Review Update Asus G750JH-T4080H Notebook

Stephan Schünke (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 09/22/2013

Fighter jet deluxe. We already reviewed the Asus G750JW with Haswell CPU and Nvidia graphics a couple of weeks ago. This time we review a better equipped version with a GeForce GTX 780M and a Solid State Drive. Read on to find out how powerful the G750JH is.

Asus G750JW

For the original German review, see here.

After the Asus G750JW got an excellent rating of 88%, we now have a closer look at the considerably more expensive sibling. Asus does not replace the Intel Core i7-4700HQ for the G750JH; the ROG version (short for Republic of Gamers) still has four processor cores with a nominal clock of 2.4 GHz that can be overclocked up to 3.4 GHz via Turbo Boost.

Instead of 12 GB memory Asus only integrates 8 GB into the G750JH but improves the performance of more important components. In addition to the 1,000 GB hard drive we get a 256 GB SSD from LiteOn. The operating system (Windows 8 64-bit) is already preinstalled on the fast drive.

GeForce GTX 780M provides high gaming performance for the G750JH. This is the fastest single chip GPU at the time of writing. Asus also waives the DVD burner and integrates a Blu-ray combo drive that can burn DVDs and read Blu-rays. The retail price for this configuration is currently at around 2,000 Euros (~$2701).

Case

The cases of the G750JW and the G750JH are identical except for the construction of the bottom cover. Nothing changed in regard to the material since both devices are from the same series. Unfortunately, this does also include the problems with the build quality; we can once again see a slightly protruding hinge, this time at the right side. A closer look shows that the materials are high-quality and well-made

The opening angle is limited.
The opening angle is limited.
The display cover is matte and rubberized.
The display cover is matte and rubberized.

Connectivity

Ports

The Asus G750JH has the same port layout as the G750JW. The only difference is the Blu-ray combo drive from Matshita (BD-CMB UJ160) instead of the DVD burner. 

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right side: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI-out, Gigabit LAN, VGA port, power
Right side: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI-out, Gigabit LAN, VGA port, power
Back. No ports
Back. No ports
Left side: Kensington lock, 2 x USB 3.0, Blu-ray drive, card reader
Left side: Kensington lock, 2 x USB 3.0, Blu-ray drive, card reader

Communication

The communication modules, software, maintainability and warranty are identical to the Asus G750JW.

Input Devices

The keyboard and the touchpad are also identical to the G750JW.

Large touchpad.
Large touchpad.
The numeric keypad is separated from the keyboard and is easy to reach.
The numeric keypad is separated from the keyboard and is easy to reach.
Large keyboard with convenient pressure point and background illumination.
Large keyboard with convenient pressure point and background illumination.

Display

Asus G750JH vs. AdobeRGB
Asus G750JH vs. AdobeRGB
Asus G750JH vs. sRGB
Asus G750JH vs. sRGB

We already know the matte Full HD display from the inexpensive sibling, but the results differ because we use a different measurement device. The brightness of 333 cd/m² in the center is slightly lower than the 368 cd/m² of the G750JW. However, the Chi Mei N173HGE of the G750JH has a better brightness distribution of 87% in return (79% @ G750JW). 

 

336
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
337
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 337 cd/m²
Average: 323.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Black: 0.38 cd/m²
Contrast: 876:1

The black value is also better with 0.38 instead of 0.77 cd/m², but we determine the biggest difference in the contrast ratio. We only measured 478:1 for the G750JW, but we determine a very good 876:1 for the G750JH. 

The available color reproduction is within measurement tolerances and is on a level with the G750JW with 82% (sRGB) and 57% (AdobeRGB) respectively.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

Although it is not really possible because of the high weight, you can even see the display content outdoors under direct sunlight. The situation is even better with indirect light and you should have no problems playing a game or watching a movie.

Indirect light
Indirect light
Direct sunlight
Direct sunlight
You can see colored stripes in very dark games.
You can see colored stripes in very dark games.

