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mzonexy
12-10-2011, 10:01 AM
It's time for asus to wake up, what are you doing right now?You call g74sx a gaming laptop? joking, A gaming lap should have high end graphic and not fixed graphic, the cooling and big body is really over kill in this model, look at alienware, exchangeable graphic 6990 or 580m, even msi know using 580m, what are you trying to use? 560m? this model, is only mutimedia hub!Look at what asus doing in other hardware, asus tring to promote a moster inmage, but, what about this model, it is only a mainstrem pc,asus have that ability creat a big moster gaming rig?why not?Asus now is the last company dis not provide a real high end gaming laptop, samsong has 6970m, msi have 570m and 580m, clevo and alienware is much more better, what a shame, I was really regreate buy this model.

Stringy31
12-10-2011, 10:14 AM
Cheeping out on the keyboard *squeak* *squeak* and touch pad as well. Also I agree with you the cooling on this machine is a bit overkill...

BrodyBoy
12-10-2011, 11:30 AM
what a shame, I was really regreate buy this model.
It sounds like you don't like anything about it, and that it doesn't meet the specs you want in any way.

So the obvious question is: why did you buy it?

JRd1st
12-10-2011, 11:43 AM
Isn't the G74 the first in the g series without upgradeable graphics and with a gimped bios setup? Just wonderin'...

Symb
12-10-2011, 01:47 PM
It sounds like you don't like anything about it, and that it doesn't meet the specs you want in any way.

So the obvious question is: why did you buy it?

Heh, I must agree with Brody here, why the hell did you buy it then? Before I made my decision I read many articles about this machine, and especially these rog forums here.
By all means it's not the best machine out there, but I can tell you what it is compared to the others, it's the BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK. Want an alienware? Go buy one then, just remember to add some extra $$$ on the top there. If somebody is a gaming enthusiast, a laptop is not an option, or at least it would not be my option since with the price of G74SX you can get a pretty heavy equipment tabletop rig.
I paid 1400€ for mine, and the alienwares start up from 2000€ I think. Not going to happen.

Im playing with my G74SX with GPU 930MHz, and memory 1700MHz, put some take some.
I know that's faster then the 570gtx with default clocks, don't know how it compares to 580, don't care.
Still best bang or the buck.

I wanted a desktop replacement so I don't need to reserve any room from my house to the computer, I can take it from the shelf when kid's are sleeping and put it anywhere I want, on the table, on a chair sitting comfy on the sofa some woods in the fireplace etc... I love this thing, and it has the power of a small village.

I'm not even going to start with the cooling, how is it overkill? I bet it's the best out there. Keeps things cool and quiet.

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 02:10 PM
The reason why I bought this machine , my friends get a very old asus laptop,he told me, that asus laptop has a very good quility, stable, and so on, ok this laptop is not cheap ,$2400 in au , in the same time ,alienware is $2400 also, but alienware has 6990m!!! I read a lot before I make my choice, I don't know too much the difference of the mobile graphic card, I n my mind , may go with quility, unitl a nother friend got alienware 6990m , I was realize, the gap is so huge!, both asus and alienware has same quility,same price. The difference is so huge when battlefiled 3 running, alienware is the big bang foe the $2400 in au, know I know what is the graphic gap, I just saying , why asus did not go make a really powerful laptop, they have the ability?

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 02:18 PM
We are different, I don't know too much about laptop hardware, this is my first laptop, I choose the brand what my friends use . Iknow, I am understding the graphic now, the review did not tell any drawback of graphic crad.

380mcn
12-10-2011, 02:43 PM
research research and market analysis.. that's you should have been doing instead listening to your friends.

option 1. i wanted an alienware m17x with the ati6990. it costed 2400eur and they don't sell it here in portugal, i must buy it in spain.
option 2. msi rig with gtx570m (2% better than 560m) and cpu i7-2630qm(worst than the 2670qm i bought) keyboard is worse, but touchpad and soundcard better (5.1) than the asus. price? 1850eur
option 3. clevo 2670, 32gb RAM 1800mhz, ati 6990 or gtx580m, or dual 6990 or dual 580gtx. prices from 2400eur to 5100eur

what did i buy?: the g74. it costs 1700eur. i regret the touchpad and the flicker on the screen.
should have i bought other? no.. the msi has its own flaws, and alienware is waaaaayyyy expensive for portuguese/iberian and even european market.

it's only a question of numbers. if THIS LAPTOP would cost more than this 1700eur i would never bought it because yes it's underspec. The alienware is way better than the g74 in EVERYTHING except one thing.. price!

