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Review Asus G750JZ-T4023H Notebook

Sven Kloevekorn (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/14/2014

Juggernaut. The GeForce GTX 880M, still based on Kepler, is currently the fastest available laptop GPU. It rouses the highest expectations of gaming performance in conjunction with the i7 quad-core. We will reveal this much: Asus' latest ROG goes through the benchmarks like a hot knife through butter. Can its noise and temperature management control the brute power?

Does Asus provide the value equivalent to a steep 2000 Euros (~$2740)?
Does Asus provide the value equivalent to a steep 2000 Euros (~$2740)?

For the original German review, see here.

The successor of Asus G750JH is very similar in terms of casing and innards, except for the older yet virtually identical Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics card. It is available in different configurations. However, the casing, motherboard and interfaces, just like the Intel Core i7-4700HQ (4x 2.4 - 3.4 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 47 W) and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 880M with a 4 GB GDDR5 RAM, are always the same. The buyer can opt between 8 and 16 GB of working memory, and Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro. Additionally, there are various combinations of storage devices with or without (RAID) SSD, and wireless modules with or without "Gigabit Wi-Fi" available. Other screens or batteries are not offered.

We selected two, just as new, gaming machines with Full HD matte screens based on TN, and that sport the same GPU as the G750JZ but slightly faster CPUs for comparison. The first contender is the Schenker XMG P704 with an i7-4910MQ (2x 2.9 - 3.9 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 47 W) and 16 GB of working memory. It is approximately 300 grams (~0.7 pounds) lighter and roughly 800 Euros (~$1098) more expensive than the Asus in late March this year. The second contender is the MSI GT70 2PE-890US that sports Intel's Core i7-4800MQ (4x 2.7 - 3.7 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 47 W) alongside 12 GB of RAM. It is the only device that does not have an SSD and it weighs approximately 100 grams (~0.2 pounds) less than the Schenker. MSI sells its machine for just less than 1900 Euros (~$2607).

In addition to power, particularly the cooling and noise development of such high-performance laptops during games is interesting. Our report reveals how the Asus newcomer fares based on many measurements and benchmarks.

Case

4.3 kg (~9.5 pounds) is quite a weight, and the G750JZ's casing is correspondingly bulky. Asus stays true to itself in design. It looks like a typical Republic of Gamers laptop in a racy, futuristic design that slightly resembles an Italian racing car from the 1980s or even a Stealth Fighter. The completely black review sample could be the G750JH's identical twin. The base's upper side features a fingerprint-sensitive, brushed metal finish, and the bottom tray is composed of structured, non-slip plastic. The display bezel, back of the lid, and the area around the hinge have a velvety-soft feel. Fingerprints are not as obvious on these surfaces.

A recess for the battery is found in the rear's center. Two large vents are on its right and left. The left discharges the CPU's waste heat while the right one is responsible for the GPU. Thus, nothing has been modified here. The used materials make a high-quality impression; we did not find any obvious faults in build. The lid can be opened with one hand up to an angle of approximately 135°.

Connectivity

Asus uses the generous room available completely and adds a future-proof and universal Thunderbolt interface to the standard ports. Four USB 3.0 ports are impressive. The left side is appealing because two USB 3.0 ports have been ergonomically placed at the back where connected sticks and cords do not interfere. In return, the ports are concentrated in the middle to rear area on the right. Generally, everything that is desirable for most gamers is available.

Right: Audio analog in/out, 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, AC-in
Right: Audio analog in/out, 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, AC-in
Left: Kensington, 2x USB 3.0, Blu-ray, SD card
Left: Kensington, 2x USB 3.0, Blu-ray, SD card

Communication

As to Wi-Fi, Asus relies on the Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1202 from Qualcomm, which should ensure very low latencies during online gaming. It also incorporates Bluetooth 4.0. It did a slightly above average job in overcoming an increasing distance and structural obstacles in the author’s personal test setup. There should not be any problems in practical use.

Accessories

Power supply, warranty documents, safety instructions, cable ties, and a hardware manual is all that is found. Media is not included. More accessories with the ROG logo can be found in Asus' online shop.

