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Asus ROG G752VS Notebook Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Andreas Osthoff & Martina Osztovits), 08/23/2016

Desktop replacement! The latest model of the ROG-series is supposed to be a big leap in terms of performance. Thanks to the brand-new and powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 from the new Pascal lineup, the chances are not bad. This article will find out whether this plan works and if Asus can beat the rivals.

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Asus' G-series is the manufacturer's premium gaming lineup and is synonymous to performance. The predecessor model (G752VY) is currently in fourth place in our Top 10 ranking for gaming notebooks. Asus wants to change that with the new G752VS. There are no visual changes compared to the predecessor and Asus still uses the familiar ROG design.

A look at the specs, however, reveals some small but important changes. They suggest that our test model could be one of the fastest notebooks you can currently get. The Asus G752VS is equipped with the very powerful Intel Core i7-6820HK processor supported by 64 GB DDR4-RAM. The operating system is stored on a fast NVMe-SSD with a capacity of 512 GB. The most important change is the GPU. Asus equips the G752VS with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. This means the Pascal architecture, which was launched about three months ago for desktops, is now available for the mobile segment. We just want to say that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is faster than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (laptop).

A smooth picture without tearing is provided by Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which synchronizes the picture output from the GPU with the panel. We listed the rivals for the Asus G752VS below. These comparison devices will accompany us in this review and the benchmarks.

Asus G752VS-XB78K (G752 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-6820HK 2.7 GHz @ 3.8 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 4150 MHz, GDDR5 (Samsung), ForceWare 372.53, kein Optimus
Memory
65536 MB 
, 4x 16 GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM, 4 of 4 slots in use
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3 (LGD04E8), a-Si TFT-LCD, 262K (6bit), CIE1931 72%, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM236 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, 512 GB 
, SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Slots: 2x M.2 Type 2280 & 1x 2.5"
Soundcard
Realtek ALC668 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphones, microphone, S/PDIF, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 51 x 428 x 333 ( = 2.01 x 16.85 x 13.11 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8-cell battery
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1 Speaker (Sonic Studio II), Keyboard: Chiclet (ROG-Design), Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter: 230 Watts, Accessories: Quick-start guide, Gaming Center, ROG MacroKey, Asus Sonic Suite, Asus Splendid, USB Charger +, Asus Smart Gesture, XSplit Gamecaster, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
4.51 kg ( = 159.09 oz / 9.94 pounds), Power Supply: 780 g ( = 27.51 oz / 1.72 pounds)

 

Case

The case does not differ from the predecessor (G752VY). Our test model's outside features a discreet silver/gold color. Asus uses a matte black soft-touch finish for the keyboard and the palm rests. The device feels premium to the touch. The build quality is flawless and there is hardly anything to criticize.

The G752VS is primarily made from metal and plastic. A ROG logo and two red accents, which can optionally be emphasized by the integrated light, adorn the stabile aluminum lid. Base unit and lid do not twist and we did not find anything to complain about in the pressure test, either. However, the device appears to be bulky at a first glance. In view of the incorporated components, which require decent cooling, this size is almost absolutely necessary.

The hinges do a good job and hold the display securely at any angle. There is a maintenance hatch on the underside, which can be easily removed after loosening a screw. It covers a 2.5-inch hard drive, two of four RAM modules, and the NVMe SSD in 2280 format. Top: Our test model features a free M.2 slot (RAID support). The transparent plastic window is a highlight, which gives an impression of the 3D Vapor Chamber. However, you can only get a glimpse of the cooling unit here. If you want to clean the fan, you have to completely disassemble the case, which is quite difficult; just as in other ROG models. Another small drawback is the sensitive soft-touch surface, which attracts fingerprints.

Size Comparison

The size comparison shows that the 17-inch competitors are not significantly different. The G752VS weighs in at 4.5 kg. Hence, it is as heavy as the previous G752VY.

Connectivity

Interfaces

The port variety is the same as the predecessor's. For example, you will still get only four full-size USB 3.0 ports. Some users might wish for more USB ports. The MSI GT72VR brings a significantly higher port variety.

The interface layout is fair. There is sufficient space between the individual ports, so they do not block each other. However, cables might get in the way when using a right-hand mouse. Multimedia content can be sent to external devices via HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.3 or WiDi. During our time with the device, we did not face problems with these interfaces. Gaming benchmarks ran flawlessly up to 4K resolution.

