Review: Asus ROG G752 OC Edition - Faster than many desktop gaming PCs

Portable, top-end PC gaming thanks to the 1070

ASUS ROG G752 OC Edition
  • ASUS ROG G752 OC Edition
  • ASUS ROG G752 OC Edition
  • ASUS ROG G752 OC Edition
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5

Pros

  • Top gaming performance for any computer

Cons

  • Massive
  • Not cheap
  • Overclocking performance issues

Bottom Line

The G752VS is certainly impressive. It offers almost double the a level of gaming performance over previously available single-GPU notebooks, which is insane. It’s not a one-trick pony, either — both its quad-core CPU, DDR4 memory, and PCIe SSD are top-shelf all the way.

Would you buy this?

Software

One of the highlights of the G752 experience is Asus’ Game Center software, which looks modeled after a Star Trek holodeck. All quips aside, it’s a bit too much—everything is garish and hard to read. Here’s what it looks like:

Asus ROG G752VS-XB72K Game Center 2 PCWorld

Sure, this interface looks “futuristic,” but it’s too cluttered.

That said, we do appreciate its wealth of information and controls. You can examine every facet of the notebook’s operation, change macro banks, toggle the chassis’ light bars on and off, and most importantly, fiddle with the overclocking controls. (Though we doubt you’d do that more than once.) Asus provides two presets labeled Standard and Extreme, and there’s also a manual mode that lets you juice the cores up to 4GHz by increasing the multipliers. Sadly, there’s no way to overclock the GPU from this interface.

Speaking of macros: Crafting them is as easy as selecting which function you want the button to perform, and then selecting it or creating it. We love the interface.

There are three banks of macros for five keys, giving you 15 total. PCWorld


Performance

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. For our benchmarks, we ran everything on the Standard profile (i.e., with the CPU and GPU set to stock clocks). Doing so clearly illustrates what gains the GTX 1070 has over 9-series GPUs—make no mistake, it comes to the party with a massive advantage. We’re expecting a slaughter.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

Though it’s synthetic, 3DMark scales well with GPU horsepower. The GTX 1070-equipped G752 outperformed the next-closest notebook by a decent margin, but let’s dig deeper into that.

Compared to the previous version of the Acer Predator, which rocked the GTX 980M, the G752’s GTX 1070 outruns it by an astounding 73 percent. That’s quite a jump from one generation to the next. Just imagine what two GTX 1070s or GTX 1080s in SLI could do.

Tomb Raider

This is an older game that errs on the side of CPU-intensive, but it can still tax a GPU. We saw a healthy 31 percent boost going from the GTX 980 to GTX 1070.

nce again, when compared to the GTX 980M, the jump was huge: an astounding 76 percent. (By the way, the next time someone tells you synthetic tests are dumb, remind them that we saw similar scaling here.)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

We ran this title with the 4K texture pack installed to see how the G752 handles a more modern game. We weren’t disappointed.

ven on Ultra settings, the GTX 1070 ran at 144 fps: That’s a 64-percent boost over the Predator’s desktop GTX 980. The next number should make your jaw drop: Compared to the older GTX 980M, the GTX 1070’s performance in this test marks an improvement of 104 percent. Holy. Crap.

Handbrake

This test uses the Android Tablet preset of the popular encoding software to crunch down beefy 30GB MKV file to a smaller MP4. The program will push the CPU to 100 percent and utilize every available core until the task is finished.

As we expected, the G752 finished in a dead tie with the Acer Predator 17X. They essentially have the same CPU, so similar times of approximately 49 minutes weren’t a surprise. As for actual performance, that’s about as fast as you can get for a notebook with a mobile CPU these days—so you may reasonably perform content creation on this machine.

We also overclocked the G752 to 4GHz and ran this test, but the chip wasn’t able to hold at 4GHz throughout the encoding process. It reached temps of 83 degrees Celsius and then throttled down to about 3.3GHz to remain stable. The overall improvement in encoding time was a scant two minutes, so it wasn’t worth the effort. Note that when we overclocked the Acer Predator 17X, it was almost 10 percent faster than the G752 in this test.

Next: Overclocking

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