E3 - SLI notebooks debut

Notebook makers Alienware and Voodoo PC both announced SLI-powered notebooks at E3 this week. Although the systems are clearly in the vein of a notebook, neither is something you'd want to carry around a lot: Each weighs in at a hefty 15 and 16 pounds, respectively.

The maroon red Voodoo Envy Heavyweight U909, which began shipping this week, will cost about US$5000. For that cost of entry, you'll get an AMD Turion processor, a 160GB hard drive, 2GB and dual NVidia 7900 GTX graphics in an SLI configuration. The notebook also has a 19-inch screen with 1680 by 1050 resolution, gigabit ethernet, a 7-in-1 card reader, and 6 USB ports. The company is aiming the system at LAN gamers, who need horsepower and (relative) portability.

Alienware has two SLI models up its sleeve, both due in June. The first, the m9700, is a 17-inch widescreen notebook with dual Nvidia GeForce Go 7900GTX SLI graphics. This model includes 240GB of storage striped together using RAID, and offers AMD's Turion 64 CPU. Alienware's mALX model has a 19-inch widescreen display, and dual GeForce Go 7900 GTX GPUs.

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