ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-GS74 Gaming Laptop Review

Performance: Hitman, Metro Last Light, and Mordor

Hitman: Absolution
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

As 47, a killer for the International Contract Agency (ICA), you have a very dangerous, but action-packed life. The Hitman franchise has been winning praise from critics throughout multiple games, of which Hitman: Absolution is the latest. When running this game’s benchmark, we set AA to 4X and pump the Quality Level settings to Ultra, making for a grueling gaming test.

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ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-DH74 Hitman Absolution

The ROG Strix GL502VT-DH74 continues to cruise through our gaming benchmarks without any signs of stress, at least not yet. In Hitman, it averaged a little over 39 FPS. That's not off the chart by any means, but certainly playable. It's also worth pointing out that we're running this benchmark at Ultra quality.

Metro: Last Light
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance
Metro Last Light is your typical post-apocalyptic first person shooter game with a few rather unconventional twists. Unlike most FPS titles, there is no health meter to measure your level of ailment; rather, you’re left to deal with life, or lack thereof, more akin to the real world with blood spatter on your visor and your heart rate and respiration level as indicators. Metro Last Light boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform and includes a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. This title also supports NVIDIA PhysX technology for impressive in-game physics effects.

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ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-DH74 Metro Last Light

Metro Last Light is the only benchmark to make the ROG Strix GL502VT-DH74 break a sweat. At nearly 32 FPS, there's not a lot of wiggle room, though again this is with the visual quality settings cranked up.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance

Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at the lowest quality settings. So, to maximize eye candy while also heavily taxing the cards, we ran the game's built in benchmark with its Ultra quality settings at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 2560x1440 on these mainstream cards... 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT-DH74 Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor

We only recently added Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor to our gamut of benchmarks so we're still working on collecting scores to compare systems against. In the meantime, we like to include results from running the benchmark at different resolutions to show how a system is able to scale. Mordor is also unique in that it allows us to benchmark systems at resolutions higher than what the display supports.

Here we see the GeForce GTX 970M doesn't provide quite enough oomph to drive a 4K Ultra HD gaming experience, in case you had plans of hooking the laptop up to an external display. However, framerates quickly jump as we lower the resolution, averaging just over 38 FPS at 2560x2040 and nearly 68 FPS at 1920x1080.

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