There's powerful and then there's just insane!
Stop the presses and brace yourself, Rock may have just announced the most insane notebook ever. It’s called the Xtreme XL8 and if the name doesn’t do it for you, how do an Intel quad-core processor and a pair of 8800M GTXs in SLI sound? Yep, that’s what I thought: speechless.
Having recovered from the shock of the initial press release here’s the lowdown on the details. The processor in question is an Intel X6800 which, as the eagle eyed among you may notice, is a desktop processor. In fact it’s a last-generation, 65nm processor rather than a Penryn chip, but don’t be put off because it’s still an engineering feat of brilliance to cram one into a laptop; even if similar things have been done before. Anyone remember when Pentium 4- and Athlon X2-fitted laptops were popular?
In addition to the impressive processor, Rock (or whichever Taiwanese OEM is producing this behemoth) has also somehow found a way to fit not one, but two 8800M GTXs in the Xtreme SL8 and I honestly suspect Deep Magic has been leveraged to allow the choice of either 1TB worth of 5400rpm or 600GB or 7200rpm hard drives. If that wasn’t enough the screen, while only 17in wide, also boasts the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution likely needed to stress the hardware beneath.
Also found on the system is Draft-N wireless (and an Ethernet port despite their alleged redundancy) and an HD DVD drive. Okay, so I don’t personally think it’s the right HD format to offer but as Rock has made this standard across the entire range of products I won’t knock the company for it – besides for all I know HD DVD could still emerge the victor.
Rock will begin taking pre-orders in mid-February, while pricing is slated to be between £2,500 and £3,000 depending on specification. Now, let’s be serious for a moment, if you have to think about whether you can afford this system then you can’t afford this system. So, those that can, first: I hate you, second: do it, do it now.