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Asus ROG GL753VE (7700HQ, 1050 Ti) Laptop Review

Sweet spot. Asus typically tweaks the different iterations of their gaming notebooks by using different GPU solutions. Has the Taiwanese manufacturer hit a sweet spot with the GL753VE and its GTX 1050 Ti?

Asus' ROG brand has become synonymous with the word "choice." The manufacturer offers several different gaming notebook models, which in turn allows buyers to choose the solution that best matches their performance needs and budget. However, compromises are sometimes made: ROG models with powerful GPUs (like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070) may run into problems with thermal management, while lower-tiered notebooks may not offer consistent performance in demanding games. 

Asus' GL753VE may be the proverbial "sweet spot" for portable gaming; the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at the notebook's heart can handle the latest AAA titles at high details without sacrificing much in the way of heat and noise management. The GL753VE is an upgrade over the GL753VD (7700HQ, GTX 1050) that we reviewed at the beginning of the year. As such, we will eschew reiterating details on the case, connectivity, and input devices; nothing has changed from the previous device. For details on these aspects of the notebook, refer to the full review of the GL753VD.

This review will primarily focus on the improvements the GTX 1050 Ti brings to the GL753 line. We will compare the older GL753VD as a baseline to see what the 1050 Ti may offer over the lower-tiered GTX 1050. We will also look at contemporaries of the GL753VE that are also equipped with the GTX 1050 Ti. In particular, we will compare our review device to the MSI GE72 7RE, Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7, Nexoc G739, Lenovo Legion Y520 (review in progress), and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567.

Our review unit comes to us courtesy of Computer Upgrade King. The base configuration includes an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, the aforementioned NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD, and a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD, all for a dollar shy of $1,300. Our review unit has been upgraded with a 512 GB NVMe SSD in lieu of the base SATA SSD. This upgrade is an additional $110 at the time of this writing, bringing the total price to $1,409. This makes the GL753VE more expensive than some of its rivals. Does the increase in price result in an increase in performance? Let's take a look.

Asus GL753VE-DS74 (Strix GL753 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) - 4096 MB, GDDR5, NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 382.33, NVIDIA Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 2400MHz
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, No, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, 512 GB 
, Intel 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD + Toshiba 1TB HDD, 476 GB free
Soundcard
Intel A171
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Microphone-in jack + Headphone-out jack, Card Reader: SDXC, Brightness Sensor, 1x USB3.1 Type C (gen 1)
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33 x 414 x 272 ( = 1.3 x 16.3 x 10.71 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, ROG Gaming Center, ROG Aura Core, McAfee LiveSuite, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.97 kg ( = 104.76 oz / 6.55 pounds), Power Supply: 675 g ( = 23.81 oz / 1.49 pounds)
Price
1410 USD

 

SD Card Reader

Our first test looks at the SD card reader. Like the GL753VD, the card reader sits on the front of the chassis, and SD cards sit almost completely flush with the case when inserted. Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II Reference-Card, the reader hit speeds of 66.1 MB/s when copying a large amount of JPG files and 92.3 MB/s in the AS SSD Read test. These speeds are good, but not spectacular. The GL753VE's card reader should be adequate for most users, but professional photographers that need to move a lot of photos may get frustrated with the restrictive speeds. 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Nexoc G739
 
78 MB/s ∼100% +18%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
 
76.3 MB/s ∼98% +15%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
 
74.74 MB/s ∼96% +13%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
 
66.1 MB/s ∼85%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
 
26 MB/s ∼33% -61%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
 
23.7 MB/s ∼30% -64%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
 
22.2 MB/s ∼28% -66%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
 
92.3 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
 
89.74 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Nexoc G739
 
87 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
 
85.8 MB/s ∼93% -7%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
 
28 MB/s ∼30% -70%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
 
27.2 MB/s ∼29% -71%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
 
25 MB/s ∼27% -73%

Communication

Wireless communication is above average. The 2x2 802.11ac WiFi card attains send and receive speeds of 497 MBit/s and 618 MBit/s, respectively. These speeds are more than adequate for everyday tasks like surfing the internet and gaming online. 

Compared to its rivals, the GL753VE sits near the top. It falls about 8-9% behind its predecessor in both transmit and receive speeds but bests the competition from Dell, Lenovo, Nexoc, and MSI.

