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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 Xtreme SL8

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.

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