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Toshiba Qosmio X305  (Source: Toshiba)
Toshiba introduces new X305 gaming notebooks with three NVIDIA GPUs

Toshiba makes many notebooks with models running the range from general consumer machines to ultraportables and gaming notebooks. Toshiba recently introduced a redesigned Qosmio X305 notebook that features the first use of three NVIDIA GPUs.

The GPUs used in the X305-Q706 and X305-Q708 are the new NVIDIA 9400M integrated GPU and a pair of NVIDIA 9800M GTS cards in SLI. The use of three GPUs allows the gamer to go for quiet, power frugal integrated graphics to the performance needed to run today's hottest video games at high detail settings as needed.

NVIDIA's 9400M GPU is rather new itself and is the GPU used in the newly revamped MacBook notebooks. The Qosmio X305-Q706 features an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 CPU, 4GB of PC3-8500 RAM, and a 320GB HDD. Both machines use a 17-inch WSXGA+ TruBright display with a resolution of 1680 x 1050. The X305-Q706 retails for $1,999.

The high-end X305-Q708 carries a much heftier retail price of $4,199.99. For the extra money you get 4GB of PC3-8500 RAM, an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 CPU, and a 128GB SSD in addition to the 320GB HDD. The onboard sound system of both machines is a four speaker Harman Kardon stereo system with a subwoofer.

Each of the 9800M GTS video cards has 512MB of GDDR3 RAM plus up to 1663MB of shared graphics memory using TurboCache technology. Power for both notebooks comes from a 3200 mAh lithium ion battery and both machines have an ExpressCard slot. The computers are far from ultraportables with a weight of 9.04 pounds.

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By StevoLincolnite on 11/10/2008 11:15:09 AM , Rating: 4
*Throws Current Toshiba Tecra out the window*

Only thing that I hate with this notebook is... the design... I like the look of the more basic Silver/Black look of the business type Toshiba Notebooks.

Also does it come with the normal Toshiba Features like the HDD Protection where the HDD "protects itself" when you drop it, Spill proof keyboard and the Finger-print scanner? - If I was to drop that much cash on a notebook I want "Everything" not just performance.

RE: :O
By Suntan on 11/10/2008 12:04:05 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed, I saw one of these versions of Toshiba notebooks at a store a while back and was appalled at the tacky-ass ghetto blaster look of the thing. Why does the body of the laptop have to try and make such a big statement?

Call me old fashioned, but I'm more interested in what is going on on the screen, not how many tacky pieces of flare the body shell has.


RE: :O
By Kefner on 11/10/2008 3:58:41 PM , Rating: 5
The flare could have been worse. Toshiba was told all laptops must have at least 15 pieces of flare, and they decided they wanted to do the minimum!

RE: :O
By Gul Westfale on 11/10/2008 10:40:50 PM , Rating: 5
flares are used to signal ships or airplanes, or also to re-direct incoming heatseeking missiles... you mean "flair". and now gimme back my stapler.

RE: :O
By AntDX316 on 11/12/2008 4:39:40 PM , Rating: 3
i strongly Disadvise getting an MLC SSD (i never used an SLC) because when u download install or watch multiple videos the computer stutters so bad and the computer acts like its locked up for like 1-2 minutes i see the HD usage light on my laptop and its steady green i sold my OCZ Core V2 60GB and got a 200GB 7.2k HD instead ah much better :)

RE: :O
By Serhan Ogan on 11/17/2008 6:04:45 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. And what about the color? Does it has to be red? It might look as if I borrowed my sisters laptop.

RE: :O
By headbox on 11/10/2008 12:04:38 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. Why does "gaming" have to mean "tacky?"

RE: :O
By MrBlastman on 11/10/2008 12:09:54 PM , Rating: 5
The colors and the decals man! They add an extra 10% to your frag ratio - guaranteed!

*looks over at the guy putting a "Type R" sticker on their car as the next possible customer*

RE: :O
By jackedupandgoodtogo on 11/10/2008 12:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
On their car? I would think they'd put the "Type-R" sticker on this "laptop". "Powered by Honda"!

RE: :O
By Tsuwamono on 11/10/2008 1:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
Dude VTEC baby. lol

RE: :O
By kelmon on 11/10/2008 1:08:28 PM , Rating: 3
Bollocks to "Type-R". Give me "R-Type" any day of the week. I still hold that Irem's shooter is one of the finest games ever produced and one that I still play.

