Rock reveals graphics benchmark beating monster laptop
Scores almost 15,000 on 3DMark06, vendor claims
UK gaming notebook specialist Rock has rolled out what it claims is its most powerful graphics offering yet: a quad-core machine with a pair of Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs on board.
The Xtreme SL8 is a 17in machine - the screen resolution's 1920 x 1200 - and is offered with a choice of 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6800 or 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 - both desktop-class processors which sit on a 1066MHz frontside bus (FSB). Expect some severe cooling inside the SL8, then...
But with the top-end CPU and the two GPUs, this machine delivers a 3DMark06 score of "around 15,000", the manufacturer claimed.
Rock's Xtreme SL8: graphics powerhouse?
The machine's DDR 2 memory - up to 4GB of it - runs at 800MHz, and you can configure the beast with up to 600GB of 7200rpm hard disk storage or 1TB of 5400rpm HDDs in RAID layout.
HD DVD fans take note: this boy has a drive that'll read these discs. It'll write all dual- and single-layer DVD formats too.
Gigabit Ethernet provides fast networking for LAN parties, but the SL8 has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless links as well. If you're tempted to use it away from the mains, the SL8 comes with a 6600mAh.
The Xtreme SL8 is due to go on sale by the middle of the month priced at between £2000 and £3500.
You can get it
There are some US companies that can pimp this notebook any way you like. This is the fastest notebook in the world, so many gamers want it and are willing to pay a lot of money to give it an individual appearance, incl. breathing dragons etc.
Can I get it
Can I get it with either pink or white leatherette covering replete with a fire breathing dragon embossed on the top cover ?
In defence of gaming laptops...
I have a Clevo M570RU (17'' 1680X1050 screen, T7300 2Ghz, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GO 7950GTX, yada yada yada) And it does work very well for my uses. Yes I could have gotten a faster desktop with less money, but I do get to play some games and movies desktop like in my room (attached to an LCD, ex.keyboard and mouse while lying confortably on my Fatboy(TM)) then join the family in the sofa and browse the web while whatching the telly, take it to a mate's for some LAN gaming or work, on weekends with the girlfriend to watch movies and play some Worms... And mine doesn't heat up that much, beint a lot cooler that a freing of mine's McToastBook. And it runs Crysis too :P
Nothing new ....
Nothing new about this notebook. It is just an OEM version of the Clevo D900 / D901. Many other suppliers in Europe and the US are selling it under their own brand name, for instance as Sager NP9262.
lap on fire
I take it this thing runs ultimately hot. My two-and-a-half-years-old desktop gaming rig needs air conditioning- and lots of it- or it overheats fast. I can see this one catching fire, and this time it's not the battery's fault.