Update Review Asus G75VW-T1040V Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 06/13/2012

Ready for the Finale. Asus is one of the first manufacturers presenting a gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge processor and GeForce 600 graphics card. After scrutinizing an amply equipped pre series model with Nvidia's 3D vision technology, a series model with standard FullHD display has to prove itself.

Asus G75VW-T1040V

If you fancy the newest gaming laptop from Asus, you'll currently discover four particularly interesting models in Europe. The most expensive model, the G75VW-91026V, is similar to our first test sample. The 256 GB SSD and 120 Hz capable (3D ready) non-glare display are selling points.

The G75VW-T1040V under review only features a standard 60-Hz display without 3D Vision support, but is 200 Euros (253 USD) cheaper (1800 vs. 2000 Euro)(2275 vs. 2527 USD). The G75VW-T1115V is another 200 Euros cheaper. The 1600 Euro (2022 USD) model does not feature a Solid State Drive and only a 750 GB HDD (the two models with SSDs mentioned above additionally feature a 1000-GB HDD). We would not recommend the cheapest model, the G75VW-T1124V (~1500 Euro)(1896 USD), to gamers as it only features the weaker GeForce GTX 660M instead of the powerful GeForce GTX 670M.

All models are similar with regards to processor, RAM capacity and drive. They are all equipped with an Ivy-Bridge quad-core CPU. Depending on the load the Core i7-3610QM clocks between 2.3 and 3.3 GHz. 8 GB DDR3 RAM should suffice in the next years. To attract film fans, there is also a built in Blu-ray Combo Laufwerk  that both plays CDs and DVDs and burns them.

To summarize, Asus offer a balanced range of products, but the price might be too high.

Case

soft touch surfaces
soft touch surfaces

Fortunately the production model does not have the shortcomings we criticized in the pre series model. Parts neatly adjoin each other and the drive panel no longer comes off. The case weighs 4.3 kg (9.5 pounds) and we appreciate its unique design, the comfortable rubber surfaces, and the metal keyboard base. Compared to other gaming notebooks the G75 appears to be of quite high quality. The decent stability is a further plus.

Connectivity

The connectivity is decent, but not excellent. While the left side houses two USB-3.0 ports, a card reader and two audio jacks, the right side provides two video interfaces (VGA & HDMI), an RJ-45 Gigabit LAN port, a Thunderbolt/DisplayPort interface and another two USB 3.0 ports.

Thunderbolt? Didn't we mention a DisplayPort in the previous review? Asus list a mini display port on their homepage, but the icon (a thunderbolt) remains on the Thunderbolt logo. Asus hinted that the G75/G55 won't feature Thunderbolt before autumn at the Computex (we reported). Anyway, we will discuss this topic with the manufacturer.

As this is a production model we could finally assess the scope of delivery. Alike most competitors Asus do not provide a Recovery DVD, but only a driver and tool DVD, a small user guide, a warranty pamphlet and some cable straps. The Wi-Fi module (Atheros AR9485WB-EG) and the excessive software installation (bloatware!) weren't touched since our last review.

Strange: The laptop sometimes requires USB devices to be plugged a second and third time before it recognizes them.

left: 2x USB 3.0, optical drive, card reader, microphone, headphones
left: 2x USB 3.0, optical drive, card reader, microphone, headphones
right: 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, RJ-45 Gigabit-Lan, VGA, power-in
right: 2x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, RJ-45 Gigabit-Lan, VGA, power-in

Input Devices

The German keyboard holds no surprises. Similar to the English or American model (see review), the local model also has a sophisticated layout, which allows fast familiarization. Only the combined Ins/Del key is somewhat annoying. The adjustable, white, back-lit keyboard is the absolute highlight.

Display

Contrary to the more expensive model the display of the G75VW-T1040V is not 3D capable. Asus impressively demonstrate that games and films do also look nice without 3D-Vision support (which requires a 120-Hz display).

Also other gaming notebooks like the MSI GT70 use the 17.3-inch Chi Mei N173HGE display (CMO1720) because of its good image quality. Though the matte surface looks slightly grainy, it is easy to neglect this flaw because of its "inner" values.

282
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 282 cd/m²
Average: 262 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 272 cd/m²
Black: 0.34 cd/m²
Contrast: 800:1
Distribution of brightness

Although the brightness of about 260 cd/m² cannot keep up with the LGD02C5 display of the 3D model, it is above average in brightness. The display remains easily legible on bright days. Subjectively, the brightness distribution is uniform and the calculated value was slightly above 80%.

Compared to the 3D model the advantage of the lower brightness is that the black value is amazingly low (0.34 vs. 0.61 cd/m²). The lower the black value, the less grayish dark elements appear (e.g. night scenes in videos and games).

