ASUS’ Outrageous ROG G752 Gaming Notebook Crams In 17-Inch 4K Display, Skylake, And GTX 980M

It was just last month that we raved about the Asus ROG G751, which hammered our gaming benchmarks. Now, Asus is taking the wraps off its latest gaming laptop series, the ROG G752. Sporting Skylake processors and Nvidia graphics up to a GTX 980M, the three new ROG models look like they’ll be bringing even more muscle to your game. The systems should arrive in time for the holidays and start at $1,499.

Asus showed off the ROG G752VL, G752VT and G752VY at IFA Berlin 2015. As it turns out, the hardware is generally the same in all three models, with the exception of the graphics. The systems have Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors and up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory. And they have 17.3-inch LED-backlit, IPS displays at a resolution of 1920x 1080 (and with G-Sync). Of course, the high-end model, the G752Y, has an optional 4K display (for, we’re betting, a not-unsubstantial boost in price).

Asus ROG G752
Asus ROG G752

The real difference looks to be the graphics cards. The ROG G752VL comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The ROG VT is the next-higher model with GeForce GTX 970M 6GB graphics. But Asus plans to offer the G752VY with GeForce GTX 980M (with 8GB) graphics.

Storage options for all three range will be the same, featuring NVME SSDs in 128/256/512GB combos or 1TB or 2TB SATA drives.
Another important feature that the new ROG 752 models share is the gaming keyboard. We haven’t had a chance to try out the units ourselves yet, but we like what we hear, which is that the keyboard has 30-key rollover anti-ghosting support, meaning that every key press you make will go through, even if you are pressing multiple keys. Gamers often press multiple keys in quick succession (and sometimes at the same time), which can throw ordinary keyboards. Asus is also spicing things up with Thunderbolt 3.0 and a slick new exterior color scheme that ought to get some attention.

If this sounds like a lot of heavy hardware for a laptop, it is. The ROG G752 is a desktop replacement-sized laptop measuring 16.8 x 13.14 x 1.69 (inches wide x deep x high) and weighing 8.95 pounds. As we noted in our review of the ROG G751, this type of laptop is probably best used when plugged into a power source. It can game on battery power, of course, but battery power takes a back seat to sheer performance. Where a notebook like the ROG really shines is at a LAN party, where you can kick back with a 17-inch screen and start gaming while the rest of attendees are still schlepping in their desktops and monitors.

Asus ROG GX700

Asus also announced the ROG GX7000, which is a 17-inch laptop that features a closed loop cooling unit. The CLC unit attaches to the back of the laptop and is meant to give the computer an edge when overclocking. Asus is keeping fairly quiet about this system but has indicated that the 17-inch display will be 4K and that it will feature GeForce GTX graphics, as well as a mobile K-series CPU for overclocking.