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ASUS ROG Strix G731 review – a feature-packed light bearer

ASUS has introduced the brand new ROG Strix units (the G531 and G731) as direct successors to the ROG GL504/704 couple. So given the truth that both of them was truly a quite well-made gadget, we’ve excessive expectations. By the best way, we already had a take a look at the ROG Strix G531, nevertheless, we’ve checked it out in a fairly low finances configuration.

So there’s more to see about this line-up’s capabilities within the laptop gaming world. For that, ASUS pairs it with the 9th era Intel H-series processors. It can be maxed out with the Core i9-9880H, whereas within the graphics department it’s prime version comes outfitted with the GeForce GTX 2070. As we already know, this GPU produces a lot of heat and at present, the laptop that is ready to deal with it with out even breaking a sweat (and may be thought-about as a somewhat 17-inch laptop computer king for now) is the HP Omen 17 (2019). Nevertheless, what is extra of a truthful battle can be to match the ROG Strix G731 to its predecessor or the Dell G7 17 7790.

You possibly can verify the costs and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-rog-g731/

Contents

Specs Sheet

ASUS ROG Strix G731GW-EV001 technical specs table

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17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS

HDD/SSD

256GB SSD PCIe NVMe + 1TB HDD, 5400 rpm

Dimensions

399 x 292 x 25.9 mm (15.71″ x 11.50″ x 1.02″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Sort-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), DisplayPort
  • 3x USB Sort-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • Ethernet lan Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi Intel 9560 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.zero
  • Audio jack 3.5mm audio jack

Options

  • Net digital camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Audio system 2x 4W
  • Optical drive

What’s in the box?

At first, the ROG Strix G731’s packaging seems to be absolutely the same because the one on the smaller ROG Strix G531. Nevertheless, aside from being a larger system typically, we saw a greater charging brick as nicely – 230W. In fact, that is because of the RTX 2070 that is situated inside it.

Design and development

As soon as you’re taking the ASUS ROG Strix G731 in your arms. They feel and appear very similar to one another with a few differences here and there – the ROG Strix G731’s lid uses a totally different hinge system that lifts it above the laptop, quite to pushing it behind it. Moreover, the back of the system is larger (like on the older ROGs) to reinforce the cooling capacity. This leads to the laptop being barely bulkier than its predecessor – 25.9mm vs 24.9mm of the ROG GL704. On the other aspect, they each prime the size at 2.90 kg. By the best way, we forgot to mention that the RGB strip that was on the front of the system now goes all the best way round it (apart from the back for apparent reasons).

Expectedly, the lid opens with a single hand, and you may see it’s minimize a little bizarre. Gone is the awkwardly placed digital camera this yr. Gone… perpetually? However, the lid is made out of aluminum however is slightly flexible.

Then there’s the bottom of the gadget, where you’ll be able to see the per-key RGB backlight that’s managed by way of the Aura app. The keyboard itself has a good travel and while the keys are usually not precisely what we might describe as clicky they’re snug for gaming. Further under, the touchpad is nice and has devoted mouse buttons.

What is more fascinating about this gadget is what ASUS calls The Keystone. It’s principally a cutout in the correct aspect of the chassis where you’ll be able to but the aforementioned Keystones. They may give your laptop computer totally different gaming profiles, RGB setups (each on the keyboard and the strip) and a few of the will unlock one thing referred to as Shadow Drive. We are wanting ahead to seeing what developers are going to create for it and furthermore, how individuals are going to hack it.

On the back aspect, you’re going to see the large ventilation grill that shares its functions with the lifted back of the system. Additionally, scorching air is exhausted from the again and from the aspect, while the audio system are firing from the edges.

Ports

ROG Strix G731’s I/O is scattered to the again and to the left aspect. At the back you will see an RJ-45 connector, HDMI 2.0b connector, a USB Sort-C three.1 (Gen. 2) with DisplayPort features but no Thunderbolt, as well as the facility plug, while on the left there are three USB Sort-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports and an Audio jack.

Display high quality

We are at present testing the display of ASUS ROG Strix G731 in our labs and we’re going to update the article as soon as we’re prepared.

Drivers

All the drivers and utilities for the ASUS ROG Strix G731 could be discovered here: https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Strix-SCAR-III/HelpDesk_Download/

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery checks with Home windows Higher efficiency setting turned on, display brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all different packages turned off apart from the one we’re testing the pocket book with.

