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Asus ROG G752VY review: A gaming behemoth

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Price when reviewed : £2087
inc VAT (as of 22nd June)

It's huge, heavy and expensive, but the Asus ROG G752VY is an absolute gaming monster

The first thing you notice about the Asus ROG G752VY is the sheer size of it. With its massive footprint of 416x322x45mm and colossal weight of 4.4kg, you certainly won’t be taking this anywhere in a hurry. Indeed, the rear exhaust looks almost more suited to being the front grill of a supercar than anything else. However, despite its bulk and hefty dimensions, there’s no denying that the G752VY feels distinctly premium as a result.  

With its silver and brushed copper highlighting and cyber-punk styling, the G752VY is unashamedly a high-end gaming laptop. It’s so huge, in fact, that it’s practically an all-in-one PC. It’s definitely got the hardware to rival a desktop, as Asus has equipped it with a quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics chip and 32GB of DDR4 RAM, with room to expand to 64GB if you wish.

Performance and benchmarks

With this kind of power behind it, it’s no surprise that the G752VY is one of the fastest gaming laptops around, as it tackled even our most demanding benchmark tasks with ease. A perfect choice for the power user, it completed our demanding 4K benchmarks  with an overall score of 117, beating our reference Core-i5-4670K desktop processor by 17 points.

Asus ROG G752VY

This beats the similarly priced Aorus X5S v5 Camo and the Dell XPS 15, but that’s not to say it’s entirely without competition, as the £1,050 and significantly more compact Gigabyte P55W v5 scored 118 in the same tests.

However, the G752VY trounced the P55W v5 in our graphics benchmarks, as its GTX 980M chip proved to be significantly more powerful than the P55W’s GTX 970M chip in both our Dirt Showdown test and our Metro Last Light benchmarks. Whether that’s worth an extra £1,000 is debatable, but with a frame rate of 64.8fps in Metro on Very High settings with SSAO turned off at 1,920×1,080, it certainly makes a compelling case. Older games should be able to run at a full 60fps as well, as I saw an average of 80.4fps in Dirt Showdown with everything turned up to max at 1,920×1,080.

Admittedly, the Aorus X5s Camo sailed past these scores when I turned its fan setting up to max, as it managed a highly impressive 90.8fps in Metro on Very High at 1080p with SSAO turned off. In reality, you’re never going to get more than 60fps due to the screen’s refresh rate, and on its normal fan setting it only managed 40.9fps.

The G752VY, on the other hand, doesn’t have any fan settings, but the fact it produced 64.8fps without its fans having to kick up a fuss suggests its internal cooling is likely to be far superior to that of the Aorus. It certainly didn’t get as hot as the Aorus under load, which I suspect is probably down to Asus’ Vapor Chamber thermal cooling fans and copper heatpipe. It was never hot to the touch, for example, unlike the Aorus, and it never made playing games feel uncomfortable.

Keyboard and touchpad

The large keyboard below is more promising, as it’s very comfortable to use for long periods of time and its well-spaced, tactile keys provide plenty of travel. They’re backlit, too, with three different lighting options available. Admittedly, the backlighting isn’t particularly bright, even on its max setting, but it should be absolutely fine if you’re gaming in a dark room.

Asus ROG G752VY

I did, however, notice a significant amount of flex on the left hand side of the keyboard around the WASD keys, as the Blu-ray drive underneath leaves a lot of dead space between it and the main keyboard. It isn’t bad enough that it will affect your typing or gaming, but it’s nevertheless a little disappointing to see given that so much thought has clearly gone into the rest of its design. That said, it was clear our review sample had been through the wars a bit, as there were several places where its silver and copper finish was either chipped or had worn away.

Keyboard flex aside, though, I was pleased to see a set of five programmable macro keys on the G752VY which you can program using Asus’ built-in software. There’s also a record button, which takes you straight to XSplit Gamecaster, that lets you record your gameplay highlights on the fly with very minimal effort. Likewise, the Asus button on the number pad acts as a shortcut to its ROG Gaming Centre software, enabling you to check the frequency and temperature of the CPU and GPU, along with different profile customisation options.

The touchpad, meanwhile, is quite sizable, and it certainly makes the most of the large space below the keyboard. This provides plenty of room for swipe gestures, which all worked perfectly fine, and its dedicated left and right mouse buttons are a welcome extra.

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Core specs
ProcessorQuad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
Memory slots (free)4 (2)
Max memory64GB
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio (3.5mm headset port)
Pointing deviceTouchpad
Screen size17.3in
Screen resolution1,920×1,080
Graphics adaptorNvidia GeForce GTX 980M
Graphics outputsHDMI
Graphics memory4GB
Total storage1TB HDD, 512GB SSD
Optical drive typeBlu-ray
Ports and expansion
USB ports1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB3, 1x USB C
NetworkingWireless 802.11ac, Wired
Memory card readerSD
Other portsNone
Operating systemWindows 10 Home
Operating system restore optionRestore partition
Buying information
Parts and labour warrantyOne year RTB
Part numberG752VY

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