RE: :O
By Clauzii on 11/10/2008 1:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that was/is a good game. Classic.

RE: :O
By MrBlastman on 11/10/2008 3:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
I loved R-Type. Super R-Type 3 (for the SNES) has to be the best of the series.

RE: :O
By kelmon on 11/10/2008 5:34:48 PM , Rating: 2
I maintain a lot of respect for R-Type Delta on the PlayStation. I see this as doing things right - keeping the 2D action that made the series great whilst marrying it with the 3D graphics of modern consoles. I used to love the Mario games but must confess that I don't like them as much since the jump to 3D - the action just isn't as "tight" as it was in the NES/Super NES days.

I don't recall R-Type 3 so I think I'll need to check that out. It's a public holiday in Belgium tomorrow so that'll give me something to do. Cheers for the tip.

RE: :O
By MrBlastman on 11/11/2008 1:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
I was never able to find a copy of the PS2 R-Type. :(

After you play R-Type 3, let me know how it compares.

RE: :O
By theslug on 11/10/2008 1:13:34 PM , Rating: 3
They're speedholes. They make the computer go faster.

RE: :O
By sviola on 11/10/2008 1:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
Great quotation. :)

RE: :O
By ggordonliddy on 11/10/2008 6:53:53 PM , Rating: 1
For the same reason Vista and OSX are tacky. Consumers are idiots and will buy it.

Why buy a notebook?
By Flunk on 11/10/2008 11:52:38 AM , Rating: 3
If you want 3D performance and don't care about portability (which anyone who buys this clearly does not) why not just buy a faster, better equipped desktop for less money?

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By themadmilkman on 11/10/2008 12:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Because people want to play sitting on the couch in front of the TV instead of sitting at a desk, and then be able to easily move the laptop to some other part of the house.

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By Einy0 on 11/10/2008 12:19:35 PM , Rating: 3
I hope they wear flame retardant underwear...

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By Clauzii on 11/10/2008 1:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Made with - what a name! - "Firemaster 500"

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By Diesel Donkey on 11/10/2008 12:44:16 PM , Rating: 2
Because it is portable. 9 Lbs and 3 little pieces (laptop, mouse, and power supply) vs. at least 25-35 Lbs and 4 much larger, bulkier pieces (case, monitor, keyboard, mouse). Think LAN parties.

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By othercents on 11/10/2008 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 3
That is exactly it....

They are using the computer 90% of the time in a static location and maybe even connected to a monitor. While the other 10% of the time they might go to a friends house, or college, or somewhere else to play. I always tell people, "The desktop is cheaper and faster, but you need a laptop if you want to use the computer anywhere else other than a static location at home."

BTW. I have two computers at my house. One desktop and one laptop however I usually game on the laptop with it on my lap in front of the TV.


RE: Why buy a notebook?
By xti on 11/10/2008 2:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
I second the TV notion. My roommates always bug me about being anti-social...this way i can root on the Titans or the Cowboys with them, and play a game in the living room all at the same time.


RE: Why buy a notebook?
By murphyslabrat on 11/11/2008 12:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
I am a college student, an avid gamer, and ride a bicycle. These three things create a few interesting requirements, which are only completely solved through a gaming laptop. unfortunately, these monsters are almost always priced so god-awfully high.

The only reason I currently have a computer capable of running Crysis on medium settings, is that I was able to pick up a Gateway p-6831FX for $850 on eBay, during the CPU-bump confusion.

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By Murloc on 11/10/2008 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
how much kilograms are 9 lbs?

RE: Why buy a notebook?
By jvillaro on 11/10/2008 2:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Why buy a notebook?
By vdig on 11/10/2008 4:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
One can. However, unless you want to carry all of your PC components with you for those LAN parties, you probably would be better off just toting a powerful gaming laptop. Furthermore, by adding only one extra video cable, you can hook said laptop to an HDTV and have a crazy large screen if you so choose - an HD projector at 110 inches is a good example. If there are no extra monitors at the LAN party, you still have the laptop screen. Remember, even if absolute portability suffers due to short battery and heavy weight, it is still only one major piece and a mouse versus a PC, monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse.

