Summary: If you haven't already done so, be sure to take a look at the slideshows. They will help you see how we reached the conclusions presented here.
1. Photos of the outside and inside of the Alienware Aurora m9700
2. The results of tests with
(graphics processor speed),
(CPU, memory and disk drive speed),
(performance and battery life when running multitasking office applications and playing DVDs) and
our gaming tests
Excerpt: Alienware made a big splash in the headlines not long ago with their announcement of the world's first gaming laptop to support TWO GPUs. But that alone was not enough for Alienware, no sir! They also included RAID for increased performance and security. If there ever was a laptop to truly replace a desktop machine, the Aurora m9700 was the one to accomplish that.
Summary: So is Alienware lying then, or is there something wrong with the Aurora m9700 SLI configuration? I do not believe Alienware is lying, and I do not believe there is anything wrong with the Aurora m9700. SLI is working correctly as I proved with the FSAA 4x and Aniso 16x quality testing. The problem is quite simple and it is the same problem that has plagued many desktop gaming systems in recent years.
Summary: With the advent of NVIDIA's SLI technology in 2004, gaming performance on the desktop was dramatically increased which allowed users to run games at higher resolutions with more image quality enhancements. Unfortunately for mobile users, the notebook platform was left behind with no immediate solution made available beyond a single flagship GPU.
Excerpt: The Aurora m9700 is Alienware’s first 17” SLI notebook. Armed with a 64 bit AMD Turion CPU and up to 2GB of RAM this laptop will handle all but the most intense of modern gaming graphics without batting an…
Conclusion: In our tests the m9700 performed very well and certainly held its own when it came to playing games. The combined 1GB cards certainly made the difference and our tests with one of the most demanding games on the market didn't seem to give it any problems what so ever. While the Alienware Aurora m9700 professes to be a desktop replacement and in size it is, we were pleasantly surprised that it didn't weight as much as a desktop machine -it's still 3.9Kg, but that's not...
Pros: Dual graphics cards, glossy screen, available in bright green
Cons: Powerpack almost as big as the laptop, scroll pad very plastic to touch