Add another notebook to the pile of powerful systems powered by Intel's new "Ivy Bridge" platform. Today, Samsung announced the release of its new 17-inch Series 7 Chronos Notebook, a $1,499 multimedia monster that comes powered by a 3rd generation Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics chip.

With a 300-nit, 1920 x 1080 screen and three JBL speakers that include  a subwoofer, the new 17-inch Series 7 Chronos is designed to be your all-purpose home entertainment system. Considering that the notebook weighs  only 6.5 pounds, and promises 8 hours of battery life it's also light enough to carry with you. 

Though the Chronos doesn't have a dedicated SSD, Samsung has equipped it with an 8GB express cache that speeds up access to frequently-opened files. Samsung's Fast Start technology promises to cold boot the system in 19 seconds and wake it from hybrid sleep in just 2 seconds. 

The 17-inch Series 7 Chronos should be available now through typical Samsung retailers and via