Gateway P-7808u FX Edition

After running the original Gateway P-7801u FX Edition through its paces back in November and finding it to be a desktop replacement as practical as it was powerful, we were eager to step up the next-generation P-7808u.

Though it looks identical on the outside, Gateway has dropped a hot new Intel Core 2 Quad Q900 processor inside and beefed up other specs as well, making this machine an all-around improvement – or so it would seem at first glance.

The screen has actually stepped down in resolution, and the price has grown to a spendy $1,800 thanks to the studly new processor.

Do an extra two cores justify these trade-offs? We fired up a few games to find out.

Like its predecessor, the P-7808u carries Gateway’s FX designation, endowing it with both hot hardware and a hot design. Inside, that means it gets Intel’s Core 2 Quad processor running at 2.0GHz with 6MB of L2 cache, and Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics card with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, 4GB of DDR3 memory on the motherboard, and a 500GB hard drive.

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