These changes are huge in the world of laptop gaming as they raise
the bar for the competition. ASUS has not only added memory capacity,
disk capacity and graphics, but it has gone one better by using Intel’s
latest quad-core I7-2670QM processor whose system software has been
optimized so that each core can be used for multi-tasking.
addition, the G74SX-AH71 runs Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft’s 64-bit
system software. That software, plus changes to the system enable the
G74SX-AH71 to score P2008 in the 3D Mark II routine and P9180 in the 3D
Mark Advantage, making it one of the fastest gaming notebooks in the
As noted, Asus has included Nvidia’s latest GTX 560M
graphics chipset with 3GB of GDDR5 memory, which means that the video
capability of the G74SX-AH71 is huge. It not only handles
high-definition, but it also delivers resolution of 1920 by 1080 so that
not only will the G74SX-AH71 handle gaming easily, but it can also act
as the hub of a high-definition entertainment system with its HDMI
Supporting Intel’s Turbo processor mode, the
G74SX-AH71 is a gaming laptop that uses Intel’s optimization to the
fullest. As noted, the quad-core I7 has been optimized so that each of
its processors can use Intel’s multi-threading which allows each
processor to handle two tasks at once. Since this processor operates at
2.26 GHz in native mode and 3 GHz in Turbo mode, you actually have up to
eight threads available for processing.
The ASUS implementation
supports four selectable computing modes so that the laptop delivers top
performance at all times. The 17.3-inch screen uses a combination of
LED backlighting and LCD to deliver not only fine colors but also good
performance. The color palette is rich as the G74SX-AH71 has been
optimized for gaming. This immersive technology delivers sharp images
that give you fine gaming clarity or for use with high-definition video.
The audio has been optimized and the speakers feature built in
subwoofer technology for great lows and continue that sound delivery
well into the high range.
That the G74SX-AH71 has been optimized
for gaming is easy to see from its construction. For example, the
extra-large keyboard supports a separate number pad, much like a desktop
and the extended keyboard also has rubberized palm rests for comfort.
The adjustable rear feet also give the G74SX-AH71 up to a 5-degree
incline for added comfort.
One thing about laptops that operate at
more than 2 GHz with lots of memory is that they tend to run very hot,
unless you they have been specially engineered to handle the heat load
created by the processor. The G74SX-AH71 has been engineered so that a
set of uniquely placed vents pulls air through the notebook and shunts
it away from the system so that it remains as cool as possible.
G74SX-AH71 has been built not only for gaming but can connect directly
to high-definition video screens. It Includes an HDMI port, three USB
2.0 outputs and a high-speed USB 3.0 output. It will also work as a WiFi
device as it has built in 801.11 b/g/n capability. It can not only
interface with your home WiFi LAN, but you can hard-wire it through a
standard Ethernet port.