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This is the first AMD Ryzen laptop


Asus GL702VI

The first AMD Ryzen gaming laptop has arrived in the form of the ROG STRIX GL702ZC, and it's made by Asus.

Announced at Computex in Taipei, Asus managed to get the scoop, launching not one but two laptops powered by AMD’s Ryzen processors. This finally puts to an end half a decade of gaming laptop dominance for Intel, who, along with Nvidia, have had somewhat of a monopoly on the gaming laptop scene of late.

Ryzen, for the uninitiated, is AMD’s big bang-for-buck processor line. It’s been on sale as a desktop processor for a few months, but until now had been notably absent from laptops. Note that this isn't Ryzen Mobile, but appears to be a full-fat desktop chip. Ryzen Mobile will come later this year on thin and light laptops.

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The notebook in question is the Asus ROG STRIX GL702ZC. STRIX is Asus’ mid-range gaming brand, so it’s not the full-fat ROG that some have been hoping for. But still, it has an eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 chip on board alongside AMD’s latest Radeon RX 580 GPU.

With so many cores and a mid-range GPU, this is a bit of a streamer’s dream. Depending on the price, this could find itself sitting nicely alongside laptops powered by an Intel/Nvidia GTX 1060 combination.

Asus GL702VI

The laptop's 17.3-inch display is a Full HD IPS panel, and comes with AMD FreeSync on board for tear-free gaming. All in all, this is a bit of an AMD fan’s dream.

We'll admit, it's not a very exciting-looking laptop, but it's what's inside that counts. Right?

We don’t have details on other specs, or even a release date at this point, but expect a launch some time in the next couple of months.

Does Ryzen in a laptop get you excited? Or do you wish everybody would stop talking about it? Let us know.


May 30, 2017, 7:37 pm

Oh no. No-no-no.

The main kicker of Ryzen is exactly that - being low TDP, high multitasking, low price. If Intel's low-end variats(P-G and i3) could not entirely deliver for years, leaving people to pay for downcut 200-300$ enthusiast CPUs that would be paired with low-end GPUs or no GPUs whatsoever - then I'd expect a change with Ryzen.

To have R7 in a laptop... Well, yeah, this is a streamer\workstation dream. Not sure where do gamers come in though.

A real value laptop from AMD would be some R5 1400 or 1600 with RX570, maybe 580. Basically - what works for PC. If OEMs will try to sell the top-range CPUs by default again, pairing them with whatever is there - Ryzen won't do zip. Nor would all these cores that, tbh, are not that valuable on a laptop.


May 30, 2017, 8:10 pm

I'm all-in! My XMas wish list for 2017 just started. :)


May 30, 2017, 8:11 pm

Ridiculous. I enjoy great gaming on Ryzen/RX 480 every day. Can't wait for this laptop!


May 30, 2017, 9:18 pm

yeah I have a i7 6850k CPU with a RX 480 GPU. Runs everything quite smoothly.

David Thiel

May 31, 2017, 1:55 pm

A laptop at about 180watts ! your lap might get a little toasty I think I'll wait for the 4 core 8 thread Ryzen APU with Vega 11 and 2GB of on chip high bandwidth cache to make those games fly better at half the current... Out by xmas

Andrew K

June 1, 2017, 3:45 am

I don't agree. A ryzen 7 1700 would be really really really nice, even with a mid range gpu(I am assuming that the rx 580 in that laptop is slightly worse than the 1060, but still very comparable). I currently have everything I need with my 1060 in my laptop, but the 6700hq is complete trash and I really need something better. A 1600 would probably be good enough for me, but a 1700 would be really nice as an option for those who do things like video editing on their laptops or things like that. I often have like 80 chrome tabs open, and, although they do not drain that many resources on the cpu(I have enough memory), they lead to a noticeable performance drops in games. Not substantial, but offloading those to extra cores would be really nice.

Joshua Webb

June 4, 2017, 7:26 pm

I still run a R9 280X with a i7-4790k and very few games gives me issues at all.. mainly just games that need more than 3GB vram. lol plan on upgrading soon. so from my experience a 480/580 would be a very nice upgrade.. but probly waiting on Vega

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