Today’s specimen is a pretty beefy one. It belongs to the gaming machine family and its natural habitat is enthusiast’s homes. No more than a week ago, we took a look at pretty much the same notebook, but with a smaller (15-inch) form factor – the ROG Strix G15 G512. Ultimately, it left a lot to be desired, but if we have to be honest, we didn’t let it show its full potential since it was equipped with the GTX 1650 Ti.
For the ROG Strix G17 G712, on the other side, we have chosen the RTX 2070 and the Core i7-10750H. Still, you can pick even more packed up version, that carries the Core i7-10875H and the RTX 2070 Super, but you are now starting to look at a not very pleasant price tag.
Nevertheless, other selling points of this machine are the trio of M.2 SSD slots, Wi-Fi 6 support, and of course – what is a gaming laptop without a high-refresh-rate screen? Currently, there are two IPS options to choose from – a 144Hz unit and a 240Hz device.
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ASUS ROG STRIX G17 (G712) - Specs
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What’s in the box?
Inside the package, we found a 230W power brick, some mandatory paper manuals, and the laptop itself.
Design and construction
It comes as no surprise that this laptop looks exactly like the ROG Strix G15 G512, just larger. This means an entirely plastic build, but somewhat strong chassis. As you can see, it features the signature for the ROG Strix series, brushed finish on the plastic, as well as a printed slogan on the base, placed at around 45-degrees. Similarly to the Legion series, this laptop’s lid is mounted slightly forwards, which leaves a turtle-shell behind when you open it. Additionally, the laptop has a profile of 22mm in its thinnest point and 26mm at its thickest. As of the weight – its on par with other gaming 17-inchers on the market – 2.85kg.
By the way, this model features an LED strip along the front and the sides of the bottom plate, which can be configured from through AURA from the Armoury Crate.
Next, let’s move on to the lid, which opens easily with a single hand, but has very little structural integrity. What is more surprising, is that this laptop features no Web camera, which is very rare these days. Indeed, it has super thin bezels on the top and the sides, but we’ve definitely seen cameras fitted in a lot tighter spaces.
Leaving the frustration of the lack of a camera behind, let’s take a peek at the keyboard. Unsurprisingly, it looks the same as that on the 15-inch model, but it adds a dedicated NumberPad. While its keycaps are smaller than the rest, the entire unit feels comfortable for typing and for gaming, thanks to its rather long key travel and relatively clicky feedback. Additionally, the “WASD” keys are transparent, but sadly – the Arrow keys are smaller than these of your TV remote control.
On the bright side, the touchpad is super responsive and has accurate tracking. Moreover, there are dedicated buttons beneath it, which have little resistance and produce a satisfying click, indicating you have successfully made an input.
Now, as you can see from the bottom plate, ASUS has done some smart engineering. They are trying to channel the air in such a way, so that it covers some of the essential hardware, including the RAM and the SSDs. Additionally, you can see the speaker cutouts, housing two massive 4.2W drivers.
On the left side of the notebook, you can see three USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports and an audio jack. The rest of the I/O is located on the back. This includes the charging plug, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 2) port with DisplayPort support, an HDMI 2.0b connector, and an RJ-45 connector.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
This device’s bottom plate is held in place by 11 Phillips-head screws. As soon as you remove them, you can start the prying process from the bottom right corner, when one of the screws lifts the panel.
In terms of the cooling, this laptop has four heat pipes that cool the CPU and the GPU – two of them are shared between them, and there is one more for each of them. Additionally, ASUS has taken care of the VRM and graphics memory temperatures with another heat pipe.
Upgradability-wise, there are two RAM SODIMM slots, which work in dual-channel and should support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. Equally-impressive, there are three M.2 NVMe drive slots.
Last but not least, the ROG Strix G17 G712 features a 66Wh battery pack in the configuration we tested.
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712 has a Full HD 144Hz IPS panel, made by LG with a model number LP173WFG-SPB3 (LGD065B). Its diagonal is 17.3″ (43.94 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 127 ppi, and a pitch of 0.2 х 0.2 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 69cm (27″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).
Viewing angles are excellent. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.
The measured maximum brightness of 328 nits in the middle of the screen and 306 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 9%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 7400K – colder than the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is fine – 1050:1 (1040:1 after profiling).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers only 95% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 9.5 ms – a particularly fast panel.
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness at any level. This makes it comfortable for long periods of usage, such as a good gaming session or a night of eSports.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712’s display has a 144Hz IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, and comfortable viewing angles. Moreover, it covers 95% of the sRGB color gamut and its backlight doesn’t flicker. Not only does this make the image look vibrant and comfortable, but our Gaming and Web design profile boosts the color accuracy of the display so that it can be used for professional work. And all of that, coming from a gamer-centric monitor with fast pixel response times.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Strix-G15-17/HelpDesk_Download/
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. We got 6 hours and 22 minutes of Web browsing and 5 hours and 28 minutes of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
This device can be found with the two Core i7 options from the Comet Lake-H product line up. The more “budget” option is the Core i7-10750H (6c/12t), while the flagship for the series is the Core i7-10875H (8c/16t).
