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

G752VT Performance: PCMark, 3DMark, Cinebench

Prior to testing, we downloaded the latest GPU drivers and disabled G-Sync, as leaving it on would have hampered benchmarking results. Smooth game play is best served by leaving G-Sync turned on, but for the purpose of seeing how the G752VT performs compared to other gaming laptops, we left it off for the duration of our benchmarks.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

Futuremark’s PCMark 7 is a well-known benchmark tool that runs the system through ordinary tasks, including word processing and multimedia playback and editing. Graphics and processor power figure prominently in this benchmark, but graphics power doesn’t play as big a role here as it does in another Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark (which is designed for testing the system’s gaming capabilities). This test also weights heavily on the storage subsystem of a given device.

ASUS G752VT PCMark 7

Technically, the refreshed G752VT loses to its predecessor by 2 points, but factoring in the margin of error and other subsystem variances that can sway this benchmark by such a small degree (like a change in wind), we're content to call it a tie. That's not bad when you consider that other than a newer architecture, the G752VT is at a hardware disadvantage, at least in terms of its GPU.

Maxon Cinebench R11.5
Simulated Application Performance

Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. We usually opt for the Main Processor Performance (CPU) test, which builds a still scene containing about 2,000 objects, for total polygon count above 300,000. We run the test twice: once with only one processor core enabled, the next time with all CPU cores blazing. Cinebench displays its results in points.

ASUS G752VT Cinebench

Cinebench is of our more unforgiving benchmarks as it's tailored towards workstation chores. Surprisingly, the G752VT with its GeForce GTX 970M GPU skipped just ahead of the G751JY and its GTX 980M graphics in Cinebench's OpenGL test. It also posted a marginally better CPU score.

So far, so good for the refreshed laptop.

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and Sky Diver
3D Game Performance

Futuremark designed 3DMark Fire Strike for desktop PCs, but today’s heavy-duty gaming laptops have the chops to take on the high-resolution texture, tessellation and other components of the test. Sky Diver is Futuremark’s dedicated laptop benchmark. This is a good test for entry- and mid-range gaming laptops.

ASUS G752 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

Switching our attention to graphics performance, the GTX 970M GPU does the bulk of heavy lifting and lands the G752VT right next to the Alienware 15, which uses the same graphics chip. The CPU doesn't contribute a whole lot to this test, though compared to previous systems, we don't expect the Core i7-6700HQ to provide a significant boost. Even against the Core i7-4210H processor in the Alienware 15, the newer Skylake part is at a 300MHz base clockspeed disadvantage (2.6GHz versus 2.9GHz) while offering the same top (max Turbo) clockspeed (3.5GHz).

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