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ASUS FX705GM-NH74 17.3" IPS Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8750H NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop -- ONLY @ NEWEGG

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  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (up to 3.9GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB for superior gaming and multitasking performance
  • 17.3” FHD (1920x1080) IPS type display with narrow bezel for up to 79% screen-to-body ratio
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo | 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM | Windows 10 Home
  • Portable 17” gaming with 1.08” thin profile and weight of only 5.9 lbs
  • Durable MIL-STD-810 military standard construction | Dual fans with anti-dust technology | RGB backlit keyboard rated for 20-million keystrokes
  • Gigabit Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) | 2x2 Dual band up to 1.73Gbps

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4/ 5
A great laptop for the money

Pros: This is definitely a fast laptop. With the NVMe boot disk, it boots in about 6 seconds, and boasts impressive transfer rates (benchmarks below). The installed module is WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G-1002.

The display is beautiful and had no dead pixels or imperfections. It is limited to 48 or 60Hz, however.

With the addition of the GTX 1060, this laptop will handily run any modern game with at least acceptable settings, and many with max settings (benchmarks below).

A single 16GB memory module is installed leaving the second slot open for future expansion. The installed module is Samsung model M471A2K43CB1-CTD DDR4 2666 / PC421300 2Rx8.

A 1TB mechanical hard drive is also included (TOSHIBA model MQ04ABF100).

A full size HDMI port as well as a a full size Ethernet jack are included, so no adapters are needed.

The CPU is a little faster than advertised: 2.21 GHz / 4.12GHz turbo.

An extra large 180W power brick is included and it comes with a region specific power cord, allowing you to easily travel with it.

The battery (model B41N1711) is rated at 64Wh or 4240mAh. It is replaceable and is currently available directly from ASUS for $100, or from other sites for $50-$75.

Cons: It is clear that ASUS was trying to hit a price point with this laptop while still trying to include everything in the Pros above. Unfortunately, they sacrificed some options and some quality to do this.

The included NVMe drive is only 256GB. The actual model installed is available here at Newegg for $55, as is the 512GB version for $78. I don't think I am alone when I say I would gladly pay an extra $23 to double the size of the C drive.

The included NVMe drive also appears to use QLC NAND (the least expensive, with the worst endurance). Western Digitial reports that this device has an endurance of only 200 TWB (terabytes written), so be sure to download and install the Western Digital SSD Dashboard from WD's web site so you can monitor it. It's a little tricky to find and since Newegg won't let me post a link, I'll walk you through WD's puzzle box: Go to their main page and click support in the upper right. Then click the dark blue WD logo. Next, scroll down to "Top Downloads" and click "All Downloads." The SSD Dashboard will be at the bottom of the Software for Windows list. There doesn't appear to be a Mac version.

The included secondary storage is a 1TB 5200 RPM hard drive. Had this hard drive simply been left out, its $50 cost (again, right here at Newegg) could have been applied to upgrading the NVMe, leaving the disk slot open for the buyer to install an SSD later. It would also completely eliminate the need to handle this laptop with "Durable MIL-STD-810 military standard construction" with kid gloves because it would no longer contain a fragile mechanical hard drive.

Glaringly missing from this laptop is a USB-C port, which is standard on pretty much everything these days. They could easily have used the space taken by the 19 year-old USB 2.0 port that they did include, and you would get the added benefit of not having to guess which is the 2.0 and which are the 3.0 ports. Yes, the 2.0 and 3.0 ports are labelled, but only with slightly raised letters in the plastic case, so unless the light is perfect, you can't read them.

Also missing is an SD card reader.

ASUS seems to believe that gamers don't know where the W-A-S-D keys are, so to help us out, they put clear key caps on those keys. And they look terrible. While chatting with ASUS tech support, I asked if they sold matching black keys to replace them since they weren't included. Nope. As a matter of fact, I was told they don't sell any key caps at all, so hopefully you don't break or lose any, or you will be searching the internet and hoping for the best.

