Why do people have such trouble spelling my name? Even when they quote me. *shrug*
The 19" machine wasn't part of this thread was it? I didn't read Aurora mALX (funny, it's like the m1710) in the title.
And as for the Toshiba. Here's a link to a NBF member review:http://www.notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=145933
In there, I see a score of 6202 in 3DMark05. And that's considered a very good score for an underpowered, non-premium sample GPU. But it doesn't even reach the level of a single 7800GTX. And the Go7800 has been overclocked past that level. The 7900GS is much more power limited than the Go7800, 7800GTX, or 7900GTX - which is evident in it's 20w power rating - compared to the 40-50w rating of the other GPU's.
The next thing is SLI. SLI has "never" doubled the performance over a single card. In fact, it's rare to see a 50% increase with 2 cards. You can ask anyone if you care to debate that point.
Even today, most tech heads would prefer to overclock a single good card, than play with 2 second rate cards in SLI. You can't overclock SLI very well in desktops, so don't expect it to work worth a damn in laptop hardware.
So the best score I would expect out of a 7900GS SLI 17" config would be in the area of 8500. The 7900GTX 512meg does that on it's own.
And to the point of the 1440x900 resolution. I agree with you on this point, I always have. I never wanted a WUXGA screen. I like progressive aspect ratio's between all of my screens. The "higher fps at native res" is a benefit I much enjoy also. And finally, I can't stand that mirror crap... I don't want reflections messing with my gaming or TV/movie viewing - hence why desktop LCD's will NEVER have gloss coatings, it's stupid to make people pay more to remove the matte polarizer.