Gigabyte Releases Several Gaming Laptops with Nvidia GTX 800M Series Graphics

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PCWolf

I wish Gaming Laptop vendors would all adopt some sort of GPU Cartridge standard format so users can update their Mobile GPUs instead of being forced to lower their eye candy settings & resolutions to stop newer games from chugging on a 3+yr old laptop that cost $1500+

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LatiosXT

Well, there is, sort of. The MXM standard.

The problem is that you can't get respectable desktop performance until you start breaking the bank. A single GTX 780M for instance, costs well over $600 on eBay. And it takes at least two GTX 780M's in SLI to go toe-to-toe with a GeForce GTX 770, which suggests it's only as powerful as a GeForce GTX 760 or GTX 750 Ti. 3 times the cost for the same performance? No thanks.

There's also the issue with heat. The laptops that have a GTX 780M SLI are inches thick desktop replacements. These are meant more if you're going around LAN parties every weekend. If the laptop stays at home, why bother with a laptop at all?

Also creating a standard module means everyone has to build around that if they want to support it. Not everyone even builds using MXM parts (and even then, MXM only defines an interface, not necessarily a form factor.

The only hope we have is using an interface that offers PCI-Express. Express Card dongles were made so you can hook up desktop graphics card to your laptop, but at x1 speeds, you're not getting much performance. Thunderbolt I believe only uses PCI-Express as the physical interface, but it might be possible to use it (but you'll only have x2 speeds).

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TheMissingPiece

Yes! This is what I've been waiting for! The 14" P34G V2 is exactly what I need, what with a beefy graphics card, 1080p display in 14" and 21mm thickness! Hopefully it doesn't exceed $1300, though. Gaming laptops are expensive. :(

I'm also not a fan of its aesthetics unfortunately. Why are laptop OEMs trying to emulate Macbooks? I'm really beginning to despise the black keys on an aluminum background. Hopefully it'll come in different colors, or I'll have to paint it or something myself...

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LatiosXT

>Why are laptop OEMs trying to emulate Macbooks?
Because it's a clean look. I hate laptops that try to look flashy (Alienware, MSI GT70) or they're really fugly (pretty much all of Clevo)

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TheMissingPiece

I suppose I misspoke there. I was ragging on the keyboard aesthetic, not the overall chassis. I would much prefer an all-black color scheme on the keyboard, preferably in matte, a la Lenovo Yoga.

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LatiosXT

Ah, yeah that. I'm also starting to hate the keyboard area being metal too, as opposed to say a rubberized matte finish.

Also I'm lamenting the near death of this layout: http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/24906.jpg . No funky arrow key shapes, dedicated Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys. I think this is the best 84-key layout.

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Innomasta

Bring back mouse buttons godammit!