We must note that during our test period, connections to out home 802.11ac WiFi router are stable most of the time. However, there are instances of dropped connections. While this isn't a consistent problem and may be specific to our review unit, it could be an annoyance if the problem is present in the entire notebook line.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
666 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
618 MBit/s ∼93%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
594 MBit/s ∼89% -4%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
443 MBit/s ∼67% -28%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼52% -44%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
307 MBit/s ∼46% -50%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
246 MBit/s ∼37% -60%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
638 MBit/s ∼100% +28%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
543 MBit/s ∼85% +9%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
497 MBit/s ∼78%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
388 MBit/s ∼61% -22%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
306 MBit/s ∼48% -38%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
294 MBit/s ∼46% -41%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
282 MBit/s ∼44% -43%

Accessories and Software

Along with the notebook and power adapter, Asus includes a microfiber cloth in the box. This is a great addition, as the aluminum case on the back of the lid is very prone to fingerprints. A quick wipe of the microfiber cloth makes short work of smudges.

The GL753VE come preloaded with Asus' ROG Gaming Center software, which gives quick access to system specs. It also gives a brief measure of GPU and CPU performance. Part of the Gaming Center is Aura Core, which allows users to tune the RGB backlit keyboard to their liking. There are also simple Audio Wizard and Splendid apps which enable various audio and display profiles, respectively.

ROG Gaming Center
ROG Gaming Center
Aura Core
Aura Core
Audio Wizard
Audio Wizard
Splendid
Splendid

Warranty

Asus offers a one year warranty with the GL753VE, as well as a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty on the display. Computer Upgrade King also provides a 3-year warranty on modified components and 3 years of free diagnostic support by phone or email if the notebook is purchased from them.

Display

The 17.3-inch FHD IPS display is a step up the competition. In our testing, we measured an average brightness of 348 nits, which is quite bright for this category. While not on the level of the Late 2016 Macbook Pro, the screen gets bright enough to read outdoors. This, coupled with the matte finish on the display panel, make for an easy reading experience no matter the lighting. There is some backlight bleed present along the right side of the panel. Unfortunately, it can be a distraction in dark scenes.

Response times are also good. The LG Philips Panel of the GL753VE measured at a 36 ms response time (rise and fall) for Grey 50%/80% and 22 ms for Black/White. This is quicker than every other competitor in our comparison save the MSI GE72. This better response seen in the MSI is likely due to its TN panel; TN displays generally trade faster response for worse color reproduction and shallower viewing angles. 

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Backlight bleed along right edge
Backlight bleed along right edge
The screen...
The screen...
...is usable from any angle...
...is usable from any angle...
...even when outdoors
...even when outdoors
349
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 366 cd/m² Average: 348.4 cd/m² Minimum: 20.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 366 cd/m²
Contrast: 1046:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.4 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
86% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.1
Asus GL753VE-DS74
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
LP173WF4-SPF3, LED IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
AU Optronics, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Nexoc G739
CMN1738, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GE72 7RE-046
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
AU Optronics AUO38ED B156HTN 28H80, TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-12%
-15%
-26%
42%
-32%
-64%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18.4, 17.6)
33.2 (14.4, 18.8)
8%
38 (20, 18)
-6%
45 (20, 25)
-25%
27 (13, 14)
25%
36 (17, 19)
-0%
58.8 (33.6, 25.2)
-63%
Response Time Black / White *
22 (12.4, 9.6)
28.8 (7.6, 21.2)
-31%
27 (16, 11)
-23%
28 (7, 21)
-27%
9 (6, 3)
59%
36 (19, 17)
-64%
36 (23.6, 12.4)
-64%
PWM Frequency
450 (90)
21550 (99)
Screen
-15%
-0%
3%
-15%
-88%
-46%
Brightness middle
366
349
-5%
301
-18%
312
-15%
253
-31%
246
-33%
239
-35%
Brightness
348
337
-3%
270
-22%
304
-13%
230
-34%
235
-32%
244
-30%
Brightness Distribution
90
91
1%
79
-12%
85
-6%
86
-4%
75
-17%
88
-2%
Black Level *
0.35
0.58
-66%
0.38
-9%
0.23
34%
0.24
31%
0.55
-57%
0.35
-0%
Contrast
1046
602
-42%
792
-24%
1357
30%
1054
1%
447
-57%
683
-35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.4
4.5
-2%
3.49
21%
4.19
5%
5.01
-14%
10.97
-149%
7.3
-66%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.7
10.2
-5%
7.49
23%
8.7
10%
10.4
-7%
24.7
-155%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3
3.3
-10%
1.88
37%
3.72
-24%
7.26
-142%
14.25
-375%
4.9
-63%
Gamma
2.1 114%
2.15 112%
2.35 102%
2.29 105%
2.09 115%
1.83 131%
2.19 110%
CCT
6362 102%
6103 107%
6587 99%
7104 91%
6329 103%
11200 58%
7332 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
55.7
-1%
56
0%
59
5%
76
36%
35
-37%
35
-37%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86
75.7
-12%
86
0%
91
6%
100
16%
55
-36%
55
-36%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -14%
-8% / -3%
-12% / -2%
14% / -5%
-60% / -78%
-55% / -49%

