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GeForce GTX 460M SLI: Mobile Gaming Value From AVADirect?
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AVADirect’s GeForce GTX 460M SLI-based machine presented us with a great opportunity to compare the latest mobile GPUs, as well as a bit of a testing dilemma. While its Core i7-950 processor was matched by the previously-tested Core i7-940XM in lightly-threaded applications like games, its multi-threaded application performance makes it a beast in encoding and productivity tests.

Yet, we were most interested in how well its new GPU configuration would perform, so we accepted the configuration, even in light of its mismatched host processor. Shortly afterward, someone (Ed.: I'm guilty) suggested comparing it based on price-per-performance in a chart that looks like this:

The problem with the above chart is that it doesn’t account for features, such as the X8100’s larger 18.4” display and HDMI pass-through device (with added screen-grabbing capability). It doesn’t even account for smaller improvements, such as Alienware’s enhanced-resolution 1920x1200 display. And it certainly doesn’t account for the thinner design, lower heat, and longer battery life of its mobile CPU-based competitors. In fact, notebook CPUs cost more than the desktop part used to improve the X7200’s performance at the expense of cooler thickness, heat, battery life, and power supply weight.

Thus, we have two conclusions, and the first one is in regards to GPU alacrity. At less than half the cost and armed with most of the performance of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480M, the GTX 460M becomes our preferred notebook GPU at this time. A pair of these easily smashes the performance of AMD’s fastest CrossFire-based solution. So take two now, and then call the doctor in the morning if you find yourself suddenly addicted to gaming at full detail levels on a laptop.

Second, the X7200’s use of a desktop processor sets it up as a value leader, but only if you don’t value having a notebook that’s less than 2.8” thick or less than 17 pounds heavy, with adapter. Had we been building our own GeForce GTX 460M SLI-equipped notebook, we’d have likely picked the X8100 chassis for its lower weight, lower power use, and larger screen.

But we’re not notebook builders; that’s AVADirect’s job, and the company focused on providing the most performance for the money. This is the point where AVADirect gets our kudos for topping the above chart, and we’re sure its builders are willing to assist any buyer in reaching their ultimate portability and performance goals.

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    bak0n , December 1, 2010 6:06 AM
    $3,142 is not a value.
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    bak0n , December 1, 2010 6:06 AM
    $3,142 is not a value.
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    jrocks84 , December 1, 2010 6:07 AM
    "three-gigapixel Webcam"

    Now that'd be an awesome webcam. If only it was true... :( 
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    dEAne , December 1, 2010 8:00 AM
    thanks tom for this article.
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    silversurfernhs , December 1, 2010 8:24 AM
    last gaming laptop i'll ever own was the HDX20 8800m series... google it - thats why. It lasted me a few generations - and the wifey uses it now, still games well(for the games she plays anyway).

    All these "gaming" laptops are on 17" screens... i'd just as well plug it into an external monitor - which defeats the purpose a bit - might as well have a small fragbox for the price...

    I wish some company would rejuvinate the spirit of HP's HDX Dragon line...
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    blibba , December 1, 2010 8:38 AM
    So, why can#t we have a fully enabled GF106 for desktops? Ffs Nvidia...
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    Maziar , December 1, 2010 11:38 AM
    Thanks for the article;however,I hoped you compare it with 2 GTX 480Ms as well
    BTW,you can find this laptop(with the same config as the review) much cheaper from other sites such as XoticPC.(Starts from $2100)
    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7280-custom-laptop-built-the-clevo-x7200-p-2881.html
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    jomofro39 , December 1, 2010 11:50 AM
    True value will hit when the cpus with the integrated graphics come out, hopefully. That is their purpose, right? I hardly find 3,100 or 2,100 dollars a value. Gaming on the go is a privilege, not a need. Value on a privilege needs to be steeper than this.
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    Crashman , December 1, 2010 12:31 PM
    MaziarThanks for the article;however,I hoped you compare it with 2 GTX 480Ms as well
    Yes, well, the X8100 didn't support two of them due to power issues (most HUGE notebooks won't) and the other X7200 (the one with the 980X installed) had already been sent back.
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    theholylancer , December 1, 2010 12:34 PM
    soo umm i7 950 DESKTOP vs i7 920 XM MOBILE?

    did someone forgot to mention that the AMD cards were paired with mobile procs, while 460Ms got the destkop stuff?