If that's not your case.. if prices are the same where do you live, once again.. ..you should have been doing some research.

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 03:03 PM
For me , same price, in au, I areaday do reseach,
Found a perfect solution for you to order alienware: buy alienware in powernotebook,they ship from us to everywhere in the world, m17x 2760/8g/750g/580m/ 1865eur including shiping ,M18x? 2760/8g/6990 CF/750G/18.4/ 2164eur including shiping you paid so much forG74sx, like me!!!!

PILGRIM
12-10-2011, 03:12 PM
@mzonexy,

Suggestion: Sell your ASUS laptop and buy whatever you prefer now..

JRd1st
12-10-2011, 03:17 PM
body, go for samsong 700g7a 2670,6970m/1.5tb/8G,early next year, msi with 580m
No thanks, that Samsung has a Radeon in it. From my perspective nothing but trouble.

Symho
12-10-2011, 03:23 PM
@mzonexy,

Suggestion: Sell your ASUS laptop and buy whatever you prefer now..

@mzonexy,

You created a thread to confess what you have been foolish to buy a g74sx? :D

Come on buy an Alienware but prepare your money! Much money!!!

Symho
12-10-2011, 03:24 PM
No thanks, that Samsung has a Radeon in it. From my perspective nothing but trouble.

Great! ;)

I agree!

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 03:31 PM
Anyway I order m18x for 2700 austrilian dollors, 2760/8g/6990CF/750G/ in powernotrbook, going to sell 74

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 03:34 PM
ok, For me aliware with 6990 and g74sx, same price in Austrilia, the only difference is 74 has 3D

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 03:38 PM
Much money? I don't see difference here, 74sx 2400 2670/16g/3d/1.5tb, m17x 6990m 2760/8g/1.5tb, 2400. m17x with 580m? 2700

mzonexy
12-10-2011, 03:42 PM
I was wondering one thing : why asus is so reserve?they can create a monster ,much better spec laptop,why they did not do it?

PILGRIM
12-10-2011, 03:58 PM
I was wondering one thing : why asus is so reserve?they can create a monster ,much better spec laptop,why they did not do it?

Perhaps they're thinking about me (and the others out there).:)

ASUS sells laptops (like my G74SX), that are more affordable as compared to most high-end ones.

In case you didn't notice, an issue-free ASUS gaming laptop (like mine), can just be as good as the others of its class.

Anyways, to each his own, as they say..

P.S. I hope you'll be satisfied with your next laptop.

MPerni
12-10-2011, 04:30 PM
As Pilgrim, and as you say, there are many companies that made laptops with 580m, top ATI, etc etc... maybe its not worth that market, that notebooks are very expensive and maybe they will not sell as many as the g74/73/etc... I also choose Asus because of the price, i say the alienware, and even if i customize it with the same specs, Asus got much better price.
And it´s a company, they want to make money, and it´s ok with that.

Dreadp1r4te
12-10-2011, 11:35 PM
@mzonexy, I recommend viewing this thread, which someone else linked to me when having a low FPS issue in BF3...
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-and-how-to-fix-it&highlight=throttlestop

The 560m is plenty powerful, and it doesn't drain near as much battery as a 580m, and as other people have mentioned it can be overclocked quite easily to similar speeds of the 580m. The holdup here is actually the processor; its bottlenecking itself because it *thinks* it might over-heat... someone forgot to tell it it has a refrigerator for a cooling system. =P Anyways, after running Throttlestop I can play BF3 at max settings, max resolution with smooth as silk framerates. Try that and see if it helps. If not, return the Asus and get what you want.

380mcn
12-11-2011, 02:18 AM
For me , same price, in au, I areaday do reseach,
Found a perfect solution for you to order alienware: buy alienware in powernotebook,they ship from us to everywhere in the world, m17x 2760/8g/750g/580m/ 1865eur including shiping ,M18x? 2760/8g/6990 CF/750G/18.4/ 2164eur including shiping you paid so much forG74sx, like me!!!!

alienware US, only ships to the US, alienware UK only to UK, alienware Spain only to spain and so on so on.

