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 some online retailers in the form of the Sager NP9260. This means the D900 will be the first laptop to support quad core. Discussion regarding this can be found here.
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
Clevo D900C notebook (view large image)
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
Dual PCI Express 16x Nvidia GeForce Go 8800 graphics, supports up to 1024MB DDR3 fast memorynVIDIA 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" 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
- 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" (width) x 11.92" (depth) x 2.04 – 2.4 " (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 PowerNotebooks.com, 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 "laptop" down.