The viewing angle stability is decent for a TN panel; you can see color deviations with vertical angles, especially from below.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Cinebench R11.5 on battery power
Cinebench R11.5 on battery power

We called the Intel Core i7-4700HQ a high-end processor in our review of the G750JW and that also applies for the G750JH. This processor is based on the Haswell architecture, Intel’s fourth Core i-generation. It has four cores with a nominal clock of 2.4 GHz. If you stress all four cores simultaneously it can reach a Turbo clock of up to 3.2 GHz and up to 3.3 GHz if you only use two cores. This value is lowered to 800 MHz in energy-saving mode. It is somewhat disappointing that the Turbo Boost does not work on battery power so a lot of performance is lost.   

A big performance advantage compared to the G750JW is the GeForce GTX 780M GPU, a high-end graphics card and currently the fastest mobile single-chip GPU. But that is not the only performance improvement for the ROG notebook; Asus also integrates an SSD from LiteOn. The result is a very fast and responsive system.

Another difference is the memory equipment. While the G750JW was equipped with three 4 GB modules, the manufacturer only includes two 4 GB modules clocked at 1,600 MHz in the G750JH. The DDR3 memory is provided by Samsung and occupies 50% of the internal memory slots. You can easily upgrade the 8 GB memory to 16 GB or even 32 GB with two free memory slots via the maintenance cover.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
DPC-Latency
GPU-Z
Nvidia driver
hwinfo
 
System information Asus G750JH-T4080H

Processor

We had no problems with the performance of the quad-core processor in the Asus G750JH. We could not determine any issues with thermal throttling during our application benchmarks Cinebench R11.5 and R10 and the CPU was able to maintain a clock between 3.2 and 3.4 GHz.

If we compare the G750JH with the rivals we can see that neither the MSI GT70H nor the DevilTech Fragbook DTX can squeeze more performance out of the processor. We only determine a difference of 1% compared to the GT70H, which can be seen as measurement tolerance. It is the same situation with the Fragbook DTX that has a slight advantage with 7.00 compared to 6.96 points (multi core test @ Cinebench R11.5)

The similarly clocked Ivy Bridge predecessor Core i7-3630QM is 7% behind (6.46 points @ DevilTech HellMachine).

Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R10 32-bit
Cinebench R10 32-bit
Cinebench R10 64-bit
Cinebench R10 64-bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6833
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
19260
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4882
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6832 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
24376 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6278 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
60.3 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus G750JH-T4080H
6.96 Points ∼40%
Schenker XMG P703
7.01 Points ∼40% +1%
MSI GT70H-80M4811B
6.86 Points ∼39% -1%
Asus G750JX
6.93 Points ∼39% 0%

Legend

 
Asus G750JH-T4080H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
 
Schenker XMG P703 Intel Core i7-4900MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
 
MSI GT70H-80M4811B Intel Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, SanDisk X100 128GB SD5SF2128G1014E
 
Asus G750JX Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS727550A9E364

System Performance

PCMark 7
PCMark 7

The Asus G750JH is at the top of our charts with a PCMark 7 score of 5,838 points. Only systems with a faster SSD manage a few percent more; the One K56-3N2 with a 500 GB Samsung 840 has an advantage of around 2% (5,935 points).

The performance advantage of the G750JH over the G750JW is significant since it is only equipped with a conventional hard drive. Windows 8 shows a similar result when we have a look at the Experience Index. The SSD in the G750JH gets a rating of 7.9 points while the G750JW only gets 5.9 points. These scores only assess the objective performance, but the subjective impression of the G750JH is also very fast

7.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
7.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
7.9
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
8.2
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage22066 points
PCMark 75838 points
PCMark 8 Home4432 points
PCMark 8 Creative4460 points
PCMark 8 Work4596 points
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Storage Solution

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The storage solution consists of two different hard drives. A 1,000 GB HGST HTS541010A9E680 hard drive takes care of large data collections. It is a 2.5-inch hard drive from the Travelstar 5K1000-series. The mechanical storage works with 5,400 rpm and has an access time of around 12 milliseconds. 