This is a old-style chiclet keyboard, and the keys are pretty spongy. I expect to get used to it, but with the falling cost of mechanical keyboards and their far superior performance and feel, it sure would have been a nice addition.

The trackpad is extremely sensitive, even with the sensitivity set to the minimum. It is also designed to be clicked. Yes, that's right, you can push anywhere on the trackpad and get a left click. While this seems like a neat idea, it makes the whole trackpad feel unstable as it wobbles around while you use it. I can't see how you could possible use this while gaming, so I suspect most people will just turn it off, but for non-gaming use, it's a disapointment.

The speakers are terrible. They artificially boost the higher frequencies and have absolutely no base whatsoever. Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 are supported by this laptop, but only by using the HDMI output. I did confirm that you can connect the HDMI port to a home theater amplifier for high quality audio and still use the laptop display. Obviously, exporting the audio and video also works.

There are 2 fans. The left fan exhausts out the back, but the right fan exhausts out the right side, cooking your hand if you are right handed and using a mouse. The right-side exhaust was at 60C (140F) after only a few minutes of running the 3D benchmarks.

The air intake for both fans is on the bottom of the laptop and the rubber feet are only 2.5mm tall, so don't put this laptop on anything except a hard surface. Also, be warned that the bottom of the laptop gets very hot, as does the surface it is on.

Thers is a lot of junk pre-installed, from McAfee nagware to games like Candy Crush, to a trial version of Microsoft Office, to adware from ASUS. Some of it, like the Office trial, can't even be uninstalled.

Other Thoughts: It is worth noting that while using this laptop, another computer on my network flagged a port scan coming from this ASUS laptop. It tried exploiting ports for telnet, ftp, print spooler, ssh, and web, as well as unnamed ports: 515, 545, and 9100. Not sure what that was all about, how many other devices on my network were scanned, or what it was trying to do.

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Thanks Robert D., for sharing how to change the RGB backlighting. My web searches yielded nothing, and even the tech support person from ASUS live-chat insisted it couldn't be done. Tuf Aura Core did it. The options are very limited, but at least there is more than the default color cycle.

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Time for some benchmarks. Note that all measurements were taken while plugged into AC power and the laptop was allowed to cool between tests.

Using the built-in gigabit Ethernet port, I was easily able to saturated the connection, with reads and writes from my NAS running at nearly 120MB/s (~1 Gbps). After switching to the built-in wireless AC9560 adapter and connecting to the 5GHz channel on my router, I was able to achieve read and write speeds of 52MB/s (~541 Mbp) and 47MB/s (~489 Mbps), respectively from the same NAS. It is entirely possible that my router is holding the wireless speeds back, though.

Here are Crystal Disk Mark results for the NVMe drive:

Sequential Read (Q= 1,T= 2) : 1120.174 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 1,T= 2) : 690.859 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 2) : 77.681 MB/s [ 18965.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 2) : 173.297 MB/s [ 42308.8 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1321.947 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 1220.059 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 39.538 MB/s [ 9652.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 95.361 MB/s [ 23281.5 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [C: 17.5% (41.5/237.4 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

And the physical disk:

Sequential Read (Q= 1,T= 2) : 284.894 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 1,T= 2) : 192.773 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 2) : 0.506 MB/s [ 123.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 2) : 7.660 MB/s [ 1870.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 142.588 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 146.165 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.417 MB/s [ 101.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 5.760 MB/s [ 1406.3 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [D: 0.1% (1.4/931.5 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

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Passmark gave this laptop an overall score of 5274, which put it in the 93rd percentile. Individual results are: CPU: 11720.6 (91st percentile), 2D graphics: 775.4 (75th percentile), 3D graphics: 8971.1 (90th percentile), Memory: 434.1 (80th percentile), and Disk (NVMe): 12172.9 (97th percentile).

Unigine Heaven 4.0 gave this laptop an overall score of 1963, when tested with Direct3D11, Ultra Quality, and Extreme Tessellation. Measured frame rate was: Min: 26.3, Ave: 77.9. Max: 177.7. During the test, the GPU temperature reached 95C and the fan exhaust reached 60C.