The thing about laptops is that you have more flexible options regarding its use.

Upgrading said laptop, on the other hand....

Toshiba = No nVidia Support
By InternetGeek on 11/10/2008 11:37:54 AM , Rating: 5
This is all fine and dandy. But knowing Toshiba (out of experience) they won't allow nVidia to provide drivers for the cards. They will released their own packaged version of the nVidia drivers and not update them as often as nVidia does. The result will be that in one year you will be out of the loop with a card you know that can handle the game you're trying to play.

So, if you buy one of these, just ignore any drivers coming from Toshiba and go to to get the latest version.

RE: Toshiba = No nVidia Support
By Starcub on 11/12/2008 10:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
NVidia does not provide drivers for notebook GPU's (with a couple rare exceptions). It's not just a Toshiba problem. Pretty much all vendors are required to provide their own video drivers, but they have no reason to support the cards since there are 3rd party maintainers like

Does it come with a warning sticker?
By MrBlastman on 11/10/2008 11:50:41 AM , Rating: 1
Because if it doesn't, I can see some people suing much like that lady did over McDonald's giving her hot coffee which she spilled in her lap and burnt herself.

That thing is going to be HOT! I really can't see this thing lasting a long time with all that heat that will be produced.

RE: Does it come with a warning sticker?
By Diesel Donkey on 11/10/2008 12:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
Give the design engineers a little credit, at least. With the exception of the Nvidia GPUs involved in that most recent debacle, computers are generally designed with sufficient ability to remove heat. It may have two 9800 GTSs in it, but they're a scaled down, much lower clocked version than the desktop version. Maybe I'm just an optimist, but I have faith that these will be just fine.

RE: Does it come with a warning sticker?
By strikeback03 on 11/10/2008 1:31:44 PM , Rating: 1
The only laptops with thermal issues I have personally witnessed were both Toshibas. My sister had a Celeron powered Toshiba which would shut itself down after 30 minutes while sitting idle on a desk in a 70*F room (and this is after Best Buy tried twice to fix it). Another guy I know had a laptop with a P4 which actually left burn marks on his desk. It was at least somewhat stable after he got a fan pad for it though.

By StevoLincolnite on 11/10/2008 2:57:51 PM , Rating: 3
Funny my Toshiba right now stays on 24/7 without so much as a blink.

I used to have an older Toshiba with a Pentium 4 which got rather warm, but then again, it *WAS* a Pentium 4 in a notebook, I don't recall many notebooks being particularly *cool and efficient* with a Pentium 4.

I've seen many HP notebooks with Heating issues in the past also, but by increasing the fan speed this was rectified.

The good thing about the Pentium 4 is that you used money on your heating bill.

The good thing about this notebook is that you can switch from the SLI discreet cards and use the IGP to save power and reduce heat consumption.

By chmilz on 11/10/2008 2:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it can be the best machine on earth graphics-wise but I still won't buy it unless it has Blu-Ray so I can watch my BD movies on the go. The HD isn't big enough to put my music, games AND digital hi-def content on for when I'm mobile.

RE: Blu-Ray
By jvillaro on 11/10/2008 5:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really "need" all of that? Maybe you should build yourself a mobile skynet just don't bring all the destruction.
Better yet buy/rent yourself a U-HAll and fill it up with HD's when your mobile.

RE: Blu-Ray
By diego10arg on 11/10/2008 6:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
I still won't buy it unless it has Blu-Ray

In that case the screen should be 1920x1200 px to be fully 1080p compatible. Which is not. Weird though.

Just another way
By excelsium on 11/10/2008 12:05:31 PM , Rating: 3
Just another way to extract money from people with more of it than sense.

By Shwanzig on 11/10/2008 7:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
Great, I was looking for a new bagel warmer, and this fits me nicely.

Curious choice of CPU
By Delegator on 11/11/2008 10:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
It's strange that Toshiba went so far behind the curve on CPU speed. A 2.26 GHz CPU in the lower end model is significantly behind the 2.4 and 2.53 GHz CPUs in the MacBook Pros, for example. With such high-end graphics you'd think that they would want to include a high-end CPU. Maybe they had to cut back there in order to keep the price under $2k?

By kellehair on 11/10/2008 11:28:45 AM , Rating: 1 calculate how the failure rate will be on this baby!

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