What are the two most important things for first-person shooters (also commonly known as FPS games)? Great gameplay and immersive environments. Though the former is entirely the domain of the game design team, hot-blooded gamers want, nay, need the latest and most powerful hardware. After all, how else can we run the newest gaming titles with mind-numbing frames per second at near-impossible resolutions?
However, immersive graphics comes at a price. For the hardcore gamers, only dual-GPU laptops like the Dell XPS M1730 and ASUS G70 will do. Those on a smaller budget can still opt for single-GPU notebooks which can handle almost any game but at a more modest frame rate. The return of Gateway to Asia was great news for gamers on a budget. For less than S$3,000 (US$2,208.76), you can get a top-of-the-line 1GB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics card with a performance that trumps other single-GPU gaming notebooks out there. We take a look at the latest mobile gaming machines with high-end GPUs you'll want to get for your next frag fest.
1. ASUS G70 (Core 2 Duo T9500 Processor 2.6GHz, 4GB RAM)
Gamers rejoice. There is another desktop replacement other than the Dell XPS M1730 to come equipped with dual graphics cards. Those on a budget will still probably go for the latter as it has a much lower starting price at S$3,299 (US$2,428.90) compared with the S$4,998 (US$3,679.79) G70. However, ASUS' latest gaming rig combines powerful performance with gamer-friendly features to give it a serious edge over its competitors.
Graphics card: Dual Nvidia Geforce 8700M GT
CNET Asia rating: 7.9 out of 10
3. Dell XPS M1730 (Core 2 Extreme T7700 Processor 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM)
CNET Asia rating: 8.4 out of 10
The good: Excellent gaming performance; inexpensive for a high-end dual graphics card system; options for Intel Core 2 Extreme processor and Blu-ray drive; backlit keyboard; GamePanel LCD as a secondary data display; high-resolution 1,920x1,200 panel.The bad: Barely portable; no HDMI or VGA output; no subwoofer; lacks TV tuner; noisy, particularly when running full load.The bottom line: Where most desktops replacements tend to target power users or entertainment seekers, the Dell XPS M1730 makes no bones about being a gaming machine. At under S$4,000 (US$2,945.01) for the base configuration with dual graphics cards, it offers great value for the gaming community.Graphics card: Dual Nvidia Geforce 8700M GT with 512MB discrete memory
CNET Asia rating: 8.3 out of 10
CNET Asia rating: 7.8 out of 10