by Anton Shilov
02/07/2012 | 11:01 PM
Several suppliers of high-end laptops have unveiled new desktop replacement (DTR) notebooks that are powered by Intel Corp.'s latest Core i7-series microprocessors in LGA2011 form-factor with up to six x86 cores that power top-of-the-range desktops. At present the systems are available from AvaDirect and Eurocom.
The new DTR systems from AvaDirect and Eurocom powered by Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" central processing units (CPUs) and Intel X79 are based on Clevo P270WM chassis. The platform enables to install up to Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme processor, up to two MXM 3.0b graphics cards (up to AMD Radeon HD 6990M, Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M or Quadro 4000M), up to 64GB of quad-channel DDR3 memory, up to three 2.5" hard drives with RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 17.3" display with 1920*1080 resolution and so on.
"It's a workstation-caliber PC complete with uninterrupted power supply (UPS) in a notebook form factor. It may be large, but this is one extremely fast notebook that replaces desktop based workstation with over 1 hour of built-in UPS battery," said Mark Bialic, president of Eurocom.
The new DTR systems are the first personal computers in mobile form-factors that support LGA2011 microprocessors as well as leading-edge latest multimedia technologies. Potential users of such machines include gamers as well as those, who need extreme-performance mobile workstations and not constrained by budgets.
AvaDirect and Eurocom have begun to accept pre-orders for the X79 high-end gaming notebooks. The base price starts at around $3000 and will feature the Intel Core i7-3930K, GeForce GTX 580M 2GB, 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz, 750GB 7200rpm hard disk, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.