ASUS ROG G752VT - Performance, Battery and Verdict

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ASUS G752VT – Performance

There are three versions of the ASUS G752. The G752VL, G752VT and G752VY, which feature the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, 970M and 980M graphics cards respectively.

The G752VT I reviewed had the latest Intel Skylake-generation Core i7-6700HQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, along with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage.

It’s a bit of a shame, considering the size and weight of the G752, that ASUS wasn’t able to squeeze a desktop-class GTX 970 GPU into it. Despite this, the benchmarks prove it’s still incredibly fast.

In the 3DMark Fire Strike test, the G752 achieved an overall score of 6,526. This is a decent score, but compared to the 8,390 scored by the Gigabyte P35V5 with the top-tier GTX 980M graphics card, the G752 isn’t quite in the same class.

Of course, the big question is how well the G752 performs in games – I tested it with Tomb Raider, Dirt Rally and Hitman.

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In Rise of the Tomb Raider, the G752 managed an average frame rate of 55fps and a minimum of 36fps with high settings at Full HD. With a few tweaks to the settings, it’s definitely possible to achieve a solid 60fps average in Tomb Raider, which is impressive considering how demanding the game is.

Dirt Rally was more than playable at Full HD with high settings, scoring an average frame rate of 74fps and minimum of 70fps. Conveniently, the average frame rate nearly matches the notebook’s higher 75Hz refresh rate, so you’re definitely making the most of it.

Finally in Hitman, again at Full HD with high settings, the G752 managed an average of 40fps and a minimum of 11fps. This low minimum frame rate is common in Hitman, but an average of 40fps isn’t particularly impressive and will require you to drop a few settings to make it enjoyably playable.

Only Dirt Rally really took advantage of the notebook’s higher refresh rate – but it goes to show how the 1080p display was a sensible choice by ASUS, rather than a more demanding 1440p or 4K resolution.

Overall the G752 performed well. However, the GTX 970M – and, indeed, all of NVIDIA’s top mobile graphics cards – are beginning to show their age and are due to be replaced by next-generation Pascal cards later in 2016.

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ASUS G752VT – Battery

Battery performance from the G752’s 67Wh battery is disappointing.

Watching Netflix for one hour with brightness sat at 50%, the G752 lost 41% of its battery compared to just 22% for the Gigabyte P35Xv5. This means you could just about finish a two-and-a-half-hour film before the notebook would conk out completely.

With general use, including watching YouTube videos, browsing a variety of websites and using some Office applications, the G752 lasted a little under three hours.

It goes without saying that you should only play games with the charger plugged in, or else you’ll be lucky to get an hour out of the G752.

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Should I buy the ASUS G752VT

The ASUS G752VT is a remarkable, if impractical gaming notebook. It checks all the boxes in terms of specs and will run most of today’s games at High settings.

Without doubt, the G752’s best feature is its display. Racing through stages in Dirt Rally felt incredibly fast and fluid thanks to the high refresh rate and G-Sync.

If you don’t mind the size and want a good gaming notebook right now, it’s not a bad choice. But if you value portability or are happy to wait a couple of months for the new Nvidia and AMD cards to launch, the G752 will probably get a more powerful and similarly-priced successor.

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Verdict

A decent gaming laptop with an excellent screen, but its ridiculous size and slightly inconsistent build quality keep it from true stardom.

Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Keyboard 6
  • Design 7
  • Screen Quality 9
  • Build Quality 5
  • Value 5
  • Touchpad 7
  • Features 9
  • Heat & Noise 7
  • Battery Life 5

Processor, Memory & Storage

Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Processor Speed Standard (Gigahertz) 2.6GHz
Memory (RAM) (Gigabyte) 16GB
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) (Gigabyte) 1TBGB
Hard Disk Drive Speed (RPM) 7200rpm
Solid State Drive (SSD) 128GB
Blu-ray Optical Drive Yes
Processor Speed Maximum (Gigahertz) 3.5GHz

Graphics & Sound

Graphics NVIDIA GTX 970M
Display (Inch) 17.3in
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display Finish Matte

Communication

Ethernet Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Webcam 1.2MP HD Web Camera
Wi-Fi Yes

Connectivity

Audio Connections Yes
DisplayPort (Times) Yesx
HDMI Yes

Other

Battery life (Hour) 3hr
Special Features G-Sync, 75hz Refresh
Battery 6 Cell 67 Wh
Type Gaming Laptop

Physical Specifications

Weight (With Battery) (Kilogram) 4KGkg
Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 428mm
Depth (Millimeter) 334mm
Height (Millimeter) 43mm

Data

Card Reader Yes
USB 3.0 4
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