* ... smaller is better

Black levels and contrast are good but not groundbreaking. The contrast ratio of about 1000:1 is average but is much better than most of the competition, especially the GL753VD and Dell Inspiron 7000. Dark colors and blacks in movies and games are smooth with none of the "blockiness" present in lower quality panels.

Color accuracy is also average. The color delta of 4.4 means that this notebook is not suitable for professional work, which typically requires deltas of 3 or less. The grayscale delta of 3 is better but is still run-of-the-mill. Calibration helps a bit and drops deltas to 3.6 and 2.4, respectively. However, this is not a screen designed for color work. Color spaces are also nothing specials, at 86% of sRGB and 56% of AdobeRGB.

Overall, the screen is quite good. It is an improvement over the lower-specced GL753VD and most competitors, especially the Dell Inspiron and Lenovo Legion Y520. It is perfectly acceptable for gaming, which is the main focus of this notebook. 

CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorCheck (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorCheck (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
vs. sRGB: 86%
vs. sRGB: 86%
vs. AdobeRGB: 56%
vs. AdobeRGB: 56%

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 9.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.4 ms rise
↘ 17.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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Because of the IPS panel, viewing angles are fantastic. Images remain clear even at extreme angles and only start to dim around 170°. The large screen size and superb viewing angles make this a great laptop for watching a movie with friends.

Viewing angles are superb.
Viewing angles are superb.

Performance

The main improvement over the GL753VD lies in the graphics card. Otherwise, performance is very similar. Our review model has an optional NVMe SSD. This means the primary storage drive is faster than traditional SATA-connected SSDs, and the scores reflect this. Keep in mind this increased speed will add to the cost of the notebook. Let's dive in and see how these additions improve performance. 

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CPU-Z: Memory
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GPU-Z
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Processor

The Intel Core i7-7700HQ has become standard fair for gaming notebooks. Built on the 14 nm FinFET process and Intel's new Kaby Lake platform, the 7700HQ has proven time and time again to be a very capable processor, and that is certainly the case with the GL753VE. Our review unit is in line with other notebooks sporting the 7700HQ.

With a base clock of 2.8 GHz and a boost up to 3.8 GHz, the GL753VE performs well in our Cinebench testing, posting scores within 1-3% of its rivals. Compared to the odd man out, the Acer Aspire Nitro, the GL753VE performs 11% better in single-core and 30% better in multi-core tests using Cinebench 15. This isn't surprising, considering the Acer's Core i5-7300HQ, and we can confirm that the 7700HQ offers a noticeable boost in performance.

