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Clevo D900C Surfaces -- The World's Fastest Notebook (UPDATED 4/12)

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  1. Andrew Baxter

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    <!-- Generated by XStandard version 1.7.1.0 on 2007-04-12T17:10:20 -->

    UPDATE 4/12/07:

    We've found out that the Clevo D900C will be even faster and more powerful than originally thought -- the Q6600 quad core processor from Intel has been tested and proven to work in the D900C and it is now showing up as an option at <a href="http://www.xoticpc.com/product_info.php/cPath/51_162/products_id/1932?wconfigure=yes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onkeypress="window.open(this.href);return false;">some online retailers</a> in the form of the Sager NP9260. This means the D900 will be the first laptop to support quad core. <a href="http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=116836" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onkeypress="window.open(this.href);return false;">Discussion regarding this can be found here</a>.

    Clevo is a notebook maker based in Taiwan that's in the business of cranking out gaming laptops that often get rebadged by companies such as Alienware, Sager and VoodooPC. The new Clevo D900c model will certainly have gamers drooling over the specs given the inclusion of the desktop Core 2 Duo Extreme and support for dual NVidia 8800 DX 10 graphics cards nVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX w/512MB (each) in SLi

    <img src="http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/20950.jpg" width="440" /><br />Clevo D900C notebook (<span onClick="displayWindow('http://www.notebookreview.com/picture.asp?f=20949','Picture',1079,1060,'');" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline; cursor:pointer">view large image</span>)

    The specs can do most of the talking here (there's some confusion on whether it will be the 7950GTX or Nvidia 8800 card at the moment, we're leaning towards 7950GTX but a leaked spec sheet does show the 8800 card):

    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo / Extreme X6800 (1.86GHz, 2.13GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.67GHz, 2.93GHz)
    • Chipset: Intel 965 desktop platform chipset
    • Graphics: <strike>Dual PCI Express 16x Nvidia GeForce Go 8800 graphics, supports up to 1024MB DDR3 fast memory</strike> nVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX w/512MB (each) in SLi
    • Display: 17-inch WXGA (1680 x 1050) or WUXGA (1920 x 1200) (both glossy)
    • Memory: Max 4GB, 2 slots
    • Storage: up to 3 Hard Drives - changeable 2.5&quot; variety that support RAID 0,1,5
    • Audio: A3D Compatible; 7.1 Channel with 2 built-in internal speakers
    • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
    • Optical Drive: 2-bay optical drive support, Optional 8x DVD Super Multi-Drive Slot Drive (no indication of Blu-Ray or HD-DVD though)
    • Integrated TV Tuner
    • Integrated Web Cam (1.3MP)
    • Integrated BlueTooth
    • Ports
      • 4 USB 2.0
      • 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Pro Dup/SD/SD Mini/MMC)
      • 2 FireWire IEEE 1394
      • RJ-45 LAN / RJ-11 Modem
      • S-Video out
      • DVI out
      • Monitor out
    • Dimensions: 15.88&quot; (width) x 11.92&quot; (depth) x 2.04 - 2.4 &quot; (height)
    • Weight: 11.9 lbs with battery

    To power all of this the D900c will need a whopping 280 watt Power Supply. That's right, this machine will likely be boosting your electricity bill, but hey, it'll be worth it given the frame rates you'll get when gaming. And yes, it has a battery, but Clevo doesn't even bother to list what the battery life would be (think sub 1-hour).

    According to our contact at <a href="http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=1854643#post1854643" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onkeypress="window.open(this.href);return false;">PowerNotebooks.com</a>, the Clevo D900c is going to be sold by Sager as the NP9260 with a price tag of around $2,700. Availability should be in the late April to early May time frame. Boutique gaming manufacturer Pro-Star has confirmed they will also sell the D900c as the Pro-Star 9191D and it is highly likely Alienware and other manufacturers will take the D900c and rebadge it as their own.

    The word is that Clevo will be at CeBIT in Hannover Germany this week where they'll have the D900c on display to show off. We'll be there too and hope to be able to hunt this &quot;laptop&quot; down.

    <a href="http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=110398">You can find discussion of the D900C in our forums here</a>

     
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    Thanks for the post Gophn, those specs do read like a desktop. It looks like they took a desktop and smooshed it inside of a laptop -- just don't try using this in your lap.
     
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    Now that is going to be a real beast! So there will be a geforce go 8800 inside a laptop end of march thats jus crazy! :)
     
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    Gophn, please correct the ship date.

    As I said in the other thread - "Sager releases NP9260 with desktop Core 2 Duo" - "The release date will be late April at the earliest, more likely mid-May.

