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The Asus G75 and G55 series gaming notebooks build upon the same successful design that Asus originally released with their G53/G73 and G74 series. The chassis looks mostly the same but each new series has the benefit of using newer generation CPUs and GPUs. Let’s take a closer look at these notebooks and analyze the differences. Both notebooks come in a huge variety of models depending on your region.

 

Component  Asus G55VW (15-inch)  Asus G75VW (17-inch)
 Processor – Intel® Core™ i7 3720QM (4 core/8 thread, 2.6GHz/3.6GHz turbo)
– Intel® Core™ i7 3610QM (4 core/8 thread, 2.3Ghz/3.3GHz turbo)
– Intel® Core™ i5 3210M (2 core/4 thread, 2.5GHz/3.1GHz turbo)
– Intel® Core™ i7 3720QM (4 core/8 thread, 2.6GHz/3.6GHz turbo)
– Intel® Core™ i7 3610QM (4 core/8 thread, 2.3Ghz/3.3GHz turbo)
 Chipset – Intel® HM77 Chipset – Intel® HM77 Chipset
 Memory – DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 16 GB SDRAM – DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 16 GB SDRAM
 Display – 15.6″ LED Backlight HD 3D LED, 1920×1080
– 15.6″ LED Backlight HD LED, 1920×1080
17.3″ LED Backlight HD 3D LED, 1920×1080
17.3″ LED Backlight HD LED, 1920×1080
 Video cards
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M/670M with 2GB/3GB GDDR5 VRAM
 Hard drives
– 1 hard drive bay
– 1TB 5400rpm
– 750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
– 500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
– 128GB SSD
– 750GB 7200rpm SSH
2 hard drive bays with a combination of the below drives. Usually 1 SSD boot drive and one regular HDD storage drive
– 1TB 5400rpm
– 750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
– 500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
– 750GB 7200rpm SSH
– 256GB SSD
RAID 0/1 Support
 Optical drives
– Blu-Ray DVD Combo
– Super-Multi DVD
– Blu-ray reader
– Blu-Ray DVD Combo
– Super-Multi DVD
– Blu-ray reader
 Networking – Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
– Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 (Optional)
– 10/100/1000 Base T
– Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
– Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 (Optional)
– 10/100/1000 Base T
 I/O
– HD Web Camera
– 3-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS)
– 1 x Microphone-in jack
– 1 x Headphone-out jack
– 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
– 4 x USB 3.0 port(s)
– 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
– 1 x HDMI
– 1 x SPIDIF speaker out
– 1 x mini Display Port
– HD Web Camera
– 3-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS)
– 1 x Microphone-in jack
– 1 x Headphone-out jack
– 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
– 4 x USB 3.0 port(s)
– 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
– 1 x HDMI
– 1 x SPIDIF speaker out
– 1 x mini Display Port
Battery – 8 Cells 5200 mAh 74 Whrs – 8Cells 5200 mAh 74 Whrs
Size – 384 x 299 x 20~51 mm (WxDxH)
– 3.8kg (with battery)
– 415 x 320 x 17~52 mm (WxDxH)
– 4.5kg (with battery)
Warranty – 2-year limited International hardware warranty. *different by country
1 year accidental damage warranty
– On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
– OS (Windows® 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
– Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
– ASUS software supporting
– 2-year limited International hardware warranty. *different by country
1 year accidental damage warranty
– On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
– OS (Windows® 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
– Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
– ASUS software supporting

Clearly the biggest selling point for the 17″ version (besides the screen size) is the option of a GTX 670m GPU. The 670m offers about 15-20% greater performance than the 660m, however both cards should be adequate for running modern games at 1920×1080 on High settings, just without being able to crank the AA settings high or use some of the more advanced features in some games. Both support 3D vision but if you plan on using it, you should really go for the 670m as every bit of performance counts there. Running games in 3D basically cuts frame rates in half.

The G75 series also has 2 hard drive bays allowing you to have a SSD boot drive and a regular HDD storage drive. This is a big benefit.

The main benefit of the G55 series is portability. It is also about 10-15% cheaper than the G75 models on average. I would not worry about heat with any of these notebooks. They have extremely capable (and quiet!) cooling solutions. I mean just take a look at these rear vents (there’s a huge heat sink up against the vent inside). On top of that the fans are easily accessible on the bottom of the unit for cleaning.

The Asus gaming notebooks are some of the best bang for the buck around. The only real competitor in pre-built gaming notebooks that offer similar value is the MSI GT70 and GT60 series. If you don’t care about portability and don’t plan on carrying your notebook around that much, I would say just go for the G75. If work space is limited or you carry it around a lot, the G55 is your best choice. Both of them will give you plenty of gaming enjoyment.

The G55 and G75 are both available at Amazon.com in various configurations.

External Links:
Asus Notebook Site

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