The GL753VE's CPU is easily able to hit its full boost while plugged in or on battery power. When unplugged, the 7700HQ is able to consistently hit similar scores in Cinebench 15 and can maintain its boost of 3.8 GHz. This isn't as true while gaming, which we will examine in the GPU and Gaming Performance sections.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 (battery)
Cinebench R15 (battery)
Clock Speeds: Cinebench R15 on battery
Clock Speeds: Cinebench R15 on battery
 
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
181 Points ∼87% +14%
Aorus X7 v6 AO-S107Q716-PL-005
Intel Core i7-6820HK
172 Points ∼83% +8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼77% 0%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼77%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼73% -5%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
143 Points ∼69% -10%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
141 Points ∼68% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
141 Points ∼68% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
819 Points ∼26% +11%
Aorus X7 v6 AO-S107Q716-PL-005
Intel Core i7-6820HK
817 Points ∼26% +11%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼24% 0%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼24%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
724 Points ∼23% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼23% -2%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-77LG
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
656 Points ∼21% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
515 Points ∼17% -30%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.08 Points ∼89% +29%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.72 Points ∼74% +7%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.67 Points ∼71% +4%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.61 Points ∼69%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.86 Points ∼33% +10%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30% +1%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.06 Points ∼30%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.94 Points ∼29% -1%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8872 Points ∼82% +25%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7099 Points ∼66%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5550 Points ∼51% -22%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5525 Points ∼51% -22%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
32510 Points ∼65% +15%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
28268 Points ∼57%
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
21755 Points ∼44% -23%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18296 Points ∼37% -35%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
327.1 s * ∼4% -45%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
225.7 s * ∼3%
Aorus X7 v6 AO-S107Q716-PL-005
Intel Core i7-6820HK
211.505 s * ∼3% +6%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
565.334 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
553 Seconds * ∼2% -4%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
532.6 Seconds * ∼2%
Aorus x3 Plus v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
521.8 Seconds * ∼2% +2%
Aorus X7 v6 AO-S107Q716-PL-005
Intel Core i7-6820HK
488.207 Seconds * ∼2% +8%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6832
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
28268
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7099
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
61.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.06 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.61 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
98.5 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
738 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
159 Points
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Over our hour long Cinebench 15 loop, The GL753VE maintains consistent scores between 690 and 700. This implies that the machine will offer rock solid CPU performance over long periods of use. 

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System Performance

Overall system performance is snappy and responsive. While various PC Mark 8 tests tell an interesting story of mixed performance, we can attest that real-world tasks are fast. Programs open quickly thanks to the NVMe SSD upgrade, which we will examine further in the next section. The GL753VE chews through most tasks with ease; it will take a very demanding game or CPU intensive app to slow the machine down. Everything but the most intense workloads will run smoothly.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5243 Points ∼80% +1%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5171 Points ∼79%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
5068 Points ∼78% -2%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4486 Points ∼69% -13%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5420 Points ∼57% +28%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4243 Points ∼45%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4169 Points ∼44% -2%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4270 Points ∼70% +20%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4088 Points ∼67% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
3850 Points ∼63% +8%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3596 Points ∼59% +1%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3570 Points ∼59%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3570 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4243 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5171 points
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Storage Devices

The storage solutions for our review unit are well suited to the target audience. The 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD is quite fast, especially compared to the more traditional SATA SSDs or HDDs typically found around this price point. The addition of a 1 TB HDD for mass storage can be a godsend for large multimedia and game libraries.

While the SSD uses the faster NVMe standard, the installed M.2 drive is not as fast as other NVMe drives on the market, as seen when compared to the Samsung SSD in the Nexoc G739. AS SSD paints a better picture; the Intel SSD in our GL753VE hit read speeds of 1500 MB/s and write speeds of 558 MB/s. The write speeds, in particular, are about 43% higher than those recorded by CrystalDiskMark, which saw an average write of around 1050 MB/s. Despite this difference, the drive is still fast and reliable. Most users will be very happy with the NVMe SSD option. Whether or not the $110 bump in cost is worth roughly twice the access speed is up to the individual purchaser.

