|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM|
|RAM||8 GB SO-DIMM|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Gefroce GTX 660M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2000 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||4|
ASUS ROG G55VW 15-Inch Gaming Laptop [OLD VERSION]
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You can get to 16GB by purchasing a 2x 4GB package from Crucial and installing them in the user accessible area under the laptop. Unofficially, it will support 8GB sticks, so you can purchase a 2x 8GB package and get 24GB total (2x 4GB factory installed + 2x 8GB user installed). If you really wanted, you could also replace the two factory installed 4GB sticks with 8GB sticks to get 32GB, but you need to take apart the laptop to get to them (void warranty).
There is only one hard drive bay (occupied by 500GB drive) so you can't easily just drop a 2.5 SSD drive in. Here are your options:
1. Replace the existing 500GB HDD with a 2.5 SSD. With only the SSD drive, you won't have much space for bulk storage.
2. Replace your DVD drive with a hard drive caddy and install a 2.5 SSD in the caddy. This allows for the SSD and 500GB HDD, but you lose your internal DVD. You can always purchase an external USB DVD drive.
3. Get an mSATA SSD. In order to get to the mSATA slot, you have to take apart the entire laptop (void warranty). It is a real pain to do this, but in the end you'll have your SSD, 500GB HDD and your DVD drive.
I ended up taking apart the laptop, replacing the two factory installed 4GB sticks with 8GB sticks and installing a 256GB mSATA SSD. The remaining 2x 4GB sticks were then reinstalled in the user accessible memory slots. So I now have 24GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 500GB HDD. Later, I'll probably replace the 500GB HDD with a higher capacity and higher RPM HDD.
NOTE: Taking apart the laptop was no easy task. Do not do this unless you have experience and are willing to accept the risk of breaking your laptop. I've been told that this voids your warranty.
- Beautifully sleek
- Back-lit keyboard with adjustable brightness settings
- Condensed full-size keyboard
- Soft and comfortable palm rest
- Extremely fast 3rd generation Core i7 quad core processor
- Four USB 3.0 ports instead of just one
- Insanely quiet fans
- Comfortably cool in all situations
- Extremely large power brick
- VIA drivers for sub-woofer
The ASUS G55VW-ES71 far exceeds expectations when it comes to gaming or any other heavy processing activities, and it performs all of its duties while encased in one of the most beautiful laptop shells ever designed. The keyboard is laid out in a Chiclet style with each button as its own "island," and ASUS managed a 10-key number pad on the right hand side. The lighting behind the keyboard is adjustable, making it the perfect the brightness for anyone. The palm rest is layered with a soft mat material resulting in a comfortable gaming and typing experience.
The incorporated processor is blazing fast. Intel's new quad-core processor with eight threads lives up to expectations with a Windows Experience Index of 7.6 (out of a possible 7.9). Memory on this beast of a machine scores at a 7.8, and the graphics chugs up a more than respectable score of 7.3. This machine is only bottlenecked by the hard drive score of 5.9 (the only one out of all the categories that does not score a 7 or higher).Read more ›
With technology as it is now, a solid state drive is kind of an essential now. It gives you huge bang for your buck. True this machine doesnt come stock with one but it has room to install one easily and its engineered so its super easy to put one in.
The risks of buying a custom laptop is that your stuck with it indefinitely , in most circumstances. I'm an amazon prime member, so I get free shipping on all my orders, and amazon is awesome about returns - so there isnt really any 'risk' in buying. So in the other gaming laptops in the 1500-2500 $ price range, that are NOT custom (MSI, alienware, Sager etc)(because in buying those, there IS risk involved - and if you get a dead pixel in your screen, or some faulty part, your looking at weeks to months of repair time, and shipping charges etc) , the options are Asus G55 or G75, or Samsung series 7 gamer or toshiba qosmio.
the series 7 and qosmio dont have slots for an SSD which as i said , in my opinion is a must have component. that being aside the only difference then is just small differences in the internal components ie 12 gb vs 16 gb ram, 660m vs 670m , things which make difference on paper but not really in the performance of the computer. I chose the g55 because 8gb of ram is way more than enough, 660 is arguably a better card than 670 and 675m because of how it can be overclocked, and further the actual performance is so close you'll never notice it anyway. now the difference between 660m vs 7970 or the 680 is huge.. so thats a different thing , but then your looking at a "purely gaming laptop" and thats kind of a losing proposition anyway. you can hand build a better desktop for 900$ for gaming and it will outperform a 2200$ gaming laptop. so..Read more ›
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windows 8 does not work but the hardware does idk why they put windows 8 on the computer but its still runnning and i still use this computerPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still running the most current games, though on lower settings. Purchased early 2013, delivered to Afghanistan, runs like a champ!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this in March 2013, works like a charm till date. Not faced a single issue (Software or Hardware). Heavy gamer but never had any issues with heating as well. Just love it.Published 8 months ago by Teji
I've owned this laptop for over 2.5 years. The main reason it gets 3 out of 5 is because Asus designed it so that you have to break it down completely to get to the mother board. Read morePublished 15 months ago by laddiefrigginda
This computer runs like a dream i have had it for about a month now and I like this computer, It has windows 8, but because of that i do not have ASUS Utilities which the one and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dylan
The reason I bought this laptop was for gaming and to avoid the heat problems that my other computers have had. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris H
Ok so I am going to save you a ton of money, if you want a real review from a customer then this is your stop. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Josephine Ireland
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