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Asus ROG Strix GL753VD Notebook Review

J. Simon Leitner (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/03/2017

Kaby Lake quad-core meets GeForce GTX 1050. After the launch of the high-end GPUs last fall, Nvidia now releases new Pascal mainstream graphics chips together with Intel's new Kaby Lake quad-core processors. The Asus GL753VD is one of the first notebooks with the brand-new hardware.

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The new Strix GL753VD will complement Asus' mobile gaming portfolio from now on. It is the big brother of the new GL553VD (15-inch), which was also announced, and it represents an entry-level gaming system. The high-end model is still the G752, which can handle smooth frame rates even in 4K or VR thanks to the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. The GL702 with the GTX 1060 GPU on the other hand is more focused on mobility with its thinner chassis (no optical drive).

Asus charges 1299 Euros (~$1366, RRP) for its new entry-level gaming system with the GeForce GTX 1050 like in our review model. Budget gamers might also want to have a look at the new Asus FX series. It is equipped with similar GPUs but uses a less attractive plastic case and starts at 999 Euros (~$1050).

Asus will not launch models with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in Germany for now, but there are supposed to be limited special editions in the future. More details about the faster model of the GeForce GTX 1050 are available in our current review of the MSI GE73 or the preview of the new Acer Aspire VX 15, which will also be available with the GTX 1050 Ti.

We do not have any specific information about more SKUs and their prices yet.

Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T (Strix GL753 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 376.19, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 SDRAM Dual-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 78 PPI, LP173WF4-SPF3, LED IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN), 256 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1 TB HDD (2.5 inch)
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headset Combo, Card Reader: SD-card reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 416 x 274 ( = 1.26 x 16.38 x 10.79 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.94 kg ( = 103.71 oz / 6.48 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Case

The design of the Asus GL753VD is similar to the previous GL752 and the thinner GL702, respectively. We get a black 17-inch laptop with some orange accents like the ROG logo on the palm rest as well as the lid, and the red surrounding of the touchpad. The cooling fins inside the case as well as the rubber feet at the bottom are colored, too. Turn the system on and the keyboard will be illuminated, just like the ROG logo on the lid. We can only see small differences compared to the predecessor GL752. Similar to the GL702, the GL753 got additional visual elements at the top of the base unit. They create a three-dimensional effect, even though the device itself is completely flat.

Asus uses plastic components for the base unit, while the lid is made of an aluminum plate that was pressed into shape. The stability of the notebook is more than satisfying for a 17-inch system. We could not hear any creaking sounds during our review period. The build quality is decent as well, and we can only notice some uneven gaps in the area around the optical drive.

The Asus ROG Strix GL753VD is pretty average among other gaming notebooks in terms of size and weight. High-end systems like the G752, for example, are much heavier and thicker than the GL753, while systems like the MSI GS73 or the Asus GL702, which put more emphasis on mobility, are even lighter and thinner in particular. This is usually achieved by removing the optical drive.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

All the important ports are available on the Asus Strix GL753, but the laptop does not offer any highlights. On the left side are the power connector at the back, and a LAN port, HDMI, mDP, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A as well as one Type-C jack towards the front. The latter, however, does not support any other standards. The headset port is located very far to the front. The SD-card reader sits at the front, but it is hard to see due to the wedge-shaped design.

At the front of the right side are two additional USB ports, but only one of them supports the 3.0 standard, which is only indicated by a tiny symbol. You should therefore watch out when you attach an external hard drive, or the transfer rates will be low. Finally, there is an optical drive and a Kensington lock slot at the right side.

The insufficient labeling of the USB 2.0 port is not the only problem. The location of the ports very far to the front of the sides could be an issue for some users as well. Not only numerous cables could occupy space for left-handers, but peripherals with short cables might also be tricky to use. The 90 cm long cable of the Razer Orochi gaming mouse, for example, is not long enough to be used comfortably. It has to be attached on the right side as a result, which will then affect the range of motion. At least one USB port at the rear of the sides would have been a better solution.

