PC MicroWorks Unveils Vega Laptop for Gamers with Blu-Ray and Multi-GPU

Startup Claims World’s Most Powerful, Feature-Rich Notebook

by Anton Shilov
12/26/2006 | 11:04 PM

PC MicroWorks, a startup that aims to deal with ultra high-end personal computers, announced recently the world’s first laptop for gamers that has two GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics processors in SLI mode as well as Blu-ray burner optical drive. The product is likely to be the first mobile computer for demanding gamers with Blu-ray tech.

 

“Though it may be a little late to make it under the Christmas tree for some shoppers, this impressive new laptop may be worth the wait for others,” stated Timothy Lee, media relations director of MicroWorks.

When configured to the maximum, the PC MicroWorks Vega X laptop features AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 processor (2.0GHz, 1MB L2 cache [512KB per core] 35W thermal design power), two Nvidia GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics chips in SLI mode, 4GB PC2-5300 (667MHz) memory, 600GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc burner, 20.1” WSXGA+ (1680x1050) screen, 7.1 audio, TV-tuner, EV-DO connectivity and Windows XP Professional operating system with Windows Vista upgrade coupon. The company does not state battery time or weight of such computer.


Notebook: PC MicroWorks Vega X
Model: Jillian Ann
Image: PC MicroWorks, distributed by Businesswire

The price of such machine, which can be configured at the company’s web-site, with one-year limited warranty is $7026, without extra batteries, carrying bags, anti virus packages, Blu-ray disc burning software. When configured with additional software, bag, batteries, cooling system and three-years warranty, the price rises to $8083.

Usually smaller suppliers of notebooks do not make chassis for their products themselves, but order notebook barebones from contract manufacturers in Taiwan. The Vega X laptop is not an exception, as similar chassis were demonstrated by Nvidia Corp. back at CeBIT 2006.


A notebook from an unknown Taiwan-based notebook OEM

Currently there are not a lot of notebooks with next-generation DVD support aimed at gamers. Even though Dell and Sony ship their Vaio and XPS models that contain Blu-ray drives, those machines do not feature mobile multi-GPU SLI technology, which means that hardcore gamers would pay attention to the Vega X. Still, systems from Dell include more powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processors and higher resolution displays – 1600x1200 (17”) in case of Dell and 1920x1200 (17”) in case of Sony. In addition, systems from Dell and Sony are far more affordable.