ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 17.3″ Gaming Laptop Review

The ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop is a lightweight gaming laptop with a huge screen and powerful in internal components. It’s rare that gaming laptops are both lightweight and powerful at the same time, which is why the ASUS ROG deserves a closer look.

ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 Review

Features

6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ

One of the coolest things about the GL752VW-DH71 is its 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad core processor. It’s processor base frequency is 2.60Ghz with a max turbo frequency of 3.50Ghz. It has a 6MB SmartCache which is a type of cache Intel processors use so that all the cores can access all the RAM to the last cache level.

The processor’s graphics are Intel HD Graphics 530, which supports DirectX 12 and three displays. Even better, the graphics setup support 4K resolution at 60Hz, allowing for an amazing HD experience.

16GB DDR4 RAM

The amount of RAM is the most important aspect, so that’s what we’ll tackle first. This ASUS gaming laptop boasts 16GB of RAM, which means it exceeds the recommended RAM of most modern games (which is generally 8GB) twice over.

Some argue that you don’t really need more than 8GB of RAM, even for gaming in our current year of 2017. There are some merits to that argument, however it doesn’t hold up 100%, because of the simple fact that some games already have recommended RAM of 16GB, like Quantum Break, which lists 16GB RAM as recommended RAM—not minimum requirement RAM. However, that’s rare, and people often blame the developers’ poor coding for games that are that ridiculously demanding.

But demanding 3D games do take up a lot of RAM. You need at least 8GB to run them and potentially more to run them well, as well as to run games that might be coming down the pipe three or four years from now. And if you’re a modder who makes 3D meshes or uses photoshop to create your own HD textures, then you are definitely going to need a gaming laptop with 16GB of RAM just to suit those needs alone. Obviously, 3D meshing eats up RAM. And more and more modders are opting to use HQ mods that replace standard game textures with HQ textures, not to mention making and using custom content with HQ textures. (This is an especially big trend currently with The Sims 4 gamers, as Simmers tend to prefer a more realistic look than what the vanilla game offers.)

The bottom line is: 16GB RAM is A) futureproof and B) what you’re going to absolutely have to have if you’re running demanding applications or a large quantity of applications at one time.

As for DDR4 RAM, there is reduced latency and higher framerate in games when the RAM is DDR4. DDR3 isn’t even compatible with the newest generation processors anyway, so DDR4 is not only on the rise—it’s here to stay, which is why it’s especially good that it comes with the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71, because that makes it all the more futureproof.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics are a pretty popular choice for gaming laptop manufacturers and it’s obvious why: GTX 960M optimizes laptop gaming performance from multiple angles, making it and its sister graphics cards ideal for laptop gaming.

One the nicer features of GTX 960M is NVIDIA’s BatteryBoost technology which allows you to play unplugged for a lot longer as opposed to having a graphics card that doesn’t have that feature. I know it’s a bold claim to make, but this is an obvious feature to instill in a graphics card specifically designed for gaming laptops.

Also, it has a feature that lets your computer choose whether to use the GTX 960M graphics card or its integrated graphics chipset in the background to optimize performance specific to the task you’re currently doing.

Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) Technology is another cool feature from NVIDIA. It supports 4K graphics, which the Intel Core i7-6700HQ also supports, meaning that all of the HQ custom textures you put in your game will look nice and crisp.

2GB VRAM

VRAM acts as an intermediary between your CPU and graphics card. Simplified, it works like this: Your processor receives a signal that an image needs to be displayed, it writes it to the VRAM which transmits it as an analog signal to the display. While casual or older games don’t necessarily need much VRAM—if any—VRAM is crucial to playing graphics-heavy, modern games. 2GB is more than enough to play most games on ultra or high settings.

GameFirst III Technology

The GameFirst III Technology from ASUS essentially reduces lag in your gaming by optimizing game data. It’s a nifty addition to an already robust setup.

1TB HDD storage

While more and more are going for SSD storage due to its faster boot times, HDD storage is still quite common. The main reason is that it’s cheaper; therefore, you can get more gigs for your buck, which is why HDD storage is measured in terabytes while SSD storage is still measured in gigabytes. SSD is such a new technology, it simply cost more, which means manufacturers use less or else the customers wouldn’t go for the price tag.

While HDD storage is more fragile than SSD storage thanks to its spinning disc construction as opposed to chip construction, the benefit of having more space tends to outweigh the disadvantage for many people, as HDD has been around for so long, people are more than used to babying their hard drives as much as possible to keep them nice and safe.

