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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.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • 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 notebooksXoticPC 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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  • 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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