Left side: AC power, LAN RJ-45, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Type-C
Left side: AC power, LAN RJ-45, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Type-C
Right side: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, optical drive, Kensington lock
Right side: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, optical drive, Kensington lock

SD-Card Reader

As per usual, we check the performance of the integrated SD-card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card. The reader manages good results both in the realistic copy test as well as the maximum transfer rate (read). Some devices are equipped with much faster modules, but the GL753 is on par with comparable devices. By the way, the card does not stand out from the slot, so it could stay inside the reader in theory. Ejecting the card was a bit tricky and required using fingernails after the front of the device is lifted.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.3 MB/s ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.6 MB/s ∼95% -5%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
70 MB/s ∼92% -8%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼34% -66%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼26% -74%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Omen 17-w010ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.8 MB/s ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.6 MB/s ∼98% -1%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28 MB/s ∼33% -67%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼23% -77%

Communication

The Wi-Fi performance of the Asus Strix GL753 leaves a very good impression. The laptop manages high transfer rates of up to 666 Mbps in our standardized test, so it can compete with high-end systems. We also increased the distance to our test router and compare the results of the GL753 with the MacBook Pro 13, which performs very well in this regard. Even multiple concrete walls between the router and the test model (distance around 10 meters) do not prevent a connection, and the transfer rates are roughly on par with the MacBook Pro. Well done, Asus.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
Broadcom 802.11ac
762 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
666 MBit/s ∼87%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
647 MBit/s ∼85% -3%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼45% -48%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
308 MBit/s ∼40% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2013-10
Broadcom 802.11ac
768 MBit/s ∼100% +41%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
543 MBit/s ∼71%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼68% -3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
299 MBit/s ∼39% -45%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
294 MBit/s ∼38% -46%

Accessories

Asus offers numerous accessories for its ROG gaming notebooks. The lineup includes external input devices like keyboards and mice, headsets, bags, and even cloths, all with a matching design (http://rog.asus.com/).

Maintenance

The GL753 does not have a special maintenance hatch, but it is pretty easy to remove the whole bottom panel with a simple Phillips screwdriver and a sharp object. You must not forget the central screw, which is hidden underneath a sticker. Once the panel is removed, you can access all components and easily replace the M.2-SSD or the 2.5-inch HDD, for example. The two memory slots are accessible as well. Both the fan and the cooling unit can also be removed for cleaning purposes.

Warranty

Asus grants a two-year manufacturer's warranty including a Pick-up & Return service, which is common in Germany.

Input Devices

You can light up the keyboard or make it blink (one or more colors).
You can light up the keyboard or make it blink (one or more colors).

Keyboard

The keyboard layout is almost identical to the Asus GL702. It is a chiclet keyboard with an additional numeric keypad on the right side, but the directional keys are a bit separated and enlarged, which is also the case for the left side of the space bar, where you can usually find the thumb when you use the WASD keys. Only two small changes, but they can have a positive effect.

The keys have a well-defined travel (not too short) for a notebook with a satisfying feedback or pressure point, respectively. We can slightly dent the center of the keyboard with a lot of pressure, but this does not affect the typing experience. The noise development during typing is always conveniently muffled and quiet.

Touchpad

Asus probably uses the touchpad from the GL702 for our test model. The gliding capabilities of the surface are convenient, just like the feedback of the two clicking areas. You can also use the pad for handwritten inputs with the preloaded software.

Display

Subpixel array LP173WF4-SPF3
Subpixel array LP173WF4-SPF3

The panel type is probably similar to the Asus GL702 as well. It is a matte screen provided by LG-Philips (LP173WF4-SPF3) with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The panel is very bright at up to 349 nits in the center, and the average luminance of the Asus GL753 is not much lower at 337 nits.

The result for the black value is 0.58 cd/m², which is a bit high. The contrast ratio of 602:1 is just sufficient and suffers a bit from the high luminance. Positive: You can also enjoy the maximum brightness on battery power, but the minimum luminance of 20 nits is a bit high.

