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Old 29-12-2008
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Top 5 Gaming Notebooks in 2008

For a great gaming laptop you need high performance
processors, dedicated graphics cards and a lot of
system memory. These days top gaming laptops are
using dual or even quad processors and hooking up two
or more graphics GPUs thru SLI configurations to get
the ultimate gaming performance.

1. NEW Alienware Area-51 m17x

Alienware has always been the established leader
for superior gaming machines. Unfortunately, while
they make some of the best gaming rigs, you will
have to pay for all that performance and for all
that style. Many believe Alienware is too overpriced
for what you get. However, if money is no object,
Alienware should be your first consideration for a
gaming laptop.

Currently, one of their fastest machines is the
Area-51 m17x which sports some impressive specs:

CPU: Intel? Core? 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)

Memory: 4GB? Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz ? 2 x 2048MB

Hard Drive: 250GB (250GB x 2) 7,200RPM (8MB Cache) w/ Free
Fall Protection

Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA? Quadro? FX 3600M

OS: Microsoft? Windows? Vista? Ultimate with Service Pack 1

Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p) with
Clearview Technology

Weight: 10.5 lbs

But don't expect long battery life as gaming laptops
are usually power-hungry creatures that burn up your
power source very quickly.

2.Rock Xtreme 780 X9100

Offering some serious competition to the Area-51 m15x is
the Rock Xtreme 780 X9100. This is the follow-up to the
very high ranked Xtreme 770 which you may also consider.
The 780 sports the new Intel? Core2 Extreme processor
and the latest gaming technologies.

CPU: Up to Intel? Core? 2 Extreme processor X9100 (2 x 3.06GHz)
6MB Level 2 Cache

Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz RAM

Hard Drive: Up to 320Gb 7200rpm SATA

Graphics: NVIDIA 9800M GTX 1GB GDR3

OS: Microsoft? Windows? Vista? Home Premium

Display: 17" WUXGA+ X-Glass TFT Screen (1920 x 1200)

Weight: 8.4 lbs

You should know Rock (Rockdirect) is a leading UK laptop
manufacturer and was recently acquired by the Stone Group.
It should be business as usual since the Stone Group is also
a leading hardware specialist and laptop manufacturer.

3. Gateway P-7811FX

The Gateway P-7811FX is an inexpensive alternative
to all the pricey gaming laptops you might be considering.
If you're looking for a good gaming machine, yet want to
stay within a limited budget, this laptop may have your
name on it.

CPU: 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400

Memory: 4GB, 667MHz DDR3

Hard Drive: 200GB 7200rpm

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS

OS: Microsoft? Windows? Vista? Premium (64-bit)

Display: 17.1 inches HD-friendly 1920x1200.

Weight: 9.0 lbs

This gaming laptop offers great value for your
money and well worth your consideration, especially
if you're on a tight budget.

4. Sager NP9262

In case you want to go in the other direction and
break the bank, the Sager NP9262 maybe calling
your name. Built on the Clevo D900C / D901C
(Worlds 1st Quad Core Laptop) the NP9262 sports
some very impressive gaming specs.

CPU: Intel? Core? 2 Quad Processor Q9650 / 12MB L2 Cache,
3.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB

Memory: 8GB memory available on NP9262 with 64bit edition
of Windows VISTA

Hard Drive: 320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive + other HD choices

Graphics: Dual Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX Graphics with 1GB DDR3
Video Memory in SLI mode

OS: Windows? Vista? ULTIMATE 32/64-Bit Edition

Display: 17" Wide Viewing Angles WUXGA LCD with Super Glossy
Surface (1920 x 1200)

Weight: 11.55 lb

5. XPS? M1730 Laptop

Some gamers wouldn't be caught dead mentioning Dell
and gaming laptops in the same breath. There's no
accounting for gaming snobbery or brand name bias.
However, Dell which now owns Alienware and some of that
style must be rubbing off since the XPS M1730 is one
of the most striking gaming laptops you can buy;
looks do count and this one leaves all takers in the
dust. If you can get over the idea of having a Dell
in the first place, the XPS M1730 also sports some
very impressive gaming specs.

CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900

Memory: 2GB of 667MHz

Hard Drive: 400GB (2x200) at 7,200rpm

Graphics: Dual 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8700M GT in SLI
(scalable link interface)

OS: Windows Vista? Home Premium

Display: 17 inches 1,920x1,200 resolution

Weight: 11.1 lbs
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