sharp panel codenamed LQ173M1JW04, with a brightness of over 300 nits, a 100% sRGB color gamut and a response time of 3 ms. The screen met these requirements in our tests, making it an excellent all-round option for everyday use and gaming. It’s not as accurate and color-saturated as the Scar 17’s new 100% DCI-P3 QHD display, but that’s something to keep in mind if color accuracy is a must for your work.
This is what we got during our tests with the X-Rite i1 Display Pro matrix:
- Panel HardwareID : Sharp SHP14E1 (LQ173M1JW04) ;
- Coverage: 98.9% sRGB, 73.7% AdobeRGB, 76.3% DCI-P3 ;
- Measured range: 2.25 ;
- Maximum luminance at the center of the screen: 353.26 cd/m2 per feed ;
- Minimum brightness in the center of the screen: 16.61 cd/m2 at mains voltage ;
- Contrast at maximum brightness : 1128:1 ;
- White dot: 6400 K ;
- Black at maximum brightness: 0.31 cd/m2 ;
- PWM: No.
The panel is already properly calibrated and Pantone certified. It offers good color and brightness uniformity and little or no light loss. It’s hard to analyze this panel in this price range.
I should add that the 2021 Strix G17 series supports ActiveSync, which eliminates gaps in the game and allows you to smoothly switch from iGPU to dGPU without rebooting. However, this will affect the gaming experience when playing high speed games, as explained in the games section below.
Our test model is an ASUS ROG Strix G17 with average configuration, codenamed G713QR, which is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8C/16T processor, 32GB dual-channel 3200MHz DDR4 memory, 1TB SSD storage, and dual graphics : Nvidia RTX 3070 dGPU with 8GB vRAM and AMD Vega iGPU integrated with AMD processor.
Our review unit was supplied by AMD and is a retail model identical to the one available in stores. It works with software that was available in late February 2021 (BIOS 309, Armoury Crate 18.104.22.168 driver, GeForce 461.40), with patches and updates released a few weeks after launch. This means that I don’t expect any significant changes in future software updates.
More specifically, this 2021 ASUS ROG Strix G17 is built on the latest AMD and Nvidia hardware. The Ryzen 7 5800H is the main mobile processor on AMD’s Cezanne Ryzen 5000 platform, with an 8C/16T, 45W TDP and a slightly lower clock speed than the Ryzen 9 5900HX. The 5900HX is also available in some regions at an additional cost; for most buyers, this is not worth it, as our tests show.
As for the GPU, our configuration runs on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 notebook chip at 115W, already overclocked with the Turbo profile and up to 130W with Dynamic Boost 2.0 in supported titles. This technology allows extra CPU power to be allocated to the GPU when needed (e.g. in games). As far as I know, support for resizable BRs is also available in the BIOS version I tested.
In addition, the notebook has two DIMMs and two SSD M.2 slots. Our device is equipped with 32GB of dual-channel RAM and a fast SSD SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N. However, SSD drives may vary from region to region.
Accessing the components is pretty easy, just open the back panel and hold a couple of Phillips screws. If you carefully lift the bottom panel, it is attached to the motherboard by two straps that feed the LED strip on the front panel. If you pull too hard, the connection may be broken.
Inside, you’ll notice that Asus has increased the battery capacity to 90W and therefore removed one of the M.2 slots, leaving only two. There’s still quite a bit of unused space, especially under the keyboard and around the small speakers, and that’s because the same components should fit in the smaller Strix G15.
In addition to the specifications, Asus offers four performance profiles for the ROG Strix G17 G713QR :
- Quiet – quite loud, with limited speed and power for the CPU and GPU – dGPU is limited ;
- Performance – balanced profile with default CPU/GPU settings, moderately noisy fans – GPUs run at 115W and default clock speeds ;
- Turbo – High performance profile with improved CPU power distribution, faster fans and overclocked GPU (115-130W, +100MHz core/+120MHz memory).
