ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC Gaming Laptop Boasts AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU And Radeon RX 580 Muscle

When we talk about gaming notebooks these days, the majority of the time they are powered by Intel Core processors. However, ASUS is throwing a little bit of variety in the mix with the release of its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Strix GL702ZC laptop. The ROG Strix GL702ZC has the distinction of being the world's first gaming laptop that is powered by an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor.

In this case, the processor in question is a Ryzen 7 1700 with eight cores capable of executing 16 threads. The 65W TDP processor has a base clock of 3GHz and a max turbo speed of 3.7GHz. If that wasn't enough, the ROG Strix GL702ZC also has a Radeon RX 580 graphics card (4GB VRAM) lurking within to power your games and demanding VR applications.

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Now we have to remember that both the CPU and GPU were originally destined for desktop applications, so it should come as no surprise that they are crammed into a 17.3-inch class notebook chassis. The display has a resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD) with a 60Hz refresh rate and is backed by AMD FreeSync technology.

Other specifications of note include 16GB of DDR4-2400 SDRAM (taking up two SO-DIMM slots), a 256GB SATA II SSD and a 5400RPM 1TB SATA HDD. Wireless communications are handled by 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. External ports are plentiful with one USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, full-size GbE, and a 2-in-1 media reader. Given that this notebook is being marketed at gamers, it has a red backlit keyboard with specially-marked WASD keys, anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover and 1.6mm of key travel.

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The laptop measures 16.2 x 10.83 x 1.34 inches and weighs in at a burly 7.05 pounds. Powering the beastly machine is a 76 WHr battery (although ASUS doesn't give any battery life figures).

The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC is available today from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy for $1,499.