ASUS reveals their ROG Strix GL704 SCAR II Gaming Notebook
The SCAR 17-inch is back and thinner than ever
Published: 16th August 2018 | Source: ASUS ROG |
ASUS reveals their ROG Strix GL704 SCAR II notebook
17-inch laptops were one a pain to transport, specially gaming-grade models, back in a time where screen bezels were huge, CPU/GPU heatsinks were larger, and the weight of complete systems became uncomfortable, especially for those who travel long distances. Now, things are different, especially with ASUS' new ROG Strix SCAR II GL704.
For starters, ASUS has kitted this notebook out with a 17.3-inch IPS display from AU Optronics, offering users a 144Hz refresh rate, 100% coverage of the sRGB colour gamut and a 3ms response time. Better still, the bezels around this panel are ultra-thin, up to 50% narrower than other 17-inch notebooks, making this the first 17.3-inch notebook that is under 400mm wide. To put that into perspective, my 15.6-inch laptop is around 380mm wide.
On the hardware side, the ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 offers users an Intel 6-core i7-8750H processor and a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card, offering user plenty of performance for both gaming and workstation-grade activities. In total, this notebooks weighs 2.9KG, contains an RGB compatible keyboard with ASUS Aura Sync technology and contains ROG RangeBoost technology, which uses additional antennas to extend WiFi range.
For storage, this notebook can ship with a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD alongside an optional 1TB HDD or SSHD. For external connectivity, the notebook offers a two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (1x Type-A + 1x Type-C), three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports one G-Sync compatible mini-DisplayPort, a single HDMI 2.0 connection, Ethernet, Headphone out and an SD card reader.
For cooling, ASUS' ROG Strix GL704 has three heatsinks and two cooling fans, with two heatsinks being shared between the user's CPU and GPU while the third remains exclusive to the user's graphics card. This design ensures optimal cooling in both CPU-heavy, GPU-heavy and mixed workloads. ASUS states that they use incredibly thin copper fins in their heatsinks to maximise surface area and minimise airflow resistance.
ASUS' ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 notebook will be available in the UK in October with an MSRP of £1699.99. The standard UK model will ship with a 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD, a 1TB SSHD and 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory.
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