380mcn
12-11-2011, 02:24 AM
IMHO the difference between gtx560m, gtx570m and ATI 6970 is almost the same.
when you're talking about the 580m or the ati6990 thats another story, and that's another price.

that's why asus gaming laptop is not the ultimate specs machine.. but certainly has an appealing price when comparing with the other brands! my main complaint is the support! And i had a COMPAL before.. and they provide 0 support! but the components were well identified.. but this g74 with the sentellic.. argggghhhhh
lol

ricksaint
12-11-2011, 04:51 AM
I was wondering one thing : why asus is so reserve?they can create a monster ,much better spec laptop,why they did not do it?

It's the same thing as asking why Dell didn't build the m18x: it doesn't fit in with their marketing. This is not the product line they're in. Asus, likewise, build their reputation on offering laptops that give the best bang for the buck. That's how they're competitive; that's how they make their money. Of course they could build laptops that can compete with the best from Alienware, but would that fit in with their marketing? Would they make money doing it?

fostert
12-11-2011, 05:37 AM
ASUS has made an understated notebook here not only for hardcore gamers that don't want to break the bank, but for those of us who just want a true desktop replacement with the power of a desktop. I don't game (last game I played fully from start to finish was Doom). I don't need a 580M. I wanted a notebook to carry about the house, to travel with me to work and back, and to travel with me on trips. This laptop had to do what my desktop in my office does (number crunching), and it had to do that in all these places. In effect I wanted a portable desktop for my work. And I'm glad that the G74 does this and didn't cost >>$2000.

Point is this laptop fills a niche in the market not just for gamers, but for anyone who wants the power of their desktop to go with them. Its "reserved" for this reason.

potna
12-11-2011, 07:16 AM
let me ask the tc something, do you know the time line of the 500 series?

what if the 560 came out before the 580?
did the g74 review models just come out in the spring?
didnt the 560 revies start coming out about that time?

i couldnt be wrong about my release dates but, why would someone take the time to buy one of these and ***** about it a few months later. sounds to me like someone didt do their home work before they spent their money and now the grass is greener.

maybe i am wrong, no?

mzonexy
12-11-2011, 07:31 AM
When I got this laptop,two weeks before .6990m 580, 570, is areaday,I guess I see alot of crazzy guys here, 580m=two 560m perfermence,I do some research at that period of time, but I did not understand about how graphic card is this important, I see the perfermence bech mark, but I don't know what does it means.

mzonexy
12-11-2011, 07:36 AM
You can buy alienware in www.powernotebooks.com they are a reseller in US, who order for you in US, They even have more option to upgrade your laptop, they Even, have asus, MSI,sager! After you order from them , dell buit the computer and ship to that reseller, they check it for you, upgrade the thormal base for you, then ship it to you ship from us to everywhere in the world, m17x 2760/8g/750g/580m/ 1865eur including shiping ,M18x? 2760/8g/6990 CF/750G/18.4/ 2164eur including shiping

mzonexy
12-11-2011, 07:41 AM
You can buy alienware in www.powernotebooks.com they are a reseller in US, who order for you in US, They even have more option to upgrade your laptop, they Even, have asus, MSI,sager! After you order from them , dell buit the computer and ship to that reseller, they check it for you, upgrade the thormal base for you, then ship it to you ship from us to everywhere in the world, m17x 2760/8g/750g/580m/ 1865eur including shiping ,M18x? 2760/8g/6990 CF/750G/18.4/ 2164eur including shiping

mzonexy
12-11-2011, 07:46 AM
I order 18x yesterday here!!!!Much more cheaper and reliable

Doan
12-11-2011, 07:51 AM
Your problem is, that the G74 and an equivalent (or better) Alienware laptop are the same price where you live. This is not the case in other countries, where Alienware is usually a great deal more expensive, for similar specs. If a better Alienware laptop is available to you at the same price, you should go with that.

ricksaint
12-11-2011, 02:56 PM
I order 18x yesterday here!!!!Much more cheaper and reliable

You'll understand that if we're here, it's because we're proud of our not-so-perfect G-series Asus. You'll get a more receptive audience here: (http://www.alienware.com.au/)

380mcn
12-12-2011, 11:13 AM
Your problem is, that the G74 and an equivalent (or better) Alienware laptop are the same price where you live. This is not the case in other countries, where Alienware is usually a great deal more expensive, for similar specs. If a better Alienware laptop is available to you at the same price, you should go with that.

+1! true!

the g74 appeared during spring, and in august it saw a little spec up! (better CPU, more RAM, and backpack and mouse) (same GPU beacuse it cannot be exchanged and the performance to the 570m is the same.

