Toshiba Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its new notebooks for gamers that use two Nvidia GeForce 8M graphics processing units (GPUs). With the release of Satellite X205 gaming notebooks Toshiba not only becomes the first notebook maker to install GeForce 8M SLI, but also the first major notebook manufacturer who implemented a multi-GPU technology at all.
“Last year, Toshiba launched their gaming notebook lineup with Nvidia GPUs, evolving the notebook gaming experience with a unique blend of sheer performance, practical versatility, and elegant style. Toshiba’s addition of Nvidia SLI technology to their gaming notebooks further demonstrates their commitment to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience to gamers on the go,” said Rene Haas, general manager of notebook GPUs at Nvidia.
Even though multi-GPU technology for notebooks was announced over one and a half years ago by Nvidia Corp., only a dozen of notebook makers mostly focused on extreme gamers have introduced laptops equipped with two graphics chips. Toshiba is the first tier-one maker of mobile computers who decided that its customers will take advantage of two DirectX 10-supporing Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processing units while designers of graphics solutions manage to pack DirectX 10 into a mobile GPU with decent performance for gaming. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that two GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB each can deliver performance higher compared to previous-generation single-chip GeForce Go 7950 GTX solution.
Toshiba will offer two configurations of its Satellite X205-SLI laptops, one with ultimate configuration for gaming and multimedia, while another featuring less speedy parts. Both, however, will still feature two GeForce 8600M GT graphics cores, HD DVD drives and 9.34 pounds (5.8 kilograms) weight, which will make them “hardly mobile” solutions.
The more advanced gaming machine from Toshiba is Satellite X205-SLI3 with 17” screen with 1680x1050 resolution, which is based on Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7500 (2.20GHz, 4MB cache, 800MHz processor system bus) and comes equipped with 2GB of dual-channel PC2-5300 (667MHz) memory, two 2.5” hard disk drive with 5400rpm motors and 320GB of total storage capacity, 802.11a/g/n network controller, Bluetooth 2.0 module, fingerprint reader, embedded webcam and microphone as well as external USB HDTV tuner. The price of the device will be $2499.
The less speedy gaming machine is Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI1 with 17” screen with 1400x900 resolution, which is based on Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7250 (2.0GHz, 4MB cache, 800MHz processor system bus) and comes equipped with 2GB of dual-channel PC2-5300 (667MHz) memory, two 2.5” hard disk drive with 5400rpm motors up to 240GB of total storage capacity, 802.11a/g/n network controller, Bluetooth 2.0 module, fingerprint reader, embedded webcam and microphone. The notebook will retail for $1999.
“The Satellite X205 gaming notebooks with Nvidia’s SLI technology is the continuation of Toshiba’s commitment to bring gamers the ‘latest-and-greatest’ in gaming hardware. With an immense array of multimedia ports, dual hard drives, HD DVD drive as well as sub two-thousand price point, the Satellite X205 notebooks with SLI technology provides an elite gaming and high-definition experience,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, digital products division, Toshiba America Information Systems.