Left side: Kensington lock, 2x USB 3.0, DVD-RAM, SD-card reader
Left side: Kensington lock, 2x USB 3.0, DVD-RAM, SD-card reader
Right side: headphones, microphone, Line-in, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 + Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, AC power
Right side: headphones, microphone, Line-in, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 + Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, AC power
Rear: ventilation grilles
Rear: ventilation grilles
Front: no ports
Front: no ports

SD Card Reader

The card reader is on the left side next to the optical drive. It supports all usual SD formats such as SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Inserted cards only just stick out of the slot, which minimizes the risk of accidentally damaging them.

We test the performance with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card. This test copies 250 .JPG files to the hard drive. We recorded an average transfer rate of 76 MB/s for the Asus G752VS. In sequential reading, which is simulated with the AS SSD tool, our test model achieved 86 MB/s. With this performance, the G752VS ranks in mid-range. Several competitors achieve significantly better results. Among the notebooks in our comparison group, the Schenker XMG U716 provides the best card reader performance.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
156 MB/s ∼100% +105%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
140 MB/s ∼90% +84%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
135.3 MB/s ∼87% +78%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼50% +3%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼49%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204 MB/s ∼100% +137%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190 MB/s ∼93% +121%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
186.3 MB/s ∼91% +117%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼43% +1%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼42%

Communications

Game First IV
Game First IV

The Asus G752VS has been equipped with a dual band AC 8260 module from Intel for wireless communication. The 802.11ac 2x2 features a theoretical gross transfer rate of 867 Mbit/s. In our test, the 17-inch laptop achieved 465 Mbit/s in sending and 566 Mbit/s in receiving. These results are not sufficient for outperforming the MSI GT62VR, which achieves a better result.

Those who prefer wired networking can connect via the Ethernet port. The latter allows a maximum transfer rate of 1000 Mbit/s.

The GameFirst IV tool allows prioritizing network traffic depending on the application. You can use this feature for granting priority to games. This is possible for LAN and WiFi connections.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
630 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
566 MBit/s ∼90%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
559 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
465 MBit/s ∼83%

Security

In terms of security, the Asus G752VS sports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) and a Kensington lock slot.

Accessories

Included extras are a warranty card, cable ties, and a quick-start guide, which we already know from the G752VY. Beyond that, driver and/or system recovery media would be desirable.

Note: Asus offers optional ROG-branded accessories on its homepage.

Maintenance

A small Phillips screwdriver is sufficient for removing the maintenance hatch on the underside. This allows access to the M.2 SSDs, the 2.5-inch hard drive and two of four SODIMM slots.

It is very user unfriendly to get to the other components such as the CPU, GPU, Wi-Fi chip, battery, and the secondary RAM slots. It is not sufficient to loosen a lot of screws in order to get the underside off. It is still firmly connected to the top side at several spots. This problem is already known from older ROG models. Asus probably wanted to make disassembling difficult. Be that as it may, other manufacturers provide more customer-friendly solutions.

Input Devices

Keyboard

A glance at the G752VS's keyboard does not show changes. The layout is identical to the predecessor's. The keys are sufficiently big and there is a gap of 3 mm between them. The key travel is just under 2.5 mm. The surface of the keys is matte and makes for a high-end experience. The build quality is flawless. Nothing clatters or wobbles. The red three-level backlight is an optical highlight. According to Asus, the keyboard is capable of registering and processing up to 30 inputs at a time.

Above the keyboard, there are five macro keys and a quick-select button, which is linked to the XSplit Gamecaster for recording or streaming game scenes.

Unlit keyboard
Unlit keyboard
Lit keyboard
Lit keyboard

Touchpad

Touchpad of the Asus G752VS
Touchpad of the Asus G752VS

Alike the keyboard, the touchpad has not been changed in shape and size compared to the predecessor. The trapezoidal surface (~12 x 6.8 cm) allows smooth and precise gliding. The input device does not work flawlessly in the corners. The Asus Software Smart Gesture brings additional options and is capable of recognizing up to four fingers.

The separate mouse buttons are slightly rubberized and sufficiently "grippy". The travel is similar to the keyboard's. The acoustic feedback is discreet and pleasantly quiet.

Display

Subpixel-array LG Panel
Subpixel-array LG Panel
Some backlight bleeding around the edges
Some backlight bleeding around the edges

Asus equipped our review unit with a Full HD IPS-panel, which is provided by LG (LP173WF4-SPF3). The screen has a matte surface and therefore avoids annoying reflections. Asus offers three different panels for the current G752: two Full HD screens with 75 Hz or 120 Hz, as well as a 4K panel with 60 Hz. All three panels support G-Sync. The native resolution of our test model is 1920x1080 pixels, so the pixel density on the 17-inch screen is 127 PPI.

