ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC Gaming Laptop Rocks AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU And Radeon RX 580 GPU

Thinner and lighter gaming laptops are on the horizon, though do not mistake that to mean under powered. As we saw with the unveiling of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, a gaming notebook packing an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU in a chassis measuring just 0.7 inches, gamers can have it all. Following up on that announcement, ASUS has another thin and laptop in store, the ROG Strix GL702ZC.

This one is a little bit chunkier at 1.3 inches and heavier at 7 pounds, but for a gaming laptop it is still pretty svelte. It is also rocking AMD hardware inside.


"The Strix GL702ZC is practically a desktop under the hood. The top configuration comes with a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU based on the exact same silicon as current desktop parts. Variants of the laptop will also be available with the six-core Ryzen 5 1600 and the quad-core Ryzen 3 1200. Overclocking isn’t supported, though," ASUS said.

We like the straightforward honesty from AMD in regards to overclocking. When it comes to unsupported features, companies typically sweep such things underneath the rug. In this case, ASUS was upfront about the lack of overclocking support, which in our opinion is not a big deal on a laptop. We'd rather a portable system run cool and stable than slightly faster and hot.

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In any event, part of the reason for the added weight compared to the Zephyrus is because the ROG Strix GL702ZC is a 17.3-inch laptop. The display will come in multiple configurations, including a 4K derivative that tops out at 60Hz and 1080p variants at 75Hz and 120Hz.

"The high-resolution option is great for content creators and gamers who play less demanding titles, while the high-refresh alternative is ideal for action-packed shooters and fast-paced play," ASUS said.

All of the panel options support AMD's FreeSync technology for smooth game play. ASUS also mentioned "IPS-type panels" offering wide viewing angles across the board, so it looks as though every display option will be high quality. They will also have matte coatings to reduce glare and reflections.

These laptops will support up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory and feature discrete Radeon RX 580 graphics. They will also sport an M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs up to 512GB, along with a 2.5-inch drive bay. And for connectivity, the ROG Strix GL702ZC will offer onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, three USB Type-A ports, a single USB-C port, GbE LAN, a memory card reader, and both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 output.

The ROG Strix GL702ZC will ship later this summer. Pricing has not yet been announced.