Every one has an opinion...
View your account
You have no items in your basket
View your basket
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
View your basket

Reviews / Xtreme CTX Pro - PC Format


Laptastic lovebox seeks lusty engines for mobile fun!

Six months back, laptops were encircling desktop territory – we were seeing machines with desktop grade CPU’s and graphics cards. Take Intel’s Centrino Duo and the GeForce 7900 Go as your pudding proof providers.

Things actually reached a stage where the desktop replacement philosophy made a lot of sense, and we’ve spoken with many of you who’ve embraced the idea and bought such machines.

Now, we have quad-core from Intel and the 8800 series from Nvidia. There is no way you’ll squeeze such spiffingly fast components into a notebook chassis. You don’t see fission reactors shoehorned into fiat punto’s do you?

And so we come to this month’s most powerful gaming Laptop ever. This lappy’s a cracker on vellum – A Centrino Duo T7200 (233Ghz), 2Gb DDR2 667 and an Nvidia 7950 Go GPU all combine to promise pixel perfection, and performance doesn’t disappoint. Skip past the lacklustre 4,582 3Dmarks (3Dmarks 06), and the CTX’s 7950 is a good bet for games. At native res of 1680 x 1050, with full HDR, 4xAA and 16xAF, it manages a creamy 75.2 FPS in Half Life 2: Episode one. Company of heroes also runs at a wholly playable 49FPS on above average settings. Crank everything up to 11 and this is reduced to 27FPS, which is still playable, if not stellar. On the whole, it’s a decent gaming machine, but it will chug a tad with any modern game at maximum graphics setting.

Looks are pretty standard as the machine is housed in the current generation Clevo chassis, a popular standard with independent system builders, and it does get hot – the 7950 is a cracking GPU but is does enjoy molecular agitation. Nice in a cold snap, but from day to day, you won’t want it on your laptop.

The clincher is whether you feel you need a DX10 GPU. The 8800GO is surely in the pipeline… as nice as this machine is, our advice would be to hang on a bit until the vista launch dust has settled.

Al Bickam

© rockdirect 2010 | Descriptions and prices subject to change without notice. | | |
rock, A Division of Stone Computers Ltd, Granite One Hundred, Acton Gate, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 9AA