Maintenance

The maintenance cover only conceals the RAM banks, HDD, and SSD. The CPU, fans, and other components can only be accessed by disassembling the entire device because the tray is one piece, and that would likely void the warranty.

Warranty

In addition to the two-year limited retailer’s warranty, Asus includes a pick-up & return service in Germany and Austria for the same period. The international warranty can be upgraded to three years via the optionally available Asus Warranty Extension Package.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Disregarding the fact that the Z key in our sample of Asus' G750JZ was defective and could only be used with effort, the keyboard made a very good impression. The agreeably long drop, crisp pressure point, and slightly spongy stroke contribute to that. The keys are all in the usual place and generally feature the size known from standard desktop keyboards. Asus largely adopts this layout. Fast and quiet typing is possible, although that is only true to an extent for the larger keys. The keys are quite even and lightly rubber coated. The keyboard yields slightly, particularly in the center under high pressure. The homogeneous illumination and sufficient brightness of the three-level keyboard light also reaps in a good score from us.

Touchpad

We liked the gigantic touchpad's surface with its lightly roughened surface even more than the keyboard, though it is not quite sensitive up to the edges. Double clicking was detected just as reliably as a long left mouse click. Many devices fail in this point. Maneuvers, such as drag and drop, never aggravated the tester either. The well-conceived input is rounded off by its two physically separated keys that feature a clearly palpable yet quiet feedback, and which are very pleasant to use. Many detailed setting options (Asus Smart Gesture, see screenshot below) should fulfill all wishes.

Display

Asus uses a fairly high-quality, razor-sharp, and matte TN screen with a Full HD resolution (16:9) for its gaming machine. It might make sense for the target group due to the screen's higher responsiveness in contrast to most IPS displays. Both comparison devices are equipped with this feature for the same reason. A major drawback of TN technology is that the viewing angles are usually limited, but more about that below.

The average brightness of 258 cd/m² is not high for a laptop from this price range. Schenker's device achieves a very good 308 cd/m², and MSI's machine still reaches 302 cd/m². However, this should not be an issue since outdoor gaming will unlikely be the rule, and we even reduced the brightness indoors. The illumination of 80% is not a top rate either, but we did not notice problems like screen bleeding, etc.

226
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 282 cd/m²
Average: 257.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 275 cd/m²
Black: 0.49 cd/m²
Contrast: 561:1

The black level of Asus G750JZ is decent with 0.49 cd/m², although both Schenker's and MSI's laptops are slightly better here. Black looks very saturated (RGB: 0,0,0). The contrast reflects the maximum relative brightness differences, and can be ascertained from the black level and brightness. Since these two rates are not breathtaking, the contrast ratio of 561:1 is not either. The ratio of both contenders in the test was approximately 1000:1, which is a very good result.

Schenker's XMG and MSI GT70 are both hopelessly inferior when it comes to color accuracy. The review sample already excels right after unboxing, i.e. without calibration, with low DeltaE rates of just 2 (Grayscale) and 3 (ColorChecker), untypical especially for TN screens. Both other laptops exhibit a DeltaE of over 10, and thus are very remote from the ideal, which is seen in a bluish cast as usual. That is logically not seen in Asus' laptop. The G750JZ just manages to win the last challenge in color gamut that is only important for (semi-) professional image editors. 58% of the large AdobeRGB color space is a great rate for a TN screen that can compete with most IPS screens.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
Asus G750JZ vs. AdobeRGB
Asus G750JZ vs. AdobeRGB
Asus G750JZ vs. sRGB
Asus G750JZ vs. sRGB

As usual, the weather and positioning are the main factors for the likely rare use outdoors. The matte screen enables working outdoors in the shade and on cloudy days when the skies do not have light gaps. Barely anything can be recognized in direct sunlight.

From okay. ...
From okay. ...
...up to...
...up to...
...impossible.
...impossible.

As indicated above, frugality will not have been the decisive factor for choosing a TN screen. In terms of viewing angles, the AU Optronics screen does a fairly good job. It proves to have a considerably higher tolerance than the budget screens that are frequently found in multimedia laptops from the 600 Euro (~$823) price range. This is very evident when altering the horizontal viewing angle, where the usual brightness and contrast losses first occur in very slight angles and to a relatively moderate extent.

