Back in the “old days” – 1996 to be exact – I was just getting out of high school, and while I had built my own crappy computers for a while by then, I was always on the lookout for something new.  When I went to a computer show in Pittsburgh, I saw what could only be described as my dream rig, a first run Alienware Area-51.  You see, back in those days a gamer only had two real choices – build a rig themselves, or buy one from Alienware, but then in 2006 everything changed.  While there were a number of smaller little custom PC manufacturers that rose up in those ten years, Alienware still held a huge market share – so much that Dell decided to buy them – this in and of it self was big news, but more important to this review was that Asus saw the market in high end gaming rigs, and decided to jump in with the Republic of Gamers line.  Six years later, the quality of Alienware rigs has noticeably declined under Dell, but the Republic of Gamers branding is stronger than ever. Learn about the best gaming laptop video card.

The G75 is the new flagship model for the Republic of Gamers brand – maybe flagship isn’t the right word, no, I think due to the immenseness of the G75 that mothership would be a much better term.  The G75 is the big bully on the school yard, and the games you play are its targets.  It comes with a 17.3″ display, is about 52 mm thick, and weighs a hefty 8.7 lbs with its 8 cell battery attached – robust indeed.  I have a number of other laptops in the house, including an older Toshiba Satellite that I thought was the biggest laptop I would ever own, and it cowers in fear next to the size of the G75 (though, it would be interesting to see what the best gaming laptop 2018 is, 4 years later).

Looking at the G75, you are instantly drawn to its sleek design.  All of the dark grey / almost black surfaces are coated in a rubber material, which makes the whole system look and feel unique.  The only downside to this coating is that it shows up fingerprints like nothing else, but some electronic wipes will fix that with no problem.  The rubber coating on the outside might be for a purely design aspect, but on the inside under the keyboard it does far more.  I’ve used laptops for years to do work on, and there is always a measure of discomfort after long typing sessions because your wrists are resting on the metal or plastic of the laptop case – while we have the nice “gel bars” for desktops, I haven’t seen something like that for a laptop.  Asus though does what they can here, and the rubber surface below the keyboard does tons to alleviate wrist stress.

To further amplify the design, Asus doesn’t use the single color of the rubber sections on the entire laptop – rather there is a nice silverish grey section that wraps from the left, over the keyboard, and down the right.  The two tone scheme really helps call attention to the rig.  One of the biggest things that I absolutely love about the case of the G75 though, is how the venting works.  You see, while a normal laptop vents heat out the side and can prevent you from actually letting it sit on your lap for extended periods, the G75 vents directly out the rear.  Now in my opinion, it just makes sense for a laptop to do this – hopefully other manufacturers will pick up on this design and start using it, because it works like a dream.  Another big difference from a “traditional” laptop is how the screen opens up – while with most others the entire top opens, the G75 has about an inch and a half of case behind where the screen hinges are.  This again is an aesthetic design that serves to set the G75 apart from other laptops in the field.

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With all the connections that there are on the sides of the G75, I was surprised to see that there was no eSATA or FireWire ports.  This is just a minor point of contention since I don’t use FireWire and only use eSATA on my desktop, but I’m sure some people will be looking for them.  What it does have though is pretty impressive; first there are four USB 3.0 ports on the G75 – two on the left and two on the right.  Next there is a Thunderbolt port as well as your standard HDMI and VGA connections.  The most egregious omission in my opinion here is the lack of any kind of 5.1 audio ports.  No, the G75 is high end in everything else, but only has your standard headphone and mic jacks.  Maybe they ran out of room though since they couldn’t use the rear for any connectors due to the vents (thought there is still some room front right) – at any rate if you want full surround sound you’ll need to use the HDMI.  There is also a standard card reader and Ethernet port on board as well.

Accessing most of the internals on the G75 is pretty easy – just undo one screw on the bottom and pop a panel off that covers about 70% of the case.  You can quickly swap out hard drives if needed, or change RAM – now I only saw two RAM slots while the G75 has (and uses) four.  I didn’t go unscrewing things to find out where the other two are, but I would venture a guess they are under the keyboard – I’ll find out and update this when I do.  Another thing you can do while you have the panel open is clean the fan filters – well one filter, the other requires you to remove another small circular panel.  It might seem like some trivial work, but it is nice to have the option to do that rather than just spray some canned air in.  Also being able to clean the fans from above is a serious boon for keeping your system running like butter.