IMHO, asus will deliver the g75 with another GPU and new i7s.
But generally speaking for the price you won't get any other contender like Clevo or MSI.

P.S. Here in portugal de Mx18x (which is the only model currently on sale) is worse on everything! CPU, RAM, GPU the same. And they ask for 2200eur! Mine was 1700.

JRd1st
12-12-2011, 11:54 AM
What is Alienware support like? Do they issue BIOS"s when needed? Have they ever recalled a pc because a major part was faulty; ie touchpad, or something not easily replaced by the user? Just curious...

BrodyBoy
12-12-2011, 12:33 PM
Alienware is just a subsidiary of Dell, isn't it? I wonder if they share support resources.....


I've never heard of ANY laptop recalled for bad design, crappy parts, or lack of functionality. Really. The only recalls I've ever seen are for batteries or power transformers that are determined to present a potential fire risk. (Even Apple had to recall a battery once.)

So apparently, their motto for customers should be "Whatever doesn't kill you, will make you stronger."

chrsplmr
12-12-2011, 01:36 PM
dell???? hahahhahaha....

I would use a 74 for a doorstop before i'd use a dell....hahahahhahahaaa.... good luck.c.

JRd1st
12-12-2011, 01:42 PM
So apparently, their motto for customers should be "Whatever doesn't kill you, will make you stronger."

"Whatever doesn't kill you, will make us richer; even if you can't do anything else with it unless you use peripherals."

Symb
12-12-2011, 04:58 PM
dell???? hahahhahaha....

I would use a 74 for a doorstop before i'd use a dell....hahahahhahahaaa.... good luck.c.

74 would be in fact an awesome doorstop in terms of shape,size and weight! Gotta see it for myself in 5 years or something... :p

Symb
12-12-2011, 05:01 PM
+1! true!

the g74 appeared during spring, and in august it saw a little spec up! (better CPU, more RAM, and backpack and mouse) (same GPU beacuse it cannot be exchanged and the performance to the 570m is the same.

IMHO, asus will deliver the g75 with another GPU and new i7s.
But generally speaking for the price you won't get any other contender like Clevo or MSI.

P.S. Here in portugal de Mx18x (which is the only model currently on sale) is worse on everything! CPU, RAM, GPU the same. And they ask for 2200eur! Mine was 1700.

I think it's the same Mx18x (oldish hardware) was sold by a local retailer here too with 2700€ :P

Symb
12-12-2011, 05:02 PM
I order 18x yesterday here!!!!Much more cheaper and reliable

First you say that they are equally tagged in terms of price, now you're telling us that it's much more cheaper than Asus? Right...

380mcn
12-12-2011, 06:45 PM
they took 9 months to address this: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/21/dell-issues-alienware-m17x-stuttering-audio-fix-will-it-stick/

JKB0076
12-12-2011, 06:56 PM
Hello all,

I just picked up a G74sx BBY8($1199usd) after having a couple Alienware configs in my cart, paid for, and quickly canceled. I just couldn't personally justify that much cash on a laptop($2000 +). So I went back to researching over the last few weeks and found this laptop to be one of the Best Bangs for the Buck. By far really.

I like the AW and all but the price difference for a minimal performance increase(we're talking mid level AW configs) just isn't worth it to me(and a lot of people). I actually just built a comparable AW laptop to that of this G74sx and it's nearly $1900. $700 difference for a colored keyboard I just can't swallow.

So far out of the box I'm enjoying this laptop. My only issue to date is the space bar which worries me a little.

BrodyBoy
12-12-2011, 08:42 PM
So far out of the box I'm enjoying this laptop. My only issue to date is the space bar which worries me a little.
What's the problem with it?

JKB0076
12-12-2011, 09:08 PM
It doesn't seem to register the tap on the far outsides of the button. Maybe around a finger width in on each side. Which seems to be my zone lol. I can probably train myself to click it more in the center....hopefully..

