Friday, July 24th 2009

Maingear Unveils eX-L 18 Desktop-Replacement Gaming Notebook

MAINGEAR Computers, award-winning builders of high performance custom computers for PC gamers and enthusiasts, is proud to announce the world's most powerful desktop replacement notebook, the eX-L 18. Featuring dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M graphics processing units (GPUs) with NVIDIA SLI technology, the eX-L 18 brings your games and multimedia to life with brilliant 3D graphics and movies in 1080p HD resolution. With powerful Intel Core 2 mobile processors, eX-L 18 delivers breakthrough multi-core performance and dual-channel DDR3 memory.

"MainGear has equipped the eX-L 18 with the world's fastest notebook graphics solution," said Rene Hass, General Manager of the notebook business unit at NVIDIA. "With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, MainGear's customers will experience breathtaking in gaming physics from titles such as Terminator Salvation or Darkest of Days and are ready for GPU computing applications such as Badaboom, vReveal and Arcsoft SimHD."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs are the fastest GeForce notebook GPUs ever. Built-in support for NVIDIA PhysX technology enables a new world of ultra realistic gaming effects from lifelike explosions to natural water. Stay on top of your game with the highest performance using the latest notebook drivers direct from NVIDIA.com. When you're not gaming, NVIDIA CUDA technology offers breakthrough performance in compute-intensive tasks like video transcoding and photo editing, delivering up to 10x faster performance compared to traditional CPUs. Watch high-definition videos come alive with sharp images and vibrant colors supported by NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology, which enables extended battery life so you never miss a scene.

The eX-L 18 is chock full of expansion potential, with up to 3 2.5" SATA or SSD drives configurable in RAID formations. eSATA, HDMI, USB 2.0, and FireWire ensure that you can use the eX-L 18 just

like you would a desktop and without compromise. Additional features include a 3 Megapixel video camera provides high definition video conferencing, and a full sized keyboard with a number pad, and programmable gaming buttons.

"With the increasing demand for mobile high performance computing solutions, we wanted to offer our customers with the most powerful gaming desktop replacement possible" said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. "With the co-processing power of the Intel Core 2 CPU and dual NVIDIA GPUs, you're able to get the same cutting edge technology available to desktop users in a balanced computing configuration that is ideal for today's GPU computing environment."

The eX-L 18 also features MAINGEAR's M.A.R.C. custom laser etching technology. Customers can upload the image or logo of their choice and MAINGEAR will customize your notebook to specifically fit your personal style or corporate brand.

Specifications
  • OS - Windows Vista Premium with Free Windows 7 Upgrade Offer
  • CPU - up to Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor
  • Chipset - NVIDIA MCP79
  • Graphics - Single or Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
  • Memory - up to 8GB DDR3-1333
  • Storage - up to 3 2.5" SATA or SSD drives (RAID Available)
  • Optical Drive - DVD or Blu-ray
  • Display - 18.4" LCD 1920x1080
Consumers can purchase the MAINGEAR eX-L 18 at MAINGEAR's Web site www.maingear.com or order by phone at (888-MAINGEAR). The base price $2,999. eX-L 18 comes standard with MAINGEAR's standard 14 month warranty and is backed by the best in-house support team in the country. For more information, visit Maingear.
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21 Comments on Maingear Unveils eX-L 18 Desktop-Replacement Gaming Notebook

#1
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Finally a Dual 280M (granted not real 280's), been seeing 280M laptops popping up left and right claiming to be the best and fastest, but then only having 1 GPU thats really not even of the current gen.
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
There are two things I disagree with in this press-release. 1. Eurocom Phantom i7 is a desktop replacement that uses Core i7 965 XE. I don't think any Core 2 Extreme model can beat that. 2. GeForce GTX 280M SLI is not the fastest mobile graphics solution. It's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2. The comparison between the two is like that between GeForce 9800 GX2 and Radeon HD 4870 X2.
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#3
AltecV1
i hate laptops but i have to admit that it is cool looking then again 3000$ is a lot off money for that sort of tech:ohwell:
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#4
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Problem with the i7 965 laptops is they have one 280M, I can't call that a desktop replacement, this would most likely be a better gaming machine.
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#5
Easo
Battery life on this probably makes you realy angry...
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#6
Milky
$3000! think how much better a desktop for that much would be!
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#7
Cheeseball
desktop replacement = battery life should not matter

Toshiba Qosmios, Dell XPSes, etc. do not take battery life into account with their desktop replacements. They're huge and are supposed to consume a huge amount of power for multimedia/gaming purposes. If anything, having a battery on a desktop replacement notebook would just act like a UPS with a desktop computer.
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#8
mlee49
by: btarunr
There are two things I disagree with in this press-release. 1. Eurocom Phantom i7 is a desktop replacement that uses Core i7 965 XE. I don't think any Core 2 Extreme model can beat that. 2. GeForce GTX 280M SLI is not the fastest mobile graphics solution. It's ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2. The comparison between the two is like that between GeForce 9800 GX2 and Radeon HD 4870 X2.
Notebookcheck.com says otherwise:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

I've yet to see some other benchmarks from SLI 280m's but theres no reason why it wouldn't beat the 4870'x in CF.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mlee49
Notebookcheck.com says otherwise:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

