February 10, 2010 4:13 pm

The ASUS G71Gx Gaming Powerhouse – Whoa…

Over the last few weeks, in between blogging, tweeting, and more blogging, I would often sneak off to do some gaming on the ASUS G71Gx I have here in my office. It is often “helpful” to be able to take a break at work for some extracurricular “activities” – or *cough* gaming *cough*.

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The G71Gx is truly a gaming powerhouse. It has a 17” WUXGA display and has a feature called “CPU Level Up” in which the user is allowed (and easily able to) overclock the CPU by up to 20%! When this PC boots up, it literally sounds like thunder. I’m not kidding – it makes a thunder-like noise upon boot up. The specs on the G71Gx are incredible:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 @ 2Ghz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260M – 1GB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Memory: 6GB – DDR2 800MHz (6GB max)
  • Hard Drive: 2x 320GB hard drives (7200 rpm)
  • Optical: Blu-ray with DVD+CD read/write
  • Network: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless (with Bluetooth) and 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Ports: Express card / VGA / 1394 port / HDMI / 4 USB / eSATA

It supports up to 1920×1200 screen resolution with ASUS’s Splendid Video Intelligent Technology and also comes with a 8-in-1 memory card reader, 2.0 megapixel webcam, and a full size keyboard. This PC also sports some impressive audio – with 4 Altec Lansing co-branded built in speakers and an array microphone. And it’s running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

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The G71Gx has some fascinating lighting effects – including around the touchpad (see above photos) and on the backside of the display with ASUS’s “Republic of Gamers” logo.

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To play games, I’ve connected an Xbox 360 controller via USB which works great with PC games and even the inbox games in Windows 7.

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One of the games I’m playing that has amazing game-play on this PC is Ghostbusters: The Game. Yes, this isn’t unfortunately a Games for Windows or Games for Windows – LIVE game title. However, I’m a huge Ghostbusters fan and I grew up on the movies and cartoon and this game is a must-have and must-play for me. And it’s absolutely wonderful on Windows 7 too. When I was younger, I had no problem running around with my make-shift proton pack bustin’ ghosts. But the game is quite a bit more challenging that I had envisioned using a proton pack when I was a kid. Who knew a proton pack could overheat? I guess I should have considered the fact it’s pretty much an unlicensed nuclear accelerator.

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If you’re a heavy gamer and looking for a new Windows 7 PC but don’t want a desktop PC and want something a bit more mobile – the ASUS G71Gx is certainly a PC you should check out.

My next move is to pack the G71Gx up (ASUS ships a backpack with this PC which is awesome!) and head on over to my local Starbucks to do a little gaming. I wonder what kind of looks I’ll get…

Speaking of Windows 7, 64-bit, and gaming – Neowin recently reported on a hardware survey done by Steam, a popular game service and network, for January 2010 that shows that Windows 7 64-bit adoption for gamers using Steam is higher than for 32-bit. Going 64-bit with Windows 7 allows gamers to take advantage of more memory in their PCs than with 32-bit. It seems not only are gamers excited for Windows 7, but hungry for the benefits of 64-bit too.

Updated November 7, 2014 11:13 pm