by R. K. Bloom

ASUS G70G – big game, but the mobile

ASUS G70G – big game, but the mobile

Purchase a serious gaming laptop – not a simple matter. In addition to powerful hardware stuffing a computer must have also a special ergonomic, allowing the user does not feel discomfort during the transition from the comfortable, “imprisoned” by playing the keyboard and large display is easily customizable to the “cell harvester”, in which all huddled in one case. In addition, most gamers very meticulously applies to the design of those components, which are buys. The first part in the purchase of iron, of course, is performance. If you have a choice, an amateur free evening to hunt for virtual monsters probably will get a product that, in his opinion, the most aptly fits into the design of the recently purchased an expensive aluminum case with water cooling. Alas, but to find a laptop that meets both these requirements, it is extremely difficult. In most cases, manufacturers are simply referred to as gaming machines, which have a discrete graphics system, and can boast a relatively good performance.

We were in the test lab got a laptop that stands out from the above set. He can not boast of loud design a la Ferrari or Lamborgini, but his appearance speaks for itself: “I created for the game!” No less attention is paid to the developers and the performance of new products. Well, the ergonomics of the computer can be like, maybe – no, but will not leave indifferent any user. But with such an optimistic attitude and we proceed to test gaming laptop ASUS G70G processor-based Intel Core 2 Duo. Meet our expectations or not – we will soon find out.

Delivery

As mentioned above, the novelty came to us not in the form in which it sees an end user, but because our equipment could differ from those stated. The laptop comes in a colorful cardboard box, inside which we found the following list of accessories:

Technical characteristics

Unfortunately, to find official information about the model has fallen to us was not easy – the official site of the manufacturer at the time of testing this notebook did not appear. Moreover, the computer came into our test configuration, without the support of the Russian language. Nevertheless, the new home market will be sold quite officially, so do not worry – and the Russification of the will, and a full description of the ability to download drivers and proprietary software under Windows Vista probably will soon appear on the site.

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2,53 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)

Chipset

NVIDIA MCP79

Graphics Controller

2x NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS, 512MB

Screen

17.1-inch, 1920×1200

RAM

6 GB, DDR2-800

(3x Hynix HYMP125S64CP8-S6)

Hard disk

2x 320 GB, Seagate ST9320421AS, SATA II, 5400 r / min

Optical Drive

MATSHITA (DVD RW, ATA)

Plug the flash card

SD / SDHC / MS / MS Pro / MMC (Ricoh)

Interfaces

4x USB 2.0

1x eSATA

1x IEEE1394

1x VGA (D-Sub)

1x HDMI

1x RJ-45

1x ExpressCard/54

1x external microphone (mini-jack 3,5 mm)

1x Headphone / S / PDIF (mini-jack 3,5 mm)

Wi-Fi

802.11a/b/g/draft-n (Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN)

Bluetooth

2.0

Network Adapter

10/100/1000 Mbit / s (Realtek RTL8211/8212)

Sound

Realtek ALC663 High Definition Audio

Additionally

Web-camera 1,3 Mp

TV Tuner

Step keys, mm

19

Battery

Li-Ion, 75.9 Wh (14.4)

Size, mm

433x314x49

Weight / weight with power supply, kg

4.8

Retail, rub.

85,500

Operating system

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (32-bit)

The official manufacturers warranty

12 months

Just one glance at the table of technical characteristics, to say – we are one of the most powerful notebook to date. New chipset can not be called traditional. When you create a gaming notebook manufacturer has decided to abandon the traditional in favor of Intel chips NVIDIA, ASUS G70G setting the chipset NVIDIA MCP79. The solution is fresh and very interesting. Interesting, primarily because it combines in a single chip, and the “north” and “south” “bridges.” Additionally, MCP79 was listed in the specifications to work with Hybrid SLI technology and support for the controller HDMI 1.2. Memory can be installed as DDR2-800 and DDR3-1333. In fact, this solution competes with the new Intel Centrino 2 platform.

Well, as the processor has been selected Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T9400 with clock speed of 2.53 GHz, runs at the system bus to 1066 MHz. This processor is enough for games, and for serious work. Its only drawback is the relatively high power consumption and heat dissipation. Its index TDP of 35W. However, this problem is solved by setting the effective cooling system, the more that a huge body ASUS G70G allows it.

Available from ASUS G70G chipset works with memory DDR3, but the manufacturer has decided to raise no user quality and quantity, setting the notebook 6GB of DDR2-800. Two modules of 2 GB is available for self-replacement. They are located in the central part of the notebook under the overall cap.

But the main part of any gaming laptop is, of course, the video card. From his performance will largely depend on what games and what graphics modes in the games will be available to the user. In this regard, the new product can be proud – two discrete operating in SLI video card NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS can lead to the delight of almost any admirer of computer games. On board there are 512 MB of memory GDDR3, clocked at 800 MHz and the frequency of GPU is 530 MHz. This solution is positioned as a high-performance, which fully corresponds with the gaming destination of our guest today.

The disk subsystem is represented by two drives Seagate ST9320421AS, 320 GB each, running at a speed of 5400 rev / min. Hard drives are located in the building under each other. They do not have additional physical protection, but for a laptop, which operates mainly in the table, it is not so important.

Made non-removable optical drive. The drive reads and writes all disc formats except Blu-ray. New communication system provided rapid module Wi-Fi Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN, running in the latest generation of networks, built on standard 802.11draft-n, as well as the module Bluetooth 2.0.

A set of input-output ports for such a large and fairly powerful notebook standard. Its nice that there are, among other useful interfaces such as eSATA and HDMI. But the presence of VGA-out D-Sub, instead of a digital DVI-D, as always, sad.

Widescreen notebook has a diagonal of 17.1 inches and a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. The display is LED backlit and has a good supply of brightness that for games and movies is very important. Also, no less important is the fact that the display has a very wide viewing angles – no detail in the games did not go unnoticed. The display is covered with a mirror coating, which serves as a reliable protection, but it gives a lot of glare when exposed to direct light rays. In general, the display is so good that the HDMI interface to connect to the front panel youll want to very often. Well, a VGA port will generally use only in extreme cases.

Massive housing ASUS G70G enabled accommodate the rather large speakers, so the sound of new items, though far from ideal, but quite clean, with a deep, albeit a bit “plastic” bass. In any case, connected to the output SPDIF devices satisfy true audiophiles, so do not worry.