Taking It To The Limit, One More Time
Gamers might be better served by Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge-based mobile processors, but Clevo’s LGA 1366-based X7200 remains the only chassis capable of supporting Nvidia’s hottest graphics modules in SLI. Capable of holding both Core i7 and Xeon processors with up to six physical cores, AVADirect equipped this workstation-class notebook with an enthusiast-class Core i7-980X Extreme.
Regular visitors will notice the recycled images. Nothing has changed about the X7200 since last year’s introduction, though AVADirect made the thoughtful move to include a second power supply with today’s configuration.
Remembering that each of these 300 W power units is larger and heavier than a traditional facing brick, we were happy to find that the second power adapter is only required under unrealistically-extreme use scenarios (such as using FurMark and eleven threads of Prime95 simultaneously).
|Desktop vs. Mobile GeForce Graphics|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Desktop GeForce GTX 480||Desktop GeForce GTX 560 TI||GeForce GTX 485M|
|Transistors||3 billion||1.95 billion||1.95 billion|
|Engine Clock||700 MHz||822 MHz||575 MHz|
|Compute Performance||1345 GFLOPS||1.26 TFLOPS||883.2 GFLOPS|
|Memory Bandwidth||177.4 GB/s||128 GB/s||96 GB/s|
|TDP||250 W||170 W||100 W|
We’ve even discussed how the GeForce GTX 485M’s specs resemble those of an underclocked GTX 560 Ti, though we’re told it uses the older GF104 core with power-optimized BIOS and software. This power-saving design compares favorably to AMD’s Barts-based Radeon HD 6970M, at least on a specifications sheet.
|Desktop vs. Mobility Radeon Graphics|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Desktop Radeon HD 6970||Desktop Radeon HD 6850||Radeon HD 6970M|
|Transistors||2.64 billion||1.7 billion||1.7 billion|
|Engine Clock||880 MHz||775 MHz||680 MHz|
|Compute Performance||2.7 TFLOPS||1.49 TFLOPS||1.3 TFLOPS|
|Memory Bandwidth||176 GB/s||128 GB/s||115.2 GB/s|
|TDP||250 W||127 W||100 W|
With no new parts to show, let’s see how this new configuration of previously-reviewed components performs!
Those who need to process large data sets on the go would likely see lots of use from a machine like this.
Also, those who develop software and need a mobile machine to showcase their new products (especially if that software happens to be a game).
Diminishing returns? Maybe with personal laptops < 1000 dollars. Not with this class of machine.
Judging from the specs,1 GTX 485M performance falls between a desktop GTX 460 and GTX 560Ti right ?
But I liked to see a desktop system in the comparison charts.
I understand that the value proposition is not very good still, but your conclusion is misleading in my opinion. People splashing out to be able to play the most modern games at highest res simply do not care how many excessive frames are pushed at the low end.
so how can an SLI'd GTX 485 could be cheaper than an Xfire'd GTX 485M ?