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The AVADirect Effect

AVADirect's W860CU: Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Vs. GeForce GTX 285M
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As a custom builder looking to show off its performance hardware, AVADirect packed each W860CU notebook with some of its best performance hardware. This begins with 4GB of Kingston’s DDR3-1333.

The empty Mini-PCIe socket above (with the insulation-wrapped antenna wire) appears to be where the Bluetooth controller would go on a production notebook, since the production notebook actually includes one in the base price. Two sinks hide the Intel Core i7-820QM processor and the graphics module.

AVADirect offers hard drive capacities up to 750GB, but chose instead to outfit these test samples with a performance-oriented solid-state disk drive.

The W860CU includes a 42.18Wh three-cell battery. AVADirect doesn’t offer a second internal battery, but anyone who would like to carry a spare for the original battery can add it to their configuration sheet for $123.

A 120W power brick adds 1.6 lbs. to the necessary accompaniments.

Accessories include a folder with software and documentation, a DVI-I-to-VGA video adapter, a cleaning cloth, the remainder of the tube of thermal compound, and a telephone cord for the modem.

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    ksampanna , 15 May 2010 17:13
    I must say I was under the impression that mobility graphic cards are similarly specced versions of their desktop counterparts & perform the same. Thanks to AVADirect & Toms for making me aware of my ignorance.
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    tranzz , 15 May 2010 23:09
    Dirt 2 the full game has the benchmark feature at the bottom of the graphics options. You say it dosn't but I have double checked. Only diff is I run under XP.
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    Silmarunya , 15 May 2010 23:54
    ksampannaI must say I was under the impression that mobility graphic cards are similarly specced versions of their desktop counterparts & perform the same. Thanks to AVADirect & Toms for making me aware of my ignorance.


    Simple logic was enough to figure out it isn't the case. A Radeon 5870 is 11 inches long, way larger than you can fit in a laptop. It generates significantly more heat than a laptop can possibly dissipate. And the big one: a laptop has to be able to run on a battery at least for a while. It can't power a desktop graphics card for any length of time...
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    eriko , 20 May 2010 08:47
    I'd love to see the industry forced not to be able to name COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HARDWARE - ie.e graphic cards for laptops and desktops, via the same name.

    'tis common sense.
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    Anonymous , 20 May 2010 22:26
    why? It's built on the same architecture. Thought it would be pretty obvious it's going to be a mild alternative considering the space it has to fit in. Portable gaming should be left to ignorant people anyway. Buy a DS
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    Anonymous , 30 May 2010 01:52
    I didn't see a mention of the max resolution of the two cards, the 5870 is the only of the two cards that can drive a 30" screen at 2560x1600 which is why i'm considering an upgrade.
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    Anonymous , 30 May 2010 01:53
    I didn't see a mention of the max resolution of the two cards, the 5870 is the only of the two cards that can drive a 30" screen at 2560x1600 which is why i'm considering an upgrade.