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#1 Sep 04 2010 at 9:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I saw this laptop at Best Buy, and I was wondering if anyone has had any success with it. I saw a few threads out there on the interwebs about people struggling with some of the ATI drivers and such. I almost bought one, but then I got nervous and decided to poll you all first. hehe.

So, any love out there for this laptop?
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#2 Sep 04 2010 at 9:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Yup I got the one at bestbuy, it is what im playing XIV on. I've never played with a gaming PC or anything like that so this is my first PC gaming. I'm not sure what FPS im running at, but it is good enough to seem like how it should be. I play on regular settings since High is a little laggier. I've played over 30 games on here to test it out till XIV came out including crysis, Mafia 2 and Mass effect 2 with all running exceptionally well. I can even play Kingdom Hearts 2 at full FPS with this laptop. I definitely reccommend!!
#3 Sep 04 2010 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I own one of these. Great laptop runs FFXIV fine.
#4 Sep 04 2010 at 9:36 PM Rating: Good
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I have the non-Bbuy version, with 1920 x 1080 and 8 gig ram. Runs everything on high, 4xAA, shadows off, no DoF or AO.
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#5 Sep 04 2010 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Just be mindful that there are a lot of problems with the drivers so its pretty hit and miss sometimes. I also own a G73 and had to tweak my laptop to get the game to run, but now that it does it runs very well (when its not laggy).
#6 Sep 04 2010 at 10:32 PM Rating: Good
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I have the step down version of it from Best Buy, with the nVidia card and the i5, and I also run XIV at 4xAA and everything else on highest (with AO and DoF off). It doesn't lag for me at all, but I'm also playing on a lower resolution than I think you would be on the i7/ATI laptop version.

Honestly, a desktop computer of the same value will perform a lot better, but for me it was personal opinion to choose a laptop over a desktop at the cost of performance.
#7 Sep 05 2010 at 1:44 AM Rating: Decent
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ThePacster wrote:
Just be mindful that there are a lot of problems with the drivers so its pretty hit and miss sometimes. I also own a G73 and had to tweak my laptop to get the game to run, but now that it does it runs very well (when its not laggy).


They have an official vBios fix now for any crashing otherwise known as GSOD (grey screen of death) http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/515309-how-fix-your-gsod-blues.html

But for the OP the laptop runs very well and is probably the best laptop on the market for the price to run FFXIV really well, you will see 30-45+ FPS on all High, 2x AA, no AO, and depth @1080p. In town it takes a hit, but so does everyone else's computer.
#8 Sep 07 2010 at 7:28 AM Rating: Decent
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My G73JH rung perfectly, but the game is still laggy righ now as it's in Open beta, best laptop I reckon! unless you want to waste your money on an AlienWare
#9 Sep 07 2010 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
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They have an official vBios fix now for any crashing otherwise known as GSOD (grey screen of death) http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/515309-how-fix-your-gsod-blues.html

But for the OP the laptop runs very well and is probably the best laptop on the market for the price to run FFXIV really well, you will see 30-45+ FPS on all High, 2x AA, no AO, and depth @1080p. In town it takes a hit, but so does everyone else's computer.


Oh excellent, didn't realize it finally got released.
#10 Sep 07 2010 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Ridere wrote:
I saw this laptop at Best Buy, and I was wondering if anyone has had any success with it. I saw a few threads out there on the interwebs about people struggling with some of the ATI drivers and such. I almost bought one, but then I got nervous and decided to poll you all first. hehe.

So, any love out there for this laptop?
I love mine, but don't get the Best Buy version. Go on newegg. This is what I bought. Keep an eye on it, because the price fluctuates between full price, $100 off, $150 off, and $200 off. Be patient and you can get the full $200 off, if you're willing to wait for a week or two.

I'm running 10.8 and have had no issues. Temp never goes over ~70 C under full load, been content with performance. Playing L4D2 at 1920x1080 with settings maxed out and still getting 50-60 fps is pretty sweet. By the way, the Best Buy version has a smaller screen, less RAM, and doesn't have the mobility Radeon HD 5870 (this is absolutely crucial). Anything less than a mobility HD 5870 or nVidia 470M or 480M will not cut it for a gaming laptop investment that you plan on keeping for years.

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 10:45am by bsphil
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#11 Sep 07 2010 at 11:11 AM Rating: Good
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I currently have the Best Buy Model : G73JH-RBBX05

here are the specifications

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+6GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9741729.p;jsessionid=0296B3B01DDAE4751534D6D56F4E9F2D.bbolsp-app02-56?id=1218165344675&skuId=9741729&st=g73&cp=1&lp=1

@bsphil: better read again about the best buy model not having a Radeon HD 5870 :) it has it. also, it doesn't have a "smaller" screen, but yes, you are correct if ever you implied that it's about the lower resolution screen (1600 x 900 vs. 1080p), the less RAM (8gig vs 6gig), and no blueray, bluetooth, and a better warranty ^_^. those are the only difference. The video card is definitely the same: same clock speed, memory, the works.

