Review: Asus ROG G752 OC Edition - Faster than many desktop gaming PCs
Portable, top-end PC gaming thanks to the 1070
- Top gaming performance for any computer
- Not cheap
- Overclocking performance issues
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.
This laptop touts its overclocking abilities, but don’t believe the hype. Sure the memory comes overclocked and the CPU is unlocked, but in our testing, we were unable to stress the notebook while overclocked.
For example, when we ran the stress-test Prime95 to hammer on the CPU, it ran at 3GHz in “Standard” mode, then jumped to 3.6GHz in Extreme mode. However, temperatures were in the ballpark of 90 degrees Celsius, causing the G752 to throttle the clocks down to 3GHz to keep the temps around 73 degrees.
Prime95 is a tough load, though. That said, the CPU still didn't hold high overclocks for long during our Handbrake encoding test—we verified this using Intel's XTU utility, which showed the G752 quickly fall down from 4GHz to keep the chip from overheating.
Is this just early hardware and something easily fixed in the UEFI? Only time will tell, but today we'd say that the overclocking feature isn't worth it.
We also had very little luck overclocking the GPU. We were able to run a GPU offset of 221MHz, which resulted in a varying boost clock of around 1,750MHz or so. However, once we pushed the offset to 250MHz, the entire machine froze solid. Since the default boost clock for the GTX 1070 is 1,645MHz, running it at 1,750MHz will provide negligible gains.
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