We can see some backlight bleeding in the lower right area when we watch dark content, but the brightness distribution itself is very good at 91%.

338
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 349 cd/m² Average: 337.2 cd/m² Minimum: 19.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 349 cd/m²
Contrast: 602:1 (Black: 0.58 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.3 | - Ø
75.7% sRGB (Argyll) 55.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.15
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
LP173WF4-SPF3, , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72 7RE-046
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GS73VR 6RF
1920x1080, 17.3
Asus G752VS-XB78K
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3 (LGD04E8), , 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), , 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w010ng
AUO119B, , 3840x2160, 17.3
Response Times
44%
42%
5%
3%
44%
-23%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33.2
27
19%
28
16%
38
-14%
38
-14%
28
16%
49
-48%
Response Time Black / White *
28.8
9
69%
9.6
67%
22
24%
23
20%
8
72%
28
3%
PWM Frequency
Screen
4%
30%
21%
-17%
23%
13%
Brightness
337
230
-32%
315
-7%
317
-6%
312
-7%
254
-25%
312
-7%
Brightness Distribution
91
86
-5%
86
-5%
88
-3%
91
0%
86
-5%
90
-1%
Black Level *
0.58
0.24
59%
0.308
47%
0.3
48%
0.5
14%
0.26
55%
0.29
50%
Contrast
602
1054
75%
1095
82%
1093
82%
652
8%
1038
72%
1090
81%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
5.01
-11%
2.96
34%
3.74
17%
6.3
-40%
3.33
26%
5.69
-26%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.3
7.26
-120%
2.57
22%
2.67
19%
7.37
-123%
3.46
-5%
6.12
-85%
Gamma
2.15 112%
2.09 115%
2.25 107%
2.41 100%
2.37 101%
2.13 113%
2.56 94%
CCT
6103 107%
6329 103%
7114 91%
6861 95%
7116 91%
7419 88%
5875 111%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55.7
76
36%
74.3
33%
56
1%
55
-1%
75
35%
87
56%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
75.7
100
32%
100
32%
85
12%
83
10%
100
32%
100
32%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
24% / 12%
36% / 32%
13% / 18%
-7% / -13%
34% / 27%
-5% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

A comparison with other gaming notebooks shows that the Asus Strix GL753 primarily stands out with the high panel luminance, while the black value and the contrast, respectively, fall behind the competition. The color accuracy of the display is acceptable ex-works, but the grayscale in particular can really benefit from a calibration. Our icc.-file is linked in the box above.

ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated

The determined response times are rather long at 33.2 ms black-to-white and 28.8 ms gray-to-gray. Systems with fast 120 Hz panels have a clear advantage in this respect. Asus does not use PWM, so even dimmed brightness levels should not be a problem for sensitive users. Nvidia's G-Sync is not supported.

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
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 21.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (27.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.4 ms rise
↘ 18.8 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. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.3 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: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 965 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

Asus uses an IPS panel or a comparable panel with very wide viewing angles, respectively. Even multiple users can look at the display content simultaneously and enjoy accurate pictures.

Performance

We can find brand-new components inside the Asus Strix GL753. The processor is one of the first new Intel Core i7-7700HQ chips, a quad-core CPU based on the latest Kaby Lake generation. Graphics are handled by the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.

The remaining specs of our Asus Strix GL753VD include 16 GB memory provided by two 8 GB modules. The storage solution consists of a 256 GB SSD as well as a 1 TB hard drive. We expect that Asus will offer SKUs with different memory and storage configurations, but we have no specific information at the time of writing.

System
System
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

The Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) is the successor to the i7-6700HQ (Skylake), a mobile quad-core CPU, which runs in many gaming and powerful multimedia notebooks. The chip is now manufactured in a 14 nm process and has a TDP of 45 Watts with a clock range of 2.8-3.8 GHz.