Expectedly, battery life is mediocre – simply over five hours of net searching and less than four hours of video playback.

CPU choices

ASUS presents the ROG Strix G731 with a quad-core Core i5-9300H, six-core Core i7-9750H, and the monstrous octa-core Core i9-9880H.

GPU choices

At the similar time, the graphics options comprise the GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060 and the top end RTX 2070.

Gaming exams

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Temperatures and luxury

Max CPU load

On this check we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column exhibits a pc’s reaction to a brief load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a critical process (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long masses comparable to video rendering.

Average core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Core i7-9750H (45W TDP) 0:02 – zero:10 sec 0:15 – zero:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS ROG G731 three.38 GHz (B+30%)@ 87°C 3.43 GHz (B+32%)@ 94°C 2.63 GHz @ 73°C
ASUS ROG G531 three.41 GHz (B+31%)@ 95°C 3.23 GHz (B+24%)@ 95°C 2.72 GHz (B+5%)@ 79°C
HP Omen 17 2019 three.44 GHz (B+32%)@ 86°C 2.74 GHz (B+5%)@ 71°C 2.67 GHz (B+3%)@ 71°C

From the desk above, you’ll be able to see that ASUS has employed pretty much the same performance curve on their each ROG Strix units. Moreover, it is sensible for the bigger G731 to have higher thermal efficiency than the smaller one. Nevertheless, we should always notice that the laptop computer produced a substantial amount of noise in this check. Contrary to the HP Omen 17 2019 which was barely audible in the course of the CPU torture.

Actual gameplay

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
ASUS ROG Strix G731 1461 MHz @ 73°C 1398 MHz @ 79°C
HP Omen 17 2019 1483 MHz @ 72°C 1474 MHz @ 74°C
ASUS ROG GL704G 1595 MHz @ 83°C 1588 MHz @ 83°C

Equally, the ROG Strix G731 was very loud throughout gaming as nicely. What is fascinating, though, is that it manages clock speeds which are 130-200 MHz lower than its predecessor. At the very least the temperature is significantly lower as properly and regardless of being loud, it’s nowhere close to the hairdryer of a laptop ASUS ROG GL704.

Gaming consolation

On the surface, the gadget was warm however not scorching by any means, especially for a gaming laptop computer. We measured a maximum temperature of 44C subsequent to the “M” key.

Verdict

ASUS ROG Strix G731 builds on the robust sides of its predecessor by enhancing them and including extra to the general package deal. The truth is, the Strix G731 is loaded with features – some that you simply’re going to use every day, and a few which are there just for the sake of being there.

For example, we have been impressed with the quantity of RGB light that this laptop has. As soon as you shut the lights within the room the laptop computer starts supplying you with Christmas vibes. We wouldn’t model it as useless as a result of it doesn’t impede different options of the gadget, plus – it seems to be tremendous cool, doesn’t it?

Nevertheless, ASUS tries to considerably revolutionize the laptop world with the so-called Keystones. It looks like it’s going to attraction to the youthful users however it is a disgrace they didn’t embrace a trial one. Plus, until we see them work, it appears like a gimmick.

Performance-wise there’s nothing sudden. Our unit managed to extract probably the most out of the Core i7-9750H and it nonetheless had some headroom (in our opinion) for the Core i9-9880H. Add the RTX 2070 to the combination and you get a fairly succesful system. Nevertheless, it’s value noting that the laptop was fairly noisy beneath load, in contrast to the HP Omen 17 2019, however it appears to be a trait to the ROG Strix gaming laptops. Nicely, if we have now to be utterly trustworthy, the HP Omen 17 2019 and the MSI GE75 Raider produced a lot larger framerates than the ROG Strix G731.

Do you have to purchase it, although? Properly, for those who’re okay with the noisy nature of the gadget, and by the best way the speakers on this pocket book are beautiful, so they could compensate for that. Nevertheless, we couldn’t forgive it the fact that it lacks an SD card reader and Thunderbolt help on the Sort-C port.

Execs

  • Loaded with RGB
  • 144Hz IPS panel choice
  • A wide selection of configurations, suiting your price range
  • Extremely loud and nicely sounding speakers

Cons

  • No Thunderbolt help
  • No SD card reader
  • Fans get really loud beneath load

You’ll be able to examine the costs and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-rog-g731/