Asus G51VX-RX05 Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

Asus G51VX-RX05 Gaming Notebook Review

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What would a gaming notebook review be without some gaming benchmarks? With the Republic of Gamers logo displayed proudly on the G51VX, we wanted to see how well its integrated GeForce GTX 260M GPU performsed. In this machine, the the GPU is clocked at 500MHz core, 1250MHz shader, with an 800MHz memory clock with 1GB of GDDR3. On the next couple of pages, we'll focus on a few gaming specific benchmarks starting with the 3DMark tests. Note that these benchmarks were run using an external monitor in order to achieve these results due to resolution limitations between the notebook display and 3DMark's preset options. 

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024.



Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark06

3DMark06 is a hard-core, forward-looking 3D rending benchmark that pushes a system and its GPUs to the limits. The test includes Shader Model 2.0, Shader Model 3.0, and HDR tests. To push the system, scenes are rendered with very high geometric detail and shader complexity, and with extensive use of lighting and soft shadows. The maximum shader length 3DMark06 supports is 512 instructions. The 3DMark06 Overall Score is a weighted average based on the SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0, and CPU scores.


 



Even with a discrete graphics card, we see how demanding 3DMark Vantage is. The notebook scored 4059 overall while recording 12.51 and 11.58 fps during the GPU tests. In 3DMark06 testing, the G51VX landed a score of 8460. These are very respectable scores for a mobile graphics solution and only the laptops featuring 280M or dual 4870 cards will perform considerably faster, but those options also carry much higher price tags.

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The button to the left of the Power button should be the Turbo boot, which loads a slimline OS that loads in seconds and gives basic access to internet, chat, etc.

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I have the G71Gx version of this guy with the 260. It was a "special edition" at Best Buy at $1149. Little bit higher res(1440x900 or there about), little faster, 6GB of RAM, lousy mouse buttons but very, very solid for the price. Looks like the unit reviewed here has a bit slicker case design but otherwise, looks like the same fast-as-hell result. Definitely can't complain about the price.

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They're definitely well-spec'ed machines.

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Could you compare the Asus G51VX-RX05 with the Sager NP8662 & the NP5797? I am planning to get a gaming laptop, preferably one that is upgradable & am looking at these 3 models. Please help me select one.... I require a proper gaming system..... Thanx

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this is about the same size as a 17", i was gonna buy one of the g51 versions they had at bestbuy but the size threw me away. i didnt want anything bigger than a 15 or 16 inch. plus the flashy lights on the lid i heard cant be turned off and thatll just draw a lot of attention in college classes with hundreds of people. youll def want an extended battery for this baby too

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