Slim gaming notebooks have been getting a lot of attention lately as more efficient technology allows manufacturers to cram high-end parts in a thinner chassis. The Maingear Pulse 15 falls right into this burgeoning segment packing a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, dual SSDs and a GeForce GTX 870M GPU in its a 0.7" thick body. Its standout feature: a 3K (2880 x 1620) display.
There was a time when the size of a gaming notebook didn't matter so much. Three or four years ago a portable gaming rig that was nearly two inches thick and weighed close to ten pounds was an impressive thing. Pull one of those beasts out at a crowded coffee house and the other customers knew you weren't about to pull up a spreadsheet.
Settling on a mobile gaming rig just got a little tougher, courtesy of Maingear's new Ivy Bridge- and Kepler-equipped Vybe 15 notebook range. Starting at $1,099, the "Good" configuration should handle most modern games on medium to high settings with a dual-core...
Today we will be looking at the notebook equivalent of the extreme Shift Gaming PC we reviewed a few months back. Known as the Titan 17, our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards.
Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter and integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.