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"Features a 6MB L3 cache and 1.73GHz processor"

1.7ghz vs 2.53ghz. I think that the 2.5ghz is going to win, why would you want two extra cores when you have to give up almost a gigahert of speed.

Maybe you should give links and info backing up what you say instead of just jumping in the thread and posting a model number and nothing else.
.... It's not stuck at 1.7Ghz all the time. The i7 can speed up to 2.9Ghz when it needs to. It down steps to A) save battery life and B) switch from single to multicore depending on the application it's running.

Honestly, for that price range, you won't find a better 17" laptop than the Best Buy model of the G73. The more expensive versions do not offer enough goodies to warrant the price, in my opinion.

The next best thing worth dropping money on is a high-end Sager/Clevo or the M17x.
post #22 of 28
Be careful with Asus Laptops. I own a gaming Asus N50VN laptop and it gets hot. I owned this laptop for about a year and a half and the screen started flickering. Its very annoying. I have read that it is a wire problem from the heat and gets loose. Thing is there are many different reasons for this and I just don't want to open my laptop. I heard this screen flicker still happens with the newer laptops. Anyway, I will not get an Asus laptop for a while, I am going to be getting the Toshiba Quismo soon and give my Asus N50VN away because I hate the screen flicker. Any others with Asus laptops and the screen flickers. There are many people with this problem.
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Be careful with Asus Laptops. I own a gaming Asus N50VN laptop and it gets hot. I owned this laptop for about a year and a half and the screen started flickering. Its very annoying. I have read that it is a wire problem from the heat and gets loose. Thing is there are many different reasons for this and I just don't want to open my laptop. I heard this screen flicker still happens with the newer laptops. Anyway, I will not get an Asus laptop for a while, I am going to be getting the Toshiba Quismo soon and give my Asus N50VN away because I hate the screen flicker. Any others with Asus laptops and the screen flickers. There are many people with this problem.
I've had my G72 for over a year, packed in my messenger bag for school 5 days a week, used for at least 5 hours, 7 days a week.

No problems to speak of. I clean out the fan shroud every month or two, and just did a clean Windows 7 install yesterday. Still chugs away great.
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If you're going to be carrying this laptop to class with you, it sounds like you're going to be mobile with it a good bit. Are you sure you want to lug the weight of a 17+ inch laptop around with you?

If you were to go with a 15.6 inch screen, you can shed some weight for your travels, and get faster core components.

Just a thought.

My recommendations in your price range -

15.6" Sager NP8150 is in that price range, and under 7lbs.

17.3" Asus G73JW-XR1 is also in that price range and is closer to 9 lbs.
After talking to some friends they also convinced me to go with a 15.6 inch, i think i may go with this sager one in your comment. Ill probably upgrade to a 500g drive, and buy the windows 7 premium. Duno if ill upgrade ram though, told i'm better off buying ram off new egg
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does http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=920 use the new sandy bridge processor??

Also, i can't seem to find a big difference between the pn8150 and the pn8130.. It looks like you get more with

http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=916

Am i missing something? =p (i say this because the price is lower, and it seems to already come with the 90 dollar 4>8 gigabite ram upgrade. May make a new thread since this one has gone on long enough))
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does http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=920 use the new sandy bridge processor??
Yes
post #27 of 28
get the g73jh and thrash u have no clue,the i7 in the g73jh is acutally 2.93 clock speed with turbo on which is always left on...i own one i would know
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Ok, I'm getting agitated just reading what some of these guys are saying so I'm going to break it down WELL for you.

First of all dual vs quad core will make a small difference on battery life but not a big one because laptop cpu's only pull power as needed...so if a CORE is running at 10% it might be drawing <10 watts. However if it's at 100% it will be drawing >25 watts. So don't worry TOO much about power usage based on a dual vs. quad core.

One person posting has been VERY opinionated about 1.7 vs 2.5Ghz cpu's and before he goes exploding and flaming people again, don't forget this OP. The intel cpu's all have turbo mode and speedstep. When your cpu registers greater than 50% (i believe 50% in laptops) it begins to "overclock" itself up to a maximum speed predetermined by intel. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU. They have to legally advertise it as a 1.7Ghz chip, but REALISTICALLY when running games or intense applications it's actually a 2.8Ghz cpu.

As for those games you want to play they are all mostly cpu based games, the gpu won't need to be anything crazy unless you plan on picking up some newer games and throwing graphic sliders to the right (higher graphics). A 460M or 5870M are both overkill for what you're wanting to do. I like that people put a 5730 down, that would suffice for power, most any discrete gpu will be able to push the games you want...even if its only on low graphics.

In terms of screen size, 17inch is awesome cuz it's big but a lot of them start getting to higher resolutions which is NOT a bad thing, just remember they'll take more power to run the display AND you'll be using more gpu power to push pixels .

In terms of battery life, they are ALL going to be very similar...Unfortunately for us, PC laptops have not harnessed the battery development Apple (*spits to the side*) has and they still run on "6-cell", "9-cell", and "12-cell" batteries. A 6-cell battery will get you 3 hours of usage on power saver mode and about 1 to 1 1/2 hours if you're gaming. a 9 cell will get you about 5 hours on power saver and somewhere around 2 hours of gaming/heavy usage battery life. the 12-cells follow this pattern...about 6 hours on power saver mode and around 2 1/2 - 3 hours of gaming. (Those numbers would resemble say a 15inch screen with a quad core cpu and a low end discrete gpu)

Last thing I want to say, Asus make good laptops, they have GREAT cooling technology that keeps the chips and case cooler than your average laptop which transfers to a better longevity of the whole laptop (in computers, HEAT SUCKS!) IBM make some of the most reliable laptops on the market. Their customer service is TOP notch because they run an infrastructure DESIGNED for servers and businesses so they act quickly and very professionally IF you ever have a problem. I believe a few years back they won an award for consumer customer service (I COULD BE WRONG cuz I couldn't find the article or link so don't hold me too it but thought i'd let you know they're great)

TO BE FRANK, the laptop business has FAR more consumer activity then desktops do and because of this it is very cut-throat. What this means for consumers is, while yes, every company makes lemons, they all HAVE to maintain a certain level of consistency on their products otherwise the DOZENS of other manufactures blow them out of the water, so while yes you'll read bad reviews about certain manufacturers, don't forget there are probably THOUSANDS of people that didnt take the time to write a GOOD review about the product.

If you have any questions PM me, I get tired of OVERLY opinionated people that seem to think nobody has ground unless they agree with them, I'd rather give you information and let you pick from there.
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