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Asus G73jh Laptop Packs Core i7, Radeon HD 5870

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January 5, 2010 10:00:54 PM

Why would they skimp out on the wireless with specs like that? No wireless n would be a dealbreaker for me...
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January 5, 2010 10:01:44 PM

agreed with the article, no ssd? and why only wireless b/g?!?
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January 5, 2010 10:05:18 PM

I don't think "infamous" is the correct word to describe the ASUS brand of gaming laptops...Should have used a synonym of famous, not an antonym. Unless you actually mean that ASUS has exceedingly bad laptops. Whatever.
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January 5, 2010 10:27:42 PM

Don't worry, Kevin's just a bad copy paste journalist. The spec photo I found on the engadget article listed connectivity as 802.11N (b/g).
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January 5, 2010 10:33:26 PM

I know it's an i7, but it's still only clocked at 1.6Ghz. This has CPU limited fps written all over it.
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January 5, 2010 11:03:36 PM

nice but power hog bet!!!!
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January 5, 2010 11:04:10 PM

Curnel_D i believe that the CPU speed is fine, for a quad core cpu whilst on the go, when you plug it in, turbo boost will kick in and it will go up to 2.8ghz, which is pretty good really. You're not likely to be gaming on the battery anyway, as battery life would probably be measured in minutes. This sort of thing really shouldn't bother with a battery as no sane person would try to use it for mobile computing, portable computing maybe.
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January 5, 2010 11:09:03 PM

ahhh...the turbo boost is needed. with that, its epic.
but if it didn't have it, Curnel_D would be on the mark
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January 5, 2010 11:09:07 PM

wow i guess you can game on a laptop. anyone rememeber their last laptop with a 4870x2. Man i love AMD/ATI.
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January 5, 2010 11:09:56 PM

I would say the price of this laptop costs about $4000 bucks. (correct me if I'm wrong).
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January 5, 2010 11:13:15 PM

"up to 8 GB or DDR3 RAM"? Should be "up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM". Proof read, please!
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January 5, 2010 11:15:09 PM

fulleDon't worry, Kevin's just a bad copy paste journalist. The spec photo I found on the engadget article listed connectivity as 802.11N (b/g).
I call it parrot reporting. They repeat someone else, but they sometimes miss parts.

Quote:
Engadget reports...
You need to put the link and journalism credits at the end Kevin. People are less likely to read the original article and critique you on your parroting skills.
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January 5, 2010 11:29:06 PM

I'd love to have this
Battery life wouldn't matter to me cuz I leave my laptop plugged in when I play anyway.
Would be nice to have the full blown i7 in laptop form not a mobile version just for easy portability.
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January 5, 2010 11:52:15 PM

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agreed with the article, no ssd? and why only wireless b/g?!?


When has any manufacturer come out with a laptop with the best of all worlds? Its either decent hardware and crap extras, or heaps of great extras and average hardware.
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January 6, 2010 12:02:08 AM

JustinHD81Curnel_D i believe that the CPU speed is fine, for a quad core cpu whilst on the go, when you plug it in, turbo boost will kick in and it will go up to 2.8ghz, which is pretty good really. You're not likely to be gaming on the battery anyway, as battery life would probably be measured in minutes. This sort of thing really shouldn't bother with a battery as no sane person would try to use it for mobile computing, portable computing maybe.

Ahh, I wasnt aware that the turbo boost binned that high on these chips. But I've only had two chances to actually play with the new i7 mobiles, and both times were rushed because of low stock/backorder time.
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January 6, 2010 12:21:34 AM

Looks assume, but (likely) too rich for my blood. I love my G51J, although heat and battery life are definitely issues. But it was a great value and am quite happy with it. I'm not sure why someone would refer to ASUS gaming laptops as "infamous." I'd definitely buy one again.
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January 6, 2010 12:21:55 AM

er, looks AWESOME. Wish that there was an edit feature. Oh well.
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January 6, 2010 12:24:19 AM

im waiting for the mobile phenom 2 quad cores then this setup will be all worth it.
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January 6, 2010 12:26:02 AM

Cool, beastly laptop.
Things that I would have liked.
Wireless N
SSD
Intel Core i7 920XM would be nice with turbo boost to 3.2GHz
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January 6, 2010 12:38:41 AM

This laptop has been available for presale for the past couple weeks. It comes with 8GB (upgradable to 16GB) of RAM. It also comes with two 500GB HDDs which can (obviously) be replaced/upgraded to SSDs via online resellers or on your own. And yes, it has wireless N and a realistic battery life is < 1hr.

