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Stone Endows Gaming Rocks With More Grit

Ardjuna Seghers


Rock Endows New Gaming Laptops With Monstrous Specs

Gaming laptops might be lagging behind desktops systems somewhat when it comes to pushing Crysis around, but the new portable monsters Rock (now a subsidiary of Stone - and no, that'll never get old) has announced should at least let you run it with detail set to high. Very high.

The Xtreme 840 SLI, available now, sports dual nVidia GeForce GTX280M graphics cards giving you an astonishing total of 2GB or video memory to play with, while an 18.4in Full HD display will show that power and the Blu-ray drive off to its fullest.

If you have the cash you can get an Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad CPU running at 2.53GHz as the brain of your machine. System RAM is limited to 4GB, but as if to make up for it hard drive storage goes up to a staggering 1.5TB (three 500GB 7,200rpm drives in RAID). As the black/white/confused sergeant in Tropic Thunder might say: "hot damn!"

It mightn't sport dual graphics cards, but the Xtreme 790 is certainly a killer in every other regard. With a brand-new Core i7 under the hood it wipes the floor with Core 2-based systems in the processing department, and you can configure a full 6GB or RAM. Other specifications are similar to the 840's.

Both Rocks come with the OS of your choice, and of course free upgrades to Windows 7 are catered for. The 790 starts at £1,999, while the 840 SLI will set you back at least £2,299.



Doc. Caliban

July 17, 2009, 10:15 pm

Is that a screen saver by any chance? And if so....

Oh, nice rig too.



July 17, 2009, 11:32 pm

Its eve online.. not a screensaver


July 18, 2009, 4:29 am

No Clarksfield, no sale.

/me wants Nehlem!!!


July 19, 2009, 1:46 pm

I never quite get these. Too big & heavy to haul around on a regular basis but very expensive to use in the house when you can build yourself a nice desktop rig for a whole lot less.

That said, the specs are staggering for a notebook - it has way better GPUs than my gaming rig!


July 19, 2009, 11:10 pm

@Retset: The market seems to be those people who want to either want to frequently move it to different rooms in the same house, or want to pack it away after use (either because they've got limited space or because they don't like the look of it).


July 20, 2009, 4:26 pm


Just FYI, don't forget that unlike nVidia's desktop 260/280 cards, its LAPTOP 280s are essentially slightly upgraded 9800 chips (much like the desktop 250 - confused yet?).


Don't forget the LAN-party crowd, and those who want to take their machine to a friend's house for some local network gaming or even - gasp - split-screen (GLTron rules in split-screen four player ;)

Also handy for those with more than one home.

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