AS SSD (SSD)
AS SSD (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
HD Tune (HDD)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Nexoc G739
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
27%
-91%
221%
64%
37%
178%
Write 4k QD32
264
234.9
-11%
4.705
-98%
544.4
106%
212.9
-19%
255.1
-3%
392.9
49%
Read 4k QD32
57.8
247.6
328%
1.008
-98%
635.7
1000%
372.5
544%
279.6
384%
457.7
692%
Write 4k
108
76.8
-29%
3.152
-97%
154.5
43%
112.9
5%
85.44
-21%
146.4
36%
Read 4k
14.1
24.7
75%
0.435
-97%
60.74
331%
22.7
61%
27.11
92%
58.93
318%
Write 512
458
346.6
-24%
98.56
-78%
826.7
81%
481.4
5%
304
-34%
822
79%
Read 512
583
336.1
-42%
39.93
-93%
856.5
47%
455.1
-22%
338.9
-42%
785.8
35%
Write Seq
584
419.1
-28%
109.1
-81%
1192
104%
495.7
-15%
422.8
-28%
1202
106%
Read Seq
1049
475.7
-55%
117.6
-89%
1666
59%
539.6
-49%
485.8
-54%
2170
107%
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Transfer Rate Minimum: 57.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 118.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 92.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17.8 ms
Burst Rate: 226.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.4 %

GPU Performance

Here the GL753VE shows its worth. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a substantial upgrade over the GTX 1050 found in the GL753VD. In our 3DMark tests, the 1050 Ti performs between 25-30% better than the 1050. Keep in mind that the price of admission here is an extra $200, but that may be worth it to gamers in search of a solid GPU at a relatively affordable price. Other notebooks with the GTX 1050 Ti put up similar scores to our review unit, within a margin of error. 

The GL753VE isn't entirely golden when it comes to GPU performance. On battery, Fire Strike scores take a nosedive, falling by about 64%. However, this may be due to an aggressive Optimus profile that completely disables the GTX 1050 Ti when the device is unplugged. We will discuss a similar result in the Gaming Performance section.

For more details on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, please see our dedicated GPU page here

Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike (battery)
Fire Strike (battery)
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11160 Points ∼27% +48%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7682 Points ∼19% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7646 Points ∼19% +2%
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-75PV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7594 Points ∼19% +1%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7531 Points ∼19%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
5863 Points ∼14% -22%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5784 Points ∼14% -23%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
5421 Points ∼13% -28%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
4361 Points ∼11% -42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-75PV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
51939 Points ∼28% +9%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
50981 Points ∼28% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
49539 Points ∼27% +4%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
47807 Points ∼26%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
35884 Points ∼19% -25%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
34679 Points ∼19% -27%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
31060 Points ∼17% -35%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
26770 Points ∼15% -44%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
110806 Points ∼15% +54%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
95568 Points ∼13% +33%
Asus GL753VE-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
71804 Points ∼10%
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
62164 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
20619 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6584 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
3495 points
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Gaming Performance

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti hits a nice sweet spot for 1080p gaming at a reasonable budget. The GL753VE can handle almost any game thrown its way with good framerates at Full HD and the highest settings. in older and highly optimized titles, like Bioshock Infinite or DOOM, gameplay is silky smooth and looks beautiful. However, if gamers want to hit the coveted 60 FPS threshold in more demanding titles, settings will need to be dialed back to high or medium, depending on the game.

When compared to its rivals, the GL753VE can push very similar framerates. There's not a noticeable advantage or detriment between notebooks with the GTX 1050 Ti. The GTX 1050, on the other hand, falls about 20-30% behind the 1050 Ti.

As we stated in the GPU Performance section above, gaming on battery power results in some very strange behavior. It seems like the system completely disables the GTX 1050 Ti, even during gameplay and graphically intensive tasks. Thus, the notebook is forced to rely upon the much weaker Intel HD Graphics 630. While playing the Witcher 3 on battery, we were only able to manage 9-10 frames per second using integrated graphics, which is abysmal. Despite our using the "High Performance" power profile and forcing the system to use only the dedicated graphics (i.e., disabling NVIDIA Optimus through the NVIDIA Control Panel), the notebook would still revert to the integrated graphics when unplugged. There may be a way to dive into the BIOS and manually disable the integrated graphics, but this method could cause system crashes and cripple the notebook. As it stands, using the GTX 1050 Ti while on battery is currently not an easy task.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
97 fps ∼37%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
72.8 fps ∼27% -25%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
74 fps ∼28% -24%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
45 fps ∼17% -54%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
59 fps ∼34%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
40 fps ∼23% -32%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
31.2 fps ∼18% -47%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
50 fps ∼35%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
28.4 fps ∼20% -43%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
32 fps ∼28%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
19.7 fps ∼17% -38%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
38 fps ∼33% +19%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
39.9 fps ∼35% +25%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
44 fps ∼26%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
33.9 fps ∼20% -23%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
66.8 fps ∼40% +52%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
24.5 fps ∼15% -44%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
37 fps ∼23%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
31.2 fps ∼19% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
38.3 fps ∼24% +4%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
38 fps ∼24% +3%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-706L
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
62.8 fps ∼39% +70%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
24.2 fps ∼15% -35%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1920x1080 high (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
36 fps ∼36%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
28.6 fps ∼28% -21%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
62 fps ∼31%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
48.2 (min: 41, max: 63) fps ∼24% -22%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
67.5 fps ∼34% +9%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
37.2 fps ∼19% -40%
Mafia 3 - 1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
31 fps ∼33%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
22 (min: 19, max: 24) fps ∼23% -29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
28.6 fps ∼30% -8%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 97fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 59fps
Thief (2014) 50fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 32fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 44fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 37fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 36fps
Doom (2016) 62fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 31fps