And it gave it an overall score of 2499, when tested with Direct3D11, High Quality, and Normal Tessellation. Measured frame rate was: Min: 23.0, Ave: 99.2. Max: 212.7. During the test, the GPU temperature reached 78C and the fan exhaust reached 52C.

Final thoughts:

Searching for the base specs of this laptop here at Newegg, you'll find that this is the least expensive option, and I suspect that was ASUS' goal. From a raw performance perspective, it delivers a great entry-level and a respectable mid-level gaming experience. If you can overlook the glaring deficiencies that this price point mandated, then you will be very happy with it. If the missing features are show stoppers for you, then take a look at other options.

Note that you can always upgrade the 256GB NVMe boot disk, or the 1TB mechanical hard drive, you just have to throw away what's already there. You can upgrade the memory without penalty by using the remaining empty slot.

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4/ 5
Fast, capable, and energy-efficient gaming laptop

Pros: This laptop has a lot going for it. It has a powerful CPU and GPU, a fast M.2 NVMe SSD, a large 2.5" disk drive, a great keyboard, and a beautiful display. A bouncy touchpad and defective key lighting on my sample are the main detractors.

The Intel i7-8750H has 6 cores (12 threads), a large 9.0 MB L3 cache, and a maximum TDP of 45 watts. In this model ASUS has enabled the Optimus Intel/NVIDIA hybrid graphics for energy efficiency. This means the on-board Intel UHD Graphics 630 is used when the more powerful NVIDIA graphics processor is not required, which saves power and reduces heat. The downside is a small performance penalty in memory access when the system RAM is shared between the on-board graphics and the CPU.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is a significant upgrade from the 1050 or 1050Ti, with 1280 CUDA cores (vs. 640 to 768) and a 192-bit memory interface (vs. 128-bit). However, it has a maximum TDP of 120 watts (vs. 75), which results in a a fair amount of heat when running the GPU flat out in 3D games or other GPU-accelerated applications.

The 17.3" IPS display has a matte finish that doesn't show reflections. The colors look very true. It has an excellent brightness range; I was happy with the default brightness of 50%. Note that this is a 60 Hz panel, some FX705 models have a 144 Hz panel. The horizontal viewing angle is good; the display gets dimmer as you move off-center but the colors stay reasonably true. The vertical viewing angle is even wider and more forgiving.

The case is attractive, with a gold backlit ASUS logo on the aluminum lid. Most of the laptop has a brushed finish which does a great job of hiding fingerprints or smudges.

Windows is installed on the 256 GB NVMe drive, leaving the 1 TB disk free. The NVMe drive is a Western Digital model WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G-1002 (2280 form factor, PCIe Gen3 x 2 / NVMe 1.3). The sequential read performance is a little variable but extremely fast on average. HD Tune 2.55 showed a minimum of 111.2 MB/s, a maximum of 721.4 MB/s, and an average of 567.3 MB/s. Using h2test2 to write 150 GB of the remaining free space resulted in a sequential write speed of 341 MB/s.

The 1 TB disk is a Toshiba MQ04ABF100 (5400 RPM, 128 MB cache). I found the performance to be reasonably good except for a consistent very slow read about 15% of the way into the disk. HD Tune reported sequential read speeds as 3.1 MB/s minimum, 134.5 MB/s maximum, and 107.9 MB/s average, with a 18.8 ms average access time. After installing games and other software, using h2testw to write 800 GB of the remaining disk space resulted in an overall 63.2 MB/s sequential write speed.

The WiFi speed is good but much lower than the ASUS GL703GM-NS73 with the same Intel Wave 2 WiFi. I ran an iperf3 server on a fast desktop computer that is connected to an 802.11ac access point with wired gigabit ethernet, and measured 326 Mbit/s with this laptop about six feet from the access point (vs. 645 Mbit/s on the GL703), and 84.9 Mbit/s two rooms away (vs. 251 Mbit/s on the GL703). The wired ethernet port measured 946 Mbit/s. Both were solid throughout a week of suspend/resume and power cycling.

