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Toshiba Triple-SLI Gaming NotebookToshiba is well-known for producing quality consumer electronics, from televisions to laptops.  Their latest release is no exception.  Weighing in at 9.04 pounds, you probably won’t be carrying Toshiba’s brand new flagship gaming laptop around with you too often. However, for those who like to game on the go, the new X305 gaming notebook is a definite consideration.

This is the first Qosmio X305 notebook release.  It is also the first notebook computer to use three NVIDIA GPUs in a tri-SLI configuration. The Toshiba X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 utilize the ultra-modern NVIDIA 9400M integrated GPU and a pair of separate NVIDIA 9800M GTS cards in the SLI. The three GPU setup provides customers the performance needed to run the hottest video games on the market on the highest settings possible, rivaling even most desktop PCs.

NVIDIA’s 9400M GPU is quite new and is featured in Apple’s newly renovated MacBook notebooks. Under the hood of Toshiba’s Qosmio X305-Q706 you’ll discover an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, 4GB of PC3-8500 RAM, and a 320GB HDD. Both the X305-Q706 and Q707 utilize a 17-inch WSXGA+ TruBright display to ensure the utmost clarity at an adjustable resolution of 1680×1050. The lower-end of the two models, the X305-Q706, retails for $1,999.

The higher end X305-Q708 model carries a designer price tag of $4,199.99. For the extra money, you’ll receive an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 CPU and an additional 128GB SSD alongside the standard 320GB HHD. Both systems come with a four-speaker, high quality Harman Kardon stereo system and a subwoofer.  The X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 also offer ExpressCard expansion slot.

Using Turbo cache technology, both of the 9800 GTS video cards offer 512MB of GDDR3 RAM and up to 1663MB of shared graphics memory. The system is fueled by a 3200 mAh lithium ion battery.

Both laptops are immediately available for direct purchase from Toshiba.

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takeMS Tri-Channel DDR3 MemoryThe German company takeMS has now released their JEDEC-compliant triple channel DDR3 memory kits for the Intel Core i7 processors.  The RAM requires 1.5v for memory voltage, and tops out at 1333Mhz.  An entry-level version providing 1066MHz speed is also available.  Both variations are being offered in 3GB and 6GB kits.

takeMS International’s memory kits require a minimal power drain, which helps to reduce the energy consumption of the entire CPU and also alleviate some of the stress on the memory controller. As most will know from an earlier Core i7 article, unless the BIOS setting is changed, Core i7 processors automatically clock down once a temperate/power draw/TDP threshold is reached.  Since the TakeMS memory modules run at 1.5v for energy consumption, takeMS customers may be able to overclock their computers more than those using 1.65v or higher DDR3 modules (or equal speed).

Although OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, G.Skill, Gingle, and Kingston all have released their DDR3 modules earlier than takeMS, don’t count them out of the game. The takeMS DDR3 modules are definitely a top contender in the memory module industry. takeMS focuses on high quality standards and a reasonable price to performance ratio, and the company offers a 10 year warranty on its memory modules to back it up.  The element that really makes the modules stand out, though, is the low voltage requirement, which will be quite interesting to many buyers.
 

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