Let's have a look at the CPU benchmarks: The Strix GL753 scores 151 points in the Cinebench R15 Single-Core Test, which is about 4-11% faster than devices with the previous i7-6700HQ, while we can see an advantage of 8-9% in the Multi Test. This is roughly on par with the improvements we saw with the previous change of CPU generations. Overall, the chip is a bit faster, but it is not necessary to upgrade, especially since gaming notebooks are still limited by the graphics performance.

More information about the new Intel Kaby Lake quad-core processor generation with numerous benchmarks and analysis is available in our dedicated article.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
160 Points ∼82% +6%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼78% +1%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼78%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
145 Points ∼75% -4%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
145 Points ∼75% -4%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
143 Points ∼74% -5%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼72% -7%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼69% -11%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼69% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
789 Points ∼42% +6%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼40%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼39% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼36% -9%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
677 Points ∼36% -9%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼36% -9%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼36% -9%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼36% -9%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
671 Points ∼36% -9%
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4762 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
28714 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7445 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.72 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.14 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
66.11 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
113.94 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
741 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
151 Points
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System Performance

We can give the Asus Strix GL753VD a good rating in terms of system performance thanks to the components, the benchmark results, and our subjective impression during the review period. Our test model is a very good foundation for any kind of multimedia application, all the way up to smooth gameplay in modern titles.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus G752VS-XB78K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5575 Points ∼93% +36%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4670 Points ∼78% +14%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4088 Points ∼68%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
4012 Points ∼67% -2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
3985 Points ∼67% -3%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
3698 Points ∼62% -10%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3309 Points ∼55% -19%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4088 points
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Storage Devices

The GL753 has a 1 TB HDD in addition to the 256 GB SSD.
The GL753 has a 1 TB HDD in addition to the 256 GB SSD.

Asus equips our test model with a combination of SSD (256 GB Micron MTFDDAV256TBN) as well as conventional HDD storage (1 TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100). The exact configuration can vary depending on the model. The performance of the Micron SSD is inconspicuous compared to other SATA-III drives. NVMe-SSDs are much faster in the benchmarks, but this does not really result in a perceptible advantage in practice. The capacity of 256 GB is sufficient for some system files as well as some frequently played games, and the drive ensures quick loading times of applications.

Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
MSI GS73VR 6RF
SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
Asus G752VS-XB78K
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
HP Omen 17-w010ng
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
23%
-25%
198%
81%
Write 4k QD32
234.9
212.9
-9%
167.1
-29%
578
146%
348.3
48%
Read 4k QD32
247.6
372.5
50%
251.6
2%
743.9
200%
621.6
151%
Write 4k
76.8
112.9
47%
42.51
-45%
154.4
101%
137.2
79%
Read 4k
24.7
22.7
-8%
20.3
-18%
44.42
80%
41.42
68%
Write 512
346.6
481.4
39%
254.4
-27%
1438
315%
428.3
24%
Read 512
336.1
455.1
35%
242.3
-28%
1250
272%
605.8
80%
Write Seq
419.1
495.7
18%
319
-24%
1305
211%
582.7
39%
Read Seq
475.7
539.6
13%
334.3
-30%
1718
261%
1234
159%
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
Sequential Read: 475.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 419.1 MB/s
512K Read: 336.1 MB/s
512K Write: 346.6 MB/s
4K Read: 24.7 MB/s
4K Write: 76.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 247.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 234.9 MB/s

