ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review

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Game Tests: Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2

Lost Planet 2
DirectX11 Gaming Performance

Lost Planet 2
Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter developed by Capcom. It is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and takes place ten years after the events of the first game. The plot begins with Mercenaries fighting against Jungle Pirates, while featuring major boss battles, extreme terrain, and the ability to pilot mechanized armor suits. We tested the game engine using the stand alone benchmark tool.

Continuing its tango with the MSI GT683R, the G74SX-A1 nearly tied its dance partner in the Lost Planet 2 test. Together, the two systems are a step above the nearest competition, which is likely due to the GeForce GTX 560M GPU and Intel quad-core CPUs they have in common.

Just Cause 2
DirectX Gaming Performance

Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 was released in March 2010, from developers Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive. The game makes use of the Avalanche Engine 2.0, an updated version of the similarly named original. It is set on the fictional island of Panau in southeast Asia, and you play the role of Rico Rodriquez. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article using one of the built-in demo runs called Desert Sunrise. The test results shown here were run at various resolutions and settings. This game also supports a few CUDA-enabled features, but they were left disabled to keep the playing field level.

The Just Cause 2 benchmark shows that this test is no match for the G74SX-A1 and its GeForce GTX 560M, as the notebook easily posted playable frame rates at all resolutions tested, even at 1920X1080 native res for its LCD.

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