After what seemed like several years of hibernation and incessant mocking by Intel fans, AMD finally pulled out their ace in the hole; the Ryzen series of processors. The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74 is one of the first gaming laptops to feature a Ryzen processor and most definitely not the last. For all practical purposes, the ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74 can be considered as AMD’s ‘flagship’ gaming laptop as the Ryzen CPU is paired with an RX580 GPU, both of which are top of the line components.
ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC: Price, Variants
It is available in three variants, one with a Ryzen 7 CP, another one a slightly more affordable one with a Ryzen 5 CPU and a third with a 120Hz display panel. The price of the laptop in India isn’t specified, but it is already available on Amazon US for $1,499. The price, I must admit, is a bit steep, but that’s how it goes with gaming laptops. Enough of my rambling, let’s move on to the part you’ve been waiting for, the specifications of the ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74.
ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC: Specifications
- Display: 17.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 60/120Hz, depending on variant. Compatible with AMD FreeSync.
- Dimensions and Weight: 415 x 280 x 34 mm, weighs 3.2 kilograms.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8 cores/16 threads, clocked at 3GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (6 cores/12 threads, clocked at 3.2Ghz).
- GPU: AMD Radeon Rx580 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
- Memory and Storage: 16GB of DDR4 RAM which can be expanded up to 32GB via SO-DIMM slots. 1TB 5400RPM SATA drive or 256/512GB of NVMe SSD storage. It is most likely to be a combination of a 5400/7200RPM SATA drive along with a 256/512GB SSD.
- Ports and I/O: 3xUSB 3.0 Type-A, 1xUSB 2.0 Type-C, 1xMini DisplayPort and 1xHDMI port with FreeSync, Chicklet RGB-Backlit keyboard, 1×3.5mm audio jack and 1xmulti-format SD card reader
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HD webcamera and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
The laptop strikes a perfect balance between price and performance and isn’t overkill like other Asus laptops. We’re hoping this hits the Indian market soon, as it would make for an excellent desktop replacement.
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