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Asus GL771JW Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/20/2015

Turbo SSD. Decent gaming performance is expected from a gaming laptop. Asus' GL771JW fulfills this, and the laptop even pleases/surprises with a super-fast SSD (PCI Express x4). It also features a screen that offers 90% sRGB coverage.

For the original German review, see here.

With Asus' GL771JW-T7082H, we are looking at a 17.3-inch gaming laptop. We have previously tested its identically built sister model GL771JM. The devices differ primarily in their graphics cores. Our present review sample is equipped with a GeForce GTX 960M while a GeForce GTX 860M is installed in the sister model. Our report uncovers whether the new GPU has any advantages.

Rivals of Asus' laptop are, for example, Acer's Aspire VN7-791G and Gigabyte's P37X. These laptops are also 17.3-inch models. Basically, all devices listed in our Top 10 chart of gaming laptops can be seen as rivals.

Since both GL771 models that we have reviewed feature an identical build, we will not go into the details of the casing, connectivity, input devices, screen or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the Asus GL771JM.

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Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 4096 MB, Core: 1097-1176 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5 (128 bit interface), ForceWare 345.05 (9.18.13.4505), Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR3-1600, dual-channel, two memory banks (filled)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1, IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL, 256 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (1TB, 5400 rpm)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC668 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Pioneer BD-ROM BDCUD03AS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 414 x 279 ( = 1.42 x 16.3 x 10.98 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers + subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, PSU: 120 watts, cable ties, Foxit PhantomPDF, MS Office (trial), Skype, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.268 kg ( = 115.28 oz / 7.2 pounds), Power Supply: 448 g ( = 15.8 oz / 0.99 pounds)
Price
1699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

The same bright, high-contrast, matte, Full HD IPS screen is installed in the GL771JW as found in Asus' GL771JM. The rates of both screens deviate slightly, which is normal. Two identical screens will never correspond one hundred percent. Positive: Both screens cover 90% of the sRGB color space.

331
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 344 cd/m² Average: 333.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 343 cd/m²
Contrast: 903:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.33 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.12
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1
Asus GL771JM
LG LP173WF4-SPD1 (LGD046C)
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
LG Philips LGD0469 ÖP173WF4-SPF1
Gigabyte P37X
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF1, ID: LGD0469
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
LG LP173WF4-SPF1
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Samsung SDC4852
Screen
-7%
-11%
-2%
5%
-8%
Brightness middle
343
336
-2%
347
1%
361.7
5%
329.5
-4%
268
-22%
Brightness
333
309
-7%
326
-2%
347
4%
325
-2%
227
-32%
Brightness Distribution
92
84
-9%
90
-2%
91
-1%
91
-1%
74
-20%
Black Level *
0.38
0.41
-8%
0.409
-8%
0.734
-93%
0.381
-0%
0.39
-3%
Contrast
903
820
-9%
848
-6%
493
-45%
865
-4%
687
-24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7
7.21
-3%
6.81
3%
2.81
60%
4.45
36%
4.12
41%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.33
4.96
-15%
7.27
-68%
1.92
56%
3.45
20%
3.65
16%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.98 74%
2.4 92%
2.21 100%
2.03 108%
2.5 88%
CCT
6111 106%
6572 99%
7546 86%
6384 102%
6623 98%
6423 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
58
-2%
57
-3%
57.95
-2%
57.81
-2%
49
-17%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

With its GL771JW-T7081H, Asus has a gaming laptop in its portfolio that can render all up-to-date games smoothly. The laptop also looks good as a desktop replacement. Our review sample costs approximately 1700 Euros (~$1890). Asus also has other configurations in its lineup.

