ASI's IQ17-D2: Is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 Still Fast Enough?

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.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • 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
  • lashabane
    I love ASI's products.
  • CoryInJapan
    That not bad for a gaming laptop.Could play COD4 and TF2 on there all day.
  • lashabane
    There really needs to be an edit function.
  • doomtomb
    Eurocom had some awesome performance but the power consumption is scary. You can't be away from an outlet for more than 45 minutes.
  • tacoslave
    i like my desktop for gaming but when i have to go someplace and its a long trip i use this
    its got pretty decent battery life (3 hours) and it doesnt hurt the wallet that much anyway.
  • curnel_D
    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.
  • melvis72
    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.
  • liquidsnake718
    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.
  • Ehsan w
    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