Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics

Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics

Summary: After racing ahead on the desktop late last year with Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, ATI is finally starting to equip gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics—which, like its desktop sibling, supports DirectX 11—after it was announced in January at CES. First, Asus announced the G73Jh, and now Maingear has revamped its eX-L gaming laptop around the new graphics chip as well as the latest Intel mobile processors.

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After racing ahead on the desktop late last year with Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, ATI is finally starting to equip gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics—which, like its desktop sibling, supports DirectX 11—after it was announced in January at CES. First, Asus announced the G73Jh, and now Maingear has revamped its eX-L gaming laptop around the new graphics chip as well as the latest Intel mobile processors.

The eX-L is a 15.6-inch notebook, but still manages to pack a LED-backlit screen that can be configured with 1,920x1,080 resolution (as a $95 upgrade). For the base $1,599 price, it comes with a Core i5-520 dual-core CPU, though for another $400 you can go all the way up to a quad-core i7-820QM. You also get 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a DVD burner, though all are upgradeable: you can double the RAM (for $320 more), add up to a 750GB hard drive ($76 extra) or choice of SSD drive, and choose a Blu-ray reader/DVD burner combo drive (an additional $145). Maingear outfitted the eX-L with a dual-heatpipe solution for the processor and graphics to try to keep things cool, though I'd be wary of having this sit on my lap for long gaming sessions.

Clearly, the new ATI graphics is the biggest draw here, being the first DX 11-compatible GPU and maybe the fastest one on the market. Is that enough to get you to buy a gaming laptop, or are you still holding out for some benchmark scores and reviews?

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Processors

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  • Alerted Moderators a hundred times now... What's going on? (OT)

    Sorry for my off-topic post, but I've alerted moderators of spam about a hundred times now. What's going on?

    I know you're not a moderator, but I thought I might ask.
    Grayson Peddie
  • I bet that 5870 in a laptop will be so hot...

    ...that the fan will be spinning at fast speeds during gaming, However, 5xx0 series GPU are more efficient than 4xx0 series GPU, so it should run cooler and use less battery during idle (unless you're playing graphic intensive games full time with battery in it).

    For what it's worth, I don't consider a laptop, even with a 5870 in it, as a replacement for desktop. It's not worth my money and I'm a college student.
    Grayson Peddie
  • It's almost impossible to keep gaming class graphics cool

    In a notebook system. Believe me, I have to UNDERclock the graphics card in my P-7811FX from Gateway in order to get it to run without the graphics card getting so hot that it blackscreens from heat.
    Lerianis10
    • Your problem on heat is simple...

      You bought a Gateway! Of course it overheats! LOL!
      Narg
  • RE: Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics

    Lol I must agree gateway = fail for any sort of mobil
    gaming solution. I have had my ASUS G50Vt for a while now
    and it still keeps up even with an over-clocked CPU.
    wb.cnote