The one accessory that my system came with was a pair of Nvidia 3D Vision 2.0 glasses – yes, completely unexpectedly my G75 has Vision 2.0 installed and running on it.  You can see the transmission port to the left of the webcam on the monitor.  From the different configurations that I was shown on a spec sheet, only one was supposed to come with it standard, but that one wasn’t supposed to come with the memory or hard drives that mine did so I am not completely sure if the spec sheets changed to include it on all G75 models or not – I can only talk about what I have in front of me and what I know (which isn’t much until the “official” release).  I can say this though – for the longest time I have been an opponent of 3D – I didn’t see the point of it at all (mainly because glasses worn over top of my own glasses didn’t fit properly or gave me a headache), but after playing Skyrim in full 3D, I don’t want to go back.  I haven’t tried watching a 3D movie on the G75, but playing every game I own in blazingly fast 3D is an absolute blast.

There is some nice backlighting on the raised keyboard, and while you can change the brightness levels with a quick press of the Fn and either F3 or F4 keys there is no way to change the color.  You are stuck with a white backlight unless you want to take everything apart and put a film over the lights.  I suppose that the white looks the best in contrast to the rest of the G75, but by desktop Thermaltake keyboard allows you to pick any color, and I’ve gotten used to changing depending on my mood.  MSI goes further on their laptops and lets you set different colors to different zones – it would have been a real treat to have seen Asus grab that ball and run with it here on such a high end laptop.  What you have is sufficient though, and the lighting is great for playing or typing when you are trying to get immersed in what you’re doing.  The keys on the keyboard are raised up slightly, so it isn’t just the letters and number that are illuminated, but there is also a faint halo of light surrounding the keys which makes for a nice effect.

Any laptop worth its salt has to have a good touchpad, and the G75 has one that puts others to shame.  For starters, like the rest of the G75 its quite large coming in at 99 mm by 56 mm.  This large size means you’ll have to reposition your fingers a lot less when using it.  It is also extremely responsive, and whatever coating is on it allows your fingers to glide over it effortlessly.  It did take a while for me to get used to  however – coming off of laptops with much smaller touchpads, I had muscle memory as to where buttons should have been, and for the first two days of using it I continually hit the right pad button when I meant to hit the left.  After a bit of retraining though I was fine, and it is in no was due to any design flaw – just human error.  I only mention it so that other people know to watch what they hit until they are used to where things are.

One of the most important components to any laptop is of course the screen – unlike with a desktop where you can switch to a new monitor if yours isn’t measuring up, a laptop is stuck with the screen it has for life.  I am happy to say then that the screen here is absolutely phenomenal.  It comes with an LGD02C5 screen, which has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and that looks amazing on this large laptop.  The screen has a decent black value of 0.6 cd/m² which means that he black levels that it produces is extremely satisfying.  While the display is matte, the colors come out better than pretty much any other gloss display I’ve worked with.  The other values that the screen on the G75 has are equally amazing – the 421 cd/m² it puts out is twice the brightness of any normal laptop and the contrast value of 715:1 is just insane.  Because of the 120 Hz, the panel can put out 3D like no one’s business as well.  With my wife sitting next to me, we could both view the screes equally well even though I was right in front and she was off to the side – I wish I had a second pair of Nvidia glasses because I bet we could both have watched a 3D movie and still gotten the full effect.

Now up until now I’ve been neglecting the elephant in the room – how this brute performs.  It isn’t for a negative reason though – it’s just because everything else is just as important to understanding the final score I’m going to give this.  The new Asus RoG laptops are some of the first to utilize Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips, and while the chip may not be as revolutionary as some enthusiasts would have hoped for, it is more than enough to validate it being called a 3rd generation chip.  The Ivy Bidge chip use a new 22 nm manufacturing process and 3D transistors, which has helped the die shrink from 216 mm² down to 160, a good difference from the previous Sandy Bridge chips.

