ASUS G74SX
Category : Notebooks / Tablets
Published by Marc B├╝chel on 27.07.11
With the G74SX, ASUS has another high-end gaming notebook in its portfolio. What it offers is a lot of performance as well as a high quality 3D display and very well built peripherals as well as a unique design.




On the following pages we will show you the strenghts and weaknesses of the G74SX Gaming Notebook from ASUS.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Specifications / Chassis

CPU Intel Core i7-2630QM
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate
Chipset Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 1333 MHz, 4 x SODIMM, 16 GByte
Display 17.3'' Full HD 3D 120Hz, 1920 x 1080
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, 3 GByte GDDR5
Hard drive 2 x 500 GByte (2.5'')
Video Camera HD Web Camera
Connectors 1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
1 x USB 3.0
3 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x HDMI
Audio Built-in Speakers and Microphone
EAX Advanced HD 5.0
THX TruStudio
Battery 5200 mAh, 74 Whrs, 8 cell
Dimensions 325 x 420 x 62 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 4.28 kg

Chassis / Design / Verarbeitung

   


As soon as you take the G74SX out of its box you'll see that this is one hell of a gaming notebook. No wonder it weighs 4.28 kilogram and it therefore leaves lasting impressions - positive as well as maybe negative ones. Nevertheless two hard drives, a high-end notbook GPU, a quad core CPU, 16 GByte memory, a 17.3 inch display which is capable displaying 3D and a very adequate coolling solution do need some space and therefore cause some additional weight. As a matter of fact the G74SX can produce way more than 100 Watts of dissipation power power and therefore the cooling is highly important. ASUS decided to put GPU and CPU underneath the speakers, CPU on the left side and GPU on the right side. Furhtermore there are two radial fans which blow hot air out of the case. The entire cooling solution is very efficient and keeps the temperatures low and even the noise level is very reasonable.

Like its predecessor, the G73, the G74 also comes with a rubber coated surface. Paired up with its destinctive shape and black color the design itself reminds of a stealth bomber. Therefore ASUS decided to stick to their design theme. Generally the design left a very good impression and even for LAN party gamers it should be tough enough.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Display / Input Devices

Display

  


ASUS equipped the G74SX with a 17.3'' display that features Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Furthermore the display comes with LED backlight and it is 3D capable with a 120 Hz refresh rate. We liked that it wasn't a glare type display which is why there are no reflections when your in a brightly lit room. Astonishingly good were the colors and the contrast ratio. Also the brightness is on a very good level with an anverage of almost 270 Candela per squaremeter. What might increase the lifespan of the display is the fact that is has been moved about two millimeters into the chassis.

Input Devices

  


The G74SX Gaming Notebook comes with a full-size keyboard and a number pad next to it. Inbetween you also find, usefully placed, arrow keys which are suitable not only for gamers, office users will enjoy them equally. Generally the keyboard is much alike an Apple keyboard. The key drop is well chosen and the pressure point leaves a good impression. The keys themselves come with a slightly rough surface and provide good grip. Furthermore the chassis doesn't bend. This is another indicator for high build quality.

Centered, below the keyboard you can find the touchpad. Fortunately this has not been integrated into the material of this case and offers a left and a right key. The touchpad also offers scrolling functionality but this doesn't work very properly. In on situation it reacts too quickly and in another it doesn't show any responsiveness at all. Nevertheless the material is very good and even if you tend to have sweaty fingers it is comfortable to use.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Test setup

Regarding our notebook reviews we use a practical approach. To get a detailed impresson of the device the tester uses it to work with. In case of gaming notebooks it replaces the testers gaming PC during the time of the test. These methods allow us to provide detailed user experience to you.
Regarding performance benchmarks - which are listed below - we don't go very deep. What we do, is that we use benchmarking software which over the years have established as standards for reviewing purposes. Furthermore the specific game benchmarks give insight to the playability of recent games.

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Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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PCMark 7 - Video Playback / Downscaling / Transcoding / Storage

PCMark 7 is a benchmark suite which consists of 20 different workloads. The following results reflect the PCMark 7's standard selection, which provides a good insight regarding overall system performance. For a comfortable presentation we chose to split the results onto three different sites.