The keyboard feels good, with adequate travel and a light tactile touch. The wider keys, like shift and the space bar, have the same feel all the way across. There are three brightness levels selected by hotkey. The default is maximum brightness, which is pleasant and not overly bright. Unfortunately, there is only a single color zone for the entire keyboard, with no possibility to assign different colors to individual keys or key regions. Keyboard colors and effects are configured using the Aura Core application. There are four effects available: static, breathing, strobe, and color changing. All but the latter allow you to choose a single RGB color. The keyboard lighting turns off after a minute of inactivity.

The 16 GB of RAM occupies one of two slots. My sample has a Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD; according to the Samsung data sheet this is PC4-21300 DDR4 2667 MHz 2Rx8 1.2 V with CAS latency 19-19-19. MemTest86 V7.5 measured 13.55 GB/s, which includes the penalty for the shared memory used by the Intel graphics. For comparison, I measured 14.79 GB/s on the similar ASUS GL703GM-NS73, which does not use the Intel graphics.

The HDMI output worked as it should. There were no problems extending the desktop onto a 2560x1080 external monitor. Audio also redirected to HDMI properly.

Battery life was surprisingly good for a laptop of this size. Thirty minutes running a 3D aquarium depleted the battery from 100% to 95% (showing 6 hours 27 minutes remaining); a further 3 hours 40 minutes of streaming Netflix took the battery from 95% to 35% (showing 2 hours 3 minutes remaining). That's over four hours of light use with about 1/3 battery left.

Cons: The touchpad is very smooth but there is a tactile tap-to-click underneath that makes the whole pad feel bouncy. This tactile click is annoyingly loud. The surface of the touchpad shows every touch as a smudge unless your hands are recently washed.

My review sample has defective key lighting. Two keys have no lighting at all and two keys are lit only on their left or right sides. This would require a return and exchange if I'd purchased this laptop, which is a significant inconvenience.

While the laptop case feels sturdy in general, there is significant flex in the center of the keyboard that is not present on other laptops I've used, including those from ASUS. It didn't bother me while typing though.

There are no dedicated keys for Home, End, PageUp, and PageDown. Those keys are only present on the numeric keypad and as such they are only available while num-lock is off. To make things more difficult, there’s no LED indicator for num-lock, you just have to try one of those keys to see what happens.

I would have liked to see an SD card reader; surely there is room along the right or front side of the case.

There is significant coil noise, particularly during disk access. The coil(s) are louder than the disk.

The built-in speakers are not very loud and there is no bass. A 100 Hz test tone is inaudible. Speech is clear though. I found 60% to 80% volume to be comfortable for streaming Netflix with the laptop directly in front of me with some ambient noise, and 40% volume to be good while the house is silent.

On two occasions, upon startup, there was a popup notification stating: "This scheme higher performance and more power savings. Recommended to keep default settings. (YES) (NO)"
That's not valid grammar and it's not at all clear what changes would be made by selecting YES or NO.

Connecting or disconnecting the power cable causes the screen to go blank and audio to drop for 1 to 3 seconds. I don't know what is happening during that time. I worry this could interfere with a running process if I should unplug in one room, move elsewhere, then plug in again.

The 720p webcam is adequate for Skype but the image is grainy unless you are in good light.

I think there is something not quite right about the BIOS' handling of the NVMe drive. In the "NVMe Configuration" screen the BIOS shows "No NVMe device found." However, the boot configuration correctly shows the Western Digital NVMe drive as the first choice. I don't know if this is related, but the two bootable Linux-based media that I tried (Knoppix and an Acronis rescue disk) both failed to detect the NVMe drive.

At the time of writing this model costs $30 more than the ASUS GL703GM-NS73, which has a smaller NVMe drive but offers a 120 Hz display, faster WiFi, better sound, a USB-C port, two display outputs, higher memory performance (no shared memory), and a better touchpad.