Extremely incorrect presentation when looking from below
Extremely incorrect presentation when looking from below

Performance

Our G750ZJ is a gaming laptop from Asus' well-known Republic of Gamers product line designed for high performanceIntel's Core i7-4700HQ quad-core can make use of an 8 GB working memory, and the premium range Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM provide enough power for all thinkable application scenarios. Even the most computing intensive and highly parallelized programs, such as 3ds Max 3D rendering software, do not overburden the device. Naturally, portability aspects like weight and compactness come up short, and no business-suitable security features will be found.

System information: Asus G750JZ-T4023H

Processor

The Core i7-4700HQ is a member of Intel's current Haswell generation, and is built in the 22 nm process. It features four physical cores that can process up to eight threads simultaneously owing to Hyperthreading. The clock rates range from 2.4 to 3.4 GHz and the TDP is specified with 47 Watts. The limit is 3.2 GHz when all cores are loaded and 3.3 GHz when two cores are loaded. Although Intel offers a few slightly faster mobile CPUs, such as the i7-4940MX top model (4x 3.1 - 4 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 57 Watts), the i7-4700HQ is one of the US chip giant's current premium models, and thus also suitable for the most demanding tasks. The relatively high TDP makes the CPU recommendable for use in large laptops with a screen size of 15.6 inches and more.

Asus' G750JZ achieved the expected top rate of 6.93 points in the Cinebench R11.5 multi-CPU benchmark. The G750JH precursor with the same CPU reached a similar score. Schenker's XMG surpasses the review sample by 9% owing to its Intel Core i7-4910MQ (4x 2.9 - 3.9 GHz, TDP: 47 W), and MSI's GT70 with an Intel Core i7-4800MQ (4x 2.7 - 3.7 GHz, TDP: 47 W) by 8%. This advantage is insignificant for practical use. The latest Cinebench R15 confirms these findings.

The review sample cannot maintain the specified full-load clock rate of 3.2 GHz when all cores are stressed via Prime95. It ranges from 3.0 to 3.1 GHz, which is not ideal, but not unusual either. The one-core Turbo of 3.4 GHz will only be rarely achieved anyway. The G750JZ also achieves this performance level in battery mode.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
6.93 Points ∼39%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
7.52 Points ∼43% +9%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
GeForce GTX 880M, 4800MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
7.45 Points ∼42% +8%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700HQ, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
6.96 Points ∼40% 0%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
1.49 Points ∼75%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
1.75 Points ∼88% +17%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
GeForce GTX 880M, 4800MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
1.61 Points ∼81% +8%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700HQ, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
1.5 Points ∼75% +1%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.49 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.93 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
56.45 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
637 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
65.67 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

Besides the CPU and GPU, the storage devices play a role when assessing the system performance. PCMark 7 basically reflects the same proportional differences between the three contenders as the Cinebench tests. That is not surprising when considering that all sport the same GPU. MSI is an exception due to the conventional HDD's considerably lower performance, which cannot at all match the (RAID) SSDs of both other laptops. We would subjectively describe the performance in routine use as extremely swift.

PCMark 7
Score (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
5746 Points ∼83%
Schenker XMG P704
6220 Points ∼90% +8%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
3566 Points ∼51% -38%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
5838 Points ∼84% +2%
Productivity (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
5372 Points ∼49%
Schenker XMG P704
5548 Points ∼51% +3%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
2285 Points ∼21% -57%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
5186 Points ∼48% -3%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
4387 Points ∼41%
Schenker XMG P704
4792 Points ∼45% +9%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
3456 Points ∼32% -21%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
5478 Points ∼51% +25%
Creativity (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
10039 Points ∼87%
Schenker XMG P704
10503 Points ∼91% +5%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
6417 Points ∼56% -36%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
9172 Points ∼80% -9%

Legend

 
Asus G750JZ-T4023H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
 
Schenker XMG P704 Intel Core i7-4910MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
 
