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Asus Stuffs 12 GB of RAM into Gaming Laptop

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

12 GB of memory in a gaming notebook. Excessive? Asus says no.

It seems like every day there's another company pushing the envelope (and our wallets) with a new high end gaming system. This time, Asus is pulling out all the stops with its newest gaming laptop, the G71gx.

Based on Intel's Centrino 2 platform, the G71gx is a force to be reckoned with in the mobile gaming market. While the specific processor is TBA, older G70 derivatives are outfitted with both Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, and it would be no surprise if Asus included a Core 2 Extreme option as well.

What we do know for certain is the G71gx will come with Nvidia's newest mobile GPU, the GTX 260M. Supposedly, the 1 GB GTX 260M will offer 50 percent more performance over the 9800M series without using any additional power. Plus, it can be configured for SLI and Hybrid SLI, although the G71gx will initially offer just one of the GPUs. As for RAM and storage, the G71gx can handle up to 12 GB of DDR2 memory over three memory slots and can be configured with up to 1 TB of storage (two 500 GB drives).

G71gx also comes with a 17-inch 1920x1200 WUXGA display as well as HDMI, eSATA, and if the older G71G is any indication, a BD-ROM/DVD-RW drive. No word on price or availability yet, but if you opt for the 12 GB of RAM and dual 500 GB hard drives, be prepared to kiss your tax return goodbye.

If you're looking for something a little more timid (and definitely less expensive), Gateway is also releasing a new gaming notebook. The P-7808u FX will go for a more reasonable $1,699.99, and should still offer some impressive gaming performance. Equipped with Core 2 Quad Q9000 (2.0 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 6 MB cache), as well as a 1 GB Nvidia 9800M GTS, the P-7808u FX should offer up some decent frame rates in Empire: Total War. Like the older P-7811 FX, this newest offering in the FX series of gaming laptops will come with 4 GB of DDR3 memory, but the hard drive has been bumped up to 500GB. Unfortunately, the 17-inch display comes in at 1440x900, an odd downgrade over the 7811's 1920x1200 option. As for the rest of the P-7808u FX, HDMI, eSATA, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam are all included.

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    Anonymous , March 9, 2009 5:57 PM
    Nice. As if any game will utilize more than 4GB of RAM anyway!
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    Claimintru , March 9, 2009 6:46 PM
    No game, to my knowledge, uses more than 2GB's of memory. Whats the point?
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    gamerk316 , March 9, 2009 6:47 PM
    Probably have XP installed too! :D 

    Seriosuly, does anyone else think these prices are total ripoffs? I can build an i7 rig for half that cost!
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    grieve , March 9, 2009 6:52 PM
    The single problem with the powerhouse laptops is the power consumption, battery life is like under an hour gaming. If you can plug in, these machines are killer!

    I know even my laptop (old now) has a T7400… and it is a power hungry beast. I guess these are the choices we have for now… power/a lot of energy required OR weak/low power.
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    Shnur , March 9, 2009 7:11 PM
    If you look at all the crapware they install on your laptop, add up anti-virus software and other things, you can easily need more than 4gb of RAM, if you get 8gb you can disable PageFile which is a great plus.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2009 7:33 PM
    Gateway is releasing a new gaming notebook? Gateway is still around?
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    RiotSniperX , March 9, 2009 7:41 PM
    gtech0318Gateway is releasing a new gaming notebook? Gateway is still around?


    Damn, you beat me to the punch. I thought they died out after those horrible commercials ended. I guess not.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2009 7:42 PM
    A computer will never need more than 512K of ram
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    Shnur , March 9, 2009 7:55 PM
    BillyBobGatesA computer will never need more than 512K of ram

    If you don't light it on yes. ;) 
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    Glorian , March 9, 2009 8:38 PM
    I couldn't even imagine battery life, my 2 yo hp with the centrino duo 1.73 go7600 and 2gigs can barely last 1 hour to 1.5 hours unplugged.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2009 2:18 AM
    yah this laptop looks ok im running a gateway p-68xx fx(4gb pc667,dual 250gig 7200 rpms,upgraded to T7100 1.8 35w,8800 with hacked desktop drivers the key to the gaming laptops is get a class 6 sd card with 8gigs for virtual memory turn off hd cashing and get a card reader for your express slot for torrents and docs put an ssd in the pci-e slot where your wifi card is curently remove the 5400rpm hd for a 7200rpm/ssd
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    captaincharisma , March 10, 2009 3:09 AM
    doesn't matter how much ram they put in it the mobile GPU's are still too weak for graphic intensive games to run perfectly
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    Anonymous , July 30, 2011 2:48 PM
    Any gaming machine with more than 6 gb is enough to play any game however is always better have extra memory because the people are making better games and required more performance but 12gb is a lot!!!

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