Gaming notebooks are expensive and, thus, hard to buy for most people, but that hasn't stopped notebook and custom PC makers from releasing a wide number of models, which AVADirect just added to.Strangely enough though, even with so many different hardware configurations, there are still some ideas that have yet to be implemented.
One of them has finally been put into practice: the Intel X79 chipset, codenamed Patsburg and made for high-end, socket 2011 Extreme Core i7 processors.
While it has been used in many desktop PCs, the Clevo P270WM from AVADirect is the first notebook to employ this platform controller hub.
One of multiple top-tier chips can be selected, along with NVIDIA graphics cards in 2-way SLI multi-GPU configurations.
The GeForce GTX 680 is, naturally, a possibility here, but AVADirect went that extra mile and tossed in the Quadro K5000 as well, with its better specs and bandwidth high enough for smooth operation in even the most demanding CAD applications.
The backlit, color-integrated keyboard is just there as a convenient aide and accent to the sharp images displayed by the GPU on the 17.3-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels).
Needless to say, the rest of the hardware is on the same page as the CPU and GPU, or GPUs as the case may be.
The RAM amount can be customized greatly, and the three 2.5-inch drive bays will allow for many HDD-SSD combinations.
An optical drive is included as well, but it can be taken out and swapped for a four 2.5-inch drive bay if buyers so decide.
Finally, the Clevo X79 P570WM gets RAID 0/1/5 support, a 54/34 express card slot and all the connectivity and I/O anyone could want.
Sadly, no price was mentioned in the press release. The notebook also seems a bit bulky but, then again, AVADirect's laptops usually are like that, since they value “raw, uncompromisable performance” over size and aesthetics.