    However Sager and Pro-Star resellers will start taking pre-orders for them sometime later this week...

    We know it is early for a pre-order but this beast will indeed be King of the Jungle.

    When you have this much power in a laptop it is only for the bold. Those who worry about heat and noise should stay away. If you want a Bugatti, don't expect it to be cool and quiet....just expect it to be FASSSSSSSSSSSSST :D"

    (why do we have 2 threads going on this topic?)
     
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    Yeah i jus read elsewhere mid may was the release here
    but still an awesome fine!
     
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    thanks for the warning, but i'll confirm the pricing and shipping dates this Thursday.
     
  7. JM

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    Does it double as a commercial-grade heating unit?
     
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    It needs more USB ports.
     
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    Thank the lord, this is what I have been hoping for! I'm still suprised that 8800s, in whatever notebook, will be available... they are large, take a lot of power, and run hot! WARNING PEOPLE... this may not be a true 8800... they've lied before. My friend's 8800gts runs 85c in a spacious desktop case AND a huge cooler... what do you think will happen in this laptop? I was hopeful, but I dunno... maybe its a 8800 with 8900 technology... shrunk die.

    Is this true? Especially for 2500....

    NOISE:

    I purchased a Sager 8890 years ago and it had this high pinch fan that would suddenly come on... "WHEEEE!!!!!!!"... it was rediculous. Tell me it wont be THAT annoying...
     
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    Nasty machine... And unbelieable power, how can they squeeze 2 gfx card in a 17" frame. Seems like Dell needs to work on a single 8800 with 1gb memory. The heat gonna melt the laptop down soon.
     
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    Pricing will be released by Sager as of 6 PM Pacific Time on Thursday.

    The shipping date is still tentative as late April at the earliest, and more likely by mid-May............PLEASE let's not start any rumors about it starting to ship any earlier than that.
     
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    How can they physically make this? The frame for a 17" laptop does not seem big enough to hold 3x2.5" drives, a desktop CPU, dual gpu chips AND accommodate for all the heat they produce.

    I just cant see the market for this kinda thing. A SFF gaming tower(like a shuttle) will be just as powerful at half the cost... and it isn't like you could use this notebook as portable computer, what with it dragging down 280watts at optimal performance.
     
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    Hey Cam_86, don't be a nay sayer.

    Not only can it be built, it has been built and the final testing is now complete. The delay in shipping has to do with getting it into mass production and shipped over here.

    As for the size of the market...well...we will have to wait and see. However don't be surprised if this model turns out to be Sager's (Clevo's) biggest seller :) There is a huge market for it, and it only weighs about 12 pounds.
     
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    Donald, I respect your concerns about starting rumors.

    I do believe that the order wont get shipped until April, but I was just going off preliminary Clevo sources that disclosed me some of the vague details for this model's release.

    I'll make sure to post the update when its finalized.

    How can they physically make this? The frame for a 17" laptop does not seem big enough to hold 3x2.5" drives, a desktop CPU, dual gpu chips AND accommodate for all the heat they produce.

    Its Clevo, they are notorious for cramming desktop-grade components into a notebook chassis.

    Its possible and has been done. I believe it will be debuted at CeBIT 2007 in Germany in about 4-5 days at the Clevo booth.


    -Gophn
     
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    hey 11 pounds is not bad at all for a 17" with sli

    that's one hell of a desktop replacement!
     
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    nice.........drools
     
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    My concern was you had originally stated that shipping would start "End of March 2007*<br>*unconfirmed, probably will be confirmed by this week."

    Since PowerNotebooks.com is much closer to the source than you or your sources are you can rest assured that our information is not only accurate, but it is timely as well.

    I don't mean to steal your thunder Gophn, you have been a fantastic resource for this forum and we truly appreciate all of the work you do here. However when it comes to announcing actual shipping dates it is better left to those with first hand knowledge.
     
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    woot, great specs. I doubt I'll take it as 11 lbs is way too much for me. I don't really care about how they put those stuff inside the case, maybe they decided to use old chassis, those that are 2 -3 inches thick, maybe more.

    The only thing that catches my eye is the go8800. At last, something is coming out with a go8800. I was starting to worry that it might not come out.
     
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    I updated the Thread to reflect the known and unknown info.

    The Launch Date is going to happen within the next week during CeBIT 2007.

    The Shipping Date is still to be determined, but speculated close to your posts... April-May.
     
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    At this point, you'd rather built a desktop and a laptop. No battery is going to support a wattage of 280W. That's insane!
     
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