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Toshiba new 17" notebooks feature dual GeForce 8600M GT GPUs

Sony may have covered the entry-level market with its VAIO NR series notebooks earlier today, but Toshiba is clearly aiming at the high-end market with its new X200 Series notebooks.

The Satellite X205-SLI3 and Satellite X205-SLI1 are both 17" notebooks packed with Core 2 Duo Power and 2GB of DDR2 memory. The X205-SLI3 sports a 2.2GHz processor and a 1650x1050 LCD screen, while the X205-SLI1 makes do with a 2.0GHz processor and a 1440x900 LCD screen.

The star of the show, however, for both notebooks is the inclusion of SLI. Toshiba throws in dual NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT mobile GPUs with a combined 512MB of memory to handle all of your gaming needs.

"Toshiba’s addition of NVIDIA SLI technology to their gaming notebooks further demonstrates their commitment to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience to gamers on the go," said NVIDIA Notebook GPU general manager Rene Hass.

Toshiba goes even further by including an HD DVD/DVD burner on both machines as well as an HDMI-out port, Harman Kardon 5.1 surround sound, Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN networking, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, embedded webcam and a biometric fingerprint scanner. The X205-SLI3 even comes bundled with an USB HDTV tuner.

Pricing for the Vista Ultimate-equipped Satellite X205-SLI3 is $2,499.99; while the Vista Home Premium-equipped Satellite X205-SLI1 will set you back a "mere" $1,999.99. Both notebooks are available now from

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By Runiteshark on 9/25/2007 5:03:21 PM , Rating: 1
Doesn't SLi not work with Vista?

Will HP provide drivers for the people who wipe Vista off and use XP?

I'm looking at this from an Autocad perspective. It could be a pretty decent system.

By GhandiInstinct on 9/25/2007 5:22:05 PM , Rating: 1
I'm so pissed. My $1400 intel integrated graphics which runs WoW at 14FPS flat is completely useless.

For $600 more I could be playing Crysis on my laptop.

And storing 25GB of files on an HD-DVD disc.

Or if it was Blu-Ray-50GB.

By othercents on 9/25/07, Rating: -1
By 3kliksphilip on 9/25/2007 6:05:23 PM , Rating: 3
I feel for you. I held off buying for about a year, bought a Celeron 1.5, 512 mb ram, Ati 9700 pro, 60 GB hard drive, then in true disaster fashion about 4 days later I got a new computer magazine with an Acer Laptop with an amd 3200 XP, 512 mb ram, X700 graphics and an 80 GB hard drive, not to mention a dvd writer as well. I went totally insane, but now I've had it for a couple of years, it's okay really. I just wish that I had had a better CPU so that I could run BF2.

...You didn't even get a graphics card. Oh, I've wanted to share my story for so long...

By MonkeyPaw on 9/25/2007 8:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
I can relate. I just bought a new motherboard, only to find that it doesn't have a single ISA slot on it! Why should I have to replace my perfectly good SB16 and 56K modem? I can get so frustrated with the tech industry sometimes.

By MrTeal on 9/25/2007 8:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same way about com ports. Just give us poor bastards who play around with robotics or microcontrollers one, for old time's sake.

By TomZ on 9/25/2007 8:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
COM ports are easy to solve with a USB-to-COM adapter. Cheap and simple.

By gerf on 9/25/2007 9:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
USB - COM connectors have some issues, with specific programs.

You can still get COM ports though. I have a new Dell D830 2GHz Core2 Duo, with a COM port. It's for work, so I have no idea if it cost a lot more.

By Samus on 9/26/2007 6:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
Can't use one with my OBD2 vehicle scanner.

COM > USB is a joke just like LPT > USB. These are devices that were invented years back for iMac's because they had no legacy support.

Unfortunately, these days almost nothing has legacy support, so I had to buy an old Dell Pentium 2 laptop to run my chip programming software for my car, just for the damn COM port.

By Dactyl on 9/25/2007 8:44:21 PM , Rating: 5
You bought Intel integrated graphics and now you're surprised the performance sucks?

And you got back countless hours of your life by not playing WoW?

Go find some other shoulder to cry on.

