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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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