mzonexy
12-13-2011, 01:45 AM
My friends lend me his alienware m17x r3 to me, I use it for 2days more,I admitted it just blow g74sx away! First, in Austilia, you can get it for 2400, same price like Asus,but, what I have research the graphic card,6990m is nearly 50% faster than 560m, it means in the same price, you get a double permence than g74sx in the same price, the cpu 2760m in m17x is 5-10% percent faster, this is way good bonus!!!In most of games, it is significant better, in battlefiled 3 ,m17x runs40-45 fram in ultra setting, but G74sx is only 25-30,much lagingin g74sx.in other games, the permence is much better in m17x, Second , the keyborad are perfect, very responsive, not have any lag issue and num pad issue!!!way better felling and cool than g74sx.Third, bios, dell has gave you much chioce and control in bios, you can overclock, you can boost you system,make raid, you can select votage of cpu,gpu,you can choose memory spped, you can do anything you want, block some integrated part, Asus hide them in the bios,this is shameful, Alieware has the most sophistacated nios, not too many issues, they fix it on time, but there is no major issue.I guess most of you guys are just guessing and seaching , but once you hand on one m17x, you know what I am talking.

mzonexy
12-13-2011, 01:51 AM
For me , the m18x is expensive than us in here, but 400, I got a 18.4 screen, 2 gtx 580m which is equal to the perfermence of four 560m! a aluminum body, way better cool looking , way better deal, for 400 more and more control of perfermence!!!!!

mzonexy
12-13-2011, 02:13 AM
http://www.harveynorman.com.au/asus-g74sx-91165v-notebook.html
know, g74sx is 2990!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way expensive than m17x, they raise the g74sx price, 500 more than m17x, there is no reason hold it any more

_
12-13-2011, 02:18 AM
http://www.harveynorman.com.au/asus-g74sx-91165v-notebook.html
know, g74sx is 2990!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way expensive than m17x, they raise the g74sx price, 500 more than m17x, there is no reason hold it any more

That's because that particular model also has the full 1.5TB of HDD and 16GB of memory. HDD prices have gone up considerably and that version has two.

The Nemesis
12-13-2011, 03:51 AM
Very happy with my Newegg Black Friday $1149 G74. 1080P LED, Blu Ray, 750GB seagate 7200 RPM HD, GTX 560m, & 8GB ram. I added 180GB SSD & another 8GB of ram. For gaming on a 17" LED screen it's everything I need. Overclocked gpu a bit to get some extra fps.

mzonexy
12-13-2011, 04:46 AM
My model is this onw, 2400 2670+16G+1.5Tb+3d, everything is same, now,it's 3000,not 2400

AQUASTEVAE
12-13-2011, 07:28 AM
My model is this onw, 2400 2670+16G+1.5Tb+3d, everything is same, now,it's 3000,not 2400

why do you continue to beat this dead horse? if you don't like the laptop, get rid of it, and stop *****ing about it. this sight is for helping those who have a g74 get it the way they want it, not for crying buyers remorse. so either sell yours and get the alienware, or deal with what you have. but it's getting old reading your whining about this computer. most people on here love their choice and couldn't care less if you don't.

380mcn
12-13-2011, 11:44 AM
concluding, one can buy the g74 at $1149 USD and up until $3000 australian dollars .
No one would buy a g74 if the price was the same as M17x or M18x! No one!

This thread can close! :D

giggidy
12-14-2011, 11:51 PM
i love the english

giggidy
12-14-2011, 11:53 PM
also another thing with "upgradeable graphics"...

it ain't happening... at least... not to the point where you'll be satisfied financially and technically... why? have you ever checked out the prices of mxm cards? It's probably a good 1/4 or even 1/3 the price of your notebook and RARELY have I come by anyone who's upgraded their card...

Doan
12-15-2011, 01:06 AM
Very happy with my Newegg Black Friday $1149 G74. 1080P LED, Blu Ray, 750GB seagate 7200 RPM HD, GTX 560m, & 8GB ram.I got my G74 at Newegg, too, on Cyber Monday for $1099.99 shipped. I've seen refurbs for around that price ^_^

Zekoviz
01-02-2012, 09:59 PM
Hello gus... i paid 1400€ my asus g74sx so in us dollars it is 1810,9 US dollars... and it so much to me. And for ex. alienware m18x cost 3621,8 us dollars... maybe i will keep asus why? you know why... BTW... I from finland and only shop sells alienware laptops so thats why it is so expensive. just look if you want... http://www.gigantti.fi/product/tietokoneet/kannettavat-tietokoneet/AWM18X6732/alienware-m18x-18-4-kannettava-m18x-6732

hirethestache
01-02-2012, 11:53 PM
@mzonexy, I recommend viewing this thread, which someone else linked to me when having a low FPS issue in BF3...
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-and-how-to-fix-it&highlight=throttlestop

The 560m is plenty powerful, and it doesn't drain near as much battery as a 580m, and as other people have mentioned it can be overclocked quite easily to similar speeds of the 580m. The holdup here is actually the processor; its bottlenecking itself because it *thinks* it might over-heat... someone forgot to tell it it has a refrigerator for a cooling system. =P Anyways, after running Throttlestop I can play BF3 at max settings, max resolution with smooth as silk framerates. Try that and see if it helps. If not, return the Asus and get what you want.