The good news is that the ASUS 17.3-inch gaming laptop comes with an upgrade panel, which is rare but useful in a gaming laptop. Read more below.

Upgrade panel

As you just read above, the GL752VW-DH71 comes with HDD storage instead of SSD storage, which may bum a few of you out, despite its benefits. However, because this laptop features an easily-removable upgrade panel, you can simply install SSD storage yourself whenever you’re ready to take that step. A big benefit to this is that you can have both forms of storage; also, you get to be choosier about what type/how much SSD storage you install.

USB 3.1 Type-C port

Type-C is a new type of USB port that’s small, but still powerful, which is why it’s going to most likely be the standard in the not-so-distant future.

As for USB 3.1, you may be wondering how it differs from USB 3.0. The answer is simply: a lot, but in the simplest of ways—it’s double the speed of USB 3.0, with a transfer rate of 10Gbps. This is truly the wave of the future, my friends.

17.3-inch FHD display

Many gaming laptops come with a 15.6-inch display, which is great, but if you’re truly into cinematics or streaming movies online, 17.3-inch is going to be the obvious better choice for you, because you’re simply going to enjoy it more. And the cool thing about this laptop is it doesn’t become ridiculously heavy just because it has a bigger screen. That’s been a problem in the past with gaming laptops in general, but ASUS seems to have their ducks in a row on this front, so those with back and mobility issues don’t have to sacrifice screen size to have a rich visual experience.

Windows 10

Not only is Windows 10 a major improvement upon Windows 8 (if for no other reason than the return of the Start Menu), it also offers Xbox connectivity for gamers. And if you’ve been modding a long time like some of us, the Start Menu’s return means you can go back to your muscle memory of accessing game files the way you’ve always known and loved.

Ergonomic keyboard

The ergonomic keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience. And let’s face it. Gamers get just as sore as typists and writers, because our hands are always at the ready. The ergonomic design lessens the strain so that you can game longer and more comfortably.

802.11ac ultrafast Wi-Fi

802.11ac Wi-Fi has become the new Wi-Fi standard, outpacing the old 802.11n. While it sounds basically identical, it’s not. And your streaming and MMORPGs play will thank you.

High fidelity audio

SonicMaster is the technology behind the high-fidelity audio that comes with the ASUS GL752VW-DH71, while ROG AudioWizard provides five genre-specific audio presets to allow you to get the most out of your audio experience.

Aesthetics

ASUS boasts that the GL752 laptops are modeled in the vein of F-22 stealth fighter jets, providing a “dynamic and powerful stance”. That’s a pretty imaginative explanation of their appearance, but this laptop does look dope while being sleek enough to take to work or school.

First impression of the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop

I like the slightly futuristic look of the laptop. It’s slimmer than I expected and the keyboard really takes the strain of my wrists.

As for performance, I played Overwatch and Far Cry 4 without problem on ultra settings. The sound was amazing and the visuals were absolutely stunning. This is probably the quickest I’ve been impressed with a gaming laptop in a while.

What it’s included with the ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop

The ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 comes with one lithium-ion battery. Also, Windows 10 is preinstalled on the laptop, so you can start using your new gaming laptop right away.

Laptop performance

The GeForce GTX 960M graphics card allows you to play several popular titles on ultra or high settings. Below, I’ll provide a short, non-exhaustive list of each so you can get an idea.

Games playable on ultra settings at or above 30fps:

  • Overwatch
  • FIFA 17
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Titanfall 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Metal Gear Solid V
  • Far Cry 4
  • The Sims 4

Games playable on high settings at or above 30fps:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Civilization VI
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Fallout 4

Warranty

The ASUS gaming laptop comes with a warranty. The start of the warranty begins when you purchase it, but be careful to keep your proof of purchase; if you don’t, they will consider the manufacturing date to be the beginning of the warranty period. There’s a one-year warranty on the battery; for the rest of the system, you have to be sure and check the warranty info that ships with it.

Positives
  • Lightweight for such a robust gaming laptop at only 6.6lbs
  • Looks like an F-22 stealth fighter
  • Hi-fi audio
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 2GB VRAM
  • Upgrade panel
  • 3-inch FHD display

Negatives
  • It comes with HDD storage instead of SSD storage: While some will be bummed about missing out on the latest type of solid state storage, it’s important to note that there is an upgrade panel, so you can actually have both types of storage in one laptop.

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