Rock adds Intel's Q9000 quad-core chip to its Xtreme 780 gaming laptop

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rock-xtreme-780.jpgThere are very few true PC gamers that’ll willingly buy a laptop over a desktop, primarily because the performance-price difference is so great. Rock’s just added an Intel Q9000 chip to its flagship gaming laptop – the Xtreme 780, but I suspect the majority of gamers out there simply won’t care.

It’s not even that great a machine. Quad-core aside, the 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS is merely adequate, the 2GB of memory will look very meagre before the end of 2009, and a 250GB hard drive is considerably less than most gamers will need. For £1700, which is what the Xtreme 780 costs, you could make two desktop PCs that outspec this laptop.

However, if you compare it to other gaming laptops I suppose it’s not too bad, and perhaps you have your reasons for staying mobile – you travel a lot, or attend a lot of LAN parties. Maybe you just get a kick out of playing Fallout 3 on long train journeys. If that’s the case, then I could genuinely recommend this machine, but if you’re just venturing into the world of PC gaming, then go look at what kind of desktop computer you could get for the same money.

Rock Xtreme 780

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Duncan Geere

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