Alienware has announced two new high-end gaming notebooks featuring dual NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 graphics processors running in SLI. Far from being the world's first SLI notebooks, the new Alienware Aurora mALX and m9700 nonetheless appear to be the first dual-GPU notebooks to tap NVIDIA's latest 7900-series mobile chips.
Starting at $4,499, the top-of-the-line mALX sports a 19" 1680 x 1050 wide-screen display, dual GeForce Go 7900 GTX GPUs, a 2.4 GHz AMD Turion 64 processor, 1 GB of DDR400 RAM, a 100 GB 7200-RPM hard drive, and a PCMCIA Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card. Meanwhile, the m9700 starts at a much more affordable $2,548 with a 17" 1440 x 900 display, dual GeForce 7900 GS GPUs, a 1.8 GHz Turion 64, 1 GB of RAM, and a 60 GB 5400-RPM hard drive with the option for either a dual-drive RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup.
In addition to SLI, both the mALX and m9700 sport a 1.3 megapixel camera and a full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad. However, despite their respective June 26 and June 19 launch dates, neither machine offers the option of a dual-core processor, be it either Intel's Core Duo or one of AMD's upcoming Turion 64 X2s, which are also expected to appear in June.
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