The GTX 1050 Ti offers consistent performance. When playing the Witcher 3 for an hour, frame rates stay solid around the low 30s. We see some spikes up to 34 fps during night scenes and some dips into the high 20s, but overall, gamers can expect very steady frame rates over long play sessions.

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The Witcher 3 ultra

Stress Test

Stress testing presents some problems for the GL753VE. Using Prime95 to tax the CPU to its absolute limits, the 7700HQ was able to boost to its maximum clock speed of 3.8 GHz for a brief time before settling in at an average of about 3.3 GHz. During the test, the CPU will boost back up to 3.8 GHz, but won't be able to hold it for long. The notebook is likely choking the CPU back a bit to control thermals, which pays off; temperatures on the CPU die only reach a maximum of 86° C and average at 82° C. This is a great result for a gaming PC, especially under the unrealistic load of Prime95.

Using FurMark to fully stress the GTX 1050 Ti, the GL753VE performs admirably. The 1050 Ti hits a maximum clock of 1493 MHz, which is the listed limit of the card. Over the hour-long torture test, the GPU averages about 1,340 MHz while staying relatively cool at 78° C. 

Running both Prime95 and FurMark brought the notebook to its knees. The GPU performs the same as when it's taxed alone, but the CPU is massively throttled back to just over 2.1 GHz. This throttling results in good temperatures, though. The CPU averages 85° C and the GPU averages 81° C. It's unfortunate that the CPU is held back as far as it was, but temperatures are very well managed because of it.

In our more realistic stress test, we run The Witcher 3 for an hour. During the gameplay session, the CPU averages around 3.0 GHz with boosts up to the 3.8 GHz maximum. The GPU really shines here, boosting to an incredible 1,771 MHz and averaging at 1,713 MHz. This performance is fantastic, especially considering that temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s. The game hit frames in the mid 30s at Ultra settings during the test. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti puts on a stellar show while keeping its cool.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Witcher 3 stress test
Witcher 3 stress test
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.3 - 82 -
FurMark Stress 3.7 1339 75 78
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.1 1333 85 81
Witcher 3 Stress 3.0 1713 85 82

Emissions

Temperature

As we touched on in the Stress Test section, the GL753VE handles temperatures very well. The large chassis and generally effective cooling solution work together to keep heat off the outer shell. Even under intense synthetic load, the hottest point on the GL753VE only reaches 36° C. This is measured at the side exhaust vent. The WASD keys are slightly warm under load but remain comfortable to use. Everywhere else on the chassis remains relatively cool (including the palm rest), hovering around the low to mid 30s at points over the CPU and GPU. Users shouldn't have cause for complaint.

Heat map (keyboard)
Heat map (keyboard)
Heat map (underside)
Heat map (underside)
Max. Load
 35.8 °C
96 F
32.6 °C
91 F
22.8 °C
73 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
21.8 °C
71 F
 
 25.6 °C
78 F
27.2 °C
81 F
20.8 °C
69 F
 
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 28.4 °C = 83 F
18.6 °C
65 F
24.8 °C
77 F
32.8 °C
91 F
19.6 °C
67 F
27.8 °C
82 F
36.4 °C
98 F
19.4 °C
67 F
20.8 °C
69 F
28.8 °C
84 F
Maximum: 36.4 °C = 98 F
Average: 25.4 °C = 78 F
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Therometer

System Noise

Fan noise profile
Fan noise profile

One might expect these well-managed temperatures to come at the expense of loud fan noise. However, the single large fan stays quiet, especially for a gaming notebook. Noise under load averages at 42.6 dB(A) and peaks every so often to 46.8 dB(A). The fan is low-pitched, and at its loudest, the noise is a low whir that isn't distracting in typical settings. In a quiet room, the fan can be heard but is not annoying.