LiteOn provides the second drive with the designation LCS-256M6S. The SSD can especially convince us with high transfer rates during writing that are superior to many comparable drives. The results are 22% higher than the 500 GB Samsung SSD 840 in the One K73-3S, for instance. Samsung's drive "only" manages 340 MB/s while the LiteOn reaches an excellent 415 MB/s.

Liteonit LMT-256M6S
Sequential Read: 503.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 421.7 MB/s
512K Read: 380.8 MB/s
512K Write: 411.8 MB/s
4K Read: 31.71 MB/s
4K Write: 74.03 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 362.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 276.9 MB/s

Graphics

Gaming enthusiasts really need powerful hardware and the Asus G750JH delivers with the GeForce GTX 780M, which is currently the best mobile GPU from Nvidia. The DirectX-11 GPU is based on the same architecture as its predecessor GeForce GTX 680M, but has a higher clock (823 vs. 720 MHz core clock) that can even be increased via GPU-Boost. Despite the identical GK104 chip, the GTX 780M has 1,536 Cuda cores instead of 1,344

We were a bit disappointed that the G750JH does not support switchable graphics; Nvidia's Optimus technology is not integrated

3D Mark
3DMark Vantage25872 points
3DMark 117159 points
3DMark Ice Storm120210 points
3DMark Cloud Gate17598 points
3DMark Fire Strike4679 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme2311 points
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Gaming Performance

The GeForce GTX 780M is still the best single chip GPU and has no problems with most of the current titles. The performance is usually sufficient for smooth gaming at maximum details. We already liked the GeForce GTX 770M in the G750JX but the G750JH offers even more performance. We only tested very demanding settings to stress the high-end GPU.   

We determined an average frame rate of 22.8 in Company of Heroes 2 with Ultra settings, which is the second best result in our database for gaming notebooks. Only the One K73-3N has a slight advantage of 2% (23.3 fps @ GTX 780M).

Even the very demanding Metro: Last Light is not really a problem for the combination of Intel Core i7-4700HQ and GeForce GTX 780M. The G750JH manages 34.9 frames per second on average in the integrated benchmark, which is on a par with the MSI GT70H-80M4811B. Only the One K73-3S that uses an Intel Core i7-4800MQ and a Crossfire combination of two AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPUs has a significant advantage. The dual GPU system is around 50% faster than the G750JH with 53 frames per second. 

Our third and last gaming benchmark is the latest version of Tomb Raider. Similar to the other games, the 17-inch device does not disappoint in the action hit from Square Enix. 64.4 frames per second is on a level with other GTX 780M competitors (for example the Schenker XMG P703 or the One K56-3N2). Similar to Metro: Last Light, only the One K73-3S can once again manage a clear lead; 126 fps is 100% faster. 

Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus G750JH-T4080H
64.4 fps ∼43%
Schenker XMG P703
65.5 fps ∼44% +2%
MSI GT70H-80M4811B
64 fps ∼43% -1%
Asus G750JX
40.9 fps ∼28% -36%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus G750JH-T4080H
34.9 fps ∼43%
MSI GT70H-80M4811B
35 fps ∼43% 0%
Company of Heroes 2 - 1920x1080 Maximum / Higher / High AA:High (sort by value)
Asus G750JH-T4080H
22.8 fps ∼52%

Legend

 
Asus G750JH-T4080H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Liteonit LMT-256M6S
 
Schenker XMG P703 Intel Core i7-4900MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
 
MSI GT70H-80M4811B Intel Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, SanDisk X100 128GB SD5SF2128G1014E
 
Asus G750JX Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS727550A9E364
low med.high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 149.764.4fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 63.534.9fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 49.222.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

The bulky case does improve the noise development. Thanks to the large capacity Asus was able to integrate an excellent cooling solution that is barely audible. We only measured 32 dB(A) on average during idle and the fan is even completely deactivated after longer idle periods, which then results in a silent notebook. The G750JH is cooled passively in this case until the fan has to dissipate the resulting heat. Even the maximum idle noise is just barely audible with 33 dB(A). This is significantly better than the Schenker XMG P703; Clevo's P177SM barebone reaches 36-37 dB(A) during idle.

