ASUS G74SX-AH71

ASUS G74SX-AH71

The AH71 model of the G74SX is one of the most recent variants where the processor has been upgraded to a 10% faster model, while the price remains essentially the same. Continue reading “ASUS G74SX-AH71” »

ASUS G74SX-XT1

ASUS G74SX-XT1

As far as appearances go, the ASUS G74SX-XT1 gaming laptop is identical to the other G74SX laptops–the only difference is found on the inside, where the dual 750GB hard drives found in the A1 version have been replaced by a 500GB (also 7200rpm) hard drive. Otherwise it is the same laptop with the same great performance but with a slightly lower price tag.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 12GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlit
  • Storage: 500GB HDD (7200rpm)
  • Optical drive: BluRay Disk Combo
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

The gaming performance comes courtesy of an Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM. In combination, these high-end parts are capable of producing 2000 points in 3DMark11 and more than 9000 points in 3DMark Vantage.

The Asus G74SX-XT1 is just like the A1, A2, 3DE and other models a consistently solid gaming notebook without any major weaknesses. Needless to say, it plays all current games and comes with an exemplary cooling solution that keeps both temperature and volume to a minimum even under full load, which is very impressive considering the high-end components.

With the G74 series, Asus has managed to eradicate some of the old weaknesses with the G73 series to offer a sophisticated gaming laptop with excellent application and gaming performance. The positive aspects far exceed the negatives.

ASUS G74SX-XA1

ASUS G74SX-XA1

The XA1 is yet another revision of the ASUS G74SX, which is slightly modified compared to the “standard” G74SX-A1 model. In this case the only changes are that instead of a Blu-ray player, the XA1 comes with a regular DVD-RW optical drive and instead of two 750GB hard drives the XA1 ships with a single drive of the same size (which is the faster 7200rpm version). This in turn facilitates a more affordable price tag than the slightly better equipped models.

Otherwise the specifications are identical, with a 2630QM, 2.0GHz Core i7 processor from Intel that overclocks to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost, 12GB of RAM and the important GTX 560M GPU from NVIDIA that makes all your games run at fluid frame rates at the display’s native (Full HD 1920×1080) resolution.

Likewise, the XA1 comes with an illuminated keyboard and an 8-cell battery, as well as a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port in addition to 3 regular USB 2.0 ports. Furthermore, the XA1 has a 2 megapixel webcam and comes pre-loaded with a Bluetooth module for easy interaction with your other mobile devices such as a smartphone. An 8-in-one card reader is also included.

As for the G74SX as a whole, it is worth noting for newcomers to the Republic of Gamers series that the ventilation concept has been changed compared to its predecessor the G73. The battery in the G73 series was centrally placed between the two rear fans but has now been moved to the bottom. Through the use of two large fans on the back of the chassis, the waste heat can easily be led away from the housing. Due to the impressive (and silent) fan performance, heat is no longer an issue with this laptop and the chassis temperatures remains at a constant low level even under load.

ASUS G74SX-XR1

ASUS G74SX-XR1

The Asus G74SX-XR1 is the somewhat more affordable version of the G74SX lineup. In spite of the lower price tag, it is almost as well equipped hardware-wise as its more costly counterparts. It has the same quad-core/eight-thread Intel Core i7 i7-2630QM running at 2 GHz and the same powerful Nvidia Graphics card. It also has a generous amount of memory–an entire 12GB of DDR3, which is extendable up to 16GB. The difference is that the XR1 model has let go of the Blu-ray optical drive and one of the hard drives in favor of a single 640GB hard drive configurations.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 12GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlit
  • Storage: 640GB HDD
  • Optical drive: DVD-RW
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

The XR1 is not 3D capable like the G74SX-3DE, but boasts a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) display and comes with a graphics card that can handle the latest games at the display’s native resolution. The Intel quad-core processor is one of the most commonly used in high-end gaming laptops, and just as its siblings in the series, the XR1 has 4 memory slots, which means that it can hold up to 16 gigabytes of RAM.

