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Question about upcoming Asus ROG G703 GI-XS98K

alienbaby
Level 7
Greetings Asus ROG laptop enthusiasts and Asus corporate.

I have some questions about this new upcoming Asus ROG G703 GI-XS98K.

Will this $3,699 Asus laptop only ship with 32GB RAM? The official website shows this laptop with only 32GB RAM:

(https://store.asus.com/us/item/201804AM060000002/A47070-ASUS-ROG-G703GI-XS98K-Desktop-Replacement-Ga...)

Yet several reviewers describe this laptop as having 64GB RAM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQFF8Fci-KE

I ask this question because Asus has posted laptops with inaccurate specifications on their website before. I remember when I originally purchased my Asus ROG G752VY, The specifications showed that it only had 1 512GB NVMe SSD as the primary drive. I purchased it the week it released and it only had 2x256GB NVMe SSDs with no working RAID solution. So I called up Asus to inquire about the discrepancy on their website specs and they silently adjusted the specs.

Back to the Asus ROG G703 GI. I really hope that this laptop ships with 64GB DDR4 RAM. The Asus G752VY had 64GB DDR4 RAM and it came out about 2.5 years ago.

If the Asus ROG G703GI only ships with 32GB RAM, do you estimate that Asus would install this RAM on the inside of the laptop (below the keyboard) or on the externally accessible RAM slots that are easier to get to in the back? If they only ship it with 32GB RAM, I am going to want to purchase 2x16GB DDR4 RAM by the same vendor. It will certainly be much easier for me to install them on the bottom of the laptop at the expandable slots than to have to disassemble more of the laptop in order to get to the internal RAM slots, below the keyboard. I don't think I have the specialized screws to remove the entire case at this time.

Any feedback you have would be greatly appreciative. Thank you for your time!
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Weirdoutworld
Level 7
My asus refurbished g703vi shipped with 32gb. 2x 16gb sticks on the INSIDE of the system. The 2 slots under the access panel are empty. So I would assume the same here.

Gustave
Level 9
alienbaby wrote:
Greetings Asus ROG laptop enthusiasts and Asus corporate.

I have some questions about this new upcoming Asus ROG G703 GI-XS98K.

Will this $3,699 Asus laptop only ship with 32GB RAM? The official website shows this laptop with only 32GB RAM: ...…………………...


The Asus ROG G703GI-XS98K, I ordered, ships with 32GB RAM, two 256GB PCIe SSDs and a 2TB SSHD storage drive. There is the possibility to add 32GB RAM and change the storage configuration to your liking as I did with my G752VY in the past.

At the top of the range is the G703GI-XS99K, which has the same specs as the XS98K but with 64GB of RAM and three 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs at an additional cost of $1.300,- ($4.999,-).

Both of course have the Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU.

Regards.

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Gustave wrote:
The Asus ROG G703GI-XS98K, I ordered, ships with 32GB RAM, two 256GB PCIe SSDs and a 2TB SSHD storage drive. There is the possibility to add 32GB RAM and change the storage configuration to your liking as I did with my G752VY in the past.

At the top of the range is the G703GI-XS99K, which has the same specs as the XS98K but with 64GB of RAM and three 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs at an additional cost of $1.300,- ($4.999,-).

Both of course have the Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU.

Regards.



Gustave,

Thanks for your feedback. I like what you did by going with the XS98K instead of the 99K and I may do the same if the video card and CPU are identical because I'm going to put a 2TB NVMe into it instead of using the 3x512GB SSDs that come with the XS99K. If I go with the X98K, I'm still going to need to put an additional 32GB RAM in it so that it has 64GB because the kind of work I do is memory intensive. I have a couple more questions about this for you:

1. Did they put the 32GB RAM on the inside below the keyboard or did they install it in the expansion slot that you could easily get to from the back panel?