Our stress test, which is similar to a typical gaming session, does not really change that situation. Our G750JH is surprisingly quiet with around 36 dB(A), despite the Core i7-4700HQ and a GeForce GTX 780M – that is a great result. A look at the Schenker P703 shows that Asus did a really good job; the 17-inch competitor is considerably louder with 46 dB(A). The G750JH reaches 45 dB(A) under maximum load, which is still reasonable.

Noise Level

Idle 29.2 / 31.9 / 33.5 dB(A)
DVD 37.8 / dB(A)
Load 36.5 / 44.8 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

We already mentioned that Asus did a good job with the case. Thanks to the large construction there are no thermal problems. Considering maximum temperatures of up to 80 °C for the CPU and GPU, the case temperatures are very decent. 

The top of the notebook does not get warmer than 35 °C at its hottest spot. The situation at the palm rest is even better with a convenient 28 °C. The bottom gets a bit warmer with a maximum temperature of 41 °C but that should not be a problem.

The reason for these temperatures is the two independently working fans that blow the hot air out of the back of the notebook.

Max. Load
 33.3 °C35.3 °C32.9 °C 
 33.5 °C34.6 °C32.4 °C 
 26.9 °C28.3 °C27.9 °C 
Maximum: 35.3 °C
Average: 31.7 °C
37.2 °C39.8 °C40.6 °C
33.1 °C36.3 °C36.0 °C
25.5 °C28.1 °C27.7 °C
Maximum: 40.6 °C
Average: 33.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.6 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Speakers

The speakers are identical to the Asus G750JW.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The energy consumption is very high because of the powerful components and requires a very powerful power supply unit; Asus provides a 230 Watts monster. The G750JH only consumes 15 Watts under ideal conditions. Windows' high performance profile with activated wireless module and maximum display brightness results in a maximum consumption of 31 Watts. Our stress test shows the real consumption of the graphics card and the 17-inch notebook needs almost 200 Watts. We simulate gaming sessions with 3DMark 06: 100 Watts on average is on a level with the similarly equipped One K56-3N2.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 15.2 / 23.7 / 31.0 Watt
Load 99.8 / 197.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Battery Eater idle
Battery Eater idle
Battery Eater load
Battery Eater load

Despite the lack of switchable graphics, the battery runtimes of the desktop replacement are actually quite decent. The G750JH manages a runtime of around six hours during idle with minimum display brightness and deactivated wireless modules. You will have to recharge the battery after 3.5 hours web browsing or 3 hours DVD playback and a gaming session lasts up to two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 48min
WiFi Surfing
3h 25min
DVD
3h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 54min

Verdict

Powerful gaming notebook with high-end hardware.
Powerful gaming notebook with high-end hardware.

This fighter jet is very fast and very powerful. We really liked the gaming performance of the GeForce GTX 780M and gaming enthusiasts can enjoy maximum graphics settings.

Intel's Core i7-4700HQ processor offers enough performance for gaming and does not slow down the GPU. Another important factor for the high performance is the integrated SSD that massively improves the Windows experience. We also want to praise the good temperatures and the reasonable system noise. 

However, the G750JH is not a perfect notebook by any means. We were not convinced by the performance of the WLAN module. The reception is very weak and just disappointing for this price range. The other drawbacks from our last review are also still present. The case is still very bulky and heavy and the maintainability is limited. 

If you are looking for a powerful desktop replacement, the Asus G750JH is a good choice. The notebook is usually powerful enough for a smooth flight in Full HD.

