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Asus G74Sx, The Gaming PC of Christmas?

- November 29th, 2011

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At Christmas time, it can be hard for tech-impaired parents to pick a great PC for their game crazy kids, especially if the kid is actually a 21-year-old with a Battlefield 3 or Skyrim addiction like me.

So I was really interested when I got a peek at Microsoft’s Premium Collection of PC’s this week. The software giant put together a list of super-powered computers for this Christmas, each with a different user in mind, including gamers.

While you can check out the full Premium Collection at Best Buy, I asked Marc Aube, Product Marketing Director at Microsoft, why they chose the Asus G74Sx as the best gaming PC under the Christmas tree this year.

James Everett

Ubisoft Toronto game designer James Everett, sporting the Asus G74Sx and a mean Movember 'stache.

“We’ve really scoured the market to find the hottest Windows 7 PC’s that are out there for this holiday,” he said.

“When considering gaming PC’s, we were really looking for PC’s with things designed with what the gamer is going to need, it’s critical to have great processing power, a good screen size, high end graphics and memory.”

With a 17.3 inch display, a 2nd generation Intel i7 processor, Nvidia graphics with 3 GB of dedicated video RAM and a 1.5 TB hard drive, the G74Sx is absolutely drool-worthy.

The computer also has palm-rests and a unique cooling system, designed to make sure you’re 30+ hour marathon session isn’t interrupted by a total system meltdown.

While I didn’t get the chance to play with the Asus G74Sx myself, I chatted with video game designer James Everett (@Jamese on Twitter), who coloured me green with envy describing his experience checking out the machine at Ubisoft Toronto.

“It’s a monster,” he said, “Its a really powerful machine. Nice big, fat screen on it, lots of real estate to work with and even a proper num-pad.”

“Gamers, we always, always , always push the edge of this stuff, so we’re going to be the one’s running these machines the hottest, the fastest, the hardest to get as much out of it as we can.”

Everett is currently in the midst of crafting Sam Fisher’s next outing in a future installment of the Splinter Cell franchise (which is sounding awesome, can’t say anything yet). In charge of the 3 C’s, Character, Camera and Controls, Everett said he designs anything the player touches through the controller.

He said the low-latency screen and dedicated video memory are huge selling points for him as a game designer, making it a computer he would use for both work and play.

“With 3ds Max and development software, what we really look for is, what’s my standalone graphics solution? How does that make everything go faster? You pair that up with a decent CPU and you’re off to the races.”

“As far as Christmas goes, absolutely, it’s always nice to get a well built piece of hardware and the G74Sx is certainly that. If you get that under the Christmas tree, you’re grinning all the way.”

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2 comments

  1. Trevor Scott | December 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

    so what does it cost???????????????

  2. jon lightfoot | December 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    it costs 2049.00 dollars!

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