GeForce GTX 580M SLI Vs. Radeon HD 6990M CrossFire

Installing New Mobile Graphics Cards

Before we move on to the upgrade process, here's an older shot that should give you a feel for what's happening inside the X7200 chassis.

One of the three hard drive bays is found above the battery, while the other two are adjacent to it. Eurocom offers a custom-manufactured bracket to support a fourth hard drive in the optical drive bay.

The CPU and chipset share one complete cooler, while each graphics card gets a cooler of its own. Today’s conversion did not require the removal of the CPU cooler.

Hardware swaps don’t get much easier than this, with four screws holding each fan to its heatsink and four screws holding each heatsink to its graphics module.

With the heatsinks out of the way, we find two screws holding each graphics module in place. Removing these two screws allows each module to be tipped upward, away from the motherboard, and pulled from its slot.

Note that even though MXM standards were originally developed by Nvidia, Eurocom worked extensively with AMD to develop these Radeon HD 6990M parts in the appropriate format.

Though the heatsinks appear almost identical, differences in the height of certain voltage regulator components compelled Eurocom to modify the version intended to mount to the AMD boards. Eurocom includes two of the Nvidia-specific sinks in its GeForce GTX 580M upgrade kit. Also included are replacement screws, the GeForce GTX 580M modules themselves, and the mandatory SLI bridge.

The SLI bridge wraps around the back of the left (master) card, its ends clipping to the white connectors on the right edge of each card using push-on connectors.

Assembly is the reverse of disassembly.

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  • mightymaxio
    Good to see that the performance of the SLI 580m lives up to the name.
  • burnley14
    I'm amazed that this product even exists. The market for people willing to pay $7k for a behemoth gaming laptop has to be pretty miniscule.
  • decembermouse
    Come on, AMD, I've seen too many articles like this declaring Nvidia's new solution to be the superior one. We know that AMD's cards tend to be more power-efficient, but that only goes so far for some people. Keep that advantage certainly, but become more competitive with overall performance as well.
  • aznshinobi
    Do you really need this much performance in a laptop, I curious. A GTX 560M could run most games on medium-high anyways (on a laptop) those laptops run about $1100, the saved money could get you a beast SB-E or BD comp and then some left for the college fund.
  • Crashman
    aznshinobiDo you really need this much performance in a laptop, I curious. A GTX 560M could run most games on medium-high anyways (on a laptop) those laptops run about $1100, the saved money could get you a beast SB-E or BD comp and then some left for the college fund.
    Do you really think so? Because 1920x1080 seems to be a fairly popular resolution for 17" notebooks, and a single GTX 580M appears barely-adequate for medium-settings at that resolution. Well, maybe a single HD 6990M would do. That's why the article suggested the HD 6990M might be a top solution for slightly smaller notebooks, aka "normal sized" 17" notebooks.
  • _Pez_
    how long until battery run out of energy ? 25 minutes of gaming ? LOL
  • Phyrexiancure
    Wow, this is light years better than my desktop.
  • iam2thecrowe
    377W lol, that needs a big ass AC Adaptor!
  • Crashman
    iam2thecrowe377W lol, that needs a big ass AC Adaptor!
    Remember that's input wattage FOR the adapter. The output was STILL less than 300W. These high-capacity power bricks are far from being 80-Plus Gold rated!
  • Todd Sauve
    CrashmanDo you really think so? Because 1920x1080 seems to be a fairly popular resolution for 17" notebooks, and a single GTX 580M appears barely-adequate for medium-settings at that resolution. Well, maybe a single HD 6990M would do. That's why the article suggested the HD 6990M might be a top solution for slightly smaller notebooks, aka "normal sized" 17" notebooks.


    This entire article is eminently STUPID! Who is going to spend that kind of money on a notebook simply so they can play games on it?

    And is there a human being on this planet that can make use of a resolution like 1920x1080 on a 17" notebook screen in order to play games?

    It is little wonder that the rest of the world finds us degenerate when we will indulge ourselves with toys like this, and at such a scandalous price, while millions of our fellow human beings are simply starving to death as we speak ... ;(
  • jaksikaks
    Isn't most of the tested games TWIMTBP (NVidia sponsored titles)?
  • kikireeki
    The battery in this beast is no more than an aesthetic accessory.
  • theuniquegamer
    i think i can buy a premium hatchback car at that price lol
  • Fokissed
    todd sauveThis entire article is eminently STUPID! Who is going to spend that kind of money on a notebook simply so they can play games on it?And is there a human being on this planet that can make use of a resolution like 1920x1080 on a 17" notebook screen in order to play games?It is little wonder that the rest of the world finds us degenerate when we will indulge ourselves with toys like this, and at such a scandalous price, while millions of our fellow human beings are simply starving to death as we speak ... ;(

    Not sure if troll or just stupid...
  • Crashman
    jaksikaksIsn't most of the tested games TWIMTBP (NVidia sponsored titles)?
    Don't know, don't care, doesn't matter as long as these titles haven't had an issue of fairness in the past. We've see many games sponsored by one side or the other favor the side that didn't provide that sponsorship. Ask Angelini, he's the man!
  • stingstang
    At least AMD is giving Nvidia competition again. There were a few dark ages when Nvidia was just jacking up their prices as much as they wanted.
  • trandoanhung1991
    burnley14I'm amazed that this product even exists. The market for people willing to pay $7k for a behemoth gaming laptop has to be pretty miniscule.


