I wrote about this laptop and its smaller 15.6 “brother in a recent news. Laptops are using the newer 3000 Line Mobile Lines with 35W TDP and clock frequency and power management enhancements. the real machines with the H Series line, which has an increased power limit, and one of the main laptops is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. with 120Hz LCD not available
Because TUF laptops boast that these machines meet different military standards in terms of dust, high temperature, and so on, which I haven’t tried because my notebook has
Let’s take a look at the packaging, that’s quite spartan, | Basically, it is a fairly normal cardboard box, the notebook then lies inside the sleeve, there is still a surprisingly large 180W power adapter and manual. On the box I was attracted by a very plastic handle, which is not cut into the hand, which I found somewhat unexpected.
The laptop itself will surprise you with its size and very low weight. The notebook itself is about 17 inches in size and is smaller than the previously tested Acer Predator Helios 500, which has a 17.3 “display and is even bigger with its frames. Paradoxically, ASUS will also fit into my ThinkPad Professional backpack, which is officially designed for 15.6 “laptops. The Lenovo Legion backpack, which also holds a large 17.3 “Acer, this notebook sounds like a small machine. The exact dimensions of the laptop are.
Design is obviously subjective , but I would say fairly nice, relatively minimal and nothing explicitly “shouts” GAMING. When the notebook is closed, it reminds me a bit of the old old Asusy K, X61S and so on. The back lid is solid and metal, the ASUS logo is then shining but not much visible in daylight, it is directly dependent on the backlight of the display and there are four status LEDs, power, battery charging, disk activity, and airplane mode. The notebook is snapped, quite elegant, and I highly appreciate the presence of disk activity LEDs, and many manufacturers no longer give this thing to their laptops. pity him. LEDs are primarily white and are not intrusive, which is also a nice change from supersvítivým blue LED.
It is not possible to disprove the display | to the same position as the bottom of the notebook, as it would block the rear of the notebook. So to go into the horizontal position will probably go, but you have to use force to disrupt the irreversibly structural integrity of the entire device and therefore do not recommend such action.
We don’t find much on the bottom of the notebook, basically just a glue with information on what equipment | and other regulatory labels mentioning WiFi and Bluetooth chipset. In addition, the bottom cover is very easy to dismantle, but only after a while. There is a single bottom vent in the center of the enclosure, which is not just close to the fans, and a second vent is above the keyboard. It is not surprising to make a cooling in the laptop so that the air flows through components like RAM, disks, power cascade and so on is not quite easy. That is why we sometimes find ventilation holes in relatively special places because they are used for air flow so that at least some other components are cooled.
Now let’s look at the ports, | unfortunately the notebook has a little bit of it, and they all live on the left side of the laptop. On the right side, there is only a Kensington lock slot and a third graphics card vent. On the left side you will find a power connector, an RJ45 connector, a USB 2.0 port type A, HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.1 10Gbit / s type A ports, and a 3.5mm headphone / microphone combo jack. On the laptop I miss a little SD card reader and at least one USB port type A on the right side, at least for the mouse it would be nice. The absence of USB-C does not bother me personally, because we can easily connect a USB-C cable to USB-A connectors. Theoretically, sad users of monitors with a USB-C input that combines DisplayPort with a USB hub may not be a major issue. The notebook is more targeted to players who will play primarily on the laptop.
It’s time to look at the keyboard and display. First we start with the display, it has very narrow frames outside the bottom, but it probably does not matter to anyone, because the LCD panel is slightly light. The LCD panel used has very good colors, it is a FullHD IPS panel from AU Optronics, specifically B173HAN04.2. The display refresh rate is only 60Hz and the panel can do 40Hz, but Freesync does not support this and it is a shame because the FX505 with a 15.6 “LCD has a refresh rate of 120Hz. We will find a fairly common 720p webcam and stereo microphones above the LCD.
