ASUS Republic of Gamers G751JY 17-inch Gaming Laptop Review

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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!

1440p (External) Gaming Performance

On the previous page, all of the games were tested at 1080p using the notebook’s own display, while on this page, we take a look at performance on a 1440p external monitor (ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q), connected via DisplayPort. On a related note, I should mention that the G751JY works with NVIDIA G-SYNC just fine.

Allow me to reiterate my testing methodology:

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 ingame 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 (1440p)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
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4959
Resolution:2560 x 1440Environment:Very High
Shadow:HighTexture:High
Reflection:HighAnti-aliasing:FXAA
God Rays:LowAmbient Occlusion:HBAO+ (Low)
Volumetric Fog:OnMotion Blur:On

Versus the 1080p resolution, it’s no surprise that the graphical detail has to be tweaked a fair bit, but surprisingly, the impact made isn’t huge. We’re still able to keep Very High environment detail, as well as High detail for everything else. The biggest change is with the God Rays detail and also ambient occlusion, which is decreased to HBAO+ Low, from High.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Borderlands Pre-Sequel (1440p)

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
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3268
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anisotropic Filtering:16x
Bullet Decals:HighFoliage Distance:Far
Texture Quality:HighGame Detail:High
Ambient Occlusion:OnDepth of Field:On
FXAA:OnView Distance:Ultra High
PhysX:High

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is one of the odd games in this roundup that’s safe to use the same high-end settings at both 1080p and 1440p. Despite the pixel boost, this game can still average out to 68 FPS. Again, the performance hit comes in with PhysX decides to, hence the modest minimum framerate. Never want to dip below 50 FPS? Simply put PhysX to Low (but honestly, the sporadic slowdown isn’t likely to bother you.)

Crysis 3

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Crysis 3 (1440p)

Crysis 3
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4158
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-aliasing:SMAA Low (1x)
Texture:Very HighEffects:Very High
Object:MediumParticles:Very High
Post Processing:HighShading:High
Shadows:MediumWater:Very High
Anisotropic Filtering:x16Motion Blur:Medium
Lens Flares:Yes

Substantial detail changes have to be made with Crysis 3 when moving from 1080p to 1440p. We’re still able to retain the Very High texture detail, but some other knobs need to be dropped to Medium. Despite the changes, the game still looks gorgeous.

Dying Light

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Dying Light (1440p)

Dying Light
MinimumAverage
4558
Resolution:2560 x 1440Texture Quality:Medium
Shadow Map Size:HighFoliage Quality:Medium
View Distance:60%Ambient Occlusion:On
NVIDIA HBAO+:OnNVIDIA Depth of Field:On
Motion Blur:OnAntialiasing:On

To figure out the Best Playable with this particular game, I relied on GeForce Experience. If I recall, I changed one setting after-the-fact, but for the most part, don’t expect to max out the view distance. You might imagine that the NVIDIA special settings would make a big performance impact, but they didn’t quite as much as the view distance and texture quality.

GRID 2

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GRID 2
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6575
Resolution:2560 x 1440Multisampling:4x MSAA
Night Lighting:HighShadows:Ultra
Advanced Fog:OnParticles:Ultra
Crowd:UltraCloth:High
Ambient Occlusion:UltraSoft Ambient Occlusion:On
Ground Cover:HighVehicle Details:High
Trees:UltraObjects:Ultra
Vehicle Reflections:UltraWater:High
Post Process:HighSkidmarks:On
Advanced Lighting:OnGlobal Illumination:On
Anisotropic Filtering:Ultra

Topped-out, 1440p is no problem whatsoever for the 980M and GRID 2. In fact, we even manage to keep above 60 FPS – a nice perk.

Shadow Warrior

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Shadow Warrior (1440p)

Shadow Warrior
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7094
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-aliasing:FSAA
Textures:UltraAnisotropic Filtering:16x
Shadows:HighMirrors:Enabled
Post Processing:HighSSAO:Ultra
Particles:UltraPhysics:Ultra
Remains:UltraFoliage and Debris:Ultra

Similar to The Pre-Sequel, the graphics in Shadow Warrior were able to remain the same between resolutions except for anti-aliasing. At 1440, FSAAx2 was too much for certain areas in the game, whereas dropping down to FSAA fixed that problem immediately.

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (1440p)

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
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5061
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-aliasing:High
High-res Textures:OnShadow Resolution:High
Shadow Filtering:HighAmbient Occlusion:On
Motion Blur:HighWorld Density:Extreme

Even at 1440p, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition runs extremely well on this notebook.

The Crew

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - The Crew (1440p)

The Crew
MinimumAverage
5460
Resolution:2560 x 1440Geometry:Ultra
Shadows:HighTextures:Ultra
Environment Mapping:UltraDepth-of-Field:High
Motion Blur:HighAnti-aliasing:FXAA
Grass:HighAmbient Occlusion:SSAO

The Crew still looks great at 1440p on this notebook, but the shadows, anti-aliasing, as well as the ambient occlusion had to be dropped down a notch.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist

ASUS ROG G751JY Gaming Notebook - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (1440p)

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist
MinimumAverage
4260
Resolution:2560 x 1440Texture Detail:Ultra
Shadow:UltraParallax:On
Tessellation:OnTexture Filtering:16x
Ambient Occlusion:Field AO & HBAO+Anti-aliasing:FXAA

Blacklist has thrown me a bone here by being completely playable at 1440p using the same settings that 1080p proved to. The only thing to note is that there are additional anti-aliasing settings, but all of them are far too performance-hitting.

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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