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Asus G1S on the left, G2S on the right -- images courtesy Notebook Italia
Asus shows off the 15.4" G1S and the 17" G2S

Last week, Notebook Italia spilled the beans on the Santa Rosa-based Asus A7S, F3SV, F3SC, A8SC and W7S. Today, the Italian publication has leaked two new Santa Rosa gaming notebooks from Asus: the G1S and the G2S.

The Asus G1S is the smaller of the two notebooks measuring 12.8" x 11.2" x 1.7" and weighing in at 6.8 pounds with an 8-cell battery. The notebook features a 15.4" screen with a WSXGA+ (1680x1050) screen resolution. Powering the display is an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics processor with 256MB of dedicated video memory. Processing power comes from a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T7500 processor while 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory is also included. Storage duties are handled by a 160GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive and a dual-layer SuperMulti DVD burner. Wireless functions are handled by a Bluetooth 2.0+EDR adapter and Intel's new Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN Draft-N network adapter.

The Asus G2S is the monster of the two weighing in at a lap-crushing 9.7 pounds and measuring 16.2" x 12.4" x 1.8".  The major hardware specs for the G2S mirror those of the G1S with two exceptions: the G2S features a 200GB SATA hard drive and a 17" display with a whopping WUXGA (1920x1200) screen resolution.

Pricing for the G1S is listed at 1700 EUR ($2,306 USD) while the G2S is listed at 1900 EUR ($2,577 USD). Both notebooks come pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium and will begin shipping later this month.

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By alex72 on 5/7/2007 6:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
Thats not a gaming laptop considering its core spec, specifically the gpu spec.

How is a 8600 with it's spec going to able to run games at a native res of 1680x1050? It just won't happen, not at any decent level of detail or with AA.

I'd be surprised even by turning the detail settings down to see any decent minimum frame rate.

RE: Silly
By TejTrescent on 5/7/2007 6:39:49 AM , Rating: 3
Compared to what laptop GPU? o_O

RE: Silly
By alex72 on 5/7/2007 5:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
7900, 7950. Granted they're DX9 but you asked for a comparison.

Go88** is out shortly (or now?) and considering the chassis size on these two lappys a better gpu could have been 'fitted'.

A 8600 gaming at 1920x1200. Yeah. Right.

Find someone with a 24" tft (1920x1200) and a 8600 fitted in their desktop and ask them what frame rates they get, even at low detail settings.

I'd hazard a lot of people purchasing either of these lappys for gaming are going to be disappointed.

By Assimilator87 on 5/7/2007 12:50:59 AM , Rating: 2
The G1S just may be the perfect laptop. Good midrange hardware so you can have performance, but still have decent battery life, DX10 compatibility, and a 15" screen so it's not huge, but its got enough real estate to enjoy those beautiful games. The only thing that sucks is the 5,400 RPM drive.

RE: Wow
By SquidianLoveGod on 5/7/2007 1:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
The standard for laptop HDD's is 5400rpm - Trust me its better than a 4200rpm drive that my laptop carries, Yet gaming performance isn't affected frame rate wise, just loading levels can take a bit of time.
And direct X 10 isnt something to worry about just yet, A game developer would be mad to have a direct X 10 only game available, considering most people are using Windows XP and direct X 9.0 hardware, I personally prefer a mid/mid-high end geforce go 7 series graphics card.

RE: Wow
By Samus on 5/7/2007 7:52:21 AM , Rating: 2
Right, 5400rpm is the sweet spot. 7200rpm uses more power and generates WAY more heat, a huge concern if your laptop is like my gateway that has inadequate cooling around the hard drive bay.

lazy bastards......
By otispunkmeyer on 5/8/2007 3:50:39 AM , Rating: 2
they're like porsche....laziest desingers in the world. its an all new 911! honest!

they just updated the G1/G2 with santa rosa bits. some might not see a problem there, but for me while the specs and price are very tempting....the design is just awful, its really really gawdy. lime green/black, bright red/black.

i know they gots to save money somewhere but these are horrible looking machines.

RE: lazy bastards......
By otispunkmeyer on 5/8/2007 4:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
and hang on a sec

notebook italia says it uses 2gb of DDR2 667Mhz

i thought SR was supposed to bring 800Mhz FSB. whats the point in a faster bus if the memory isnt going to be upto snuff

Notebook Size
By jeffbui on 5/7/2007 4:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know why Asus can't make the G1S into a thinner profile. I don't see any reason as to way it is 1.7 inch thick. If Apple can squeeze an ATI x1600 into a 1 inch form factor, Asus (they manufacture the Macbooks), should be able to as well. Heck, even the IBM Thinkpad T60P come in at about 1.1 inch and have an ATI FireGL T5250 card.

RE: Notebook Size
By Pirks on 5/7/2007 4:10:04 PM , Rating: 1
Both examples are bad, since MacBooks and ThinkPads are not gaming machines. Plug some underclocked GeForce 8500GT Mobile or something in there and bingo - a 1-inch notebook! But 1-inch _gaming_ notebook is still a thing from your dreams, unfortunately.

I don't give a $rap about gaming notebooks since I purchased 7900GTX for my desktop, this thing is a total blast for hi-res DX9 games. I went through a couple of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. maps on that and I feel sorry for poor sobs with "gaming" notebooks.

Well, unless you play simple (graphics-wise) titles like Prey or Halflife 2, these are okay for notebooks. But really advanced heavyweight stuff like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in full dynamic lighting with all eye candy on max detail in 1600x1200 - I look at it and think "sh1t, I won't touch this notebook toys ever ever, at least for games"

They are ok as inet/mail/word/excel machines tho

Eternal PCI-E?
By Wolfnight on 5/7/2007 3:46:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting for external PCI express to be implemented into notebooks. I hoped it would come this this refresh from ASUS.

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