Maingear throws Sandy Bridge, GTX 485M into eX-L 15 laptop

Darren Murph
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Darren Murph
January 26, 2011 2:31 AM
Maingear throws Sandy Bridge, GTX 485M into eX-L 15 laptop
Here's hoping you don't mind having your existing laptop made antiquated by this one. Just months after Maingear introduced its Clutch-15 and Alt-15 machines, along comes yet another 15.6-incher... and this one's claiming to be the world's fastest in its category. The eX-L 15 packs a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution (with glossy or matte options!), a variety of new Sandy Bridge chips (with the Core i7 2920XM capping things off), NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460M (1.5GB) / GTX 485M (2GB), up to 16GB of DDR3-1333 memory, a 2x Blu-ray reader, HDMI / DVI outputs, gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports and a pair of USB 2.0 sockets to round things off. The starting tag of $1,579 certainly isn't easy to swallow, but where else are you getting a powerhouse like this with a Full HD matte display? Exactly.
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The eX-L 15 provides exceptional performance for realistic games and advanced multi-threaded applications

Kenilworth, New Jersey – January 25, 2011 - MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom built desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, is one of the first to offer the new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M mobile graphics solution to their updated eX-L 15 notebook along with the latest Intel ® 2nd generation mobile processors. The winning combination update on this notebook offers PC enthusiasts, gamers as well as business user the fastest 15" notebook available to take on any task.

The MAINGEAR eX-L 15 is packed with the fastest mobile graphics on the planet. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 485M notebook GPUs offers revolutionary DirectX 11 performance that gives PC games an adrenaline shot with the fastest performance and visually-stunning graphics. With a dedicated tessellation engine that delivers up to 6x more performance than any other notebook GPU, users will experience twice the performance of dynamic game effects as well as interactive environment with NVIDIA® PhysX® technology. If you are into 3D, you can bring it up a notch with NVIDIA 3D Vision™ for an immersive 3D gaming experience on your 3D monitor or 3D TV.

The eX-L 15 also harnesses the power of Intel's 2nd generation mobile processors. With the power of the next generation Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processor family, MAINGEAR notebooks will be able to take advantage of the new and improved chipset features that offers a new architecture with shared cache delivering more performance and energy efficiency. The mobile processor integrates CPU, graphics, memory controller, PCI Express all on a single chip. This allows end users to have extreme gaming, amazing multimedia, and flexible overclocking.

In addition to the cutting edge processor and graphics technology, the eX-L 15 also features a breath-taking full 1080p HD LED display that comes with optional matte or glossy screen panel. The notebook also offers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, eSATA & IEEE-1394a ports, 2.0 Megapixel high resolution video camera and a fingerprint reader for added security. This accompanied by a rubberized matte surface that is unique and soft to the touch that matches MAINGEAR's style. All of MAINGEAR products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support with one to three year hardware warranty.

MAINGEAR eX-L 15 Highlights:

Chassis: eX-L 15 Performance chassis with matte rubberized finish

Display: 15.6" HD+ 16:9 LED Display (1920x1080)

(panel comes in matte (460m only) or glossy (460m or 485m)

Processor: Up to Intel® Core™ i7 2920XM

Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 or the GTX 485M 2.0GB GDDR5

Memory: Up to 16GB DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM

Hard drive: Up to 750GB 7200rpm SATA 2.5" drive or 1TB 5400rpm SATA 2.5" drive

Optical Drive: 2x Blu-ray Reader/ 8x Super Multi combo Drive

Ports: 1 HDMI output Port, 1 DVI-I output Port, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 2 USB 2.0 Ports (one with Power Share) 1 eSATA Port (USB combo), 1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire, 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack, 1 Line-In Jack, 1 S/PDIF output Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)

Starting at price: $1,579

"We continually strive to push our system's performance over the edge. With Intel and NVIDIA's latest mobile technology, we are giving our customers a notebook that will really plow through anything they try throwing at it." said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. "It will be no surprise that any PC enthusiast will want to get their hands on our eX-L 15."

"Visually-stunning graphics and the fastest mobile performance available - that is what you get with an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 485M-powered eX-L 15 notebook from MAINGEAR," said David Ragones, Director of Product Marketing, NVIDIA. "The GTX 485M brings cinema quality effects to notebook gaming with the combined power of GeForce with DirectX 11 and NVIDIA® PhysX® technologies."


MAINGEAR is an innovative high performance PC system builder that offers custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers. Each system is hand crafted for precision performance and uncompromised quality, and has won multiple Editors' Choice awards from publications such as Hot Hardware, PC World, Maximum PC, Computer Shopper and more. With a passion to build the best high performance computers, MAINGEAR will continue to set the standard among system builders. MAINGEAR's expert team custom builds and supports all products in the United States. For more information visit:
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