What we have here now is ASUS’ most powerful laptop, a high-end model with one of the most powerful GPU son the market.
Gaming Series’ laptops from ASUS is one of the big names on the gaming laptop market ever since the release of the G1 and G2 back in 2006, two very characteristic and affordable gaming laptops. Despite the design, the components –especially the GPU- were mid-level to make them affordable, which made some users want something a bit more powerful, something the most recent ROG model accomplished. Now we have here the ASUS ROG G750JH, a truly impeccable machine.
This is the most important model in the G750 series, since the other two versions, the G750JW and G750JX use inferior GPUs; in this review we will find out what makes this ASUS’ most powerful laptop as of today.
This 17.3-inch laptop features a 22-nm 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processor, specifically a quad-core i7-4700HQ with eight threads working at 2.4 GHz and up to 3.4 GHz in turbo mode. This laptop is capable of taking full advantage of this processor thanks to the amazing cooling system it has. It also includes two DDR3L RAM modules of 8 GB each at 1600 MHz, which means we have a total of 16 GB. There are also two free slots, so you can easily add more memory.
The laptop also features one 750 GB mechanical hard disk at 7200 RPM for your data and one 256 GB SSD from LiteON for the operative system, Windows 8 x64 Pro in this case, and the programs you want to install. Both are 6 Gbps SATA drives, since having mSATA doesn’t make much sense. More advanced versions will include two 256 or 128 GB SSD drives in RAID 0.
It also has two audio connectors, two USB 3.0, one HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, VGA and one Intel Thunderbolt ports, the latter to transfer files at very high speeds or connect the laptop to a monitor. There’s also one multi-format card reader, two extra USB 3.0 ports in the left and a Blu-Ray drive.
The WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n card also features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. We’re talking about Qualcomm’s Atheros Killer, which includes several features to reduce the lag in games.
Like we said, the laptop has two extra RAM slots if you want to install more memory, all you have to do is remove a screw on the rear of the laptop and you’ll see the RAM and HDD.
The other two extra slots are hidden underneath the keyboard and getting to them can be a bit complicated. In the picture you can see the fan right next to the air entrance.
We will dedicate a section for the GPU, the GTX 780, to know its true potential.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M
Like we said, the ASUS ROG G750JH is as of now ASUS’ most powerful laptop, thanks mostly to its GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, the world’s most powerful GPU for laptops.
Based on Kepler architecture, this GPU features 1536 CUDA Cores, double than the GTX 765M and greatly superior to the GTX 770M and its 960 CUDA Cores. Its speed: 823 MHz, plus the increase in speed the GPU Boost 2.0 system can provide, which will vary depending on the temperature and other factors; this can boost the speed by up to 15 %. Its TDP or maximum consumption is around 100W.
In regards to memory, it has 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM at 5000 MHz with a 256-bit interface, which gives an amazing 160 GB/s bandwidth. The performance of this GPU can rival the Radeon 7870 or GeForce 660 Ti for desktop computers. We will test its performance later, but for now you can get an idea of how powerful it really is.
It supports all the NVIDIA technologies like PhysX or 3DVision 2, which we will talk about later, as well as OpenCL, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3. It can offer resolutions of 4K in case you want to connect the laptop to en external monitor of this resolution.
Ever since the release of ASUS’ G Series back in 2006, we’ve seen new models each year, generally with significant changes between one and the other. This made it seem like the G series had lost their identity and were common laptops with few LEDs here and there, until the G73JH arrived, a model which characteristic design with two air outputs that looked like turbines was clearly inspired by the F-117 aircrafts. The same design has been used by its successors –with slight variations-, until getting to the model we’re reviewing today, the ASUS ROG G750JH.
The laptop is covered in a rubber-like resistant material, and it’s very similar to the original G74, albeit with some differences. The “ASUS Republic of Gamers” logo is backlit when the laptop is turned on. Overall, the design is impeccable, as usual.
The cooling nozzles and the internal dissipater are much bigger than the G73’s; it also can be ser vertically thanks to its tilt legs, which improves the air flow and makes it look bigger. Each nozzle has its own cooling system, one for the GPU and one for the CPU.
The G750 has replaced the rubbery material in the keyboard and touchpad area with aluminum, ASUS’ trademark, which makes it much comfortable, although this material is a fingerprint magnet.
This laptop is big: 41 x 31.8 x 1.8 centimeters (5.8 in its widest part, the vents). It weighs 4.8 kg, plus the weight of the 150W charger. This means carrying this laptop with you isn’t exactly comfortable; even the G73Jh, which is 1 kilogram lighter, is pretty uncomfortable to carry around. You must see it as a slightly portable desktop computer.
The chiclet keyboard is integrated on the case, which solved many problems its predecessors had. It’s comfortable and the keys are big, it has numeric keyboard but doesn’t feature other additional buttons other G Series models did have. The touchpad is quite big and has two independent buttons for left and right clicks.
As usual, the keyboard is backlit in white, a feature that makes it stand out and is useful for playing in the dark; you can regulate the brightness (3 different levels).
Pantalla y sonido
The ASUS ROG G750JH is a 17.3-inch model with a 1920 x 1080 resolution LED screen, the usual for a model like this, although a change in this regard would be nice, especially considering this laptop would have no trouble handling something bigger.
Its glossy panel shows brighter and more vivid colors, but doesn’t look exactly good while using it in outdoors or bright places. Since this laptops is so heavy and sturdy, this can become an issue, so ASUS has designed a matte version.