Noise Level

Idle
33.3 / 33.3 / 33.4 dB(A)
Load
42.6 / 46.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.1 dB(A)
Asus GL753VE-DS74
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Noise
-3%
10%
-3%
-3%
1%
8%
off / environment *
29.1
28.8
1%
29.7
-2%
30
-3%
30
-3%
30.3
-4%
27.7
5%
Idle Minimum *
33.3
33.9
-2%
30.2
9%
31
7%
34
-2%
30.9
7%
30.5
8%
Idle Average *
33.3
33.9
-2%
30.2
9%
32
4%
35
-5%
30.9
7%
30.5
8%
Idle Maximum *
33.4
37.8
-13%
30.6
8%
38
-14%
36
-8%
31
7%
30.6
8%
Load Average *
42.6
42.7
-0%
33.8
21%
44
-3%
41
4%
46.5
-9%
40
6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46.8
39.5
16%
40
15%
Load Maximum *
46.8
47.4
-1%
42.6
9%
50
-7%
49
-5%
46.8
-0%
42.6
9%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Speakers sound profile
Speakers sound profile

The speakers are standard notebook drivers. They are front-facing, which better directs the sound toward the user. They are also fairly loud, peaking at 72 dB(A). Bass is thin, a common weakness in notebook speakers. Mids and highs are loud and clear, though, and are great for vocals in movies and podcasts. The key word when considering the speakers is "balance;" sounds are even and level and do not distort at maximum volume. The chassis does not rattle either. Overall, the speakers are good for a notebook, but the lack of bass leaves a hollow impression.

The included Audio Wizard software allows users to select one of six preset sound profiles. Differences between these profiles are minimal when heard through the built-in speakers. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.936.239.92539.832.239.83142.131.742.14045.12945.15045.528.845.56346.730.846.78049.728.349.710052.228.952.212553.724.553.716055.62455.620058.624.658.625060.522.160.531564.92264.940062.820.862.850064.420.364.463070.319.370.380071.918.671.9100069.417.969.4125069.517.769.5160072.61772.6200065.917.165.9250065.116.965.1315064.11764.1400065.116.965.1500066.616.966.6630062.71762.7800064.217.264.21000062.317.162.31250057.517.257.51600053.517.453.5SPL79.83079.8N48.51.448.5median 64.2Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811median 17.7median 64.2Delta3.623.63237.141.243.542.143.528.531.327.431.925.336.524.438.323.846.622.150.923.755.22258.520.860.918.968.919.372.818.376.218.175.217.172.9177417.477.317.182.217.682.917.883.21881.118.377.218.573.318.875.419.273.819.675.520.173.820.567.930.4911.486.8median 18.8MSI GE72 7RE-046median 73.81.25.2hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