- Manual – same as Turbo, but with the ability to adjust CPU power and GPU/clock power, and manually create fan profiles based on temperature limits.
Turbo/Manual is only available with a connected laptop and is designed for gaming and other demanding tasks. Performance is an asset for all professions, while Silent is made for light everyday use. For the first time for this 2021 generation, both fans can be completely disabled in the Silent profile as long as the CPU/GPU stays below 60 degrees Celsius, allowing for quiet operation in daily use.
This is what you can expect in terms of performance and temperature for everyday multitasking, browsing and video.
For more demanding workloads, we first tested CPU performance by running the Cinebench R15 test 15 or more times per cycle, with a 1 to 2 second delay between each run.
The Ryzen-7 processor stabilizes at a continuous power of 75+W on the Turbo setting, which equates to 3.8+GHz, temperatures of 86-90C, ~2100 points, and fan speeds at the head of about 44-45dB. No decrease in throttle performance was observed throughout the test period.
Switching to the performance profile means the CPU runs at 65W for a while and then stabilizes at 45W, with temperatures in the very low 70s and a fan running at ~40dB.
In silent mode, the processor quickly stabilizes at ~25W with barely audible fans (up to 35dB) and good temperatures (up to 60C). It yields about 1,400 points, about 30% less than those in the turbo profile.
Finally, depending on the power profile, processor performance stabilizes at ~45W on the battery, with an index of 1800+ always being excellent. Details below.
To put these results in perspective, here’s how the Ryzen 7 5800H compares to a few other current AMD and Intel 8C/16T processors in this review :
- 3 to 5% less than the Ryzen 9 5900HX in the ROG Scar 17;
- slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 5800H in the Asus TUF Gaming A15;
- ~15% faster than the Ryzen 7 4800H in the TUF A15 2020, and 10% faster than the same CPU in the Legion Lenovo 5 ;
- ~10-15% faster than the upgraded Core i9-10980HK in the Asus ROG Scar 15 2020 and the MSI GE66 Raider ;
- 20+% faster than the Core i7-10875H in the ROG Scar 17 2020 ;
- 40% faster than the Core i7-10750H in the ROG Strix G17 2020.
We then tested our results with the most demanding Cinebench R23 running test and the dreaded Prime 95 with a Turbo profile. In Cinebench R23, the processor stabilizes at 75+W in Turbo, and only around 65W in Prime95, with constant lower temperatures of ~75 degrees Celsius.
We also ran our combined CPU+GPU stress tests with this laptop. Stress 3DMark runs the same test 20 times per cycle, looking for variations in performance and degradation over time, and this unit passed it perfectly, albeit with a slight outlier indicating a slight decrease in performance as heat increases. We will examine this aspect below.
We then ran all the tests and comparative analysis with the profile of the original turbo in Armoury Crate.
- 3DMark 13 – Shooting : 23478 (Graphics – 26601, Physics – 24535, Combined – 12072) ;
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal : 6438 ;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 10286 (Graphics – 10626, CPU – 8709) ;
- Engine Overlay – 1080p Extreme : 6877 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – Environment 1080p : 17978 ;
- Manual brake 1.3.3 (4K encoding at 1080p): 39.44 fps on average ;
- PassMark 10: Rating: 4900 (CPU: 22348, 3D graphics: 13051, drive power: 25976) ;
- PCMark 10 : 7131 (Fundamentals – 10294, Productivity – 10072, Digital content creation – 9491) ;
- GeekBench 5.33.1 64-bit : Single core: 1446, multi-core : 6918 ;
- CineBench R15 (best mileage) : Processor 2098 kb, single-core processor 230 kb ;
- CineBench R20 (best mileage) : Processor 4974 cc, single core 552 cc ;
- CineBench R23 (best mileage) : Processor 12902 kb, single core 1441 kb ;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 29.38 sec.
Compared to the Ryzen 9 + RTX 3080 configuration of the 2021 Scar 17 notebook, this Strix G17 notebook performs about 10% less in CPU and GPU tests, and 2-5% less in single-core CPU tests. However, there are a few exceptions, such as. B. Multi-Core Handbrake and Geekbench, where this Ryzen 7 stands out with a higher margin.
