ASUS G74SX-A1/A2 3D Gaming Notebooks
True-to-life 3D Video & Audio
The G74SX is great for gaming, but its hardware is serious business. It offers the best 3D ecosystem for PCs, offering 3D content creation and editing. It’s powered with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™, so games, photos and movies are all able to be enjoyed like never before. 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 + 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.
The lid of the Asus G74SX 3D Gaming Notebook is covered in a soft-touch rubberized material that feels smooth, resists finger print smudes, and provides an overall sense of quality. Below the inlaid silver ASUS logo is ASUS’ Republic of Gamers logo.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB,
17.3” high-performance gaming laptop with Full HD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Hail to the King!
US Navy’s Sea Shadow stealth ship evident in the system’s sleek, sculpted angles and menacing black color scheme.
Around back you’ll find the G74SX-A2’s most defining feature, two oversize fan vents that span nearly the entire width of the unit. Surrounded with chrome accents, the vents are clearly made to stand out, and they certainly do.
- Windows 7 Ultimate or other editions available
- Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM Processor
- Housing the power of a tricked out desktop gaming PC
- G74Sx redefines what portable gaming means.
- Full resolution gaming and high definition multimedia is compacted down in to a notebook that allows you to dominate the competition while on the go.
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.
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 GDDR5 VRAM. A score of P2008 in 3DMark11 and P9180 in 3DMark Vantage takes over the reins as the fastest notebook in the land. Support for DirectX®11 ensures that you’ll not only have the fastest rig in town, but also the ability to play games as they were meant to be seen for a long time.
The G74SX-A2 is as sleek inside as it is outside. The deck is a dark-silver brushed metal that helps to break up the notebook’s overall black color scheme.
ASUS coated the G74SX’s palm rest with the same rubberized material used on the lid, giving it a soft, comfortable feel, something users will undoubtedly appreciate during marathon gaming sessions.
Stealth and Strength
Like its predecessor, the G74SX design was inspired by sharp polygonal shapes, but this time inspiration came from the US Navy’s Sea Shadow stealth ship and modern day aircraft carriers. Like the stealth ship, opponents will never know what hit ‘em, and like an aircraft carrier, the G74 has the firepower to shock and awe the competition.
Heat The two massive air vents located on the back of the G74SX-A2 aren’t just for show. ASUS chose to vent heat out the back of the unit rather than through the sides and back, as is typical of most laptops. This design allows hot air to be blown away from the user.
During heat test, which entails streaming a Hulu video for 15 minutes, temperatures between the G and H keys reached no higher than 81 degrees, while the palm rest area measured only 80 degrees. The underside of the system, meanwhile, stayed a relatively chilly 78 degrees. Display and Audio
The G74SX-A2’s bright 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display was top-notch. Trailers for Captain America and Cowboys & Aliens looked great, and a Blu-ray of The Sum of All Fears was clear and crisp.
Viewing angles for the display were decent, with images only washing out slightly at 40 degrees. The Splendid key’s multiple display color modes (which include Correction, Gamma, Normal, Theatre, and Vivid) proved quite useful when we watched a movie in a darkened room. The screen’s only drawback was its glossy finish, which kicked back reflections under bright lights.
The G74SX-A2’s Altec Lansing speakers pumped out impressive sound, with enough power to fill a small room. We found the system’s audio quality to be spot-on while listening to Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” That’s in no small part thanks to the the notebook’s THX TruStudio software. The software offers three different sound profiles for use with the G74SX-A2’s built-in speakers, external speakers, or stereo headphones. When TruStudio is turned off, audio quality degraded drastically. Songs instantly went from sounding full and rich to flat and tinny, which makes us question why you would ever turn it off.
ASUS also includes Realtek’s HD Audio Manager for those users who want to really fine-tune the G74SX-A2’s sound. We did notice a difference in the speakers’ audio quality as we changed the software’s settings from CD to studio quality, but the effect wasn’t nearly as dramatic as when we flipped through TruStudio’s settings.
Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM Processor
- Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 4 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 16 G SDRAM (Quad Core), 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 G SDRAM (Dual Core)
17.3″ 16:9 HD+ (1600×900)/Full HD (1920×1080)/Full HD 3D(1920×1080 120Hz) LED Backlight
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
Dual HDD Support*1
- Optical Drive
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
- Card Reader
3 -in-1 card reader ( SDXC/ MS/ MMC)
HD Web Camera
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V3.0 (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
3 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Built-in Speakers And Microphone
EAX Advanced HD 5.0
5200 mAh 74 Whrs
- Power Adapter
19 V DC, 6.3 A, 150 W ((Quad Core)) , 120 W ((Dual Core))
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
32.5 x 42.0 x 2.09 ~6.20 cm (WxDxH)
4.28 kg (with 8 cell battery)
Ports and Webcam
The G74SX-A2 comes with every port under the sun. On the right side are a USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 port, as well as Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA connections. You’ll also find a 5-in-1 media card reader. On the left side of the rig are two more USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out ports, and a Kensington Lock, as well as the system’s Blu-ray drive.
This notebook’s 2-megapixel webcam offered crystal-clear images in both brightly lit and darker rooms. When viewing a local image through Skype, we couldn’t see any pixels or shadowing around faces, and when we moved to a position with a bright window behind us, the cam compensated for the additional light. Curiously, ASUS does not ship the G74SX-A2 with any webcam software for recording videos or adding special effects during your video chats, but its Virtual Camera Utility lets you tweak the camera’s settings, such as sauration and brightness.
The G74SX-A2 with a 2.0-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, 16GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 560M graphics card, and dual hard drives rings up at $2,049. If spending more than two grand on a laptop seems like too much, you can always opt for the $1,499 G74SX-A1. That system will give you the majority of the features that the G74SX-A2 offers, including the same processor and graphics card, but you’ll sacrifice 4GB of RAM and lose out on the SSD.
If money is no object, the G74SX-A2 is also available with a 17-inch 3D display and a 2.5-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-2920XM Extreme for $3,288.
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.
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.