Music, gaming or video fan
- Extremely capable and powerful machine.
Tested it in gaming, some productivity work, and it works really well. Essentially on par with a desktop system of same specs.
Ryzen Master utility (for Threadripper) can be downloaded to reduce CPU voltage when under load.
However, AMD seems to have already modified Ryzen CPU to work quite efficiently and lower its voltage as needed, so I need to do comprehensive temperature testing to see if undervolting is even necessary when applied and not applied.
- The cooling in the laptop is indeed adequate for gaming and content creation, however, what I don't appreciate is how hot the upper section of the casing becomes due to GPU being under load. It is hardly unpleasant as the keyboard is away from the section and not particularly affected, however, upon looking at online reviews, I noticed Asus didn't add a third copper pipe for pulling heat away from the GPU like they did for the CPU.
Numerous methods of alternative cooling have been presented over the last decade, and to still rely on fans and copper pipes in a day and age of carbon nanotubes, graphene, synthetic diamonds, water cooling, waste heat harvesters, etc. seems a bit... cheap.
There is no reason such solutions should or would be expensive... in fact, most of them are extremely cost effective, but it would appear, laptop OEM's don't seem to have an interest in designing a modern/efficient cooling system for a laptop and still utilize an outdated approach.
Asus still haven't released any product support drivers for this laptop on their website, which would be extremely useful for doing a clean Windows installation, and one cannot (as of yet) register the laptop in your account on Asus website as it would appear it hadn't been added to their database (this seems odd to say the least, considering the speficiations behind this machine and being the world's first 8 core 16 thread laptop).
However, the laptop is very new and likely Asus needs time to get things up an running for it (and I am about to chat up their customer support about it since I hadn't received any response on the e-mail I sent them).
There does not appear to be an option to do a factory reset. I tried it to restore original GPU drivers (which I updated to the latest ones and lost FreeSync as a result), but the system reached 40% and then stopped, undoing the changes.
Upon second attempt, the system couldn't find a factory reset image file it would seem.
LaptopsDirect should probably work with Asus to supply a Factory reset USB for free if needed.
Don't have the 'negatives' detract you from realizing the laptop is more than capable for gaming and productivity work.
It's just very new and needs some ironing out by Asus in general... worth getting.
Published on: 22 October 2017