ASUS ROG G752VT Gaming Laptop Review: G-Sync And Skylake United

Intro To The ASUS ROG G752VT

New processor architectures inevitably lead to a flurry of refreshed product lines from PC makers. That's how things have been playing out with Skylake, a "tock" in Intel's tick-tock design cadence and its 6th generation Core processor family. As usual, ASUS is on the bleeding edge with new Skylake systems ready to go, one of which is the ROG G752VT.

The specific model ASUS sent us is the ROG G752VT-DH72, a slightly toned down update to the ROG G751JY-DB72 we reviewed back in September. Like that laptop, the G752VT falls into the desktop replacement category and takes aim at gamers with high-end hardware and, the coup de grâce, a 17.3-inch IPS panel supporting NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. If this were a rap battle, mentioning G-Sync on a laptop would come right before the mic drop.


Of course, no one feature can make or break a laptop, gaming or otherwise -- it's a sum of all parts. In this instance, the equation consists of an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor paired with 16GB of DDR4-2133 system memory. Adding to the awesome is a speedy 128GB PCIe-based solid state drive flanked by a 1TB hard drive for grunt storage tasks, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 of onboard memory thrown into the mix.

The aforementioned G751JY brought more RAM (24GB), a beefier 256GB SSD, and a more muscular GeForce GTX 980M to the laptop battle line. If that's what you want, ASUS offers higher end G752 configurations that meet or exceed that level of gaming extravagance, though you'll pay more for the privilege. The selling point for this configuration is that it leaves more jingle in your pocket without bumping you over to the slow lane.

We'll get into how the two models compare in our performance benchmarks, but first, a rundown of the full spec sheet and a closer look at the new aesthetic design.

ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72 G-Sync Laptop
Specifications & Features
Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ (6MB cache, 2.6GHz to 3.5GHz)
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M w/ 3GB GDDR5
Memory 16GB DDR4 2133MHz DRAM
Display 17.3-inch IPS (1920x1080) w/ G-Sync
Storage 128GB PCIe G3 SSD; 1TB HDD (7200 RPM)
Optical DVD burner
Ethernet GbE LAN
Wireless Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0
Interface (Left)
Kensington Lock; 2 x USB 3.0; memory card reader (SD and MMC)
Interface (Right)
Headphone out + S/PDIF combo; Microphone in; Audio in; USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 combo, 2 x USB 3.0; mini DisplayPort; HDMI 1.4; GbE LAN; Power input
Webcam 1.2MP HD camera
Battery 66Whr (6-cell) lithium-ion
Dimensions 16.4 (W) by 12.7 (D) by 0.8-1.5 (H) inches
Weight 8.8 pounds
Manufacturer Warranty 1-year limited w/ accidental damage protection
Pricing: $1,698 Currently As Tested - Other Configurations Available
ASUS G752VT Back

There's not much that gets swept under the rug here. ASUS covered the essentials, like 802.11ac Wi-Fi,  a 1.2-megapixel webcam, and they tossed in some premium amenities like a USB 3.1 Type-C port. And for you old-school gamers rocking a collection of titles on optical disc, there's a DVD burner on this thing, too.

As is often the case with desktop replacements, this laptop packs some weight -- 8.8 pounds, to be exact. That's a bit much to be lugging around all day long, but in all fairness, if you're looking for a light, business friendly notebook and settled on a gaming laptop, you took a wrong turn at some point anyway. Let's dive in a bit deeper on design, next...

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