The LG display manages decent results for the luminance (317 cd/m²) and contrast (1093:1). Almost all comparison devices are roughly on par in this section.

Our test model shows some backlight bleeding around the edges. We want to mention that there is no PWM flickering.

322
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 330 cd/m² Average: 317.4 cd/m² Minimum: 36 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 328 cd/m²
Contrast: 1093:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.74 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.67 | - Ø
85% sRGB (Argyll) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.41
Asus G752VS-XB78K
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3 (LGD04E8), , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
LG Philips LGD046E, , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus G752VT
1920x1080, 17.3
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
CV69H_173WF4 (LGD0459), , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT80S 6QF
Samsung 184HL (SDC4C48), , 1920x1080, 18.4
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
AU B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), , 3840x2160, 17.3
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
LG LP156WF6-SPP1 (LGD04D5), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-3%
6%
-2%
4%
9%
-23%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38
34.4
9%
34
11%
30.4
20%
33
13%
35
8%
45
-18%
31
18%
Response Time Black / White *
22
25.2
-15%
22
-0%
27.2
-24%
23
-5%
20
9%
28
-27%
25
-14%
PWM Frequency
250
Screen
1%
-2%
-5%
-17%
-5%
-10%
-6%
Brightness
317
327
3%
278
-12%
339
7%
336
6%
265
-16%
356
12%
287
-9%
Brightness Distribution
88
89
1%
88
0%
89
1%
90
2%
78
-11%
88
0%
86
-2%
Black Level *
0.3
0.323
-8%
0.27
10%
0.366
-22%
0.44
-47%
0.35
-17%
0.4
-33%
0.36
-20%
Contrast
1093
1080
-1%
1011
-8%
976
-11%
818
-25%
851
-22%
935
-14%
861
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.74
4.09
-9%
3.67
2%
3.69
1%
4.76
-27%
2.72
27%
4.23
-13%
3.83
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.67
2.14
20%
2.73
-2%
3.05
-14%
3.69
-38%
3
-12%
5.48
-105%
2.53
5%
Gamma
2.41 100%
2.25 107%
2.49 96%
2.21 109%
2.24 107%
2.36 102%
2.35 102%
2.42 99%
CCT
6861 95%
6885 94%
7029 92%
6164 105%
6091 107%
6995 93%
6686 97%
6934 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
56.9
2%
55
-2%
55
-2%
55
-2%
58
4%
88
57%
56
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
85
86.5
2%
84
-1%
84
-1%
84
-1%
89
5%
100
18%
86
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 0%
2% / -0%
-4% / -5%
-7% / -12%
2% / -3%
-17% / -12%
-2% / -4%

* ... smaller is better

The picture quality is good, even though this can be expected from a device in this price range. Contrast (1093:1) and black value (0.3 cd/m²) are typical for an IPS screen. Dark scenes are not covered by an unwanted "gray hue". Colors appear rich and vivid. The DeltaE-2000 deviations are already good ex-works, but a calibration did improve the results even further. You can find the ICC profile linked in the box above. The Full HD panel of our review unit covers the sRGB color space by 85% and the more demanding AdobeRGB standard by 56%. These are not good results for professional picture and graphics editing. A much wider color gamut is only provided by the Schenker XMG U716 in this comparison.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Asus G752VS vs. sRGB (85%)
Asus G752VS vs. sRGB (85%)
Asus G752VS vs. AdobeRGB (56%)
Asus G752VS vs. AdobeRGB (56%)

We can see the advantages of the IPS panel when we evaluate the viewing-angle stability. You can see the picture content from any direction without quality drops. It is also possible to use the device outdoors thanks to the matte screen surface and the decent luminance.

In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the shade
In the shade
Viewing angles of the Asus G752VS-XB78K
Viewing angles of the Asus G752VS-XB78K

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 655 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 28740) Hz was measured.

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz for one core
Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz for one core

The performance of the G752VS is generally on a very high level. Intel's Core i7-6820HK processor provides more than sufficient performance for all common applications. 64 GB DDR4-RAM (2400 MHz) is also a lot, so gamers should have no problems here. The G752VS is also available with the Intel Core i7-6700HQ, but the latter can only be operated with DDR4-2133 MHz, while the Intel Core i7-6820HK supports DDR4-2400 MHz.