Base price is $1645.00, that includes all of the above, the 720QM processor and bluray. They also did some nifty stuff with the cooling system that looks promising.
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January 6, 2010 12:55:29 AM

Now... if only if it was less than $2k (which would be the minimum starting price for this) mark my words!
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January 6, 2010 1:54:10 AM

and the price? 4000-5000$ at least, while you could get an even bettter desktop for less than $1500.

LAPTOPS SUCK FOR GAMING
learn that
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January 6, 2010 2:18:26 AM

CPU speed is fine for gaming. Now the GPU doesn't most of the processing...
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January 6, 2010 3:00:54 AM

G73jh ???? wth? what kind of name is that. My first thought is that it looks like someone mashed on the keyboard
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January 6, 2010 3:24:29 AM

I wonder what the heat output for this beast is, with an i7 and a 5870 i think laptop is a misnomer, its going to end up being a table top machine only or there are going to be chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
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January 6, 2010 3:32:51 AM

Hunter, tabletop makes sense really. With netbooks and PDAs becoming so popular for mobile web browsing and the like, it seems as though the market is shifting away from laptops for this use and instead diverging toward desktop replacements for convenient gaming (think college student toting the computer home for the holidays) and smaller devices for more basic functions.

I still think it's disheartening to see so many manufacturers going to 1080 resolutions on what's otherwise a nice big screen and calling it HD. Fine for movies, but it's shortchanging the gamers IMO.
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January 6, 2010 4:09:51 AM

It is selling for 1650.00, not 3-4k lol! And no, laptops do NOT suck for gaming you tool. This thing will probably run circles around your desktop. It has hardware raid 0/1 support and DOES have wireless N!
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January 6, 2010 4:20:27 AM

ZD claims it will be available in February for $1,699 ... but I'm not sure how much I trust their info.
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January 6, 2010 4:21:57 AM

ZD claims it will be available in February for $1,699 ... but I'm not sure how much I trust their info.
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January 6, 2010 4:24:50 AM

ASUS probably excluded the 802.11n and SSD to keep price down. Not that wireless N should make it much more expensive, but something like this is surely slated for Best Buy and such, it must appeal the the average gamer. There is plenty of competition for that market, so the price must be competitive as well. Knowing from my computer sales experience, there are a lot of PC gamers that don't really know that much about the PCs themselves.

That said, the video card is whoop-ass, so the missing SSD and wireless N wouldn't matter as most games will be more than playable (40+ FPS on Crysis, for example).
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January 6, 2010 4:25:04 AM

As one who has attempted to game on a laptop (for 3 years until I got my desktop), yes, they do suck for gaming. Even if the specs are awesome, the heat output will bottleneck your computer. I had to put a desk fan on my laptop to pull out the higher framerates simply because it didn't output heat fast enough when gaming at higher resolutions. It's because laptops have a small form factor. There's just not enough room for airflow.
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January 6, 2010 4:55:11 AM

it lasts only 10 mins
just like in bed.....shhhh
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January 6, 2010 6:17:54 AM

Price is a bit heafty for a laptop, for a desktop its good, for a portable gaming rig if the batt was 8-10cell and ran at least 2-4 hours of heavy gaming or BD playback, then it would be well worth it. Put it this way, DX11 isnt that great yet, its still new and right now there are cheaper better laptops to buy and play decent games. If you really want to play crysis down the road or "ON the road" arent you a bit late in the game to play Crysis anyway?!? Most higher end laptops can play most games today, so spend 200-400dollars less and just buy a new GPU for your REAL gaming RIG unless you have tonnes of cash to spend and spend for the sake of spending and having every single gadget that is on the top of the hill.

