Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Grunty Laptops

With laptop upgrades continuing for the graphically exciting folk in FBE, I thought it was a good time to look at graphics laptops again. While most staff in FBE set out armed with nicely spec'd HP 8540w machines, we have a growing number of HP 8740w users. These machines are armed with 3800 graphics cards, good processors and more besides. Check out the spec sheet from HP which shows we can now get the NVIDIA Quadro 5000M card in there for some serious Fermi goodness - not sure what the cost there might be, but the future looks good.

[HP 8740w promo pic via their site]

Dell Alienware still have the most stunning looking graphics workstations sporting either SLI FX480s or paired ATI Radeon HD 4870s. I would still like to see more standard offerings in this category for sold state drives combined with a large (still fast) storage drive.

[Dell Alienware M17x promo pic via their site]

In a similar vain spec-wise there is Origin's Eon17. This beasty laptop can unleash a Intel® Core i7 Extreme Edition 980X 3.33GHz Six-Core Processor (12MB L3 Cache) on everything we do and a multitude of fast HDDs, SSD and hybrid drive options to go with everything else.

[Origin Eon17 promo image from their website]

Lastly we should say hi to the Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) G73Jh. This is a hard-core looking machine and has serious power to match. The ATI Radeon HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM card is cool and doesnt fall prey to any SLI compatibility issues we do see.

[Asus ROG G73Jh promo pic via their site]


I still use NotebookCheck's Gaming Performance Chart to get the best idea of how these various graphics firepower options might cope with the real-time work being done. CryEngine is still the tool of choice for such things here in FBE...

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