Asus Republic of Gamers G75 Laptop Review

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  1. My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally right.
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  2. TrippyHippy

    A year ago I bought the ROG G74 after reading very good reviews, it was an excellent machine that I planned to keep for many years, a large class of a well known soda put an end to that, so 3 months ago I bought the G75, I didnt go with the SSD spec as it wasn’t needed for what i use the machine for, but it did come with 2x1TB drives, 24Gb of ram and the 3G 3D 670 graphics card. Have to say I am very impressed with it, the sound is a lot better than the G74. Overall I think it is a very well specified machine for the price £1450 (UK sterling). Top tip….dont leave liquids anywhere near the laptop…it kills them

  3. I am now on my 3rd defective g75 withing 3 days. Never ever in my life have i had this many problems with a laptop, or a brand for that matter, and let it be known that i am a former HP owner! Only thing good about this device imo, atm, is the design.

  4. slapdashbr

    I have a similar older Asus gaming laptop (g73, originally out in mid-2009) and even though that one is based on a FIRST-gen core i7, it plows through stuff like Skyrim and SC2. I can see with this model they made some minor design upgrades externally to go with the major hardware upgrades, I won’t lie, I’m jealous. These Asus laptops have the best form factor and incredible power, and the only true drawbacks are overall size and poor battery life- but come on, this is practically a desktop gaming rig that you can take anywhere. If i’m worried about battery life I’ll use my smartphone.
    This is definitely going on my christmas list.

  5. Hi Shawn, Thanks for the review. I had a couple of questions about the review. I have a g74 and also noticed a lot of pre-installed programs, not nearly as bad as when I bought a dell, but I was worried about deleting most of them as I wasn’t sure which were necessary and which were not. Do you remember which programs you uninstalled, because I’m sure it would help out my speed a bit. Also I ran a benchmark test on my g74 and the results didn’t seem that much lower, I attached a pic the results, is the g75’s performance really that much better to warrant the additional price (mine was $1100)?
    Thanks!

  6. Steve Belcoski

    Try a fiber optic cable with a plastic adapter that usually comes with the fiber optic cable. It simulates a headphone jack and works fine on my G73jh  when you plug it into the headphone port but I haven’t tried it on the G75, yet. I think I had to change the audio playback settings as well. There was light coming out terminal of the fiber optic cable so it worked although I didn’t think it would work before /i tried it. I alwys wondered what those plastic covers were for. I enjoyed your article. It was an encouraging kind of report that I was looking for before I bought the G75 but at least it vindicates my choice from a gamer’s perspective. I wanted a more powerful  for HD video editing with premier elements 10 and bluray production as the G73 has 1.6 Ghz but premiere recommends a 2.0 Ghz threshold.[ P.S. : My son is an avid former Xbox now PS gamer and  coincidentally an apprentice machinist.]

  7. Shawn, I have not found a 3D integrated model matching your specs, ANYWHERE. 3720 quad-mobile with a 256GB SSD and 16gb ram, it does not exist for public purchasing as far as I know. I was told only 20 units were made with those specs and that the MSRP would be near $3000, which makes sense since to upgrade to a 3720 on custom builders, they pretty much all charge $350 for that alone.

    I have talked to ASUS several times and no one has an answer for me as to where I can get the 3D included with that max hardware config.

    Been researching laptops for about 6 months now, still can’t make up my mind. Performance is important to me, MSI’s poor build quality and loud cooling/Optimus(probably not utilized in the ASUS because Optimus has issues where it switches to integrated GPU while gaming and can even get stuck in integrated use permanantely.

    The only 3D model I can find has 12GB ram, dual 750g drives(one being useless as I already have a large USB 3.0 external and I would rather have an SSD) and a 3610QM not a 3720.

    My main question is, did your laptop get custom built? Or was it straight from Asus to distributor to you? Also, do you know anyone that has or do you have any input on the new Samung series 7? it’s got the 675 in it, same processor, 120hz screen but no 3d, 16g ram(supposed to be 1600mhz but someone said there’s only measured at 800mhz, probably their mistake), coloured backlit keyboard, and of course the screen is by Samsung so it’s going to be one of the best around, however it has terrible speakers, and a huge power brick, but for less money.