Sorry to detract, but what settings did you use in TS?

Back to the subject at matter...go buy an Alienware, you'll love it. I love McDonalds. The name is known worldwide as a successful franchise that has been around for years. Does that change the fact that I get a horrible case of Montezumas Revenge (aka the ****s) every time I eat there? Nope, but I still go there anyways. Ok ok I digress...what does this have to do with Alienware/Asus/Acer/Techylappytop Company? Everything.

In the past 8 years I have owned five laptops, including my present G74SX (aka the G74 SEX). The first, lets call it a Blalienware Area 51 gaming laptop--it owned. For a while. About a year after I bought it, **** started rolling. The motherboard went bad, and I sent it out multiple times over the course of the second year of owning. In the 24 months that I owned it, I only HAD it for the first 14 and from then on it went back and fourth like a kid between divorced parents.

Legal battles ensued, and as a settlement they gave me some hush money and a fully loaded Blalienware Aurora M9700 laptop. It also owned for about a year until the keyboard completely stopped working. Also, in this time Blalienware went from a domestically owned & operated company to a new head honcho, aka DELL(f**k Dell). The legal battle was reinitiated, and I took my settlement money. In return, Blalienware asked me not to mention this three and a half year ordeal. Blalienware, consider that promise kept.

Fed up with having to talk to "Henry" on tech support every other week, I gave up and got a Mac (dun dun dunnnnnn).

I was eating salmon for about 6 months til I realized I wanted to get my balls out of my phanny pack and go back to a big meaty steak. So I got a fully loaded HP DV7T 3300. I know, I know...HP. But the computer was(and still is) great. It's now my backup computer. A few weeks ago the realization came to me that I needed some serious computing power, and after a lot of research I settled on a maxed out G74SX-DH72.

Specs: i7-2760, 32gb ram, 160SSD main, 750hybrid secondary.

This machine blows my mind, and it IS the best bang for your buck, bar none. The Area 51 I had was $2100, the second was valued at $2200, the HP was $2000, the Apple was $1980.

I have same keyboard/numlock/touchpad issues as everyone else. Im still trying to figure out the BIOS thing(currently on th stock G74SX BIOS but on a clean BW free install) but I'll live with it for now as I'm sure it will get fixed as this is the most active community I've witnessed out of HP, Alienware and Apple.

Whatever you get, you will find something to complain about. Everything has its flaws. The point is to find what has the LEAST flaws, and find your way around them.

BTW...I dont really eat McDonalds. That ****'s nasty.

380mcn
01-03-2012, 01:45 PM
Sorry to detract, but what settings did you use in TS?

Back to the subject at matter...go buy an Alienware, you'll love it. I love McDonalds. The name is known worldwide as a successful franchise that has been around for years. Does that change the fact that I get a horrible case of Montezumas Revenge (aka the ****s) every time I eat there? Nope, but I still go there anyways. Ok ok I digress...what does this have to do with Alienware/Asus/Acer/Techylappytop Company? Everything.

In the past 8 years I have owned five laptops, including my present G74SX (aka the G74 SEX). The first, lets call it a Blalienware Area 51 gaming laptop--it owned. For a while. About a year after I bought it, **** started rolling. The motherboard went bad, and I sent it out multiple times over the course of the second year of owning. In the 24 months that I owned it, I only HAD it for the first 14 and from then on it went back and fourth like a kid between divorced parents.

Legal battles ensued, and as a settlement they gave me some hush money and a fully loaded Blalienware Aurora M9700 laptop. It also owned for about a year until the keyboard completely stopped working. Also, in this time Blalienware went from a domestically owned & operated company to a new head honcho, aka DELL(f**k Dell). The legal battle was reinitiated, and I took my settlement money. In return, Blalienware asked me not to mention this three and a half year ordeal. Blalienware, consider that promise kept.

Fed up with having to talk to "Henry" on tech support every other week, I gave up and got a Mac (dun dun dunnnnnn).