MSI GT70 2PE-890US Intel Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
 
Asus G750JH-T4080H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
PC Mark
PCMark 75746 points
PCMark 8 Home v23260 points
PCMark 8 Creative v25153 points
PCMark 8 Work v24271 points
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Storage Devices

Asus decided to place the operating system and another, 128 GB partition on a RAID 0 array comprised of two single 128 GB SSDs (SanDisk X110). That perhaps sounds good in the marketing brochure, but we have doubts about the usefulness of this design. It does not improve data security, and increases power consumption and weight. The extremely increased transfer rate in sequential read will likely only be noticed in very large files in real-life use compared with standard-configured SSDs. 4k access times generally do not benefit from SSD RAIDs, as the measurements confirm. At most, the better performance in reading small, random data blocks using multiple threads simultaneously could improve the perceived speed in some cases even further.

Asus G750JZ-T4023H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
Schenker XMG P704
Intel Core i7-4910MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
Intel Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Asus G750JH-T4080H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
AS SSD
-23%
-23%
Seq Read811.14482.2
-41%
493.41
-39%
4K Read26.7426.52
-1%
29.32
10%
4K-64 Read499.69319.16
-36%
331.32
-34%
Score Read608394
-35%
410
-33%
Score Write428409
-4%
355
-17%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-22%
-95%
-16%
Read Seq815.4476.5
-42%
123.6
-85%
503.2
-38%
Read 4k30.0429.13
-3%
0.4
-99%
31.71
6%
Read 4k QD32431339.4
-21%
0.748
-100%
362.2
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-23% / -23%
-95% / -95%
-20% / -20%
2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
Sequential Read: 815.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 540.1 MB/s
512K Read: 519.8 MB/s
512K Write: 436.9 MB/s
4K Read: 30.04 MB/s
4K Write: 73.17 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 431 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 341.3 MB/s

Graphics Card

Nvidia provides the currently fastest mobile (single) GPU on the market with its GeForce GTX 880M released in March 2014. Like the precursor GeForce GTX 780M, the GK104 chip with 1536 Shader units is based on the Kepler architecture, but it has an approximately 15% higher base clock of 954 MHz. Our review sample achieved a plus of 30 MHz owing to the automatic overclocking (Asus GPU Tweak). The review sample's speed can be increased up to 993 or 1023 MHz via Boost. The chip features a dedicated graphics memory of 4 GB with an effective clock of 5 GHz.

As expected, the performance is very high. The three 880M-based devices are very close in the graphic-heavy benchmarks of 3DMark (2013) and 3DMark 11 (i.e. not Score and Physics). Based on the otherwise very similar configuration, including the identical CPU, the performance leap of the new GTX 880M compared with the GTX 780M in the G750JH can be nicely observed. It ranges from 13 to 19%, depending on the graphics test. The familiar power relation of the CPUs again becomes evident in the total scores and Physics tests. The 3D performance drops massively in battery mode because the cell does not have enough current.

Asus G750JZ-T4023H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
Schenker XMG P704
Intel Core i7-4910MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
Intel Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Asus G750JH-T4080H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
3DMark (2013)
2%
3%
-11%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score55745493
-1%
5577
0%
4679
-16%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Graphics62516095
-2%
6197
-1%
5171
-17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Physics88489775
10%
9754
10%
8956
1%
3DMark 11
7%
-2%
-9%
1280x720 Performance84188514
1%
8148
-3%
7159
-15%
1280x720 Performance GPU90038690
-3%
8614
-4%
7279
-19%
1280x720 Performance Physics71028706
23%
7230
2%
7586
7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 5%
1% / 1%
-10% / -10%
3D Mark
3DMark 118418 points
3DMark Cloud Gate18412 points
3DMark Fire Strike5574 points
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Gaming Performance

We would like to refer to our page about the GeForce GTX 880M that features many synthetic and gaming benchmarks, for example the latest graphic sensations like Assassin's Creed Black Flag. Except for X-Plane 10.25 and the extremely hardware-devouring Company of Heroes 2, the frame rate never falls below the magical boundary of 30 fps even when using Full HD and ultra settings. It is considerably higher in many new and graphically demanding tracks. That proves that there are enough reserves for anti-aliasing, tessellation, and other similar features for the foreseeable future. A brief comparison of the laptop used in this review can be found below the verdict.

