Thursday, November 06, 2008

Toshiba Introduces 3 GPU Hybrid SLI Laptop

In a press release today Nvidia announced that Toshiba has introduced what they are claiming to be the "World’s First Laptops With Three NVIDIA GPUs".

When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs. The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706, the first pair of laptops to incorporate three powerful NVIDIA GPUs, gives users a choice between maximum performance and quiet operation.

“We wanted to deliver an extreme-performance gaming machine that gives gamers a complete, non-compromising system in a laptop form factor,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, digital products division for Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “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.”

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.

“The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 is a world-class gaming laptop that uses NVIDIA graphics processors to solve real problems and add real value for notebook users,” said Rene Haas, general manager of the notebook business unit at NVIDIA. “We were thrilled to be able to partner with Toshiba to deliver this ground-breaking new product.”

The Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 laptops are now available for purchase directly from Toshiba at

This announcement for Toshiba continues the momentum for the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M high performance GPU with system core logic. For more information on the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU go to GeForce 9400 mGPU. For information on NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS discrete GPUs go to NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS discrete GPUs.

The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptop features an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 quad-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, dual nVidia GeForce 9800M GTS GPUs in an SLI setup, plus a dedicated 1GB of onboard DDR3 graphics memory, a 128GB SSD, 320GB 7,200 RPM SATA drive, dual-layer DVD writer, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Windows Vista Ultimate.

Specs also include a full-sized keyboard with a ten-key number pad, four Harman Kardon speakers, HDMI / DisplayPort connectors, 1.3-megapixel webcam, Wireless USB / USB Sleep-and-Charge technologies and a 17-inch TruBrite LCD with 2560x1600 resolution.

You get all that for the incredibly low price of $4,199.99! Toshiba does have other X305 models starting at just $1,499.99 without the triple SLI.

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