- Build quality, Case and design and looks
- Keyboard and Trackpad
- Sound and Speakers
- General subjective performance experience
- Gaming Performance
- Thermals, Throttling & Noise handling
- Screen / Screen quality
- Competing gaming laptops / alternatives
++ Main reason to consider:
Very powerful gaming laptop, big screen, good thermals, very good display with no PWM and very good feature-set. Good for heavy gamers who like big things
-- Main reason to avoid:
Price, dimensions and weight
+ Very good keyboard with feedback, response and resistance and comfortable touchpad
+ Relatively rigid chassis with relatively rigid outer lid, protecting the display panel
+ Very good thermals - both the chassis and CPU and the GPU
+ Quite good 1080p IPS panel, 75HZ refresh rate, G-Sync enabled
+ Two M.2 NVMe slots
+ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, mDP ports
+ DVDRW slot (can be housed with a 2.5" SATA drive instead)
+ 16GB DDR4 RAM, with two slots empty and available
+ Very good WiFi connection
+ SPDI/F port
- Very high weight (4.31kg + PSU) and big dimensions
- Hard maintenance
- GTX 980M 4GB version, instead of 6-8GB
- Speakers quality is really not there for a premium laptop
- Looks and the "Republic of Gamers" maybe too embarassing for many
- ROG Gaming Center doesn't do a lot
- High price tag
The Asus ROG G752VY is one of Asus’ top gaming laptop. Actually, it’s the second in rank to the GX700 (with desktop GTX 980) which is not really available currently and costs more. The G752VY is a top performer with the Skylake I7 and GTX 980M. It sports Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, HDMI 2.0 and mDP ports, but not dedicated eGPU connection (like the Alienware amplifier).
Why did I pick this laptop for review? simply because I had an opportunity, but usually I’m not fond about $1900-$2000 laptop due to lack of upgradability and, in my opinion, not being really future proof. Thunderbolt 3 connection may be a change for this rule, but it remains to be seen.
Anyway, let’s see how is the G752VY fairs in this review!
|Price||As tested, $1900|
|CPU||Intel Skylake I7-6700HQ, 4C/8T, 2.6-3.6GHZ, 6MB cache, CZ-A1|
|GPU||Nvidia Geforce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5, GM204 (Maxwell II), 1536 shaders, core@954-1037MHZ, GDDR5@1252MHZ, 256-bit bus|
|Motherboard / Chipset||ASUS G752VY / Intel CM236 (Skylake PCH-H)|
2xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x4, 1xPCI Express x16
|RAM||Samsung 2x8GB DDR4@2133MHZ M471A1G43DB0-CPB|
|Storage||HDD : HGST HTS721010A9E630|
SSD: M.2 NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLV128 128GB SSD
M.2 : M.2 SATA or PCIe/NVMe 2280 (one)
|Display Panel||In review: LG Display LP173WF4-SPF1 1080p IPS eDP, 75HZ, G-Sync enabled|
|Weight / Dimensions||4.31kg (~9.5 Lbs.) + ~1kg 230W PSU|
416.56 x 322.58 x 48.26 mm
16.40" x 12.70" x 1.90"
(w x d x h)
|Keyboard||Red backlit (4 levels including off)|
|Connection Ports||Right side: AC power, RJ-45 (1Gbit), HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, 2xUSB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3 type-C, audio out, microphone jack, SPDI/F jack|
Left: 1xKensington key, 2xUSB 3.0, DVDRW, SD Card Slot
|WiFi / Ethernet||WiFi: Intel 8260 Tri-Band WiFi (Douglas Peak)|
Ethernet: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit
|Speakers / Audio||2.0 Altec Lansing Speakers|
|Bios / EC version (test unit)||G752VY.208 /|
Build quality of the chassis is pretty good and most of it is quite rigid. Hinges seem to be very strong, which is important. The keyboard surface and outer lid will yield under high pressure, though, but it’s not that bad. Nothing much to say.
Maintenance and inner parts
The maintenance panel is easy to open, but in order to disassemble the G752VY you’ll need a bit of patience and a ‘special’ screwdriver. The motherboard part you can’t easily access via the maintenance panel includes 16GB (2x8GB) of RAM, so it’s easy to upgrade to 32-48GB RAM, but if you want 64GB RAM, you’ll have to screw stuff out and pull the keyboard surface out.
Please check this LTM video to see how the cooling system configured : The CPU and GPU share two heatpipes with the GPU having another dedicated two, leading to a dedicated fan. This is a good move.
