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Hands-on with Asus ROG G752 and GeForce GTX 1070

Gordon Mah Ung | Aug. 17, 2016
It's no joke, you can now get GeForce GTX 980 Ti and original Titan X performance in a laptop!

You already know the GeForce GTX 1070 is a tremendous value because, well, you’re getting original Titan X performance at less than half the price tag.

So what happens when you stuff one into a laptop? We found out when we hit the power button on Asus’ updated ROG G752 gaming laptop, which rocks one of Nvidia's new mobile GPUs: the GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 (that's the one in the ROG G752), and 1060.

The ROG G752 we’re using for our performance preview today should tell you a little about how efficient the GTX 1070 is. The laptop is designed to take the lower-powered GeForce GTX 980M. The telltale sign is the power brick: While GeForce GTX 980 laptops need even more massive 330-watt bricks, those with the GeForce GTX 1070 can run on smaller 230-watt bricks.

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Gordon Mah Ung

Despite their great performance, laptops with GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs can run on smaller 230-watt bricks rather than the 330-watt bricks the GeForce GTX 980 requires.

But you don’t care. You just want to know if Nvidia’s claims live up to the hype on the only thing that matters: performance. Let’s find out.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

For our performance comparison, all we can do is compare entire laptops. Remember, unlike desktop GPUs, you can’t just swap them out. You have to consider the entire package. In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, the new GTX 1070 shows a 24-percent to 35-percent advantage over a pair of GeForce GTX 980 laptops.

Compared to the GeForce GTX 980M, it’s a huge advantage. Nvidia claims up to a 76-percent jump over a GeForce GTX 980M from its new GPUs, and I’m seeing pretty much that with our results. Damn.

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The GeForce GTX 1070 has a nice lead over the rest of the pack.

Tomb Raider Ultimate Performance

Moving on to an actual game, Tomb Raider Ultimate also opens up a wide gap—the closest GeForce GTX 980 laptop is about 30 percent slower. Nvidia’s claim of a 76-percent difference over the GeForce GTX 980M holds steady, too.

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Tomb Raider also sees the GeForce GTX 1070 well ahead of the competition.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Performance

Next up is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The GTX 1070 leaves the GeForce GTX 980 behind by a good 50 percent. The performance gap in this one game is simply stupid. Against the GeForce GTX 980M, you’re looking at a 100-percent performance increase.

 

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