The 12-pound monstrosity known as the Clevo X7200 (or a wide variety of other names depending on where you order it from) has been updated and renamed to P270WM.
There are no apparent changes on the outside, but on the inside the P270WM can now be equipped with desktop Sandy Bridge-E processors up to a Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition clocked at 3.3 GHz (with Turbo Boost 3.9 GHz)–a 6-core/12-thread CPU. The Intel chipset has been updated to the X79 (previously X58) to handle the new processors.
Intel’s Extreme Edition CPU has a TDP of 130 W by itself, and when you add 2x 100 W Nvidia GeForce GTX 580Ms in SLI it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that battery life will not be this system’s strong suit. But this probably matters little to the clientele that would consider a P270WM, which is already known as the Sager NP9270.
The 17.3-inch X7200 has topped our charts for quite some time, but that is hardly surprising since no other manufacturer has come up with the novel idea of putting a desktop CPU in a laptop. That leaves some room for debate as to whether you can call it a laptop at all, but it certainly gets the job done.
Other than the platform update, the design and overall feature set seems to be the same. It includes room for three hard drives and/or SSDs in RAID 0, 1 or 5 configuration. If you feel that the three drives are inadequate, an e-SATA port is also included, as well as two USB 3.0 ports. Professional users also have the option to exchange the GeForce GPU(s) to a Quadro FX 5010M with certified drivers.
Just about every component is customizable, and once you start upgrading to the fastest components this laptop gets expensive real fast.