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Dell Offers Dual 8800M GTX Setup for XPS M1730 Notebook

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Dell has upped the specs for its performance notebooks by introducing the option of dual 8800M GTX graphics cards for the XPS M1730. Dell is claiming performance improvements of as much as 49% compared to dual 8700M GT graphics processors, commenting that the notebook is capable of reaching 13,500 points in 3DMark06. However, the extra performance comes at a premium, with the minimum price for this setup being $3,400. That works out at being $1000 more than a single 8700M GT and $700 more than dual 8700M GTs, with the top-spec model costing around $7,000.



Source: TG Daily
 
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now if only quad core laptops will come out soon, to match these :)
 
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Definitly have to upgrade to a new lappy this year.
 

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The battery will last all of 15 minutes with 2 of those in there.
 
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I would rather save myself a few $1000 and build a powerful desktop. I only like laptops for business apps and web surfing.
 
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I would rather save myself a few $1000 and build a powerful desktop. I only like laptops for business apps and web surfing.
True -- I think it's neat and all, but I just keep wondering about what's the point of a laptop like this? Just to make one to see if it can be done? I can respect that, I guess.

But who's the market?

Professional gamers going mobile? They usually lug around desktops.

Kids going to college who want to play games? Call me crazy, but personally I think there's something wrong with someone spending money equivalent to college tuition for a semester just on a laptop. :p

Maybe CAD-users that are mobile a lot?
 

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I don't really see how anyone buys these things, but I know there are people out there that will buy anything. I need a new laptop, but I prefer something in the mid-range. Mid-range graphics card, preferably one that can be disabled so I can use the more efficient onboard card, mid-range CPU, 15" LCD or smaller, and most imporatantly good battery life.

But who's the market?
People with too much damn money that like to buy crap to impress their friends/neighbors.

Seriously though, I could see people that travel a lot that like to play games buying something like this. People that spend more time in airports and hotels than they do at their own home. I knew a guy like this, he would spend maybe one weekend a month at home, he was my neighbor for a while. He had a very nice laptop for playing games, him and I would play CS:S together when he was on the road. He always had a nice laptop, he loved being able to just plug it in at whatever hotel he was at and play games and he used it for work also. He did presentations at business or some crap like that, I'm not exactly sure about what, but it had to do with advertising.
 
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I don't really see how anyone buys these things, but I know there are people out there that will buy anything. I need a new laptop, but I prefer something in the mid-range. Mid-range graphics card, preferably one that can be disabled so I can use the more efficient onboard card, mid-range CPU, 15" LCD or smaller, and most imporatantly good battery life.

The only computer i can think of that switches from onboard to dedicated and vice versa are from SONY. And they are pricey, and midrange units.
 

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The only computer i can think of that switches from onboard to dedicated and vice versa are from SONY. And they are pricey, and midrange units.
Which is why I don't actually have one yet. :)

I am hoping that Hybrid-SLI takes off soon, especially on the laptop front, and we see more of these.
 
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this month in Game Informer, they have a section on the new gaming lappys.
Specs from the top rated are:

  • Processor/Display Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X7900 (2.8GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
  • Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition - English
  • Memory 2GB1 Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
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  • Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
  • Video Card NVIDIA®SLI™Dual GeForce®8700MGT with 512MB1 GDDR3 Memory
  • Physics Game Accelerator AGEIA PhysX™ 100M Processor
  • Wireless Networking Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965a/g/n Mini Card
  • Primary Battery 9-cell Primary Battery and 9-cell additional Lithium Ion Battery
  • Specifications - Sound Options Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition
  • With 3d Mark score of 12034/ PC Mark Score 6387

Its a pretty nice Dell lappy that they have right there.. only Problem its $4.974 all together.

Also on another note. In October, I was reading the PC world and started this thread that talks about what was in the article.

If you feel that you need that sort of thing, then i'm all for it. But like Therm says, i'd rather spend a thousand dollars, to get better results...
 

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CAD users wouldn't even need this they run on intel integrated just fine @1280X1024 and my 7800GS can push that res up a lot higher even with a lowend cpu if your mobile your best bet is a 2600M or 8600M if you really need to push the resolution
 

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I have been waiting for these :D.

I need a fast laptop for uni, thats gonna last for the duration of the course. Theres gonna be a lot of code and program compilation, so the computer needs to be fast (and I dont fancy travelling on the train for an hour every day with a desktop :p). Sure this doesnt need a good graphics card...but 3 hr uni breaks can get boring.

Now...this doesnt mean im going to go straight onto the dell site and spend $3400 USD ($4000 AUD). I will wait for ebay sellers to get their hands on them (normally lots of ebay sellers get 30% off coupons on laptops) and save myself a lot. OR, wait till Dell have their offers (I have seen them with like $800 cash off, etc)

I did it two years ago for my brother....top of the line (at the time) Dell inspiron 9300, 2ghz proccy, 1.5gb ram, nvidia 6800 256mb and 3yr full service warranty for $2200; the cheapest it was here on the Aussie Dell site was $4,650.


Oh, and my dad will get 30% off the final price with salary sacraficing for his work, so in actual fact, it only costed like $1600 for a $4500+ laptop :p.



Remember guys, its only just been released, and hence why it is so expensive. It WILL come down.


People with too much damn money that like to buy crap to impress their friends/neighbors.
No, people like them buy an Alienware laptop with the SAME specs for $3000 more :p.
 
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True -- I think it's neat and all, but I just keep wondering about what's the point of a laptop like this? Just to make one to see if it can be done? I can respect that, I guess.

But who's the market?

Professional gamers going mobile? They usually lug around desktops.

Kids going to college who want to play games? Call me crazy, but personally I think there's something wrong with someone spending money equivalent to college tuition for a semester just on a laptop. :p

Maybe CAD-users that are mobile a lot?
Sadly I can tell you a market for this. When I went to the middle east for 6 months I went out and bought a nice and powerful laptop along with many others in my battalion. Now those deployments have turned into a year or more. What we are allowed to take is very limited space and size wise.
Its nice being able to network and play in groups as well as get email and webcam (if available) while away for that long.
No, people like them buy an Alienware laptop with the SAME specs for $3000 more :p.
Multiple of those too, lol.