Twofer Tuesday as Toshiba adds laptop SLI

Twofer Tuesday as Toshiba adds laptop SLI

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The Toshiba X205 doubles down with two GPUs.

With the Digital Life expo coming up this week in New York, you can expect plenty of new product announcements from consumer technology companies. Toshiba is stepping up with some new laptop news, and we'll get the exciting part of it out of the way first.

We're pleased to see the company adding Nvidia SLI technology to its Satellite X205 gaming notebook series. That means two graphics processing units (GPUs) inside, just like high-end gaming desktops. Two new models, the Satellite X205-SLI1 and the Satellite X205-SLI3, will offer twin Nvidia GeForce 8600GT chips, which are DirectX10 compatible (if you don't know what that means, chances are you're not in the market for an SLI laptop anyway).

Also new from Toshiba this week is the Satellite P205D, an AMD version of the 17-inch desktop replacement, as well as new configurations of the 15-inch AMD-based Satellite A215, adding the AMD Turion 64 X2 TL64 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 graphics chip.

If you're looking for an excuse to check out the X205 gaming rig, Toshiba plans to host a Gears of War tournament during Digital Life at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to show off the new systems, so bring your curb-stomping skills (if you've ever played the game you'll know what we mean).