by Ilya Gavrichenkov
08/16/2007 | 10:58 AM
XtremeNotebooks Company launched a super-powerful portable computer called Xtreme 917V based on a quad-core Intel processor.
In its maximum configuration, this notebook is equipped with Core 2 Quad Q6700 (working at 2.66GHz clock frequency, featuring 8MB L2 cache memory) and 4GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM. It can accommodate up to three hard disk drives with Serial ATA interface and 250GB storage capacity each. Upon customer’s request solid-state hard drives using flash-memory technology may be ordered instead of the traditional HDDs. It also features a DVD burner and a multi-format card reader.
The graphics subsystem of this extreme notebook solution uses two Nvidia GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics controllers. It has a 17-inch display with WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels). Xtreme 917V model is equipped with a 1.3MPixel web-cam, a TV-tuner (optional), a Gigabit Ethernet controller, a Wi-Fi controller and 8-channel sound codec. There are four speakers and a subwoofer mounted into the case.
This notebook carries four USB ports, supports DVI and D-Sub video interfaces, one FireWire ports, a TV S-Video out, an S/PDIF out, etc.
Unfortunately, the platform’s high performance had a negative effect on its battery life. According to its technical specs, it may only run for about an hour on standard battery. With the dimensions of 388 x 294 x 59 mm Xtreme 917V weight over 5kg.
The Xtreme 917V Quad Core advantage offers the power of a traditional desktop workstation or server in a mobile form factor that can be carried anywhere and everywhere, something that the American consumer has been waiting for in a mobile computer. "This is a giant step forward in mobile computing power," remarked XtremeNotebooks President, Steven Nichols. "We can build an Xtreme 917V with almost a terabyte of high speed storage and the processing power of four CPUs, this is the bleeding edge of desktop replacement."
Note that Intel is going to introduce mobile quad-core solutions in 2008 when the mobile processor family shifts to 45nm process. Until then, notebooks based on desktop Core 2 Quad CPUs will not be able to boast small size, low weight or long battery life.