Compared to the 2020 Intel i9 + RTX 2070 Super 115W configurations (like the one tested in the 2020 ROG Scar 15), we see a 5-10% higher score for most processors in both single- and multi-core tests, with the exceptions of Handbrake and Geekbench. From a GPU standpoint, the 3070 Laptop 115W is about 10-12% faster than the 115W version of the 2070 Super, both overclocked with ROG Boost. I expected more, especially since the 3070 can reach 130W of power in 3DMark.
We have also conducted tests with the Silent Profile if you want to use high loads at low noise levels (<39dB or less).
- 3DMark 13 – Shooting : 13704 (Graphics – 13791, Physics – 18870, Combined – 9404) ;
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal : 3574 ;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 5849 (Graphics – 5604, CPU – 7787) ;
- Engine Overlay – 1080p Extreme : 3067 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – Environment 1080p : 8029 ;
- Manual brake 1.3.3 (4K encoding at 1080p): average transfer rate of 35.95 fps ;
- PassMark 10: Rating: 2647 (CPU beacon: 19453, 3D graphics beacon: 5934, drive beacon: 25678) ;
- PCMark 10 : 6452 (Fundamentals – 10176, Productivity – 8753, Digital content creation – 8079) ;
- GeekBench 5.3.1 64-bit : Single core: 1438, multi-core : 6900 ;
- CineBench R15 (best mileage) : Processor 1695 kb, single-core processor 226 kb ;
- CineBench R20 (best performance): 3800kb processor, 548kb single-core processor;
- CineBench R23 (best mileage) : Processor 9632 kb, single-core processor 1393 kb ;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 35.78 s.
We still see good results, almost no decrease in tests on single-core processors, but a decrease of 15-25% in tests on multi-threaded processors, as the processor runs at ~25W in silent mode with this latest BIOS update. The GPU is also significantly limited during extended workloads, around 55-60W, so GPU scores are about half of what we have on Turbo.
Finally, we also ran some workstation-related loads in this Ryzen 7 configuration, in the Turbo and Silent profiles :
- Blender 2.90 – BMW Autostage – CPU Computing: 3m 19s (Turbo), 4m 24s (Silencer) ;
- Blender 2.90 – BMW Auto Scene – GPU Computing: 34s (CUDA), 15s (Optix) ;
- Blender 2.90 – Cold Scene – CPU: 8m 36s (Turbo), 12m 47s (Silent) ;
- Blender 2.90 – Cool Scene – GPU Computing: 2m 09s (CUDA), 57s (Optix) ;
- Luxmark 3.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPU + GPU score: – ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax : 133.7 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Katia : 115.16 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Creo : 137.45 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Energy : 13.63 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Maya : 176.19 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Medical : 49.9 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase : 67.11 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SNX : 19.54 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SW : 88.33 (Turbo).
And the new SPECviewperf 2020 test:
- SPECviewerf 2020 – 3DSMax : 90.22 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – Katia : 62.32 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – Creo : 80.65 (Turbo) ;
- SPECVIEWERF 2020 – Energy : 26.63 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – Maya : 234.86 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – Medical : 30.82 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – SNX : 20.14 (Turbo) ;
- SPECviewerf 2020 – SW : 169.91 (Turbo).
Mixer results are close for the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 processors, but the Ryzen 9 + RTX 3080 configuration leads the way for most Specviewperf workloads, especially GPUs that can take advantage of the 3080’s 16GB vRAM, such as 3DSMax or Solidworks.
