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I'm looking for a Laptop that's mobile and has sufficient horsepower and processing capability. This one has struck me as the most potential candidate for purchase. I was wondering if there are any thoughts and opinions on this laptop.

Note: I will be planning on replacing the 160GB SSD with a 240Gb Vertex 3 Max Iops or an Intel 520.
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A couple things to consider before any proper advice can be give:

-How much does it cost?
-When do you want/need it by?

The Asus G74 definitely isn't the best 17" laptop, but if the price is right, it's a good choice.
 
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A couple things to consider before any proper advice can be give:
-How much does it cost? 2,000 $CAD for the DH72
-When do you want/need it by? Preferably by Summer or Fall 2012
The Asus G74 definitely isn't the best 17" laptop, but if the price is right, it's a good choice.
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This isn't the nicest-looking laptop (and no backlit keyboard, it seems), but it's only $1400 for this Sager NP9170 with an Nvidia 670M (570M rebrand with 5% OC). http://www.reflexnotebook.ca/index.php/sager-np9170.html

There's also this MSi GT780DX with an i7 and 570M for $1470 - I'd personally go with this one unless you want an upgraded CPU. http://www.amazon.ca/MSI-GT780DX-277US-17-3-Inch-I7-2670QM-SuperMulti/dp/B0062JM6EQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334344817&sr=1-2

And then there's something like this Toshiba Qosmio X775 for $1800, same CPU/graphics as the Asus, but it also has Nvidia Optimus, so it'll get probably ~4-5 hours battery for basic usage. It's biggest downside is the 1600x900 screen instead of 1080p. http://www.amazon.ca/Qosmio-X770-02p-Intel-I7-2670qm-878gb/dp/B006A93HOQ/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1334346167&sr=1-2-catcorr

Lastly, there's an Nvidia 660M Kepler card coming out probably in the next month; it won't be much faster than the 560M (maybe 10%) but it'll use less power. And of course, Ivy Bridge mobile quads are releasing in the next 2-3 weeks. I would wait until early/Mid May to see what all is released by then. And one more question, do you just want something powerful, or do you want a 17" specifically? There's really not much performance difference between 15" and 17" for laptops with a single graphics card.
 
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To give an idea of the usage and habits that will be encountered with this Laptop:

Some casual to heavy gaming (Not necessarily at the highest applicable graphics settings)
3D Modelling and Rendering
Video Editing
Sound Editing
Website Design
Photoshop
Virtualization/Virtual Machines

I would also need the Laptop to be capable of 1920x1080 1080P and it will need 16GB of Memory as minimum. It must also support USB3.0 and SATA III/6Gbps.

From the above criteria it appears the DH72 appears to fit the requirements that I would require in a laptop. However I would still like some additional thoughts and opinions.
post #6 of 21
The Sager and MSi I linked fit all those criteria. Well, it's easy enough to upgrade the RAM; and being 17" laptops, they have 4 RAM slots. I would consider whether you want higher gaming performance, or 3D CAD/video editing etc. performance. If you went with a Quadro 1000M laptop, you could get over double the performance in some CAD programs. Quadro 2000M is almost as good as a 560M for gaming, and it's probably possible to find a 15" with 2000M, i7, 1080p in your budget. 17" with those specs is probably a few hundred more.

Some benches of CAD and gaming performance.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-2000M.47316.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-1000M.47317.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-560M.48313.0.html
 
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

This isn't the nicest-looking laptop (and no backlit keyboard, it seems), but it's only $1400 for this Sager NP9170 with an Nvidia 670M (570M rebrand with 5% OC). http://www.reflexnotebook.ca/index.php/sager-np9170.html
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And then there's something like this Toshiba Qosmio X775 for $1800, same CPU/graphics as the Asus, but it also has Nvidia Optimus, so it'll get probably ~4-5 hours battery for basic usage. It's biggest downside is the 1600x900 screen instead of 1080p. http://www.amazon.ca/Qosmio-X770-02p-Intel-I7-2670qm-878gb/dp/B006A93HOQ/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1334346167&sr=1-2-catcorr
Lastly, there's an Nvidia 660M Kepler card coming out probably in the next month; it won't be much faster than the 560M (maybe 10%) but it'll use less power. And of course, Ivy Bridge mobile quads are releasing in the next 2-3 weeks. I would wait until early/Mid May to see what all is released by then. And one more question, do you just want something powerful, or do you want a 17" specifically? There's really not much performance difference between 15" and 17" for laptops with a single graphics card.

+1 this. I personally prefer Sager/Clevo myself as it is a simple looking laptop, yet beastly, MSI I don't mind, they have a good sound system for a laptop, though a bit more flashy than Sager/Clevo. Asus on the other hand looks bulky and looks like a spacecraft. I have not seen these laptops personally, only pictures. But like jrbroad77 said, if the price is right, it's not a bad option.
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If you're going for a Summer or Fall purchase, just wait.

The Kepler based GTX 680M will hit the stores some time in June and the Southern Islands based 7970M will hit stores some time in the next couple weeks.

Also, if you're gonna go for any Asus model, just wait for the G75 series please... It comes stock with a GTX 670M and will feature an Ivy Bridge CPU too. Eventually it'll probably be changed for the Kepler based GTX 660M (which is just as powerful as the GTX 670 but draws less power.)
     
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If you're going for a Summer or Fall purchase, just wait.
The Kepler based GTX 680M will hit the stores some time in June and the Southern Islands based 7970M will hit stores some time in the next couple weeks.
Also, if you're gonna go for any Asus model, just wait for the G75 series please... It comes stock with a GTX 670M and will feature an Ivy Bridge CPU too. Eventually it'll probably be changed for the Kepler based GTX 660M (which is just as powerful as the GTX 670 but draws less power.)

This. Windows 8 is expected to launch by Fall, and new laptop designs, undoubtedly, will be out by then.
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I was looking at the pricing for the G75 and it is not clear. Certain websites list it as a Pre-order price of $1500 but that seems to be the basic-entry version for the G75. Any actual approximate pricing or cost for the DH72 equivalent for the G75 ?
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