TechSpot: Maingear Titan 17 Gaming Notebook Review

Custom boutique PC builder Maingear has sent us a couple of high-end desktop systems in the last year. The Maingear F131 was pitted against the Puget Deluge Mini and the Acer Predator in our sub-$2,000 gaming desktop roundup of 2010. Then late last year we had a look at their Shift Gaming PC, a beautiful no holds barred $7,000+ triple SLI overclocked monster that any hardware enthusiast would love to own.

Today we will be looking at the notebook equivalent of the above mentioned Shift desktop system. Known as the Titan 17, our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards.

Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter and integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Read: Maingear Titan 17 Review: Extreme performance notebook

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My old HP HDX 20" seems sexy compared to this, it was good for about an hour, if they still made it with modern specs, I'd still have one, it was great as long as you understood it was never meant to be "mobile", just "portable".

hmmm..no mention of battery life...id guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 seconds...unless it comes with its own nuclear reactor for power.

Windows7even said,
hmmm..no mention of battery life...id guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 seconds...unless it comes with its own nuclear reactor for power.

That and temperature issues

Windows7even said,
hmmm..no mention of battery life...id guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 seconds...unless it comes with its own nuclear reactor for power.

'I conducted our standard battery tests using the 8-cell battery provided with the system. There's a joke around that because of the sheer power requirements of this quasi-desktop system, the Titan 17 battery acts more like a portable UPS. Our video playback test consists of looping a 720p rip of one of my favorite movies (Inception) in Windows Media Player at full screen with max screen brightness and Wi-Fi disabled. This is a taxing test that resulted in just 36 minutes of usage.

Our endurance test is run with five Firefox windows open with the Reload Every add-on refreshing each page every 5 minutes to simulate real-world browsing. Max screen brightness is used and Wi-Fi is enabled. This test resulted in 44 minutes of life. '