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  1. The integrated memory controllers (IMCs) on...

    The integrated memory controllers (IMCs) on Nehalem and Sandy Bridge are incredibly hardy and can Overclock a loooooong ways...Intel is just quoting a guaranteed tested rating, and obviously will say...
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    Corsair is good to deal with in case they don't...

    Corsair is good to deal with in case they don't clock up to 1600 (which seems likely since you're putting in 4 SODIMMs); theres lots of tremendous help on their forums (asktheramguy.com) and they...
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    Out of the box my G74 had 90 processes running on...

    Out of the box my G74 had 90 processes running on it immediately after booting Windows, taking up nearly 2.5GB of RAM! A ridiculous amount of bloatware. That whole drive was reformatted within the...
  4. In all the lappies I've owned the first things...

    In all the lappies I've owned the first things that went on them (to the point of where there were unusable) were not electronic, but mechanical. Cracked and broken plastic chassis', cracked screens,...
  5. Thread: G74Sx pROBLEM

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    Do you have a bootable CD/DVD to try? I.e. a...

    Do you have a bootable CD/DVD to try? I.e. a windows 7 install DVD, or burn a memtest86 CD from the following link: http://www.memtest.org/download/4.20/memtest86+-4.20.iso.zip
    If its a HDD failure...
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    Sorry to hear they don't run at 1600 MHz. I was...

    Sorry to hear they don't run at 1600 MHz. I was fairly sure another on this forum had gotten 4x4GB of the Corsairs to work at full speed. Certainly it looks like 2x8GB=16GB will run at the 1600...
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    An SSD will speed up Windows in day-2-day ops,...

    An SSD will speed up Windows in day-2-day ops, whereas filling the machine with way more RAM than you can use on a day-to-day basis will not.



    If the game copies its entire maps, characters,...
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    If you simply add up the published max TDP...

    If you simply add up the published max TDP ratings for each part in the G74 (CPU, GPU, chipset wlan, screen, HDDs, fans, etc) you get a few watts shy of 150W, and thats not even counting the...
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    Corsairs are good, yup. I have 4x8GB of those...

    Corsairs are good, yup. I have 4x8GB of those same 1333MHz sticks from them you referenced above. If 16GB is your goal my advice is 2x8GB of the 1333 MHz speed stuff. Unless you're running...
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    At a room temp ambient (21C, or 70F) an i7...

    At a room temp ambient (21C, or 70F) an i7 2630/2670 CPU in a G74 idles @~40C, and stressed with a full single thread load ~56C. With all four cores going hard my 2630QM never exceeds 72C. As for the...
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    The most common sloppiness I see over and over...

    The most common sloppiness I see over and over again from factory assemblies is *too much* thermal paste. Every new desktop mainboard, graphics card, etc I get the first thing I do is pull the...
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    If ASUS replaced the mainboard for you then they...

    If ASUS replaced the mainboard for you then they did a repasting of the CPU and GPU heatsink/IHS interface. Most thermal pastes have a cure time (some as long as 200 hours of "normal" use) during...
  13. Good guide @ThatsBS...thanks. I too plan to...

    Good guide @ThatsBS...thanks.
    I too plan to toss in a 2960 or some lesser xtreme version one day well after my warranty goes: if i get the urge (& the cash) soon I think I might get a shop in town...
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    Hardware controlled RAID is fantastic. And I'm...

    Hardware controlled RAID is fantastic. And I'm glad ASUS listened to the G74 users and went with the less-troublesome synaptics TP. Not "persistant perfection", but a slow evolution towards it!
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    1) If the 670M is essentially a rebranded 570M...

    1) If the 670M is essentially a rebranded 570M (which actually runs hotter by 5W: http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/638159-asus-rog-g55-g75-april-gtx-670m-18.html), and I can...
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    A BIOS update usually does not impact raw...

    A BIOS update usually does not impact raw performance at all, and it generally should be done only to fix a known problem that you're experiencing. Its a risky thing, flashing a BIOS, since you could...
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    I've read the 660M/670M is essentially a...

    I've read the 660M/670M is essentially a rebranded 560M with maybe +4% more performance. Ridiculous. Also, you may get 10-15% extra performance clock for clock from an Ivy bridge over a 2nd Gen...
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    +1: do not use any flash utility based in the...

    +1: do not use any flash utility based in the operating system! A BIOS is supposed to tell the OS what to do with itself, not the other way round! ;)
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    Yes they will, because the BIOS will read them...

    Yes they will, because the BIOS will read them first and try to run the bus and IMC at whatever speed they say they want to run at. A BIOS is just a set of instructions to read settings from various...
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    Heatspreaders are a complete gimmick to give the...

    Heatspreaders are a complete gimmick to give the illusion of high performance. Even the corsair 2000MHz GT desktop RAM I run in my desktops (which has wild red heatsink fins and spreaders) are barely...
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    Sorry...been crazy @ work lately. I'm fairly...

    Sorry...been crazy @ work lately.
    I'm fairly sure that I've read about someone here who got 16GB running at 1600 in the G74. It is likely someone who was using either the Kingston PnP stuff or the...
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    The conventional wisdom is that the number of RAM...

    The conventional wisdom is that the number of RAM slots on a notebook is also a function of the CPU it is designed to run. The memory controllers are now integrated onto the CPU die rather than being...
  23. All these stories make me think its time that...

    All these stories make me think its time that ASUS and perhaps other notebook manufacturers consider putting dual BIOS chips on the mainboards (like so many desktop board manufacturers do; in fact...
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    Yes it does. In fact thats all that buttons does...

    Yes it does. In fact thats all that buttons does is bring up the calculator. It certainly doesn't act like a numlock toggle button. In Linux it does nothing; however, the numlock state boots off in...
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    Its been a while since I put 203 on my G74, but I...

    Its been a while since I put 203 on my G74, but I recall it did exactly squat for me other than force the numlock state to "on" all the time.
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