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
While the 15-inch version of the model starts with the GTX 1650 Ti, this unit jumps straight to the GTX 1660 Ti as a default option. Up the line, you can choose from the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and the RTX 2070 Super.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|Far Cry 5||Full HD, Normal (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (115W)||114 fps||106 fps||100 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (115W)||138 fps||78 fps||62 fps|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (115W)||83 fps||73 fps||48 fps|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Highest (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (115W)||99 fps||95 fps||62 fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i7-10750H (45W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712||3.88 GHz (B+49%) @ 77°C||3.83 GHz (B+47%) @ 84°C||3.51 GHz (B+35%) @ 79°C|
|Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-52)||3.72 GHz (B+43%) @ 90°C||3.53 GHz (B+36%) @ 90°C||3.26 GHz (B+25%) @ 85°C|
|ASUS ROG Strix G15 G512||4.16 GHz (B+60%) @ 81°C||3.99 GHz (B+53%) @ 95°C||3.52 GHz (B+35%) @ 87°C|
|Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-52)||3.05 GHz (B+17%) @ 68°C||3.05 GHz (B+17%) @ 75°C||2.90 GHz (B+12%) @ 79°C|
|Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55)||3.02 GHz (B+16%) @ 82°C||3.04 GHz (B+17%) @ 92°C||2.67 GHz (B+3%) @ 92°C|
|Lenovo Legion 7 (15)||3.78 GHz (B+45%) @ 80°C||3.69 GHz (B+42%) @ 83°C||3.51 GHz (B+35%) @ 83°C|
|MSI GP65 Leopard 10Sx||3.65 GHz (B+40%) @ 95°C||3.41 GHz (B+31%) @ 95°C||3.30 GHz (B+27%) @ 95°C|
Interestingly, the ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712 uses a slightly lower boost frequency than its 15-inch sibling for the first part of the test. Respectively, this results in singificantly lower temperatures, although the noise levels are similar. And finally, at the end of the test, we monitored an 8C difference in favor of the ROG Strix G17 G712, when both of them were running within 10 MHz apart.
Real life gaming
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (Max Fans)|
|ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712||1585 MHz @ 78°C||1551 MHz @ 85°C||–|
|MSI GP65 Leopard 10Sx||1662 MHz @ 77°C||1636 MHz @ 80°C||1647 MHz @ 77°C|
|MSI GE75 Raider||1586 MHz @ 74°C||1576 MHz @ 77°C||–|
|HP Omen 17 2019||1483 MHz @ 72°C||1474 MHz @ 74°C||–|
|ASUS ROG GL704G||1595 MHz @ 83°C||1588 MHz @ 83°C||–|
On the other side, the 115W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 took everything out of the cooling solution. Here, not only the temperatures were quite high at the end of the test (especially comparing it to the MSI GE75 Raider), and the noise levels were definitely headphone-worthy.
Without a doubt, this laptop can be a gaming beast when configured correctly. Add the 8-core Core i7-10875H, as well as the GeForce GTX 2070 Super and you get a system that would probably run the latest AAA titles on maximum settings at 1080p for the next couple of years. However, you should know that people from the northern countries would have a better experience, especially when gaming outside in the winter. Why? Well, not because the laptop runs particularly hot, but because its fans are extremely loud.
Ultimately, this means that the cooling solution is not capable enough of dealing with the high power/heat output of the hardware. And the result of this is a notebook that will certainly outnoise most of the vacuum cleaners out there.
Sure, there are things like undervolting that will certainly help you, but if you take a quick look at the Lenovo Legion 7 (15) (and the Razer Blade Pro before that) and its vapor chamber, you’ll see that some people are taking the next step. And it is somewhat pitty that despite stating that they apply liquid metal on their CPU, ASUS hasn’t thought of this solution, or improving the cooling with more heat pipes and beefier heat spreaders, given the huge amount of space inside of the ROG Strix G17 G712. After all, the RTX 2070 and the RTX 2070 Super emit more heat than the processor and you have no option but to take that into consideration when building a notebook.
Nevertheless, when it comes to usability, you get three M.2 NVme ports, support of up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and input devices that are rather comfortable (with the exception of the tiny arrow keys).
Additionally, ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712’s display in the configuration we tested has a 144Hz IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, and comfortable viewing angles. Moreover, it covers 95% of the sRGB color gamut and its backlight doesn’t flicker. Not only does this make the image look vibrant and comfortable, but our Gaming and Web design profile boosts the color accuracy of the display so that it can be used for professional work. And all of that, coming from a gamer-centric monitor with fast pixel response times.
Its battery life goes as far as 6 hours and 22 minutes during Web browsing but falls down to five hours and a half of video playback. It will further decrease when you do some productivity tasks, so keep that in mind.
So, if you need a gaming laptop with a high-refresh-rate screen, you can take a look at the Lenovo Legion 7 (15), or if 17-inch notebooks are your vibe – the HP Omen 17 (2019) is still a great option. Now, we’re not saying you should skip the ROG Strix G17 G712, but the lack of an SD card reader and Thunderbolt 3 support is annoying in 2020, although you get support for Wi-Fi 6.
- Pushes the Core i7-10750H to the edge with its decent cooling solution
- Three M.2 slots with RAID 0 support
- The display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level (Panda LM156LF-2F01)
- Covers 95% of sRGB and has a great color accuracy (with our Gaming and Web design profile)
- 144Hz and 240Hz IPS display options
- Wi-Fi 6 support
- Lacks an SD card reader and Thunderbolt support
- Expect a lot of noise during long gaming sessions
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-rog-strix-g17-g712/