I've yet to see some other benchmarks from SLI 280m's but theres no reason why it wouldn't beat the 4870'x in CF.
They stuck to NVIDIA's review guidelines, that put their MGPUs in advantage. Somebody blew the lid off that. http://www.eteknix.com/news/nvidia-alter-benchmarks-for-fastest-mobile-gpu-crown/

Two G92s beating two RV770XTs is logically impossible.
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#10
mlee49
I saw the 4870x2 run 20k in 3D06, but that was an extreme cpu and overclock. Personally I think the dual 280's could come close.
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#11
aj28
by: mlee49
Notebookcheck.com says otherwise:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

I've yet to see some other benchmarks from SLI 280m's but theres no reason why it wouldn't beat the 4870'x in CF.
Really? I love those benchmarks... Not only are the numbers at the top entirely unreal, but you can't compare notebook graphics chips independent of the notebook. There's a reason notebook support lags so far behind desktop support, and a lot of it has to do with the amount of free reign the manufacturers have. Not only will the base clock speed vary, but the power stages which govern that clock will vary as well. Also, not all notebooks use MXM. Most of the big guys (HP/Dell) will integrate it straight into the motherboard, because they sell so many with the same configuration, while Toshiba and smaller dealers use almost exclusively MXM technology because it's easy to interchange configurations without buying a bunch of different motherboards. The amount of memory changes. The power configuration changes. The drivers are almost never identical, much less up-to-date. I could go on and on...

There are sooooooo many changes that factor into each and every implementation of a GPU in a notebook computer, so that whole site qualifies as nothing more than a loose guideline to purely synthetic performance.

With that said, yes, it's a very powerful GPU configuration, but I think those numbers misrepresent the situation. All-in-all it probably is the fastest, although I blame that in large part to ATi absolutely crippling the clock speed of the M4870. The 200Mhz drop makes a big difference with that many stream processors, and I'm sure it's perfectly capable of reaching much greater speeds, even in the tight confines of a notebook chassis.
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#12
Triprift
by: 1Kurgan1
Problem with the i7 965 laptops is they have one 280M, I can't call that a desktop replacement, this would most likely be a better gaming machine.
I woudnt call any top of the line lappy as a desktop replacement thanks to heat problems and mobile chipsets and hd being behind top of the line desktops.
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#13
qwerty_lesh
AFAIK, the Asus W90 uses a unique 4870x2, i could be wrong, but i think thats the fastest you can get.
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: qwerty_lesh
AFAIK, the Asus W90 uses a unique 4870x2, i could be wrong, but i think thats the fastest you can get.
actually NO the W90 does not use a unique 4870x2 - it runs 2x 4870's that have been heavily downclocked to keep the heat down
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#15
thunder_2008
This is hardly the fastest lappy~!!!

i7 975 desktop replacement is far superior as it has tri-channel ddr3 memory first of all. Second , no way in hades does any mobile processor come close to competing against a desktop processor not in performance nor cost and more importantly availability.

Battery-life is a factor of course(ssds' can help reduce the power drain some), as is the increased size/weight. Still one gpu that is currently available in the clevo d900f/sanger 9280 as well as the plain keyboard, lack of fingerprint reader, media keys that lit-up does make this eX-L 18 look appealing if only in photos.

I would like to see this design package the contents of the clevo d900f only with the increase of two gpus.
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#17
thunder_2008
Clevo is good but......

I often ask myself why companies that have behemoth products in performance such as the Clevo D900F, which have literally the lastest in tech yet fall short in other areas to lesser product offerings within the same company?

What I am referring to is the Clevo M980NU which has the lits, whistles & bells in features:

lited keyboard
media keys
fingerprint reader
dual vga cards

All of these are not an option with the i7 Clevo D900F, but come on we all know as pc/laptop techies that they could just as easily made these available for the Clevo D900F.

It highly likely that Clevo simply did not as a stunt to sell off some over-stocked core 2 duo mobile chips they got at some ridiculously cheap prices due to the current economic climate.

In the very least this has me in a place where I " HAD " planned to purchase a Clevo D900F, yet now will likely wait until a true flagship offering makes itself available.

Whether or not Clevo reads these posts or gets the message thru other potential clients concerns remains to be seen. If they offer a revamped case design for the internals of the D900F, I will buy it if it has everything.

Or, perhaps since I am a designer I will simply build my own " True Flagship Laptop "; and make it available for all.
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#18
PP Mguire
Honestly who cares and why argue? I doubt seriously any of you will be buying any of these laptops so whats the point?

Im sure my SLI 280s in my desktop can whoop any of these laptops :laugh:
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#19
tkpenalty
screw portability when a cost of these could get you TWO computers that are faster. Have one in the office, have one at home.
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#20
mlee49
What $5000 for a laptop is overpriced? Wait, this isn't 1984? Damn it, time for a hair cut.
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#21
thunder_2008
by: tkpenalty
screw portability when a cost of these could get you TWO computers that are faster. Have one in the office, have one at home.
Yes, $5000 is a lot but for $2300 which is the cost of the D900F it is not too bad.

Also, not everyone is into gaming with performance pc/laptops.

I need and want a powerful laptop so that I can display my designs on my own portable pc which has graphics as well as cpu memory to match in CAD/Cam applications.

And, btw....even if it cost $5k for a lappy I would spend it knowing that a $60M design project is safe from using anyone else's pc when plugging in my flashdrive.

$5k to protect $60M....common sense.:laugh:

Anyways, I have thought of the perfect design in a laptop...I just still might get around to building it sooner than later.
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