Feeds
75%

Rock Xtreme X770 laptop with Nvidia GeForce 8800M graphics

Stellar gaming performance

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Review The basic version of the 17in laptop Xtreme X770 packed GeForce 8700M graphics. Rock recently offered GeForce 7950 Go GTX graphics with 512MB of dedicated GDDR 3 memory to give your games more oomph, but that’s history now, ‘cause the GeForce 8800M GTX is here.

Rock Xtreme X770

Rock's Xtreme X770: worth more than two grand?

This new chip has a great deal in common with the desktop GeForce 8800 GT and GTS that we’ve already reviewed here and here, and is based on the same 65nm 'G92' chip. The number of unified-shader Stream Processors has been cut to 96 - the GT has 112 and the GTS 128. The core speed has been reduced to 500MHz, down from 600MHz and 650MHz in the desktop part, and a few hundred megahertz have been clipped off the memory speed, but in the main the 8800M GTX delivers comparable performance to a desktop 8800 GT.

There’s another version of the 8800M called the GTS which runs at the same clock speeds as the GTX but which only has 64 Stream Processors. However, Rock doesn’t offer the GTS as an option so we’ll ignore it in this review of its laptop.

Let’s first get the bad news out of the way: the 8800M GTX options costs £400 inc VAT over and above the 8700M version so we’re talking about a stack of cash that takes the total price of the X770 laptop to £2199.

Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX

Nvidia's 8800M GTX on a MXM module

Can any laptop possibly be worth that sort of price? Rock sent us two versions of the X770 for this review. We’re comparing the 7950 Go GTX version at £1916.50 with the 8800M GTX at £2199, and they’re identical in every respect apart from the graphics module, the driver and the price.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.