    It did not made any sense when I saw that crysis high AMD gets slaughtered, and then V High is evenish. Then I looked back and saw that AMD gets a mobile CPU that could have been the bottleneck given the gfx power...



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    scook9 , December 1, 2010 1:00 PM
    Would have been nice to see the GTX 480m SLI results from when you had that notebook but otherwise good review, been able to find nothing on GTX 460m SLI until this!
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    shaun_shaun , December 1, 2010 1:26 PM
    40mins battery time to do what ?????
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    hixbot , December 1, 2010 1:32 PM
    Nice article. Will Toms ever do an new article devoted to microstuttering? It's been years since the subject has been approached, yet the phenomenon is still prevalent.
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    whysobluepandabear , December 1, 2010 1:36 PM
    I STILL don't understand the fetish that anyone would possibly have with gaming on a laptop.

    It's not like you can just take this baby to the park and play some Black Ops while Fido is chasing a tennis ball.


    It draws some serious power, and costs double what a desktop version would. Did I forget to mention on a desktop you could be playing on a 24" screen?


    Get a good desktop case, manage your cords properly and understand that desktops aren't that big of a deal to move if mobility is your thing.


    IMHO, big waste of money. Laptops aren't suitable yet for gaming. For me personally, I don't like the screen and keyboard being on the same level....I need the keyboard lower, and carrying around a different keyboard sort of kills the idea of practicality and mobility.
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    tomskent , December 1, 2010 1:47 PM
    It always amazes me when people talk about how gaming laptops are useless machines that cost so much more then their desktop counterparts.
    It only goes to show you have never been to a LAN party.
    No one intends on using these machines away from a power socket.
    Weigh your computer case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker system, all the cables....tell me if they weigh more then 17lbs and if it can fit in a small backpack. Not to mention the time it takes to break down the whole system, pack it, reassemble it, then break it down again, then reassemble it.
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    bildo123 , December 1, 2010 1:59 PM
    silversurfernhslast gaming laptop i'll ever own was the HDX20 8800m series... google it - thats why. It lasted me a few generations - and the wifey uses it now, still games well(for the games she plays anyway).All these "gaming" laptops are on 17" screens... i'd just as well plug it into an external monitor - which defeats the purpose a bit - might as well have a small fragbox for the price...I wish some company would rejuvinate the spirit of HP's HDX Dragon line...


    There's a little hypocrisy in your post. You mention "gaming laptops" "only" having 17" screens and then talk about just getting a fragbox. But is a 20" monster "laptop" really a laptop? Technically its portable but its over 15lbs..."might as well just get a fragbox" IMO.
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    luke904 , December 1, 2010 3:00 PM
    tomskentIt always amazes me when people talk about how gaming laptops are useless machines that cost so much more then their desktop counterparts.It only goes to show you have never been to a LAN party.No one intends on using these machines away from a power socket. Weigh your computer case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker system, all the cables....tell me if they weigh more then 17lbs and if it can fit in a small backpack. Not to mention the time it takes to break down the whole system, pack it, reassemble it, then break it down again, then reassemble it.



    and you would pay 3000 dollars to not have to do that? wow
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    tomskent , December 1, 2010 3:26 PM
    Quote:
    and you would pay 3000 dollars to not have to do that? wow


    Where did I say I would personally pay 3000 for a gaming laptop? oh yeah, I didnt.

    There are plenty of good gaming laptops out there for around $1000
    wow
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    rohitbaran , December 1, 2010 3:39 PM
    $3142 is value! You are kidding right! :D 
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    Lutfij , December 1, 2010 4:01 PM
    price wise, i wouldn't look any further. Specs wise - I'm dreaming already
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