This computer packs a punch, to put it bluntly. While it's no longer the best in the room, it still offers a mobile high end gaming solution for gamers on the go. I attend uni by plane, so I want to bring my power with me when whether I am at uni or home for the holidays. The i7 processor gives you 4 real cores hyperthreaded to simulate 8 cores. In effect, this is 8 "virtual cores."
I've thrown Oblivion maxed out and then some, Shogun II Total War, Empire Total War, Far Cry 2, and Fallout 3 at this baby and it eats them all. I can't wait for TES: Skyrim, as I expect my dear friend to run that at near maximum settings as well. LIFE IS GOOD when this is your gaming machine.
The older variants of the G73 did suffer some minor issues relating to faulty drivers used by Asus. As a counterweight, Asus fixed these bugs in time, while one must consider that Asus manufactures some of the highest quality computer parts available to the typical consumer. Because of this, Asus delivers something of a discount for its in-house part production and assembly of the computer. Don't bother with Alienware. It's shiny with a "cool" brand, but you're paying a much higher price per unit of computing power. Also, note the short battery life. However, it's a bloody gaming laptop, so you're not buying this for its power efficiency.
I'll meet you on the field...of CoD!
"Absolute gaming on a notebook - it's the next logical step, bringing the power and authority of a desktop rig to an advanced machine that's a total package for dedicated gamers.
Memory goes up - games run smooth and relentless since nothing needs to be left out. The G73 signifies a move towards uncompromised notebooks, so ASUS packed it to the gills with hardware.
Nothing fazes the G73 - it runs the latest releases in high detail, no more watered down versions. This beast has Intel Core i7 processors that handle all comers with on demand overclocking through Turbo Boost, hurtling CPU speeds up to 3.33GHz. All it takes is one key press and extra power becomes available.
Inspired by the F117 stealth bomber, the matte-finished G73 is an ergonomic feast of gamer-centric features - a huge keyboard that lights up for night time ops and can be turned off instantly for stealth, ample handrest real estate and rubberized surface areas for comfort during prolonged sessions.
Twin rear exhausts draw heat away from the action with some of the best cooling around. This afterburner effect doesn't come with a noise penalty - G73 is a formidable performer, but it's deadly silent.
Visuals look awesome on the 17.3"" full HD screen, and made even better by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD5870 with GDDR5 - an overkill GPU taking notebook gaming beyond the edge so you no longer have to switch graphic details off in options menus."