Futuremark PCMark 7 Punkte
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 3'015
ASUS G74SX 2'500
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video playback fps
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 23.11
ASUS G74SX 23.04
   
Video playback and transcoding / Video transcoding - downscaling KByte/s
ASUS G74SX 5'251.03
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 4'922.64
   
System storage - gaming / System storage - gaming MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 7.93 MByte/s
ASUS G74SX 4.34 MByte/s
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures

Graphics - DirectX 9 / Graphics - DirectX 9 fps
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 47.51
ASUS G74SX 48.96
   
Image manipulation / Image manipulation Mpx/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 8.86
ASUS G74SX 8.80
   
System storage - importing pictures / System storage - importing pictures MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 11.08
ASUS G74SX 6.30
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender

Web browsing and decrypting / Web browsing Pages/s
ASUS G74SX 10.66
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 9.8
   
Web browsing and decrypting / Data decryption MByte/s
ASUS G74SX 55.94
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 47.63
   
System storage - Windows Defender / System storage - Windows Defender MByte/s
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 3.29
ASUS G74SX 1.4
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Futuremark

3DMark 11 Total Punkte
ASUS G74SX 1'980
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 1'781
   
3DMark 11 GPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 1'773
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 1'593
   
3DMark 11 Physics Punkte
ASUS G74SX 6'208
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 5'941
   
3DMark Vantage Total Punkte
ASUS G74SX 9'029
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 8'134
   
3DMark Vantage GPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 7'770
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 6'904
   
3DMark Vantage CPU Punkte
ASUS G74SX 17'575
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 17'473
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Gaming Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Benchmark fps
ASUS G74SX 10.0
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 9.0
   
Resident Evil 5 fps
ASUS G74SX 51.0
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 44.4
   
Far Cry 2 fps
ASUS G74SX 39.07
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 34.48
 


Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Battery Eater / Power Consumption

Battery Eater Classic min
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 2 h 16 min 11 sec
ASUS G74SX 1 h 31 min 41 sec
   
Power Consumption Load Watt
ASUS G74SX 145
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 128
   
Power Consumption Idle Watt
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 37
ASUS G74SX 42
   
Power Consumption while power off Watt
ASUS G74SX 9.3
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 9.1
 


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Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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Conclusion

General   + -
Generally the ASUS G74SX leaves a good impression and it is a solid gaming notebook. We especially liked the big display with the very good colors as well as brightness. Additionally you get a well built keyboard. Impressive is the cooling system. Although the G74SX draws more than 140 Watts out of the wall the notbook isn't noisy at all. ASUS really did its homework very well.   - Display
 -Cooling
- Batter life
- Weight
       
Display / Input devices   + -
ASUS equipped the G74SX with a very good 17.3 inch display. The colors and contrast ratio as well as the brightness were able to convince us. Thanks to the NVIDIA shutter glasses which are included in the delivery you can even enjoy 3D with the 120 Hz capable display. Altoghter it is simply perfect for a gaming notebook.
The keyobard which includes a number pad as well as separate arrow keys also leave as very good impression. Therefore build quality and responsiveness are very accurate. The only weakness concerns the touchpad. Especially the scrolling functionality could have been better.
  - Display size
- Readability
- Colors
- 3D
- Touchpad scroll functionality
       
Performance   + -
Equipped with a Core i7-2630QM quad core CPU that features eitght threads clocked at 2.0 GHz there is plenty of performance slumbering. Ufortunately in PCMark 7 it wasn't able to outperform the ASUS Lamorghini VX7 which remains on the top. As soon as you start the gaming benchmarks you see where this thing has its roots. Therefore the GTX 560M is more than ten percent faster than its predecessor which can be found in the Lamborghini notebook.   - Gaming Performance  
       
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a gaming notebook that comes with a big display and is able to display 3D then the G74SX will definitely be a good choice   - Gaming Notebook
- DesktopReplacement
- Mobile Computing
 
Rating
With the G74SX Gaming Notebook ASUS has a convincing product in its portfolio. Because of the touchpad which could have been better we give it four out of five stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Futuremark
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Gaming Benchmarks
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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