low med.high ultra
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 220.8106.773fps
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 22820513694fps
Dishonored (2012) 129.21128.8128.9127.37fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 170.41147.86137.4359.55fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 218.92204.47156.51105.2fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 5854.947.936.9fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 189.2158.4615165.81fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 56.7654.2846.5124.36fps
Thief (2014) 55.754.553.540.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

Now we compare the noise levels, and look first at the load states. Asus has done a good job here because both contenders achieve an approximately 13% higher dB(A) rate. For information: The measured noise level does not consider any psychoacoustic factors, i.e. the subjective noise level does not scale proportionally to the dB(A) rate. As a rule, the loudness is subjectively perceived as roughly twice as high when increasing the level by 10 dB(A). Thus, the differences are greater than the raw figures suggest. Asus' G750JZ barely places itself in the upper third of the field in medium load (load average) when compared with current gaming laptops.

We would subjectively describe the fans as harnessed, dynamic, and without irregular speed levels. They are often disabled when idle. However, just a light load makes them audible, though not distracting. Gaming causes a clear, mid-frequency noise that was unfortunately associated with minor whistling noises. Nevertheless, we did not perceive the noise development as annoying in the course of the test. The hard drive was not discernible.

Asus G750JZ-T4023H
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
Schenker XMG P704
Intel Core i7-4910MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
Intel Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Noise
-12%
-12%
Idle Minimum *29.634.1
-15%
34.2
-16%
Idle Average *31.235.0
-12%
34.4
-10%
Idle Maximum *33.836.6
-8%
34.8
-3%
Load Average *41.148.2
-17%
46.8
-14%
Load Maximum *48.852.4
-7%
56.0
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle 29.6 / 31.2 / 33.8 dB(A)
HDD 31.2 dB(A)
DVD 38.2 / dB(A)
Load 41.1 / 48.8 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Our Asus machine never surpassed an idle temperature of 30 °C (86 °F); the warmest spot we found during load was 44 °C (111.2 °F) in the area of the GPU's vent on the underside. The upper side never exceeded 34 °C (93.2 °F) even during gaming, which is approximately 25% less than both Schenker's and MSI's laptops. Overall, we have to confirm that the manufacturer has the temperatures well under control despite the brute performance, but the bulky casing also contributes to that. The temperatures of maximum 72 °C (161.6 °F) (CPU) and 77 °C (170.6 °F) (GPU) remain within the specified limits.

Max. Load
 30.9 °C34.2 °C33.5 °C 
 31.2 °C33.9 °C33.2 °C 
 24.6 °C26.6 °C26.4 °C 
Maximum: 34.2 °C
Average: 30.5 °C
36.4 °C38.8 °C44 °C
34.8 °C38.5 °C37.7 °C
23.8 °C26.1 °C27.3 °C
Maximum: 44 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49.4 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

