ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K Gaming Laptop Review

February 23, 2017
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ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K is a notebook that probably makes you go “wow”. The components inside are second to none. You’ll find goodies such as Core i7 processor, SSD and high-end GeForce card there – indeed the notebook is labeled as a gaming computer thanks to the graphics card. So every feature looks good – but how about the price and benefits this Asus offers? I’ll share my opinion about these important things below.

How good is this for gamers?

There’s no doubt about ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K excelling at gaming. It has a desktop-level gaming card, the GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB video RAM) speeding up the games you throw at it. If you want to compare the GTX 1070 to other well-known graphics card, the GeForce 980 Ti is very close (some games do better on 1070, some on the 980 Ti). Anyway, the GTX 1070 is fast enough for Quad HD gaming, however this notebook “only” supports Full HD. Thus, you can use ultra settings with all eye candy on and expect +60FPS on heavy games such as The Witcher 3 and +90FPS on types like GTA 5, Battlefield 4 and Doom.

General performance

As you can guess, the graphics card is not the only high-end component in this rig. Indeed, the processor department of ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K consists of Intel Core i7-7820HK, a new 2017 processor model. Its essential stats are four cores, a 2.9GHz clock speed and 3.9GHz turbo boost. It’s clearly one of the fastest processors, getting a tad over 10000 points in CPU Mark benchmark. It is very suitable for power users, graphics editors and such.

The gamers should also be happy with the memory – there is 16GB DDR4 RAM and it’s the faster type of 2800MHz. I believe it is installed on a single stick. There are four RAM slots all in all, meaning you could go as high as 64GB with the memory.

The storage drive setup is the best one can imagine. First, installed is one terabyte 7200RPM hard drive. That is nothing spectacular, but the second drive is: a 512GB NVMe/PCIe solid-state drive with two 256GB sections put in RAID0 mode. The operating system is also installed on the SSD part meaning Windows will operate fast, very fast, here.

How about ports and connections?

ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K has a port buffet: two USB 3.0 connectors on each side plus one USB 3.1 Type-C (yep, the multi-use port which supports, for example, Thunderbolt 3 technology). Also dedicated video outputs of HDMI and DisplayPort are present. They come very handy if you’re planning to plug in an external monitor to this notebook.

The networking interfaces are fast and furious, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port for cable connections, and a long-range 802.11ac WiFi adapter for networking wireless. Bluetooth 4.1 is supported as well.

There is a very slim DVD burner included in the laptop. Obviously, CDs and DVDs are supported, yet BluRay discs are not. In addition, you can transfer data with the SDXC card reader if you want.

What other noteworthy benefits?

The screen on ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K seems to be player-proof. The diagonal is large 17.3 inches and resolution acceptable 1920×1080. It has a hardware accelerated G-Sync enabled. The viewing angle are 178 degrees (from the sides) so this seems to be an IPS-like display. Touch isn’t supported but I guess gamers won’t care. The top panel embeds a 1.2MP webcam for keeping in touch with your played buddies.

To many, the battery of 8 cells and 88Whr might look great. In fact, it is a heavy-duty one, but don’t forget the components are too! So while under gameplay you can expect 1-2 hours battery life. Also, the performance tends to drop when gaming on battery. Moreover, the unit is a non-removable one, so replacing it will take major effort and tearing the laptop apart.

The operating system is Windows 10 Professional 64-bit. Yes, the Pro, not the typical Home edition.

Like practically all gaming laptops, also this unit sports a backlit keyboard.

Summing it up

Currently, I can’t think of any gaming notebook that is faster than ASUS ROG G752VS-XS74K. Its graphics card is pristine for Triple A games on full settings, and the same sweet things can be said about its processor, RAM and storage set-up. The big Full HD screen is enjoyable to watch at with G-Sync enabled. However, despite the heavy-duty battery, this thing won’t run long without being plugged in. Thus if you’re looking for a gaming desktop replacement, I would wholeheartedly recommend this large and extremely powerful Asus for your use.

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