First off, I'd like to apologize for how long this review took me. I got the lappy in April and personal issues have kept me busy since. But anyway, here's my take on the Asus G73JH-A1.
I used all free benchmarks---except games---most of them from the April 2010 MPC benchmark feature. I tested each one four times and the results are an average.
Maxon's Cinebench r11.5, CPU: 2.9775
Sciencemark 2.0: 1546.86
3D Mark Vantage (stock run): P8251, CPU: 10,845, GPU: 7,641
Unigine Heaven v2.1 (DX11, 1920x1080, 4xAA, 4xAI, normal tessellation): high: 36.7fps, low: 7.4fps, average: 13.2fps
Unigine Heaven v2.1 (everything the same, but no AA): high: 40.5fps, low: 6.9fps, average: 16.7fps
Call of Pripyat Benchmark (DX11, 1920x1080, preset: high, 4xMSAA, tessellation and hard shadows enabled) average fps: day: 22.7fps, night: 21.95fps, rain: 23.8fps, sunshafts: 14.25fps
Games (all games run with 4xAA, 4xAI when possible, all detail levels maxed):
Battle Forge (1920x1080): 24fps
Call of Duty 4 (1920x1080): 65fps
Call of Duty 4 (1680x1050, everything else the same): 76fps
Crysis (1920x1080): 21fps
Crysis (1680x1050, everything else the same): 27fps
Then I went out and downloaded the ATI Catalyst 10.6 driver and reran the graphics benchmarks. In all the synthetic tests (CoP, Heaven, the BF benchmark) the frame rates went up by about 1fps. It seemed to have more of an impact on the real-world games though:
Call of Duty 4 (1920x1080): 68fps
Crysis (1920x1080): 24fps
If you're still awake after all that
, here's what I think of the G73 after more than four months of use. It's powerful, it's quiet, it's run everything I've thrown at it so far, and the fans do keep it relatively cool. As I'm sure you've read, the touchpad is slightly wonky, though with the free Razer mouse that came with it, I don't care. A few keys are starting to squeak
. It runs very stable; however, I have encountered a couple lockups.
Bottom line, though: everything, from the glossy screen to the graphics card, met or exceeded my expectations. Sure there are better gaming laptops out there, but nothing else comes close for the price. I would and do recommend it to anyone who wants something that can run all of today's (and probably tomorrow's) games without breaking the bank. And while some have complained about the weight, I find it easily portable.
Also, I have to give kudos to XoticPC for an extremely positive buying experience. To anyone who wants to buy this, I'd say get it from them.
Sorry for the length of this and for how long it took me to get around to it. Hope it can help someone.