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Gigabyte this week announced the release of its U2442, an "extreme Ultrabook" for gamers with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or 730M graphics. On paper, there's quite a bit of power packed into a machine that measures 339mm (W) by 233mm (D) by 18.5-21mm (H) and weighs 1.69kg (3.7 pounds) or less, depending on whether it's configured with a solid state drive (SSD) or mSATA SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) combo.
It's a 14-inch laptop with a 1600x900 display resolution, 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3517U (1.9GHz-3.0GHz) or 3537U (2.0GHz-3.1GHz) processor, 4GB or 8GB of DDR3 memory (supports up 16GB), two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI 1.4 output, GbE LAN port, SD card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3MP webcam, automatic backlight sensing keyboard, 2W speaker, and Windows 7 or 8.
There are a few different storage options to choose from, including:
The real treat, of course, is the discrete graphics, and according to Gigabyte, the U2442 notched a score 9,587 in 3DMark Vantage during internal benchmarking.
Street pricing for the U2442 is about $1,040 and up.