March 11th, 2008


And now for the Shiny!

I finally got around to choosing and buying my new laptop last week. I ended up getting neither a MacBook Pro nor a Rock, but one of these instead - a Novatech X80R.
A what, you say ? From who ?

Well, as it turns out, there's a Taiwanese company named Clevo which makes easily-reconfigurable laptops and sells them to more "mainstream" laptop brands - like Rock, Sager, and a couple of others - including Novatech. These companies then configure the laptop to the specs they desire (in Rock's case, with lots of configuration options; for Novatech, only a few models), and then sell them to the public. So, the X80R is basically the same unit as the Rock eXtreme, except without the Rock branding, HD-DVD, or fingerprint reader, and a few details like that - but quite a bit cheaper.

What it does have is impressive - Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.4 GHz, one of the new Penryn (45nm) models), NVidia 8800M GTX (512 Mb) video card, 2Gb RAM, 160Gb HD, 1920x1200 17" screen, etc.
For comparison - I managed to run Oblivion on my desktop machine, just - at 800x600, and low or medium details at best, with mostly acceptable framerates (Athlon 2400+, GF 5700XT, plenty of RAM).
On the laptop I tested it at full resolution, all details and distances on high, and it runs beautifully at 30-60fps. Whee !

So, got any suggestions for Oblivion mods I should use ?
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