The keyboard has a backlight with RGB LEDs and we can configure it directly in Windows. | The WASD keys are made of transparent plastic and shine the most at night or dusk. ASUS has decided to add a numeric block, but its keys are significantly narrower than the rest of the keyboard, plus a cursor-keyed segment is incorporated into this block, making the keyboard a little confusing. F12 keys, very often I blindly pressed F1 instead of F2 or I pressed Alt + F3 instead of Alt + F4. cursor block, where the tactile memory expects number one, there is an up cursor arrow. The laptop has extra space on both sides, so the keyboard should not be a little stretched so that the numeric block is not reduced. NumLock LED is missing, CapsLock LED is right in Caps key. Above the keyboard we will find a button that has a built-in LEDK. In the middle, we will find another vent hole through which the fans are sucking in air, and above them are four status LEDs.
The touchpad is traditionally a full-click trackpad with no physical separate mouse buttons. Of course, gestures are supported under Windows 10, and we can configure them to your liking. While using it, which was actually just a battery test, I didn’t encounter any troubles or strange behavior. I myself belong to TrackPoint users, so the touchpad doesn’t bother me if it’s off.
The time has come to look inside the laptop. Here I have to praise ASUS, access inside is very easy, just unscrew all the screws of the bottom cover and then carefully unlock it, for example with the help of a plastic pick or similar tool. However, I recommend that you put down the screws well so that you can put them back in the right places, there are three different lengths and you certainly do not want to make a dent in the palmrest or damage the thread.
After opening the cover, we look at the inside of your notebook, it’s all easily replaceable and available, there’s a little plus, the replacement of components is not strangely obscured, so we can easily swap RAM, clean cooling, replace batteries or add a second drive or replace the original NVMe drive.
The empty space on the left side of the notebook | where the side cooling is exhausted, there are two centimeters of empty space. I thought the idea was that ASUS might be using the very same motherboard for the 15-inch FX505 and FX705. This idea was confirmed by the FX505 photo from notebookcheck.net, where it can be seen that the layout of the components on the board is exactly the same, although in the review they have a weaker model where there is no third side heatpipe. This solution is very good in terms of manufacturing costs, as ASUS can have the same motherboards for both models. Personally, I see no problem, at least it will be easier to get spare parts in the future. I was also interested in the fact that in the BIOS the board of tested FX705 is reported as FX505.
The laptop battery is a four-cell battery with a fairly decent 64 Wh capacity, so the endurance could be pretty good for office work. In addition to the battery, there is a metal holder for 2.5 “SATA drives, plus the SATA connector is physically soldered to the motherboard, eliminating any problem with a proprietary SATA cable that some manufacturers do not normally give to notebooks. have two discs in your notebook, definitely a thumb up here, and the holder can easily handle 9.5mm high discs, which is good news for older HDD / SSD owners
} When we’re at the store, we’ll find the M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe disk from Intel on the left, ASUS used the Intel 660p 512GB SSD, it’s a relatively cheap QLC SSD, but it should be faster than the SATA SSD. The SSD is connected via four PCIe Gen3 lines and has no cooler, and there is also a second M.2 slot under the SSD, which houses Realtek’s WiFi chipset. The Intel 8265GNW and the notebook work fine with it, so the FX705 has no WiFi card whitelist.
We’ll find two DDR4 SODIMM slots in the middle of the notebook, | the two SK hynix 8GB DDR4-2666 CL19 modules, but AMD Ryzen 7 3750H supports a maximum of DDR4-2400 RAM so the higher speed is not used, which is a pity. Unfortunately, in BIOS we can’t find any way to debug RAM and Ryzen Master doesn’t talk to the laptop. If we want to, we can put a maximum of 2x16GB RAM into the notebook.
Now is the time to look at a cooler that looks quite capable. The design is relatively simple, the two main heatpipes lead through the CPU and GPU to two copper passives that blow the fans. Some of the coolers are painted red, these are the parts that are visible from the outside. In addition, the GTX 1660 Ti has a third heatpipe that delivers some heat from the VRM a little and leads to the aluminum passive on the notebook side. The cooler can be very easily dismantled, cleaned and over-rinsed if necessary. Unfortunately, both CPU and GPU are soldered directly to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.