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1050 is the successor to the GTX 960M and will therefore be mainly found inside multimedia notebooks. The 3DMark benchmarks show an advantage of around 30% for the GTX 1050 compared to the old GTX 960M and is roughly on par with the GTX 965M, which already bridged the gap between multimedia and gaming. The next faster model, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, as well as the older GTX 970M, is clearly ahead with an advantage of around 30%. It is once again impressive to see the performance of Nvidia's high-end chips: The GeForce GTX 1060, which is the "entry-level GPU" for full-fledged gaming notebooks, is almost twice as fast as the GTX 1050.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14317 Points ∼28% +95%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
10186 Points ∼20% +38%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9824 Points ∼19% +33%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9713 Points ∼19% +32%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7903 Points ∼16% +7%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7360 Points ∼14%
Asus GL752VW-T4168T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5114 Points ∼10% -31%
Asus N752VX-GC131T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4457 Points ∼9% -39%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11311 Points ∼29% +96%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8086 Points ∼21% +40%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7741 Points ∼20% +34%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7321 Points ∼19% +27%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5863 Points ∼15% +1%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5784 Points ∼15%
Asus GL752VW-T4168T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4211 Points ∼11% -27%
Asus N752VX-GC131T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3174 Points ∼8% -45%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
79107 Points ∼48% +120%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
50205 Points ∼31% +40%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
49223 Points ∼30% +37%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48626 Points ∼30% +36%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35884 Points ∼22%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
34679 Points ∼21% -3%
Asus GL752VW-T4168T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
29343 Points ∼18% -18%
Asus N752VX-GC131T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
21500 Points ∼13% -40%
3DMark 06 Standard
27411 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7524 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
19688 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5293 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2571 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1714 points
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Gaming Performance

This brings us to one of the most interesting sections, the actual gaming performance. How does the GTX 1050 really perform compared to the old GTX 960?

We performed benchmark tests for a couple of games and can see that the majority of modern titles run smoothly in Full HD and the High preset. The performance advantage over the GTX 960M can be as high as 30% depending on the game, sometimes even more. The GTX 1050 is therefore roughly on the level of the older GTX 965M. The new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is another 30% ahead of the standard GTX 1050 and is roughly on par with the GTX 970M.

