Asus G752VY Review

++ 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

Availability

Current pricing is $1900-$2000, at least:

Pro : + Very good 3D performance with the Skylake I7 and GTX 980M
+ 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
Con : - Some GPU throttling under Prime95 + Furmark (though not under gaming load)
- 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

Introduction

Asus G752VY showoff

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!

ComponentDescription
ModelAsus G752VY-RH71
PriceAs tested, $1900
CPUIntel Skylake I7-6700HQ, 4C/8T, 2.6-3.6GHZ, 6MB cache, CZ-A1
GPUNvidia Geforce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5, GM204 (Maxwell II), 1536 shaders, core@954-1037MHZ, GDDR5@1252MHZ, 256-bit bus
Motherboard / ChipsetASUS G752VY / Intel CM236 (Skylake PCH-H)
2xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x4, 1xPCI Express x16
RAMSamsung 2x8GB DDR4@2133MHZ M471A1G43DB0-CPB
StorageHDD : HGST HTS721010A9E630
SSD: M.2 NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLV128 128GB SSD
M.2 : M.2 SATA or PCIe/NVMe 2280 (one)
Display PanelIn review: LG Display LP173WF4-SPF1 1080p IPS eDP, 75HZ, G-Sync enabled
Weight / Dimensions4.31kg (~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)
KeyboardRed backlit (4 levels including off)
Connection PortsRight 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
CameraHD
WiFi / EthernetWiFi: Intel 8260 Tri-Band WiFi (Douglas Peak)
Ethernet: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit
Speakers / Audio2.0 Altec Lansing Speakers
Realtek chip
Battery90Wh
Bios / EC version (test unit)G752VY.208 /
Extra features
more details

Build quality, Case, design and looks

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.

Looks

 

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.

Asus G752VY Review : bottom open panel

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 and touchpad

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.

Sound & Speakers

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.

General subjective performance experience

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.

 

Gaming Performance

Test Methods & Drivers

OS : Windows 10, fully updated

Drivers: Nvidia Geforce 361.75

Synthetic 3D benchmarks

3DMark performance – link to source:

Asus G752VY Review : 3DMark benchmarks

Summarized gaming performance

Asus G752VY GTX 980M 1080p gaming benchmarks

Crysis 3

Asus G752VY Review : GPU and CPU clocks under Crysis 3 LoadAsus G752VY Review : Crysis 3 GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

Thief

Thief sees some advantage using Mantle API over the DX11. Heavily Vulkan/DX12 optimized games/game engines should see much higher improvements.

Bioshock Infinite

Civilization : Beyond Earth

Couldn’t make it work :\

Total War : Attila

The new iteration of Total War : Rome II, Attila is a much more demanding game and FPSs are much lower.

Asus G752VY Review : Total War Attila GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

Metro : Last Light

No matter what I’ve tried, performance in Metro Last Light remained problematic, it’s like the GPU stopped working even now and then

Asus G752VY Review : metro ll 1080p highest

Battlefield 4 Campaign

BF4 campaign benchmark

World of Tanks

Asus G752VY Review : World of Tanks GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

Shadow Of Mordor

Asus G752VY Review : Shadow Of Mordor GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

Dragon Age : Inquisition

Anno 2205

Asus G752VY Review : Anno 2205 GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

ARK: Survival Evolved

The new ARK: Survival Evolved is not completely cooked yet, so don’t take these results too hard.

Asus G752VY Review : ARK Survival Evolved GTX 980M 1080p benchmarks

Thermals, Throttling & Noise handling

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.

Four tests:

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.

 Asus G752VY Review : CPU and GPU temperatures

Heat

The G752VY chassis temperatures remain pretty moderate even highest load of Prime95 + Furmark.

Throttling

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.

 

 

Noise

  1. Under high load, the fans are audible, but the noise is not high.
  2. Under light/moderate, the G752VY is pretty quiet and I could barely hear it.

Screen & Screen quality

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
1015.1515151515 335 0.33 100.00%
1038.8888888889 187 0.18 50.00%
1065.9340659341 97 0.091 20.00%
ContrastBrightnessBlack levels
1015 335 0.33
sRGBadobeRGBNTSC
92 70 65

Battery Performance

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.

Asus G752VY Review : battery performance

Issues

  • 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

Competing gaming laptops / Alternatives

    • The MSI GT72/S
    • Clevo P651SG/P650RG with GTX 980M / P750ZM
    • Acer Predator 15/17, which received good reviews
    • AW17 R3 with GTX 980M, but thermals are not as good
    • Gigabyte P35Xv5, which is slim and lightweight, relatively

Conclusion

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.

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  • Paul Ryasnoy

    it’s too large) Are you going to do a review on Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ZenBook-Pro-UX501VW-Notebook-Review.158762.0.html )? what do you recommend to buy Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW or Acer Aspire VN7-592G Black Edition?
    tnx)

    • The VN7-592G is a lot cheaper, no?

      • Paul Ryasnoy

        yes, but if you ignore the price which is better?

        • well, then, it has no relation to the Asus G752VY, no?
          Anyway, it really depends – what do you find in the UX501VW?

          • Paul Ryasnoy

            I’m sorry, it’s your first asus review for a long time)

            I’m looking for a thin performance laptop (

            so it has to have a thin chassis (~2mm, ~2kg, without DVD-RW), 6700HQ, gtx960m, a good 15-inch display, a keyboard with numpad, not bad audio/noise and battery levels

            UX501VW has all of these features.. but it’s not upgradeable (only 512GB SSD in US configuration)

            In Europe UX501VW is sold with an another configuration with a shallow battery (60Wh), FHD, and 2.5” SATA3

            VN7-592G cons for me(thx for your review): plastic surface, thermals problem, electrical noises, a cheap SSD in stock, PWM, a large chassis and a horrible position of ports for “right-handler” ((

            GS606QE vs UX501VW vs VN7-592G %)

            • And you can get the XPS 9550

            • did you see my comment? how about the XPS 9550?

              • Paul Ryasnoy

                Yes) tnx
                XPS is very good and expensive and it doesn’t have a numpad
                so, why XPS is better than UX501VW except a display?

                • you can get it for around $1050 sometimes with Dell’s discounts. It has Thunderbolt 3 + M.2 NVMe. eGPUs with TB3 could be great in the future
                  Better support (drivers, bios, updates, warranty)

                  • Paul Ryasnoy

                    UX501VW has Thunderbolt 3 and M.2 NVMe too
                    for now XPS is sold only 2 configurations in my country without discounts: 6300HQ+FHD+8GB+32SSD+1TB (1800$) and 6700HQ+UHD+16GB+512SSD (2400$)

                    • Sorry, didn’t see your reply.

                      1. I thought we are talking about the US!

                      2. $1700 is A LOT!

                      3. I didn’t realize this is the new UX501.. yes, it makes sense to get it, though the price is really high for the performance you get.. 14.0″ laptops like the MSI GS40 have twice the gaming performance (but probably are not as good)

                      4. Consider maybe the GS60?