The two displays are on par in terms of contrast. The G75VW-T1040V achieves an excellent contrast ratio of 800:1. The color space is also decent - pictures look good.

Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. sRGB (grid)
Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. sRGB (grid)
Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. Asus G75VW 3D (grid)
Asus G75VW-T1040V vs. Asus G75VW 3D (grid)

If you like you can also use this gaming notebook outdoors. The matte display and the decent brightness limit reflections. We appreciate the current trend to non-glare screens.

Außeneinsatz
Außeneinsatz
Outdoor use: Asus G75VW-T1040V

The viewing angles are noticeably better than of inferior displays. A slightly more tilted position only has a marginal (vertically) to no impact (horizontal). Colors and brightness changes only occur at bigger deviations.

Viewing angles Asus G75VW-T1040V
Viewing angles Asus G75VW-T1040V

Performance

Ivy Bridge
Ivy Bridge

Processor

The Core i7-3610QM is a quad-core from Intel's current Ivy Bridge generation. The high-end CPU is produced in 22nm process and houses 1.4 billion transistors, six MB L3 Cache and a graphics chip called HD Graphics 4000. As Asus did not implement any graphics switch, the later remains unfortunately inactive.

If you use professional applications, you'll appreciate Hyper Threading, which adds a virtual core to each physical core. Therefore, the quad-core can process eight threads in parallel.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo HWiNFO
Systeminfo CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
Systeminfo CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
DPC Latenzen: Hohe Werte bei (De-)Aktivierung des Wlan
System information Asus G75VW-T1040V

Turbo Boost

Thanks to Turbo Boost the base clock of 2.3 GHz is raised to a maximum of 3.3. During the Cinebench R10 the Core i7-3610QM always clocks above 3000 MHz – regardless of using single or multi-core benchmarks. Apparently, Asus did a great job in cooling.

single core load
single core load
multi core load
multi core load

CPU Performance

The performance of the Core i7-3610QM is good throughout. Although the quad-core CPU calculates about 10% slower than the more expensive Core i7-3720QM (6.15 vs. 6.8 points in Cinebench R11.5), it is sufficient for current and coming games.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4437
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
17217
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6043
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5598 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
20914 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6051 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.75 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.15 Points
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Graphics Card

GPU information
GPU information

It's more likely that the graphics card will become obsolete in the next few years. The DirectX 11 capable GeForce GTX 670M is not based on Nvidia's new Kepler architecture (28 nm), but - as is the GeForce 500 series - still on the old Fermi technology (40 nm). The mid-range GT 640M (Acer Aspire M3-581TG) and GT 650M (One M73-2O) already impressively demonstrated what the new architecture is capable of. Especially in terms of energy efficiency Nvidia has improved a lot.

Asus offer a model with 3072 MB GDDR5-VRAM, which features 336 shaders (CUDA cores), 1950 million transistors and a 192 Bit memory interface. The core clocks at 620 MHz, and the memory at 1500 MHz.

 

7.4
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.6
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.8
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
7.4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
7.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
7.9

GPU Performance

Compared to AMD's current flagship, the Radeon HD 7970M, the GTX 670M is noticeably slower. While the Nvidia model achieves decent 39.0 fps in Unigine Heaven (1280 x 1024), the competitor from AMD achieves about double with 80.1 fps (Alienware M17x R4).

In the 3DMark 11 (1280 x 720, GPU score) the scores also differ significantly: The GTX 670M is about 50% slower (2703 vs. 5514 points). The more expensive GTX 675M achieves 47.2 fps and 3272 points and barely performs better (Schenker XMG P702 PRO).

 

3D Mark
3DMark 0527372 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
19666 points
3DMark Vantage12670 points
3DMark 113005 points
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Mass Storage

AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark

The solid state drive is the same as in the pre production model. Asus use a rather unknown product from Lite-On, the LAT-256M3S. According to our benchmarks this is a fantastic choice.

With a sequential read rate of 471 MB/s and a sequential write rate of 316 MB/s (AS SSD Benchmark) the Lite-On model models itself on Samsung's powerful SSD 830 (compare Schenker XMG P702 PRO). The gaming notebook can also handle smaller files well. The low access times (0.12 ms read & 0.08 ms write) also deserve praise.

In addition the laptop features a 1000 GB HDD. Although it's only a 5400 rpm drive, the Samsung Spinpoint M8 is relatively fast and achieves 123 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark.

