Gaming laptops are specific and expensive. Anyone who loves to play on a PC does it at home. You can spend several times less money on assembly than on a laptop with the same characteristics. But in this case, you will not be able to carry the huge RTX 3070 computer anywhere. But the ROG Strix G17 G713QR will work.
I tried to take a laptop for review without unnecessary gags, additional screens and other things – just the actual characteristics for current gaming requests. And some RGB lighting, of course.
Processor and Graphics card
The two main pieces of hardware in this laptop are the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor at 3.3 GHz and the laptop version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.
The power of the processor seemed to me somewhat redundant: Ryzen 7 would be enough. And the company has the ROG Strix G17 G713 in this configuration. Sure, the Ryzen 9 does a great job at work, but this is a laptop: excess power may not have an excellent impact on battery life.
But the video card is ideal for the characteristics of the ROG Strix G713QR because the screen here with a maximum resolution of 1920 × 1080. In such conditions, the RTX 3070 feels great, pulling any games at maximum speed.
For a 17-inch screen, this is not the highest resolution. But the laptop boasts a good matte anti-reflective coating, 3ms response time and almost maximum viewing angle. The laptop received an IPS-level matrix, which in fact is tighter in VA quality, but a refresh rate of 300 Hz compensates this moment. It is only strange that there are only two variants: either 60 or 300.120 or 144 Hz is not present.
As for the rest, the screen is bright. The colours are juicy. The delay is small. There were no highlights on the matrix. In general, the display is excellent.
Memory and connectors
16 GB of RAM is enough for games, but you can expand it to 32 GB if you suddenly want to work with something heavier. You don’t even need to say anything about a 1 TB SSD – it works quickly, there is a lot of space.
From the connectors: on the left side, there are two USB 3.2 and a combined 3.5 mm “jack”, where you can connect a headset.
On the back, there is another USB 3.2, one USB Type-C, DisplayPort, which supports the connection of screens with support for G-SYNC, HDMI 2.0b and an Ethernet port.
Wi-Fi 6 runs smoothly at the speeds of my home wired internet – downloads on Steam rested at 11 Mbps, which equates to 100 Mbps. There is also Bluetooth version 5.1, but there is no webcam. This is not important, because I would not use the camera anyway, but if you often make video calls, you will have to buy it.
The charging connector is located at the back. The power supply is flat and not very large—lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 90 Wh, non-removable. The laptop runtime is quite standard for the gaming segment and is regulated by several profiles, but with an eye on the powerful Ryzen 9 and RTX 3070. The ROG Strix G713QR will live for about 10 hours and recharge in an hour in the energy-saving profile.
My personal gaming test: I downloaded 20GB of SnowRunner for about 20 minutes, which took about 25% of my battery life. The remaining stock was completely spent on an hour of play at high graphics settings and maximum brightness. SnowRunner doesn’t have RTX or DLSS, but the game is demanding on the hardware. Launching Cyberpunk 2077 at the highest possible settings will take no more than an hour to play, or even less. Moreover, the game will run unstable – a highly efficient profile that overclocks the processor and gives maximum graphics works only from the outlet. So this is one of the tradeoffs you have to make when buying a gaming laptop.
ROG Strix G17 G713QR looks very neat: grey colours, strict lines and sharp corners. The lid is metal. Everything else is made of plastic but made to last.
There is a minimum of backlights, and you can turn them all off. But if you are a connoisseur, then you will be pleased with a huge selection of settings. So, all the rainbow colours can be played by a keyboard with a full layout and a thin strip on the front bottom of the laptop. The logo is still glowing, but it’s white and dim, so you won’t even notice it. That’s it, no more bulbs.
The laptop weighs 2.7 kg, but it is quite comfortable to hold it both in the hands and on the knees. With an RTX 3070 onboard and a 17-inch screen, the ROG Strix G17 is slim enough at just 2.7 cm at its widest point. In general, if it were not for the huge ROG logo on the lid, you would not even realize that the laptop is gaming.
Noise and sound
ROG Strix G17 G713QR does its best not to warm your knees, especially with such hot glands: heat outlets are here on the sides and back. The bottom panel becomes warm but does not get hot.
When you turn on the laptop to full, you will definitely hear the two fans’ rumble, especially since the laptop is right in front of you. But the sound system does not even cover this noise at full capacity. The ROG Strix G17 G713QR delivers good sound with two tabletop speakers that turn the surface into an additional amplifier. But don’t count on too much – after all, it’s still a laptop.
As noted at the beginning of the review, the display resolution is ideal for the laptop version of the RTX 3070. And I constantly emphasize this: you have to understand that the video card is still weaker than its full-fledged brother. On my home PC with a less powerful processor and at 2K resolution, Cyberpunk 2077 runs at maximum settings as smoothly as a game can.
ROG Strix G17 G713QR at 1080p shows 50-60 fps versus 60-70 fps in 2K, but we are talking about a compact laptop against a large system unit. While the video card is loaded at all 98%, the processor is only 50%, which means there is a reserve for the future.
The less capricious Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which uses all the RTX gadgets, shows stable fps and a great picture. The main thing is not to forget to put the laptop in “Turbo” mode, which is done with one button above the keyboard.
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713QR is a very enjoyable and powerful laptop. Ryzen 9 is a bit too much for him, but he certainly did not get any worse from this. If you’re looking to save some money, go for the Ryzen 7 model.
The main disadvantages of the Strix G713QR: short battery life and, of course, the price – about $2600. On the other hand, you get everything you need for modern games in a neat little package for the money.
The ROG Strix G17 G713QR looks good and is a pleasure to use. And with the current prices for video cards, it no longer seems that you can assemble the same configuration for less money.