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ASUS ROG GX700 and G752 review: Super-powered gaming notebooks

By Koh Wanzi - 20 Jan 2016

Performance Benchmarks

Test Setup and Performance

If the ROG GX700 has piqued your interest, you’re probably wondering how it compares to all the other top-end gaming notebooks out there. We’ve rounded up a handful of high-performing notebooks for our comparisons, with the lowest graphics specification being a fairly respectable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M. We also included notebooks with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M cards to get a better idea of how the desktop-class GeForce GTX 980 will perform compared to the best possible mobile graphics configurations.

Here’s a full list of the notebooks we’ll be looking at:

  • ASUS ROG GX700
  • ASUS ROG G752VY
  • ASUS ROG G751JT
  • MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G
  • MSI GT80 2QE Titan SLI
  • Aftershock Titan v2.1
  • Aorus x7 Pro

We ran the notebooks through our usual benchmark suite as below:

  • PCMark 8
  • 3DMark 2013
  • Tomb Raider
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Test notebooks compared
  ASUS ROG GX700 ASUS ROG G752 ASUS ROG G751JT MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G MSI GT80 2QE Titan SLI Aftershock Titan V2.1 Gigabyte Aorus X7 Pro
  ASUS ROG GX700 ASUS ROG G752 ASUS ROG G751JT MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G MSI GT80 2QE Titan SLI Aftershock Titan V2.1 Gigabyte Aorus X7 Pro
Launch SRP
  • From S$6198
  • From S$2898
  • From S$2198
  • From S$4499
  • From S$6599
  • From S$4208
  • From S$3999
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-6820HK (2.7GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
  • Intel I7-4710HQ (2.5GHz)
  • Intel HM87
  • Intel Core i7-6820HK (2.7GHz, 8MB smart cache)
  • Intel CM236
  • Intel i7-4720HQ (2.6GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel HM87
  • Intel i7-4710MQ (2.5GHz)
  • Intel HM87
  • Intel i7-4870HQ (2.5GHz)
  • Intel HM87
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Windows 8.1
System Memory
  • 64GB DDR4
  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • 8GB DDR3L
  • 16GB DDR4
  • 16GB DDR3L
  • 16GB DDR3L
  • 16GB DDR3L
Video & Display
  • 17.3-inch 1080p display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • 17.3-inch Full-HD IPS display with G-Sync
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
  • 17.3-inch Full HD Matte IPS
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (8GB VRAM)
  • 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) anti-glare, IPS G-Sync
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (2 x SLI)
  • 18.4 inch Full HD Matte LED with eDP
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (2 x SLI)
  • 17.3 Inch Full HD Matte LED display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (2 x SLI)
  • 17.3 inch Full HD Matte LCD
Storage
  • 512GB SSD (RAID 0)
  • 1TB 7200rpm HDD
  • 8GB Hybrid HDD + 1TB HDD
  • 128 SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 256GB (128GB x 2 Super RAID) + 1TB HDD
  • 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 512GB (256GB x 2, RAID 0) SSD + 1TB HDD
Optical Drive
  • None
  • Blu-ray combo drive
  • Blu-ray writer
  • Blu-Ray Writer
  • Blu-ray Writer
  • 8 x DVD ± R/RW/4X +DL Super Multi Drive
Connectivity
  • 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated 802.11 a/c
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Killer DoubleShot Pro GB LAN with Killer Shield
  • Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Killer DoubleShot Pro GB LAN
  • Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Intel 7260 A/C WiFi + Bluetooth
  • Integrated 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Killer LAN
Audio
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in speakers and subwoofer
  • Built-in speakers
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • MaxxAudio support
  • Dynaudio 2.1 channel with 1 Woofer
  • 7.1 channel SPDIF output
  • ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
  • Nahimic sound technology
  • 4 x Internal Speakers
  • 1 x Sub-woofer
  • 7.1 channel SPDIF support
  • Audio Boost 2
  • Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • Soundblaster X-FI MB3
  • 2x 2 Watt speaker
  • 2x Woofer speaker
I/O Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x USB Type-C
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x headphones jack
  • 1 x microphone jack
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Mini-DisplayPort
  • Headphone jack
  • Line-out jack (S/PDIF)
  • Microphone jack
  • SD-card reader
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x Thunderbolt
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub
  • 1 x Headphone jack
  • 1 x Microphone jack
  • 1 x S/PDIF output jack
  • 1 x Ethernet
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 6 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port (Super Port)
  • 1 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4 port
  • 1 x Ethernet port
  • 1 x audio jack
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 5 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x HDMI output
  • 2 x mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headphone jack
  • 1 x Microphone jack
  • 1 x S/PDIF output jack
  • 1 x Ethernet port
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (1 x powered USB port, AC/DC)
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Thunderbolt
  • 1 x HDMI Output
  • 1 x eSATA (USB 3.0 combo)
  • 1 x Headphone jack
  • 1 x Microphone jack
  • 1 x S/PDIF output jack
  • 1 x Ethernet
  • 1 x 9-in-1 card reader
  • 3x USB(3.0)
  • 2x USB(2.0)
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x D-sub
  • 1 x Headphone jack
  • 1 x Microphone jack
  • 1 x Ethernet port
  • 1 x S/PDIF port
  • 1 x SD card reader
Miscellaneous
  • N.A.
  • None
  • SteelSeries Multi Backlight Gamer Keyboard
  • Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry Brown)
  • Golden W,A,S,D and ESC keys
Battery Type
  • 93Wh (8-cell Li-ion)
  • 90Wh
  • 88 Wh (8 Cells, fixed)
  • 83Wh (9-cell Lithium Ion, fixed)
  • 89Wh (8 Cells Li-Ion, Fixed)
  • 89.21Wh (8 Cells, Removable)
  • 73.26Wh (Li-Polymer, fixed)
Dimensions
  • 429 x 309 x 33.5~38.5mm
  • 428 x 333 x 23~51 mm
  • 416 x 318 x 20 ~53 mm
  • 428 x 294 x 48 mm
  • 456 x 330 x 49 mm
  • 419 x 293 x 39.3~49.7 mm
  • 428 x 305 x 22.9 mm
Weight
  • 3.6kg (with battery)
  • 4.4kg
  • 4.8 kg (with battery)
  • 3.78KG
  • 4.5KG (including ODD and battery)
  • 3.9kg (including ODD and battery)
  • 3KG

