Monday, October 13, 2008
Asus G71 Quad-core laptop
Register Hardware reports: [edited]
Asus has introduced what it claims is the world's first gaming notebook with a quad-core processor. The G71 will incorporate Intel's four-core Core 2 Extreme QX9300, the same chip used in Dell's new Precision M6000 notebook, though that's aimed at serious usage rather than gaming.
The Intel CPU is paired with an Nvidia GPU: the GeForce 9700M, which has 512MB of GDDR 3 video memory. The system's main memory is DDR 3 too, 4GB of it clocked to 1066MHz.
Asus said the G71 will be available with up to two hard drives for up to 1TB of storage capacity. The screen's a glossy 17-incher with a two-megapixel webcam in the bezel. The visuals are accompanied by sound pumped through two stereo drivers and a sub-woofer, all from speaker specialist Altec Lansing.
The G71 will come with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. It's got all the usual ports, plus HDMI and eSATA. Optical disc options include a Blu-ray/DVDR/RW combo drive.
Asus also touted the G71's secondary display panel, to flash up messages received while you are busy gaming.