Fermi Goes Mobile: AVADirect's Clevo W880CU with GTX 480Mby Dustin Sklavos on July 7, 2010 11:45 PM EST
Introducing the Fermi-in-Your-Backpack
The shell of the Clevo W880CU we're reviewing today probably looks very familiar from Jarred's review of its predecessor, the W870CU, back in September 2009. Sure the red trim has been replaced by a tasteful chrome, and one of the ports is USB 3.0 now, but it's the same Clevo you've all known and... sort of loved.
The basic format hasn't changed at all, although this time the test system came with a 1080p display instead of the HD+ model. (More images of the W880CU are avaialble in our preview.) The LCD is the same high contrast HannStar HSD173PUW1 as the panel in the ASUS G73Jh, so you can read our comments on the panel in that review. The complaints with the W870CU still exist as well—i.e. the crappy keyboard layout on the number pad, and the unwieldy door on the rear of the unit hiding the ports.
What's going to be staggeringly unfamiliar is the new meat sitting inside the W880CU: NVIDIA's new top-end mobile GPU, the GeForce GTX 480M. While we can knock the chassis around again, Clevo is far more interested in being first to market with GTX 480M, and the W880CU does just that. Here are the details of the review system we received from AVADirect, which will make for an interesting comparison against the GTX 285M/HD 5870 notebooks from AVADirect that we reviewed last month.
|AVADirect Clevo W880CU Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-820QM|
|(4x1.73GHz, 45nm, 8MB L3, Turbo to 3GHz, 45W)|
|Memory||2x2GB DDR3-1333 (Max 2x4GB)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M 2GB GDDR5|
|(352 CUDA Cores, 425MHz/800MHz/2.4GHz Core/Shader/RAM clocks)|
|Display||17.3" LED Glossy 16:9 1080p (1920x1080)|
|Hard Drive(s)||Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 7200 RPM Hybrid Drive|
|(additional empty bay with RAID 0/1 capability)|
|Optical Drive||Blu-ray Writer|
|Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (a/b/g/n)|
|V.92 56K Modem|
|Audio||Realtek ALC888/1200 HD Audio|
|4.1 speakers with line-in, mic, optical, and headphone jacks|
|Capable of 5.1|
|Battery||3-Cell, 12V, 48Wh battery|
|1x USB 2.0|
|Right Side||Headphones, Mic, Line-In, Optical|
|1 x USB 3.0|
|2 x USB 2.0|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Dimensions||16.25" x 11" x 1.69"~2.25” (WxDxH)|
|Weight||8.35 lbs (with 3-cell battery)|
|103-Key keyboard with 10-key|
|Flash reader (MMC/MS/MS Pro/SD)|
|Dual drive bays with RAID 0/1|
|Warranty||1-year basic warranty|
|Pricing||$2936.80 as configured from AVADirect|
The Clevo W880CU demands only the briefest of rundowns; the shell is identical (coloring notwithstanding) to the W870CU, and the guts are mostly the same as the W860CU we reviewed recently, though the chassis is slightly larger. Our review unit comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-820QM quad core processor, 4GB of DDR3 (two DIMMs in two slots), and one of those new-fangled Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard disks.
Oh, and the GeForce GTX 480M. That's what you came here for, right?