On that note, let’s see some matches. We ran a number of DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles with the default Turbo, Performance and Silent profiles at FHD (internal monitor) and QHD (external monitor) resolutions. Whisper mode is enabled in GeForce Experience in Silent mode, and I’ll explain why below. Here’s what we got:
60 fps (58 fps – 1% low)-113 fps (63 fps – 1% low)
|AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
+ RTX 3070 Laptop 115+W
|FHD Turbo||FHD Turbo, external||FHD performance||FHD Mute (WM On)||QHD Turbo, external|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF)
|118 frames per second (73 frames per second – 1% drop)||126 frames per second (76 frames per second, or 1% less)||108 frames per second (65 frames per second is 1% less)||75 frames per second (57 frames per second – 1% drop)||116 fps -(53 fps – 1% low)|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF)
|64 frames per second (52 frames per second is 1% less)||66 frames per second (45 frames per second, or 1% less)||63 frames per second (52 frames per second – 1% drop)||34 frames per second (28 frames per second is 1% less)||46 frames per second (34 frames per second – 1% drop)|
(DX 11, best preset appearance)
|116 images per second (72 images per second – 1% drop)||–|
|Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA)
|101 frames per second (75 frames per second or 1% less)||110 frames per second (82 frames per second – 1% drop)||99 frames per second (72 frames per second – 1% reduction)||60 frames per second (59 frames per second or 1% less)||97 frames per second (54 frames per second – 1% drop)|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX AUS)
|71 frames per second (47 frames per second – 1% drop)||72 frames per second (47 frames per second – 1% drop)||69 fps (45 fps or 1% less)||50 frames per second (27 frames per second – 1% reduction)||59 frames per second (42 frames per second – 1% drop)|
|Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
(DX 11, Ultra-preset)
|186 images per second (132 images per second – 1% drop)||203 frames per second (158 frames per second – 1% drop)||178 frames per second (127 frames per second or 1% less)||60 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less)||149 fps (110 fps is 1% less)|
|Red Dead Redemption 2
(DX 12, Ultra-optimized, TAA)
|93 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less)||92 frames per second (48 frames per second is 1% less)||91 frames per second (59 frames per second – 1% drop)||58 frames per second (53 frames per second – 1% drop)||80 fps (44 fps – 1% low)|
|Tomb Raider Rise
(DX 12, very high preset, FXAA)
|99 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less)||131 frames per second (59 frames per second – 1% drop)||99 frames per second (48 frames per second – 1% reduction)||60 frames per second (46 frames per second – 1% reduction)||106 frames per second (53 frames per second – 1% drop)|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider
(DX 12, highest preset, TAA)
|94 frames per second (38 frames per second – 1% drop)||104 frames per second (44 frames per second – 1% reduction)||91 frames per second (37 frames per second – 1% drop)||59 frames per second (36 frames per second is 1% less)||90 frames per second (35 frames per second is 1% less)|
|Strange Brigade. (Vulcan, ultra-presumptuous)||176 frames per second (138 frames per second or 1%)||208 frames per second (154 frames per second – 1% drop)||173 frames per second (132 frames per second – 1% drop)||132 frames per second (96 frames per second or 1% less)||146 frames per second (122 frames per second or 1% less)|
|Witch 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Ultra preset, Hair Work On 4)
|113 frames per second (82 frames per second – 1% drop)||122 frames per second (84 frames per second – 1% drop)||110 frames per second (81 frames per second – 1% drop)||65 frames per second (48 frames per second is 1% less)||92 frames per second (75 frames per second or 1% less)|
- Battlefield V, The Witcher 3 – recording with the Fraps counter/in game FPS in campaign mode ;
- Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Strange Brigade, Red Dead Redemption 2, Tomb Raider Games – Registered with reference utilities enabled ;
- Red Dead Redemption 2’s optimized profile is based on these parameters.