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In Review: Asus G750JH. Courtesy of: Asus Germany
In Review: Asus G750JH. Courtesy of: Asus Germany

Specifications

Asus G750JH-T4080H

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3 1600 MHz (dual channel), 4x slots, up to 32 GB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M - 4096 MB, Core: 823 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, DirectX 11, GDDR5, 311.83
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE, TN LED, Full HD, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Liteonit LMT-256M6S, 256 GB SSD, second hard drive: HGST HTS541010A9E680, 1000 GByte HDD, 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
4 USB 3.0, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm S/PDIF, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: 2 in 1 (SD/ MMC),
:: Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros Killer Wireless-N 1202 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
MATSHITA BD-CMB UJ160
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 56 x 414 x 321
:: Weight
4.21 kg Power Supply: 0.78 kg
:: Battery
88 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8-cell, 5900 mAh, 15V, 430 grams
:: Price
2000 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD, Speakers: Stereo + Subwoofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power supply unit: 230 Watts, 24 Months Warranty

 

The ports on the left side are far at the back.
The ports on the left side are far at the back.
The display cover is matte black and rubberized.
The display cover is matte black and rubberized.
Asus Republic of Gamers.
Asus Republic of Gamers.
Two USB 3.0 ports are found on both the left and right side of the case.
Two USB 3.0 ports are found on both the left and right side of the case.
An Ethernet port can be used for wired networks when no wireless network is available.
An Ethernet port can be used for wired networks when no wireless network is available.
The SD card reader is at the left side in front of the optical drive.
The SD card reader is at the left side in front of the optical drive.
The G750JH is equipped with a Blu-ray combo drive instead of a DVD burner.
The G750JH is equipped with a Blu-ray combo drive instead of a DVD burner.
A Kensington lock on the left side.
A Kensington lock on the left side.
The case is very heavy with around 4,200 grams.
The case is very heavy with around 4,200 grams.
The touchpad is easy to use.
The touchpad is easy to use.
The G750JH is equipped with some of the best hardware.
The G750JH is equipped with some of the best hardware.
The arrow keys are slightly shifted below the main keyboard.
The arrow keys are slightly shifted below the main keyboard.
The ROG branding can once again be found on the palm rest.
The ROG branding can once again be found on the palm rest.
Power button at the upper right edge.
Power button at the upper right edge.
The numeric keypad has four columns.
The numeric keypad has four columns.
The chiclet keyboard has a convenient key height and a precise stroke.
The chiclet keyboard has a convenient key height and a precise stroke.
Generously sized keyboard for convenient working.
Generously sized keyboard for convenient working.
The maintenance cover is quite small.
The maintenance cover is quite small.
The speakers are a bit too weak for such a case.
The speakers are a bit too weak for such a case.
Support feet add some height to the notebook.
Support feet add some height to the notebook.
You can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
You can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
High-capacity battery.
High-capacity battery.
The 230 Watts PSU is very heavy...
The 230 Watts PSU is very heavy...
...quite wide...
...quite wide...
...and exceptionally high.
...and exceptionally high.
The fan exhausts are at the back.
The fan exhausts are at the back.
There are no ports at the front.
There are no ports at the front.
The USB ports on the right side are very close to each other.
The USB ports on the right side are very close to each other.

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Pro

+Very high gaming and application performance
+Bright and high-contrast display
+Excellent temperatures
+Modern and noble design
+Very large touchpad
+Low noise development
+Robust case
 

Cons

-Limited maintainability
-Below average WLAN performance
-No Optimus support
-High weight

Shortcut

What we like

The high-quality case and the low temperatures.

What we miss

A larger maintenance cover with access to the fan.

What surprises us

The excellent performance in combination with the low system noise.

The competition

Schenker XMG P703

One K73-3N

MSI GT70H-80M4811B

Rating

Asus G750JH-T4080H
03/19/2014 v4
Stephan Schünke

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
73 / 91 → 80%
Weight
47 / 66 → 66%
Battery
81%
Display
84%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
86 / 95 → 91%
Noise
84 / 90 → 93%
Audio
70%
Average
81%
87%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

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Author: Stephan Schünke, 2013-09-22 (Update: 2013-09-24)