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System information: Asus GL771JW-T7082H

Processor

At the heart of Asus’s laptop is Intel's Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor (Haswell). It is a standard mobile version (not ULV) with a TDP of 47 watts. The CPU clocks at a base speed of 2.6 GHz, which can be boosted to 3.4 GHz (four cores), 3.5 GHz (two cores), and 3.6 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The processor runs at 3.4 to 3.6 GHz (single thread) and 2.8 to 3.0 GHz (Multithread) in AC mode, so the CPU remains short of its potential. Single thread applications perform with the same speed in battery mode as in AC mode. The processor fluctuates between 800 MHz and 3.3 to 3.4 GHz when performing Multithread applications in battery mode. Consequently, the Multithread scores of the tests we performed in battery mode are roughly half as high as in AC mode.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6731
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18250
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5145
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
64.94 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.24 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.58 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
103.47 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
634 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
141 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
141 Points ∼65%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
134 Points ∼61% -5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
133 Points ∼61% -6%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
132 Points ∼61% -6%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
133 Points ∼61% -6%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
139 Points ∼64% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
634 Points ∼14%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
643 Points ∼15% +1%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
643 Points ∼15% +1%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
508 Points ∼12% -20%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
662 Points ∼15% +4%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
642 Points ∼15% +1%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.58 Points ∼65%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1.52 Points ∼62% -4%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.13 Points ∼46% -28%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1.45 Points ∼59% -8%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.52 Points ∼62% -4%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.57 Points ∼64% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
6.24 Points ∼14%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
6.98 Points ∼16% +12%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
7.03 Points ∼16% +13%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
5.44 Points ∼12% -13%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
7.2 Points ∼16% +15%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
7.1 Points ∼16% +14%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5145 Points ∼47%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
4890 Points ∼45% -5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5200 Points ∼48% +1%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
5040 Points ∼47% -2%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5078 Points ∼47% -1%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5206 Points ∼48% +1%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
18250 Points ∼28%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
19044 Points ∼29% +4%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19788 Points ∼30% +8%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
14856 Points ∼23% -19%
Gigabyte P37X
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19901 Points ∼30% +9%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19577 Points ∼30% +7%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
12431 Points ∼15%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
12160 Points ∼15% -2%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3393 Points ∼70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3262 Points ∼67% -4%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
12956 Points ∼34%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
13151 Points ∼35% +2%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3541 Points ∼72%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3503 Points ∼71% -1%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
83.1 ms * ∼1%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
83.6 ms * ∼1% -1%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
96.8 ms * ∼1% -16%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
154.7 ms * ∼2% -86%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
82.1 ms * ∼1% +1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1939.6 ms * ∼3%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1987 ms * ∼3% -2%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1274.3 ms * ∼2% +34%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1955.1 ms * ∼3% -1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
17048 Points ∼33%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
16852 Points ∼32% -1%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
29193 Points ∼56% +71%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
16518 Points ∼32% -3%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3072 Points ∼50%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3000 Points ∼48% -2%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

There is plenty of computing power under the GL771JW's hood. Furthermore, a super-fast solid-state drive is installed. Therefore, it is not surprising that Asus' laptop operates very fast and scores very well in the PCMark benchmarks. It is not possible to increase the system's performance. Asus has already maxed out everything. The working memory operates in dual-channel mode and the installed SSD is one of the fastest of its kind.

PCMark 7 Score
6058 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3758 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4555 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4980 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
6058 Points ∼66%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
5322 Points ∼58% -12%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5669 Points ∼62% -6%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3496 Points ∼38% -42%
Gigabyte P37X
GeForce GTX 980M, 4720HQ, 2x Lite-On LMT-128L9M (RAID 0)
6302 Points ∼69% +4%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
5866 Points ∼64% -3%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
3758 Points ∼62%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
3401 Points ∼56% -9%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3096 Points ∼51% -18%
Gigabyte P37X
GeForce GTX 980M, 4720HQ, 2x Lite-On LMT-128L9M (RAID 0)
4070 Points ∼67% +8%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
3061 Points ∼50% -19%

Storage Device

The price per gigabyte is quite high for solid-state drives. However, they are very fast. The opposite is true for conventional hard drives in both cases. Therefore, a combination of both storage device models is often installed in gaming laptops. The SSD is used as the system drive and the HDD for storing data. This is also the case in the GL771JW.