One thing we noticed in our tests was the sometimes inconsistent performance with low GPU load (low, med details). This might be a result of the GPU driver (376.19), which is not yet finalized. It is also possible that some games will perform even better with an improved driver version.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
26.9 fps ∼100% +37%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
25.8 (min: 19) fps ∼96% +31%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
25.5 fps ∼95% +29%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
20.2 (min: 16) fps ∼75% +3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
19.7 fps ∼73%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
13.7 (min: 11) fps ∼51% -30%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
48.7 fps ∼100% +67%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
47.8 (min: 39) fps ∼98% +64%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
37.3 fps ∼77% +28%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
36.8 (min: 29) fps ∼76% +26%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
29.1 fps ∼60%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
27.1 (min: 21) fps ∼56% -7%
World of Warships
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
92.5 fps ∼100% +17%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
79 fps ∼85%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
77 (min: 45) fps ∼83% -3%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
109 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
94 fps ∼86% -14%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
81 (min: 47) fps ∼74% -26%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
46.2 fps ∼100% +36%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
44.5 fps ∼96% +31%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
43.4 (min: 33) fps ∼94% +28%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
35.2 (min: 28) fps ∼76% +4%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
33.9 fps ∼73%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
25.3 (min: 20) fps ∼55% -25%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
56 fps ∼100% +36%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
54 fps ∼96% +31%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
49.4 (min: 38) fps ∼88% +20%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
43.1 (min: 35) fps ∼77% +5%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
41.2 fps ∼74%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
31.4 (min: 26) fps ∼56% -24%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
39.7 fps ∼100% +27%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
38.5 fps ∼97% +23%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
38 (min: 35) fps ∼96% +22%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
31.2 fps ∼79%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
30.4 (min: 26) fps ∼77% -3%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
20.1 (min: 18) fps ∼51% -36%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
47.4 fps ∼100% +28%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
47.4 fps ∼100% +28%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
44.9 (min: 43) fps ∼95% +21%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
37.7 (min: 35) fps ∼80% +2%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
37.1 fps ∼78%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
26.4 (min: 24) fps ∼56% -29%
FIFA 17
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
197.9 fps ∼100% +51%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
153 (min: 131) fps ∼77% +17%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
138 (min: 114) fps ∼70% +5%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
131 fps ∼66%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
128 fps ∼65% -2%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
120.4 fps ∼61% -8%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
115 (min: 96) fps ∼58% -12%
1920x1080 High Preset
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
198.6 fps ∼100% +38%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
160 (min: 143) fps ∼81% +11%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
144 fps ∼73%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
130 fps ∼65% -10%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
123 (min: 108) fps ∼62% -15%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
123 fps ∼62% -15%
Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
79 fps ∼100% +92%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
55.4 (min: 47) fps ∼70% +35%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
50.8 fps ∼64% +24%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
50 fps ∼63% +22%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
42.5 (min: 36) fps ∼54% +3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
41.1 fps ∼52%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
33.9 (min: 28) fps ∼43% -18%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
87.4 fps ∼100% +88%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
58.3 (min: 53) fps ∼67% +25%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
56.7 fps ∼65% +22%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
55.9 fps ∼64% +20%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
51.4 (min: 46) fps ∼59% +11%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
46.5 fps ∼53%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
37.4 (min: 33) fps ∼43% -20%
Titanfall 2
1920x1080 Very High (Insane Texture Quality) / Enabled AA:TS AF:16x
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
80.2 fps ∼100% +31%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
61.7 fps ∼77% +1%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
61 fps ∼76%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
56.2 fps ∼70% -8%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
52.7 (min: 46) fps ∼66% -14%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
46.9 (min: 38) fps ∼58% -23%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
30.8 (min: 24) fps ∼38% -50%
1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:TS AF:8x
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
89.3 fps ∼100% +47%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
62.5 fps ∼70% +3%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
62 fps ∼69% +2%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
60.7 fps ∼68%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
58.6 (min: 47) fps ∼66% -3%
MSI GE72 965M Ti
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
52 (min: 43) fps ∼58% -14%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
36.2 (min: 25) fps ∼41% -40%
low med. high ultra4K
Metro: Last Light (2013) 7440fps
Sims 4 (2014) 73fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 112.366.929.119.7fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 154143126117fps
World of Warships (2015) 15413110979fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 1139243.713.9fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 116.674.641.233.9fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 2091337158fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 110.163.237.131.2fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 9444.627.413.6fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 99474130fps
The Division (2016) 7033.225.4fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 32.428.6fps
Doom (2016) 51.748.216.2fps
Overwatch (2016) 9053.827.9fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 71.753.629.615.3fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 224199144131fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 52.734.422fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 145.6101.746.541.1fps
Civilization VI (2016) 7360.239.431.7fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 7437.4fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 130.681.560.761fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 998951.146.219.1fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 766637.432.7fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 7261.23219.8fps
Discussion

Emissions

System Noise

The fan of the GL753 was never deactivated on our test model, but the dull and sonorous murmur is not a big issue. The fact that the fan speed often fluctuates even with office workloads is more annoying, because you can clearly hear the rpm increases and decreases, respectively. A more conservative fan control for peak load situations in office scenarios would have been possible when you consider the comparatively cool hardware temperatures.

The system will get louder under sustained gaming workloads. It depends a lot on the hardware requirements of the game. We can measure values between 42.7 dB(A) and 47.4 dB(A), although the latter is already very loud when you consider the mainstream GPU performance. Still, the noise characteristics stay unobtrusive, and we did not hear any kind of electronic noises.

