In 2017, the ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) laptop was released on our website, one of the first models to feature NVIDIA's Max-Q design. The notebook has acquired the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processor and the Core i7-7700HQ 4-core chip, but it has been shown to be thinner than two centimeters. Then I called the emergence of such mobile computers a long-awaited development, because NVIDIA and its partners were able to create a strong but not cumbersome gaming laptop.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701GX), which will be discussed below, builds on the famous GX501 tradition. Only the 6-core processor and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card are installed in a 19mm notebook. Let's see how this new feature is reflected in modern games.
⇡ # Specifications, equipment and software
There are three versions of ROG Zephyrus S available: GX701GX uses GeForce RTX 2080 in Max-Q design, GX701GW uses GeForce RTX 2070 and GX701GV uses GeForce RTX 2060. Otherwise, these models are very similar. The wide Core i7-8750H processor and 17.3-inch matrix supporting NVIDIA G-SYNC technology are used everywhere. The main characteristics of the updated ROG Zephyrus S are listed in the table below.
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus S|
|Display||17,3 & # 39 ;, 1920 × 1080, IPS, Matte|
|Central processor||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 Core / Fiber, 2.2 (4.1) GHz, 45W|
|Grafic card||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8GB |
GeForce RTX 2070, 8GB
GeForce RTX 2060, 6GB
|FRAME||Up to 24 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing the drive||M.2 in PCI Express x4 3.0, 512 GB or 1 TB|
|Interface||2 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A |
1 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × 3.5mm mini jack
1 × HDMI
|Built-in battery||76 All|
|External power supply||230 watts|
|Dimensions||399 x 272 x 18.7 mm|
|Laptop weight||2.7 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|Price in Russia by Yandex.Market||From 170,000 rubles.|
The latest version of the GX701GX has come to our editorial office: in addition to the RTX 2080, this notebook is equipped with a 24GB DDR4-2666 RAM and a terabyte SSD. Unfortunately, I didn't find this change in Zephyr. Version with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD in Moscow retail cost an average of 240,000 rubles. Even in the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GW) review, I warned readers that RTX graphics cannot be found for the money available.
All ROG notebooks feature the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Wireless Module, which supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac 2.4 and 5 GHz standards and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps, as well as Bluetooth 5.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701GX) was an external power supply with a capacity of 230 W and a weight of about 600 g.
As always, along with the Windows 10 operating system, many ASUS ROG special tools are installed on the notebook that are activated with the same name button – located above the keyboard.
The 8th generation ROGs with Core Core processors are part of Premium Pick Up and Return for 2 years. This means that when problems arise, owners of new laptops will not have to go to the service center – the laptop will be removed for free, repaired and returned as soon as possible.
Внешний # Appearance and input devices
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701GX) has a recognizable look – it's strict, straight, bordered and the body is made of brushed aluminum.
As I have already noted, the ROG Zephyrus S is only 19 mm thick, but the notebook itself is somewhat larger compared to the previous generation. First, the GX701GX uses a 17-inch IPS matrix. However, due to the thin frames at the top and sides (only 6.9 mm), the new Zephyr is wider than the GX501 by only 20 mm – and 10 mm longer. In general, I agree with the statement that ROG Zephyrus S is a 17-inch notebook, built in 15-inch format.
At the same time, ROG Zephyrus S (GX701GX) became heavier and weighs 2.7 kg without external power. Basically, however, the device will function as a desktop replacement, but you can take it with you if you wish. This means that weight should not become a major problem.
The ROG Zephyrus S lid opens around 130 degrees. The laptop hinges are tight, clearly lock the screen, and do not allow them to be written during play or writing. I noticed an interesting notebook design: when you lift the lid, the main part of the notebook is raised at the same time. As a result, slits are formed on the sides of the notebook, through which the cooling system fans additionally draw in air. The already warm air leaves the cover through the grille on the back of the notebook.
