Quad core Asus G71 launches in UK

Asus has launched the G71 series of gaming notebooks in the UK.

The Asus G71 is notable as the world's first quad core gaming notebook, powered by the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9300.

With "extremely" high levels of performance promised, the overclocked effort is aimed firmly at "hardcore" gamers - and in particular those with a spare £2k in their sky-rockets.

The G71 offers a 17-inch display with an 8ms response time, an Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT GDDR3 512MB graphics card, 4GB of DDR2 1333MHz SDRAM memory, Dual 250GB HDDs, a Blu-ray drive, Altec Lansing speakers, webcam and Bluetooth.

In addition, there are other tweaks that will appeal to the gamer such as programmable chassis lighting, hot keys and a secondary display for messaging,

A cheaper version with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor is also available for £1349.