Other Thoughts: ASUS didn’t go overboard with unwanted software although I'd prefer not to have McAfee pre-installed. There's no need to reinstall Windows to avoid software bloat -- and it was easy enough to uninstall McAfee WebAdvisor, McAfee LiveSafe, and McAfee Security.

The cooling fans exhaust hot air mostly to the rear, with a small flow to the right side. At low speeds the fans make a pleasant soft sound with a faint midrange tone. At fast speeds there is a definite high-pitch whistle.

There are three fan modes, selected by hotkey (Fn+F5): Balanced, Overboost, and Silent. Silent mode keeps the fan speeds low but imposes a significant performance penalty on the GPU. Overboost generates a lot more fan noise than Balanced for just a tiny bit more performance.

I used PassMark Performance Test 9.0 to measure CPU and 3D GPU performance in each of the three fan modes, while watching the power consumption at the outlet:

Silent: CPU Mark 11579, max power 68 W; 3D Mark 3288, max power 75 W.
Balanced: CPU Mark 11922, max power 122 W; 3D Mark 8999, max power 132 W.
Overboost: CPU Mark 12300, max power 123 W; 3D Mark 9081, max power 133 W.

I used the Gears of War 4 built-in benchmark to evaluate GPU gaming performance in each of the three fan modes while watching the power consumption at the outlet, using the default quality settings (almost all set to ULTRA or HIGH):

Silent: 28.7 fps, max power 78 W.
Balanced: 59.5 fps (just under the panel refresh rate), max power 134 W.
Overboost: 60.0 fps, max power 148 W.

The case temperatures were a little high after running the Gears of War 4 benchmark for 30 minutes in Balanced mode. On the top side, the wrist rests were 80 F to 88 F, the left home keys were 97 F, the right home keys were 116 F, and around the power button was 121 F. On the bottom of the case, the hottest area was the corner near the right side exhaust vent at 130 F.

The power consumption is much lower when not running performance tests or 3D games. Here are some power measurements for a variety of lighter loads, all with balanced fan mode:
86 watts running twelve BOINC CPU threads.
16 watts running h2testw sequential read/write test on the 1 TB disk.
15 watts running Marine Aquarium 3D.
12 watts idle in Windows desktop.
7 watts idle in Windows desktop with the display off (power saving).

Other PassMark Performance Test 9.0 scores, in Balanced fan mode:
2D Mark: 793
Memory Mark: 2463
Disk Mark, C: 11941
Disk Mark, D: 931

The Western Digital NVMe did very well in the CrystalDiskMark test, using 1 GB chunks:
Seq Q32T1: 1717.0 MB/s read, 1300.6 MB/s write
4KiB Q8T8: 780.9 MB/s read, 671.7 MB/s write
4KiB Q32T1: 315.1 MB/s read, 272.7 MB/s write
4KiB Q1T1: 40.10 MB/s read, 101.2 MB/s write

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5/ 5
Excellent Build Quality and Very Fast!

Pros: If all you need is a fast, dependable gaming laptop without a lot of extra hardware options/features then this is the one to get!

Upgrade potential with this laptop ensures you have room to expand the memory if needed, and increase the storage size and speed of your drives down the road.

Trapezoid-cut aluminum Gunmetal Grey top cover, with a matte like finish looks great.

The ASUS logo on the top cover lights up and glows solid gold when the laptop is on, nice finishing touch!

The metal top cover provides excellent reinforcement for the display screen, and does not flex like plastic covers would on a display of this size.

Features Keyboard RGB-back-lighting, and color options are controlled with the Aura Core app. Effects options include Static, Breathing, Color Cycle and Strobing. Color Cycle ripples all the colors while the other three options allow you to customize the specific color you want.

Scissor-switch Keyboard keys have a travel distance of 1.8mm. While this style might be a little harder to clean, they are less likely to get debris in them as the gaps between the keys are smaller.

