Proving that it doesn't just make Eee PCs (in which category I'll bundle the N10 and S101) Asus has dished the dirt on its forthcoming G71 gaming notebook and a further cry from its little while cousin we couldn't imagine. Asus claims the system as the world's first quad-core gaming notebook, which is almost true. Asus' is the first with an Intel quad-core notebook CPU, as Dell's quad-core system isn't for gaming. Not to mention that Rock really beat Asus to the punch with its X6800-fitted Xtreme XL8.
Back to the G71, then, and Asus hasn't skimped on the components, which it is fitting around that quad-core CPU. The possible configurations sit as follows:
- Intel quad-core QX9300 (2.53GHz) dual core X9100 (3.06GHz), T9600 (2.8GHz), T9400 (2.53GHz), P8600 (2.4GHz), P8400 (2.26GHz) or P7350 (2GHz).
- 17in 1,440 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,200 Display
- Up to 4GB DDR3 RAM
- nVidia 9700M GT (512MB GDDR3)
- Optional 2GB Intel Turbo Memory module
- Dual hard drives in RAID, up to 1TB (2 x 500MB) total
With such components the G71 is inevitably going to be pricey when it does launch. There's no timeframe, or prospective pricing, yet, but "before Christmas" seems a reasonable guess and if you have to ask the price, you almost certainly can't afford it.