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Intel and NVIDIA, as if having agreed, had not released anything fundamentally new for gaming laptops for a long time. In 2018, you still have to choose among the solutions based on quad-core processors Kaby Lake and graphics NVIDIA Pascal. No new chips, but many manufacturers in the second half of 2017 updated their model series, filling them with laptops based on well-known hardware. At the end of last year, we already introduced you to the flagship model [MSIGT75VR7RETitanSLI – an improved version of the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI. We also introduced you to the updated Omen series from HP . It's time for ASUS.

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# Technical characteristics, configuration and software

On sale you will find several modifications of the ROG Strix GL503VD. To us on the test came the so-called Traditional model – this is a universal gaming device that will suit most gamers. However, on sale you can see the versions Hero Edition targeted at MOBA-players, and SCAR Edition suitable for first-person shooter fans. All three models can be easily distinguished from each other externally, each of them has its own unique features.

All possible versions of the Traditional version are listed in the table.

Display Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. 15.6 ", 1920×1080, TN
15.6 ", 1920×1080, IPS
The central processor Intel Core i5-7300HQ, 4/4 core / stream, 2.5 (3.5) GHz, 45 W
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 4/8 core / threads, 2.8 (3.8) GHz, 45 W
Graphics [ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 2/4 GB GDDR5
Operative memory Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. Up to 16 GB, DDR4-2400, 2 channels
The accumulators HDD: up to 2 TB, 5400 rpm
SSHD: up to 1 TB, 5400 rpm
SSD: 128/256/512 GByte
Wireless communication module Intel Wireless-AC 7265, IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, up to 867Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1
Interfaces 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A

1 × USB 3.0 Type-C

1 × 3.5mm Mini Jack Acoustics / Microphone

1 × HDMI

1 × mini-DisplayPort

1 × RJ-45

1 × Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
Built-in rechargeable battery 4 cells, 64 Wh · h
The external power unit 150 W
Dimensions 384 × 262 × 23 mm
Mass 2.5 kg
Operating system software Windows 10 x64 Home / Without OS
The warranty 2 years
The price in Russia according to the company's store ASUS 87 000 rubles for the test model

The best version of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD came to the 3DNews laboratory. In addition to the 4-gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050, the test version of the laptop is equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. At the time of this writing, exactly this version of the laptop in the official store ASUS could buy for 87,000 rubles. In this case, the buyer as a gift will receive a corporate backpack.

The ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD is equipped with an Intel Wireless-AC 7265 wireless module that supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac standards at 2.4GHz and 5GHz with a maximum bandwidth of 867Mbps and Bluetooth 4.1.

Included with the laptop is an external power supply unit with a power of 150 W and weighing about 500 grams.

# Appearance and input devices

I really liked the look of the thin, but very powerful ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501). In the review a change of orientations in the design of ASUS was noted: rounded, streamlined forms are a thing of the past, and in their place came strict, direct outlines. Well, in all likelihood, in the near future many new ROG-notebooks will look like this.

The usual version of ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD looks stricter than all. The case of models Hero Edition is painted in blue, it has an unusual pattern in the style of the Maya. The SCAR version is made in a case of gray-metallic color, and its finish resembles the surface of the bulletproof vest.

The most important thing – the quality of the assembly of the laptop – I had no complaints. The device is very, very well tailored. The display cover is made of metal, all other elements are made of high-quality plastic.

The cover of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD opens about 130 degrees – it does not play and does not hang when typing and playing games. This is the most important thing that is required from the loops of the laptop. In the closed state, the thickness of the device does not exceed 2.5 centimeters at a weight of 2.5 kg. Before the appearance of ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501), I would call this model a compact "spot". Now we are talking about a fairly standard TTX for a 15.6-inch laptop, claiming the title of gaming.

There are no ports or controls on the front panel of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD. The air outlet grilles are located at the rear. Cooler fans are closer to the edges.

There is a laptop on four rubber feet. The air is drawn by the fans through a large enough grate located on the bottom of the laptop.

On the left side of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD there is a connector for power supply, Ethernet port, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.0 A-type and a combined 3.5 mm headphone or headset input. On the right, two more USB 3.0 A-types and one USB 3.0 C-type are uninstalled. On the same side there is a slot for connecting Kensington Castle.

The keyboard of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD is equipped with a 4-zone backlight. The palette has 16.8 million colors, as well as three levels of brightness and several modes of operation, such as "statics", "breathing" and "cycle."

"traditional" version
The ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD has a dedicated WASD keypad, SCAR
– too. But in the notebooks of the Hero series, the buttons QWER are highlighted. I think it's quite obvious why the manufacturer made such a visual separation for different models.

The ergonomics of the keyboard suited me perfectly. She has huge "Shift", Enter and Ctrl – you will not miss, playing even in total darkness. The power button (finally!) Is located away from the other keys, which, by the way, got a concave surface. The manufacturer claims that each key of the keyboard has a 20 million click resource. To operate, it is necessary to apply a strictly defined force
62 grams.

Four keys are separated from the main keyboard. With their help, the volume of the speakers is adjusted, and the built-in microphone is turned on and off. When you click the button with the brand logo, the Gaming Center application opens. The utility demonstrates in real time the frequencies and temperatures of the CPU and video core. The user can configure three game profiles and activate them at any time. Each such profile remembers hotkeys for game commands, selected type of keyboard backlighting, sound and image playback modes, fan speed of the cooling system. Through the shell Gaming Center you can get to other interesting programs:

  • ROG Aura Core. With this utility, you can adjust the keyboard backlighting. Many colors and modes of operation are available to the user.
  • Splendid Technology. In this program, one of the three modes of the screen image is selected, and the color temperature of the display is manually adjusted.
  • GameFirst IV. The program ensures that background applications do not "take away" traffic from games during online battles.
  • AudioWizard. In this application, the user can select one of the five sound modes of the laptop's loudspeaker system.
  • XSplit Gamecaster. Utility for carrying streams and recording gameplay.

The touchpad is displaced closer to the left side. A large-size, 105 × 73.5 mm-matte working surface is used. The same touchpad – with its inherently pronounced clique and characteristic sound – is used in the previously tested models ROG Strix GL702ZC ROG Strix GL553VE and ROG Strix GL502VT .

About the web camera I will say only one thing: it is bad for some tasks (streams and fly-lists) and tolerant for others (video calls to your beloved grandmother). From the image in the 720p format with a frequency of 30 Hz, nothing special can not wait.

# Internal structure and upgrade possibilities

Great respect for manufacturers who make life easier for users. The bottom of the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD is equipped with a hatch, when removed, the user gets quick access to a 2.5-inch hard drive, SSD and one RAM module. In order to get to the cooling system and the second RAM module, it is necessary to disconnect the whole bottom, previously unscrewing the 13 screws.

The cooling system of the processor and graphics consists of only two heat pipes. This is alarming, since the notebook has a powerful Core i7-7700HQ. Last year, I repeatedly encountered devices with a similar construction of CO, for example with the tested models HP Pavilion Power 15 Lenovo Legion Y520 and ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 . In some models, the Core i7-7700HQ at a serious load dropped the frequency below the nominal level. How are things at ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD – we will soon find out.

Hyundai HMA81GS6AFR8N-UH modules with a total capacity of 16 GB are installed in the SO-DIMM slots of the notebook, which operate at an effective frequency of 2,400 MHz when dialing delays 17-17-17-39. This amount of RAM is enough for modern games. As for the drives, in the test configuration ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD installed SSD SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002 volume of 256 GB and HDD HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB.

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