Memory is one 16GB bar of Samsung PC4-2666v-SE1-11. All that’s needed to max out the memory is one more 16GB bar for the extra memory slot. Nice to see they did not use two 8GB bars as some competitors do so when you decide to max out the memory it will cost you less!

The 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drive is a Western Digital SN520 SDAPNUW-256G-1002 and has read/write speeds of 1700/1300 Mbps. If you decide to upgrade this drive pay attention to the interface as it is a PCIe GEN3x2!

Multiple Crystal Disk tests on the 256GB NVMe drive were consistent with read/write speeds of 1700/1300.

Utilizes dual fans for better cooling, both vent to the rear with 2.5 inch ports and one additional vent on right side.

Excellent Wi-Fi coverage with the latest Intel Wireless-AC 9560 adapter providing Bluetooth 5 and 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi including Wave 2 features such as 160MHZ channels.

Cons: No USB-C jack, but this is easily remedied with a USB 3.1 adapter/dongle.

Other Thoughts: Running your games/programs from the NVMe drive gets you maximum speed! The secondary drive only reads/writes at about 144/148 Mbps but is great for storage of videos/pics etc.; or programs where speed is not important.

For a faster secondary drive, install an SSD drive which offers much more speed than a platter drive. 1 TB SSD dives can be found here on Newegg for as little as $125 with read write speeds of 550/550 Mbps.

You can try squeaking more out of the GPU by using Asus GPU Tweak II. It offers one-click custom overclocking with detailed information about the GPU and can be found on their website.

If doing a fresh Windows install, you also need to install the Tuf Aura Core app for controlling the RGB keyboard, and the Asus Keyboard Hotkeys app available on the Microsoft App Store.

Has the latest version bios 3.01 released 01/08/2019.

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4/ 5
Good Value Computer

Pros: Upon startup you’re prompted with the standard windows 10 setup dialogue to get your account setup.

There wasn’t much bloatware out of the box. I was disappointed to see some but that’s more for the cons section.

Having a SSD for the os portion is a big pro as opposed to just having an old spinning hard drive, they do give you a second hard drive for added storage but it’s on the slower side.

Given that it is a gaming laptop I tossed on a bunch of games from my steam library and was able to max out all the settings without any problems. Civilization 6, The Division 2, Farcry, all had 0 issues running maxed on settings.

You do get a solid video card, and the processor is the newest generation of Intel chips so that helps.

As far as the speakers were concerned they were rather good for laptop speakers, arguably the best ones I have come across in the 10ish laptops I’ve used over the last decade and change, so that is a huge pro. In reality I do most if not all of my gaming with headphones so the speakers don’t really matter.

I was able to get 2 solid hours of gameplay with the battery before it tried to enter any type of power saving mode. So while not the most robust battery for gaming it was definitely impressive and more than adequate.

Cons: Overall performance in games was great, once the fans kicked on it was loud, nowhere near as loud as my wife’s MacBook pro when being used heavily but much louder than my desktop.

They did include a decent amount of bloatware the most annoying being the MacAfee which is harder to actually get rid of than your average virus and generally does nothing other than just hurt your overall performance with little to no protection.

For being a computer that cost about thirteen hundred it had a bit of a cheap feeling to it. Maybe not as rigid as you would hope for something like that, there was more flex in the case and screen than I would think to be ideal. It didn't impact the performance at all but it might have some bearing on the overall longevity of the computer if it were to travel quite a bit.

It did happen to hiccup whenever you disconnected power mid game, the changing of the power profiles gave you a black screen for a few seconds before it recovered. That could probably be fixed by normalizing power profiles between plugged in an on battery but that somewhat defeats the purpose of it.

Other Thoughts: Would I buy this computer based on the specs? Maybe, it is a very strong contender in the price range.

For the price it’s a great buy, especially when on sale. You won’t be disappointed with the performance of it, you might run out of ssd space quickly but it looked easy enough to replace that with some minor technical skills.

