Reviews / Xtreme 780 - Total PC Gaming-
» Total Pc Gaming says 8/10
Although it might have passed you by, Rock actually bit the bullet a little while back only to be rescued by another company in a similar line of work. We’ve got a lot to thank Stone for (we know – you couldn’t make it up), not only has it kept Rock’s excellent range of laptops in the market where they belong, it has made sure the incredible Xtreme 780 made it off the drawing board.
The 780 is the follow-up to the popular (not to mention multi-award-winning) 770, which featured the T7800 (2.6GHz, 4MB Cache C2D), GeForce 7950 Go GTX 512MB and 2GB DDR2 RAM at entry-level, and the T9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB cache), GeForce 8800M 512MB and 4GB DDR2 RAM at the top-end.
With the 780, Rock has renewed the backbone of the system with a Centrino 2 core featuring support for the latest and greatest 45nm mobile processors and screamingly fast DDR3 RAM. At the entry-level end of the scale, the 780 retails for a shade over £1,500 and features the T9400 (2.5GHz, 6MB Cache), GeForce 9800M GT 512MB and 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory. Clearly a great piece of kit for gamers as is, but the model we’ve been playing with is the fully kitted out version replete with a Blu-Ray ROM and DVD writer combo. At its core is an incredibly fast 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme X9100 processor, 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory and a behemoth of a graphics chip – a top-ofthe- range GeForce 9800M GTX complete with a whopping 1GB of dedicated DDR3 RAM. Finishing off what is one of the fastest gaming laptops we’ve ever played with is an impressive WUXGA+ X-glass display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a very useful HDMI output at the rear. The sheer power of the system coupled with Blu-Ray compatibility and a 40-inch HD screen would make it the ideal media centre, let alone a decent desktop replacement/ mobile gaming PC.
While being borderline too big to actually put on your lap, the unit is comfortable to use, and the keyboard is tidily laid out with enough room for the number pad. Along with a fingerprint scanner for added security, Rock has ensured the touchpad has vertical and horizontal scroll capability to save unnecessary movement.
Review By: Russell Barnes