Gaming, on the PC platform, used to be reserved for desktop systems. Notebook computers simply weren’t powerful enough. But today, notebook computers are more powerful than they need to be even for high-end gaming. A good example is the ASUS G74SX, available in two trim levels, the G74SX-A1 and G74SX-A2.
The ASUS G74SX is a powerful, generously sized, heavy and rather expensive notebook computer. You could definitely call this thing a desktop replacement, if only more people had desktop computers this powerful.
The amply equipped G74SX is built around a 17.3-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and native resolution of 1920 x 1080. That huge tract of screen space is perfect for high-definition entertainment, graphics, large spreadsheets and, of course, gaming. The glorious display is driven by a cutting edge nVIDIA GTX 560M GPU with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM and support for DirectX 11.
Any notebook with a 17.3-inch display and native resolution of 1920 x 1080 deserves to have a Blu-ray player, so ASUS threw in a Blu-ray ROM drive with CD/DVD burning. You can watch Blu-ray movies on the notebook’s screen or on an HDTV set via the notebook’s HDMI output.
Naturally, a high-end gaming notebook should include a powerful processor, and the G74SX does not disappoint; it’s powered by a 2 GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, which can be over-clocked to 2.9 GHz. It stands to reason that an over-the-top processor should have access to an awesome amount of memory, and so the Core i7 does. The G74SX-A1 includes 12GB of RAM, while the G74SX-A2 includes 16GB. Think of it—only 10 years ago, the hard drive in many computers was smaller than 16GB.
Speaking of hard drives, the G74SX is equipped with two. The G74SX-A1 features two 750GB 7200 rpm disks, for a total storage capacity of 1.5TB, while the more expensive G74SX-A2 features one 750GB 7200 rpm hard disk and a 160GB solid-state drive, for a total storage capacity of 910GB.
Other than the memory and storage drives, the G74SX-A1 and G74SX-A2 are identical. Additional features common to both models include a 2MP webcam and microphone, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, a THX TruStudio sound system and a flash media slot compatible with all popular types of memory cards. Ports include one USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA and one HDMI.
The G74SX is 16.5 inches wide by 2.4 inches high by 12.8 inches deep and it weighs 9.44 pounds. It features a 5-degree inclined keyboard to eliminate fatigue, comfortable rubber-like palm rests and a full-size keyboard and number pad. A 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium is the installed operating system.
Gamers will love the G74SX, but you don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate its power. Anyone in need of a big, powerful full-featured notebook computer will want to check it out.