At Computex 2015, NVIDIA announced what will almost certainly be one of their marquee features on gaming notebooks going forward, with NVIDIA’S G-SYNC variable display refresh rate technology coming to notebooks. We’ll dive into this more in a bit, but perhaps the best part of the announcement was that it was going to be a hard launch, with several vendors offering notebooks featuring G-SYNC right away.

One of those was ASUS, and NVIDIA shipped me the ASUS G751JY model with G-SYNC to take a look at. The G751 was first introduced in October 2014. It is a 17.3-inch laptop targeted towards gamers under ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) branding. ASUS these days seems to have a focus on offering value, and by that I mean they often offer more computer for your money than most other brands. The ASUS Zenbook UX305 is a perfect example of this, offering excellent performance, specifications, and build materials for much less than the competition. Of the initial announcements of G-SYNC notebooks, ASUS has certainly come in with a lot of value here too.

The G751 has a couple of configuration options, with the G751JT model featuring the GTX 970M and G-SYNC, but this review is on the higher end G751JY model, which features the Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, with four cores and eight threads available in a 47 Watt envelope. In order to have G-SYNC, you will need a NVIDIA GPU, and the JY model features NVIDIA's highest end mobile GPU, the GTX 980M, with 4 GB of memory onboard the graphics card. System memory is 24 GB on the model I received, with 3x8GB of DDR3L-1600, and a 256 GB SSD, which is the very fast Samsung XP941 PCIe model, and a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive for extra storage. Although optical media is certainly on the way out, with a 17.3-inch notebook there is plenty of room for an optical drive, and the G751JY features a 6x Blu-Ray writer.

ASUS ROG G751JY
  As Tested, Core i7-4720HQ, 24 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Processor Intel Core i7-4720HQ (4C/8T, 2.6-3.6GHz, 6MB L3, 22nm, 47W)
Intel Core i7-4870HQ (4C/8T, 2.5-3.7GHz, 6MB L3, 22nm, 47W)
Memory 24GB-32GB DDR3L-1600 MHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB
Display 17.3" 1920x1080 IPS Matte, 75Hz, G-SYNC
Storage 256GB-512GB Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200rpm HDD
Networking Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Realtek 1 Gbps Ethernet
Audio Waves MAXX Audio
Two speakers plus subwoofer
Battery 90 Wh Battery
230 Watt A/C Adapter
Right Side 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
Headphone Jack
Microphone Jack
DisplayPort
HDMI
VGA
SPDIF (3.5mm)
Left Side 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
SD Card Reader
Blu-Ray Burner
Dimensions 317.5 x 416.6 x 43.2mm (12.50 x 16.40 x 1.70 inches)
Weight 3.81 kg (8.4 lbs)
Extras 720p Webcam
Backlit Keyboard
Pricing $2150 MSRP (i7-4720HQ, 24GB, 256GB SSD)
Amazon.com $1900
$2650 MSRP (i7-4870HQ, 32GB, 512GBSSD)
Amazon.com $2460

A laptop that comes in at over $2000 may seem like a difficult thing to consider as a value play, but once again ASUS has really packed in a lot of performance for the price. For a bit more money, you can add in another 8 GB of memory and double the SSD capacity to 512 GB if you want to keep less of your data on the spinning disk. If you want G-SYNC with a GTX 980M, the ASUS offers a pretty good price to performance ratio.

At 8.4lbs, or 3.8 kg, this is no lightweight laptop, but there is certainly a market for people who want a desktop replacement-style laptop with lots of performance and a big display. The larger chassis is a bit more of a hassle to move around, but the extra display size makes for a very good gaming experience, and the larger chassis of a 17.3-inch notebook provides an opportunity for better system cooling with less noise. We’ll see how it measures up to the competition, with the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro likely being its direct competitor.

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  • meacupla - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't optimus cause a ton of problems that people just wanted to disable it permanently? Reply
  • Dribble - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    You're wrong, never had any problems with it and hardly read any complaints about it. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    I've had plenty of problems with it. Just because you haven't seen them doesn't mean they don't exist. Reply
  • Refuge - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - link

    Never heard about it? Were you hiding under a rock during that fiasco? It was so bad that some review sites would mark a product down just for having Optimus enabled by default in the bios from the factory. Reply
  • nerd1 - Friday, July 31, 2015 - link

    Optimus is terrible for everything except AAA gaming (big trouble with most online games, nightmare with linux, and so on), and does not make any sense for large caliber gaming rigs anyway. Basically you have to plug in otherwise battery won't last more than an hour. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    There's a 1-2% framerate hit; and while that's a meaningless real world difference hysteria driven configuration has meant it's often not been installed in top of the line gaming laptops; and caused people to disable it in mid-range ones. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    Optimus crashes pretty much every 3D modeling program I've ever tried on it, especially Solidworks. Reply
  • Jorsher - Friday, July 31, 2015 - link

    I've never had a problem with it on my 2012 (perhaps older) Dell XPS with Intel and NVidia graphics. I'm glad to have it. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    I assume it has something to do with the G-sync.
    Maybe it is not compatible with optimus, switching intel hd to gtx, vice versa
    Reply
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    I think it has something to do with G-Sync, which is why I laid that out exactly on page 3 :)

    "In order to implement G-SYNC, the NVIDIA GPU must be directly connected to the display panel over eDP - since variable refresh doesn't currently translate through iGPUs - which means that it instantly precludes implementation of NVIDIA’s Optimus technology"
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