2. Is there any possibility that you could give me the make and model number of those 2 16GB DDR4 RAM sticks? I want to pre-order a couple that closely match the 32g. Is it the same RAM that is in my G752VY? I have 4 x 16GB of Samsung M471A2K43BB1-CPB DDR4 2133.

alienbaby wrote:
Gustave,

Thanks for your feedback. I like what you did by going with the XS98K instead of the 99K and I may do the same if the video card and CPU are identical because I'm going to put a 2TB NVMe into it instead of using the 3x512GB SSDs that come with the XS99K. If I go with the X98K, I'm still going to need to put an additional 32GB RAM in it so that it has 64GB because the kind of work I do is memory intensive. I have a couple more questions about this for you:

1. Did they put the 32GB RAM on the inside below the keyboard or did they install it in the expansion slot that you could easily get to from the back panel?

2. Is there any possibility that you could give me the make and model number of those 2 16GB DDR4 RAM sticks? I want to pre-order a couple that closely match the 32g. Is it the same RAM that is in my G752VY? I have 4 x 16GB of Samsung M471A2K43BB1-CPB DDR4 2133.


I cannot, yet, answer your questions regarding the upgrade of the G703GI-XS98K because I do not have the laptop in my possession yet. So I don't have the exact specs of the SO DIMMS being used. But I know, from reading about it, that you can easily add the 2 16GB SODIMMs from the bottom of the laptop. You can also use 3 NVMe M2 SSD's for a blazing fast RAID0 bootvolume and add a fourth 2TB SATA SSD for storage.

Me too I have 4 Samsung M471A2K43BB1-CPB DDR4-2133 SODIMM's in my G752VY but the G703GI-XS98K uses DDR4-2666 SODIMM's.

I hope to get my XS98K beginning of June (when I ordered it the release date was set at end of May) but the website now states end of June. So I don't know when I get my hands on the beast.

Regards.
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alienbaby wrote:

2. Is there any possibility that you could give me the make and model number of those 2 16GB DDR4 RAM sticks? I want to pre-order a couple that closely match the 32g. Is it the same RAM that is in my G752VY? I have 4 x 16GB of Samsung M471A2K43BB1-CPB DDR4 2133.


I can tell you the sticks that are in my G703:
16GB Each
Apacer Technology
DDR4-2800 / PC4-22400 SO-DIMM
Model #: 76.D305G.D060B

SDRAM manufacturer according to HWiNFO shows Samsung.
(ROG has simply become too expensive compared to the competition with same specs... 😞 )
MSI GE75 Raider 10SGS - i7 10750H - RTX 2080 Super - 32GB Ram - 1TB WD NVMe - 2TB 960 EVO - 300Hz 17inch Display
RETIRED: ALIENWARE R17 R5 - i7 8750H - GTX 1070 @ 1.9Ghz - 16GB DDR4 - NVMe 970 EVO 1TB - SSD 960 EVO 1TB
SOLD: ASUS G703VI-XH74K, RETIRED: ASUS G752VY-DH72, RETIRED: ASUS G750JH DB71 , RETIRED:ASUS G74Sx DH72

alienbaby wrote:
Gustave,

Thanks for your feedback. I like what you did by going with the XS98K instead of the 99K and I may do the same if the video card and CPU are identical because I'm going to put a 2TB NVMe into it instead of using the 3x512GB SSDs that come with the XS99K. If I go with the X98K, I'm still going to need to put an additional 32GB RAM in it so that it has 64GB because the kind of work I do is memory intensive. I have a couple more questions about this for you:

1. Did they put the 32GB RAM on the inside below the keyboard or did they install it in the expansion slot that you could easily get to from the back panel?

2. Is there any possibility that you could give me the make and model number of those 2 16GB DDR4 RAM sticks? I want to pre-order a couple that closely match the 32g. Is it the same RAM that is in my G752VY? I have 4 x 16GB of Samsung M471A2K43BB1-CPB DDR4 2133.


Well,

My XS98K has arrived and I upgraded the hardware. But with some questions.

