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WidoPC's newest gaming notebooks gets some serious firepower

WidowPC announced today that it is shipping its first notebook based around NVIDIA's 512MB GeForce 8800M GTX GPU.

The new Sting 517D2 pairs the GeForce 8800M GTX GPU with a 17" (WSXGA+ or WUXGA) display. Intel's Core 2 Duo processors power the notebooks and up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and 1GB of Intel TurboMemory can be added to enhance the gaming experience.

"The new GeForce 8800M GPUs allow gamers to have the ultimate gaming experience on a mobile platform," said Joshua McClure, General Manager at WidowPC. "These new 8800M video cards are exactly what the doctor ordered to play Crysis at advanced levels of visual realism. We’re proud to be the first in North America to ship this incredible performance enhancer."

The Sting 517D2 has a base price of $2,799 and comes standard with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor, WSXGA+ display, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a GeForce 8700M GT 512MB GPU. The GeForce 8800M GTX GPU can be added for a whopping $738. Another notable option is the MTRON 32GB SSD which can be had for an additional $1,137.

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Why News?
By jbizzler on 12/19/2007 3:12:58 PM , Rating: 4
Sager, Eurocom, and various other Clevo resellers have been taking preorders for this EXACT SAME notebook for a few weeks now, and the prices are hundreds lower. Look at the base config of the Sager here.
$2000 for a machine far better than the standard Widow.

RE: Why News?
By FITCamaro on 12/19/2007 3:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
I have an old Sager 5680. Was top of the line at the time. Cost me $2200 and was equivalent to a $3500 Dell laptop. Still works but theres a crack on the screen backing at the left edge and goes across the hinge so opening it is dangerous. I can get it fixed I just haven't wanted to pony up the $150. Kind of pisses me off though because it happened once under warranty and they fixed it. Then it happened again a year later.

A friend had the same exact laptop(ordered at the same time) and he never had a problem.

RE: Why News?
By Operandi on 12/19/2007 4:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
So who actually builds these?

RE: Why News?
By MightyAA on 12/19/2007 6:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
Clevo developes/builds the barebone (Tier 1). Everyone else rebrands it; some customize it like adding performance ram, others just slap a sticker on and ship it.

I prefer Killernotebooks. They at least crack it open, cnc machine a new cooling system, then finish assembling the components in it... but they don't do it cheap.

RE: Why News?
By TMV192 on 12/19/2007 11:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
yes I agree, its bad enough so many people don't know who's really making these laptops, a respected site like DailyTech should certainly have noted the link to Clevo. And just to add to what you said, Sager is usually the cheapest manufacturer of Clevo laptops and VoodooPC being the most expensive

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