Asus Core i7 gaming notebooks

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) showed off some new gaming notebooks at the CES trade show recently, with specs available including Intel i7 processor, Direct X 11 and 3D graphics, high definition audio and HDD support for up to 1Tb of storage. Gizmag took the opportunity to have a closer look.

The words “Strike in Silence” were displayed next to the ROG G73Jh, giving a not-so subtle clue as to its design origins. ASUS claims that the notebook was inspired by the F-117 stealth fighter and incorporates rear venting for improved noise reduction and better cooling. It’s also a powerhouse of gaming technology, sporting an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor on a Mobile Intel HM55 chipset and up to 8Gb of DDR3 RAM.

The 17.3in LED backlit high definition display is powered by an ATI Radeon HD5870 graphics processor with 1Gb VRAM and is Direct X 11 capable, there’s 8 channels of high definition audio with EAX 4.0 compatibility, on-the-fly overclocking, dual SATA HDD support for up to 1TB of storage space “for incredible gaming and multitasking performance” and a DVD/Blu-ray combo optical drive. Extended game play on the move comes courtesy of an 8 cell battery.

The G60Jx’s 16in 768p high definition or 15.6in 1080p full HD backlit displays are powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTS 360M graphics with 1Gb VRAM. Models come with Intel’s Core i3, i5 or i7 processors on a Mobile Intel HM55 chipset and up to 8Gb DDR3 RAM can be installed.

Storage and optics are taken care of by a 640Gb SATA HDD and a DVD/Blu-ray combo respectively and low light gaming shouldn’t pose too much of a problem thanks to an intelligent backlit chiclet gaming keyboard. To complete the captivating gaming experience there’s also 3D surround-sound audio with EAX 4.0 and CMSS gaming audio effects.

With the G51J 3D system a pair of 3D glasses also enters the hardware arsenal to help users take advantage of the 3D graphics on offer from NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX260M graphics with 1Gb VRAM. Processing power is supplied by Intel’s Core i7 processor on Intel’s PM55 + ICH9M chipset and the 120 Hz 15.6in LED backlit HD display promises a “true-to-life virtual reality 3D immersive gaming experience”. In addition, users are offered dual SATA HDD support for up to 500Gb, a DVD/Blu-ray combo and a 6 cell battery.

At the time of writing, pricing and availability were still unconfirmed. Keep an eye on the manufacturer’s website for updates.



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