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ASUS Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent G46VW-BSI5N06 Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3230M (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 14.0
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -GTX 660M GPU Means I can run everything on high for the most part
-Great Cooling system
-Backlit keyboard
-All USB ports are 3.0
-Solid i5 CPU handles gaming and virtualization well

Cons: -Factory HDD is slow (5400 RPM)
-Only 1366x768 display resolution
-HDD bay not easily accessible

Other Thoughts: Overall this has been a great purchase. I got it as a B-grade (scratch and dent) refurb, but when I got it, I couldn't find a scratch or dent anywhere. Very pleased about that.

Before I even powered it on for the first time, I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM, though 8 is likely more than enough for most gaming use.

I've played most of my game library on this machine, and everything performs admirably. Here are a few examples of what settings run well (consistently above 30 fps) for me:
Fallout 3 - Ultra
Fallout NV - Ultra
Fallout 4 - High (With a few settings lowered, mainly lighting effects and shadows)
Minecraft - Max Everything
Crysis 2 - Ultra
Crysis 3 - High
Borderlands 2 - Ultra
Borderlands Pre-Sequel - High
Metro 2033 Redux - Ultra
Metro Last Light - Ultra
GTA V - High
Bioshock Infinite - High
Skyrim - Ultra
Mass Effect 2 - Ultra

The only thing I really noticed performance-wise was sluggish boot times and long load times in games; both due to the slow HDD. After having the stock HDD in for about a year, I finally took the plunge and dismantled the laptop to install a new 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Yes, you have to take apart nearly the entire laptop to do this. It's not tough, but I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you are comfortable servicing laptops and their components.

Once I got the new drive installed (and expanded the partitions to take advantage of the additional storage space), I noticed huge improvements to both boot times and load times in games. It gave the laptop a second wind, and I will probably be using it as my primary gaming laptop for another year or so.

All-in-all a great machine, especially after the RAM and HDD are upgraded.

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ASUS Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent G46VW-BSI5N06 Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3230M (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 14.0
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -GTX 660M GPU Means I can run everything on high for the most part
-Great Cooling system
-Backlit keyboard
-All USB ports are 3.0
-Solid i5 CPU handles gaming and virtualization well

Cons: -Factory HDD is slow (5400 RPM)
-Only 1366x768 display resolution
-HDD bay not easily accessible

Other Thoughts: Overall this has been a great purchase. I got it as a B-grade (scratch and dent) refurb, but when I got it, I couldn't find a scratch or dent anywhere. Very pleased about that.

Before I even powered it on for the first time, I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM, though 8 is likely more than enough for most gaming use.

I've played most of my game library on this machine, and everything performs admirably. Here are a few examples of what settings run well (consistently above 30 fps) for me:
Fallout 3 - Ultra
Fallout NV - Ultra
Fallout 4 - High (With a few settings lowered, mainly lighting effects and shadows)
Minecraft - Max Everything
Crysis 2 - Ultra
Crysis 3 - High
Borderlands 2 - Ultra
Borderlands Pre-Sequel - High
Metro 2033 Redux - Ultra
Metro Last Light - Ultra
GTA V - High
Bioshock Infinite - High
Skyrim - Ultra
Mass Effect 2 - Ultra

The only thing I really noticed performance-wise was sluggish boot times and long load times in games; both due to the slow HDD. After having the stock HDD in for about a year, I finally took the plunge and dismantled the laptop to install a new 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Yes, you have to take apart nearly the entire laptop to do this. It's not tough, but I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you are comfortable servicing laptops and their components.

Once I got the new drive installed (and expanded the partitions to take advantage of the additional storage space), I noticed huge improvements to both boot times and load times in games. It gave the laptop a second wind, and I will probably be using it as my primary gaming laptop for another year or so.

All-in-all a great machine, especially after the RAM and HDD are upgraded.

READ FULL REVIEW
ASUS Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent G46VW-BSI5N06 Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3230M (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 14.0
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -GTX 660M GPU Means I can run everything on high for the most part
-Great Cooling system
-Backlit keyboard
-All USB ports are 3.0
-Solid i5 CPU handles gaming and virtualization well

Cons: -Factory HDD is slow (5400 RPM)
-Only 1366x768 display resolution
-HDD bay not easily accessible

Other Thoughts: Overall this has been a great purchase. I got it as a B-grade (scratch and dent) refurb, but when I got it, I couldn't find a scratch or dent anywhere. Very pleased about that.

Before I even powered it on for the first time, I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM, though 8 is likely more than enough for most gaming use.

I've played most of my game library on this machine, and everything performs admirably. Here are a few examples of what settings run well (consistently above 30 fps) for me:
Fallout 3 - Ultra
Fallout NV - Ultra
Fallout 4 - High (With a few settings lowered, mainly lighting effects and shadows)
Minecraft - Max Everything
Crysis 2 - Ultra
Crysis 3 - High
Borderlands 2 - Ultra
Borderlands Pre-Sequel - High
Metro 2033 Redux - Ultra
Metro Last Light - Ultra
GTA V - High
Bioshock Infinite - High
Skyrim - Ultra
Mass Effect 2 - Ultra

The only thing I really noticed performance-wise was sluggish boot times and long load times in games; both due to the slow HDD. After having the stock HDD in for about a year, I finally took the plunge and dismantled the laptop to install a new 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Yes, you have to take apart nearly the entire laptop to do this. It's not tough, but I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you are comfortable servicing laptops and their components.

Once I got the new drive installed (and expanded the partitions to take advantage of the additional storage space), I noticed huge improvements to both boot times and load times in games. It gave the laptop a second wind, and I will probably be using it as my primary gaming laptop for another year or so.

All-in-all a great machine, especially after the RAM and HDD are upgraded.

READ FULL REVIEW

Steven P.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven P.

Date Joined: 07/11/09

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/17/10
  • Last Review: 12/17/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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