Noise Level

Idle
33.9 / 33.9 / 37.8 dB(A)
Load
42.7 / 47.4 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: 28.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.734.136.134.434.735.736.832.42531.329.432.831.632.931.132.431.73130.229.83028.530.831.430.731.24029.930.829.228.129.829.529.528.45029.729.829.231.928.229.828.6306330.631.529.531.428.128.428.129.98043.132.133.536.42732.426.942.910033.533.534.337.426.433.125.13412527.327.42727.225.324.824.227.116031.726.125.325.824.323.823.332.820028.226.124.424.423.223.722.528.525028.725.325.124.522.822.121.628.431529.225.525.222.72222.220.829.740031.326.424.724.42322.419.931.550029.626.524.623.821.420.919.629.663033.429.527.125.721.621.518.932.280034.731.929.728.526.225.618.235.1100035.63129.126.425.424.117.935.6125034.131.43028.325.624.517.734.2160038.735.633.631.525.625.517.138.3200037.533.931.127.722.621.717.137.6250039.634.531.426.623.620.41740315033.227.624.520.419.517.91733.6400030.324.221.318.717.817.51730.550002721.219.117.617.41717.327.2630023.719.218.217.517.517.31723.9800020.918.317.917.317.517.317.320.91000019.917.817.917.417.417.117.619.91250017.917.617.817.217.317.317.517.91600017.517.417.517.217.217.217.517.4SPL46.742.740.43834.733.829.946.8N5.23.63.12.621.91.35.2median 30.3Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045Tmedian 26.4median 25.1median 24.4median 22.6median 21.7median 17.7median 30.5Delta3.554.73.73.42.81.84hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Stress Test

Stress test
Stress test

We stress the Asus ROG Strix GL753 with the tools FurMark and Prime95 and observe the clocks as well as the temperatures over a longer period. As expected, the large chassis, which is equipped with just one fan and two heat pipes, does not seem to have a problem keeping the components cool. The CPU does not drop below its nominal clock and can still utilize a part of its Turbo potential at 3 GHz. The GPU on the other hand only runs at around 640 MHz, which is clearly below the maximum value of 1354 MHz. We saw a CPU temperature of around 85 °C and 71 °C for the GPU during the stress test.

The Asus GL753 also performs well in the 3DMark stress test. The CPU temperature levels off at around 55 °C under realistic 3D scenarios, and the GPU only warms up to 50 °C. The logged frame rate is steady over the whole course of the test (more than one hour), which is not really surprising when you consider the low core temperatures.

3DMark stress test: Steady frame rates…
3DMark stress test: Steady frame rates…
…and low core temperatures of the components.
…and low core temperatures of the components.

Temperature

Not only the components of the laptop stay comparatively cool while idling, this is also the case for the surfaces you come into contact with. The whole chassis of the Strix GL753 only warms up to values slightly above room temperature. 

If you really stress the notebook for longer periods (stress test), you can feel that the surfaces warm up, but it is almost negligible at up to 37.7 °C. Attention: The marker on the following infrared picture of the bottom (52.3 °C) is targeted at the cooling fins inside the chassis!

Max. Load
 34.5 °C34.3 °C26.6 °C 
 37.7 °C34.6 °C25.6 °C 
 32.3 °C31.1 °C24.3 °C 
Maximum: 37.7 °C
Average: 31.2 °C
22.9 °C35.3 °C35.1 °C
23.6 °C33.7 °C36.3 °C
23.1 °C24.6 °C29.8 °C
Maximum: 36.3 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Raytek Raynger ST

Speakers

Satisfying sound from the stereo speakers
Satisfying sound from the stereo speakers

The stereo speakers at the front edge of the laptop provide a satisfying sound for audio and video playback as well as gaming. The maximum volume of around 80 dB(A) is sufficient for a smaller room, but it will not be enough for a party.

