Custom boutique PC maker Maingear sent us some high-end desktop systems over the past year. The Maingear F131 was pitted against the Puget Deluge Mini and Acer Predator in our under $ 2,000 gaming desktop roundup in 2010. Then, late last year, we checked out their Shift Gaming PC, a beautiful $ 7,000 + triple SLI overclocked monster that any hardware enthusiast would love to own.
Today we're going to be looking at the notebook equivalent of the aforementioned Shift desktop system known as the Titan 17. As a desktop replacement from Maingear, the Titan 17 is the most powerful notebook to date. At 16.5 inches (W) x 11.3 inches (D) x 2.2-2.4 inches (H) and weighing in at 12.1 pounds, the Titan 17 isn't a system you want to lug around on a regular basis like you would ultraportable or netbook.
Our rating system consists of several upgrades, starting with an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU running at 3.46 GHz. Other notable hardware is a 17.3-inch display with LED backlighting and a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards, 6 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120 GB Intel 510 solid-state -Drive and a 750 GB Western Digital hard drive with 7200 rpm. A Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter, and built-in Bluetooth technology, all of which run on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Maingear also delivered us a MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 5 adjustable gaming mouse that increases the configured grand total to $ 5,400.
As you can see, the Titan 17 is not your average oversized laptop. The machine is based on the Clevo x7200 platform, which is also sold by a handful of other boutique PC manufacturers such as Sager and Origin. This means that you will hardly find many systems comparable to the Titan if they are not based on the same Clevo platform.
As is customary with Maingear, our Titan 17 was accompanied by a system folder with a Maingear mouse pad and T-shirt, as well as all of the system discs and documentation that came with each component. The folder also contains detailed user manuals for many Maingear systems and a complete quality control checklist that has been reviewed and signed by those responsible for monitoring your system.