iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Review
One of the best side-effects to the focus that manufacturers have placed upon energy efficiency and cool running hardware, is that modern laptops have become extraordinarily powerful when compared to their earlier brethren.
Hardcore members of the PC Gaming Master Race will know that personal computers have been long divided upon two clear lines. If you wanted to get anything done in anything approaching a reasonable time-frame, or if you wanted to play a game that didn't come free with your Operating System, you brought a desktop. A huge beige (now black) monolith that took up a space in the dining room and required us all to book time upon it, in case another family member had a database to update or other task that clearly isn't as important as giving a headshot to a stranger. If, however, you wanted to check your Rocketmail on Netscape, update your Myspace or maybe search for something on Altavista, then you used a laptop.
Now, with mobile versions of current gen hardware being surprisingly close to their desktop counterparts, the lines are blurred. The laptop has replaced the desktop in the home, and the Tablet and/or smartphones have replaced the things we used to do with our laptops.
Of course if you still want the very best eye-candy then you still need to own a desktop PC, but how close have laptops become? With the iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 using a quad-core i7 and a GTX675M, we aim to find out.
Looking through the tech specs and one thing becomes clear. The CZ-17 is no netbook. A whopping 17", Full HD display and Blu-ray reader are only part of the story. The big selling points are obviously the Intel i7 processor and the nVidia GTX675M. Now we know mobile processors well enough to know not to expect performance between a GTX670 and GTX680, but we still have high hopes for the CZ-17.