Several new ASUS laptops are now available for purchase with the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i series processors, often referred to as Sandy Bridge. The [amazon_link id=”B004I1J80K” target=”_blank” ]ASUS N53SV-A1[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B004I1J864″ target=”_blank” ]G73SW-A1[/amazon_link] are both currently available from Amazon.com with the latest Intel processors.
The new Intel processors offer more than the standard year over year increase in performance or speed thanks to a new design that puts the GPU and the CPU on the same piece of silicon allowing for a much greater graphics performance for the end user. It’s still not enough to do away with the need for discrete graphics for heavy gamers, but it will provide improvements in graphically intensive operations.
Both the ASUS N53SV-A1 and ASUS G73SW-A1 come with NVIDIA discrete graphics options and can be used for gaming or other graphically intensive projects.
ASUS N53SV-A1 Specs:
- Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad-Core Processor 2.0 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz; 750GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
- 4GB of DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 4 slots, 16GB Max; Nvidia GT540M Graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM; Super-Multi Optical Disk Drive
- 15.6-Inch HD (1366×768) LED Display
- HDMI Port; VGA Port; 2.0MP Webcam; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
- Hard Drive: 750 GB 7200 rpm
- Graphics RAM: 1024 MB
- USB Ports: 3
- ASUS 2 Year Standard Warranty and 1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty Included
- 1 USB 3.0 port; 2 USB 2.0 Ports; Bluetooth; eSATA; 5-in-1 card reader (SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,MS-Duo); Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
- Size (LWH): 15.6 inches, 10.6 inches, 1.6 inches
- Weight: 6.4 pounds
ASUS G73SW-A1 Specs:
- Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz); 8GB DDR3 1333MHz (4 x 2GB SODIMM Sockets, up to 16GB)
- Nvidia GTX 460M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5; 1TB Hybrid HDD/SSD (2x 500G 7200RPM/4GB SSD)
- 17.3-Inch Full HD (1920×1080) LED Display
- 2.0M Webcam; Gaming Backpack and Mouse
- Number of Processors: 4
- RAM: 4 GB
- RAM Type: SODIMM
- Memory Slots: 4
- Hard Drive: 1000 GB 7200 rpm
- USB Ports: 4
- Blue-Ray Combo Drive; Illuminated Keyboard; 1x USB 3.0 + 3x USB 2.0 Ports; 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth; 8-in-1 Card Reader; Gigabit LAN
- 1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty and 2 Year Standard Warranty Included
- Size (LWH): 16.6 inches, 12.8 inches, 2.3 inches
- Weight: 8 pounds
The [amazon_link id=”B004I1J80K” target=”_blank” ]ASUS N53SV-A1[/amazon_link] starts at $1,211 and the [amazon_link id=”B004I1J864″ target=”_blank” ]ASUS G73SW-A1[/amazon_link] starts at $1849.