Asus has installed a Super-fast SSD from Samsung. The SSD is a model in the M.2 format (full size) and has a total capacity of 256 GB. The user has approximately 200 GB available for use. The rest of the storage is reserved for the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The SSD delivers excellent transfer rates, and outperforms some RAID arrays. This is achieved via the PCI Express x4 interface.

The conventional hard drive in our review sample comes from Toshiba. It has a capacity of 1 TB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The HDD can be swapped for a higher capacity model should the storage capacity be tight. An additional 2.5-inch hard drive can also be installed in the laptop; a slot and a cage are both present.

A metal sheet dissipates the SSD's waste heat
A metal sheet dissipates the SSD's waste heat
The SSD is connected via PCI Express x4
The SSD is connected via PCI Express x4
Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
Sequential Read: 990.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 835.7 MB/s
512K Read: 603.8 MB/s
512K Write: 747.5 MB/s
4K Read: 29.45 MB/s
4K Write: 73.45 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 326.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 258.6 MB/s

Graphics Card

AMD graphics cores no longer play a significant role in gaming laptops, and are rarely encountered. Therefore, it is not surprising that an Nvidia graphics core is installed in Asus' laptop. It is the GeForce GTX 960M GPU - an entry-level model of the GPU premium-range. It clocks at a base speed of 1097 MHz, which can be increased to 1176 MHz via Turbo. 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface) supports it. The graphics core is not technically different from its precursor GeForce GTX 860M. It provides about 7% higher maximum speed. Consequently, the 3DMark scores of our present review sample and the GTX 860M sister model are quite similar.

In addition to the GeForce, a second graphics core is installed in the laptop - Intel's HD Graphics 4600. Both graphics cores create a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Intel's GPU is enabled in routine and battery mode, while Nvidia's core is responsible for performance-hungry applications like computer games. Switching is automatic, and the user does not have to do anything. However, it is always possible to intervene manually.

3DMark 11 Performance
5308 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
78051 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13646 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3897 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5308 Points ∼15%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
5078 Points ∼14% -4%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5410 Points ∼15% +2%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
5081 Points ∼15% -4%
Gigabyte P37X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
10864 Points ∼31% +105%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9080 Points ∼26% +71%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
3897 Points ∼15%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
3634 Points ∼14% -7%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
3974 Points ∼15% +2%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
3518 Points ∼13% -10%
Gigabyte P37X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8304 Points ∼31% +113%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
6596 Points ∼25% +69%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
11285 Points ∼18%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
17334 Points ∼27% +54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
13646 Points ∼22%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
15242 Points ∼25% +12%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
15434 Points ∼25% +13%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
13488 Points ∼22% -1%
Gigabyte P37X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
20603 Points ∼33% +51%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
15582 Points ∼25% +14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
78051 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
108304 Points ∼10% +39%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
82166 Points ∼7% +5%
Gigabyte P37X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
124208 Points ∼11% +59%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
46514 Points ∼4% -40%

Gaming Performance

The CPU-GPU combination in Asus' laptop renders most current games smoothly using the Full HD resolution and high up to very high quality settings. The frame rates of the GL771JW are a few percent higher than that of its GTX 860M sister model, which is due to the somewhat faster graphics core. Reducing the resolution and/or quality level will be necessary for games with a very high hardware requirement. This was the case, for example, in “Assassin's Creed Unity”, “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Watchdogs”.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 281173.5112.248.9fps
Thief (2014) 63.350.147.426.7fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 199.5101.665.847.6fps
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
48.9 fps ∼18%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
44.4 fps ∼16% -9%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
49.1 fps ∼18% 0%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
44 fps ∼16% -10%
Gigabyte P37X
GeForce GTX 980M, 4720HQ
103.7 fps ∼37% +112%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
88.1 fps ∼32% +80%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
112.2 fps ∼22%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
97 fps ∼19% -14%
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
111.4 fps ∼22% -1%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
97 fps ∼19% -14%
Gigabyte P37X
GeForce GTX 980M, 4720HQ
243.6 fps ∼48% +117%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
189.7 fps ∼37% +69%

Emissions

System Noise

The GL771JW will not annoy its user with excessive noise development. The fan spins very slowly in idle mode, and is sometimes inactive. The conventional hard drive drowns out the fan when it is working - at least while idling. Even under load, the noise is limited. We measured a noise level of 41.4 dB(A) in the stress test. However, both the CPU and GPU were throttled in the stress test. The noise level reached approximately 39 dB(A) during gaming, which is an acceptable rate. The fan's noise was not particularly distracting.

