Gateway P-7808u, Mobile Gaming Goes Quad-Core

by Rafael Hernandez on April 13, 2009 · 0 comments

The very concept of a gaming notebook is to cram as much computing power into as small a space as possible, slap a battery on it, affix high price tag, and you’re done. Gateway has something else up its sleeves.

The company’s P-7808u follows their vision of making inexpensive (relatively) gaming machines with plenty of power as can bet witnessed by this model’s Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS GPU all for under $1800. Tempted? Check out AnandTech‘s review of the beast:

Following in the tradition of the P-6831 FX and the P-7811 FX, the P-7808u FX is the latest “affordable gaming” laptop from Gateway. Once again, we have upgrades to make this model more desirable than the previous releases. In this case, Gateway has moved from a 2.26 GHz dual-core CPU up to the latest 2.0 GHz quad-core Q9000 processor. That means tasks that don’t leverage the extra cores may actually be slower than on the previous P-7811, but for those that need more multi-threaded computing power the Q9000 will be up to 33% faster than the fastest 3.0 GHz dual-core mobile processors. The P-7811 utilized a 2.26GHz P8400 CPU, so relative to that model you’re only giving up 267 MHz of clock speed, making the newer P-7808u up to 75% faster than the P-7811 in CPU intensive tasks.

Faster clocked dual-cores will put up better performance numbers but if you’re into using heavily multi-threaded apps on the go this is a solid choice.

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