The processor in my machine is an Intel Core i7 3720QM model, which is a quad core CPU that processes 1.4 billion transistors (as opposed to the Sandy Bridge’s maximum of 995 billion).  The clock frequency on this goes between 2.6 and 3.6 GHz when put under various loads, which puts it well above other chips, however not everything is better here.  For some reason the L3 cache dropped from 8 MB in the Sandy Bridge chips to only 6 MB here.  You’ll never notice the difference – but it is a curious change.  The TDP has also dropped from 55 W to 45 W, but again this isn’t reflected in any of the benchmarks I ran.  Asus doesn’t allow graphics switching, so the HD Graphics 4000 that is on the chip is inactive – which means I wasn’t able to test that obviously.

As you can see in all the benchmarks I ran, the Ivy Bridge chip is frickin amazing.  According to different benchmarking programs, it blows away other chips with a lot more TDP, even though under long benchmarks the core was throttled to keep temps in range (that’s common to laptops though – in a desktop this would probably be water cooled to keep the temps low).  I think it was the Cinebench results that made me sit back and just think “WOW!”.  To see this little chip put up those kinds of numbers is impressive to say the least.

In regards to graphics, Asus has really gone above and beyond on the G75.  They have put in one of the best graphics cards out there with the GeForce GTX 670M, which runs at 598/1196/1500 MHz.  The graphics card also supports PhysX which can be activated for some extra physical effects on games (of course you’ll see a small performance hit).  The graphics benchmarks show the tale of the tape better than my words could though, because much like the CPU benchmarks they prove that the G75 is one of the laptops to have for core gamers right now.

The hard drives were an odd choice – for some reason Asus went with a Lite On SSD (LAT-256M3S) which probably wouldn’t have been my first choice – I do have a Corsair Force GT to switch out though after this review is finished to see what kind of difference that makes.  For what it’s worth though, the Lite On SSD has a strong showing with performance, leaving my Windows Experience Index showing a 7.9 on the Disk Data Transfer Rate score.  The SSD is set up as the primary hard drive broken up into two partitions – one 70.6 GB one for the OS, and one 143 GB one that I loaded games on to.  The sequential read score of 457.5 and sequential write score of 368.0 are more than enough to put it right next to other higher end SSDs.

The other hard drive in my model is a 750 GB Seagate Momentus 7200.5 (ST9750420AS). Just like the name would have you believing, the drive runs at 7200 rpm. It has an access time of 15.0 ms (as shown by the HDTune benchmark) and a sequential read rate of 119.5 MB/s and a sequential write rate of 117.5 – both of which are very good numbers for a 2.5″ HDD.  While obviously not as fast as having another SSD, the larger size makes up for that.  The good thing about this drive is that it is fast enough for some games to be loaded on to it without taking really any performance hit at all (tested with Battlefield 3, Starcraft 2, and Guild Wars 2 Beta).

Speaking of gaming (since that is supposed to be what this system is good for), I tried a number f different games to see how they all performed here.  For starters, everything could easily be played on the highest graphics settings – Battlefield 3 on Ultra looked phenomenal.  The same could be said with StarCraft 2 – my old desktop could only run it on medium settings so seeing it how it was meant to be seen finally was sure something.  I also downloaded a number of high quality texture packs for Skyrim (no, not just the official one, but a number of nice user created ones), which made the game look so much better than I have ever experienced.  There were some other mods that I used that were only supposed to be run on high end machines – one made it so all the towns were pre-loaded and considered in the wilderness (i.e. no loading to enter and exit them) – even these weren’t able to put a hit on the FPS.

Now of course there was the normal performance dip associated with running things in 3D, but shut that off (there is a nice little button to turn it on and off on the fly right next to the power button) and everything is gravy.  Even with it on though the FPS I got while playing Battlefield 3 on Ultra was a respectable 22.4 – not the best, but easily playable.  I’m still not the biggest on playing games like that in 3D though – I got a bit dizzy after about a half hour with it.  With other game types though I was fine, and even though Skyrim is still first person I was fine with that as well; maybe it was just the slower paced action.  Racing and flying games looked the best on it though, and while MMOs worked (tried Guild Wars 2 and The Old Republic), there wasn’t much point in them.  Starcraft 2 though was really sick in 3D – but on maps where there were a ton of enemies my head started hurting fairly quickly.

