Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook Review

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Test Setup and 3DMark 06 CPU

HotHardware's Mobile / Test Systems
Covering the bases
Asus G51J-A1

Intel Core i7-720QM



On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x320GB Hard drives
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium (64-bit)

15.6" Full HD Display
(native 1920x1080)

Dell Studio XPS 16

Intel Core 2 Duo P8600


1GB ATI Mobility Radeon 4670

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x500GB Hard drive            
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home
Premium SP1 (64-bit)

16.0" Full HD RGBLED Display

(native 1920x1080)
Toshiba Satellite A305-S6845

Intel Core 2 Duo T8100

3GB DDR2-667

Mobility Radeon HD 3650

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x200GB Hard drives (non-RAID)
5,400 RPM / 4,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home
Premium SP1

15.4" WXGA Display
(native 1280x800)

 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.

This machine marks the first time in a notebook review that we've been able to see just how much of a difference the mobile Core i7 makes. Clearly, it makes a huge difference. The Studio XPS 16 is still a "new" system, with a rather impressive set of specifications. That said, the 1.6GHz quad-core Core i7 in the G51J-A1 handily beat it in this test, with a 3DMark 06 CPU score nearly 1000 points greater. It's been awhile since we've seen such a huge leap in performance, but we guess that's what you get when you go from two cores to four. Here's a look at the full scorecard:

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