ASUS Republic of Gamers G751JY 17-inch Gaming Laptop Review

by Rob Williams on April 16, 2015 in Systems

There are gaming laptops, and then there are uncompromising gaming laptops. ASUS’ ROG G751JY falls into the latter category for a number of different reasons, with a great one being that it packs some seriously powerful hardware under its hood. How does a 1GB/s SSD sound? 24GB of RAM? GTX 980M? Exactly. Read on!

1080p (Native) Gaming Performance

To see what the G751JY is capable of in gaming, I’ve taken a total of nine games – some pulled from our usual suite, along with a couple of extras – and tried to find each one’s “Best Playable” settings.

As with the “Best Playable” pages in our regular graphics card evaluations, I tweak the settings of each game until I can find a good blend of image quality and playability. The overall goal is to reach an average framerate of 60 FPS, but in some cases I’ll let that slide if it I deem the minor performance hit is with the increased detail.

I gathered all performance data through manual benchmarking, and if you’re familiar with our GPU content already, you’ll no doubt recognize the scenes from some of the games here. Fraps 3.5.99 is used for framerate reporting.

All of the in-game screenshots on this page were snapped using the same settings listed in the respective Best Playable tables. Also, for the sake of letting you in on how much performance was seen at that moment in time, Fraps’ framerate counter can be seen in the top-right corner.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (1080p)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Resolution:1920 x 1080Environment:Very High
God Rays:HighAmbient Occlusion:SSAO
Volumetric Fog:OnMotion Blur:On

From the get-go, we can see just what sort of monster the GTX 980M is. AC IV: Black Flag was able to run at the notebook’s native 1080p resolution with graphics cranked to max, with the one exception of the Shadow detail being kept to High, instead of Very High.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Borderlands Pre-Sequel (1080p)

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anisotropic Filtering:16x
Bullet Decals:HighFoliage Distance:Far
Texture Quality:HighGame Detail:High
Ambient Occlusion:OnDepth of Field:On
FXAA:OnView Distance:Ultra High

The Borderlands series does a lot of things right, and one of those things is eye candy. Despite that being the case, none of the titles so far have been that punishing on PC hardware, with a marginal hog added if PhysX is used. It’s no surprise, then, that The Pre-Sequel was able to be topped-out without issue, even with High PhysX. Note, though, that unless Low PhysX is used, you’ll dip below 60 FPS regularly when PhysX is exercised well (hence the 26 FPS minimum). This is no different on a desktop with top-end GPU, though – PhysX just requires a lot of GPU horsepower to push its cool effects.

Crysis 3

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Crysis 3 (1080p)

Crysis 3
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-aliasing:SMAA Low (1x)
Texture:Very HighEffects:Very High
Object:Very HighParticles:Very High
Post Processing:Very HighShading:High
Shadows:HighWater:Very High
Anisotropic Filtering:x16Motion Blur:Medium
Lens Flares:Yes

Not even Crysis 3 can tame this notebook. The screenshot speaks for itself.

Dying Light

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Dying Light (1080p)

Dying Light
Resolution:1920 x 1080Texture Quality:High
Shadow Map Size:Very HighFoliage Quality:High
View Distance:100%Ambient Occlusion:On
Motion Blur:OnAntialiasing:On

Dying Light is an interesting game to benchmark, because sometimes, it feels like it’s running better than it actually is, and there are some settings that can make a dramatic difference on the overall framerate. At 1080p on this notebook, though, the sky’s the limit.



Resolution:1920 x 1080Multisampling:4x MSAA
Night Lighting:HighShadows:Ultra
Advanced Fog:OnParticles:Ultra
Ambient Occlusion:UltraSoft Ambient Occlusion:On
Ground Cover:HighVehicle Details:High
Vehicle Reflections:UltraWater:High
Post Process:HighSkidmarks:On
Advanced Lighting:OnGlobal Illumination:On
Anisotropic Filtering:Ultra

I am sure this comes as no surprise. GRID 2 is getting long in the tooth at this point, but it still looks great – and at 1080p, it can be maxed out with 4x MSAA and still reach 100 FPS.

Shadow Warrior

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Shadow Warrior (1080p)

Shadow Warrior
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-aliasing:FSAAx2
Textures:UltraAnisotropic Filtering:16x
Post Processing:HighSSAO:Ultra
Remains:UltraFoliage and Debris:Ultra

Shadow Warrior is a very underappreciated game as far as I’m concerned, and the graphics and environments are part of the reason why. The entire game is simply gorgeous when maxed-out, and fortunately, the G751JY holds nothing back at 1080p. It’s even able to make use of the high-end FSAAx2 anti-aliasing setting.

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (1080p)

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-aliasing:High
High-res Textures:OnShadow Resolution:High
Shadow Filtering:HighAmbient Occlusion:On
Motion Blur:HighWorld Density:Extreme

Like GRID 2 but even more so, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is a downright gorgeous game that runs great on the G751JY. This is one of the games I included in the ShadowPlay video on the previous page, so check that out if you want to see the game in action.

The Crew

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - The Crew (1080p)

The Crew
Resolution:1920 x 1080Geometry:Ultra
Shadows:CH SSTextures:Ultra
Environment Mapping:UltraDepth-of-Field:High
Motion Blur:HighAnti-aliasing:4x TXAA
Grass:HighAmbient Occlusion:HBAO+

The Crew is probably one of the most demanding racing games out there today, but with the 980M backing it up, it can be topped-out and enjoyed at close to 60 FPS just fine.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (1080p)

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist
Resolution:1920 x 1080Texture Detail:Ultra
Tessellation:OnTexture Filtering:16x
Ambient Occlusion:Field AO & HBAO+Anti-aliasing:FXAA

At maxed-out detail levels (ignoring some of the incredibly demanding AA modes), Splinter Cell: Blacklist runs great at 1080p on this notebook. There’s something to be said about a game running near a minimum 60 FPS and still looks this good.

With the native gaming report out of the way, let’s see how these games fare when piped out to a 1440p monitor.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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