Performance – Synthetic 3D, Game Benchmarks – Conclusion
Synthetic 3D Performance
Though synthetic benchmarks aren’t real games, they’re a good approximation. We use 3DMark 06 and 3DMark 11 because each offers a good representation of technologies from a certain period. It’s not unusual to see a newer GPU prove to be so-so in 3DMark 06 and then blow things away in 3DMark 11. So how does the GTX 670M manage?
The answer is – pretty well. It dominates 3DMark 06 but surprisingly comes up short in 3DMark 11, where the Alienware M17x beats the G75 by over 450 points. That’s a healthy margin – and one that could be cause for concern.
Real-World Gaming Performance
Now it’s time to delve in to real-world performance in today’s games. Because this is a gaming system with a 1080p display, we’re going to jump straight to those results. That means the 1600×900 Alienware 14x must bow out of the running – but given its GT 555M graphics solution, it’s already obvious that it won’t be able to compete.
Let’s start with our least demanding game, Dawn Of War 2: Retribution.
This game tends to be CPU-bound in many situations, so I’m not surprised to see that the ASUS G75 is able to completely dominate the older Alienware M17x. With that said, ever computer listed here is capable of providing a playable experience at 1080p – even the Dell XPS 15z.
Let’s move on to something that’s always GPU-bound.
In this game the separation between the Alienware M17x and the ASUS G75 tightens. It’s so close that, in the real world, you probably would not notice the difference between the two. The game is extremely smooth on both – something that can’t be said for the XPS 15z, which is simply overwhelmed at this resolution. It’s clear that you need a gaming laptop to play this title at 1080p.
Now let’s see how this latest laptop handles one of today’s most demanding titles – Battlefield 3.
Battlefield is quite playable even at 1080p with High detail settings. It doesn’t exceed the 30 FPS mark by much, but the actual in-game experience is quite smooth. With that said, the overall results here are just a tad be worse than what we extracted from the Alienware M17x and its Radeon GPU. These results are respectable, and that’s it.
This is the third ASUS G-series I’ve reviewed, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. The design is the perfect combination – aggressive, yet also functional. Including an excellent matte display that somehow looks good while also dispelling reflections serves to reinforce this theme.
While the new G75V is a bit thinner than previous incarnations, it is also quieter and cooler, a rare combination of traits made possible by both a CPU and GPU designed with efficiency in mind. This laptop has the ability to perform like Superman, but it never steps in a phone booth to change clothes. It instead remains mild in manner – which translates to a better user experience.
If you read our Ivy Bridge for mobile review you already know what to expect from the Core i7-3720QM. It’s awesome, fantastic, the fastest mobile processor yet and a bit quicker than the out-going Sandy Bridge parts. Turbo Boost is now more aggressive, yet overall power use is down. If it weren’t for Nvidia’s 3D Vision – and its inability to operate with Optimus switchable graphics – the G75 would likely offer solid endurance. I personally recommend against the 3D Vision feature, as you will enjoy both better battery life and a lower price if you buy a system without it.
Speaking of which, the GTX 670M is just okay. It’s fast, to be sure – fast enough to handle modern games at 1080p with medium to high detail settings. But it’s also only 20% to 30% quicker than the ASUS G74 (equipped with a GTX 560M) that we reviewed last year and can only trade blows with the Radeon 6990M rather than defeating it outright. It’s what Nvidia needs to be competitive, and no more.
The model reviewed here is not currently available for purchase outside of the UK (according to ASUS). The company has taken pre-orders for a less powerful configuration that included a Core i7-3610QM and a GTX 660M, and the price on that was a tad under $1500. Given the differences between that model and our review unit we expect a price closer $2000 when a similarly equipped version comes to North America.
The ASUS G75 replaces the G74 as my go-to recommendation among pre-built gaming laptops. Other competitors can match ASUS on performance, but there’s more to this system than that. This is a winning combination of design, performance and price that will sure to appeal to gamers that don’t have over two grand to spend.
I’m using the G75 since May
I’m using the G75 since May now and also use it’s “brother” from MSI. As far as I can tell both systems seem rather fine.
Performance of MSI is equal to the ASUS but there are other differences. The cooling of the MSI for instance is much louder and constantly spinning on a higher speed in 3D applications where the cooling in the ASUS turns very slowly. Even after hours of 3D-gaming the ASUS remains quiet. Both laptops stay cold so no difference in that. Keyboard of the ASUS is great, but the MSI steel series keyboard has a nicer key stroke.
Last but not least I work in a computer shop in Belgium for more than 12 years now and from my experience, I know we have ony a few defective asus laptops whithin the warranty period.Defective systems are always picked up the next day and returned within 3 working days. On the other hand we had quite some problems with msi over the past few years, mostly with their cheaper models that is.Also their repair service takes its time. Overall the built quality of both is much better than some of the HP and Packard Bell crap. Those companies really know how to steal people’s money. And don’t even think about their crappy repair service either.
As for the question if inventor works, we have a client who bought this machine for doing last modifications on the road to their technical drawings in inventor. They say it’s not frustrating to work with it. The graphical performance is rather ok, but then again their desktop systems we produced for them in the past are a totally different. Raid array, Quadro FX 5800 video card and Intel Xeon Processor E5-2687 with 20Mb cache. Compare the price tags and you get what you pay for…
just pointing out how wrong
just pointing out how wrong this guy is im currently writing on my g75v and it has a 660m not 670m graphics card still awsome a 3610m quad i7 at 2.3 GHz and 12gigs of ram just sayin still a great laptop and i still love mine
i couldnt be happier with
i couldnt be happier with mine, i play battlefield 3 on high and WOW on ultra high and it runs smooth for hours. i couldnt afford an alienware but that will be my next laptop. the g75v model is nice and i would recommend it to anyone who wants a laptop unless they have money for a alienware. both of which are nice machines.