The fast processor works well with the powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and the performance of the two components is sufficient to handle even modern games smoothly in 4K.

Finally, you get the NVMe-SSD, which ensures a responsive system. It only takes a couple of seconds before you can use the system after you turn it on.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latency
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
 

Processor

Turbo Gear Settings
Turbo Gear Settings

The Core i7-6820HK is a quad-core CPU of Intel's Skylake generation, which can process 8 threads simultaneously thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology. Usually the 14 nm model clocks at 2.7 GHz. However, Turbo Boost makes up to 3.6 GHz (1 core), 3.4 GHz (2 cores) or 3.2 GHz (4 cores) possible. Asus enables optional extra overclocking by means of the profile "Extreme" in the ROG Gaming Center, which allows overclocking the processor to 3.8 GHz. If this is still not enough for you, you can manually adjust the clock rate with the profile "Manual", which allows a setting of 4.0 GHz for example. However, the system relatively quickly reaches the thermal limit under full load and the CPU reduces the clock.

Compared to the competitors, the Core i7-6820HK unsurprisingly ranks in above the Core i7-6700HQ. Thanks to a desktop processor, the Schenker XMG U716 can outperform the G752VS.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Single-Core Rendering
Single-Core Rendering
Multi-Core Rendering
Multi-Core Rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
171 Points ∼90% +7%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
160 Points ∼84%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
146 Points ∼77% -9%
Asus G752VY-RH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
144 Points ∼76% -10%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
143 Points ∼75% -11%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
135 Points ∼71% -16%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
130 Points ∼68% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
791 Points ∼48% 0%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
789 Points ∼48%
Asus G752VY-RH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
681 Points ∼41% -14%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼41% -14%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼41% -14%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
673 Points ∼41% -15%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼40% -15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
1.94 Points ∼24% +10%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.77 Points ∼22%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼21% -5%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼21% -5%
Asus G752VY-RH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.64 Points ∼20% -7%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.61 Points ∼20% -9%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼18% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
8.77 Points ∼50% +2%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
8.63 Points ∼49%
Asus G752VY-RH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.51 Points ∼43% -13%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.5 Points ∼42% -13%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.48 Points ∼42% -13%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.41 Points ∼42% -14%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.38 Points ∼42% -14%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
247.56 Points ∼78%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
233.58 Points ∼73% -6%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
37923 Points ∼84%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27266 Points ∼60% -28%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
966.3 ms * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8475
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
23393
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6038
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8477 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
30656 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7881 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.63 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
74.82 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
111.99 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
789 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 attests that the 17-inch laptop performs excellently. It performs best among the rivals. The high results are due to the very fast NVMe SSD and a combination of quad-core CPU and high-end GPU. Subjectively, the system runs perfectly. Booting only takes a few seconds.

ROG Gaming Center
ROG Gaming Center
Sonic Studio II
Sonic Studio II
MacroKey
MacroKey
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5778 Points ∼89%
Asus G752VY-RH71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
5535 Points ∼85% -4%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
5392 Points ∼83% -7%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
5095 Points ∼78% -12%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
5069 Points ∼78% -12%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4924 Points ∼76% -15%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4681 Points ∼72% -19%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
8531 Points ∼99%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
7636 Points ∼89% -10%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
7295 Points ∼85% -14%
Asus G752VY-RH71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
7127 Points ∼83% -16%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
5715 Points ∼67% -33%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4965 Points ∼58% -42%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5575 Points ∼98%
Asus G752VY-RH71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
5026 Points ∼89% -10%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
4620 Points ∼81% -17%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
4614 Points ∼81% -17%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4541 Points ∼80% -19%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4466 Points ∼79% -20%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4045 Points ∼71% -27%
PCMark 7
Productivity
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5881 Points ∼54% +25%
MSI GT80S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
5655 Points ∼52% +20%
Asus G752VY-RH71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
5029 Points ∼46% +7%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
5024 Points ∼46% +6%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
4881 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4718 Points ∼43%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
4426 Points ∼41% -6%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4343 Points ∼40% -8%
Score
MSI GT80S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
7386 Points ∼92% +9%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
7159 Points ∼89% +5%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6803 Points ∼85%
Asus G752VY-RH71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
6362 Points ∼79% -6%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
6343 Points ∼79% -7%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
6021 Points ∼75% -11%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
5938 Points ∼74% -13%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5926 Points ∼74% -13%
PCMark 7 Score
6803 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5575 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
8531 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5778 points
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Storage Devices

The Asus G752VS comes with a combination from SSD and HDD. The operating system is preinstalled on the M.2 SSD. More precisely, it is a Solid State Drive from Toshiba (NVMe THNSN5512GPU7) with a capacity of 512 GB. We have tested the performance with CrystalDiskMark. The sequential read and write rates are about 1700 MB/s and 1300 MB/s, respectively. The G752VS can host two PCIe SSDs in M.2-2280 format. One place is free in our test sample.

