Notebooks built around Intel's X79 Express chipset are starting to trickle out in pre-order form, including Maingear's refreshed Titan 17. Actually, it wouldn't be right to call this a notebook. The Titan 17 is a full-fledged desktop replacement that can be configured with an Intel Core i7 3960X six-core processor and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics cards in SLI.
The base model isn't quite as powerful, but still a system you wouldn't want to run into in a dark alley. Pricing starts at $3,499 and includes:
17.3-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display
Intel Core i7 3930K processor
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 memory
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics
500GB Seagate Momentus XT 7200 RPM Hybrid SSD hard drive
Multi-format memory card reader
8X DVD burner
Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N; GbE LAN
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
If that's not enough mobile bragging rights, or you're simply determined to blow through this year's tax refund and then some, there are plenty of upgrade options availabe. The Titan 17 sports three drive bays with RAID support, up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and dual-graphics cards or a single Nvidia GeForce Quadro 5010M.
The Titan 17 is available for pre-order now with free shipping and two free games tossed in (Batman Arkham City and Jagged Alliance: Back in Action). Estimated ship date is March 9, 2012.