Who wants a quad-core gaming notebook for Christmas?
Asus announced the G71 gaming notebook backing October, but omitted to mention the pricing or, indeed, an actual release date. Now we have both and while neither is surprising, the former is still pretty shocking. So, available any time now the quad-core G71 carries a £1,999 MSRP with a cheaper dual-core spec also available starting from £1,349.
Though admittedly expensive, that kind of money does get a pretty decent spec for a portable (compared to a (s)brick(/s) bag of bricks). CPU aside there’s no difference in the systems, which stack up as follows.
- Intel quad-core QX9300 (2.53GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, 6MB cache) dual-core T9400 (2.53GHz, 1,066MHz FSB, 6MB cache).
- 17in 1,920 x 1,200 Display (plus a secondary VFD above the keyboard)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (2 x 2GB)
- nVidia 9700M GT (512MB GDDR3)
- 2GB Intel Turbo Memory module
- 500GB hard drive space (2 x 250GB RAID 0)
- Blu-ray Drive
- Windows Vista Ultimate
In Asus’ usual fashion, the systems also come in a pretty comprehensive bundle, packing a backpack for (ah-ha) carrying the G71 around, a mouse and a headset. Okay, so taking such a laptop to the occasional LAN party might be within the realms of possibility, but calling the G71, in either its quad- or dual-core versions, is a bit of a misnomer if you ask me.
Still, if you’ve got money to burn and an Alienware system doesn’t float your boat, then you know what to do.
Press release (PDF).