Summary: Alienware is probably the most respected high end notebook manufacturer. And, as you'll see in future articles on the company's mobile computing line, it can now claim bragging rights for some very, very good lower end notebooks as well. The very cool Aurora m9700 is definitely high end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Dual graphics cards, glossy screen, available in bright green
Cons: Powerpack almost as big as the laptop, scroll pad very plastic to touch