Quad-core Extreme: Inside the 4.3cm thick base of the Qosmio X300/01N is an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 quad-core processor that runs at 2.53GHz. You also get 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, and most importantly for gaming, dual NVIDIA GeForce 9088M GTS graphics cards set up in SLI mode. Each card has its own 512MB memory buffer. The storage configuration is interesting: you get 628GB of total storage, comprising a 128GB solid-state drive and a 500GB, 4200rpm hard drive. The solid-state drive is the system drive, which means Windows Vista and all your programs will load quickly. We wish the secondary storage drive was a 7200rpm model, however.
The 17in screen does not have a Full HD (1080p) resolution, maxing out at 1680x1050. This isn’t much of an issue, though, as the Qosmio X300/01N doesn’t have a high-definition disc player installed. Toshiba will never put a Blu-ray drive in its notebooks and says that it’s waiting for the next evolution in high-definition storage instead.