Pros

  • Excellent touchpad and comfortable wrist rest
  • Simple, elegant design

Cons

  • Not enough ports
  • Review model had faulty LED backlight

At A Glance

The Asus G74SX is huge, but its elegant design and excellent performance may be worth the lack of mobility.

Manufacturer’s Description

Portable Gaming Redefined

Housing the power of a tricked out desktop gaming PC, the G74Sx redefines what portable gaming means. Full resolution gaming and high definition multimedia is compacted down in to a notebook that allows you to dominate the competition while on the go.

Stealth and Strength

Like its predecessor, the G74SX design was inspired by sharp polygonal shapes, but this time inspiration came from the US Navy's Sea Shadow stealth ship and modern day aircraft carriers. Like the stealth ship, opponents will never know what hit 'em, and like an aircraft carrier, the G74 has the firepower to shock and awe the competition.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number G74SXXA1
Battery Information
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode Full HD
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce GTX 560M
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 3 GB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR5
Storage
Storage Size 750 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 7200
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
Manufacturer Part Number G74SXXA1
UPC Code 884840891505
Brand Name Asus
Product Name G74SX-XA1 Notebook
Marketing Information Portable Gaming Redefined

Housing the power of a tricked out desktop gaming PC, the G74Sx redefines what portable gaming means. Full resolution gaming and high definition multimedia is compacted down in to a notebook that allows you to dominate the competition while on the go.

Stealth and Strength

Like its predecessor, the G74SX design was inspired by sharp polygonal shapes, but this time inspiration came from the US Navy's Sea Shadow stealth ship and modern day aircraft carriers. Like the stealth ship, opponents will never know what hit 'em, and like an aircraft carrier, the G74 has the firepower to shock and awe the competition.

Product Model G74SX-XA1
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://usa.asus.com
Product Series G74
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Standard Memory 12 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Number of Total Memory Slots 4
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • G74SX-XA1 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 2.4"
    Width 16.5"
    Depth 12.8"
    Weight (Approximate) 68.48 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i7
    Processor Model i7-2630QM
    Processor Speed 2 GHz
    Processor Core Quad-core (4 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM65 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Keyboard Backlight Yes

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 150.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 3:17   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 244.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 322.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 180.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 293.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 300.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 227.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 189.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 103.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 174.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Power Usage
    Idle power usage 27.5   Watts
    Sleep power usage 2.1   Watt hours
    Off power usage 1.0   Watt hours
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 198.41   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 198.59   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 166.09   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 119.36   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 118.75   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 118.99   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 97.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 81.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 46.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 123.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 111.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 76.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 103.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 86.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 48.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 130.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 129.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 100.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 48.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 41.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Stalker 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 32.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 294.0