ASUS N81Vg Appears With NVIDIA GeForce GT 120M

Earlier this month, ASUS became the first PC maker to ship a laptop with Intel's latest Atom (N280) within. Now, the company is becoming the first to introduce a notebook with NVIDIA's GeForce GT 120M graphics processor. The 14-inch N81Vg is equipped with a LED-backlit display and is available with an array of Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs.

Further specifications include 4GB of DDR2 memory, a few different hard drive choices (up to 500GB), a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a DVD burner (as standard) or a Blu-ray writer (optional) and a rechargeable battery that should last three hours under most conditions or four hours if you're being extra careful.

Obviously, the highlight of the machine is the GPU, which features NVIDIA's CUDA technology, 32 processing cores, DirectX 10 support and 1080p high definition video playback via the company's PureVideo HD technology. The card should enable multimedia enthusiasts to play back practically any video and audio file they have with ease, and Rene Haas, General Manager, Notebook Products, NVIDIA even claims that "with 32 powerful processing cores, the GeForce 120M GPU makes photo editing, video editing, movie ripping, high definition Blu-ray playback and gaming a reality on 14-inch notebooks." We're also told that its ability to deliver 110 gigaflops of computing power helps to convert video and playback of video files with up with 15 times higher frame rates.

The 3DMark 2006 score of 5,431 won't blow any minds (at least not within the hardcore gaming circle), but it can probably handle a few less demanding titles with poise and grace. As ASUS typically does, we're left hanging on a price and launch date, but we're expecting it to start shipping anytime.


Processor & Cache Memory

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400/P7350/T6600/T6400/T5900/T5800

Operating System

Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate (other editions also available)


Mobile Intel® PM45 Express Chipset

Main Memory

DDR2 800MHz up to 4096MB, 2x SO-DIMM


NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT 120M


14.0" (Glare Type, LED backlit)

Hard Drive

SATA 160GB / 250GB / 320GB/ 500GB

Optical Drive

DVD Super Multi
Blu-ray DVD Combo

* Video Camera (optional)

Built-in 1.3 M Pixel camera

Dimensions and Weight

342mm x 256mm x 36mm, 2.5kg (with 6-cell battery)