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Asus has introduced what it claims is the world's first gaming notebook with a quad-core processor, beating the likes of Alienware and VoodooPC to the punch.

The G71 will incorporate Intel's four-core Core 2 Extreme QX9300, the same chip used in Dell's new Precision M6000 notebook, though that's aimed at serious usage rather than gaming.

Asus G71 quad-core gaming laptop

Asus' G71 quad-core gaming laptop: first of its kind?

The Intel CPU is paired with an Nvidia GPU: the GeForce 9700M, which has 512MB of GDDR 3 video memory. The system's main memory is DDR 3 too, 4GB of it clocked to 1066MHz.

Asus said the G71 will be available with up to two hard drives for up to 1TB of storage capacity. The screen's a glossy 17-incher with a two-megapixel webcam in the bezel. The visuals are accompanied by sound pumped through two stereo drivers and a sub-woofer, all from speaker specialist Altec Lansing.

The G71 will come with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. It's got all the usual ports, plus HDMI and eSATA. Optical disc options include a Blu-ray/DVD#177;R/RW combo drive.

Asus G71 quad-core gaming laptop

Secondary IM-centric display panel included

Asus also touted the G71's secondary display panel, a readout intended to flash up IM messages received while your busy gaming.

What it didn't say, however, was when the quad-core G71 will go on sale over here, or how much it'll cost when it does. Perhaps there's room for Alienware to get in first, after all...

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