As the other models in the series, ASUS has avoided high-gloss surfaces in the G74SX. It comes in plain black rubberized back, and is reminiscent of a stealth bomber, which according to ASUS is intentional. The rubberized surfaces not only provide better handling, but also reduce perspiration and avoid annoying fingerprints. The underside is clean and simple and uncluttered. Only the silver Asus logo on the top and bottom of the screen frame stand out from the matte surface.

The most striking feature with the G74SX that reviewers point out are the massive fans on the back of the chassis. While there are no vents on the bottom, the back has two huge openings, just like the stealth bomber it takes inspiration from. These have a slightly different design than the preceding G73 models.

ASUS G74SX-TH71

ASUS G74SX-TH71

While the G4SX-TH71 is very similar in appearance and hardware specifications as the A1, A2 and 3D edition, some noteworthy changes have been made to the base hardware. The processor is a faster model than the one that ship with the aforementioned models, namely a quad-core Intel Core i7 2670QM instead of the usual 2630QM. The 2670QM is faster, with a 2.2GHz base clock speed instead of 2.0GHz in the 2630QM. Moreover, this processor automatically overclocks to 3.1GHz instead of 2.9GHz in Turbo Boost mode. This might not make much difference in actual gaming, but it is still faster in overall system performance. This version of the laptop also has a lower-resolution screen, at 1600×900 pixels, as opposed to the usual 1920×1080 panels.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 12GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ HD+ (1600×900) LED backlit
  • Storage: 500GB HDD
  • Optical drive: Blu-ray Disk Combo
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

To retain about the same price tag, some cutbacks have been made in the storage department instead. The TH71 comes with one 500GB hard drive instead of the dual drive configurations that come standard with the other laptops in the series. Since it has the same chassis and design, it should still be possible to add another drive. The processor and hard drive differences are what sets this model apart from the others. The same powerful graphics card is used–a GTX 560M from NVIDIA with 3GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory.

ASUS G74SX-3DE

ASUS G74SX-3DE

The ASUS Republic of Gamers G74SX-3DE is, as the model name implies, the 3D version of the G74SX, which ships with an Nvidia 3D Vision kit that adds an extra dimension to your gaming experience. As for the rest of the hardware, it is just as well equipped as its non-3D counterparts, with dual hard drives, a quad core processor and last but not least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics card with 3 gigabytes ofGDDR5 video RAM.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 12GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) 120Hz LED backlit
  • Nvidia 3D Vision Kit
  • Storage: 1.5TB HDD (2x750GB)
  • Optical drive: BluRay Disk Combo
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

The highlight of the Asus G74SX-3DE gaming notebook is of course the 3D feature, which comes from Nvidia and uses active shutter technology that sends every other image to your left and right eye respectively. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with the processing power either. The G74SX has received excellent review scores in general for its performance and quality build.

Reviewers are often quick to point out the advantages of the laptop’s input devices. The keyboard is large and the keys are pleasant to use, is a common opinionM the notebook also has a full keyboard including a separate numeric keypad. The touchpad also has an attractive size and is very comfortable to use. The display on the Asus G74SX-3DE is, unlike the other models in the series, one with a 120Hz refresh rate for compatibility with 3D Vision. The 3D-capable display offers good brightness and the same high (Full HD) resolution as the other models and excellent contrast and color.

There are also very little reflections from the screen on the G74SX-3DE, which is quite uncommon in notebooks these days. The temperature of the Asus G74SX-3DE is kept low as a result of two fans and a special direction of the air stream–even at full load the bottom of the laptop does not get overly hot. In addition, the notebook works very quietly for a gaming laptop, which some reviewers have found remarkable considering the large fans.

Like the other models in the G74SX lineup including the A1 and A2 models, the 3DE model is equipped with the NVIDIA GTC 560M video card with 3GB of GDDR5 video memory. According to Notebookcheck.net, this is one of the top-tier cards right now and produces excellent frame rates at high resolutions in virtually all current games. The laptop has also been listed as one of the best 3D gaming laptops in 2011.