 

Lite-On LAT-256M3S
Sequential Read: 453 MB/s
Sequential Write: 340.8 MB/s
512K Read: 351.9 MB/s
512K Write: 357.8 MB/s
4K Read: 27.03 MB/s
4K Write: 53.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 290.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 272.6 MB/s

System Performance

Thanks to a quad-core CPU, a high-end graphics and an SSD you are ideally equipped for everyday life. System benchmarks like PCMark Vantage illustrate the excellent system performance. 20075 points prove that this is an outstanding gaming laptop. Because of a bigger RAM capacity (16 vs 8 GB) and the faster CPU (3720QM vs. 3610QM) our test model was even faster (20517 points). 

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage20075 points
PCMark 74788 points
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Gaming Performance

nearly always smooth at high details
nearly always smooth at high details

If anti-aliasing is not set too high, you can enjoy most of the games with high or maximum details in the native Full HD resolution. The G75 can even run current blockbusters like Diablo IIIMax Payne 3 and Dirt Showdown. It's hardly ever necessary to reduce the graphics settings (e.g. Battlefield 3). Further gaming benchmarks are available in our first review.

low med.high ultra
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 6629fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 47.620.1fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 47.822.7fps
Diablo III (2012) 80.859fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 73.429.8fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 75.27127.922.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

Although the G75 is not as quiet as its predecessors, the G73 and G74 in 3D mode, the 17-incher is significantly quieter than most of its competitors. While most high-end notebooks exceed the 40 db level during 3DMark 06, the fans of the G75 spin at fully acceptable 36-38 dB (distance: 15 cm). The gamer notebook gets clearly audible only under full load.

During idle or simple tasks, the fan is restrained and you'll only hear the noise of the HDD. Meanwhile, noise from the Blu-ray player is only noticeable during fast forward and rewind.

 

Noise Level

Idle 29.9 / 30.9 / 31.2 dB(A)
HDD 30.9 dB(A)
DVD 35.5 / dB(A)
Load 37.3 / 42.8 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 (Furmark & Prime)

Moderate temperatures are another reason to buy this notebook. The case does not even get excessively hot under heavy load. After one hour stress test with FurMark and Prime the temperature increased to 33 °C. While idle, the notebook even remains cooler at about 28 °C.

However, whether the G75 throttles under full load was of more interest for us, as the CPU clock dropped to 1.2 GHz in the pre production model after some time. To make it short: Throttling is a thing of the past as the Core i7-3610QM clocked at about 3.1 GHz. Despite high clock rates, the components do not reach critical values. Peak values of 85 °C for processor and graphics card (CPUID Hardware Monitor) are absolutely fine.

 

Max. Load
 34.9 °C37.2 °C36.7 °C 
 32.2 °C35.6 °C35.7 °C 
 27.2 °C30.4 °C29.4 °C 
 
39.8 °C37.9 °C38.9 °C
37.2 °C36.7 °C27.0 °C
28.6 °C28.3 °C26.0 °C
Maximum: 37.2 °C
Average: 33.3 °C
 Maximum: 39.8 °C
Average: 33.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  58.5 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Speakers

The built-in 2.1 sound system still does not knock our socks off. Although the subwoofer on the bottom side provides a halfway decent bass, low tones sound somewhat dull. Meanwhile, the two speakers emphasize high notes. Furthermore, the sound is relatively tinny compared to an external sound system. In this case Asus takes a step backwards; previous models offered better sound.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

As the standard G75 models are less bright, they achieve a somewhat higher battery life. While the model with 120 Hz display shuts down after less than three hours, the 60 Hz models achieve just less than four hours under ideal conditions (idle, lowest brightness). Two hours film playback and 2.5 hours web surfing are also decent for a gaming notebook (good to maximum brightness).

The 17-incher is hardly appropriate for mobile gaming. The computationally intensive Classic Test from Battery Eater already stopped after 75 minutes. Despite occasional problems (see Max Payne 3), we wish the successor could implement a graphics switch.

 

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.4 / 0.6 Watt
Idle 21.2 / 30.9 / 34.6 Watt
Load 107.5 / 187 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Reader's Test
Maximum Battery Life (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum Battery Life (Classic Test)

As the »standard« G75 models are less bright, they achieve a somewhat higher battery life. While the model with 120 Hz display shuts down after less than three hours, the 60 Hz models achieve just under four hours under ideal conditions (idle, lowest brightness). Two hours film playback and 2.5 hours web surfing are also decent for a gaming notebook (good to maximum brightness).

The 17-incher is hardly appropriate for mobile gaming. The  computationally intensive Classic Test from Battery Eater already stopped after 75 minutes. Despite occasional problems (see Max Payne 3), we would wish the successor could implement a graphics switch.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 49min
WiFi Surfing
2h 32min
DVD
2h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 15min

Verdict

Asus G75VW
Asus G75VW

Our first verdict is mostly also true for the production model.  The G75VW-T1040V from Asus is a successful and sophisticated gaming laptop with hardly any flaws – apart from its weight.