At the same time, the keyboard is raised at a slight angle, making it a little more comfortable to write. Not without some decorations – the ROG Zephyrus S air vents are backlit.
No interfaces available before "Zephyr". Behind the grids are placed for blowing heated air and three activity indicators.
For obvious reasons, the 701st model does not have large ports, such as RJ-45. On the left, there is a power supply connector, HDMI output, two USB 3.1 Gen2 (types A and C, the second is combined with a mini-DisplayPort) and a combined 3.5mm mini headphone jack. On the right side of the notebook are two more USB 3.1 Gen1 type A, USB 3.1 Gen1 type C and a slot for "Kensington" lock. There are hardly any questions about the layout and quantitative composition of ports – for complete happiness, ROG Zephyrus S, perhaps, lacks only a card reader.
The ROG Zephyrus S keyboard is unusual, although it was exactly the same as the 501. It is a design move because the matte plastic surface above the keyboard is also part of the cooling system. If you look carefully, you'll see a perforation on it.
Given the special features of the keyboard, it will take some time to get used to working with Zephyr. Key travel is small. The construction uses a scissor mechanism. It is more convenient to place your notebook away from you because the keyboard is closer to the user. It's even more convenient to put something under your wrist. The touchpad is on the right, not the center. I am left-handed and have had a few days to adapt to this ASUS design proposal. On the other hand, the player will probably use the computer mouse almost all the time, and then the touchpad will not interfere.
I didn't have the rest of the ROG Zephyrus S work. On the left side there is an analog wheel with which the volume level is set. On the right is a button with the Republic of the Republic logo that opens the Armory Crate application, the Gaming Center inverter. I noticed that each key has an individual RGB backlight with three brightness levels.
And yes, ASUS engineers and merchants, thank you for returning the Print Screen button.
Let's get back to the touchpad. He seems to be here just because he should be in the laptop. This is small but with the support of Windows multitouch gestures and handwriting as it is now accepted. The buttons are pressed very easily, but there is a slight resistance. And the touchpad is equipped with a digital unit – called ASUS virtual because it is activated by pressing a special button.
Finally … No, no. Finally, at least some gaming laptop manufacturers thought they would get rid of a useless webcam! It is a pity to see a 720p matrix with a frequency of 30Hz or more than a thousand rubles in a notebook worth more than a thousand rubles. Streaming is now very popular among PC players, so the supplied ROG Zephyrus S comes with a large external webcam that supports Full HD resolution with a vertical frequency of 60 Hz. Image quality is overhead and shoulders above what other gaming laptops offer. The laptop does not have a built-in webcam.
⇡ # Internal structure and upgrade options
Getting into laptops is quite problematic. In order to replace, for example, a semiconductor drive, it is necessary to remove several Torx screws on the underside and remove the keyboard.
In this case, the ROG Zephyrus S has a removable panel on the bottom. It can – and should – be removed with only one purpose: to clean the fans over time.
Incidentally, two 12 volt turntables are used in the cooling system. AeroAccelerator technology ensures efficient airflow through the slim notebook sleeve. The manufacturer's dedicated ventilation vents help the fans to draw more cold air. The fan blades are made of liquid crystal polymer, allowing ASUS to reduce their thickness by 33% compared to traditional ones. As a result, each fan received 83 blades – their airflow increased by 15%.
It uses five heat pipes and four radiators located on the sides of the cabinet to remove heat from the GPU and CPU. Each such radiator consists of copper ribs only 0.1 mm thick. Now there are 250 of them.
Eight gigabytes of RAM is already soldered to the notebook motherboard. You will find 16GB of RAM for sale – which means that the 8GB DDR4-2666 is also installed in one SO-DIMM slot. In our case, "Zephyr" boasts a 24GB RAM.
As for the storage device, a 1 TB Samsung MZVLB1T0HALR is installed on the motherboard. In general, this version of ROG Zephyrus S. does not need to be disassembled and updated.
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