I've said it before and I'll say it again: gaming on a laptop?
I expect that after reading my piece on the launch of the 8800M yesterday many of you are hankering to know when you can actually get your hands on a system with one in it and, perhaps more importantly, just how it actually performs. Well hanker no more, because information is at hand. Performance system maker, Rock, has today updated its Xtreme 770 range of gaming notebooks with, you guessed it, the 8800M GTX.
As with all Rock systems a range of configurations are available, although one interesting option that is standard across the whole range is the inclusion of an HD DVD drive, bettered by the use of 1,920 x 1,200 panels for all systems. CPU-wise either a 2.2GHz T7500, 2.4GHz T7700 or 2.6GHz T7800 is offered and with each of these processor choices comes a 100GB, 160GB and 200GB hard drive respectively. Elsewhere, the now-standard 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM is found – especially needed as Vista Home Premium is installed.
As mentioned, graphics grunt is powered by a 512MB GeForce 8800 GTX, which does help push the price up, although not as much as one might expect. Speaking of which, you’ll be expecting to pay £1,800 for the base spec machine, quickly jumping up to the region of £2,300 for a fully kitted machine, including a digital TV tuner. Co-incidentally this happens to be the spec of the system sitting on the desk behind me awaiting a review, so be sure to check back later this week to see just how quickly Crysis brings the notebook to its knees (metaphorically speaking). If you’re the impatient type and just have to have one now you can check out Rock’s website for all the details.