G73JH-A1: Has a BD-ROM drive.
G73JH-A2: Lacks the BD-ROM drive, but comes with a DVD+/-RW drive instead.
G73JH-X1: Downgraded HDD’s. Comes with one 500GB 7200PM drive. Has the DVD+/-RW SuperMulti just like the A2. No backpack or mouse.
G73JH-X2: Same as the X1, but has a BD-ROM drive. Available in the USA.
G73JH-X3: Downgraded HDD’s. Comes with two 320GB 7200RPM drives instead. Has the DVD+/-RW SuperMulti just like the A2.

hope i got to clarify things :D hope you're enjoying your lappy bsphil as much as I am!

Best Regards :)
#12 Sep 07 2010 at 11:15 AM Rating: Decent
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bsphil wrote:
I love mine, but don't get the Best Buy version. Go on newegg. This is what I bought. Keep an eye on it, because the price fluctuates between full price, $100 off, $150 off, and $200 off. Be patient and you can get the full $200 off, if you're willing to wait for a week or two.

I'm running 10.8 and have had no issues. Temp never goes over ~70 C under full load, been content with performance. Playing L4D2 at 1920x1080 with settings maxed out and still getting 50-60 fps is pretty sweet. By the way, the Best Buy version has a smaller screen, less RAM, and doesn't have the mobility Radeon HD 5870 (this is absolutely crucial). Anything less than a mobility HD 5870 or nVidia 470M or 480M will not cut it for a gaming laptop investment that you plan on keeping for years.

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 10:45am by bsphil



Bsphil, I am going to disagree with you for first time. Think the Bustbuy version is exactly the same

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+6GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9741729.p?id=1218165344675&skuId=9741729

I am really on the fence about getting this. As I have a big trip in November, I may wait till after then to see what is on the market.

My logic is consider I will be traveling for first two weeks in november and my current lap top can run Beta (BARELY) I may just tough it out till I am back.

Note none of the big manufactuers (I don't count alienware as they are so overpriced only an idiot would buy one) HP, Toshiba etc are currenlty selling a top line video card at all. Toshiba's is selling at 360M which is not bad but is not as good as the HD 5870 in the ASIS or nVidia 470M or 480M (which is not being sold in anything under 2000.)

I maybe crazy but I am hopeing another 6 weeks of waiting will allow some of the other manufactuers to start including better video cards.

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#13 Sep 07 2010 at 4:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Tyleron wrote:
bsphil wrote:
I love mine, but don't get the Best Buy version. Go on newegg. This is what I bought. Keep an eye on it, because the price fluctuates between full price, $100 off, $150 off, and $200 off. Be patient and you can get the full $200 off, if you're willing to wait for a week or two.

I'm running 10.8 and have had no issues. Temp never goes over ~70 C under full load, been content with performance. Playing L4D2 at 1920x1080 with settings maxed out and still getting 50-60 fps is pretty sweet. By the way, the Best Buy version has a smaller screen, less RAM, and doesn't have the mobility Radeon HD 5870 (this is absolutely crucial). Anything less than a mobility HD 5870 or nVidia 470M or 480M will not cut it for a gaming laptop investment that you plan on keeping for years.

Edited, Sep 7th 2010 10:45am by bsphil



Bsphil, I am going to disagree with you for first time. Think the Bustbuy version is exactly the same

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+6GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9741729.p?id=1218165344675&skuId=9741729


	Best Buy version	Newegg version 
Screen	1600 x 900		1920 x 1080 
RAM	6 GB			8 GB
It does have the HD 5870 though, so if you don't mind the smaller screen (the RAM isn't a big deal), then get the Best Buy version.



Edited, Sep 7th 2010 5:11pm by bsphil
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#14 Sep 24 2010 at 8:21 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm not so sure, maybe you guys can help me out. I have a ASUS G73Jh myself and once the game is installed it won't do anything else. When I try to use the desktop short cut, it just tells me it stops working. Any clue how to fix this or is anyone else getting this problem?

Thanks
#15 Sep 24 2010 at 8:42 PM Rating: Decent
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sminters wrote:
I'm not so sure, maybe you guys can help me out. I have a ASUS G73Jh myself and once the game is installed it won't do anything else. When I try to use the desktop short cut, it just tells me it stops working. Any clue how to fix this or is anyone else getting this problem?

Thanks
I had the same problem, see this thread and use these drivers first instead.
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#16 Sep 25 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Here is some information from an Asus company representative, Gary Key.

"This solution is to fix the GSOD problem that has been reported. It is provided as is and will only be supported by yours truly until officially released on our support site. If you are not comfortable flashing the vBIOS on the G73Jh and have a GSOD issue with drivers other than those at the ASUS support site then I highly suggest you contact our Service group to arrange a RMA. Although every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of this flash, there is always the possibility of a failed flash due to power outage, hardware modifications to the unit, or simply bad luck. ..."

http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/515309-how-fix-your-gsod-blues.html

I have applied this vBios update and so far so good. My BIOS version was v209 so I updated it to v211 as per Gary's comments.

#17 Sep 25 2010 at 6:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I can also vouch for that update. Ever since the game has run great for me from open beta to now.
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