ASUS G74SX-A2

ASUS G74SX-A2

The G74SX-A2 is the “full custom” version of the G74SX with all the bells and whistles. Instead of the regular setup with dual hard drives, this one ships with one large hard drive and one exceptionally fast solid state drive. It also comes with the maximum amount of memory–16 gigabytes–so there is practically no limit to how many processes, programs and files can be open at the same time.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlit
  • Storage: 750GB 7200rpm HDD + 160GB SSD
  • Optical drive: BluRay Disk Combo
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

Review Summary

With its 17.3-inch screen, the new portable G74Sx range of Asus Republic of Gamer presents itself as a powerful game machine with the new graphics chip from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 560M. While the G74SX-A1 version has two hard drives at 750 GB each and 12 GB of RAM, the A1 is equipped with a full 16GB of RAM, which is the maximum that this and most other laptops can handle today, as well as a speedy SSD instead of a second hard drive. Handling the main calculations is a Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2630QM running at 2 GHz (2.9GHz with Turbo Boost).

The casing and finish is what can now be called typical for the Asus Repubic of Gamers. It is built from sturdy materials and the assembly and finish are excellent. The coating of the housing offers a pleasant feel and is not prone to fingerprints. The palmrest has a rubbery texture and the chiclet keyboard is equipped with backlighting for gaming in the dark. Most reviewers seem to agree that the touch pad is just as enjoyable to use. Faultless, is one word used.

Beneath the notebook, a simple “trap door” opens to provide direct access to the two drives and memory modules of the machine, which is always handy in case of failure or upgrade. The graphics card–a GeForce GTX 560M from NVIDIA–is equipped with 192 processing units/shaders and a wide memory bus, making this card considerably faster than more common cards such as the GeForce 540M and even quite a bit speedier than the GeForce GT 555M that powers some high-profile gaming laptops such as the Alienware M14x and the Dell XPS 17 in its top configuration.

This chip can run all current games in 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with reasonable detail settings. The GPU also supports DirectX 11. The machine weighs 4.2 pounds, and its autonomy is limited to 2 about hours under load, but this is to be expected with large gaming laptops. The large cooling system has the advantage of remaining relatively silent even when the machine runs demanding games.

ASUS G74SX-A1

ASUS G74SX-A1

The G74SX-A1 is the “core” model in the G74SX lineup, hence the name “A1″. That said, it has better specifications that many of the other versions of the G74–moreĀ  RAM, Blu-ray combo drive and 1.5TB of hard drive space divided across two 750GB hard drives.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (4 cores / 8 threads) 2.0GHz, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Graphics card: NVidia GTX 560M with 3GB of Dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory: 12GB DDR3 (16GB Max)
  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlit
  • Storage: 1.5TB HDD (2x750GB)
  • Optical drive: BluRay Disk Combo
  • Connectivity: 1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11BGN
  • Other: Illuminated Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/, 2.0M Pixel webcam, 8 Cell battery, 8-in-1 card reader, Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse, 2YR Global warranty, 1YR Accidental Damage Warranty, 30-Day Zero Bright Dot

Review Summary

It’s big, it’s really great, and it’s fast. The Asus G74SX-A1 is no small laptop .The screen is 17.3″ and the laptop is of course intended as a replacement for your desktop gaming PC, only now you have the ability to stow it away when you’re not using it. In terms of design it resembles its predecessor. It is gray and the surface is in a very durable rubber material, which means that it is very comfortable to hold, it does not slide as easily, and is not greasy looking.

The machine is equipped with a Core i7 processor, has 12GB of memory and is equipped with a Blu-ray drive and a memory card reader. Thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M it has plenty of horsepower for gaming. In the tough 3DMark 11 it scores on average about 2,000 3DMarks, and in 3DMark Vantage it reaches over and above 9,000 3DMarks, which might not live up to the performance of the current Alienware M18x R2, but it is a great result for any gaming machine.

The screen is incredibly clear and sharp, and it is a pleasure to watch. Both games and movies are incredible on it, and it has good viewing angles. Its keyboard and track pad are also good. The keyboard is of island style, and they are very comfortable to type on. There is also a slightly more sophisticated version of the G74SX called the G74SX-A2, which also ships with a solid state drive.

External Reviews:

PC world: “The Asus G74SX is huge, but its elegant design and excellent performance may be worth the lack of mobility.”