    I’ll most likely go with the g75 and hope that Thunderbolt will allow me to up my GPU performance later with an external rigged with some desktop horsepower. How is it that the 660 is a more powerful card that takes less energy than the 670, do you know?

    Also, great review, I’ve read it several times. Any input you have would be great, email me at willypride@hotmail.com if you’d like to contact me directly.

    • Shawn Kline

      Lots of good questions here –

      First of all let me say that I’ve reached out to my PR contact as I don’t know all the answers lol. I know that with the PR material they sent, the configuration I have was not listed as a standard config however when I wrote the review the configuration changer wasn’t active on their site yet. I am trying to see if this is just straight custom or not. The unit I have was supplied directly by ASUS, so it would stand to reason that they sent the best of what they had. My contact has the week off for “recovery” from GTC though, so I might not hear anything back until next week. I am not sure if anyone here is reviewing the series 7 yet – I’ll also find out about that (because if not I’ll jump on it for a review and comparison), but I do know that the screen on the G75 is literally better than pretty much any other I’ve seen.

      Finally the 660 takes less juice because it is Kepler architecture where as the 670 is Fermi. Kepler is incredibly new, and because it is newer tech it uses a smaller footprint and manufacturing process – it also has more options and much better cooling than a Fermi GPU meaning while a base 670 might be more powerful than a stock 660, the 660 can be OD’c a lot more.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Loved the review!

    I plan to purchase the G75-BBK5 from BestBuy very soon.
    However, I want to replace the 1TB hard drive with an SSD and also upgrade to Windows 7 Pro because I have many XP apps.
    *  Your article mentions that you were going to replace the factory installed SSD drive with a Corsair Force GT.  Is this the SSD that I should choose and where would I purchase it? Also, how do I go about replacing it, do I make a recovery disk?  My understanding is that you don’t get any disks with this unit.
    **  What is the best way to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro from Windows 7 Home Premium?
    I have read many reviews where folks used upgrade cards and then couldn’t use XP apps.
    I’ll buy the full blown Windows 7 Pro if I have to.

    Thanks so much!
    Elaine

  9. Shawn
    I was wondering if you could clarify the pointt about the thunderbolt feature as i need it. is it only in the 3d models or all g75? and also which where did you buy your g75 from??? amazon is showing a 2000 bucks price tag!!!

  10. catesby yian

    OK let’s get this straight.

    1. the GTX 670M is a rebadged 570M (exactly the same)
    2. the GPU is soldered to the MOBO = not upgradable 
    3.  no Optimus  (Graphic switching)
    I don’t get why ASUS doesn’t offer high end cards and even decided to stop users to upgrade it. Yet, they still want to charge a premium price. 

    A high-end Clevo/Sager or an Alienware could eat the G75 alive with the 7970M. (3Dmark 11 P5500 STOCK!! vs P2700 of the 670M, not to mention these machines are sold at similar prices!) even my old P150HM with a 6990M can crush this thing in terms of gaming performance. plus Alienware and Clevo machines have very good build quality too, definitely comparable to ASUS. 

    ASUS gaming laptops has been very disappointing since the G74 (at least to me). This thing really doesn’t not deserve the “Republic of Gamers” tag.

    • Topphantom007

      I have had the Asus G74 for over a year and I have ran several games on ultra that just a year ago could only be ran on a desktop. I have been very impressed with this computer. and if I had the money I would recommend the G75. most Alienware’s iv seen were just a bunch of fancy lights and for the price I paid for my G74 ( $1299 ) would eat ANY Alienware alive!

  11. JackGyrFalcon

    Shawn,

      Thank You for your review. I have purchased the G75 and now waiting for the delivery (Sunday is the day). My previous machine was the G60Vx and just recently the display started to go.  Told it was heat problems.  Love the ASUS brand though and wanted to upgrade. Your review clinched it for me.  Again, thanks and keep it coming.  Would love to see you continue to review hardware and software changes for the G75 and will definetly check back often.

