CeBIT 2011 | Asus displays new G74 gaming laptop
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Asus has introduced a new laptop model at the CeBIT expo, the G74SX 3D. This gaming laptop, the successor to the G73, is a beast of a notebook, coming in at 17.3-inches with full HD resolution (1920x1080) and a quad-core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge processor. The extra girth will also allow for two hard drive bays, dual fans, and four SODIMM slots for a maximum of 16GB DDR3 RAM, all of which will be easily accessible by the user from the bottom of the laptop. Pictures and videos of the new notebook suggest the usual card reader, USB ports, Ethernet, VGA and HDMI-out.
As the model name suggests, the notebook will be 3D ready, which Asus claims will be able to reach over 10,000 points in the 3D Vantage benchmark. This is no doubt helped by the included high-end Nvidia Geforce GTX 560M graphics. In our first benchmarks, the pre-sample achieved approx. 13900 points in 3DMark06. This is on a level of a fast GTX 460M, as the pre-sample only featured 1GB of graphics ram leading to a small 128 Bit memory bus and a performance hit. If Asus uses this stripped down version or includes the GTX 560M with 1.5 GB RAM (and the expected higher performance) is still not clear.
In terms of looks, the screen and the chassis will surprisingly be all matte instead of the traditional glossy as seen on many other laptops these days. However, the pre-sample was equipped with the matte 3D screen. The non 3D screen may be glossy.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but watch the video below for a more hands-on preview of the upcoming G74SX 3D.