While I'm not an expert on material properties, I'd assume a sheet of aluminum would be easy to bend and would never be used on a laptop. With that said, the material does not feel like aluminum. Anandtech is usually a reliable source, but I don't know where they got that information.
Unfortunately, this laptop is the only nice piece of equipment I own (apart from my headphones), and that will not change soon. I'll try to find a good LCD monitor to test the DVI, but that may take a while. I'm sorry I can't help you with testing this.
Take a look at this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI-D
According to the specs, the DVI-D should support HDTV resolutions even if it is a single link. I'm sure they would have put a dual-link DVI connection in the feature list if it was implemented.
What's the chance of SirMaximuM getting the EXACT score I got given that there are so many variables in the environment!?! Even I can't get the same score twice in a row, there's always a difference of a few points. I'm sure a statistician could pull some magic tricks and figure it out (my second stats class in college made me feel very stupid for the first time in my mathematics career).
Let me share something I found. If you are playing a GPU-limited game (Oblivion), use RIghtmark RMClock to set the CPU freq to 1GHz. When I do that, both fans stay on low no matter how long I play, and GPU temperature is low enough. If I'm running the CPU at 1.86Ghz, both fans kick into high speed in half an hour. Since the game is GPU-bound, there's almost no drop in performance.