Dell has launched a new gaming notebook PC, the XPS M1730, described as a "mobile gaming powerhouse".

The first and only notebook PC to be powered by AGEIA PhysX, it has the new AGEIA PhysX 100M mobile physics card with the claim is that this technology enables "the next chapter in the evolution of gaming".

PhysX-supported games include Unreal Tournament 3, Warmonger and soon to be released Crysis as well as GRAW2, which ships with the XPS M1730.

The M1730 (called "the Beast" by the Dell dev team) also boasts Logitech's GamePanel LCD that will show stats and other in-game info with supported titles.

Other beastly stats possible for the range come in with the latest Intel processors including the Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor overclocked to 3.2GHz, not one but two DX10 NVIDIA GeForce Go 8700M GT graphics cards in SLI mode and two hard drives in a RAID 0 or 1 configuration for up to 500GB storage.

You can select up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM and customise with a 64GB Solid State drives like the Alienware gaming laptops.

All models feature a backlit keyboard and a 17-inch "ultrasharp" 1920 x 1200 display with a 7ms response time.

From £1799, the XPS M1730 is available now - if you're brave enough...