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    G74sx non-3D screen and Optimus

    Hey Guys,

    I'm planning on buying a G74sx, and overall the features and reviews I've read so far are very impressive. As I wouldn't use the 3D feature much, I think I'll opt for the non 3D version.

    Because most of the reviews/feedbacks I could find are about the full-fledged 3D G74sx, I'm unsure about 2 things: Optimus and screen quality.

    As far as I know, the non-3D version comes with a glossy 60Hz screen, which I don't have anything against and I also expect the brightness/contrast a bit lower, however, it would be nice to know if the models supplied with such screens are sub-par or not.

    Also, by default Optimus is not enabled in the 3D capable variants, but I heard some hearsay that the other versions support it.

    Do you have any experience with any of these?

    Thanks very much in advance!

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    Hi,

    Optimus isn't enabled on any G74SX. The non-3D fullHD screen (1920x1080) is a great screen, there are both glossy and matte versions. I have the glossy and the image quality is great. Avoid the HD+ (1600x900) model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yahooligan View Post
    Hi,

    Optimus isn't enabled on any G74SX. The non-3D fullHD screen (1920x1080) is a great screen, there are both glossy and matte versions. I have the glossy and the image quality is great. Avoid the HD+ (1600x900) model.
    Just to add on, Mainly the Best Buy Model has the lower quality screen, but make sure with others.

    Also note GPU on the G74sx:

    GTX560 2GB version is 128 bit

    GTX560 3GB version is 192 bit << get this version as its the better one (faster)

    ......no point getting the 3D version anyhow, frame rate drops a lot when in 3D mode from the reviews i have seen

    ----> also considering where your located, research the proper way to update the BIOS properly..... if you want to verify Bios update process MSG me, or post on the forum, if your not sure how to. GL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yahooligan View Post
    Hi,

    Optimus isn't enabled on any G74SX. The non-3D fullHD screen (1920x1080) is a great screen, there are both glossy and matte versions. I have the glossy and the image quality is great. Avoid the HD+ (1600x900) model.
    +1 It's the best display I've ever seen in a laptop.

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    optimus starts at geforce 555 and below

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    Thanks everyone!

    I'll be the happy owner of a full HD/3G model today then. I think less ram (8G), a slower 2nd HDD (5400rpm) and less gram (1.5g) in the favor of a small SSD or hybrid drive would have made more sense, but not complaining

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian@ASUS View Post
    optimus starts at geforce 555 and below
    I think Optimus is supported from the previous generation Fermi cores and up, although I've seen it implemented with high-end cards only in Alienware laptops. It's not that important for me anyway, and I'm partial to simplicity - I can happily miss out on bling and disco lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boosted_R View Post
    ----> also considering where your located, research the proper way to update the BIOS properly..... if you want to verify Bios update process MSG me, or post on the forum, if your not sure how to. GL
    Thanks for this, do you think that it will require flashing the bios right from the start?

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    correct there is optimus for GTX560m but asus's 560m does not support optimus

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    Quote Originally Posted by warpspire View Post
    Thanks for this, do you think that it will require flashing the bios right from the start?
    You should be ok, and wouldn't need to do it right away, if your Nvidia driver crashes from time to time, then i would update to Bios 203. Bios 203 seems to fix the problem.

    Only thing you would need to do right away is update the ATK driver for the keyboard and touch pad driver, as soon as you get it.
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