The conventional 2.5-inch hard drive stems from HGST, offers a storage capacity of 1 TB and rotates at 7200 RPM. We have determined its performance with CrystalDiskMark, too. The result is a sequential transfer rate of 144 MB/s in reading and 134 MB/s in writing, which is more than decent for an HDD.

Toshiba NVMe SSD and a free M.2 2280 slot
Toshiba NVMe SSD and a free M.2 2280 slot
CrystalDiskMark SSD
CrystalDiskMark SSD
2.5-inch hard drive from HGST
2.5-inch hard drive from HGST
CrystalDiskMark HDD
CrystalDiskMark HDD
HD Tune
HD Tune
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Asus G752VY-RH71
Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-57%
-55%
12%
-24%
-2%
Write 4k
154.4
99.36
-36%
98.84
-36%
150.2
-3%
140.6
-9%
119.5
-23%
Read 4k
44.42
23.1
-48%
21.86
-51%
51.62
16%
42.59
-4%
44.95
1%
Write Seq
1305
338.5
-74%
485.5
-63%
1536
18%
587.2
-55%
1577
21%
Read Seq
1718
529
-69%
523
-70%
2007
17%
1263
-26%
1608
-6%
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Sequential Read: 1718 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1305 MB/s
512K Read: 1250 MB/s
512K Write: 1438 MB/s
4K Read: 44.42 MB/s
4K Write: 154.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 743.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 578 MB/s

Graphics Card

Now, we will look at the actually new feature, the big performance gain compared to the previous generation. The potential power of Pascal GPUs has already been discussed heavily in advance. Hard facts are following now. First of all, they are no longer marked with "M" for mobile, which used to be an indication of lower performance. Thus, you can conclude that the GeForce GTX 1070 is supposed to render as fast as its desktop counterpart.

The reference design of the desktop variant clocks at 1506 to 1683 MHz instead of 1443 to 1645 MHz. In return, the shader count is 7% higher in the laptop GTX-1070 (2048 vs. 1920). This is supposed to make up for the slightly lower clock rate. However, many desktop chips differ heavily from the founder's editions and are sold with significantly higher clock rates ex factory. Therefore, notebook enthusiasts are worse off again.

The clock rate of the mobile GTX 1070 heavily depends on cooling, which is decisive for a high Turbo. In the Asus G752VS, the "Extreme" profile of the Gaming Center not only overclocks the CPU but also the GPU. For example, the GeForce GTX 1070 features a core clock rate of 1493 to 1695 MHz and a memory clock rate of 4150 MHz (standard: 4000 MHz) in our test model.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
Uigine Valley
Uigine Heaven
3DMark 11
3DMark06
3DMark05
3DMark03
 
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GT80S 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
23351 Points ∼60% +39%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
17354 Points ∼44% +4%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
17066 Points ∼44% +2%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
16757 Points ∼43%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700
12691 Points ∼32% -24%
Asus G752VY-RH71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
10489 Points ∼27% -37%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9576 Points ∼24% -43%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9227 Points ∼24% -45%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7546 Points ∼19% -55%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GT80S 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
147015 Points ∼90% +59%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
103082 Points ∼63% +11%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
92468 Points ∼57%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
87317 Points ∼53% -6%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700
75213 Points ∼46% -19%
Asus G752VY-RH71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
68545 Points ∼42% -26%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
65241 Points ∼40% -29%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
64563 Points ∼39% -30%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
50535 Points ∼31% -45%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
MSI GT80S 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
184803 Points ∼93% +26%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700
154356 Points ∼78% +5%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
146498 Points ∼74%
Asus G752VY-RH71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
126496 Points ∼64% -14%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
124194 Points ∼63% -15%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
113149 Points ∼57% -23%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
106725 Points ∼54% -27%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
88214 Points ∼45% -40%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
85689 Points ∼43% -42%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GT80S 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
30045 Points ∼59% +35%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
22282 Points ∼44%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
22195 Points ∼44% 0%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700
17050 Points ∼33% -23%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
13760 Points ∼27% -38%
Asus G752VY-RH71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
13581 Points ∼27% -39%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12238 Points ∼24% -45%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11388 Points ∼22% -49%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
10113 Points ∼20% -55%
1280x720 Performance
MSI GT80S 6QF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
20055 Points ∼79% +17%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6820HK
17151 Points ∼68%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15492 Points ∼61% -10%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700
14477 Points ∼57% -16%
Asus G752VY-RH71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12056 Points ∼48% -30%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11913 Points ∼47% -31%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
10977 Points ∼43% -36%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
10464 Points ∼41% -39%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9656 Points ∼38% -44%
3DMark 03 Standard
141639 points
3DMark 05 Standard
33386 points
3DMark 06 Standard
31155 points
3DMark 11 Performance
17151 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
146498 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
27498 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13621 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
7461 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5108 points
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Gaming Performance