    Well, there certainly is a market for those. I wonder how many professionals actually run on gaming workstations because the same kind of power using professional cards are so much more expensive.

    Other than that, buying such a machine purely for gaming is not for everyone. But if you are not able to stay home often, and are an avid gamer, then spending 7k every year or so just to be able to game while on business trips doesn't seem too expensive, actually. Better than not being able to play at all, really.
  • ghnader hsmithot
    It has a market, and the market is full of dumb people.
    Get a mid range laptop which plays games and not only that with the money you left over you could save it to buy a new laptop in the future.

    Peace.
  • lp231
    I see Zonda style charging port
  • Au_equus
    todd sauveThis entire article is eminently STUPID! Who is going to spend that kind of money on a notebook simply so they can play games on it?And is there a human being on this planet that can make use of a resolution like 1920x1080 on a 17" notebook screen in order to play games?It is little wonder that the rest of the world finds us degenerate when we will indulge ourselves with toys like this, and at such a scandalous price, while millions of our fellow human beings are simply starving to death as we speak ... ;(

    Yeah, actually most of our stuff is based off of wants. So how about we sell all our stuff that we don't need and donate the money to our fellow human beings. Seriously, dude? > 99% of us just oooohhh and aaaaahhh and flip to another webpage, while you get on your soapbox. get a life
  • scook9
    Some people just like having a laptop and the mobility it affords. This laptop is not the best example.

    Take the Alienware M18x, it supports both the 6990m CF and GTX 580m SLI but also has a Sandy Bridge processor and can leverage the IGP for some serious battery life (abut 4.5-5 hours - I have verified this on mine as have others).

    True, $7k laptops are not going to be too common - but Eurocomm is also known for stupidly high mark-ups. For example, the following Alienware was less than $4k including warranty for me (from my sig on notebook review forums - where I have over 10k posts.....). Additionally x7200 systems come in around the $4k mark regularly from other vendors.

    Intel Core i7 2920xm | 8GB (4x2GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 PnP Ram | Radeon Mobility 6990 CrossFireX | Intel 320 160GB SSD | WD Scorpio Black 750GB 7200rpm HDD | Intel WiFi 6300 | Slot Load Blu-Ray Player
    3DMark Vantage: P29255 | 3DMark06: 31919

    If over clocked this laptop is an absolute monster (note the scores in my sig above, again, on a laptop) while offering some features like a backlit keyboard. Go ahead and call the backlights a stupid flashy gimmick, but every person who has seen my laptop (both kids and adults) wanted to have a backlit keyboard so there is clearly some demand for them.

    I had a desktop with watercooled i7 965 and dual 5870s and sold it and got this laptop. It was an easy decision and I have a more capable system now in both performance and flexibility.
  • cangelini
    CrashmanDon't know, don't care, doesn't matter as long as these titles haven't had an issue of fairness in the past. We've see many games sponsored by one side or the other favor the side that didn't provide that sponsorship. Ask Angelini, he's the man!


    F1 and STALKER were actually AMD games. JC2 is an Nvidia game. Can't remember--was Crysis also NV? That'd make it 2v2.
  • JohnA
    trandoanhung1991Well, there certainly is a market for those. I wonder how many professionals actually run on gaming workstations because the same kind of power using professional cards are so much more expensive.


    It depends on the application. I've got a Dell 17" 1920 * 1200 I use for CAD work. It has an FX3700M in it, which was about a thousand dollar adder at the time, maybe 1500. For the software I use, It would blow away SLI 580's even today because the BIOS is crippled in the consumer cards. In some apps, the consumer cards are just fine.

    Yes the dollars sound big, but think about the other costs. A top engineer or CAD driver is gonna run you 6 figures or close to it. The software on my machine is over 50k, plus over 10K a year in maintenance. The guy in the next office has WELL over 100k in software on his. If I can spend a few grand on a better laptop that gives a 5 to 10% increase, it's worth it. Kind of like tire prices on a Ferrari.
  • cypeq
    I'm like wth 17" notebooks run on 1080p it's it starts to be reasonable at 24"+