iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review
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|Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.3GHz w/Turbo Boost to 3.3GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
Height: 2.2" / Width: 11.3" / Depth: 16.9"
6.9lbs (with 9-cell battery)
17.3" HD (1920x1080) MATTE
8GB DDR3 1333MHz (2x DIMM sockets)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M 4GB
48Whr batter: 6-Cell (built-in). Up to 7 hours (usage) and 10 days (standby) battery life claimed.
65W AC Adapter
750 GB 7200 RPM HDD (Many other options available)
Atheros KilerNIC 802.11b/g/n
3.0 Megapixel Webcame
Mic / Headphone / Line-in / Line-out jacks (Audio)
2x USB 2.0
3x USB 3.0
4-in-1 Card Reader
Windows 7 Home Premium w/ Windows 8 Upgrade Option
$1459 (As Configured)
The spec sheet gives you a good idea of where iBuyPower has focused its attention. The Valkyrie CZ-17 uses a 17" 1920x1080 panel with a matte finish. If you hate glossy panels, this alone should put the system on your radar. 1080p panels are tough to find at this price point -- Dell's 17" Inspirons all use a 1600x900 resolution; Alienware's cheapest MX-17 starts at $1649 for a 1920x1080 panel -- and theirs is still a glossy.
Wireless Ethernet is courtesy of Atheros' KilerNIC, there's multiple USB 3.0 ports, and the system doesn't skimp on RAM or GPU power. The GTX 675M is a rebadged GTX 580M, but as we'll see, it's more than capable of powering a system of this type.