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UK PC maker jumps the gun on Nvidia's GeForce Go 7800GTX

Not-yet-launched graphics chip in new notebook

Nvidia isn't expected to launch its GeForce Go 7800GTX next-generation mobile graphics chip for another week, but that hasn't stopped UK PC vendor Evesham from announcing a notebook which contains the part.

Evesham today touted its upcoming Voyager C720 as the "ultimate mobile gaming machine", thanks to the Nvidia chip, which drives the notebook's 17in 1680 x 1050 display and is supported by 256MB of video memory.

The 3.8kg beast's 39.7 x 29.3 x 4.5cm frame also contains a Pentium M 750 processor, 1GB of 533MHz DDR 2 SDRAM, a 5400rpm 80GB Serial ATA hard drive, a dual-layer DVD-RW unit, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11g connectivity, Bluetooth support, an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam, four-in-one memory card reader, and a host of I/O ports.

The battery has sufficient capacity for three hours' operation, Evesham said, and it's all a snip at £1500.

The Nvidia chip, as we reported earlier this week, is said to yield double the 3DMark03 scores the old GeForce Go 6800 Ultra did, despite a lower core clock speed - 400MHz to the Ultra's 450MHz. It's also said to offer "double the shader performance" and provide "99 per cent" of the performance of "shipping desktop PCs".

Evesham was listed on a leaked Nvidia presentation as one of the PC vendors said to be supporting the new chip at launch. Or, if today's announcement is anything to go by, before it. ®

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