A frequency comparison with the compact MacBook 12, which can still be seen as the reference in terms of audio, shows that the Asus primarily lacks bass and high tones, which prevents an excellent result.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.839.12532.432.93130.731.24029.530.35028.630.66328.1318026.932.410025.132.612524.231.316023.347.120022.557.525021.661.731520.859.840019.95950019.660.263018.971.780018.268.8100017.964.1125017.764.6160017.162.9200017.165.825001767.531501768.140001768.5500017.371.463001775.6800017.373.81000017.667.91250017.560.31600017.561.2SPL29.981.5N1.352.1median 17.7Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045Tmedian 64.1Delta1.85.535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes can be selected)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Nvidia's Optimus technology is supported, so the GL753 can use the integrated HD Graphics 630 from the processor with simple workloads and the power consumption even drops below 10 Watts while idling. For comparison: The values in our measurements are slightly below the HP Pavilion 17, which is equipped with the GTX 960M GPU and Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, the respective predecessors. This is a very good result when you consider the performance increases of around 10% for the CPU and sometimes more than 30% for the GPU.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight / 0.95 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.2 / 12.2 / 14.8 Watt
Load midlight 84.9 / 120.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN), LED IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
13%
-54%
-58%
-133%
Idle Minimum *
6.2
5.3
15%
14
-126%
15.6
-152%
24
-287%
Idle Average *
12.2
10.6
13%
20
-64%
20.2
-66%
31
-154%
Idle Maximum *
14.8
11.8
20%
25
-69%
21.4
-45%
36
-143%
Load Average *
84.9
70.9
16%
82
3%
90
-6%
94
-11%
Load Maximum *
120.7
119.8
1%
135
-12%
147
-22%
204
-69%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The majority of gaming notebooks cannot convince with long battery runtimes. Little more than four hours in the realistic Wi-Fi test is actually not a bad result for the GL753. However, you should not expect the full gaming performance of the system on battery power, because the GL753 can only utilize a fraction of its potential (CPU!) without a socket.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 35min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 45min
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 62 Wh
HP Omen 17-w010ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 62 Wh
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 51.4 Wh
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 76 Wh
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 90 Wh
Battery Runtime
67%
15%
-30%
19%
9%
Reader / Idle
515
751
46%
435
-16%
353
-31%
311
-40%
Load
45
99
120%
76
69%
87
93%
84
87%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
261
356
36%
240
-8%
184
-30%
250
-4%
210
-20%
H.264
214
195
262
186

Pro

+ solid chassis
+ good Wi-Fi transfer rates
+ bright display
+ cool surfaces and components
+ good sound

Cons

- all ports at the front of the sides
- fan pulsates with light workloads

Verdict

In review: Asus ROG Strix GL753VD
In review: Asus ROG Strix GL753VD

We want to summarize our observations: The Asus ROG GL753VD comes in a passably styled and not too flashy chassis with good stability and build quality. The port selection is satisfying, but there are no highlights and the layout at the front of the sides is not perfect, either. The Wi-Fi performance is exemplary and the transfer rates of the SD-card reader are okay. Another positive aspect is that users get access to the storage devices and the memory slots (although you need a screwdriver). Asus improved the input devices a bit compared to the GL702. The display is familiar and very bright; contrast and the colors are just okay. Positive: Asus does not use PWM, but the display cannot keep up with fast 120 Hz panels in terms of response times.

The performance is a bit more interesting: The combination of Intel i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU usually manages smooth frame rates in most modern games in the native Full HD resolution and high settings. The GTX 960M is beaten by around 30%, but the new GTX 1060 is still up to twice as fast. The GTX 1050 Ti is about 30% faster than the regular GTX 1050. It will ultimately depend on the price of gaming notebooks with the GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 1060. The Asus ROG Strix GL502VM and other similarly equipped systems already start at around 1,300 Euros (~$1367) and promise much more gaming performance with a combination of i7-6700HQ CPU and GTX 1060 GPU.

The remaining scoring criteria of the GL753 are just as inconspicuous. The system is always cool, but the fan is almost too loud under loud and there is room for improvement while idling as well. The sound quality is okay, just like the battery runtime, even though 4-5 hours in practice is hardly impressive.

The success of the GL753 will mainly depend on the pricing, because you can get much more gaming performance for 1,300 Euros (~$1367). The Strix GL753 should be considerably more affordable when it hits retail shelves.

Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T - 12/29/2016 v6
J. Simon Leitner

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
57 / 66 → 84%
Battery
77%
Display
86%
Games Performance
87%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
94 / 95 → 99%
Noise
65 / 90 → 72%
Audio
70%
Average
78%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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J. Simon Leitner, 2017-01- 3 (Update: 2017-01- 3)