I was eating salmon for about 6 months til I realized I wanted to get my balls out of my phanny pack and go back to a big meaty steak. So I got a fully loaded HP DV7T 3300. I know, I know...HP. But the computer was(and still is) great. It's now my backup computer. A few weeks ago the realization came to me that I needed some serious computing power, and after a lot of research I settled on a maxed out G74SX-DH72.

Specs: i7-2760, 32gb ram, 160SSD main, 750hybrid secondary.

This machine blows my mind, and it IS the best bang for your buck, bar none. The Area 51 I had was $2100, the second was valued at $2200, the HP was $2000, the Apple was $1980.

I have same keyboard/numlock/touchpad issues as everyone else. Im still trying to figure out the BIOS thing(currently on th stock G74SX BIOS but on a clean BW free install) but I'll live with it for now as I'm sure it will get fixed as this is the most active community I've witnessed out of HP, Alienware and Apple.

Whatever you get, you will find something to complain about. Everything has its flaws. The point is to find what has the LEAST flaws, and find your way around them.

BTW...I dont really eat McDonalds. That ****'s nasty.

do you really have 32GB ram installed on the G74??
at which speeds.. which windows do you useª?

hirethestache
01-03-2012, 05:09 PM
do you really have 32GB ram installed on the G74??
at which speeds.. which windows do you useª?

Yes, 8x4gb DDR3 1333 Dual-Channel, Windows Ultimate. I am a VFX/MoVFX editor, so 32 gigabytes was the bare minimum I would have wanted. Unfortunately it was also the maximum I could find. Had my machine built by Keith over at GenTechPC.com

380mcn
01-04-2012, 03:47 PM
Yes, 8x4gb DDR3 1333 Dual-Channel, Windows Ultimate. I am a VFX/MoVFX editor, so 32 gigabytes was the bare minimum I would have wanted. Unfortunately it was also the maximum I could find. Had my machine built by Keith over at GenTechPC.com

thank you sir for your precious information!
I read windows 7 home premium (the one that comes bundled with the g74) only allows 16gb. so everybody is thinking the 16gb is limited but the machine. with your info know i know the limitation is the OS itself! thank you!!

AdelaisAer
01-04-2012, 04:24 PM
The graphics card on the G74SX is actually really decent. o_O; And the cooling is spectacular. The only problems with it, in my opinion, are the faulty, unstable keyboard and touchpad. Other than that, it's perfectly fine...until you run into other issues.

asasila1983
01-17-2012, 12:37 PM
Just bought a Asus G74SX-RH71 last nov 26, 2011, upgraded ram to 16GB.. loved it ever since i bought it..

planning also on buying an 512gb SSD.. just searching if theres available here..

BrodyBoy
01-17-2012, 12:43 PM
planning also on buying an 512gb SSD.. just searching if theres available here..
If you use the secondary drive for data, you really wouldn't need a 512Gb SSD. You could save a lot of money by using a more reasonable 120-160Gb SSD system drive.

waveform
01-17-2012, 03:54 PM
This is my very first insertion into this interesting world of blogging. My budget to buy a laptop that had "character", a little "pizazz” and “sparkle” to entice my appetite was $1200.00 CDN (tax in). I eventually found one that fit my financial plan exactly to the penny. The full 360 degree two year all inclusive warrantee provided by ASUS with perhaps the potential to attach an “extended” period at some time in the future will assure me that at least until the New Year 2014 my modest investment was practical.

So, enough of that sort of downgrading – the internet is flooded already with so much disgruntled remarks toward an industry that by now you all know only produces wares so that the product-line will eventually, if not immediately default to the inspired technocrat always sitting in the wings to find fault and/or some sort of disfavor to justify its discoloring remarks to warrant the marketing team of the next generation of machines to find just the right kind of language in promoting [ALWAYS] its NEXT “better” unit than the one already sitting in front of you/me barely, and freshly out of the box. For me, it is simply a gratuitous toy and instrument to make my leisure time to play, and my work-flow a little more gratifying with an anticipated small measure of reward in the process.

My apologies are however in order. I did not sign on to reply specifically in a rant response to appease the procrastinator of such disheartened news concerning one’s own, personal misfortune and experiences which I hope that/those individuals will find some sort of solace in finding a solution to raise up their spirits. Nevertheless, here goes my real reason for joining this blog site.