Both CPU and GPU are soldered.
Keyboard. The keyboard quality is actually pretty good, in my opinion. The feedback is very good, responsiveness is very good, resistance is adequate to my taste, pressure points are clear. The keys move a bit in their place, but that’s not that bad. Generally, I think this keyboard is quite good. Layout may be a problem with the arrow keys combined with Pg Up/Dn and Home/End keys. But generally I’m satisfied.
Touchpad. The touchpad is quite nice with a smooth surface and good sensitivity, though I still can’t really use it with gloves on.
Not as good as others. Not a lot to say – not a premium set of speakers. The two 2.0 speakers are located at the bottom front. They lack in bass and clarity. I do not feel they are as bad as the MSI GS40’s speakers, though, but they are certainly not good and as I always remind – I’m not an audiophile.
Common performance is very good, probably also thanks to the 128GB NVMe SSD, as usual. However, I did have some software problems – waking up from sleep, opening Nvidia Geforce Experience.
Added CPU-Z and GPU-Z screenshots.
OS : Windows 10, fully updated
Drivers: Nvidia Geforce 361.75
Thief sees some advantage using Mantle API over the DX11. Heavily Vulkan/DX12 optimized games/game engines should see much higher improvements.
The new iteration of Total War : Rome II, Attila is a much more demanding game and FPSs are much lower.
No matter what I’ve tried, performance in Metro Last Light remained problematic, it’s like the GPU stopped working even now and then
As described before, the CPU and GPU share two heatpipes with the GPU having another dedicated two, leading to a dedicated fan. I’m not sure where is the cool air is coming from, but I guess that is comes from the G752VY inners and maybe the rear center part mostly and thrown via the rear edges.
1. Idle, power saver mode
2. Gaming : Crysis 3 gameplay. “very high” settings with SMAAx2 For Crysis 3, “High performance” power mode.
3. Prime95 torture test. “High performance” power mode.
4. Prime95 + Furmark on 1366×768 test, AAx2. “High performance” power mode.
The G752VY chassis temperatures remain pretty moderate even highest load of Prime95 + Furmark.
Under Prime95 + Furmark, the GTX 980M suffers from throttling, probably due to power limitations. The CPU will downclock to 2.6GHZ, and 2.8GHZ in Prime95 only load. Under gaming load of Crysis 3, the clocks remain maximal, so no worries there.
|CPU: stable temps [C]||CPU: max temps [C]||CPU: stable clocks||CPU: average utilization||CPU: max utilization||GPU : stable core temps [C[||GPU: utilization|
- Under high load, the fans are audible, but the noise is not high.
- Under light/moderate, the G752VY is pretty quiet and I could barely hear it.
The Asus G752VY uses the LG Display LP173WF4-SPF1 IPS 1080p display. Colors are good, maximal brightness is high and contrast at all levels is very good, subjectively. Viewing angles are good. No sign of PWM (confirmed by other sites too)
I’m adding the xRite i1Profiler contrast and brightness readings, because they are different from the Spyder4Elite I use which is probably faulty:
|Contrast||White Luminence||Black Luminence||Screen Brightness|
Thanks to a huge battery capacity, the G752VY can hold for around 5 hours doing the usual work stuff and can hold its breath for a full movie length.
- Seems to me like there is some kind of software problem – the “Geforce Experience” didn’t open at first, even after reinstalling the whole NV package
- Two unwanted resets of the laptop
What can I say really. The G752VY is a good gaming laptop. It delivers the GTX 980M 3D performance and has lots of nice features and qualities – very good keyboard, good IPS display (no PWM), good thermals, good set of connection ports and more. However, it is really big and weighs quite a lot, around 5kg with the PSU. It also costs $1900-$2000, the lowest. This kind of laptop is really more suitable for people who really want a laptop with a GTX 980M right now and don’t care about the money. For 1080p, the 980M is powerful, but hard to justify over the 970M, also because this is the 4GB version. Moreover, eGPUs may be available soon enough and working for any laptop with Thunderbolt 3 (not a sure thing, though).
Now, the competition is also pretty strong – you can easily get a Clevo laptop with the same specs for the same price or less, including all and also you could get an Alienware 17 with an Alienware Amplifier for the same amount but with higher power GPU (though it won’t have G-Sync and 75HZ display).
So, I can’t really recommend it specifically and if you are looking for a high performance laptop, I would wait at least until things clear out about the eGPUs options.