Attentive readers might have already discerned that the GeForce GTX 1070 brings a significant performance gain. This can also be seen in the gaming tests. The mobile edition of the Pascal family is able to smoothly run almost all games in 4K and with the preset "high". The older Maxwell architecture had to surrender here and games often turned into "slideshows". All titles can be enjoyed in native resolution (1920x1080 pixels) at maximum details and multiple anti-aliasing.

Compared to the predecessor (GeForce GTX 970M), the GeForce GTX 1070 brings double the performance. Such a high performance gain seldom occurred in the history of mobile GPUs.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
137.1 (min: 34.5) fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
124 fps ∼90% -10%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
121.4 fps ∼89% -11%
Asus G752VY-GC110T
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Plextor PX-G256M6e
89.4 fps ∼65% -35%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
71.7 fps ∼52% -48%
Battlefield 4
3840x2160 High Preset
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
70.9 fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
67.2 fps ∼95% -5%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
52.5 fps ∼74% -26%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
145.6 fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
138 fps ∼95% -5%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
99.6 fps ∼68% -32%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
101.6 (min: 73.9) fps ∼100%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
84.8 fps ∼83% -17%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
77 fps ∼76% -24%
Asus G752VY-GC110T
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Plextor PX-G256M6e
61.1 fps ∼60% -40%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
50.8 fps ∼50% -50%
GRID: Autosport - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
128.1 fps ∼100% +11%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
115.1 fps ∼90%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
86.4 fps ∼67% -25%
GTA V
3840x2160 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:FX AF:8x
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
59.8 fps ∼100% +12%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
53.4 fps ∼89%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
64.7 fps ∼100%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
51 fps ∼79% -21%
The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
38.3 fps ∼100% +10%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
34.8 (min: 28) fps ∼91%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
30.1 fps ∼79% -14%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
58 fps ∼100% +2%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
57 (min: 47) fps ∼98%
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
44.3 fps ∼76% -22%
Asus G752VY-GC110T
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Plextor PX-G256M6e
33.2 fps ∼57% -42%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
38 (min: 34) fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
37.5 fps ∼99% -1%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
92.8 (min: 80) fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
84.6 fps ∼91% -9%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
42.2 fps ∼45% -55%
Far Cry Primal
3840x2160 High Preset AA:SM
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
37 fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
36 fps ∼97% -3%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
89 fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
78 fps ∼88% -12%
low med. high ultra4K
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 95.28877.372.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 249.9223221137.1fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 199.8199.6199.5145.670.9fps
Thief (2014) 117.1115113101.6fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 324.8159136.6115.1fps
GTA V (2015) 167.4152.8120.164.753.4fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 294.3154.5140.5102.998.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 211.8165.898.55734.8fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 16315511811743fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 203.6162.89992.838fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 122106958937fps
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Emissions

System Noise

Already the G752VY performed well in this aspect. Due to the same design of case and cooling system, the devices perform almost the same in system noise. Thus, the Asus G752VS belongs to the quietest gaming notebooks. The fans run constantly and never stand still. When idling, the 17-inch device emits a discreet rustling noise, which is not disturbing. During 3D applications such as games, the system noise slowly increases from 33 to 40 dB(A). In our extreme scenario, with 100% CPU and GPU load, the G752VS reaches a maximum of 47 dB(A). Watching videos and web surfing causes a constant, lower fan speed (no pulsation).

