Considering the hardware, we expected excellent performance, and that’s exactly what we got.
I think the thermal management has a lot to do with the excellent performance that we saw, but whatever the case, the 7700HQ-powered GL553VE completely thrashes the 6700HQ-powered G551VW in CPU benchmarks.
The Nvidia 1050Ti is also quite a beast and gameplay was a fun and fluid experience, as the benchmark results below clearly demonstrate.
Doom gave us a consistent 40+ FPS at the Ultra preset, Project Cars consistently offered between 70-120 FPS and Hitman also comfortable stayed above the 60 FPS mark at the highest settings.
Fully maxed out at 1080p, even Unigene Heaven, a traditionally heavy benchmark, ran at a playable 36 FPS. Ashes of the Singularity was a minor blip, only managing 30 FPS in extreme settings, but still managing a very playable 40 FPS at the standard preset.
The best part was that we saw no performance dips despite over an hour of gaming. Laptops generally tend to heat up excessively and throttle down within minutes.
Asus has certainly done an excellent job with the thermal management of this device.
While the CPU never actually hit its 3.8GHz peak, it did manage around 3.4GHz under medium loads and 2.8GHz on all cores under heavy loads.
The SSD speeds weren’t as stellar as we were expecting, but at a 500MB/s read speed and 260MB/s write speed, we’re not really complaining. The 1 TB HDD also managed a consistent 125/122 MB/s read/write speed, which is to be expected of a 7,200 RPM drive. Most laptops use a 5,400 RPM drive.
Operating temperatures were high and we saw load temperatures touch 82 degrees Celsius. Idle temperatures hovered at the 55 degrees C mark.
Because of this, you can’t use this device on your lap while gaming. The side where the heatsink exhaust resides tends to get very hot at over 55 degrees C.
The audio comes from a pair of speakers on the front of the laptop. It’s quite loud and there’s certainly some meat to the audio. There’s no bass to speak of, but the audio isn’t tinny, like most laptop speakers. Stereo separation is also quite good.
The onboard audio solution was good enough to drive my Audio Technica ATH M50X and overall, I was quite pleased with the quality. The quality doesn’t beat a dedicated DAC like an Audioquest Dragonfly, but it’s not bad at all.
On a side note, Nvidia claims that the GTX 1050Ti on laptops today is the same chip that’s found in desktops. Tests show that the chip is 10-15 percent more powerful than the previous generation 970M and about 10 percent less powerful than its desktop counterpart.
All things considered, it’s a powerful chip.
Publish date: March 7, 2017 2:41 pm| Modified date: March 7, 2017 2:54 pm
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