Maingear Adds Monsterous Desktop Replacement: 17.3" Titan 17 Notebook - HotHardware
Maingear Adds Monsterous Desktop Replacement: 17.3" Titan 17 Notebook

Maingear Adds Monsterous Desktop Replacement: 17.3" Titan 17 Notebook

If you thought you'd seen "big, thick and heavy," think again. Maingear has just thrown style and mobility to the wind, but what they threw in was power. Lots and lots of power. The company's new Titan 17 has a perfectly fitting name; it's one of the largest 17" machines we've ever seen, and we think that "desktop replacement" may actually be cutting this monster short.

According to Maingear, they designed this to provide people with extreme power on the go, basically putting desktop-level capabilities into a shell that was somewhat more portable. Intel's new high-end CPU (the Core i7 990X Extreme Edition) is packed within, which explains the need for such a massive shell.

There's also an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M GPU (DirectX 11 and PhysX compatible), a 17.3" Full HD 1080p LCD panel, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, two USB 3.0 ports, and room for up to three SSD or SATA HDDs with hardware RAID support. Talk about insane.

It's also one of the first machines to ship with Bigfoot Networks' Killer Wireless-N 1102 wireless chips, which helps manage jitter for smoother online play. You'll also get a 3-in-1 card reader, Windows 7, a Blu-ray drive and an 8-cell battery pack. We suspect that pack won't last over 2 hours even on a good day, but when there's a 990X in there, who cares? The rig starts at $2799, so you best bring the tax refund!


The new MAINGEAR TITAN 17 offers desktop performance in a mobile platform.

Kenilworth, New Jersey - March 1, 2011 - MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, is now adding the TITAN 17 high performance desktop replacement solution to their product line and is unmatched in its class for PC gamers who want to harness desktop-like power wherever they go and creative professionals that can work on site with no loss in productivity.

The TITAN 17 features the fastest performing processor on the planet - the Intel® Core™ i7 990X Extreme Edition. With fast, intelligent multi-core technology that accelerates performance to match your workload, it delivers an incredible breakthrough in gaming performance. For both gamers and demanding users, the Titan 17 capitalizes on a dramatic leap forward in processing technology to provide all the power you need for even the most advanced games and applications.

To experience the fastest performance and visually-stunning graphics, the TITAN 17 utilizes a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M, combining the power of DirectX 11 and NVIDIA® PhysX® technologies. The 485M can also be configured in SLI offering up to 2 x performances scaling on today’s hottest games. Take your game up a notch and connect your notebook to an NVIDIA® 3D Vision™-ready display for an immersive gaming experience. The TITAN lets you play games the way they’re meant to be played without having to worry if your video card is up to the task. Yes, it can play Crysis 2 and it’s all beautifully displayed with its breath-taking 17.3” full 1080P HD LED-backlit display.
You never have to compromise with the TITAN 17.  This powerhouse notebook comes with up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, two hardwired USB 3.0 ports, up to three SSD or SATA HDD’s with hardware RAID support, and even when fully loaded it keeps the option for an optical drive.  With up to five times faster wireless performance with the Bigfoot Network’s Killer Wireless-N 1102, the TITAN 17 truly lives up to its namesake.

Technical Specification:
•   Video Card: up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M SLI with 2GB GDDR5
•   Display: 17.3" Full HD  1920 x 1080 - (1080p) Widescreen (16:9 Aspect Ratio) LED Backlit with Super Clear Anti-Glare Type Screen
•   Processor: Up to Intel® Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Desktop Processor
•   Memory: Up to 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 - 1333Mhz
•   Optical Drive: Up to 2X Blu-ray reader/8x Multi Combo (BD-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
•   Hard Drive: Up to 3x 485GB Solid State Drive or 750GB 7200RPM SATA 2.5
•   Network Adapter: Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1102 supports 802.11a/b/g/n
•   Audio: Built-in High-Definition Audio
•   Media Card Reader: Built in 3-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
•   Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
•   Battery: Removable Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack (8 cell)
•   I/O Ports: 1-HDMI out, 1-DVI-I out, 2-USB 3.0, 3-USB 2.0, 1 IEEE-1394 Fire Wire, 1-S/PDIF out, 1 RJ-45 LAN, 1 RJ-11 , 1-eSATA Port
•   Security:  Kensington Lock and fingerprint reader
•   Dimensions: (W)16.5" x (H)2.2" x (D)11.3", 12.13 LBs with battery pack
•   Price:  Starts at $2,799

“The MAINGEAR TITAN 17 offers it all; the best of a desktop in a mobile form factor.” Said Wallace Santos, CEO and Co-founder of MAINGEAR Computers. “With the power of the latest Intel Core I 7 Extreme Edition desktop processor, dual GPUs and high performance wireless, this system lives up to its name to give our customers the best PC experience they have come to expect from MAINGEAR.”
“Equipped with Bigfoot Networks’ new  Killer™ Wireless-N Wi-Fi® adapter, the TITAN 17 notebook delivers the ultimate combination of network speed, intelligence and control to power the latest applications like online games, HD video and high-quality audio,” said Michael Cubbage, Vice President and founder at Bigfoot Networks. “We are pleased to support MAINGEAR in offering a winning solution to customers.”
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Wow; that is a high price, but for what you get I guess not all that bad. Having a laptop like this really depends on what as well as how your going to use it. It would seem to me that if you do not travel extensively for work etc a machine like this would not be much of a concern. If you do travel a little or a lot, and of course have to have a computer (I am not talking netbook, UL, Slate etc here, I mean a full on monster) one of these would or could be very nice.

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actually, i think the price is fair.... but damn that thing is huuuuuge. its thickness when closed.... thats a beast... and a suspected 2 hour battery life... well thats better than the 20 mins we heard of from the other computer that was posted here a few weeks ago.

the weights not tooooo bad either, 12 lbs

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Hmm, i've been to a lanparty once... and my friend carried 3 of this desktops, they definitely weighed more than 12 lbs haha.

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"the weights not tooooo bad either, 12 lbs"

I guess that would depend on how far you had to carry it. At 12 lbs, it would be like carrying a bowling ball around. So maybe not for lugging around campus, but maybe back and forth to lan parties, or business professionals who need a full blown system to travel with occasionally it wouldn't be too bad. No doubt about it though it has the power to handle anything you could throw at it. More of a portable work station than a laptop - I don't think that I'd want to have this puppy sitting on my lap for long anyway hehe!

I do think it's a fair price for the system for the hardware included.

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Desktop replacement says it all, it's meant to go from point A to point B and not do much in between. It would be nice if they offered a quadro option for something like this like Eurocom does in their Panther 2.0. I've really become a fan of maingear lately. They seem to be making some solid products.

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Buy a cheaper unit and replace it more often.

Technology advances too rapidly to get locked in for years with an over the top model.

The day after you receive it,it's worth 30% less.

An i7 2720QM with a single GTX485M plays all current FPS games just fine.Add a SATA III SSD and DDR3-1600 so-dimms if you need a little more to brag about.

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