We recently had the chance to review
gaming notebook with a
mobile Core i7 within, and needless to say, we were rather blown away.
If the trend continues, we're guessing the upcoming X77 will be just as
impressive. Of course, Asus has yet to come forward and confirm that
this machine is in fact a product it plans to produce, but the evidence
is certainly mounting.
Fudzilla has discovered that the 17.3" gaming machine will soon be
unveiled officially, bringing with it a Core i5-430M processor (32nm
dual-core) along with a new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730. That model
number is a new one on us, but we're guessing that it will perform just
under the existing 5750 card. One tidbit we do know: the GPU will
likely rely on DDR3 memory and not GDDR5, presumably because this will
be sort of a "bargain" gaming machine.
Other known specifications (rumored, at least) include two 500GB hard
drives, an eSATA port, HDMI output, 4GB of RAM and a 17.3" panel with a
1600x900 resolution. We shouldn't have to wait too much longer to get
the official word from Asus, with an estimated street date of January
2010 and a price of around 1000 Euros.