ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review

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Game Tests: Metro 2033, Far Cry 2

Metro 2033
DirectX11 Gaming Performance

Metro 2033 

Metro 2033 is your basic post-apocalyptic first person shooter game with a few rather unconventional twists. Unlike most FPS titles, there is no health meter to measure your level of ailment, but rather you’re left to deal with life, or lack there-of more akin to the real world with blood spatter on your visor and your heart rate and respiration level as indicators. The game is loosely based on a novel by Russian Author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro 2003 boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform currently including a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. We tested the game engine using the Metro 2033 benchmark tool.

The G74SX-A1, though surpassed by the Eurocom notebook, landed about where we’d expect compared to the other systems. However, the two MSI systems boasted better framerates in the higher-res test.

FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance


Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the test systems in this article with the FarCry 2 benchmark tool using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map. 

It’s a bit odd that the G74SX-A1 is all over the map in terms of benchmark rankings; in one test it doesn't quite measure up, and on the next one--such as this FarCry 2 test--it handily beats out the competition, by a fairly substantial margin.  At this point we're suspect of NVIDIA driver variances rather than anything directly attributed to the hardware.

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