AVADirect this week announced the availability of the Clevo X8100 SLI laptop, calling it the "world's most powerful i7 SLI gaming notebook" on the planet. Judging by the spec sheet, AVADirect might be spot on.
The Clevo X1800 boasts a generous 18.4-inch full HD (1920x1080) display, but it's the hardware underneath the hood that's most impressive. Buyers can configure up to a Core i7 920XM processor, one or two Nvidia GTX 285M graphic chips, up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, and up to 3 hard drives or SSDs in a RAID 0 or 1 array. Other specs include 3 USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, an eSATA port, HDMI output, a 7-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 2.0MP webcam and of course Windows 7.
"If you recall, June of 2009 we began to sell the Clevo M980NU. It was a Core 2 Duo based notebook with GTX 280's in SLI. It was a very exciting time for us as a boutique builder, because nobody out there had that type of product on the market. Now, we have the same chassis used by Clevo and a mobile Core i7 processor. Not only will this reduce bottleneck within the notebook, but increase performance up to 50%. Given the nature of it's size and power I can easily suggest the Clevo X8100 notebook for a desktop replacement. There is nothing like raw, mobile gaming power at the tip of your fingers." says Misha Troshin, CMO and co-owner of AVADirect.
Pricing starts at $2,500, which buys a Core i7 720QM processor, Nvidia GTX 285M graphics, 2GB of DDR3-1066 memory, 320GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Clevo, a second-tier notebook maker who provides high-end gaming units, both for itself and for other brands, expects a big first quarter this year. The company believes it will ship 360,000 units, or 33 percent more than it did this same time last year.
Keeping the momentum going, Clevo said it expects volume to reach 480,000 notebook shipments in the second quarter, and as many as 2 million units by the time 2010 comes to a close, the company said.
Clevo has done well so far in 2010 thanks to stable shipments from clients in Latin America and Asia, DigiTimes reports. But the company will also look to stand out from the crowd and is currently showcasing products at CeBIT featuring Magic of Film Art (MOFA), which is a technology for slapping custom design patterns on the notebook chassis.
The Eurocom Clevo laptops have been the focus of a fair amount of attention since they were leaked last month. When the idea of a laptop sporting Intel’s Core i7 chip comes across one’s mind, they can’t help but be a little enticed.
Well, we’ve finally gotten some details on just what the 17-inch model of the Clevo laptop will have under the hood, and this certainly isn’t a casual user’s notebook. At the base, it’ll have the options of a 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz or 3.2GHz Intel Core i7. Storage wise, there will be three 500GB hard drives, adding up to a staggering 1.5TB of space, and 8GB of DDR3 for memory. And finally, the graphical capabilities will come in the form of an Nvidia G280.
There’s some speculation on just when it’ll be released, but Q4 of this year would be the safest bet. There’s still no word on pricing, but if start working out if you are looking to snag one of these bad boys – it all weighs in at a whopping 11.9 pounds.