Alienware unveils M9700 and ALX notebooks with NVIDIA SLI technology

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Alienware has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first commercially-available notebook equipped with two GeForce Go 7900 GPUs, which run together in SLI mode.

The Aurora M9700 machine contains Nvidia’s nForce 4 SLI chipset and an AMD Turion 64 processor. The two 256MB 7900 GS GPUs connect up to drive the notebook’s 17-inch widescreen display, either a 1,920 x 1,200 or a 1,440 x 900 model, dependent on your choice of spec.

There’s also the option of a 5,400rpm or 7,200rpm SATA hard drive, in capacities of 100GB or 200GB, and fitted singly or in pairs. There’s also a choice of CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive or a multi-format DVD writer and at least 512MB of dual-channel 400MHz DDR memory, plus gigabit ethernet and bluetooth (Wi-Fi optional), firewire, four USB ports, an express card slot and a four-in-one memory card reader.

If you want to be more individual, there’s also the Aurora ALX with custom paint job, 19-inch screen, two GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics chips, 5,400rpm or 7,200rpm SATA hard drive (100GB or 120GB capacity), dual layer drive, gigabit ethernet, Wi-Fi, 3x USB and four-in-one card reader.

Expect to pay around $2,000 for the M9700, with the ALX coming in at a hefty $4,449. Both should ship next month.

Alienware website

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Dave Walker