I will say that I have mixed
I will say that I have mixed feelings about this machine. It does good on playing World of Warcraft and excellent with Star Craft. But often times I have issues with programs crashing, mainly when I try to tell it to do more than one thing at a time. I frequently have to do a hard reboot because the system hangs up and freezes. I only have that problem wen opening multiple programs successively
I did a PC performance test of the subsystems and everything but the hard drive scored an average of 7.5 out of 7.9. The hard drive scored a measly 5.4 which was far below the rest of the system. I think Asus would be better to put a smaller solid state drive such as a 256-512gb. The current standard hard drive is simply too slow and I think is a major cause of the system hanging up so much.
I have yet to see the system take full advantage of the processing power of it’s processors, so it’s not like the computer can’t handle any work load. I think I am going to try a different hard drive and possibly RAM to see if that makes a difference.
I just bought Asus G75vx.
I just bought Asus G75vx. This is my second Asus laptop. I also own a K93 (18,4 incher)… As for the G series, I must say it’s well worth the money. Ok Alienware laptops are more powerful but they cost almost double. as for the asus g series, it is simply awesome. The build is phenomenal, ruberised finish aluminium, first time you touch it you can actually feel the quality. As for the performance the new i7 core processor is amazing, everything feels so smooth and nice…also the new nvida gpu gtx670mx is great for gaming and as it has Cuda it is also good for adobe apps like Photoshop ( cs 6 can now seriously benefit from your gpu). the only “flaw” is the hard drive, but as g75 has two hdd slots, i can always upgrade it later on with another ssd. also it has a lot of really cool details and features that are simply smart ( filter cleaning, back-lit keyboard and so on). Is it the fastest gaming laptop? Probably not. But the is it an awesome computer? Hell yeah. Btw asus gives you 2 years of warranty, and if your computer comes with a technical flaw, you can replace it for a brand new one for the first 8 days. PS- the sound is a-fucking-mazing!!!
I haven’t yet evaluated my
I haven’t yet evaluated my new G75VW-DS73 laptop yet, as Asus is in the process of sending it my way as I write this, but I’m hoping it’s a big more reliable than my G73SW-3DE (2011) Asus top of the line ROG notebook computer. I just couldn’t keep the 3DE *out* of the repair shop, as it traveled North from where I live to Fremont, CA’s Asus repair facility and factory center there no less than 7 times in 23 months of use…a total of 116 days of my time with an out of service laptop! The video card system, and its peripheral components kept failing, over and over again in my 3DE, and that was an nVidia 460M 1.5GB DDR5 video board, supposedly one of the most reliable units nVidia ever put into the notebook arena…wrong!
I am glad that Asus finally admitted fault with my LEMON G73SW-3DE laptop, acknowledging only that “parts were not available to repair your computer, so we are offering you a replacement. Please view the specs of the G75VW-DS73 laptop below, and see if it is an appropriate choice for your replacement laptop”….et al.
I look forward to the new G75VW series top of the line laptop, and direly hope and pray that the significant issues my Asus G73SW-3DE was plagued with are simply old news and will not be repeated with this new, replacement laptop. The specs of the new one are fantastic for today’s price point of $1799 at Amazon.com, while I paid almost $2000 for the G73 back in 2011, just $20 shy of the big 2K$’s mark to be exact. It appears that my G75SW has all the things mine had, with now 4 USB 3.0 ports, mini-display port+ HDMI on the chassis for multiple monitors vs a VGA or HDMI port on the G73SW.
I’ve read nothing but great reviews on the new 3rd generation Intel Core i7 notebook lineup of Ivy Bridge CPU’s also, so expect the 2.3Ghz CPU to be exemplary for my purposes. The nVidia 670M looks to be a dazzler also, but for its shortcomings with 3D content by relying on nVidia’s “N-Vision” setup with Vision II 3D glasses part of the works. 3GB DDR5 256-bit RAM in a laptop can’t be a bad thang, now can it?
I do like the 1.5TB capacity HD system, which now legitimately supports RAID 0/1 without any hacks, a welcome change if you need RAID, and I prefer it over a static HD system using the System bus and antiquated AHCI or IDE controllers in the H77 Intel chassis. So that is more good news.
I always install twin high-end SSD’s in laptops for speed, speed, speed and more of it if possible! But I’m willing to try the XT-Seagate brand of SSD+HD combination HD and it may prove adequate, the jury is out there just yet. It’s all been upgraded vs my G73SW-series laptop, with BT 4.0. a 450Mbps factory BT/WiFi modem combo from Texas Instruments in the G75SW series high-end notebooks, if I can believe what I’ve read about the new WiFi/BT controller in the G75 series, that is. I can’t see why they don’t just use the Intel BT/WiFi controller instead, but $$’s talks.
I’ll write an addendum to this “early appraisal” of the G75VW-DS73 notebook in a few weeks, after I’ve had a chance to really put it through its paces in both work and play modes, as right now all I can do is hope for the best. It was somewhat gratifying to read of the good reviews that the G75SW series is getting in this column so that has made my evening’s reading a big plus plus deal tonight.
If I could get it with
If I could get it with windows 7, I would be ALL over it… but alas all I can find is windows 8 (booo).
I bought the Asus g75v with
I bought the Asus g75v with GeForce gtx 670m and it didn’t come with glasses. I bought some and have found that I can’t play anything 3d on the computer screen. Is there any way to make it playable off the computer without having to buy a new computer?
If you are looking for a dual
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