With such a large foot print, the Smoothbook DR is aimed as a desktop replacement. Sure, you could carry it around with you, but it probably wouldn't take long to get sick of carrying the weight around.What makes a good desktop replacement, however, is the specifications. When you go for such a large notebook, it's a huge waste to turn around and put a Celeron in it and an 8400 GS. This is where Smooth Creations have done their homework. The specs of the notebook really go from good to great as you go through the list. Off the bat you find yourself looking at a quad core Q9550 processor that's accompanied by 4 GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM, coming in the form of two 2GB Crucial modules.Video performance is done with not only the help of just one 8800M GTX, but two in SLI. You will also be finding yourself getting full use of the impressive screen, thanks to an included Blu-ray ROM drive.
The thing that managed to clinch the deal for me was the decision for Smooth Creations to opt for a RAID 0 SSD setup with the help of two 64GB G.Skill drives. What's particularly good about the G.Skill drives are that they're based on the SLC platform, which make them a drive that is truly better than a standard 7200 RPM hard disk.This all comes at a cost and what a cost it is. Priced at just over $6,000, it's not cheap by any means. Performance never is, though. You have to remember that this is a notebook that not only looks impressive on the inside, but is simply immaculate on the outside with the paint job they've done to it.So with that said, let's get into the benchmarks and see exactly what this desktop replacement is capable of.
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