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  1. *The purpose of this inital post is just to tease a project that will be done in the next couple of weeks, I will make a much more extensive post when It's all finished* I figured I'd share a project with y'all that I've been working on for nearly a year now. It's a "laptop" that uses standard full size Mini-ITX, a dual slot 230mm GPU (meaning 2 fans), Softline watercooling, and integrated peripherals. (screen and keyboard from M17x R4) The downsides of this machine is that it will have no battery, and be very large and heavy. (although when you take the lack of a power brick into account its not too much heavier than say an M18x) Additionally, it does not have a trackpad, although it would be fairly easy to add, as I did not see the value in doing such for a machine that will always be used with a mouse anyway. The main chassis is constructed from one lasercut sheet of Polycarbonate, with 3d printed parts bolted to it. This should give it decently high durability, and if you need to replace a chassis element it is very modular, leaving room to even do as much as design custom chassis elements, such as a front panel with room for a full set of speakers. Additionally, it shouldn't be too hard to modify the original M17x R4 display assembly to fit more modern displays, and with an HDMI controller board, they should be able to be used too. (Yay high referesh rate) This is the current/ final part layout, flipped upside down. As you can see I'm still printing most of the large Pieces. Based off of rough , calculations, it should have roughly the radiator capacity of 2.5 x a single 120mm rad, and about 33 CFM of airflow, just for the CPU. The GPU will use it's own stock cooler. P.S. Yes, I know it's going to be a nightmare to cable manage. EDIT: The prototype is completed and running. You can find info on it on page 4/5
  2. Seeing how laptops are getting more and more locked down and power restricted is making me think that maybe a SFF PC could be a better portable workstation than a laptop. Desktop replacements do have some advantages, like the battery functioning as a UPS, integrated display, smaller size, etc, etc. However I've recently been thinking that it might be better to have a thin and light 13-15 in laptop to take wherever, and have a SFF PC for long trips or when more power might be needed. SFF PCs are much easier to work on and replace stuffs than laptops, assuming you have a decent case. There is also more expandability, as decent boards can support 4 or more drives. It also uses desktop parts for everything, which are usually significantly cheaper than their laptop counterparts. This has led me to think that maybe I should just build a SFF gaming PC instead of repairing my 8770W or buying a newer laptop, but I still like the all in one nature of laptops, so I'm not sure.
  3. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.13849.0.html A nice easy to see games benchmark list with different settings by NBC thought it would be a good general reference here. I'm wary of course because of the different cpus, ram, OS, etc that can effect the fps which is so specific but it's a good indicator for general use. They also needed to lock the gpu list to the left side so you can easily scroll sideways to the game of interest. Most games unfortunately don't have a dedicated benchmark as well so it's hard to know where in game they get their numbers from. They don't seem to have observed fps numbers posted for each card so it looks like they are just extrapolating based on what they have. Still I find them generally accurate in the few games I bothered to compare. GTAV and TW3 look to be the most tested for obvious reasons.
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