Sager NP9260 First Thoughts (pics, video)

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The Sager NP9260 is a big notebook that has correspondingly big power. Configurable with dual NVidia 7950 GTX graphic cards, three hard drives and an Intel Core 2 Extreme desktop processor the NP9260 is designed for those that simply want the fastest machine money can buy.


Sager NP9260 notebook (view large image)

The folks at PowerNotebooks.com and Sager Notebooks were kind enough to send us a sample of the NP9260 with the following configuration:

  • Screen: 17" WSXGA+ "Super Clear Glossy" TFT Active Matrix screen
  • Graphics: DUAL NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX PCI-e SLI Mode w/512MB (1,024MB Total)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz Processor w/4M L2 Cache – 1,066MHz FSB, Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
  • Memory: 2,048MB (2 SODIMMS) DDR2/800 Memory
  • Hard Drive: Dual 80GB SATA/150 Hard Drive at 7,200 RPM, RAID 0 enabled
  • Optical Drive: Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive
  • Wireless: Built-in Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11a/g/n, Built-in Bluetooth Wireless
  • Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (12 Cell)
  • OS: Windows XP Professional
  • Ports:
    • 4 USB 2.0
    • 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Pro Dup/SD/SD Mini/MMC)
    • FireWire IEEE 1394
    • RJ-45 LAN / RJ-11 Modem
    • S-Video out and in
    • DVI out
    • Monitor out
    • Modem / LAN
  • Price as configured: $3,485

We were allowed to configure the NP9260 for review purposes and chose not to go with the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor to keep the price as tested down a bit, the Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz would be a $800+ premium over the E6700 2.66GHz $3,485 configuration you see. Also, while three hard drives are configurable, we were "conservative" and have just two hard drives configured in RAID 0. Both have 80GB storage capacity and a spin of 7200RPM. And a final note, we went with Windows XP because Vista does not yet support SLI graphics (NVidia dual graphics cards working together).


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For those keeping track, the Sager NP9260 is the same machine as the Clevo D900C that was first talked about back in April.

The first impression of NP9260 came before I even opened the box, and that impression was "man this thing is heavy!" The NP9260 is a 17" screen notebook, no bigger than many notebooks I’ve had in the past, but it weighs close to 12lbs so it’s far heavier than say a MacBook Pro 17" notebook that’s around 7lbs. But the NP9260 doesn’t need to apologize for its weight, it’s a desktop replacement gaming notebook and not designed to be carted around campus and to a library. The fact it has a desktop processor inside will tell you that much.


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The NP9260 is amazingly sturdy and quite awesome to witness in person. The amount of fans and vents on this thing is unreal, the entire back side and multiple vents on the bottom work to keep the notebook cool. With a desktop processor and dual graphics cards at work it’s understandable why all these vents are needed. What’s great though is that the cooling system actually works well and while you do get quite a bit of heat, the notebook isn’t unusually noisy due to fans.


Left side view of NP9260 (view large image)


Right view of NP9260 (view large image)


Audio input and output ports on the front side (view large image)


Back view of NP9260 — lots of vents and a couple of ports (view large image)


Fans (view large image)

I of course took the opportunity to run 3DMark06 a few times and the NP9260 always scored over 9,500 3D Marks without doing any system tweaks — that’s on factory default settings. The smoothness of graphics you get from the NP9260 in SLI mode is unreal. In our full review we’ll cover more benchmarks and talk about the power of the system, but for now take a look at a video tour where you can see 3DMark05 in action:

 

Look for a full review with benchmarks in the next couple of weeks!

 

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