I wonder what the battery life on this is.... unless you are in a dorm or HATE desktops, then its not worth getting IMO. I hope ASUS will probably come out with a more efficient version of this down the road. Now when they have an SSD version, USB3.0, and when prices fall, this will be a great laptop by the end of next year! Games wont get more sophisticated by then. Hopefully prices will though....
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January 6, 2010 1:56:43 PM

I like.
I'm assuming it had dual 2.5" hard drives. If so, why say 1TB (500GBx2) when they could claim 1.28TB (640GBx2)?
I say put a 640GB 2.5" 7200RPM drive and a 2.5" 120GB SSD.

I want this... but sadly I just won't be able to afford it.
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January 6, 2010 2:37:12 PM

Um how'd they fit a 5850 in there and give it proper ventilation?

Per their website dimensions are
16"x11.6"x1.8" (W x D x H)

http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g73jha1-order-p-2731.html

5850 dimensions
11" x 4.38" x 1.5"

Change the cooler a bit and you can shave off maybe 0.2" off the height, but that's still 0.5" for the screen + mobo + shell thickness o.O


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January 6, 2010 3:08:14 PM

It's a mobility radeon 5870, not a desktop radeon 5870... These are different cards, different sizes... you are trying to measure an apple against a banana.
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January 6, 2010 3:31:57 PM

Ohh, wow ATI releasing Mobile versions of the 5xxx series already? Man they really wanna knock Nvidia outta the market.

Less impressed now though, considering their mobile cards generally perform about half as well as their desktop cards.
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January 6, 2010 3:34:07 PM

Oh and Kevin, way to specify that it was a mobile CPU, but not that it was a mobile version of the GPU!

"Intel's Core i7-720QM CPU and ATI's Radeon HD 5870"
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January 6, 2010 8:39:26 PM

ofcourse is a mobile version of both cpu and gpu!, how coould you fit a fucking 11" graphics card on a laptop? laptop graphics are very reduced in size and penformance, and totally different from the full sized version.

are you a retard?
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January 6, 2010 9:37:55 PM

The article said a Radeon HD 5870, not a mobility Radeon HD 5870. Hence I thought someone actually put a desktop GPU into a laptop, which was why I was surprised.

Not my fault if the reporter screws up his facts and incorrectly named the GPU. He specified that the CPU was a mobile, but not the GPU, hence I assumed he was doing accurate reporting.
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January 7, 2010 7:17:33 PM

http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-g73jha1-order-p-2731.html

This laptop is out for pre-order. It's starting price is 1645 with a BD, and 1498 without... You guys were so off the mark with your 4-5k! From Xoticpc it comes with wireless b/g/n so hold your pants on before you flip out about such a little issue. I'm just glad this come finally came with 2 fans instead of 1 like in the G72. Im going to pre-order one tonight :D 
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January 30, 2010 2:25:30 PM

This is gonna be unreal!! Of course for gamers here in South Africa, we'll have to wait much longer. Best to get your friends from overseas to send you one! Its pretty weird that the 5870 measures as one of the highest end mobile gaming cards out there even though no product has been released yet for users to test it out. My hope is that this baby has some major cooling too... backlit keyboard?
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February 8, 2010 3:00:38 AM

Does the G73JH have a way to input and edit video?

I keep hearing both sides.
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February 17, 2010 3:50:23 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.asus.com/News.aspx?N_ID=7ZVlycXrZr1TxoEw

Sounds like the best laptop for your money. Note that it is wireless N compatible. Also, it does have a backlit keyboard. I couldn't find anything specifically about the video input, but look around on the site I'm sure you will find it if it's there. I noticed some of you were worried about that stuff. Also, this site only gives one benchmark but it's the highest single mobile graphics card mark:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benc...

All in all, for the price (under 1600) I can't say I've seen a better laptop for the money out there.
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September 6, 2010 8:10:19 PM

$1300 at Best Buy for the 6GB version ATM.
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