When someone mentions laptops intended for gaming, first associations are high price, heating, size, etc. In most cases, we can’t blame the gamers for thinking that way, because those are the experiences they’ve had or have heard about from multiple sources. Portables that have strong enough hardware that can play the newest games in 99% of cases fall in the above-mentioned category.
What we’re presenting to you now represents a slight deviation from the standard concept. ASUS had an idea to make a quality gaming machine, and to save up where they can, and they’ve succeeded, probably. The main problem of gaming laptops is reflected in a few simple facts. In order to get a gaming machine, you need to spend a lot of money, which is the same as with desktop versions. But, when it comes to laptops, that price is additionally increased because the components are smaller, with specialized cooling, design, connectors, dimensions… When all of that is packed in a chassis, a problem with cooling arises. If you make a chassis with reasonable dimensions, tightly packed components heat each other, so cooling system has to be a special design project (meaning, more money). This is where manufacturers are resorting to a small trick, so most of gaming laptops have a screen with 17+ inch diagonal. This is justified by the fact that 15.6” is too small for gaming and that everything above is acceptable and, of course, there’s that, but the trick is that 17” screen can warrant large chassis size. This creates more space for components, more space for cooling and generally better layout inside the chassis. Cooling doesn’t need to be a very difficult feat, and fans can be bigger and work slower, which ensures less noise. There’s more space for cooling units, as well as for resonance boxes that allow the formation of moderately quality sound.
Another factor that has an impact on gaming laptop is design. Due to the specific audience, design ideas such as huge dimensions, weird protrusions, sharp edges, glowing disco balls and similar additions aren’t frowned upon. Therefore, silly designs such as G series of ASUS portables that resembles Stealth planes, along with jets was warmly received by users.
Let’s just say that we won’t bore you anymore with the design, because it’s almost identical as with the predecessors of this series. Large chassis, designed to resemble fighter jets, matt black surface, two large exhaust ports on the back side and the screen whose hinges don’t reach the edge of the chassis. Of course, all of the accompanied by ROG logos, backlighted keyboard and a large number of connectors makes the ASUS G series very recognizable.
We’ll also say that plastic/rubberized chassis looks very sturdy; part around the keyboard is made of metal, with with smooth, inward curves from both sides. Simply put, G750JH looks powerful, sturdy and durable.
The idea that ASUS had with this model is to save up where they can in order for top gaming performances could be bought as cheaply as possible. Therefore, our G750JH doesn’t have operating system and it’s deprived of SSD. That’s what ASUS managed to save up on for decreased price and this laptop costs about 1750€. If you wonder who’d be crazy enough to pay 1750€ for a laptop, take a look at specifications table and the one with results. The part where ASUS didn’t make any compromises is definitely the rest of the configuration. Under G750JH’s hood there’s Core i7 Haswell quad-core CPU, eight threads with a high working frequency. There’s also 8 GB of RAM in two slots and one of the strongest mobile single-GPU video card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M. There are two data storage slots, one of which is taken by a Hitachi hard drive of 1 TB capacity, which, aside from the capacity, can’t pride itself with fast performances, primarily because of its limited platter rotation speed of 5400 rpm.
|CPU||Intel Core i7 4700HQ 2.4/3.4 GHz 4C/8T 47W|
|Memory||2x 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz dual channel (two slots)|
|HDD||Hitachi 1 TB 5400 rpm (HTS541010A9E680) + additional slot|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Optimus: Intel HD Graphics 4600 & NVIDIA GeForce GT 780M 4 GB GDDR5|
|Display||17.3", LED 1920x1080 pix Non-Glare|
|Interfaces||VGA, HDMI, LAN, 4x USB 3.0, 1 x Thunderbolt, audio in, audio out|
|Additional||Card reader, SonicMaster speakers, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p camera|
|Dimension and weight||410 x 318 x 18-58 mm; 4.1 kg|
|Battery||8 cells, 89 Wh (5900 mAh)|
Choice of the connectors is also interesting – G750JH has four USB 3.0 connectors, VGA and HDMI for video outs, as well as universal Thunderbolt connectors (this is another spot where they could have saved up). SonicMaster technology is in charge of the audio subsystem, and there’s also a subwoofer on the lower side, so sound has a broader spectrum than what we’re accustomed with portables. This means that you will be able to watch movies with your friends without problems, without any omissions when it comes to audio special effects.
We’ve expected G750JH to heat up considerably, but ASUS surprised us pleasantly in that area, because cooling system does an excellent job. Of course, it’s a fact that Haswell processors heat up less than the previous generation and that GTX 780M gives off less heat, but the most pleasant surprise is that after a few hours of gaming the temperature at the exhaust ports didn’t go over 54 degrees Celsius.
Gaming experience is a separate category. This video card has twice the power of GT 750M, which means that absolutely every new game will be playable in Full HD resolution with maximum details and good frame rate. Just bear in mind that without the charger, GeForce video card is inactive; integrated card does the job then, but don’t despair – Minesweeper looks wonderful on 17” screen in Full HD. Since we’ve mentioned the charger, let’s just say that it’s large and uses three-wire cable, identical to those that power desktop power units, which says a lot about the amount of electricity it uses.
|ASUS G750JH (Core i7 4700HQ, GeForce GT 780M)||Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 (Core i7 4700MQ, GeForce GT 750M)|
|Fire Strike Score/Graphics/Physics||4705 / 5221 / 8979||1740 / 1817 / 8609|
|Cloud Gate Score/Graphics/Physics||17842 / 35320 / 6531||10346 / 14149 / 5331|
|Ice Storm Score/Graphics/Physics||120389 / 242273 / 43607||60502 / 68070 / 43555|
|3DMark 11 Performance Score/Graphic/Physics/Combined||P7342 / 7,424 / 8039||P2877 / 2693 / 5782 / 2318|
|7-Zip 9.20 x64 compression/decompresion [KB/s]||16510 / 211025||15032 / 206166|
|Cinebench R11.5 x64 OpenGL [fps]/CPU/CPU (Single Core) [pts]||61.35 / 6.93 / 1.44||56.23 / 5.71 / 1.49|
|HD Tune Pro 5.0 average read [MB/s]||76.8||63.3|
|Powermark Balanced / Productivity / Entertainment||3h 24' / 5h 53' / 2h 44'||2h 19' / 3h 42' / 1h 43'|
|1920x1080 0xAA 0xAF|
|Batman Arkham City very high [fps]||83||40|
|Bioshock Infinity high [fps]||96.36||38.62|
|Hitman Absolution high [fps]||51.3||25.82|
|Just Cause 2 high [fps]||80.89||52.3|
|Metro 2033 high [fps]||75.23||29.35|
|Tomb Raider high [fps]||99.2||41.8|
This model’s autonomy is, primarily due to switching to integrated video card, rather good, so you’ll be able to pull off six hours in the power savings mode, which is an excellent result.
The model we’ve received came in the market packaging, and ASUS along with G750JH provides a high quality ROG backpack for carrying this 4 kg (4,45 kg counting the charger) device around.
It’s a fact that we haven’t recently seen a portable computer with more powerful performances, so ASUS deserves the Approved reward for top performances. While the performances are unquestionably high, the question remains why ASUS didn’t remove the Thunderbolt connector and made a considerable saving, since the base idea was presenting the most affordable gaming machine. On the other hand, an excellent cooling system, great design, good screen and powerful hardware present a neatly packed device that offers a lot at a price of 1750€. Of course, there’s the version with 512 GB SSD, OS and 32 GB of memory, so the price can certainly be higher, it just depends on what you actually need.