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Ivy Bridge-based Asus G55VW Laptop Seen for Pre-Order

Information coming out of Laptoping has the upcoming Asus G55VW-DS71, featuring the new Ivy Bridge mobile CPUs, set for release on April 29. The G55VW-DS71 will be powered by the new Intel Core i7 3610QM (@ 2.3 GHz). It will feature a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) FullHD display with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM. As for memory, the G55VW-DS71 will offer 12 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz and is expandable to 16 GB via 4 SO DIMM slots. It comes standard with a 750 GB HDD / 7200 rpm with an available hard drive bay. Users have the options to add an additional hard drive or SSD to improve the speed and storage of the laptop.  


In addition, the G55VW-DS71 features Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an 3-in-1 card reader, a 2.0 megapixel webcam, an HDMI output, a Thunderbolt port, one USB 3.0 connector, and an 8-cell battery. The G55VW-DS71 weights in at 8.4 lbs with a starting price of around $1,450.
 

  • memadmax
    I like Charcoal Grey.

    =D
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  • shardey
    Not sure how I feel about where the screen hinge location appears to be.
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  • DroKing
    I 2nd shardey, hinges are in weird location ^_^
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  • Tuishimi
    It looks nice (specs and physically)… how does the 660M perform? Can it be used for gaming if you want to? Anyway, full keyboard. Nice I guess but I haven't used a full keyboard in years. How do people feel about that?
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  • trumpeter1994
    Anybody else noticed that majority of the laptops that don't run off the intel graphics don't have an eSATA port? :(
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  • djscribbles
    Actually, putting the hinge there means that you can open the laptop one handed with out it trying to flip over backwards.
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  • ojas
    Welcome Thunderbolt!
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  • sully101
    The Hinges are a moot point, the design makes them really strong and well built, I have the g74sx and it never was an issue, It's a big laptop but has excellent cooling because of it. It will run anything you throw at it for gaming.
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  • drapacioli
    Sounds nice, and if it's anything like my Asus laptop (The N53SV), it should run nice and cool too! I'm just not sure about the hinge design, as if it is too big, it may not fit in standard 15" sleeves and carrying cases. I would have to see some dimensions.

    However, the 2MP camera is a letdown. Then again, all integrated webcams are...


    9361784 said:
    It looks nice (specs and physically)… how does the 660M perform? Can it be used for gaming if you want to? Anyway, full keyboard. Nice I guess but I haven't used a full keyboard in years. How do people feel about that?

    My laptop has a GT 540M (Which is around the same as a Radeon 5650), and while it can run anything I throw at it, you just can't crank up the settings past medium-high on high-intensity games (Ultra is out, of course). Older games (2008 and older) can usually run near maxxed out, except you may have to turn down shadows and AA a bit. For an example, I can run Skyrim on the default medium settings, but I can turn the texture quality up to high as long as I don't turn up shadows and AA beyond medium. However for games like Portal 2, I can turn everything up as high as it can go.

    Now, since my laptop's resolution is only 1366x768 vs this new one's 1080p, and the 540M is a midrange vs the 660M which is probably getting towards the high-end stuff, the settings would probably end up being around the same for both laptops; so you could probably expect medium to high settings, but you'll need to turn shadows and AA down for high-intensity games. However, this is just speculation based on the specs and my own experience, you would have to check some benchmarks to be sure.
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  • jrwizbang
    Pretty sweet
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