    Jack

  12. nissangtr786

     You should have got a gtx660m as the 670m is not much more powerful and takes twice as much power consumption

  13. Fryschool

    Yes video card can be switched as it is on a header but requires fair amount of dissasembly it is not soldered in …
    Mark

  14. Fryschool

    Hi Shawn, thanks for the review….There seems to be a lot of confusion on which model has the thunderbolt port…This is really essential for me as I am in video post production and have waited 1 yr for windows notebooks to get thunderbolt…. I need to run thunderbolt ….The only model I have seen to date seems to be the G75VW RS72NV GTX670…
    The key seems to be the RS prefix   can you confirm your tested model was an RS ..
    I wish to order one of these right away and need to clarify this ASAP.
    thank you 
    Mark

    • Yes, and while the models have a Thunderbolt port on them, said port is not activated yet.  There’s a long explanation on the RoG site about it.  Intel has to certify every platform that has a Thunderbolt port, and certification wasn’t finished in time for the G75/G5 to be released.  The port is there, and soon you will have to download a driver from Asus to make it work.  Maybe not the most elegant solution, but they could have just said to hell with it and not bothered to put one on.

  15. Shawn, Is there any way to switch to integrated Intel videocard? Can you try to disable NVIDIA video? I’m just curious whether it is possible to use integrated graphics on 3D model or no.

    •  No – for some strange reason Asus disabled graphics switching, so there is no way to use the integrated Intel.  I don’t know if this is only the 3D model, but it is somewhat irritating

    •  Most of the photo issues were a result of my shaky hands – my stepdaughter that is a good photographer was away when I needed the pics.  I didn’t think they were all bad though :(

  16. i am going to return a g74 bkk11 to best buy today for a g75 bkk5, asking if its a better laptop as some things droped like wimax

  17. Hi Shawn! Thanks for the great reply, I’ve been waiting for this release for a while now (I have the G73 for a few years now). Just wanting to clarify, I should go for the 660m instead of the 670m? i.e. I should get the DS71 model and switch the main harddrive to an SSD and upgrade the CPU to a 3720?

  18. the g74 had a 150w power suply, best buy is showing the specs of the g75 as only having a 65w power supply, isnt this a big downgrade that will cause the suply to get really hot, is it a misprint maybe, seems to me 65w is really low for a high end gaming machine

  19. Paul Nelson

    I’ve done a bunch of testing on the G75 from Best Buy and overclocked the 660GTX it performs better than the 670 re-badge 570 card and runs much cooler. I have 3dmark scores if you need them. 675 is the 580.

    •  Yeah that was my assumption on what would happen – and the 660 model is like $200 cheaper right?  I would have much rather had that model :(

  20. Hey I read somewhere that the poor battery life on the G75 was because of the lack of Optimus with the 3D model or something like that. Is the battery life any better with the standard 60hz screens?

    •  I wish I knew for certain, but I can only speculate as I only have a 120hz screen – from seeing just how much the 3D sucks out of the battery when in use I would think that could be a distinct possibility

      • Well I’ll definitely look out for more information on that. Just over two hours of battery really isn’t enough IMO. Besides, although the GTX 660m and 670m are powerful, 3D games (especially Battlefield and Crysis and such) should really have SLI when using 3D vision since the GPU is rendering two images. I really wish Asus could allow BTO options for at least a 675m (or even better a 7970m) but hey, still a great machine based on your review. Very well written, too.

        •  One of the things that really irritated me about Asus that I didn’t mention here because I didn’t feel it was imperative to this review is the fact that they solder the Nvidia cards in, so you can’t change them out or upgrade them.  That’s a small reason why the half star differential – As I said I would have LOVED a 675m to have been dropped in, but it is what it is – and that is extremely good :)

          • Paul Nelson

            Shawn I have this thing torn apart so far the graphics card is screwed in or at least the 660 is. 

          •  That’s quite interesting – the 670m definitely is soldered in, but I wondered if they gave the 660 a chance to upgrade.  Thanks for clearing that up!  Can you tell me how to get to the third and fourth RAM slots now lol – are they under the keyboard as I suspect?

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