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Asus G73Jh-TZ008V - Application Performance & Battery Life

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Asus uses the cheapest, lowest-end Intel Core i7 mobile CPU in its G73Jh. Don't be put off by its lowly 1.6GHz clock speed, though, as this quad-core CPU Turbo Boosts to up to 2.8GHz depending on how the load is spread across its cores. At this speed it provides ample performance, as evidenced by its excellent result in PCMark Vantage.

Looking more closely at these results, we were a little surprised to discover that the Asus G60j outperformed this machine. However, the difference proves to be relatively minor and - as you can see in the full results at the end of the review - can be traced to slightly faster hard drive performance. Even with this difference, though, the G70Jh is a very powerful machine that will chomp through intensive HD video encoding tasks with gusto. Our only caveat would be that you'll still get significantly better performance in even a £900 desktop like the Cryo Nano, while a similarly priced desktop such as the DinoPC 6th Sense is on a different planet. Unfortunately that's the price you pay for high-performance in a (somewhat) portable chassis, a fact that's true in gaming as well.

We also wonder whether Asus might have been better off using 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB, using the money saved to use a faster processor. However, should you need a lot of memory, the G73Jh has you covered and of course comes with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium to make use of all that memory. If Asus wanted to go to town it could have put the twin 500GB hard drives in a RAID array, but on balance the potential reliability issues mean it's probably best it hasn't.

With the exception of the innovative Alienware M11x, which doesn't have the graphics grunt to be considered a high-end gaming machine anyway, battery life is always a weakness in gaming laptops. Despite coming with a fairly high-capacity eight-cell 5,200mAh/75 Watt-hour battery, the Asus G73Jh is no different as it ran out of juice before completing a single cycle of the Productivity test.

In the intensive DVD test with the screen at full brightness it managed a paltry 66 minutes, but keep in mind that the Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T, which managed over an hour and a half, sports a significantly less powerful graphics card. Moreover, turn the screen brightness down and you should just about be able to watch an average-length film on the G73Jh.

This poor battery life is obviously caused by all that the high-end hardware, including the two hard drives and powerful (and therefore hot) processor and graphics. With all this heat normally comes noise, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that the machine lives up to Asus' tagline of "strike in silence". When not under load, only a very faint background hum indicates the machine is turned on. Even when gaming at full intensity and with the optical drive in use, this stealthy laptop never gets distracting. This easily makes it one of the quietest high-end gaming laptops we've ever reviewed, and is yet another mark in favour of the huge chassis.

Andy0d2

June 12, 2010, 1:21 pm

An F117 is only about the size of a fighter aircraft. Now a B2 well that's a bit different!





Nice design though as its a gaming laptop but is very understated, well at least compared to an alienware! Shame there's no backlit keyboard.

Jesper

June 12, 2010, 3:23 pm

On the first page, it says that there it is a blue-backlit keyboard.





I like the fact that this is a gaming laptop, that doesn't have any skulls or too many LEDs.

GoldenGuy

June 13, 2010, 12:56 pm

Probably a bit out the loop here, but if battery life is still this dire with in a laptop this big and heavy, which necessitates always being connected to a power source anyway, shouldn't the market be approaching this from the other angle and trying to miniaturise all-in-one PCs instead? Maybe it sounds stupid with more 'pieces' to carry but if they included like a little luggage-style case rather than a rucksack, that might be a better compromise. In the end, it seems the user just wants to be able to stash away one vaguely tidy, transportable item, so perhaps the desktop is a better starting off point, as the laptop form factor, no matter how big, doesn't allow enough thickness for the required graphics card and cooling components. Does this approach exist much?

Denis iii

June 14, 2010, 11:45 am

so tell me, why should I buy in the UK rather then import from that states all in for £1400+-?


Please explain why I'm paying 400quid more for a £ symbol on the keyboard.

TechVegan

June 14, 2010, 2:03 pm

@Andy:


Indeed, as Jesper pointed out, I mention in the review that this laptop DOES have a backlit keyboard (though the pictures don't show it). I agree with both of you about the appeal of the understated look, it's what I would want in a gaming machine.





@GoldenGuy:


A good point. With the constantly increasing popularity of AIO systems, I'm sure a manufacturer will bring out a gaming model at some stage (there's already a few coming to market that will at least play the latest titles, even if they might not handle Crysis at full detail).





Also 'hardcore' SFF (Mini-ITX-based) gaming systems seem to be slowly gaining in popularity (keep an eye out for reviews soon).





@Denis_iii:


Much as I would like to say there's a good reason...


-Oh, I remembered: there's the larger Enter key ;)

Denis iii

June 15, 2010, 5:09 pm

@Ardjuna


as much as I'm pissed off at Asus for jacking up the UK price your larger Enter key comment made my day lol they must be very expensive to manufacture

TechVegan

June 15, 2010, 9:55 pm

@Denis_iii:


Glad to hear it :D





Indeed - I wonder if they're even making any profit off the £400 after deducting the extra manufacturing cost of that larger Enter key...

Guest

March 19, 2013, 11:47 pm

This laptop has one huge flaw - it overheats something terrible and needs taking apart about every 18 months or less to have coolling gell renewed on the CPU otherwise it will constanly overheat and crash = major design flaw. Pity as this is a nice looking and running laptop otherwise. Yes you can run games on it - but it is not in a safe long term gaming rig.

Connor Stott

June 26, 2013, 4:27 pm

I ended up buying this laptop from Newegg and keep in mind this is refurbished. I have not had any problems with it overheating at all. Over all it has been a awesome laptop that has been keeping up with new high end laptop's. For $900 i think it was a hell of a deal.

Cons: the size of it is at times inconvenient but i knew this when i was buying it.

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