Can SLI in a Notebook Beat Desktop Graphics?

System Impressions And Quick Facts

The following table shows the features of the iBuyPower Battalion SC-650 SLI. For a comparison, we included two Core Duo based computers that we've reviewed: the Dell XPS M1710 and the Fujitsu Lifebook N6410. Though these are different systems, they will help illuminate the features of the iBuyPower Battalion SC-650 SLI.

Manufacturer iBuyPower Dell Fujitsu
Model Battalion-101 SC650 SLI XPS M1710 Lifebook N6410
Dimensions & Weight
Width x Height x Depth 19 x 1.2 x 13.72"
47.6 x 2.95 x 34.3 cm
15.5 x 1.7 x 11.3"
39.4 x 4.24 x 28.7cm
16.1 x 2.02 x 11.8"
40.9 x 5.13 x 30cm
Unit & Battery 14.8lb / 6713g 8.13lb / 4000g 10.31lb / 4670g
Battery 2lb / 680g 1.025lb / 464g .69lb / 312g
Charger & Power Cord 2.9lb / 1315g 1.77lb / 800g 1.86lb / 844g
Total (Computer, Charger & Power Cord) 17.7lb / 8029g 9.9lb / 4464g 12.17lb / 5514g
AC Adapter & Battery
Battery I Capacity Li-Ion 12 cells
(14.8V, 6600 mAh, 97.7 Wh)
Li-Ion 9 cells
(11.1 V, 7200 mAh, 80 Wh)
Li-Ion 6 cells
(10.8 V, 4000 mAh, 43.2 Wh)
Optional Battery Capacity NA NA NA
AC adapter 220 W 130 W 150 W
Pointing Device(s) Touchpad Touchpad Touchpad
Display and Graphics Controller
Display Size 19" (48.26 cm) wide screen 17" (43.18 cm) wide screen (Truelife) 17" (43.18 cm) wide screen
Display Resolution 1680x1050 1920 x 1200 1400 x 900 internal
1600 x 1200 external
Graphics controller 2x Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX, 512 MB (SLI) Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX, 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400, 256 MB
BIOS Phoenix Dell [Phoenix] A00 Phoenix v1.04
CPU AMD Mobile Turion ML-44 E4
(2.4 GHz, 1 MB L-2 Cache, HT 1 GHz)
Intel Core Duo T2600
(2.16 Ghz, 2 MB L-2 Cache, FSB 667 MHz)
Intel Core Duo T2300
(1.66 GHz, 2 MB L2-Cache, FSB 667 MHz)
Memory 2 x 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 2 x 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 2 x 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2
Hard Drive
Manufacturer & Model Seagate Momentus ST9120821A Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 Hitachi HTS721010G9SA00
Size 120 GB 100 GB 100 GB
Performance (SATA / 5400 rpm / 8 MB / 12.5 ms) (SATA / 7200 rpm / 8 MB / 10 ms) (SATA / 7200 rpm / 8 MB / 10 ms)
Other Drives
Manufacturer & Model Pioneer DVR-K16 NEC ND-6650A MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-841S
Speed DVD/+-R/+-RW/RAM/+DL na / +-R 8x +rw 8x / -rw 6x / RAM 5x / +DL 4x na/+rw 8x/8x/-rw 8x/6x/na/na 8x, 4x, 2.4x, 5x
Speed CD/R/RW 24x/24x 24x/20x 24x/10x
Floppy Drive none none none
Hard drive bay none none 2nd Hitachi HTS721010G9SA00
B=Back side, F=Front, L=Left side, R=Right Side
Camera 1x (above display) 1.3M Digital Video Camera none none
PS2 Mouse/Keyboard none / none none / none none / none
USB 2.0 2x (B) / 3x (R) 4x (B) / 2x (L) 1x (R) / 4 (B)
IEEE1394/Firewire 1x (R) 1x (R) 1x (R)
Serial COM Port 1x (B) none none
Parallel LPT Port none none none
Microphone none none none
IR port 1 F, 1 R none For remote control - plugs into USB port
Bluetooth yes yes none
VGA / DVI out 1x DVI (B) 1x (B) / 1x (B) 1x (B) / none
Video In / Out none / 1x S-Video (B) none / 1x S-Video (B) S-Video & Composite (L) / (B) S-Video
AC Power yes (B) yes (B) Yes (L)
PC-Card / PCIe-Card Slots none / 1x (R) none / 1x (R) 1 / 1 (R)
LAN 1x (R) Gigabit Ethernet 1x (B) Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet 1x (B) Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
WLAN Gigabyte GN-W101 GS 802.11a/b/g Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Wireless WAN none none none
Audio Connectors 1 x Microphone In (R) Headphone (R) 1 x Microphone In (R) Headphone (R) Mic (R) Headphone (R) Line In (none) / RCA Stereo In (L)
Audio Chip Realtek AC'97 SigmaTel STAC9200 Realtek ALC262 HD Audio Controller
Modem/Model 1x (B) Integrated V.90/56K Modem (V.92 compliant) 1x (B) Conexant HDA D110 MDC V.92 1x (B) / Agere Systems AC'97
Card-Reader: 1 x (R) MS, MS PRO, SD, MMC 1 x (R) SD, MMC, MS, MSPro, XD 1x (R ) Memory Stick/SD/xD Card Slot
Fingerprint Security Sensor none none none
Manufacturer's Docking Socket No yes (B) yes (USB 2.0)
OS Windows XP Pro (Home Edition Available) Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP Pro Also Available) Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; Windows XP Home or Professional
Application Software N/A Dell Media Experience (if XP MCE not ordered with computer), Paint Shop Pro (trial) and Photo Album, Sonic MyDVD, McAfee Security Center (90-day trial) Depending on OS: Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security 2006 (90 day license), CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerProducer, CyberLink PowerDirector, MakeDVD, Quicken New User Edition 2006, Roxio Digital Media SE, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2003 (60 Day Trial Edition

The first thing that stands out on the chart is the Battalion's size and weight. It is the size of a small briefcase and weighs almost 15 lbs. This is certainly not a highly portable computer, as it is over a foot and a half long. The power adapter alone weighs almost three lbs. The total weight of 18 lbs is equivalent to carrying around a small child. This is where the title "desktop replacement" fits as well; while mobile, I would not want to move it very far.

The RAM and the wireless card.

However, when looking at the functionality of the system, it has everything one could need. A large display is always a very nice feature, and with a 19" diagonal it is a centerpiece of this notebook. While you won't open it up anytime soon on an airplane - except in first class - it is great to have such a large and wide viewing capacity. Sitting on a desk it looks impressive and the full size keyboard makes working on it feel like a regular system.

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