System noise when running idle
System noise when running idle
System noise during load
System noise during load
Volume of the speakers
Volume of the speakers

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 32 / 33 dB(A)
HDD
33 dB(A)
DVD
40 / dB(A)
Load
40 / 47 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Asus G752VS-XB78KMSI GT72VR 6RE-015USMSI GT62VR-6RE16H21Asus G752VY-RH71Asus G752VTAlienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Noise
-3%
-1%
-2%
1%
-0%
-9%
Idle Minimum *
31
32.4
-5%
32
-3%
33.4
-8%
32.9
-6%
31
-0%
33
-6%
Idle Average *
32
32.4
-1%
33
-3%
33.5
-5%
33
-3%
32
-0%
35
-9%
Idle Maximum *
33
32.4
2%
34
-3%
33.5
-2%
33.1
-0%
33
-0%
38
-15%
Load Average *
40
39.4
1%
40
-0%
40.3
-1%
36.2
9%
38
5%
45
-13%
Load Maximum *
47
52
-11%
46
2%
45.1
4%
45.8
3%
50
-6%
48
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

The temperatures are slightly higher than the G752VY's. This is not a big issue, since the surface temperatures only slightly exceed 40 °C at several hot spots. We record a maximum of 42.9 °C for the G752VS. The two MSI devices GT72VR and GT62VR get significantly hotter and partly exceed 50 °C. The MSI GT72VR even reaches almost 60 °C in some spots.

In the stress test (CPU and GPU are stressed with Furmark & Prime95 for at least one hour), we recorded a maximum CPU temperature of 96 °C (average: 80 °C). After a while, the Core i7-6820HK decreased its clock rate to 2.7 GHz, whereby the Turbo is inactive. In addition, we observed thermal throttling, which is supposed to prevent the CPU from overheating.

The GPU reached just under 1300 MHz and warmed to above 74 °C. The clock rate remained constant throughout the test. We reran 3DMark 11 after the stress test and the score was 600 points lower. This result is similar to the cold run's result. Thus, a performance loss is not to be expected even during prolonged gaming sessions.

Stress test
Stress test
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 40.2 °C42.9 °C37.9 °C 
 39.5 °C41.9 °C37.6 °C 
 30.2 °C33 °C32.8 °C 
Maximum: 42.9 °C
Average: 37.3 °C
41 °C36.2 °C41.5 °C
32.9 °C35.3 °C39.2 °C
29.3 °C28.3 °C25.3 °C
Maximum: 41.5 °C
Average: 34.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.4 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Asus G752VS-XB78KMSI GT72VR 6RE-015USMSI GT62VR-6RE16H21Asus G752VY-RH71Asus G752VTAlienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)Schenker Technologies XMG U716
Heat
-5%
-5%
8%
4%
-14%
-23%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.9
40.6
5%
44
-3%
38.2
11%
37.6
12%
51.1
-19%
48.8
-14%
Maximum Bottom *
41.5
59.4
-43%
53.1
-28%
40.2
3%
38
8%
53.2
-28%
55.8
-34%
Idle Upper Side *
31.6
28.2
11%
28.8
9%
29
8%
31.6
-0%
31.7
-0%
36.7
-16%
Idle Bottom *
29.5
27.8
6%
28.2
4%
27
8%
30.6
-4%
32.2
-9%
37.3
-26%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The subwoofer sits on the underside.
The subwoofer sits on the underside.

The two stereo speakers are behind the display on the rear side of the notebook. Due to the case size, bigger speakers could be incorporated. A separate subwoofer, which makes for decent bass, sits on the underside of the G752VS.

The generated sound is good. The quality does not diminish with increasing volume and noise is not audible. The Sonic Studio II, which is already known from the predecessor, is easy to use and self-explanatory. It allows adjusting the sound profiles according to your preferences.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.1402537.635.43130.730.14034.136.25028.430.16329.230802932.410027.635.512525.340.316023.147.320022.154.925020.858.831519.658.940018.7655001962.363017.665.980017.669.8100017.362.5125017.157.6160017.257.3200017.362.525001767.6315017.167.5400017.265.7500017.358.8630017.452.7800017.444.91000017.345.41250017.240.11600017.238.8SPL29.776.1N1.336median 17.4Asus G752VS-XB78Kmedian 58.8Delta1.8941.64638.439.828.231.130.836.431.234.927.934.928.338.327.134.723.340.323.643.221.15421.156.120.259.219.164.319.46518.366.919.365.718.367.219.966.619.469.51874.217.665.417.567.217.363.517.458.817.353.117.357.817.255.717.258.317.151.130.479.11.442.1median 18.3MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21median 59.21.66.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus G752VS-XB78K audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 8.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 16% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 60% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked/unchecked!)
Value 2: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Value 1: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power adapter provides...
The power adapter provides...
...a maximum of 230 Watt.
...a maximum of 230 Watt.

