ROG StrixThe G17 offers an attractive design.
- It has features
Ryzen9 and an RTX 3070 Ti GPU.
- The G17 has a crisp and sharp 240Hz QHD screen with 2K display.
ASUS ROG Strix G17 is powered by AMD Ryzen 9 6000 series APU based on 6nm process. To enhance your gaming experience ASUS has equipped it with the latest RTX series GPUs from Nvidia. It has a 17-inch QHD display with a 240Hz refresh rate.
With more than two weeks of use, I can safely say that the premium laptop is perfect for gaming, streaming, video editing and multitasking. Of course, it comes at a premium price, so it is better to consider all the important factors before investing. Read the reviews as I make it easy for you to decide if this is the machine you need.
Asus ROG Strix G17 performance overview
The ROG model I received for review is powered by an AMD Ryzen 6000 R9-6900HX. It is one of the most powerful CPUs you can get in this price segment. You also get a dedicated graphics card — the Nvidia RTX 3070Ti which is the cherry on top. All these high-end specs make it a gaming powerhouse. I’ve been playing graphically demanding games and the Ryzen 9 has done a good job so far.
The G17 has 4800MHz DDR5 RAM which means you get lower lag, faster processing, higher transfer speeds and increased performance when playing heavy games or in general.
Furthermore, it comes with the Asus Armory Crate app loaded with a bunch of features like quick system performance adjustments like CPU & GPU performance, noise reduction, power saving and cooling adjustments. Using the app, you can use five different modes — Windows, Silent, Performance, Turbo and Manual.
Windows Mode: In this mode, the laptop works according to the Windows operating system providing ideal performance.
Silent mode: The fan will maintain a low speed to reduce noise, but its performance will be limited.
Performance Mode: Performance is a balance between quiet and turbo.
Turbo Mode: This mode maintains high performance, but remember it is only available in charging mode. Fan noise in turbo mode increases when the CPU and GPU deliver peak performance. I only use this mod with heavy games like Days Gone and GTA 5.
Manual Mode: If you want to adjust CPU and GPU performance accordingly then Manual mode is perfect.
Armory also lets you set customizable hotkeys. It also includes an Aura wallpaper that turns the entire laptop into an RGB device. You can set exclusive wallpapers and provide RGB lighting according to the mood and atmosphere of the game.
Design and build
There is a lot to talk about when it comes to design. It has a design that screams that it’s a gaming laptop, and that’s done well. The laptop looks bold and vibrant when you first see it. The ROG backlight logo and dot matrix pattern on the aluminum cover make this laptop eye-catching. To give it a distinctive look, Asus has added a colored shield cap and rubber feet on the bottom, which not only looks good but also keeps it stable on the platform.
The Strix G17 is wrapped with a light bar under the light that can be adjusted according to the user’s preferences. Aura SYNC provides a selection of preset lighting patterns that allow you to create unique light settings. Aura SYNC makes it easy to sync with other RGB devices and even with the new ROG Aura wallpaper.
Coming to the exterior, aluminum is used in the hood lid along with a mix of plastics. The black and dark gray areas around the touchpad will show smudges easily while playing games, which means you have to clean them constantly. The build quality is solid but it’s very strong. While that’s a common feature on gaming laptops, it’s still something that might bother some users who have to carry their laptop around for long periods of time.
Slim 4.5mm side bezels and 85% screen-to-body ratio provide uninterrupted gaming visuals. The rubber feet underneath provide great stability when pressing the keys aggressively. Additionally, it comes with dedicated hotkeys and a large touchpad that is smooth enough to touch and allows smooth control.
The 2022 G17 comes with a 2K IPS display that supports a refresh rate of up to 240Hz. The screen has a maximum brightness of 300nits which is good when playing games but only average in daylight. The G17 2022 also comes with a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut that aims to improve color gradation, accuracy and tone, which does show up in real-life usage. It’s one of the best displays on a gaming laptop.
The bezels on the sides of the laptop are quite thin as a result, it does not have a web camera. But I personally feel it’s better to have thinner bezels than a crappy webcam. If you are a streamer, it is also recommended to have an external camera. But you can’t deny that it’s convenient to have a built-in webcam for quick video calls.
The 240Hz refresh rate is preferred for games with fast graphics, as well as for movies and videos. A higher refresh rate is always a must have for gamers who play fps games.
Asus ROG Strix G17 — gaming review
This laptop comes with Nvidia RTX 3070Ti paired with Ryzen 6000 series CPU to deliver the best gaming performance. The GPU is equipped with a new RT Core, Tensor Core and multi-processor streaming that delivers realistic ray-traced graphics.
I play Days Gone, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, GTA 5 and Sniper Elite 4. Gaming experience is very pleasant on this laptop. I played all the games on high settings and there was no lag although I was a bit disappointed with the heating and fan noise. If you want to enjoy sound while playing games, I would suggest you to use headphones because of the scary fan noise.
Additionally, I tested a bunch of games with AAA titles that could reach 90 frames per second on ultra settings. The result is really proud. Without any doubt, the laptop can handle games like Far Cry 6 and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on ultra settings.
Additionally, the Strix G17 2022 features DDR5 RAM, a beautiful 2k display, liquid metal cooling, and many other goodies that make it a future-proof gaming laptop for at least two years from now.
Audio and battery
The G17 features a speaker with 2 Smart Amp technology that delivers good sound in most scenarios. The speakers are paired with Dolby Atmos which provides preset equalization settings that can also be tuned to your preference.
A large 90Whr battery and fast 100W Type-C power delivery (PD) charging technology allow users to minimize the time they remain tethered to a plug. Fast charge PD technology can charge the Strix G17 battery from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes. Well, it took me 34 minutes to reach 50%. Battery life has become a concern on gaming laptops unless you’re doing regular office or college work. You can’t play without a charger but it can last 4-5 hours with normal work.
Keyboard and trackpad
The ROG G17’s keyboard is nothing special but Asus hasn’t left out the numpad like on the TUF series of laptops. While playing games and multitasking, the numpad comes in handy.
It has a rubber dome key that feels soft while playing games. Each key is independently illuminated with RGB which provides a whole new gaming experience in the dark. I’m not a fan of keyboards with high key travel and it may take some getting used to. But if you have to type a lot you will most likely be amazed.
The touchpad is sensitive and sharp but it can’t be touched and requires extra effort to click and swipe. I expected a lot of premium trackpad from a laptop at this price. The feedback from the trackpad is sometimes annoying because it doesn’t feel uniform.
For thermals, Asus has equipped a cooling system with specific components and software tuned to maintain the temperature of the device under all scenarios. Asus claims the liquid metal provides 14x better thermal conductivity. In my use, I felt that the laptop became very hot, especially during prolonged games with high settings. The keyboard doesn’t get too hot but the sides do get hot.
Asus has placed an exhaust vent near the WASD keys to maintain airflow and keep it cool during prolonged use, but it doesn’t work as expected.
After using it for over 15 days and knowing the high-end specs it offers, it doesn’t seem too expensive. It looks great, offers top-notch gaming performance and a beautiful display, which is perfect for any gamer who wants to move around with his gaming machine. It’s great for intensive tasks like video editing, music production or graphic design too. It’s best suited for professionals and enthusiasts who want the best laptop form factor. Those who can do away with the occasional game and just need a good laptop that can run high-end games, there are cheaper alternatives on the market.
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