ASI's IQ17-D2: Is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 Still Fast Enough?

Power, Efficiency, And Battery Life

With only a single graphics module and low-power quad-core notebook processor, the GT725 is miserly. The IQ17 isn’t far behind at idle, its dual-core CPU consuming the least amount of power, while its dual-GPU graphics subsystem requires the most. The desktop Core i7 of Eurocom’s D900F requires enormous power, even while idle.

Super-low power consumption allows the GT725 to take the efficiency crown, while super-high performance lets the D900F take second place in this comparison of power consumption to overall performance.

The IQ17-D2 has the longest run time and shortest charge time from a battery in Battery Eater Pro’s non-gaming 3D rendering test.

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  • Ehsan w
    I suggest Ati drops whatever they have now, and start working on the mobility 5xxx series
    Since the desktop versions already don't use a lot of power
    but gives really good performance, they could totally rape Nvidia in a year
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  • Anonymous
    i have a 3870 x2 and its still rocking the new games great!
    1920 x 1200 resolutions run smoothly,
    i just have to tone the antialaising to like 2x or off on a few games like re5
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  • lashabane
    I love ASI's products.
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  • CoryInJapan
    That not bad for a gaming laptop.Could play COD4 and TF2 on there all day.
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  • lashabane
    There really needs to be an edit function.
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  • doomtomb
    Eurocom had some awesome performance but the power consumption is scary. You can't be away from an outlet for more than 45 minutes.
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  • tacoslave
    i like my desktop for gaming but when i have to go someplace and its a long trip i use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152126
    its got pretty decent battery life (3 hours) and it doesnt hurt the wallet that much anyway.
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  • curnel_D
    I'm an ASI partner, and I've been reselling these laptops since 2005. Most of their lineup are Brandless Compal (second largest OEM notebook supplier) notebooks. Not many score real high in the looks department, but the quality and durability is head and shoulders above the competition.
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  • melvis72
    I'd like to see a review on an Alienware M17x with Dual 280's or Dual 4870's just to see if all the money wasted is fast or not.
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  • liquidsnake718
    Not bad, I wouldnt get a laptop for gaming. Just get a mobile gaming device like a psp or dsi. I would rather play with a regular laptop than spend on a crazy laptop when I can just buy a ps3 or even build another great PC for that insane price. Crysis, COD5, STALKER and Fallout arent meant to be played with Laptops anyway on their max settings. You can play these in low or medium settings which is fine but I would never expect the world with even these mobile beasts.
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  • Ehsan w
    I suggest Ati drops whatever they have now, and start working on the mobility 5xxx series
    Since the desktop versions already don't use a lot of power
    but gives really good performance, they could totally rape Nvidia in a year
    11
  • amdfangirl
    Mmm... chunky
    -4
  • jonpaul37
    I agree, if ATI had a mobility soultion for the 5xxx series that could be in a really nice position in the laptop market.
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  • jonpaul37
    I agree, if ATI had a mobility soultion for the 5xxx series that could be in a really nice position in the laptop market.
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  • Onus
    If the battery won't last through a three hour flight from TYS to MSP, it's not a viable option for me.
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  • LATTEH
    i still have a 3850 it still runs pretty strong (good enough for me to play the games i like) but with the 5xxx series i think it may be time to upgrade
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  • Anonymous
    I care less about performance on notebook drives.
    But the Power efficiency, and battery life page tells me enough that this is not a notebook I'm looking for,or ever buy!
    45 minutes under load???
    I hope you understand after a year the battery will have 80% of it's capacity.
    A year later it's only 66%.
    That means after 2 years you'd only get 25 minutes of battery life out of this machine!
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  • cookoy
    can't convince myself why i should use my notebook to play games - the real stuffs and not solitaire. i use mine for browsing, watching non-HD videos and work. more concerned about the heat generated by dedicated graphics chips. if i want to play games, i use my desktop.
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  • fulle
    Articles like this always have people coming on saying stupid shit like:
    "I would never buy a laptop with this poor of battery life"
    or "Why would anyone try to play anything but solitaire on a Laptop? I could build a Desktop for far less".

    Well, congratulations, a DTR style laptop doesn't suit your needs. There's still a market filled with people who relocate often (e.g. Military), or need a powerful machine to take to customer sites (which will have a power outlet btw), or even would buy one because they wipe their ass with 100s and just wanted something to take a friend's houses so they could game together.
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  • BoxBabaX
    fulleArticles like this always have people coming on saying stupid shit like:"I would never buy a laptop with this poor of battery life"or "Why would anyone try to play anything but solitaire on a Laptop? I could build a Desktop for far less".Well, congratulations, a DTR style laptop doesn't suit your needs. There's still a market filled with people who relocate often (e.g. Military), or need a powerful machine to take to customer sites (which will have a power outlet btw), or even would buy one because they wipe their ass with 100s and just wanted something to take a friend's houses so they could game together.


    hahahaha this is great :)
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  • scook9
    I am pretty sure corssfire was disabled on that laptop....if you go to the CCC and check Catalyst AI it needs to be enabled for Crossfire to be in effect. Pretty much ALL those numbers look like a single 3870 to me....

    This laptop is actually a year old now, ASI is just new to selling it. It is the Alienware M17 (which can be bought for $700 now as a "recertified" (but brand new) system so screw ASI and their pricing...) as well as the now gone OCZ whitebook. Long story short, it is the Arime/Flextronics W840DI which has been out for a while. The best GPU's that will fit this notebook are a pair of 4850's which ONLY Alienware sold and ONLY for a short time (to clear stock of the laptop I think)

    3870x2 Mobility will crush a GTX 280m so that is why I belive you did this test with Crossfire off (I can provide numbers if you need proof - I had an OCZ whitebook for about 6 months and now have an Alienware M17x)

    As was stated by another user, except for very rare cases, the 3870x2 Mobility is easily enough for most modern games at high settings - I can provide sources for this as well.

    Tom's needs to jump over to Notebook Review Forums and do some research themselves to make sure that their results seem right ;)
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