Brace yourself for the Republic of Gamers G74Sx gaming laptop

March 2nd, 2011 in .Laptops & Netbooks .Products
Nick Holland
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Republic of Gamers G74Sx

The Republic is due to get a 2011 care package for the popular, G Series gaming laptops. The RoG G74Sx has been upgraded with the latest Intel ‘Huron River’ platform that features either a second generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics all packed into another, thoroughly unique chassis.

New ASUS Republic of Gamers G74 laptop

Go 3D

Combined with a 120Hz, 17-inch display, the inclusion of Nvidia graphics also means Nvidia 3D-Vision is included as standard too, while  Blu-ray 3D movies can be played on your HDTV via the included HDMI 1.4 port on the side.

ASUS also highlights that despite the cutting edge kit, the laptop should remain cool at all times thanks to its unique thermal design that draws cool air in from the front, through the laptop and out the back. We previously covered this innovative design style here on TiS if you want to check it out in more detail.

Design tweaks for LAN gamers

The G74Sx design should also appeal to upgraders too as there is a quick access hatch to the two internal hard drive bays, while the internal memory slots can support up to 16GB of memory. On the top side, gamers should benefit from the backlit keyboard in poorly-lit LAN tournaments – although you shouldn’t need to look! – and the separated keyboard, number pad and cursor key cluster means it’s more like a PC than a laptop, which means you can keep more of your native gaming edge rather than relearning muscle movements.

This gaming powerhouse is currently making its début at CeBIT, so keep an eye out for reports from the show floor! We’re hoping to get our hands on one as soon as we can.

Fancy yourself a new G74 or are you looking for something else? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Kelvin Wan

    hm… I am wondering where did the designers hide the “air intake(s)”?
    There seems to be… no intake at the bottom… nor the front, nor the sides… em… Did they put the intakes under the keyboard?!
    I think it would be way easier and cheaper and cooler to use brushed aluminium for the palm rest as well since the temperature should be pretty comforting…
    Looking at the previous generations of the G series… I hope no one would complain about blue screens and grey screens and other software problems because of the shipped bloatwares… Bios supporting RAID configures would also help, a lot. Especially the “new” MSI gaming notebooks are doing that too…
    As a “proud” owner of a couple of gaming notebooks, I think external optical drive is the way to go, and vbios that isn’t integrated to the MB bios, and ACPI that allow the external lighting to be switched off, and standardized MXM ports…

  • Anonymous

    Comfort range for people is a very variable and finite thing: PC hardware tends to get far hotter than this at times, plus, the laptop will be sold in every country ranging from cold to hot extremes, which will make using the laptop straight out your bag uncomfortable. You have to trust the ASUS Design Centre has the cooling covered ;-) If you go check Anandtech reviews of ROG notebooks they consistently come out better in temps.

    Please don’t be fooled by canned benchmarks, RAID 0 in a laptop is at best, dangerous and unsuitable. You’re doubling your risk of failure because if 1 drive fails your whole install is lost. In a mobile device that’s far more likely than your desktop because you’re moving it around. Not to mention that it takes up twice the power, eating your battery. RAID 0 helps with large file transfers, true, but the majority of notebook use – bar installing the odd program or game – is smaller read/writes, which RAID doesn’t benefit. The RAID capable chipset also costs more too.

    Your best upgrade is actually an SSD: lightening fast read/writes, random r/ws, shock protection and lower power. The only reason why one isn’t bundled is due to cost vs capacity still, but you can still upgrade it yourself.

  • Andres Lindgren

    Just ordered the non-3D modell, with 16gb extra ram (the modell I bought only came with 6) and an intel 510 ssd. Amazing power for the buck.

    Can’t wait until it gets here =).