Product Line Updates: New Laptops, GPUs

Posted on January 27, 2009 by Jon Bach

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In addition to a round of pricing updates, we have an exciting set of product line updates this week, especially with our laptops!

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1) The Intel X25-M 160GB SSD has been added to our line, to compliment the existing 80GB drive. Its an expensive drive, but in our view -- if you're going to go with SSD, do it right. The cheap SSD drives are significantly slower!

2) The Quado NVS 440 has been replaced with the Quadro NVS 450. It is the same price, but it has double the memory, CUDA support, and supports digital displays (the 440 was VGA). The downside is the ports are DisplayPort, so you need to buy adapters to get it to DVI.

3) The Tyan N3600QE has been added. This is a EATX version of the quad Opteron board we've been selling. It only has one PCI-E x16 slot, but putting one of these in am Antec P190 liquid cooled system will be amazing!

4) The Asus P5Q-EM has been added. This is a great HTPC motherboard, with blu-ray accelleration (in Vista only), and a VGA, DVI, and HDMI port. We've seen excellent performance and reliability from the Asus P5Q series!

5) The Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB drive has been added, to compliment our existing 1TB Green drive. Use the black drive for performance, and the green drive for low power/noise/heat.

6) The Asus 22x DVDRW Lightscribe IDE drive has been added, at the request of those of you who want lightscribe!

7) The SIIG eSATA PCI-E x1 card has been added, to give you the ability to add eSATA functionality to any configuration.

8) The XFX GeForce GTX 280 video card has been replaced by the XFX GeForce GTX 285.

9) The XFX GeForce GTX 295 video card has been added.

10) The Arctic Cooling Freezer7 CPU cooler has been replaced by the Gelid Silent Spirit. Its very similar to the Freezer7, only is angled and therefore blows onto the motherbaord. While conceptually we prefer getting the hot air right out the back of the case like the Freezer7 does, the reality is that right now many of our motherboards run a bit hot on the northbridge under passive cooling, and this is a great solution.

11) The Quadro CX video card has been added. This card adds specific hardware accelleration under Adobe Photoshop and Premiere CS4, and until the end of February, it comes with a free copy of Premiere Pro CS4, which is a significant bundle!

12) Our laptop line has been complete revamped. Our new Puget M210i is the smallest we've ever been able to offer, but has the same high end performance as our other notebooks. The Puget M510i is our 15" model, and has amazing screen resolution (1680x1050), beat out only by the Puget M710i with 17" inch of screen at 1920x1200. We're excited by these new products, and are very happy to be able to continue to offer high performance, high quality laptops. We brought in a lot of others, which did not meet our standards, so we know there's a lot of low quality laptops out there!

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Let me know if you have any questions!

JohnH

http://www.pugetsystems.com/pi...

Posted on 2009-01-27 20:24:56

Our conspiracy is uncovered!

Actually, the biggest drops were on mid-range Intel quad core CPUs. Core i7 CPUs actually went up in price!

Your system specs and picture look great, BTW. It pains me to work on my five year old Xeon computer while I watch these Core i7 systems go out our door!

Posted on 2009-01-28 10:37:15
alex530

You couldn't find a SATA lightscribe drive?

Posted on 2009-01-28 14:16:09

We went with IDE for a couple reasons: for situations where we have run out of SATA ports, but also for older repair systems that don't have SATA. We're trying to kill three birds with one stone, meeting all those needs without having to stock multiple drives. We can still special order in SATA lightscribe drives for people that want them, though.

Posted on 2009-01-28 14:49:39