The Asus G752VS performs quite well in power consumption. The direct competitor, the MSI GT72VR, can score points when running idle but partly requires significantly more energy under load. Both devices require a maximum of 204 Watt. Overall, the Asus G752VS performs about 5% better. Alienware did the best job and has the lowest power consumption in the 17-inch range - in our comparison group.

The included power adapter provides a maximum of 230 Watt, which is sufficient. There are even reserve capacities for charging the battery under full load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 24 / 31 / 36 Watt
Load midlight 94 / 204 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Power Consumption
-5%
8%
25%
-44%
Idle Minimum *
24
22.3
7%
20
17%
12
50%
35
-46%
Idle Average *
31
27.3
12%
26
16%
18
42%
44
-42%
Idle Maximum *
36
30
17%
32
11%
26
28%
51
-42%
Load Average *
94
152.2
-62%
100
-6%
95
-1%
134
-43%
Load Maximum *
204
204.2
-0%
202
1%
188
8%
298
-46%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark 11 on battery

The Asus G752VS features a lithium-ion battery rated at 90 Wh, which is fixed and cannot be easily removed. Despite much higher capacity than the G752VY's, the battery life is not longer. The MSI GT72VR with a minimally smaller battery achieves very similar battery runtimes as our test sample. Under load, the G752VS has to be connected to the grid after just under 1.5 hours. When running our Wi-Fi script, the 17-inch laptop achieves a battery life of about 3.5 hours. This realistic test opens different websites in 30-second intervals in order to simulate web surfing. The energy profile "balanced" is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The latter corresponds to decreasing the brightness by 10 levels in the Asus G752VS.

When watching videos, a full charge is sufficient for 1 to 2 HD videos. Gaming is possible on battery, however, the clock frequency of the GeForce GTX 1070 gets throttled heavily. In a 3DMark 11 run on battery, the desktop replacement only achieves 7103 vs. 17151 points in mains operation (-60%).

Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 11min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
3h 30min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 06min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 24min
Asus G752VS-XB78K
90 Wh
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
83 Wh
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
75.24 Wh
Asus G752VY-RH71
67 Wh
Asus G752VT
67 Wh
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
92 Wh
Schenker Technologies XMG U716
82 Wh
Battery Runtime
4%
9%
17%
-18%
93%
-22%
Reader / Idle
311
322
4%
300
-4%
368
18%
230
-26%
758
144%
158
-49%
Load
84
86
2%
97
15%
100
19%
72
-14%
105
25%
88
5%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
210
224
7%
246
17%
241
15%
183
-13%
444
111%
H.264
186
Gaming
80

Pro

+ easy access to M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch slot and RAM slots
+ viewing-angle stable IPS display with G-Sync
+ USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C with Thunderbolt 3
+ stabile, high-end chassis
+ low temperature increase
+ very good system performance
+ moderate system noise
+ fast enough for 4K
+ excellent sound quality
+ great input devices
+ macro keys
+ 64 GB RAM

Cons

- soft-touch finish of the top side is a fingerprint magnet
- difficult to get to the fans
- quite short battery life
- very high weight

Verdict

The high-end notebook from Asus certainly does not have to hide behind the rivals, quite the contrary. Users of the Asus G752VS will get a lot of performance. The Pascal launch starts a new era for gaming notebooks and even clearly surpasses the performance of the predecessor generation.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 is the second-fastest single-GPU solution you can currently get, and only the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is even faster. Asus equips the G752VS with a very fast Intel Core i7-6820HK. There are also no concerns in terms of memory, because 64 GB DDR4-RAM is easily sufficient even for very demanding applications.

Asus managed to improve the performance of the G752VS significantly and it is even powerful enough for modern titles in 4K and medium to high details. The build quality is fully convincing. Small extras like G-Sync and macro keys are advantages specifically for gamers.

It requires a clever cooling solution to keep the enormous performance under control. The 3D Vapor-Chamber cooling module for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is sufficient and the GPU performance can be utilized all the time. You can clearly hear the device, but it is still reasonable. You should not be scared off by the weight if you plan to buy such a device. The Asus is quite a heavy piece at 4.5 kilograms, but that was to be expected.

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Sebastian Bade, 2016-08-23 (Update: 2016-09- 9)