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Leopard Guts

Mobility Radeon Vs. GeForce M: The CrossFire Advantage
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A 256 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 drive slightly boosts the X8100 Leopard’s benchmark results, while adding $561 to its price over the 250 GB base model HDD.

Also notice how tiny the motherboard is, given the monster size of this notebook. Two sinks cover the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire configuration, while the empty spot beside the CPU sink supports a lid-mounted cooling fan.

That’s two of AMD’s most powerful mobile graphics processors, along with Intel’s super-fast i7-940XM, packed tightly together.

GeForce GTX 480M buyers will find the second card bay covered a second fan and heat sink. The GTX 480M’s lofty power consumption requires two sinks and two fans to cool a single GPU. A GF104-based mobile GPU could help Nvidia’s reduce heat while increasing performance beyond that of an underclocked GTX 465.

While not necessarily intended for games, a large battery will help to keep the system alive for ordinary on-the-go tasks such as checking email. The Leopard uses a monster 68.82 Wh unit.

An enormous 220 W power brick is enough to support two Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics modules and a high-end processor at simultaneous full-load.

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