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Hardware Configuration

From a hardware point of view, the Toshiba Qosmio F50-10K is hardly different from other top-performance notebooks based on the Centrino 2 platform (Montevina). The developer only replaced Intel’s standard Wi-Fi adapter in mini-PCI form factor with an Atheros AR9280 that offers the same functionality, including 802.11n support.

Otherwise, there is nothing exceptional about the Qosmio F50-10K. It is based on a Core 2 Duo T9400 processor (Penryn core, 2.53GHz clock rate).

The CPU is linked with a 1067MHz bus to an Intel PM45 chipset, a mobile counterpart of the popular desktop P45 chipset.

The memory subsystem consists of 4 gigabytes of DDR2-667 SDRAM working in dual-channel mode with 6-6-6-18 timings. The notebook is equipped with two SO-DIMM slots, both of which are occupied by default.

Although there are as much as 4 gigabytes of system memory, the Toshiba Qosmio F50-10K comes with 32-bit Windows Vista Ultimate preinstalled. As a result, only 3 gigabytes are available out of the whole capacity. You won’t even be able to replace the OS by yourself since Toshiba does not offer the necessary 64-bit drivers. You can find the drivers for most of the system devices at the websites of their respective manufacturers, but, for example, Toshiba’s exclusive Quad Core HD processor is not yet supported under 64-bit OSes at all. That’s a serious drawback of the notebook, I guess.

The Qosmio F50-10K is positioned by its maker as a top-performance solution that can replace a desktop, even a gaming, PC. Therefore the Qosmio F50-10K uses a midrange graphics card GeForce 9600M GT from Nvidia. It is based on the 540MHz G96M chip and equipped with 512 megabytes of DDR2 memory clocked at 800MHz. The GPU has 32 shader processors, which makes it comparable to the entry-level desktop GPUs GeForce 9500 GT and 9400 GT.

Thanks to the GeForce 9600M GT graphics card the notebook offers full-featured support for HDMI output and hardware acceleration of HD video decoding. That’s quite important for a multimedia computer.

The notebook’s disk subsystem incorporates two identical Toshiba MK3252GSX drives (320GB, SATA-II, 5400rpm, and 12ms average access time). These drives work independently and you cannot unite them into a RAID (the notebook’s South Bridge doesn’t support this technology). The developer didn’t install a flash Turbo module whose efficiency in its current implementation is still questionable.

The other controllers and components installed in the Qosmio F50-10K are not particularly interesting, except for the exclusive Toshiba Quad Core HD processor I will discuss in the next section.

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