Besides high build quality, decent input devices, and low noise and temperature emissions, we have to mention the matte Full HD panel positively. Gamers and film fans will not only appreciate the low black value, but also the excellent contrast.

The components also seem to be selected wisely. However the graphics cards might be too slow in the future. Due to the steep price of 1800 Euro (2275 USD), many gamers will consider twice before buying. If you do not mind system noise, you'll get cheaper and/or faster products from competitors.

Accepting that the graphics card may be a limiting factor in the future: The G75VW-T1040V is without a doubt one of the best high-end notebooks available today.

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Specifications

Asus G75VW-T1040V

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, 2x 4096 MB PC3-12800 SO-DIMM DDR3-SDRAM (1600 MHz), 4 Slots, max. 16 GB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M - 3072 MB, Core: 620 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 296.44
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE (CMO1720), Full HD, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Lite-On LAT-256M3S, 256 GB + Samsung Spinpoint M8 (HN-M101MBB), 1000 GB, 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
VIA VT1802P @ Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
4 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone, headphones, Card Reader: SD,MS,MMC, 1 Thunderbolt
:: Networking
Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20) (10MBit), Atheros AR9485WB-EG Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Slimtype BD E DS6E2SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 52 x 415 x 320
:: Weight
4.282 kg Power Supply: 0.862 kg
:: Battery
74 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5200 mAh, 8 cells, 0.416 kg
:: Price
1800 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD, Power adapter: 180 Watt, Driver & Tool DVD, user guide, warranty information, cable strap, 24 Months Warranty

 

Most of the pictures stem from the more or less identical pre-production model.
Most of the pictures stem from the more or less identical pre-production model.
The notebooks looks significantly more colorful than old models.
The notebooks looks significantly more colorful than old models.
Hardly any 17-incher is that massive.
Hardly any 17-incher is that massive.
Asus use matte surfaces without exception.
Asus use matte surfaces without exception.
A Blu-ray player is used more and more frequently in high-end models.
A Blu-ray player is used more and more frequently in high-end models.
Not everybody will like the interface layout.
Not everybody will like the interface layout.
The two maintenance flaps can be quickly removed.
The two maintenance flaps can be quickly removed.
In models with 8 GB the lower RAM slots are free.
In models with 8 GB the lower RAM slots are free.
Only few gamers work that silent.
Only few gamers work that silent.
The sound quality is good.
The sound quality is good.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670M is a graphics card of the upper class.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670M is a graphics card of the upper class.
The hard drives have a total capacity of 1256 GB.
The hard drives have a total capacity of 1256 GB.
Because Optimus is not implemented, the battery life is not great.
Because Optimus is not implemented, the battery life is not great.
Of course the 3D sensor is only built into the 3D vision model with 120 Hz display.
Of course the 3D sensor is only built into the 3D vision model with 120 Hz display.
There are two speakers below the grille.
There are two speakers below the grille.
Thanks to the keyboard light it is also possible to play computer games in the night without problems.
Thanks to the keyboard light it is also possible to play computer games in the night without problems.
The 17-incher features a fully fledged numeric keypad.
The 17-incher features a fully fledged numeric keypad.
The smooth touchpad surface is very comfortable.
The smooth touchpad surface is very comfortable.
You'll already recognize the G75 as soon as you see the fan grilles.
You'll already recognize the G75 as soon as you see the fan grilles.
There are a total of four USB 3.0 ports.
There are a total of four USB 3.0 ports.
Most of the interfaces are on the right side.
Most of the interfaces are on the right side.
For 1800 Euros, the laptop could feature more audio jacks.
For 1800 Euros, the laptop could feature more audio jacks.
The 180 Watt power adapter weighs just under one kilogram.
The 180 Watt power adapter weighs just under one kilogram.

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Pro

+Matte FullHD display with good values
+Rather quiet for a gaming laptop
+Excellent connectivity
+Insensitive surfaces
+Fast Solid State Drive
+Moderate temperatures
+Handy touchpad
+Keyboard light
+Excellent performance
+Blu ray drive
+No Throttling
 

Contra

-Big and heavy case
-No Optimus

Shortcut

What we like

The G75 has no big weaknesses.

What we would like to see

a graphics switch for longer battery life

What surprises us

Most competitors are significantly louder.

The competition

17-inch premium notebooks. First and foremost Alienware's M17x R4.

Rating

Asus G75VW-T1040V
06/06/2012 v3
Florian Glaser

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
80%
Weight
53%
Battery
73%
Display
88%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
98%
Temperature
86%
Noise
86%
Add Points
89%
Average
84%
88%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2012-06-13 (Update: 2013-06- 6)