Computex: ASUS G75VW Allegedly World’s First 802.11ac 5GHz Laptop

Subject: Mobile | June 7, 2012 - 01:54 AM |
Tagged: wireless, gaming laptop, gaming, computex, ASUS ROG, asus, 802.11ac, 5GHz wifi

Earlier today we posted a couple of teaser photos showing off some of ASUS’ upcoming products. One of the devices was a gaming laptop called the ASUS G75. Engadget has managed to get their hands on some more information regarding a variant of the G75 – the G75VW. According to the site, the gaming laptop is rocking an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, GeForce GTX 670M, and DDR3 memory (known because of the CPU used). That hardware is then powering a 1080p display, which the GTX 670M should have no problem driving but is a bit depressing to see on a high end laptop of this size (approximately 17”). The real kicker though is in the wireless card that it is allegedly packing: an 802.11ac card.

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The ASUS G75 gaming laptop

Engadget states that although the information sheet next to the laptop at ASUS’ Computex booth did not list any 802.11ac compatibility, wireless chip maker Broadcom (manufacturer of chips that are used in many wireless routers and NICs) has stated that it does in fact have an 802.11ac NIC in it. Senior Vice President Michael Hurlston told members of the press at Computex 2012 that the ASUS G75VW is the “World’s first 5G Wi-Fi laptop.” He further stated that the computer would be arriving in the hands of consumers “very shortly.”

Interesting stuff, and although the “5G Wi-Fi” – so called because it is the fifth generation of consumer grade Wi-Fi (though not the 5th gen if you count all iterations of the wireless 802.11 standards) – is not yet official and set in stone, it is very close and I would not be surprised to see the technology in a laptop like this particular ASUS at this point in the game.

And to think that I just got done upgrading my network to Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n about two months ago! Even so, I’m excited for the upcoming standard because I want to test its usefulness in getting live TV from my CableCARD tuner to the living room and Katy’s wireless laptop without stuttering – something even wireless N with MIMO can’t do with devices in the same room. So far, the only thing stable enough has been wired Cat5e Ethernet (both 100Mbps and 1000Mbps hardware seem to work without issues). And because it’s proving difficult to get a wired connection from the router to the TV (Xbox 360 used as Windows Media Extender), I’m ready to try out some 802.11ac stuff to see if it can really deliver on the increased bandwidth!

Source: Engadget

June 7, 2012 | 09:38 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

When the 670M has less power then a 460 and the 680M has the power of a 670 I think Nvidia is screwing everybody over by decreasing choice, either get a crap 670M(and everything below it) or a good card called the 680M and ohh btw to get that card u have to spend at least $

that and the fact they have the 6xxM rebrands of the 5xxM peeved cause I want choice and AMD is not an option for me.

June 7, 2012 | 10:56 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I'm not up to speed with the latest AMD mobile GPUs, is the 7970M that bad? jw

June 7, 2012 | 09:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

LOL@5GHz for a gaming laptop. As useless as memory branded as "gaming memory". Otherwise a decent laptop.

June 7, 2012 | 09:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

^wipes egg from face. Thought they meant the CPU.

June 7, 2012 | 10:54 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oh man, if they had it at 5GHz, that thing would prolly catch fire ;)

5G WiFi is the 5th Generation WiFi consumer standard. It's what the backers are calling the 802.11ac standard as a more people friendly term.

June 26, 2012 | 05:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

asus, hear me, add 680m card in your laptop, fuckers

July 25, 2012 | 11:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

^agreed. Asus needs to put the 680 in their laptops otherwise they are staying behind MSi and Alienware even though they boast being a great gaming laptop. If these laptops are capable of running the 5GHz speeds why are there so many problems arising on forums of people not being able to connect to them?

November 3, 2012 | 05:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fucking thing cannot do 5GHz/N. Piece of shit.

December 12, 2012 | 07:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have one.. it is NOT 5G.
IT IS NOT 5G I have one and can tell you the card is only 2.4G
Duno how they call it 5G...

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