Above are the pure grid tests, and also some results for RTX games. For some reason Metro Exodus crashed with the RTX settings, so we’re still at that point.
|Ryzen 7 5800H + RTX 3070 Notebook 115+W||FHD Turbo||FHD performance||FCD Silence||QHD Turbo, external|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)
|87 frames per second (65 frames per second is 1% less)||81 frames per second (62 frames per second – 1% drop)||43 frames per second (37 frames per second – 1% drop)||63 frames per second (48 frames per second is 1% less)|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset + RTX, DLSS quality)
|54 frames per second (43 frames per second – 1% drop)||51 frames per second (40 frames per second is 1% less)||29 frames per second (23 frames per second or 1% less)||44 frames per second (34 frames per second is 1% less)|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider
(DX 12, highest preset, TAA, RTX Ultra)
|73 frames per second (28 frames per second – 1% drop)||69 frames per second (26 frames per second – 1% drop)||–||56 frames per second (27 frames per second – 1% drop)|
Compared to the Scar 17 2021 with the Ryzen 9 processor and the RTX 3080 115W+ laptop, both with the Turbo profile, we see about 8-12% lower frame rates in games. We also assume similar noise levels, about 45 dB at head height.
Because the display signal is routed through the iGPU to run Optimus and ensure smooth transitions between the iGPU and dGPU, the fps signal drops on some titles, especially those with high fps. This ranges from almost no performance loss in heavier GPU games like Cyberpunk to 20% in Strange Brigade. However, on average, the performance loss is around 10% for AAA titles with FHD resolution and higher for titles with lower GPU requirements, such as Fortnite or CS:GO, etc.
Let’s look at the performance logs showing CPU and GPU speed and temperature in Farcry 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Battlefield V and Witcher 3 in different profiles.
Based on my previous experience with Scar laptops, I expected the components to get hot in this Strix G17 as well. The table below gives a more complete overview.
There’s always a difference between games that implement Dyn Boost 2.0 correctly, like Red Dead and CyberPunk, and games that don’t, like Far Cry 5 and Battlefield. In the second case, the GPU reaches an average of 79-83 C in turbo mode, while the CPU reaches a maximum of 87-91 C. In the first case, the CPU peaks at 75-85 C and the GPU at 85+ C on average. Ouch.
Lifting the laptop off the desk to improve air circulation underneath it has a small positive effect on the temperature in the range of 2 to 3 degrees.
The performance profile lowers fans to 42dB at headroom, but also forces the GPU to operate at 85+ C in all tested games without choking the thermal.
On Silent, games are limited to 60 frames per second as long as Whisper 2.0 mode is enabled in the GeForce Experience application at the appropriate temperature.
You can disable WM, which will result in higher fps in some titles, but with occasional fluctuations in GPU performance and slightly higher temperatures. I don’t know if it’s worth it, but I’m open to further experimentation with this mode. Most importantly, you can game on this laptop in a quiet profile, with barely audible fans and pleasant temperatures all around.
There are also a few things you can do to improve the gaming experience on this laptop.
On one hand, you can mix up the fan settings in manual mode and run it at higher speeds and make more noise. As explained in the following journals, the manual profile, which sets the fans to 85% at temperatures above 80 C, results in a slight reduction in CPU and GPU temperatures with a noise level of 48+ dB. At 100%, the fans reach 51+ dB.
You can also disable CPU Boost (as explained here), leaving more room for the GPU. I’ve only tested the effect on Turbo, but this setting can also help when running games with lower noise levels, especially for games with heavy GPUs.
|AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
+ RTX 3070 Laptop 115+W
|FHD Turbo||FHD Turbo, Boost for the Disabled|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF)
|64 frames per second (52 frames per second is 1% less)||66 frames per second (54 frames per second – 1% drop)|
|Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA)
|101 frames per second (75 frames per second or 1% less)||98 frames per second (72 frames per second – 1% drop)|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX AUS)
|71 frames per second (47 frames per second – 1% drop)||72 frames per second (48 frames per second is 1% too much)|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider
(DX 12, highest preset, TAA)
|94 frames per second (38 frames per second – 1% drop)||83 frames per second (32 frames per second – 1% drop)|
|Strange Brigade. (Vulcan, ultra-presumptuous)||176 frames per second (138 frames per second or 1%)||174 frames per second (134 frames per second or 1% less)|
|Witch 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Ultra preset, Hair Work On 4)
|113 frames per second (82 frames per second – 1% drop)||116 fps (90 fps is 1% less)|
Overall performance is similar with and without boost, with similar fan noise of around 45 dB at the head, but with lower CPU temperatures. The exception is Shadow of the Tomb, but in this case the clocks of the lower CPU take a big hit.
