Asus announces quad-core gaming laptop (again)

Asus announces quad-core gaming laptop (again)

Summary: There are now several quad-core mobile workstations for work, but Asus is laying claim to the first quad-core laptop designed purely for play.This week it announced that the G71 "Republic of Gamers," a 17-inch gaming laptop, now offers Intel's new 2.

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Asus G71There are now several quad-core mobile workstations for work, but Asus is laying claim to the first quad-core laptop designed purely for play.

This week it announced that the G71 "Republic of Gamers," a 17-inch gaming laptop, now offers Intel's new 2.53GHz Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300. (Asus first announced the G71 back in August, around the time of the Intel Developer Forum, but Intel's first quad-core mobile chip is only now becoming available.) As with previous Extreme-class processors, Intel removed the "overspeed protection"--bus ratios that prevent you from damaging the chip or system--so that it can be freely overclocked. Other specs include:

  • 17-inch WXGA+ or WUXGA display
  • Up to 4GB DDR3-1066 memory
  • Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT with 512MB GDDR3
  • Up to 1TB of storage (dual 500GB hard drives
  • DVD Super Multi
  • 2MP Webcam

Asus still hasn't said much about availability or pricing, but a configuration (the G71V-A1) with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 dual-core processor, WUXGA display, 4GB of memory, 400GB hard drive and Blu-ray costs a little more than $2,000. So far there has been surprisingly little coverage of this model--perhaps because it isn't an Eee PC--but I'll update with links to any hands-on reviews when they post.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel, Laptops

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  • 4 GB a tad weak, but the rest looks good. (nt)

    nt = no text
    CobraA1
    • What?

      A tad weak? I'm sure it will come with a 32-bit OS, therefore, 4GB is plenty for a gaming rig. Current applications can only support 2GB RAM, if I'm correct.
      Blutonium Boy
      • re: What?

        32-bit OS can only see roughly 3.0 GB of the 4.0 GB of the RAM [Vista sort of fakes it by seeing the full 4.0 GB but you can never use the 1.0 GB.

        A 64-bit OS can see it all - but how many games support 64-bit OSs?
        Gis Bun
        • um....all games?

          All programs written for 32-bit Windows will install and run just fine in 64-bit Windows. Drivers are a different story, but most all new hardware have 64-bit drivers. So any modern games will run in a 64-bit OS.
          eward@...
        • 4GB, and Games

          After SP1 Vista started reporting the [i]installed[/i] RAM, not just the usable portion. That's why you would see 4GB in your welcome screen. Nevertheless, the 4GB memory address exists. If you want to see the RAM your 32-bit OS is using bring up the task manager and it'll tell you.
          Yes, that's very lame and sneaky.

          As for playing games in 64-bit, I've had absolutely no problems. Like the person above said, drivers would be the only possible problem, but by now the vendors have gotten those right.

          I have an NVidia GPU, a Soundblaster sound card, and an EVGA MoBo. All the drivers are good.
          tikigawd
  • I concur

    This rig should have no less than 8GB of memory... WTH?
    theastronomer
  • And furthermore

    It will most assuredly have 64 Bit Vista. Secondly, why release a high end bleeding edge piece of equipment with no upgradability considering the speed of evolution in the computer industry?
    theastronomer
    • Plus, and on the other hand.

      I don't think that the 32-bit version of Vista can access
      more that 2.5 GB of RAM anyway. It takes the 64-bit
      version to do that. Hopefully it's Vista Ultimate, too. Then
      it can double as a business machine.

      Also, from some articles I read, quad-core systems are
      actually starting to show game/other app performance
      decreases, because they simply are not programmed for
      multi-threaded/multi-core platforms, and the overhead of
      more than 2 cores in the system start to bog things down.

      So while I think this is a great laptop, especially for future
      use, I'd like to see the price and see some performance
      comparison test about dual-core system of roughly the
      same specs.
      Spats30
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