ROG AudioWizard
ROG AudioWizard

We tested the G750JZ's sound on a table that served as a resounding surface for the subwoofer, and played the usual music tracks and Crysis 3 that was praised for its sound. The ROG AudioWizard based on Maxxaudio is preinstalled. Besides a few presets, such as "Battlefield" that we used for Crysis 3, detailed options like an equalizer are available in the extended mode (screenshot). The device renders quite natural-sounding music with a high volume and a differentiated, balanced, dynamic sound that even has some bass when all tweaks are disabled. Asus' laptop clearly gains (too much) volume and dominance when Maxxvolume is enabled. The tendency to a rather hard tuning is clearly intensified, and distortions occur in maximum volume in some places. Linear setting may be better suitable for music, but the sound in Crysis 3 was throughout impressive, and the atmosphere definitely benefited from the software enhancements. The sound was of a high standard expected from modern onboard audio chips over the sound system at home. However, it cannot match that of an X-Fi card from Creative, for example.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Low power consumption will unlikely be the center of attention for potential buyers of Asus' G750JZ, but looking never hurts. 0.1 Watts when turned off is not worth mentioning, but not necessary either. A standby consumption of 0.4 Watts is a good average compared with other 17.3-inch gaming laptops. The consumption while idling is still within the upper third of this field (avg., max.). No big differences to MSI's laptop were recorded. However, Schenker's device proved to be a guzzler with a plus of 38 to 76%. The load averages are; Asus 115 Watts, Schenker 140 Watts, MSI 128 Watts. Both Asus' and Schenker's machine consume approximately 215 Watts from the outlet in maximum load, while MSI is satisfied with 182 Watts despite similar gear. For comparison: SLI systems based on two GTX 880Ms, such as Schenker's XMG P724, consume up to 326 Watts, which is an exorbitantly high rate.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 11.6 / 16.5 / 24.2 Watt
Load 115 / 213.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Users who want to use their G750JZ on the go will be pleased to hear that the battery runtime in the practical Wi-Fi test belongs to the Top 3 of comparable laptops with almost six and a half hours. MSI's GT70 surpasses that by only twelve minutes. We did not assess the load runtimes since decent gaming without a power supply is not possible. One of the longest movies of all times is likely "Gone with the Wind" at 236 minutes. The review sample just managed that when played from a DVD.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 37min
WiFi Surfing
6h 17min
DVD
4h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 14min

Verdict

Asus G750JZ
Asus G750JZ

Asus launches a particularly balanced and well-designed gaming laptop with its latest incarnation of the well-known ROG series dubbed G750JZ. Despite its extreme computing and graphic power, the machine does not exhibit weaknesses in temperature or sound, and is superior to both comparison devices. Though both contenders sport a slightly stronger CPU, this leads to only a marginal performance increase because the GPU is the limiting factor in games. In real-life use, this extra power is irrelevant in view of the extremely high overall standard. It is a fact that the few games that push the Asus close to its limits in ultra settings can be counted on the fingers of one hand - and they only benefit minimally if at all from slightly faster processors.

In our opinion, there is nothing that would contest the steep price. The excellent, rich color screen is surely not an IPS with sensational viewing angle stability, but hardcore gamers will be grateful to Asus and they will also be pleased about the fast switching times. The good input devices, decent connectivity, and the quiet and sometimes even silent fan when idle also predestine the G750JZ as a high-performance desktop replacement for working, browsing, and multimedia.

We cannot think of many arguments for Schenker's or MSI's devices when we compare all devices. The XMG P704 offers a modular concept with diverse expansion options, but is also louder, far pricier, and left us with a doubtful impression in terms of design. "Extremely loud during full load" was one verdict in our review of MSI's GT70, alongside the too small touchpad. However, we praised its sound. Besides that, it is the lightest and least expensive laptop in the test. Buyers who are satisfied with "second-best" might find a bargain in Asus' G750JH precursor since its price will quickly drop due to its successor.

The Asus G750JZ is now available for $2319
Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
36.9 fps ∼48%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
38 fps ∼50% +3%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
65.81 fps ∼45%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
65.6 fps ∼45% 0%
Company of Heroes 2
1366x768 High AA:Medium (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
46.51 fps ∼68%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
GeForce GTX 880M, 4800MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
46 fps ∼68% -1%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700HQ, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
49.2 fps ∼72% +6%
1920x1080 Maximum / Higher / High AA:High (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
24.36 fps ∼47%
MSI GT70 2PE-890US
GeForce GTX 880M, 4800MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
24.7 fps ∼48% +1%
Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700HQ, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
22.8 fps ∼44% -6%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
53.5 fps ∼46%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
59.6 fps ∼52% +11%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700HQ, 2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0
40.3 fps ∼46%
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
40 fps ∼46% -1%
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In Review: Asus G750JZ. Test model courtesy of Cyberport
In Review: Asus G750JZ. Test model courtesy of Cyberport
The Asus G750JZ is now available for $2319