The GX700 is listed in the table above as having just 512GB of SSD storage (RAID 0) because that's the highest capacity you can get locally, but our review unit actually came with 1TB of SSD storage, also in RAID 0. The scores we got below are representative of the 1TB model, so you should expect slightly lower storage scores on the 512GB configuration, but all other performance numbers should be fairly accurate. 

 

PCMark 8

Note: We didn't manage to get figures for the Adobe application tests on the ROG GX700, which is why those results are absent.

PCMark 8 attempts to measure the real-world performance of various test systems by putting them through real-world programs and productivity applications. However, because it is reflective of the average workload of a typical user, it does not really highlight the strengths of the respective gaming systems.

Nevertheless, the ASUS ROG GX700 topped most of the charts here, especially when it was docked. In fact, a look at the performance of the GX700 with and without the dock shows a performance gap even in everyday tasks like word processing. Of course, you’re not going to notice a difference if you’re just doing regular things like surfing the Web, but it’s clear that the dock does boost performance even in non-gaming scenarios. 

Unfortunately, the ASUS ROG G752 couldn’t really compare to the GX700 at all, in large part due to its use of just a single 1TB mechanical hard drive. The absence of an SSD pretty much sticks out like a sore thumb, given the otherwise high-end specifications of the machine. This translated into lower scores across the board, most notably in the Storage and Applications benchmarks, where the G752 posted scores that were less than half of the other notebooks.

