XoticPC’s G73JW: A Good Gaming Notebook Made Better?

Inside XoticPC’s G73JW

There’s not much to see under the G73JW’s cover, as Asus’ proprietary GeForce GTX 460M graphics module is half-covered, while the system's CPU interface is on the other side. One of the unit’s memory modules is also on the opposite side, and XoticPC fills the two empty slots in its 16 GB upgrade.

XoticPC charges $45 for the GeForce GTX 460M’s 20% overclock. Unlike user-applied overclocks, this one is guaranteed stable and backed by the seller.

The G73JW is available from retail with Seagate’s 500 GB Momentus 7200.4, but XoticPC adds an 80 GB Intel X25-M to speed up program launches.

Our benchmark load isn’t particularly heavy, yet it is a bit larger than the 80 GB system drive added by XoticPC. Additionally, Asus’ pre-loaded software combined with Windows to consume around 30 GB of the drive before we added a single program. With only 50 GB remaining, we had to uninstall some programs before we could test others, and that’s why we usually recommend a 120 GB starting point for the SSD drives of gaming PCs. Loading benchmarks to the 500 GB storage drive was an option, but that method could have resulted in lower benchmark results that'd result in the question: “Why bother adding an SSD if you can’t use it?”

An amazingly small battery provides 75 Wh of power to keep the G73JW running for nearly an hour in “wide awake” mode, in spite of its high-performance hardware.

Weighing less than two pounds, Asus’ power adapter is amazingly small given the performance intentions of this notebook. Manufactured by Delta Electronics, this part is rated at 150 W.

All of that nice hardware needs to go somewhere, so Asus includes a backpack with its G73JW. Asus even adds its own laser gaming mouse, though this unweighted part is likely to get replaced by any serious gamer.

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  • the_krasno
    Add another 460M in SLI and then you have the punch needed!
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  • fstrthnu
    With all of the flair going on over Sandy Bridge, one might as well just wait till someone comes out with the Sandy Bridge gaming notebooks
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  • adribhel
    @fstrthnu:
    The new Asus G73SW on Xoticpc has sandy bridge ;)

    I'm waiting for a possible "G73SH" with Radeon 6970m, though it might never happen. :/
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  • Crashman
    fstrthnuWith all of the flair going on over Sandy Bridge, one might as well just wait till someone comes out with the Sandy Bridge gaming notebooks
    XoticPC just wanted to show off its custom work and sent this in December. We're looking forward to the G73SW to be delivered in a similar configuration in the near future, so please stay tuned!
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  • joytech22
    That is a pretty amazing laptop, I could definitely use one of those for LAN's.
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  • curtis_87
    Is it me or has the print button suddenly disappeared from these batch of articles?...
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  • Anonymous
    Is the problem a lack of strength? Or is it a heavy level of apathy? You can build the same machine in desktop form for significantly less.
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  • kkiddu
    Although it's totally not fair to compare it with a desktop PC, but I've been confused on what to go for as I'm going to college next year, one option being the bare $1500 version of the G73, and the other being a netbook + a desktop. The problem with the desktop is that I'll have to haul it back home every vacation.

    But seeing that performance for $3000 is just 'good', I'm gonna stick with a $1400 desktop. I think I can get a 50% performance increase with half the price.
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  • nevertell
    Why oh why didn't they fit a larger keyboard ? Look at the room on the sides of the keyboards, waiting to be filled with keys.
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  • Big Daddy Rhino
    $3600? I literally LOL'd. Just built a Sandy Bridge, GTX 570 desktop that will smoke that laptop and I've got $2400 left over for hookers and booze.
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  • Travis Beane
    Sorry, but no.
    I like the Clevo based alternatives a lot more. This is ugly and boring.
    It does disappoint me however that the Clevo 18.4" is 16/9 and not 16/10, but neither is this.

    Oh, and by the way, Sager sells its NP7280-S1 (Clevo) with the way I configured it with:
    17" 1920x1080
    Dual GTX 470M
    i7-950 3.06GHz
    12GB DDR3 (triple channel, so you get 4GB less memory, but 50% more bandwidth)
    2x750GB 7200RPM + 120GB Intel SSD
    6x Bluray reader/DVD writer
    Intel Ultimate-N 6300 wireless
    Bluetooth
    3 year extended warranty
    All for $3,643.

    So, better CPU, better GPU (nevermind there's two of them), 3x the HDD storage and a 50% larger SSD, better warranty, and all for $40 more.
    Screw you Zotac and Asus. ^_^
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  • chickenhoagie
    I'm pretty sure they had an Asus laptop on newegg just like this one, but maybe a bit lesser of an i7 and with a radeon 5870, minus the SSD, but was still only $1,500..
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  • irishmettle
    I agree with Travis and I like the Clevo systems better. I actually bought one from Xotic about 3 years ago and it is a solid laptop and it still gets the job done. The only complaint I have is my 8800m GTX in it died after about 1.5 years of heavy gaming, but I blame NVIDIA for that one.

    If you are looking for an enthusiast laptop I definitely recommend checking these guys out and do your price comparisons. One nice bonus is you get a bloat free OS from them.

    My two cents.
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  • bildo123
    Beh, it's just OK when considering the asking price. I was expecting a little more action in the video graphics area TBH.
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  • scook9
    A direct competitor to this and better build quality and price.....Alienware M17x R3 :)
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  • Maziar
    Looks great.
    Hope you review the SW version soon with the new Sandy bridge CPUs
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  • lothdk
    If doing a review like this in the future, having the basic model in the test as well would be nice, so we could see exactly what the changes does to the performance.
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  • dilbert
    curtis_87Is it me or has the print button suddenly disappeared from these batch of articles?...


    I was wondering the same thing.
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  • JackNaylorPE
    adribhel@fstrthnu:The new Asus G73SW on Xoticpc has sandy bridge I'm waiting for a possible "G73SH" with Radeon 6970m, though it might never happen.


    Ummm....they are out already

    http://www.pro-star.com/index.cfm

    P150HM, P150HM-PS1, P170HM, P170HM-PS1

    Pro-Star has the same Asus BTW, with blue or red KB backlighting rather than the flag thing for $200 cheaper.
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  • JackNaylorPE
    Travis Beane......Sager sells its NP7280-S1 (Clevo) with the way I configured it with:17" 1920x1080Dual GTX 470Mi7-950 3.06GHz12GB DDR3 (triple channel, so you get 4GB less memory, but 50% more bandwidth)2x750GB 7200RPM + 120GB Intel SSD6x Bluray reader/DVD writerIntel Ultimate-N 6300 wirelessBluetooth3 year extended warrantyAll for $3,643.So, better CPU, better GPU (nevermind there's two of them), 3x the HDD storage and a 50% larger SSD, better warranty, and all for $40 more.Screw you Zotac and Asus. ^_^


    $100 cheaper at Pro-Star's site
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