Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 notebooks
Toshiba is at the forefront of notebook technology yet again, and this time round they will tease us with the Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 notebooks. What makes these notebooks so special and different from the rest that they need some kind of special treatment? Well, for starters, both notebooks are powerful gaming machines that not only feature NVIDIA’s latest integrated (yet powerful) GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit, it is also assisted by not one, but TWO(!) NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs. This brings the grand total of graphical processing units in a notebook to a whopping three – offering users a toss up between maximum performance and quiet operation in a single device.
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.
According to Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, digital products division for Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., “We wanted to deliver an extreme-performance gaming machine that gives gamers a complete, non-compromising system in a laptop form factor. 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.”
At least you don’t have to look out for a power outlet always with either Qosmio, since you can always switch to the power saving mode by employing the integrated graphics chipset first, before calling upon superior graphical firepower of an SLI setup once the clock passes 5pm in the office.