We also ran the AS SSD benchmark to illustrate the speed you get with the dual 512GB SSDs in RAID 0. Judging by the numbers, even storage performance gets a small speed bump while docked!

AS SSD ROG GX700

 

3DMark

Now for a more relevant benchmark, which assesses the notebook’s performance with a mix of graphics and physics tests at different resolutions. ASUS says that we can expect the undocked GX700 to serve up performance similar to notebooks with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, and that certainly seems to be the case here (in fact, it was even slightly faster).

Both the ASUS ROG G752 and MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro G feature the latter mobile graphics card, and the GX700 turned out to be around 10% faster than the G752 in 3DMark Fire Strike. This meant that it was also no surprise that the undocked GX700 couldn’t match up to the notebooks with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970Ms and 980Ms, with the Aftershock Titan v2.1 coming in at around 70% faster.

When we plugged in the dock, its performance was boosted as expected. This was to the tune of a 19% and 24% improvement in Cloud Gate and Fire Strike respectively, which is actually quite a significant increase. And when combined with the automatic CPU overclocking, it easily leapfrogged the GeForce GTX 980M notebooks by quite a large margin. For instance, it was now 37% quicker than the G752 in Fire Strike. However, it still couldn’t beat the notebooks with dual mobile graphics cards.

The lower temperatures afforded by the GX 700’s liquid-cooling dock has likely reduced GPU throttling and enabled it to run at higher speeds. But the most impressive part has to be the fact that its score of 11555 actually exceeded the 11142 we got when we reviewed the desktop-sized GeForce GTX 980. We also ran the more demanding Fire Strike Extreme benchmark to get a better idea of its performance. This time, the docked GX700 posted a score of 5941, which also surpassed the score of 5639 we got in our initial review of the desktop card. While we would stop short of trumpeting that ASUS’ implementation of the mobile GeForce GTX 980 is faster than the desktop-sized version (this is after all just a single synthetic test), it is certainly an excellent result.

So yes, you are really going to get desktop-like graphics performance on a notebook

ASUS ROG GX700 3DMark

 

Tomb Raider

There was an even bigger jump in performance when docking the GX700 in Tomb Raider. We saw whopping 75% increase on High settings after docking it – clearly, the liquid-cooling is working wonders here.

One thing to note is that the ROG G752 actually beat the undocked GX700 on High settings (but not on Normal), likely a result of some speed throttling going on to keep the temperatures in check. And as in 3DMark, the notebooks with SLI configurations topped the charts again. It looks like there’s no beating dual-graphics setups, even if they are mobile GPUs.

ASUS ROG GX700 Tomb Raider

 

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The difference was less pronounced, but still significant, in a more demanding game like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The undocked ROG GX700 performed very similarly to the G752 and other GeForce GTX 980M-equipped notebooks, and even managed to take a small lead. It looks like the specification advantages of the GeForce GTX 980 – more memory bandwidth, more CUDA cores, and higher clock speeds to name a few – are contributing to the performance lead even if the card is operating at lower speeds without the dock.

Once the liquid-cooling dock came in, performance improved by approximately 38% on High settings and a more modest 23% on Ultra settings. There was still no eclipsing the dual GeForce GTX 980M notebooks however, and they continued to power ahead to the top of the pack. On Ultra settings, the Aftershock Titan was about 23% faster than the ROG GX700 while docked.

We also monitored the GPU clock speeds using GPU-Z in an attempt to better understand the performance differences on the GX700 with and without the dock. The GPU core clock was able to hit a maximum boost speed of 1,227MHz, regardless of whether it was docked or not. However, running the GX700 on the dock appears to allow it to run at the top speed more consistently, as we noticed that the undocked notebook ended up dropping to around 1,215MHz eventually. As we noted earlier, some form of speed throttling is going on to help keep temperatures in check when the notebook is undocked.

ASUS ROG GX700 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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