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4/ 5
Excellent Gaming Desktop Replacement

Pros: As a quick summary, this Asus FX705GM is a gaming desktop replacement laptop with high performance components under the hood, but at the same time lacking a number of features found on other more expensive laptops.

+ An Intel Core i7, 6-core processor is provided alongside the extremely popular NVIDIA GTX 1060 video card with 6GB VRAM.

+ The relatively compact overall footprint of the laptop mirrors many 15.6” screen laptops while squeezing in a 17.3” screen. The screen provided is a 1080P IPS matte panel with wide viewing angles. There is a narrow (NanoEdge) bezel on 3 sides of the screen.

+ A single module of 2,666Mhz, 16GB DDR4 RAM is provided with an extra empty motherboard slot available for adding another 16GB of RAM for a total of 32GB.

+ 256GB nVMe SSD based main OS drive along with 1TB of conventional secondary storage.

+ Inclusion of a legacy USB 2.0 port in addition to two USB 3.1 and one HDMI port. All of the ports are positioned along the left side of the laptop.

+ A number of cooling fan profiles (Silent, Balanced, Overboost) in order to accommodate different environments where the laptop may be used.

+ RGB keyboard backlighting allows various colors, brightness levels, and effects to be utilized.

+ Can be upgraded with relative ease by removal of 11 screws on the bottom and removing the bottom panel.

+ The Windows installation has minimal bloatware pre-installed from the factory.

Cons: The following cons detail where Asus has cut corners in order to keep the manufacturing costs down.

- Even though the lid of the laptop is a gorgeous gunmetal aluminum finish, the base of the laptop is all plastic which cheapens the overall look and feel of the laptop. When upgrading components, the plastic tabs on the bottom cover are prone to breaking.

- The included nVME SSD (Western Digital SN520) has about half the performance of the more premium nVME SSDs. The 1TB Toshiba secondary hard drive is a 5,400 RPM drive. Use of a 7,200RPM hard drive and/or SSHD would have a bigger impact on the overall performance.

- This laptop lacks a memory card reader, mini-display port, and USB-C ports that are often found on other laptops.

- The 17” LCD has a more conventional 60hz refresh rate vs 144hz. Color accuracy isn’t great since this laptop is intended more for gaming than other tasks.

- The two included cooling fans are a bit too aggressive regardless of profiles being used (See other thoughts).

- Side firing speakers are lacking in fidelity and were disappointing when in use. Headphones would be recommended due to the lower quality speakers and cooling fan noise.

- The secondary storage hard drive ships empty with no pre-configuration for default program installation paths. What that means is when installing games with default settings, they will install onto the main OS drive and fill it up relatively quickly meanwhile keeping the storage drive unused. In order to avoid this, the end user would have to have the knowhow to direct installations and file storage onto the secondary hard drive.

- RGB Backlighting on the keyboard allow for a single color to be used, but does not allow for assigning colors to individual keys.

- Some keys such as the arrow keys are squished together minimizing the overall usefulness when gaming.

- Asus Battery Health Charging Windows app is not yet compatible with this laptop. The purpose of the app is to allow the user to limit the maximum battery charging level to either 100%, 80%, or 60%. By not fully charging the battery every time and keeping it topped of at 100%, the overall useful life of the battery can be prolonged by keeping the battery level at either 80% or 60%.

Other Thoughts: When cross-referencing the laptop component temperatures and the fan speeds, there seems to be a disconnect between the actual fan speed that’s needed vs. what’s provided in each fan profile. The best way the fans could be described is hyperactive, spinning up even under small system loads. In each profile they spin faster than needed. The way the profiles should have been set up is as follows:

(Silent)
Fans off until 60*C
Fans low between 60*C – 80*C
Limit CPU frequency above 80*C

(Balanced)
Fans low until 60*C
Fans medium 60*C - 80*C
Limit CPU frequency above 80*C

(Overboost)
Fans medium until 70*C
Fans high for above 70*C

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