The screen of the G750JH has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and is compatible with the NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 system with wireless glasses thanks to the emitter it has on the upper part of the screen; the glasses are included with the laptop. You can easily configure the 3D with the Nvidia drivers to enjoy 3D pictures, movies and –especially- 3D video games.
Another nice feature about this 120-Hz screen is that it can run games with vertical synchronization at up to 120 fps instead of the conventional 60 fps.
ASUS tends to take care about the sound of their models, especially their gaming laptops. This laptop features two ASUS SonicMaster speakers and one subwoofer, which give it a powerful, clear and high-quality sound, definitely much better than any other laptop on the market.
Gamers might prefer using headphones or external speakers, but the G750JH doesn’t care and delivers a powerful and top-notch audio capabilities.
In the ASUS MAXXAUDIO Master Control panel you can configure and customize bass, low-frequency sounds, balance, adjust the sound and equalization according to the game you’ll play, and many more.
Of course, this review would’ be complete if we didn’t put the laptop to test, especially in regards to the graphical capabilities of the G750JH, although other details like writing speed are important as well.
Let’s start with the hard drives: like we said before, it has a 6gbps SATA 256-Gb SSD from LiteON, capable of reaching reading speeds of up to 500 MB/s and writing speeds of up to 420 MB/s. It would’ve been nice to test the 2 256-GB SSD in Raid 0 version of the laptop, which we sadly couldn’t.
As you can see in the screenshot, the mechanical disk, on the other hand, reached reading and writing speeds of 110 MB/s, much lower than the SSD, but decent for a 2.5-inch storage device.
Now we’ll test the laptop simulating two scenarios: one for use in the home, and another one creating pictures, documents and more complex tasks. We used PCMark 8 in Home and Creative mode respectively to do this.
The results should give you a clear idea of what this laptop is capable of: more than 4800 points in both tests, which means we’re before an amazing machine.
To test the processor, we ran the Cinebench 11.5 test and obtained amazing results: 7 CPU points in multi-core process and 1.52 with a single core. If your read the MSI GS70 review, you’ll notice that model and the ASUS G750JH have the same processor, however this model’s results are far superior thanks to its turbo mode that increases the speed depending on the temperature, which is no trouble for the G750JH thanks to its great cooling system. All of this means this laptop can take full advantage of the Intel Core i7-4700HQ capabilities, not without sacrificing portability for this feat, of course.
Since it has the most powerful GPU on the market, we HAD to run the 3DMark test. The result confirms the obvious: This laptop is capable of running even the most demanding games with no problem. The first test, designed for low-end and mid-level computers, is no trouble for this laptop, and the Fire Strike, Futuremark’s most demanding test designed for high-end models, gives it a score of 4671 points with an average of 25 fps, which is amazing for a laptop.
The tests don’t lie, this computer is a force to be reckoned with. However, while these tests are designed to measure the performance of a computer as accurately as possible, there’s nothing like running some test with actual games, so that’s what we did.
Generally speaking, each one of use chooses the settings and resolution he’s more comfortable with, but since now we’re just interested on measuring what this laptops is capable of, we ran the games at 1920 x 1080 with the graphical setting of every game at max, including Crysis 3. You can see in real time what the G750JH is capable of.
F1 2012: the laptop doesn’t even have to break a sweat to reach 90 FPS, reaching 110 at times. Bioshock Infinite: the frame rate is constant at 60-70 FPS, so it runs flawlessly as well.
And lastly, Crysis 3, one of the most demanding games on the market, based on the Cryengine engine and with spectacular graphics. The laptop gives everything it has and keeps framerates of 30-40 FPS, which is perfectly playable. If this disappoints you, remember that every graphical setting of the game was at max; play it on low or even mid and you will surely maintain a constant 60 FPS.
As for the battery life, in balanced mode (it has two energy modes) and while running the PCMark 8 test, the battery lasted for around 2 hours, which is pretty low, but still an improvement over its predecessors, possibly thanks to the optimized Haswell processor.
Analysis and conclusion
This is undoubtedly the absolute best gaming laptop you can find, capable of running even the most demanding games in its native resolution. Its characteristic and impeccable design are also worth noting.
If you’re looking for pure power for games and demanding multimedia tasks along with a big screen, the G750JH is for you. This is definitely the most powerful laptop we’ve reviewed so far. ASUS has been making high-end laptops for more than 7 years and it truly shows; this laptop offers top-notch design and cooling system. Its weight, size and battery life make it unviable for some users and tasks: it’s bulky and uncomfortable to carry and its really short battery life makes it unsuitable for prolonged periods of work. This laptop is meant to be a powerful model that is portable in the sense that you can move ONLY when you should move it, if you’re looking for something else there’s plenty of –evidently less powerful- alternatives.
Running a game like Crysis 3 with the setting at max on laptop is truly a wonderful experience, and that alone is enough to give this model the title of the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, a title that used to belong to the MSI GS70 Stealth merely a few weeks ago.
The ASUS G750JH is clearly superior, not only because of the GPU –which is evidently more powerful than the GTX 765M the MSI GS70 Stealth has-, but also thanks to the G750JH’s cooling system combined with the Intel Core i7-4700HQ which together skyrocket its performance, even when compared to models that feature this very same processor.
The MSI GS70 is still a great model though, since it started a new trend among gaming laptops, not to mention it’s lighter and slimmer than ASUS’ model and most gaming laptops, which makes it much more portable despite not being as powerful. At the end of the day, however, The ASUS G750JH, is truly on a level of its own.
The basic models of the ASUS ROG G750JH cost $2600 and come with 3D Vision 2 glasses from Nvidia. The price can vary depending on the disks and RAM included; truly not an inexpensive laptop, but it’s worth it.