ASUS Lamborghini VX1 Notebook

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Unlike some other notebook designs, the ASUS VX1 gives the user clear access to the vital components within the system. By removing a single cover on the underside of the system, one can gain access to the CPU, memory modules, and GPU. As you can see in the image above, there is a surprisingly large heatpipe heatsink assembly which covers both the Intel 945PM chipset and GeForce Go 7400 GPU. Removing the panel to the right of the GPU also uncovers the Intel 3945 802.11a/b/g wireless NIC.

At the heart of the ASUS VX1 is the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 CPU. The processor has a single heatpipe taking care of cooling duties and does an admirable job of keeping things cool and under control. One can also see the two 1GB sticks of Elpida DDR2-667 memory modules to the right of the processor.

Somewhat surprisingly, the GeForce Go 7400 GPU is soldered directly to the motherboard on the ASUS VX1. Looking at the image above, it is difficult to get a solid grasp on just how small the die on this GPU truly is. Unfortunately, there is a brace for the chassis which runs directly over the face of the GPU. Regardless, although the die of the GPU is extremely small the overall package size is relatively standard. As a result, it seems as though ASUS could very well have opted to go with a higher performance GPU as there would be other options which would meet the physical requirements. However, the power constraints of the VX1 platform might have called for an extremely low-power model.


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