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ASUS G74SX Laptop Review

Hail to the King! The world of portable gaming has a new reigning king. The G74SX is a performance notebook that imposes its will with the combined power of a second generation Intel Core i7 CPU and nVIDIA GTX 560M GPU with 3GB of 192-bit GDDR5 VRAM. A score of P2008 in 3DMark11 and P9180 in 3DMark Vantage makes this one of the fastest notebooks in the land. Support for DirectX 11 ensures that you’ll not only have the one of the fastest rigs in town, but also the ability to play games as they were meant to be seen for a long time. The G74SX is great for gaming, but its hardware is serious business. It offers the one of the best 3D ecosystems for PCs, offering 3D content creation and editing. There’s also the ability to output the G74SX to a 3D TV, so you can enjoy 3D entertainment from the living room. Pair that up with THX TruStudio and EAX 5.0 3D gaming audio technology, and together they make the G74 not only a great gaming notebook, but also a hub for multimedia entertainment. Full specification: Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz, 6MB Smart Cache, 12GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 1.5TB (750GB x 2) 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, 17.3″ FHD LED Backlit Display (1920 x 1080), Integrated 2.0MP Video Camera, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M Graphics with 192-bit 3GB GDDR5 Video Memory, Blu-Ray ROM & SuperMulti DVD

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The Asus G74SX is an impressive gaming laptop, with a 17.3” screen, an i7 quad core processor, 12 GB of RAM, and a total of 1.5TB of storage.

From the outside, the Asus G74SX doesn’t look all that different from a regular basic laptop. (Users who have experience with gaming laptops will know that that’s a good thing!) On the inside, however, the G74SX is pure power, with the latest and most powerful Intel i7 processor, a dedicated graphics card, and 3D capabilities.

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It’s a Beauty

Gaming laptops, as a general rule, are not what one would call pleasing to the eye. The Asus G74SX, however, is not only one of the most powerful laptops currently available, it is also the best looking. The cover is plain and black, with only a simple silver Asus logo as an adornment. There are no flashing LED lights or bright colors on the laptops cover, and the same is true for the interior of the laptop as well. There are a few basic notifications for things like HDD or Wi-Fi and a couple of simple one click shortcuts, but as a general rule the G74SX is gorgeous in its simplicity.

Keyboard and Touchpad

ASUS G74SX Laptop Review (2)The keyboard on the Asus G74SX is full sized, with large keys and a number pad that is slightly separated from the rest of the keys, making it similar to a traditional desktop keyboard. The keys are backlit and the keyboard is set at a 5 degree incline for increased accuracy and comfort. Though it is a mostly awesome keyboard, the keys are relatively loud, particularly when compared to the quiet of the G74SX’s fans. In addition to the keyboard, there is also a touchpad that supports multi-touch gestures and two simple mouse buttons for right and left click.

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Fans and Vents

The Asus G74SX features a unique cooling and venting system that is designed to reduce extraneous noise during game time. The fans pull air out from under the computer and expel it through the two vents located in the back of the computer. Because of the location of the vents, the air and noise is directed away from whoever is using the computer and out towards the general room. This is ideal for sitting for gaming sessions, but may cause issues if you are trying to use the computer’s speakers for background music or other general entertainment.

Product Specifications & Features

  • Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.90 GHz quad core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics cardASUS G74SX Laptop Review
  • 12GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 192-bit 3 GB GDDR5 graphics memory, and a 1.5TB hard drive
  • Three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and one VGA port
  • Measures 41.9 cm by 29 cm, with a 17.3” screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system
  • Two year warranty
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Price

The Asus G74SX is truly an exceptional gaming laptop. The Chiclet style keyboard is comfortable and easy to type on, partly as a result of its slight angle and partly because of its decently sized keys. The fan works to reduce ambient noise during intense gaming sessions, but still keeps the computer at its ideal temperature. Gamers who are looking for a top of the line, powerful laptop should definitely consider the G74SX.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.