Many people have no desire for anything other than a moderately fast laptop -- in fact, these people are certainly the majority by a huge margin. They would rather have reasonable performance and improved battery life, preferably in a package that doesn't weigh as much as a small car. On the other hand, there are users out there who want as much performance as possible in a mobile workstation. If you happen to be a member of the latter group, various companies are about to launch a substantially faster mobile behemoth.
If that laptop looks familiar, you might recognize it as the descendent of the Clevo D901C that we first looked at in August 2008. While the exterior looks about the same, the inside has received some notable upgrades. In place of desktop Core 2 Duo/Quad processors, the new D900F will support Core i7 desktop processors, up to and including the Core i7 965. That means in addition to a quad-core processor -- able to run eight threads courtesy of with Hyper-Threading -- you also get triple-channel DDR3 memory support via three SO-DIMM slots capable of supporting up to 12GB of DDR3-1333 memory. In addition, graphics have been upgraded to support the latest mobile NVIDIA GPUs, including dual GTX 280M cards in SLI.
# High-performance Processors: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition or XEON processors
# 64-bit hardware and multiple operating systems support (Windows Pro 64, Vista64, Server2008, Red Hat)
# 16 GB of high performance memory,
# Up to 1.5GB of storage with multiple high performance SATA-300 hard
# RAID 0/1/5 for extra performance, data redundancy or automatic backups
# High performance VGA graphics including NVIDIA's SLI GTX 280M
# Up to 1GB of video and the fastest graphics with OpenGL NVIDIA Quadro FX3700
# Large displays (17" or 18.4") in a portable form factor
# Blu Ray and DVD Burning on the go
# High Performance 1 Gigabit LAN on-board and support for 2nd 1Gigabit LAN interface
# 102-key desktop-like full size keyboards with separate numeric keypad
# Multiple I/O Ports: 4 or 5 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire ports, serial and parallel ports, DVI ports for multiple external monitors, S-Video In ports for digital video cameras, media card readers, Optical digital and analog audio I/O, built-in microphone and stereo speakers
# Excellent Wireless: internal up to 450Mbps WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0
# Internal battery allows uninterrupted operation in case of power failure.
# Excellent Surround Sound System with SRS WOW technology
# Optional internal TV Tuner for Digital and/or Analog Video Input