Serious Gaming Laptop under $1700 GX660R vs G53jw-A1


Jul 27, 2009
Hi, I'm looking at getting a new gaming laptop that will hold it's own compared to my two desktops. I've already done a bit of research and so far, the main contender is MSI's GX660R because:
15.6" 1920x1080 screen
Bluray Drive
Radeon HD 5870
i7 740qm
6gb Memory
Dual 320GB 7200rpm drives (I plan to take one out for a 120gb Phoenix Pro SSD)
USB 3.0
and lastly, it looks fairly sexy (though I prefer the looks of the Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560). does a youtube review on the GX660R, and they were giving it compliments all up and down.

The other contender is the Asus G53jw-A1 because:
15.6" 1920x1080
(added bluray drive)
i7 740qm
GTX 460m (I'm usually all about Nvidia, but the 5870 is faster in this case)
8gb Memory (still 1333mhz)
Dual hard drive options (I believe)
Comes with one 750GB 7200rpm drive
Backlit Keyboard
And again, this one also looks fairly sexy, though I'm not sure about the huge bulk in the back.

Does anyone have any experience with the GX660R?
The GX660R seems like an awesome laptop, the Youtube review by xoticpc gives it a lot of praise, and obviously there isn't really anything out there on the G53.

I'm not really interested in any of the Sager laptops.
I'd prefer to buy from Newegg, but for the time being I can't find anyone besides xoticpc who mentions the G53 yet...

Please, any input would be appreciated.


Jul 27, 2009
I ended up buying the GX660R. Asus just pushed back the G53 release date yet another two weeks, and I wasn't interested in waiting even longer than that to see the initial review/problems.

This laptop is truly amazing. So far the only oddity has been random boot-up to a black screen when I should be signing into my win-7 account. If i press the power key to put it to sleep, then wake it right back up, it loads the login screen just fine. but I'm gonna see if this is a driver issue or what.
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
S Laptop Tech Support 0
P Laptop Tech Support 0
D Laptop Tech Support 3
turnipmemes Laptop Tech Support 18
megabot Laptop Tech Support 1
SSGB8 Laptop Tech Support 8
Do_oby Laptop Tech Support 1
tonicacent Laptop Tech Support 1
A Laptop Tech Support 1
J Laptop Tech Support 3
Topsided Laptop Tech Support 0
L Laptop Tech Support 0
G Laptop Tech Support 1
LotusG22 Laptop Tech Support 1
ricndraaa Laptop Tech Support 1
magicalfry Laptop Tech Support 2
verlique Laptop Tech Support 3
A Laptop Tech Support 20
M Laptop Tech Support 13
O Laptop Tech Support 3