By darkpaw on 9/25/2007 5:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
SLI has been working on Vista for a while. There were a lot of problems at first though. They fixed the 64-bit/4gb memory problem in the July release and I've had SLI enabled since then on my desktop.

That said, these laptops seem like a pretty decent deal for a high end gaming system with HD-DVD. The XPS m2010 I won from Dell was listed as a MSRP of $4000 and its pretty stripped hardware wise.

By Hypernova on 9/26/2007 3:47:05 AM , Rating: 2
I too was surprised that it only costed $2500. I was expecting more along $3000+. $2500 is actually less then what I'm willing to pay for such H/W so I can see this selling like hot cakes.

By therealnickdanger on 9/26/2007 7:47:32 AM , Rating: 3
This is an nice deal, IMO. Just about one year ago I bought a Dell E1705 with a 17" display, 7900GS, 2GB, 60GB, 1.7GHz Core Duo for $2300 ($1200 after 40% off coupon and $100 coupon).

This offers a number of enhancements over mine for less (MSRP) money. I will say that there are some disappointments:

RAID-0 with dual 5400RPM HDDs: I would rather have a single 7200RPM drive.
DDR2-667: The bus supports DDR2-800. Use it.
1680x1050 resolution: My E1705 had 1920x1200 resolution.
2GB RAM: While sufficient, it would be nice to see 4GB as an option.

better parts?
By Etern205 on 9/25/2007 6:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wasn't there a 8700? Why can't they used that instead of the 8600GT?

And for 2500 on the Ultimate and you get a D-sub instead of DVI! What is up with that?

Toshiba and Asus uses mid-range video card and calls it a "gaming" notebook is just paethetic!

RE: better parts?
By DesertCat on 9/25/2007 7:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
There is no 8700 at this time. There is a 8800, 8600, 8500, and even an 8400 series but no 8700. There are rumors that maybe an 8700 will be released in November (but nothing for sure)

RE: better parts?
By DesertCat on 9/25/2007 7:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
Link to the current 8000 series lineup:

RE: better parts?
By Etern205 on 9/25/2007 8:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
Your linking to the desktop lineups.
Here are the mobile line ups

Also on that page is Nvidia puts the Toshiba X205 series as having a 8700M GT, but once you click on it and choose a gaming notebook it leads you to the 2 notebooks discussed in this article which has the 8600M GT. Now who is right?
Toshiba or Nvidia?

RE: better parts?
By DesertCat on 9/25/2007 9:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh, I stand corrected. Thanks.

RE: better parts?
By Etern205 on 9/25/2007 10:09:19 PM , Rating: 1
You see there is so much too learn everyday.

And your welcome.

There is an 8700 genius
By Oblivion121 on 9/25/2007 8:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
Go right to nvidia's webpage, there is most certainly a geforce 8700 card for laptops, no one said anything about the desktop versions. Read a little more carefully next time.

RE: There is an 8700 genius
By PlasmaBomb on 9/26/2007 7:14:01 AM , Rating: 2
Also according to the website -

SLI technology available only on select GeForce 8700M notebook GPUs

Quad SLI for Notebooks?
By Dactyl on 9/25/2007 8:42:41 PM , Rating: 4
You have dual 8600Ms?

So what, I have a quad 8400M rig. It's totally wicked.

And equally useless.

1 good graphics card beats 2 lame cards in price, performance, heat, and power usage.

Battery life
By onelittleindian on 9/26/2007 4:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it going to be terrible with SLI in these rigs?

RE: Battery life
By auhim on 9/26/2007 8:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering the same thing. What kind of battery can you get with these? I'm asking simply out of curiosity as I'm aware that you wouldn't by one of these with any expectations of using it for long away from the wall.

MXM modules?
By Etern205 on 9/25/2007 9:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
Could there be any reasons that they would be MXM modules?
If they are then upgrading to a better gpu down the road will
be a snap! Just hope that Toshiba sells those MXM modules if that's how these notebooks are built.

Low resolution
By theapparition on 9/26/2007 8:26:24 AM , Rating: 2
1650x1050 for 17" screen???

Disappointing for a machine of this caliber. All my 17" laptops run at 1920x1200. Would expect better.

By phaxmohdem on 9/26/2007 12:50:36 PM , Rating: 1
"That's a huge bitch!"

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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