Finally, I also connected the laptop to an external QHD monitor to avoid the performance loss that Optimus was talking about. This is what you can expect in terms of temperature and performance when the laptop is unfolded on a desk.
And that’s exactly what happens when you close the lid and put it on a vertical shelf. The results are almost identical, with correct CPU temperatures and high GPU temperatures, especially in games that support Dyn Boost. I expected the closed lid to affect the results in some way, but it doesn’t.
All in all, the Strix G17 is a solid and good player. Components always run in Turbo mode by default, especially the GPU when upgraded to 130W with Dynamic Boost 2.0. You might therefore consider lifting the unit off the table to facilitate airflow to the fans, using a cooling pad, or perhaps increasing the power of the fans in manual mode, but at the expense of the noise level.
The thermal design of the Strix G17 is identical to that of the 2021 Scar 17, with two powerful fans and multiple heat pipes. Asus also noted that this series has better MVRs, as well as liquid metal on the AMD processor.
The fans have only 44-45 dB at head height in turbo mode, which means that in this mode they only increase the speed to about 75-80% of the maximum speed, resulting in the high internal temperatures documented in the previous section.
In maximum mode, which can be manually set in the weapon compartment, they go up to 51+ dB, which means you have to use headphones to block them out. Still, the influence of temperature is noticeable, and even setting the fans to 85%+ RPM (48+ dB of noise) helps.
As for the outside temperatures of the box, they are good. Temperatures are around the WASD and arrow keys in the middle to upper 30 degrees, but some areas in the middle and back of the keyboard reach the upper 40 degrees. Overall, however, the Strix G17 is colder than the previously tested Scar 17.
Besides gaming, this laptop is a true child’s play for daily multitasking, watching videos or streaming. Thanks to the 0dB technology used in this generation, both fans can be completely switched off when using light in the Silent Profile as long as the material remains below 60 C, which is the case in most cases. Both on battery and connected to the mains.
Daily Use – stream Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, quiet profile, fan at 0 dB
* Gaming – Quiet – play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, quiet profile, fan at 38-39 dB
* Gaming – Turbo, on table – play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, fan at 44-45 dB
For network connectivity, this device features Wireless 6 and Bluetooth 5 via the Intel AX201 chip, and so far only Gigabit Lan. Our review sample showed good WiFi performance both close to the router and at over 30 feet with obstacles in between.
Unlike the 2021 Scar 17, which has 4 speakers from this generation, the Strix G17 inherits the previous models’ dual 4-watt audio system that pulls through the bottom slots. It’s not as loud and rich, but the sound is still pretty punchy (at ~80dB) and of good quality, for laptop speakers. If you want better sound, you can plug in a good pair of headphones instead, which will also block out the sound of the fan.
I mean, the camera… Well, there’s still nothing on that show.
All 2021 ROG Strix models, both the 15 and 17 models, contain a 90Wh battery. This is a welcome improvement over the 66W of previous generations.
This is what we got on our test device in terms of battery life, with the screen brightness set to around 120 nits (~60 brightness).
- 14W (~5-7 hours usage)– Google Drive text editing, sleep mode, screen set to 60%, Wi-Fi ON ;
- 9.5 W (~9+ hours of use)– Full screen 1080p video on Youtube in edge mode, silent mode, screen set to 60%, Wi-Fi ON ;
- 8W (~10+ hours of use)– Netflix in Edge full screen mode, silent mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
- 16 W (~5-6 hours of operation)– Side view, power mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
- 80 W (~1+ hours of use)– Games – Witcher 3, power mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON, no fps limit.
