Toshiba Launches Laptop With Three GPUs

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Toshiba Introduces The World’s First Laptops With Three NVIDIA GPUs

GeForce 9400M GPU + Two GeForce 9800 GTS GPUs = No Compromises

SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008—When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce® 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs. The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706, the first pair of laptops to incorporate three powerful NVIDIA GPUs, gives users a choice between maximum performance and quiet operation.

“We wanted to deliver an extreme-performance gaming machine that gives gamers a complete, non-compromising system in a laptop form factor,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, digital products division for Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “The combination of the NVIDIA GPUs and chipset allowed us to achieve a high level of performance, quality and flexibility that our customers are asking for, at a competitive starting price of $1,999.”

The unique design featuring three NVIDIA GPUs enables the Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 laptops to deliver scorching gaming performance by combining the horsepower of two discrete GeForce 9800M GTS GPUs with NVIDIA SLI® technology, and allows the option of switching to a quiet operation mode with NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology. In Hybrid SLI operation, the powerful 9800M GTS GPUs are powered down and graphics operation is transferred to the GeForce 9400M GPU. As a result, Toshiba Qosmio laptops are able to deliver record-breaking gaming performance at high resolutions, while enabling a quiet state when powering other types of Windows Vista applications.

“The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 is a world-class gaming laptop that uses NVIDIA graphics processors to solve real problems and add real value for notebook users,” said Rene Haas, general manager of the notebook business unit at NVIDIA. “We were thrilled to be able to partner with Toshiba to deliver this ground-breaking new product.”

The Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 laptops are now available for purchase directly from Toshiba at www.toshibadirect.com.

This announcement for Toshiba continues the momentum for the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M high performance GPU with system core logic. For more information on the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU go to http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9400_mgpu_us.html. For information on NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS discrete GPUs go to http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_9800m_gts.html.



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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 6 2008 12:05 PM

Dear Santa....

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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what the point really? your stuck to the wall becasue your battery can't handel all the load. Why not just get a desktop????

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 6 2008 7:23 PM

The point?: Chics dig hybrid SLI.

Wait... I could be thinking about European sports cars. nm.

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I think it's so your not stuck to the wall. If your not gaming or on battery the 9400m kicks in and the 9800s turn off. Seems like a good Idea.

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what the point really? your stuck to the wall becasue your battery can't handel all the load. Why not just get a desktop????

 

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Sweet Toshiba Laptop!

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ice91785 replied on Thu, Nov 13 2008 1:15 PM

Other than this thing is like 4" thick......they are HUUUUGE

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ice91785:

Other than this thing is like 4" thick......they are HUUUUGE

To compete with netbooks right?Stick out tongue

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ice91785 replied on Sun, Nov 16 2008 1:22 AM

bob_on_the_cob:
To compete with netbooks right?

actually they are trying to compete with the iPod shuffles I think...just with minor added functionality

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The point of a gaming laptop = Playing wow at coffee shops to attract hot horn rim rockin geek chix!!!

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Licmaey replied on Sun, Nov 16 2008 9:06 PM

 That sounds pretty cool.

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Sound good but why couldnt they use ATI graphics?

Looks like someone is trying to compete with ATI and Alienware to me.

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I'd choose this over that anyday Smile

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ice91785 replied on Sun, Nov 23 2008 12:22 AM

Gah...... tanka don't be a fanboy on me man....

i prefer ATI graphics too but its not to say nVidia-based graphics are terrible. The Qosmio system is definitely powerful gaming system and cheaper than the Alienware taboot. Why go Alienware when its a few hundred more when you can get similiar performance cheaper with the Toshiba?

Not to mention that Toshiba is much more efficient in its mobility (the whole tri-graphics feature -- disabling the main Gpu in battery/low-power situations) This and the Toshiba has a more powerful GPU for gaming purposes

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totot replied on Thu, Nov 27 2008 11:06 PM
I could definately imagine myself buying one of those. My first NB was toshiba satellite 5205 703s if I remember correctly and I was pretty happy with it. Now my asus is getting older and even though I do not play a lot of games these days - sometimes i like to do so... And I travel 10 months out of a year - that is why not desktop. It is harder to pack :).
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