Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook Review
3DMark Vantage and SiSoft Sandra
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 |
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When compared to the Asus G51VX-RX05, which is equipped with a 1GB GeForce GTX 260M GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor, the Core i7-equipped G51J-A1 smokes even that beast in terms of sheer 3D performance. 3DMark Vantage stresses the GPU by running a multitude of tests, and just for reference, the aforesaid G51VX notched an overall 3DMark score of P4059. The G51J-A1, which boasts a 1GB NVIDIA GTX 260M, notched a score of P5214. What's crazy is that the G51VX was considered amongst the top-of-the-line just a few months ago, and now the G51J-A1 is launching with an MSRP of $200 less than that very machine. As we stated earlier, the only 2 things that changed on the G51J from the G51VX were the CPU (from a 2GHz Core 2 Duo P7350 to a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM) and the OS (from Vista to Windows 7). Even with identical GPUs, the CPU/OS combo pushed the score here over 1000 points higher.
We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speeds of 1.6GHz with 4GB of DDR3-1066 RAM running in dual-channel mode.
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Overall, the G51J-A1 performed like a champion in our testing. The memory test showed that it wasn't perfect, but the HDD and CPU testing demonstrated that it was only beat out by desktop-level processors and solid state drives. All told, the G51J held its own quite well, particularly for a $1500 machine.