ASUS ROG Chimera G703 Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction

Ah gaming laptops. They've been around for ages and it has only been in the most recent times that the performance has backed up the claims. It is almost a given that you have to accept that the desktop equivalent will be both more affordable and better performing.

However, recent developments in GPU and CPU efficiency combined with improvements in design have meant that some recent GTX 10x0 based gaming laptops have matched up to their desktop brethren. It is with this knowledge that we take a look at the first in a range of ROG gaming laptops, the G703.

Sporting all of the latest hardware including a GTX 1080 GPU beating at the heart of it, and in a chassis befitting of the Republic of Gamers branding, we're excited to find out if the trend towards genuinely powerful laptops is upwards and if the G703 can match the frame rates we've seen from the desktop Pascal GPU.

Technical Specifications

There are a few different hardware configurations available for the G703. Thankfully our review sample contained exactly the choices we'd make ourselves if it was our money, Core i7-7820HK, Windows 10 Pro, 1080P 144Hz GSYNC display. At only 17 inches any 4K display is almost entirely pointless or a guarantee of a trip to the optician. Whereas the benefits of 144Hz are readily apparent.

At 4.8 KG the G703 is one of the heaviest laptops we've reviewed, but as even the slimmest, lightest laptop is hardly something easily portable we'd definitely be willing to expend a tiny bit more energy lugging it about if it delivers the goods when we get down to playing.

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Most Recent Comments

26-10-2017, 12:23:48

evilcorp
Great review TTL. Having spent a lot of time with the Alienware 17 with a similar high end spec and then the MSI GT75VR the Chimera seems very interesting.

The cooling system looks very good im glad the Asus has separate cooling fans and heat pipes for both the cpu and gpu. It sound like at 96c the cooling solution is doing a good job of keeping the 7820hk under control. I suspect with better thermal paste and a slight undervolting you could probably get <90c overclocked. The price is about what I would have expected. I just hope that the EU gets 2 years rather than the paltry 1 year asus offers on some of their higher end laptops.

How was the panel? was there any flex in it? Did it look great? How did it sound?Quote

26-10-2017, 13:24:02

VonBlade
Panel looked amazing, no flex (as I mentioned) and it sounded as good as you'd expect a high end laptop to sound.Quote

26-10-2017, 13:39:10

Wraith
330W

Not bad at all for a gaming laptop, very impressed given that it's a desktop GPU. Kudos Asus.Quote

26-10-2017, 13:49:46

AlienALX
I had a ROG laptop once and it was a work of art. Seriously, just massively over engineered in every aspect.Quote

03-11-2017, 13:16:19

fejerm
96C CPU temp brings up a lot of questions. But before this let's consider the previous flagship, the G701VIK. That one had 7820HK CPU too. When running 4.3 GHz even during the most CPU intensive gaming (BF1, ROTTR) it maxed out at 84C with turbo fan. So this brings up the question, why does the Chimera with better cooling have higher CPU temp?
A ) did you run the CPU 4.3 GHz clocked ?
B ) were you gaming or running synthetic tests ?
C ) were you using auto fan or turbo fan? I

If you got 96c in Games with turbo fan and noncpu oc then your review unit is defective and needs a repaste.

However if CPU temp is around 80C running the most CPU intensive games at 4.3 GHz, then the CPU temp is perfectly normal.

Please add this information to the review because it is too important to leave out and can be a deal breaker for people considering this laptop.
I assume you dont test gaming laptops very often, so this was a good experience for the reviewer.Quote
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