Specifications

Asus G750JZ-T4023H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M - 4096 MB, Core: 954-984 MHz, Memory: 5000 MHz, GDDR5, 9.18.13.3260, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3; 1600 MHz; dual-channel; 4 banks, 2 unoccupied
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics AUO219D, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Harddisk
2x Sandisk X110 SD6SP1M-128G RAID 0, 256 GB 
+ 1 x HGST Travelstar 5K1500 1.5 TB
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1 microphone (in), 1 out, analog, 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC,
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1202 Network Adapter (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
MATSHITA BD-CMB UJ160
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 58 x 410 x 318 ( = 2.28 x 16.14 x 12.52 in)
Weight
4.3 kg ( = 151.68 oz) Power Supply: 780 g ( = 27.51 oz)
Battery
89 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells, 5900 mAh
Price
2000 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: HD, Speakers: stereo with subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet

 

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The lid's back and display bezel...
The lid's back and display bezel...
...feature a soft-touch finish.
...feature a soft-touch finish.
The tried design...
The tried design...
....does not...
....does not...
...present any novelties.
...present any novelties.
The popular...
The popular...
...brushed-metal look...
...brushed-metal look...
...is found on the base's upper side.
...is found on the base's upper side.
Its shapes look futuristic...
Its shapes look futuristic...
...and have a distinctive design.
...and have a distinctive design.
Asus logo below the screen,...
Asus logo below the screen,...
...the unusual power button,...
...the unusual power button,...
...the webcam, and the speakers in a close-up.
...the webcam, and the speakers in a close-up.
Show me your stickers and I'll tell you who you are.
Show me your stickers and I'll tell you who you are.
Except for the slightly lower-placed cursor keys,...
Except for the slightly lower-placed cursor keys,...
...Asus largely sticks to the standard desktop layout.
...Asus largely sticks to the standard desktop layout.
We found typing on the even, rubber-coated keys...
We found typing on the even, rubber-coated keys...
...blessed with an unusually long drop...
...blessed with an unusually long drop...
...super easy.
...super easy.
The touchpad also gets a very good individual rating.
The touchpad also gets a very good individual rating.
All LEDs are visible from the front, but why not from above?
All LEDs are visible from the front, but why not from above?
Blu-ray combo drive
Blu-ray combo drive
The underside with...
The underside with...
...the subwoofer,...
...the subwoofer,...
...thick stoppers,...
...thick stoppers,...
...and removed battery.
...and removed battery.
The gigantic (780 gram; ~1.7 lbs) power supply in a size comparison
The gigantic (780 gram; ~1.7 lbs) power supply in a size comparison
The battery's compact shape is unusual.
The battery's compact shape is unusual.

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Pro

+Fast enough for all games even in ultra settings
+Relatively viewing angle stable for a TN
+Proper color reproduction; large color space for a TN
+Razor-sharp
+Very good input devices
+Ultra-fast storage device
+Quiet in idle mode
+Quieter than comparable laptops during load
+Accurate build
+High-quality material impression
+Loud, acceptable sound
+Four USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt
+Gaming Wi-Fi
+Decent battery runtimes
 

Cons

-Heavy
-Pricey
-Z-key broken in review sample
-SSD Raid usefulness doubtful
-Gaming in battery mode is very limited
-CPU throttles slightly
-Base's upper side is fingerprint sensitive
-Overall high (category-typical) power consumption
-No BluRay burner
-No media, few accessories

Shortcut

What we like

Asus' temperature and noise management is good.

What we'd like to see

A stow-away handle

What surprises us

Why are old GPU architectures currently only being launched with a new name? Have AMD and Nvidia agreed on a pact of silence?

The competition

Schenker XMG P704 (Clevo P177SM-A)

MSI GT70 2PE-890US

Asus G750JH (precursor)

Alienware 17

One K73-4N (Clevo P170SM-A)

Rating

Asus G750JZ-T4023H
09/15/2014 v4
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
72 / 91 → 79%
Weight
46 / 66 → 64%
Battery
83%
Display
85%
Games Performance
97%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 93%
Noise
78 / 90 → 87%
Audio
80%
Average
82%
88%
Gaming *
Weighted Average
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Author: Sven Kloevekorn, 2014-05-14 (Update: 2014-05-19)