First of all, the spec as the G703GI arrived:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 2x 256GB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW256GB) in RAID0. Third M.2 slot empty
  • 1x 2TB FireCuda ST2000LX001-1RG174
  • 2x 16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

After the upgrade:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 3x 1 TB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW010T8) in RAID0
  • 1x 2TB Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB
  • 4x16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

​It was a bit of a hassle to get the Windows installation from the original bootdrive to the new one. I made a copy to a Samsung T3 USB drive with Macrium Reflect but I could not get into the new RAID0 I set up in the BIOS. So in the end I copied the boot drive to the one Intel SSD in the M.2 Sata slot. Booted from there and created the RAID0 from within the OS with the extra two NVMe SSD's (as I did with my G752VY back then). This worked.

I noticed that the Crystal benchmark scores for the drivespeed were not what I expected compared to the original setup

74280


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Gustave wrote:
Well,

My XS98K has arrived and I upgraded the hardware. But with some questions.

First of all, the spec as the G703GI arrived:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 2x 256GB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW256GB) in RAID0. Third M.2 slot empty
  • 1x 2TB FireCuda ST2000LX001-1RG174
  • 2x 16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

After the upgrade:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 3x 1 TB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW010T8) in RAID0
  • 1x 2TB Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB
  • 4x16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

It was a bit of a hassle to get the Windows installation from the original bootdrive to the new one. I made a copy to a Samsung T3 USB drive with Macrium Reflect but I could not get into the new RAID0 I set up in the BIOS. So in the end I copied the boot drive to the one Intel SSD in the M.2 Sata slot. Booted from there and created the RAID0 from within the OS with the extra two NVMe SSD's (as I did with my G752VY back then). This worked.

I noticed that the Crystal benchmark scores for the drivespeed were not what I expected compared to the original setup

74280



Yes, you doubled your seq write speed but lost a little on the read speed. But you got a 3TB OS drive to back up and keep images of. any kind of glitch on anyone of the 3 drive will cost you all your data. Now for some gaming results. I'll bet it would be a killer fast at rendering 3d Auto Cad files. AQnd Rendering large video files.
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

Clintlgm wrote:
Yes, you doubled your seq write speed but lost a little on the read speed. But you got a 3TB OS drive to back up and keep images of. any kind of glitch on anyone of the 3 drive will cost you all your data. Now for some gaming results. I'll bet it would be a killer fast at rendering 3d Auto Cad files. AQnd Rendering large video files.


Thanks for your feedback. My Asus ROG G703GI arrived this evening. Like yours, mine is starting out with 32GB (2x16GB) RAM and the model number matches--m471a2k43cb1-ctd. Where did you find 2 more Samsung RAM sticks to match this? I have been scouring Google to find more RAM to order for this laptop and so far, I've been coming up completely empty handed.

I'm starting to get nervous. How can Asus have Samsung RAM with the model number "m471a2k43cb1-ctd", yet it is available nowhere else online? I need my laptop to have 64GB RAM similar to yours.

Could you help me find a place to order the RAM? Thank you so much in advance.

Gustave wrote:
Well,

My XS98K has arrived and I upgraded the hardware. But with some questions.

First of all, the spec as the G703GI arrived:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 2x 256GB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW256GB) in RAID0. Third M.2 slot empty
  • 1x 2TB FireCuda ST2000LX001-1RG174
  • 2x 16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

After the upgrade:


  • Core i9-8950HK
  • 3x 1 TB Intel 760P SSD's (INTEL SSDPEKKW010T8) in RAID0
  • 1x 2TB Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB
  • 4x16GB DDR4 SDRAM (Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD)

​It was a bit of a hassle to get the Windows installation from the original bootdrive to the new one. I made a copy to a Samsung T3 USB drive with Macrium Reflect but I could not get into the new RAID0 I set up in the BIOS. So in the end I copied the boot drive to the one Intel SSD in the M.2 Sata slot. Booted from there and created the RAID0 from within the OS with the extra two NVMe SSD's (as I did with my G752VY back then). This worked.

I noticed that the Crystal benchmark scores for the drivespeed were not what I expected compared to the original setup

74280





Am wondering if you found a fix for your drive speed with your upgraded setup?