GeForce GTX 480M: AVADirect’s W880CU Is Packing The Heat

AVADirect’s W880CU

AVADirect (and its supplier Clevo) clearly believes that you really need a true high-def display to showcase the true potential of Nvidia’s latest mobile GPU. Of course, it's entirely possible that Clevo simply determined that a larger notebook would be required to hold the beefier cooling apparatus. Either way, today’s high-end portable gaming phenomenon comes with an enormous 17.3” screen.

Premium pricing for large-screen gaming notebooks means mobile enthusiasts expect more premium-class functionality. Thus, Clevo connects a single USB 3.0 port to Intel's chipset via a third-party controller. Also seen on this side are the audio jacks (headphone, microphone, line-in, and digital out), an ExpressCard 54 slot, an eSATA 3Gb/s port, and a dual-link DVI connection.

That’s right, Clevo’s new GeForce GTX 480M graphics module supports dual-link DVI, a feature missing from its GeForce GTX 280M and GeForce GTX 285M modules. High-end users can connect an equally high-end 2560x1600 flat panel without dropping to 1280x800 pixels, a capability previously reserved for AMD’s latest parts.

There’s also an HDCP-compliant HDMI port right next to the power jack, two USB 2.0 ports, and a network jack on the rear panel. While four of the connectors are perfectly placed for connecting to a presentations stand, frequent use of the power connector means that the door that covers it might not last very long.

A left-to-right description of the left-side end panel begins with the classic 6P2C telephony jack, followed by a mini-coaxial connector for an optional TV tuner (not included in this sample), a rubber-covered 7-in-1 flash memory card interface, an IEEE-1394 FireWire mini-jack, USB 2.0 port, and the optional (included) Blu-ray disk burner.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • bin1127
    It plays Crysis!
  • Tamz_msc
    ....all of these notebooks must be plugged into a power outlet before gaming commences.
    I think that sums it up.
  • Lmeow
    Portable vasectomy!
  • Tamz_msc
    LmeowPortable vasectomy!LOL +1
  • xyzionz
    Quite a surprise on the power consumption...
  • sprunth
    That's a crazy heat pipe setup...

    Agree on the naming thing on the last page, that would be helpful.
  • Maziar
    Great review.
    Before its launch,it was rumored that it will have a much higher power consumption than 5870M, but now it seems they are close
  • "Notice that the component on the left uses both fans and has two-thirds the total number of heat pipes" Ummmmm if I'm looking at the picture correctly the GPU and the majority of the heat pipes are on the Right, you may want to retype that.
  • are there no temperatures for gpu in article or i missed it?
  • Plyro109
    The funny thing is, AMD actually DID use the naming scheme you like in their LAST generation of mobile GPU's. The Mobility 4850 matched the standard 4850's number of stream processors, albeit with lower clock speeds. Same with the Mobility 4870 and Mobility 4870x2.

    They changed it in response to Nvidia's naming scheme, which is a shame. I liked the matching of desktop/laptop performance to names, too. :/