I am green and NEW to the laptop that I have just very recently purchased. I need some real advice from the community experienced in these things on how to begin to understand the mechanics and workings of such a seemingly powerful system. For instance, I have discovered that a file on the desktop called “eManual” is helpful for me to understand and guide me through certain, yet to discover CPU processes. What I would like to do, and I am lost as to how to accomplish the task, is how find and upload that file [“eManual”] into a PDF format to eventually place into my iPHONE [iBook PDF shelf], where I have other PDF documents for reference stored, for easy access. Comments from anyone to this regard would be appreciated. Thank you. Respectfully yours, WAVEFORM. [p.s. quikly typed, so spelling/gramatical errors may be present]

BrodyBoy
01-17-2012, 04:02 PM
Welcome. :) This isn't really a blog site, but a forum for seeking help and exchanging information about these products. So when you have questions, I'm sure other owners in the community will try to help.

In the eManul folder (in Programs (x86), I believe), there's a .pdf version of the User's manual.

waveform
01-17-2012, 04:25 PM
Thank you. The eMANUAL is now in my iPHONE [iBOOKS-PDF] Library.
Respectfully,

Waveform

waveform
01-17-2012, 04:31 PM
When I am ready to upload my "profile" picture, I could not find the means or ways in the "edit profile" section of this forum. Would you know how?

Waveform

xeromist
01-17-2012, 04:54 PM
The picture option may not be available until you have been here a few days and posted a while. It is an anti-spam measure.

asasila1983
01-21-2012, 10:32 AM
If you use the secondary drive for data, you really wouldn't need a 512Gb SSD. You could save a lot of money by using a more reasonable 120-160Gb SSD system drive.


Hmm thanks.. ill think about it.. but i need to find a store first XD im currently working here in kuwait so im still looking for stores selling internal hdd here..

Kurious.G
01-21-2012, 11:34 AM
This is my very first insertion into this interesting world of blogging. My budget to buy a laptop that had "character", a little "pizazz” and “sparkle” to entice my appetite was $1200.00 CDN (tax in). I eventually found one that fit my financial plan exactly to the penny. The full 360 degree two year all inclusive warrantee provided by ASUS with perhaps the potential to attach an “extended” period at some time in the future will assure me that at least until the New Year 2014 my modest investment was practical.

So, enough of that sort of downgrading – the internet is flooded already with so much disgruntled remarks toward an industry that by now you all know only produces wares so that the product-line will eventually, if not immediately default to the inspired technocrat always sitting in the wings to find fault and/or some sort of disfavor to justify its discoloring remarks to warrant the marketing team of the next generation of machines to find just the right kind of language in promoting [ALWAYS] its NEXT “better” unit than the one already sitting in front of you/me barely, and freshly out of the box. For me, it is simply a gratuitous toy and instrument to make my leisure time to play, and my work-flow a little more gratifying with an anticipated small measure of reward in the process.

My apologies are however in order. I did not sign on to reply specifically in a rant response to appease the procrastinator of such disheartened news concerning one’s own, personal misfortune and experiences which I hope that/those individuals will find some sort of solace in finding a solution to raise up their spirits. Nevertheless, here goes my real reason for joining this blog site.

I am green and NEW to the laptop that I have just very recently purchased. I need some real advice from the community experienced in these things on how to begin to understand the mechanics and workings of such a seemingly powerful system. For instance, I have discovered that a file on the desktop called “eManual” is helpful for me to understand and guide me through certain, yet to discover CPU processes. What I would like to do, and I am lost as to how to accomplish the task, is how find and upload that file [“eManual”] into a PDF format to eventually place into my iPHONE [iBook PDF shelf], where I have other PDF documents for reference stored, for easy access. Comments from anyone to this regard would be appreciated. Thank you. Respectfully yours, WAVEFORM. [p.s. quikly typed, so spelling/gramatical errors may be present]

WOW!!!
Reading that about wore me out!!!
Welcome to the community, Waveform.
No one can accuse you of being a shortwave for sure!!!
:)

KG

chrsplmr
01-22-2012, 05:19 PM
great thread...thank you all... a bit all over..

waveForm...indeed, welcome...... looking forward to
you silverTongue typing....

..as to the rant/part of the thread--- buyer beware..
know the model you are buying ... and the retailer.

Cursing---words like 'Dell' ........ ugly...un needed...
'it blows the G away'? ...hahahha...with all due respect..
you got the first two words right.....

Welcome 380... take no offense.. you are among friends.