The model is AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, it is a quad core with SMT support and therefore has a total of eight fibers. The funny thing is that the type designation is exactly the same with Ryzen 7 3700U. It is an identical piece of silicon, it differs only in the otherwise set TDP, and in the case of both processors a configurable TDP in the range of 12-35W is mentioned. I suppose Ryzen 7 3700U will be limited to 15-25W in notebooks. The new Mobile Lines have improved power management and slightly boosted maximum boost, and the manufacturing process is 12nm over the previous 14nm processor. This probably enabled slightly higher bars. This piece is supposed to have a single-fiber boost of up to 4GHz, with a multi-core boost typically ranging from 3.4-3.85 GHz to some type of load.
The processor has an integrated chipset, and so it is SOC, and here we find the mobile Vega 10, which is the same paper as the previous Ryzen 7 2700U, but has a GPU boost of up to 1400 MHz. In this notebook, however, Vega 10 is more like a power-saving GPU for Windows, GTX 1660 Ti is at play. This is why Vega 10 has only 128MB of VRAM allocated from RAM, the rest is taken dynamically from RAM and this setting cannot be changed. Vega 10 has received minor enhancements, newly supports up to four monitors, and the previous Mobile Digits 2xxx support a maximum of three. Also, an internal eDP panel is attached to Vega 10, the GTX 1660 Ti sends the image via PCIe, and Vega then displays it on the internal panel.
As a powerful graphics engine, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is used | to hide behind the Max-Q, Max-P, or Mobile, just the GTX 1660 Ti. The card has 1536 Turing shaders, 48 ROPs, 96 texture units and 6GB GDDR6 12 GHz memory connected through a 192-bit bus. The memory throughput is a decent 288 GB / s, the graphics core has a base clock set to 1455 MHz, it can boost to 1590 MHz, but in game play time it boosts much up to somewhere around 1800 MHz. TDP is set to 85 Watts, at least approximately.
Switching graphics works more or less automatically, but if you want to manually assign a particular GPU to an application, | the NVIDIA Control Panel, the Radeon Settings, and the newer Vega 10 drivers will do we can install, but you cannot configure graphics card switching here. In addition, assigning GPUs to specific applications can be done in Windows 10 itself, so in theory we can have a minimalist driver installation without control software and switching through Windows.
The configuration of the laptop looks like this:
- AMD Ryzen 7 3750H – 2 , 3GHz, Turbo to 4GHz, 4C / 8T, 4MB L3 cache, 35W TDP, 12nm
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 Mobile
- 2x8GB RAM DDR4-2400 CL 17-17-17-39 1T
- Intel 660p PCIe NVMe x4 SSD
- AzureWave AW-CB295NF AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
- 17.3 “1920×1080 60Hz IPS LCD
- 720 Webcam
- 64 Wh Battery
- ASUS 180W Adapter
- Windows 10 Home v1809
The laptop is preinstalled with Windows 10 Home version 1809. We’ll also find a set of utility software from ASUS | Among the unnecessary software that I uninstalled include the traditional McAffee Live Antivirus, Windows Defender is enough. Otherwise there is no crapware on the laptop, which is only good.
ASUS ARMOURY CRATE
If you have any Asus products, Armory crate you know, on the FX705 with this tool, we can set the keyboard backlight, fan behavior, download other applications, or just monitor some system parameters.
This is kind of reminiscent of | Lenovo Vantage. With your laptop, such as serial number, warranty status, you can also update your drivers quite simply, or download various manuals and also perform diagnostics. More functionality is available after logging into your ASUS account, but I haven’t tried it.
GameVisual can use different profiles that change the color temperature of the display, which I do not find somewhat extra useful, but this option exists. Color temperature can also be set in Radeon Settings.
DTS Audio | it provides “Immersive audio clarity”, we have an equalizer with different 3D sound effects available, I cannot objectively judge how useful it is, but some games may sound a little better. There are also profiles for different types of headphones in the tool, and we can also adjust how the stereo sound behaves.
Realtek Audio Console
As the name suggests, in this console | we can set up a sound card or rather a sound codec. We can modify the microphone, use the equalizer, and so on. Many Realtek audio codecs use this tool, which is obtained through the Microsoft Store.