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.
In addition, the G74SX-AH71 runs Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft’s 64-bit system software. That software, plus changes to the system enables 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 class.
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 a 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 interfacing.
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 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.
The 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 a 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.
Taken together, ASUS claims that it is now at the top of the gaming laptop world with its G74SX-AH71 are true. This is a very serious piece of equipment, ready to work.