I would have loved to have seen the system with a Kepler graphics card (from what I understand you will be able to get a model with a GTX 660 Kepler for a good deal cheaper – while the 660 might not perform quite as well as a 670, it’s a Kepler which is newer technology which means that it cools better, has more options, and could probably be overclocked to meet a stock 670.  A 675 would have been better as well, as the 675 is roughly 20% faster than the 670 (yes, it’s that much of an improvement) – if they end up putting a model out with that I would get it in a heartbeat.

For the most part Asus has done a good job of keeping bloatware off of the system, although there are a few programs that you don’t need to have and can uninstall right away.  The “Power4Gear” power mode program is one of these.  You are on a gaming rig, why in the hell would you want to use anything less than “Maximum Performance”, which Windows does a fantastic job of setting up on its own – I am not saying the Power4Gear program is bad, but on this system it is just unnecessary.  The Splendid Technology program for setting up special video modes is another one that should be gotten rid of ASAP, because again – it just is not needed here.  There are about sixty some odd programs that Asus installs, and while most of them are good, getting rid of the ones that you will never use will dramatically speed up the system.

The sound on the system is good – not quite as good as one of those HP jobs with Beats in them, but damn well close.  The sub sounds really good in war games whenever there are explosions – in fact it is easy to forget it is there until those moments.  When it does go out though, there were times that I could feel my hands vibrate.  When talking about sound, the sound you want to hear is not the only sound you need to be concerned with – I’m speaking of the sound coming from the fans of course.  In the G75 I was using, not even when pushing the system as hard as I could did I ever hear more than a whisper from the exhaust fans.  They were virtually silent, which was further realized by just muting everything else while playing Battlefield 3 on Ultra – I had to actually strain myself to hear them.

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Finally I have to talk about the last major part of any good laptop – the battery.  Unfortunately the battery life of the G75 is not the greatest.  Just surfing the internet caused the battery to drain in just over two hours, and playing Skyrim for an hour and thirteen minutes caused the system to shut off.  After taking apart the back though, I see how much they squeezed in and know that they might not have had much room for a bigger batter – still though, with life that short gaming on the go is not really an option, and you’ll always want to ensure there is a plug handy.  The only way I was able to even play games while on battery was to keep the power settings at Maximum Performance as well, since leaving it on anything else causes insane frame rate drops.

Editor’s Rating:



The Bottom Line:  If I could have given this a 4.75 out of 5 I would have – sadly our scale doesn’t work like that.  I think it is better than a 90% score, but needs just a small amount of work before it reaches that magical perfect rating – as it is though, you will be hard pressed to find a gaming laptop for the prices Asus is charging – Asus is again at the front of the gaming revolution.


  • The built in 3D works like a charm
  • Virtually silent running fans even when the cores are taxed heavily
  • The benchmark numbers don’t lie – this system rocks


  • No way to change the colors on the backlighting of the keys
  • The battery life is extremely shot
  • No 5.1 surround ports could be an issue for a number of core gamers.

The system Asus sent me has a MSRP of $1799, but as soon as their configuration editor is running you will be able to get a better idea of how much the system you want costs.  This is a breakdown of what was sent in a release though (all for that $1799 price point):


G75VW-DS71 G75VW-DS72 G75VW-DS73-3D G55VW
Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)


17.3″ FHD (1920*1080)

17.3″ FHD (1920×1080) (LED) (3D 120Hz) 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080)

Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2G GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M 3G GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M 3G GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2G GDDR5
Memory 12GB DDR3 16GB DDR3 12GB DDR3 12GB DDR3
Storage 1.5TB 7200RPM HDD 750GB 7200RPM HDD + 256G SSD 1.5TB 7200RPM HDD 750GB 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive Blu-ray-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW Blu-ray writer enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW Blu-ray writer enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW DL DVD±RW/CD-RW

16.3″ x 12.6″ x 0.9″-2.0″

14.8″ x 11.8″ x 0.9″-2.0″

8.7lbs with 8 cell battery

8.4lbs with 8 cell battery


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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)?

  5. 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.]

  6. 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 [email protected] if you’d like to contact me directly.

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

    1. 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!

  10. 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.


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

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

  13. 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 

    1. 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.

  14. 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.

    1.  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

    1.  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 :(

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    1.  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 :(

  19. 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?

    1.  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

      1. 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.

        1.  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 :)

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

          2.  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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