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 32.6 / 33.2 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
DVD
35 / dB(A)
Load
39.4 / 41.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GTX 960M/4720HQ
Asus GL771JM
GTX 860M/4720HQ
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GTX 960M/4720HQ
Gigabyte P37X
GTX980M/4720HQ
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GTX 960M/4710HQ
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GTX 970M/4720HQ
Noise
1%
-8%
-17%
1%
-9%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
30.6
29.8
3%
29.6
3%
36.3
-19%
29.1
5%
29.4
4%
Idle Average *
32.6
32.4
1%
32.1
2%
36.4
-12%
30.8
6%
31.8
2%
Idle Maximum *
33.2
33.2
-0%
35.4
-7%
36.5
-10%
31.2
6%
36
-8%
Load Average *
39.4
39.6
-1%
47.3
-20%
47
-19%
39.1
1%
46
-17%
Load Maximum *
41.4
41.6
-0%
48.1
-16%
51.1
-23%
46.5
-12%
51.8
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Asus' laptop in the stress test
Asus' laptop in the stress test

The processor clocked at approximately 2.5 GHz at the beginning of our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour). The clock dropped to roughly 1.5 GHz a short time later. It then decreased even further: The CPU clocked at 800 to 1000 MHz after about 10 minutes and remained there for the remaining time. The graphics core started at 1000 to 1100 MHz and gradually slowed down in the course of the test. A rate of 928 MHz was reached after about 30 minutes, and settled there. We could not perform the stress test in battery mode because the laptop shut down after a few seconds. The laptop heated up only moderately. During full load, only at two measuring points around the fan area did it exceed fifty degrees Celsius (~122 °F).

Max. Load
 38.5 °C
101 F
43.3 °C
110 F
29.2 °C
85 F
 
 39.2 °C
103 F
44 °C
111 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 36.7 °C
98 F
39.1 °C
102 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
34.7 °C
94 F
38.9 °C
102 F
52.3 °C
126 F
34.8 °C
95 F
39.1 °C
102 F
53.4 °C
128 F
26.6 °C
80 F
28 °C
82 F
26.4 °C
80 F
Maximum: 53.4 °C = 128 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  53.3 °C = 128 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 53.4 °C / 128 F, compared to the average of 42.2 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.2 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 39.1 °C / 102.4 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-10.3 °C / -18.6 F).
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GTX 960M/4720HQ
Asus GL771JM
GTX 860M/4720HQ
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GTX 960M/4720HQ
Gigabyte P37X
GTX980M/4720HQ
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GTX 960M/4710HQ
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GTX 970M/4720HQ
Heat
-3%
-9%
-34%
-14%
-18%
Maximum Upper Side *
44
44.1
-0%
49.6
-13%
50
-14%
52.2
-19%
53.4
-21%
Maximum Bottom *
53.4
53.8
-1%
51.7
3%
66.8
-25%
50.4
6%
43.3
19%
Idle Upper Side *
27.8
29
-4%
29.5
-6%
36.2
-30%
34
-22%
34.7
-25%
Idle Bottom *
27.3
28.8
-5%
33
-21%
45.2
-66%
32.4
-19%
39.6
-45%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Asus' laptop does not reveal any surprises in terms of power consumption. The energy requirement is on par for the installed hardware over the entire load range. The standard mobile processor (not ULV) leads to a relatively high idle power consumption. The GL771JW consumes up to 24.3 watts. The requirement increased to 111.2 watts "only" during the stress test because the CPU and GPU are throttled. There would not be much room for more: the power supply's rated output is 120 watts. However, this will not be a problem during games. In this case, we measured a power consumption ranging between 80 and 97 watts (average: 88.8 watts).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8.8 / 14.8 / 24.3 Watt
Load midlight 88.8 / 111.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
GTX 960M/4720HQ
Asus GL771JM
GTX 860M/4720HQ
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
GTX 960M/4720HQ
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GTX 970M/4720HQ
Power Consumption
6%
16%
-30%
Idle Minimum *
8.8
7.2
18%
5.8
34%
14.7
-67%
Idle Average *
14.8
14.2
4%
13.1
11%
20.9
-41%
Idle Maximum *
24.3
23.5
3%
14.5
40%
25.6
-5%
Load Average *
88.8
85.6
4%
98
-10%
101
-14%
Load Maximum *
111.2
111.4
-0%
104.9
6%
138.8
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Asus' laptop achieved an idle runtime of 10:01 hours. Some rivals, such as Gigabyte's P37X (5:32 h), are depleted sooner. Idle mode is ascertained using the Battery Eater Reader's test; the screen's brightness is set to minimum, the energy saving plan is enabled, and Wi-Fi modules are off. The GL771JW shut down after 1:18 hours of load. The P37X (1:50 h) lasts longer. The load runtime is simulated with the Battery Eater Classic test using maximum screen brightness, the high-performance profile, and enabled wireless modules.

