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Asus Lamborghini Notebook With 1 TB SSD

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Asus unveils its stylish new Lamborghini-inspired VX5 notebook, featuring a 1 TB solid state drive (SSD).

The new Asus Lamborghini VX5 made an appearance at CeBIT 2009 this week, which housed what Asus claimed as the world's largest density SSD currently available.  Although not specified, the included SSD might be the new 1 TB SSD from Puresilicon, which was announced earlier this year and flaunted a blazingly fast sustained read and write speed of 240 MB/sec. and 215 MB/sec, respectively.

The Asus Lamborghini VX5 notebook also features a futuristic-looking design inspired by the Lamborghini Reventón; the most powerful and expensive Lamborghini road car to date.  The notebook has a black and gray color scheme, leather palm rests, chrome accents, a Lamborghini logo and a chiclet keyboard that lights up automatically under low light conditions. While the notebook does look pretty fancy, it also looks pretty big, but that added size is in part due to the notebook's large 16-inch LCD display with full HD resolution.

Under the hood, the VX5 notebook is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and comes with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and dedicated Nvidia Geforce GT 130M graphics with 1 GB of GDDR3 VRAM.  For added performance, the notebook also features a TwinTurbo mode that can increase CPU and GPU speed with the press of a button.  Also included in the VX5 notebook is a Blu-ray disc combo drive, a 2.0-megapixel webcam, a slew of useful ports and Windows Vista Ultimate. 

Lastly, the notebook weighs in at 7.23-pounds (3.3 kg) with a 6-cell battery and has a whopping thickness of 1.89-inches (48 mm).  There is no word yet on price or availability, but expect this premium notebook to come at a steep price.

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    LATTEH , March 3, 2009 8:11 PM
    im a little bit confused... intel made a 32GB ssd but Asus made a 1TB version why didnt they just sell the HDD unless im missing the big picture O_O
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    tenor77 , March 3, 2009 8:20 PM
    ASUS didn't make it, puresilicon did
    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Puresilicon-936099.html

    Yeah, umm this one's going to make Apple look like Raman noodles in price I think.

    Not for the faint of heart, I promise you that!
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    cart0181 , March 3, 2009 8:31 PM
    Only a 6-cell battery? I wonder how many mA hours it has and what the expected run time is going to be. I still have a Sony Vaio that has horrible battery life on its 6-cell. Granted, it doesn't have a SSD though.
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    echdskech , March 3, 2009 8:45 PM
    tenor77Yeah, umm this one's going to make Apple look like Raman noodles in price I think. Not for the faint of heart, I promise you that!


    Yup. Though it wouldn't make sense if it didn't. Lamborghini as a brand is generally about being excessive, exclusive and expensive - especially the Reventón model. While its spec sheet matches the brand, its missing one very important (albeit shallow) part of the Lamborghini image: Its look doesn't evoke the same emotions as a pin-up centerfold. =/
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    jerreece , March 3, 2009 9:15 PM
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    the notebook also features a TwinTurbo mode that can increase CPU and GPU speed with the press of a button


    lol I thought TwinTurbo was for Porsche?

    This stuff is all marketing garbage. Just because they named it after a super expensive sports car doesn't really mean this laptop is excessively fast. It STILL has a Core 2 Duo processor. So it's not like it's the absolute latest thing available anyhow.
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    siliq , March 3, 2009 9:58 PM
    how is the random write performance for the SSD?
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    Shadow703793 , March 3, 2009 10:23 PM
    For a high end laptop (is it for gaming?) it's lacking in the GPU department.
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    seboj , March 3, 2009 11:01 PM
    jerreeceIt STILL has a Core 2 Duo processor.


    Core 2 Quad.
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    1raflo , March 4, 2009 1:12 AM
    Why Asus didnt put an 4870X2 mobile in this notebook like they did on their latest gaming laptop? if this one is supposed to be like the best of the best in performance/look/etc. (i dont even wanna know how much money it will cost)
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    eklipz330 , March 4, 2009 2:10 AM
    i bet that 1tb ssd is 75% the price of the notebook.
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    seboj , March 4, 2009 3:05 AM
    eklipz330i bet that 1tb ssd is 75% the price of the notebook.


    I bet the Lamborghini brand name is 95% the price of the notebook.
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    deltatux , March 4, 2009 4:47 AM
    I smell a price tag of $5000, does anyone else too? It's like representative by a Lamborghini, most people can't afford it. Most people can't afford this laptop, same idea...
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    bin1127 , March 4, 2009 5:15 AM
    if 256 SSD are selling for $1000, then won't a 1TB push the price to something like $10,000?
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    Rouke , March 4, 2009 10:23 AM
    Bit-micro selling SSD's for consumers now??

    Bit-micro already has very freakin' fast ssd's, but isn't releasing them for 'normal' consumers.. (untill now so it seems..)

    Funny thing is, most people don't know the company (yet)..

    http://www.bitmicro.com/
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    Rouke , March 4, 2009 10:24 AM
    Fore people who don't know how long these things exist already, at least 2 years now..
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    Rouke , March 4, 2009 10:39 AM
    looksie @the specs of A 4Gb 2,5" Fibre channel drive@1.6TB: http://www.bitmicro.com/public_docs/products_edisk_altima_E3F4FL.pdf
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    etrnl_frost , March 4, 2009 12:46 PM
    jerreecelol I thought TwinTurbo was for Porsche?This stuff is all marketing garbage. Just because they named it after a super expensive sports car doesn't really mean this laptop is excessively fast. It STILL has a Core 2 Duo processor. So it's not like it's the absolute latest thing available anyhow.

    The best part is that it makes you wonder if you can hear the blowers (fans) scroll up when you turn on the turbo's... Naturally Aspirated computers are so much more quiet... :D 
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    zads , March 4, 2009 5:11 PM
    I'll tell you one thing.
    The absolute minimum price to build any 1TB MLC SSD is $1500.
    Tack on engineering cost, sales and manufacturing costs, profit margins, retail markup.. you're looking at $2500 minimum sales price.