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.
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
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.