Performance Part 3: GPU/Gaming
Synthetic GPU Benchmarks
The jump from the last ASUS ROG machine we reviewed is a significant one given that it’s been around a year and a half since. Of course, all of the new G751 series machines feature the latest GeForce GPUs, but as always, the prices between them range even more widely than the prospective gaming performance. At the lowest end—just $100 less than our test model, at $1,400—there’s the G751JL-DS71, which features a 2 GB GTX 965M, while the top-of-the-line model (the $2,800 G751JY-DH72X) sports a 4 GB GTX 980M with a 512 GB SSD and a whopping 32 GB of DDR3L RAM. All of the models retain the 1 TB hard drive (whether for primary or secondary storage) and comparable CPUs to the i7-4710HQ, so you can safely ignore just about all the other variables.
Specifically, we’re coming from an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M all the way up to a 3 GB GeForce 970M. Let’s see how that translates to gaming prowess.
First up, synthetic results.
Mostly we’re worried about Fire Strike here, and the G751JT literally doubles up the G750JX’s score. Cloud Gate paints a different picture, but it’s less relevant in this context. So far, so good for the G751.
Unsurprisingly, the improvement is also echoed by 3DMark 11, where we find a boost of 34% over the G750JX. Meanwhile, the GT72 speeds off into the distance with a premium of yet another 57% on top of the G751JT’s score—insane. Still, cost is a very real consideration here. And for $1,500, the G751JT again holds its ground pretty well.
Do the games agree? Let’s see what transpires.
Just Cause 2
Metro 2033 (Subway benchmark)
Overall, an impressive performance for a sub-$1,500 mobile gaming machine. All of these games are thoroughly playable on the chosen settings, and they look fantastic. And best of all, the machine is barely audible during these sessions. No joke!