Hey ASI, Make It A D2, Please!
What separates the less-expensive IQ17-D1 from its D2 big-brother? A second Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics card--the combination titled singularly by ATI as “Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2,” in spite of the fact that two separate modules are required.
A super-long, cloth-covered ribbon cable serves as the CrossFire bridge above.
Our fully-configured test system came equipped with Intel’s dual-core Core 2 Extreme X9100 mobile processor (left). Next to it are the PM45 northbridge and two Radeon HD 3870 graphics modules. Two Crucial 2GB DDR3-1066 CAS 7 memory modules were also added for the test, though buyers must purchase their processor and memory separately from the IQ17-D2 assembly (or again, as mentioned, seek out one of ASI's whitebook system builder partners).
The Hitachi-LG Data Storage DVD±RW is included in the base configuration, though it can be upgraded for Blu-ray functionality.
ASI included two 7,200 RPM Toshiba drives to show off the notebook’s RAID 0 performance capability, though once again buyers must purchase their choice of HDD or SSD drives separately.