M18X takes the cake unless you'd like to tote around a 130w processor that is very much not designed to fit into a laptop and costs twice as much as a new mobile sandy bridge... and performs the same.
Also, this thread will be bombarded with common OCN opinions which are false and should be ignored.
1. You should save yourself the money and get a G73/74 because laptops suck but somehow this one doesn't. False. This laptop is great for those with a $1200 budget but it is by NO MEANS high end.
2. A Micro ATX SSF desktop is portable. This is the most retarded thing I've ever heard.
3. The only good mobile computers are Sagers. Sagers are amazing, unfortunately they don't offer a comparable product to the M18x. The Clevo 7200 platform is running an x58 chipset which has no, I repeat, ZERO mobility features. You'd be better off buying a tiny desktop and carrying around a monitor with you. While a 990x is wonderful for encoding video on the CPU, there is absolutely no gaming benefit to it over a mobile sandy bridge that runs at a full 85 watts less and can actually give you 5 hours of battery when you need it. Proof.
Take a look at the above link, the 2920xm and 990x trade blows in games, and currently the 2960xm is available which is even faster. Sure running 18 virtual machines will work better on the 990x but... let's be serious, who cares?
If I seem like I'm coming on strong, it's because I am. For good reason though, I've seen dozens of threads in which hard headed 'enthusiasts' refuse to consider anything other than 1, 2, and 3, and attempt to shoehorn poor passers by into terrible purchases. I'm sure this thread will be no different.
one more thing, don't go ATI. With a mobile computer like this, you MUST get dual cards to match higher end desktop systems, and frankly ATI isn't doing well right now. As powerful as these 6990m's are, they're an absolute nightmare to use, they're buggy from the useless drivers right down to a broken hardware fan controller. Go with 580s and you'll have no headaches with current vbios and drivers.Edited by un1b4ll - 11/16/11 at 9:57pm