|MSI GS75 8SG||Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX|
|CPU||Core i7-8750H||Core i7-8750H|
|GPU||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (735 MHz)||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (990 MHz)|
|Display||17.3-inch, 144 Hz, 1080p, CMN175C, Optimus, no G-Sync||17.3-inch, 144 Hz, 1080p, AUO409D, G-Sync, Optimus|
|RAM||32 GB DDR4-2666 (2x SODIMM)||24 GB DDR4-2666 (8 GB soldered, 1x SODIMM)|
|Storage||3x M.2 2280||2x M.2 2280|
|Battery||80.25 Wh||76 Wh|
|Ports||3x USB Type-A, 2x USB Type-C Gen. 2 (1x Thunderbolt 3), HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, 3.5 microphone, 3.5 mm earphones||3x USB Type-A, 2x USB Type-C (1x Gen. 2), HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm combo audio|
|Dimensions||19 x 396 x 259 mm||19 x 399 x 272 mm|
|Weight||2.28 kg||2.64 kg|
The MSI system is both lighter (2.3 kg vs. 2.6 kg) and with a slightly smaller footprint (1025 cm2 vs. 1085 cm2). Both models, however, are the same thickness at 19 mm. We find the base of the Asus to be less flexible than on the MSI.
The CPU in the Asus performs about 11 percent faster than the same CPU in the MSI according to CineBench R15 Multi-Thread. In other words, the Asus is able to maintain faster core clock rates than the MSI. Asus holds the performance lead even after accounting for throttling as shown by our CineBench R15 loop test below.
Asus scores yet another point in terms of GPU performance. 3DMark benchmarks show the Asus outperforming the MSI by 8 to 12 percent despite both systems having the same GPU. A peek at their GPU-Z data shows the MSI GPU running slower than on the Asus (1095 MHz vs. 1230 MHz).
While the two systems share fast response times, a native 1080p resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, and high contrast ratio, the MSI display is brighter and with more accurate colors out of the box.
Asus supports G-Sync with no Optimus while the MSI supports Optimus with no G-Sync.
(April 9, 2019 correction: The GX701 includes both Optimus and G-Sync. Since both cannot be active together, however, one must be toggled off in order to use the other.)
Both systems are very close when it comes to system noise. We find that the MSI is more susceptible to fan pulsing depending on the power profile while the Asus is able to remain quieter for longer when running low-medium loads. When gaming, however, the Asus runs slightly louder at the 49 to 51 dB(A) range compared to 47 to 48 dB(A) on the MSI. CPU and GPU temperatures are otherwise nearly the same between them at 79 C and 73 C, respectively when gaming.
This is definitely something Asus should improve upon in the future. Simply idling on desktop draws anywhere between 19 W to 30 W on the Asus compared to 13 W to 23 W on the MSI. Power consumption is slightly higher on the Asus when gaming as well, but this is at least partly attributed to the faster CPU and GPU performance.
The larger battery and generally lower power consumption give MSI the edge in runtime. We’re able to record almost 5.5 hours of real-world WLAN use compared to under 4 hours on the Asus.
It’s a tough call between the MSI GS75 and Asus GX701. While the latter provides a better gaming experience because of its faster performance and G-Sync-enabled display, the former includes many more “jack of all trades” advantages that owners will appreciate. The GS75 is brighter, lighter, and longer-lasting with more connectivity features including Thunderbolt 3. As a result, the Asus GX701GX can feel rather barebones in this direct comparison. You’ll be giving up a lot of features for that extra ounce of gaming power.
The MSI GS75 and Asus Zephyrus S GX701 can be found online for $2800 USD and $3300 USD, respectively, each with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics. See our dedicated reviews on the MSI and Asus laptops for more detailed information on each.
|MSI GS75 8SG||Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX|
|Advantages||+ Brighter and more color accurate display|
+ Thunderbolt 3, RJ-45, MicroSD reader
+ Slightly quieter when gaming
+ 2x SODIMM, 3x M.2 slots
+ Lighter and smaller
+ Longer battery life
|+ Roughly 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance|
+ More rigid base
+ G-Sync w/ Optimus mode manual switch
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