Dual-core laptop Rocks world

Laptop manufacturer Rock has massively raised the bar of desktop replacement laptops by launching a dual-core AMD processor’d version.The Xtreme 64 ca

Laptop manufacturer Rock has massively raised the bar of desktop replacement laptops by launching a dual-core AMD processor’d version.

The Xtreme 64 can be spec’d beyond all reason up to AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual Core or Athlon 64 FX57 single core processors.

That kind of Supercomputer-threatening hardware - along with a 17in, 1920x1200 LCD, dual hard drives, and optional dual optical drives - means the Rock is in a class of its own. Namely, ‘transportable notebook’. It’s portable, but only with some kind of transport. Like a fork lift. Or possibly a Chinook.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth all that weight – roughly 5.5kg, or five-and-a-half 1kg bags of sugar – then you’re reading the wrong site. This isn’t Doubting Thomas’ Sensible Tech Daily. This is Stuff, and we like our laptops big and meaty. Except the wee, lifestyle ones, but that’s another story. No, we would take the Xtreme 64 to LAN parties, and we’d get it to encode HD video files, and we’d annoy iBook-owning friends by showing how quickly it finishes a search for the letter ‘a’.

Clearly, to get maximum bragging rights you need to hang on for the mid-January version with Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics silly-o-card, but - for now - a GeForce Go 6800 Ultra version will set you back upwards of £1900. You can test the validity of that statement by riding your mouse over to Rock Direct and kicking off its whizzy configure-o-tron.

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