ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review

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We'll start our benchmark testing with Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance



The G74SX-A1 gave a middling score in PCMark. Although it was ahead of two systems with lesser CPUs, it lagged just behind two other systems with slightly older but more powerful GPUs. The score is particularly disappointing as it fell just short of the Asus G73SW; though they’re in the same lineage, the G74SX-A1 represents the newer notebooks in the series.

Next, we'll take a look at Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage benchmark, which focuses on gaming performance. Unlike previous versions, 3DMark Vantage puts a bit more emphasis on the CPU rather than just focusing almost entirely on the GPU(s).

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Simluated Gaming Performance



In this test, the G74SX-A1 fared much better, easily outpacing most of the pack and nearly matching the MSI GT683R. In a benchmark that emphasizes more current graphics rendering effects, we’d expect the G74SX-A1’s newer GeForce GTX 560M GPU to show its muscle.

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

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Because 3DMark11 is so new, we're still building our reference bank to use in comparing systems. Here, you can see that the G74SX-A1 achieved a very respectable score with the Extreme preset option.



The G74SX-A1 bested all the other reference systems in 3DMark11 on the Performance Preset. Because this benchmark includes a physics test, graphics tests, and a combined test, this score really shows the one-two punch of this notebook’s CPU and GPU.

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And still not worth upgrading from my G73jh it seems. Mine has a custom bios and video rom, with the video OC'ed a good bit. Shocking that the jh actually needs the video card to be OC'ed at least 5Mhz to be stable.

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I hope they adopt this as their new design going forward and not just for this model. I really like the angles and textures they used. No glossy plastic to pick up finger prints. Plus soft rounded edges are getting old, time to move on. The exhaust vents are finally in the right place too.

Btw is that a matte screen?

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To me this is the ultimate Laptop, I trust Asus cause I know they make the best motherboard so you know the foundation is solid and everything else should fall into place.

I was impressed by the battery life as this is no slouch of a laptop we are talking desktop replacement here.

 

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No desktop killer, but a solid travel companion no doubt.

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realneil:

No desktop killer, but a solid travel companion no doubt.

"Haha, yeah,it wont kill Red Fred, but it definitely beats out a lot of desktops that are out there, this bad boy has a lot of horsepower indeed."

 

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Sure like the way this one looks with the matte keyboard finish along with the hardware selection for gaming desktop replacement, laptop .I do not find it to be too bulky at all.Not all the concerned about some of the scores being a bit 'odd' maybe due to driver differences [likely] as mentioned in the review,Looks like good quality hardware selection with updated cooling and decent battery life .nice bundle included as well .I like it..A bit disappointed on adequate audio so would like to actually hear one of these to decide.Good solid review !

Thanks

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@ reilneil yea no desktop killer that's a bit much, but a good desktop replacement for those who want more gaming prowess than a tablet can offer.

Again for a laptop this would be my top choice.

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i finally chose this as my travel pc but bought the $1000. dollar model and installed a ssd and added more ram on my own because thats half the fun for me.

the ability to upgrade the machine is what sold me.

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this laptop would likely be on pretty short list for some desktop like performance on the go. would really appreciate the 17" screen quality

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It seems to me that ASUS has a feel for what people want. Their entire product line is full of much better that average offerings. My ASUS GTX570 is a solid performer and runs cool too. My ASUS DVD Burners are reliable and I have yet to try any blank media that doesn't work in them. My 27" ASUS Flat panel has an exceptional picture, and I plan to buy more of them when I'm rich and famous.

Almost everyone agrees that ASUS Motherboards are of top notch quality, with all of the latest technology built into them.

They know what people want and they build that at reasonable prices.

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