Our real life Wi-Fi test ran on Asus' laptop for 4:31 hours. Gigabyte's laptop (3:57 h) lags behind this. In this test websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds, the energy saving mode is enabled, and the screen's brightness is approximately 150 cd/m². We check the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The GL771JW managed 3:58 hours. We did not perform this test on the P37X.

Since Asus' laptop is a high-performance gaming laptop, it can be said that overall, the battery life is good. The GL771JW even outlasts its sister model by a few minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 01min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
4h 31min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 58min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 18min
Asus GL771JW-T7082H
56 Wh
Asus GL771JM
56 Wh
Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-70TW
52.5 Wh
Gigabyte P37X
75.81 Wh
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
54 Wh
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
51 Wh
Battery Runtime
-13%
-25%
-6%
-5%
-38%
Reader / Idle
601
574
-4%
332
-45%
438
-27%
234
-61%
H.264
238
165
-31%
WiFi v1.3
271
251
-7%
204
-25%
237
-13%
162
-40%
Load
78
56
-28%
110
41%
92
18%
63
-19%
WiFi
218

Pros

+ Solid, well-built casing
+ Successful, classy design
+ Bright, high-contrast IPS screen
+ Lightning fast SSD
+ Plenty of storage
+ Decent backlit keyboard
+ Slot for additional 2.5-inch hard drive

Cons

- Fingerprint susceptible lid
- Limited maintenance options
- No recovery media

Verdict

Asus GL771JW-T7082H. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
Asus GL771JW-T7082H. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Asus has created a well-conceived 17.3-inch gaming laptop in the form of the GL771JW-T7082H. The laptop deals with all up-to-date games and displays them on the screen without any problems. However, sometimes the resolution and/or quality settings have to be reduced. The laptop is relatively quiet in routine operations and barely heats up. Fortunately, Asus has installed a decent keyboard in its 17-inch device, and therefore, the GL771JW could be used as a desktop replacement. Asus causes a stir with the super-fast SSD: Thanks to the PCI Express x4 interface, very high speeds are reached. Another highlight is the superb Full HD IPS screen. It is bright, has a high contrast, and features a matte surface.

The screen also covers 90% of the sRGB color space - we certainly do not take this for granted in a gaming laptop.

Asus GL771JW-T7082H - 05/12/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
74 / 81 → 91%
Weight
55 / 10-66 → 80%
Battery
83%
Display
87%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
83 / 95 → 87%
Noise
84 / 90 → 93%
Audio
81%
Average
81%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05-20 (Update: 2015-05-20)