The run time is good, although slightly shorter than the 2021 Scar 17 that was tested. The system automatically switches the display to 60 Hz battery power and the iGPU with ActiveSync, and the AMD Ryzen 5000 H platform handles light loads efficiently.
This ROG Strix G17 G713QR configuration comes with a 240W block, smaller and lighter than the 280W variant of the previous model. The battery is full in about 2 hours, with a quick charge during the first half hour, USB-C charging up to 100W is supported.
You won’t be able to use your laptop in Turbo mode when connected via USB-C, but these 100W are more than enough for daily multitasking and even occasional workloads if you don’t want to carry a heavier main brick on the go. A USB-C charger isn’t included with this model, but Asus says you’ll find a 100W PD charger from the ROG brand in most stores this year.
At the time of writing, the Asus ROG Strix G17 2021 is listed in most parts of the world.
The Ryzen 7 + RTX 3070 + 300Hz display variant tested here is available in the US for $1,799 and in various parts of Europe for between 1,800 and 2,000 euros.
High-end configurations with the Ryzen 9 5900HX processor are also available in some regions, while low-end Strix G17 G712QM models with the Ryzen 7 processor and RTX 3060 115W+ graphics notebook should also be in stores in the near future. I would take a closer look at these MQ options, they may even be better than the RQ tested here with the 3070.
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The ROG Strix G17 is a more powerful notebook than the top-of-the-range Asus Scar 17, as it offers luxury materials and features, but doesn’t compromise on performance, display and inputs. In fact, I prefer the conventional rubber dome keyboard of this series to the opto-mechanical keyboard of the Scar 17.
What you’re missing here is a great QHD display, quad-band speakers, better cover materials, and more advanced RGB elements. This notebook is equipped with two speakers on the bottom, a ROG logo on the lid and simpler metals and plastics, but much less prone to stains and therefore easier to use in everyday life.
The Strix G17 on the other hand is a more affordable laptop, with a 3070 configuration starting at $1,799 in the US. And as we discovered in our tests, the performance difference between the Strix G17 G712QR configuration and the $2699 Scar 17 G733QS version (with Ryzen 9 processor and RTX 3080 laptop graphics) is about 10% for CPU-intensive workloads and games, plus slightly more for workloads that could benefit from additional vRAM on the dGPU 3080. Moreover, the components of the Strix G17 and Scar 17 get very hot, as they have the same fan profile and thermal design. Additionally, both laptops use Optimus and thus do not have a MUX switch, resulting in poor performance in games with high FPS.
In short, I think many of you will be interested in the Strix G17 in the coming months, and with good reason: This is a solid, well-performing 17-inch notebook that is not without its quirks and weaknesses. It appears to be more affordable than other 17-inch laptops with 3070 graphics, such as the Gigabyte Aorus X17, MSI GE 75 Raider, and GE76 Raider, and features the AMD Ryzen 5000 hardware platform, a reasonable improvement over Intel’s alternatives in terms of IPC and efficiency, at least until the Tiger-Lake H chips disappear from stores later this year. However, if you are looking to upgrade to a B-brand, I would also look at the Eluktronics and XMG models which have more powerful graphics and a competitive price.
Anyway, this pretty much concludes our review of the Asus ROG Strix G17 G713QR. I’ll go on for a bit, as we’re still doing more testing and trying to determine if we can define these terms correctly, so be sure to post your comments and questions below.
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Andrei Girbea, editor of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been involved in mobile computing since the 2000s, and you will find mostly reviews and detailed tutorials written by me here on the site.
frequently asked questions
Is the Asus ROG Strix G17 in good condition?
Conclusions. The ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713 IPS panel offers full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, a good contrast ratio and a refresh rate of 300Hz. This is combined with fast pixel response times, resulting in sharp images that are ideal for gaming.
Is Rog Strix worth it?
Yes, the ROG Strix is worth it, it’s a great laptop with no compromises.
Why is Rog Strix so expensive?
He’s more expensive because the factory is overloaded, just like his Asus haha. Asus always demands more than its competitors. The other is card design and brand loyalty.
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