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ASI's IQ17-D2: Is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 Still Fast Enough?
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Our ASI IQ17-D2 configuration falls in price between the $5,000+ GeForce GTX 280M-equipped Eurocom D900F Panther and MSI’s $1,600 Radeon HD 4850-powered GT725-212US.

Graphics Notebook Performance Details
ModelASI IQ17-D2Eurocom D900F PantherMSI GT725-212US
CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme X9100
3.06 GHz, Dual Cores
FSB-1066, 6MB L2 Cache
Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
3.20 GHz, Quad Cores
QPI 6.4 GT/s, 8MB L3 Cache
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
2.00 GHz, Quad Cores
FSB-1066, 6MB L2 Cache
ChipsetIntel PM45/ICH9EMIntel X58/ICH10RIntel PM45/ICH9M
RAM4GB DDR3-1066 CAS 76GB DDR3-1066 CAS 74GB DDR2-800 CAS 6
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2
660 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1700
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M 1GB
580 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1900
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
500 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1700
HDD2 x Toshiba MK3254GSY RAID 0
320GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
2 x Seagate ST9500420AS RAID 0
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
WD Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT
320GB, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache
SoundIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD Audio
Wired LANIntegrated Gigabit LANIntegrated Gigabit LANIntegrated Gigabit LAN
Wireless LANIntel WiFi Link 5300 802.11nIntel WiFi Link 5300 802.11nAtheros AR928X 802.11n
OpticalH-L Data GSA-T50N DVD-RAM
8x DVD±R, 6x DVD±RW, 5x DVD-RAM
Panasonic UJ-130 BD-ROM DVD±RW
2x BD-ROM, 8x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW
Optiarc BC-5500S BD-ROM DVD±RW
2x BD-ROM, 8x DVD±R, 4x DVD±RW
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA
Far Cry 2DirectX 10, in-game benchmark Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear SkyAverage of 4 segments "A-Tested Object' Test Set 1: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, no MSAA Test Set 2: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, 4xMSAA
World In ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64) Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min. Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98 64-bit (07-04-2008) Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min., .wav to MP3
TMPG 4.6Version: 4.6.3.268 Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.1Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Productivity
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90 x64Version 3.90 beta 2, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.0, Compression = Best, WinZIP Command line Version 3.0, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1, 3DMark score
PCMark Vantagebenchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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    Ehsan w , October 16, 2009 10:46 AM
    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 , October 16, 2009 6:45 AM
    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
  • 0 Hide
    lashabane , October 16, 2009 6:54 AM
    I love ASI's products.
  • 1 Hide
    CoryInJapan , October 16, 2009 6:54 AM
    That not bad for a gaming laptop.Could play COD4 and TF2 on there all day.
  • 9 Hide
    lashabane , October 16, 2009 6:55 AM
    There really needs to be an edit function.
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    doomtomb , October 16, 2009 6:56 AM
    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 , October 16, 2009 7:05 AM
    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 , October 16, 2009 7:08 AM
    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 , October 16, 2009 7:53 AM
    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 , October 16, 2009 8:16 AM
    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.
  • 11 Hide
    Ehsan w , October 16, 2009 10:46 AM
    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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    amdfangirl , October 16, 2009 12:08 PM
    Mmm... chunky
  • 5 Hide
    jonpaul37 , October 16, 2009 12:38 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 12:38 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 12:59 PM
    If the battery won't last through a three hour flight from TYS to MSP, it's not a viable option for me.
  • 0 Hide
    LATTEH , October 16, 2009 1:27 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 1:49 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 2:17 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 4:21 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 5:00 PM
    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 , October 16, 2009 5:15 PM
    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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