MSI GE72 7RE-046 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Interestingly, despite its solid performance in gaming and demanding tasks, the GL753VE draws less power than its competition. At full tilt, the notebook draws 116 Watts, which is noticeably less than other notebooks in this category. This disparity is likely due to the CPU throttling when the system is placed under load. Using a more realistic test, we measure an average of 96 Watts when playing The Witcher 3. This is about 80% of the 120 Watts the power supply is rated for, which is a good result; the system has enough headroom to safely push the internals. In sum, power consumption is quite impressive. Good job, Asus.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.5 / 11.3 / 11.8 Watt
Load midlight 82.1 / 116.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus GL753VE-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN), LED IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Nexoc G739
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel SSDSCKKF256H6, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-5%
-10%
-30%
-58%
21%
4%
Idle Minimum *
7.5
6.2
17%
8.7
-16%
7
7%
14
-87%
4.4
41%
8.5
-13%
Idle Average *
11.3
12.2
-8%
12.4
-10%
14
-24%
20
-77%
6.8
40%
9.1
19%
Idle Maximum *
11.8
14.8
-25%
15.4
-31%
23
-95%
25
-112%
8.3
30%
9.7
18%
Load Average *
82.1
84.9
-3%
73
11%
82
-0%
82
-0%
81
1%
79.9
3%
Load Maximum *
116.6
120.7
-4%
130
-11%
163
-40%
135
-16%
127
-9%
121.5
-4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
96.3
98
-2%
97.7
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery life is a weak spot. While idle runtimes can get through an entire work day, this means turning WiFi and Bluetooth off, dimming the screen to its lowest setting, and running only bare-bones operation (such as reading a simple text file, à la the Battery Eater idle test). Our WiFi version 1.3 test runs the laptop through a more realistic use case: loading a new web page every 30-40 seconds with the power profile set to "Balanced" and the screen set to 250 nits (40% for this notebook). The GL753VE gives up the ghost at just under 4 hours, which is pretty poor. This may be due to the relatively small 48 Wh battery.

Gaming on battery power is doable if play time is limited to a short train ride. Gamers can expect to play about 45 minutes away from the outlet. Oddly, despite the problems we had earlier discussed concerning gaming on battery power, the Battery Eater Classic test was able to engage the dedicated GPU for the test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 47min
Asus GL753VE-DS74
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 48 Wh
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52.5 Wh
Nexoc G739
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
MSI GE72 7RE-046
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 51.4 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 74 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN-80WK001KUS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 45 Wh
Battery Runtime
2%
18%
71%
-22%
121%
-1%
Reader / Idle
520
515
-1%
613
18%
1174
126%
509
-2%
WiFi v1.3
235
261
11%
278
18%
288
23%
184
-22%
622
165%
240
2%
Load
47
45
-4%
128
172%
81
72%
46
-2%

Pros

+ superb display
+ excellent keyboard
+ good FHD gaming performance
+ heat and noise are well-managed
+ consistent, balanced performance

Cons

- severe CPU throttling under synthetic load
- short battery life
- issues with GPU on battery power

Verdict

In review: Asus ROG GL753VE. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com. Use coupon code NBCGL753VE for free upgrade to a 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD and a total price of $1299 USD
In review: Asus ROG GL753VE. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com. Use coupon code NBCGL753VE for free upgrade to a 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD and a total price of $1299 USD

After all this, what is there to say about the GL753VE? Asus has created a very well balanced notebook, and its "Jack of all trades" approach really shines here. There are some definite pros to this particular model in the ROG lineup: the GTX 1050 Ti can handle 1080p gaming with aplomb without consuming too much power or generating too much heat, the thermals and system noise are very well managed, and the screen is a gorgeous joy to use.

There are a few drawbacks, though. The CPU is kept from hitting its full potential under load, which may turn off some power users. While we conjecture this was likely done to manage emissions, it is still a strike against the device. The poor port placement of the GL753VD continues to plague this variant. Perhaps the biggest downside is the price. At $1,400 for this particular unit and $1,300 for the base model, the high price of admission can be a hard pill to swallow. There are notebooks that offer very similar performance for much less money.

The Dell Inspiron 7000 and Lenovo Legion Y520 put up quite a fight. While they are much simpler machines in a smaller body, they offer a compelling price-to-performance ratio that is difficult to beat. Prices have fallen for these two notebooks, and they can routinely be found on sale, further sweetening the deal.

For the higher price, the Asus GL753VE offers some very nice extras. The screen is bright and beautiful, the keyboard is excellent (and is RGB-backlit!), and the overall package is well-tuned and well-balanced. However, for gamers on a tight budget, there are much cheaper options available that offer similar (or better) gaming performance.

Users who don't mind sacrificing some niceties should skip the Asus GL753VE, but those willing to spend a bit more for a more complete package should be happy with this notebook.

Asus GL753VE-DS74 - 05/29/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
56 / 81 → 69%
Weight
57 / 10-66 → 83%
Battery
75%
Display
89%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
95 / 95 → 100%
Noise
76 / 90 → 85%
Audio
70%
Average
79%
85%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-05-30 (Update: 2017-06- 3)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.