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npras42
01-17-06, 03:26 PM
Hi,

Does anyone know where I could find a comprehensive differences list and ideally a review between the two cards.

I am looking at these two laptops:

Dell XPS M170 - 2.13GHz Centrino M and Geforce(tm)Go 7800GTX
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/xps_m170?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Dell Inspiron 9400 - 2.00GHz Centrino Duo Technology (Dual Core) and Geforce(tm)Go 7800.
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_9400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

I know the XPS will be faster for games but thats not all I do, and the long-life of the laptop is very important to me - I have been using my current laptop for 6 years now and it runs XP fine and I can do most non-gaming things I need to do, but its time for an upgrade and I don't want to upgrade my laptop again for another 6 years if possible!

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is a very big decision for me. I don't spend this kind of money often and I really want to make the right choice.

mikechai
01-17-06, 08:03 PM
Dell site doesn't list the clock speed of these 2 cards.

Also 1 thing weird, at this page --> http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/inspn_9400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

The graphic card for Inspiron 9400 is listed as "256MB nVidia Geforce Go 7800 Ultra Graphics Card" ???

npras42
01-17-06, 08:31 PM
Yeah. I was going to just phone them up, but have you ever tried phoning them? My patience is always strained... :(

Sazar
01-17-06, 08:37 PM
Hi,

Does anyone know where I could find a comprehensive differences list and ideally a review between the two cards.

I am looking at these two laptops:

Dell XPS M170 - 2.13GHz Centrino M and Geforce(tm)Go 7800GTX
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/xps_m170?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Dell Inspiron 9400 - 2.00GHz Centrino Duo Technology (Dual Core) and Geforce(tm)Go 7800.
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspn_9400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

I know the XPS will be faster for games but thats not all I do, and the long-life of the laptop is very important to me - I have been using my current laptop for 6 years now and it runs XP fine and I can do most non-gaming things I need to do, but its time for an upgrade and I don't want to upgrade my laptop again for another 6 years if possible!

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is a very big decision for me. I don't spend this kind of money often and I really want to make the right choice.

The XPS video card will be higher end/faster but it does not, currently, have a duo processor available.

Are you looking for the best overall gaming or 3d performance or more for pretty good performance but not bleeding edge?

The cost of the notebooks are not cheap since one is the flagship and the other is relatively new.

I would search for the specs on the mobile versions of the gfx cards on google.

wheeljack12
01-17-06, 08:42 PM
here are the clock speeds for the 7800 gtx go. I have the 2.13 you listed, nice machine.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=170

http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=733&cid=10

Nvidia's slide show for GTX go:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/G70Go/1

npras42
01-17-06, 08:58 PM
The XPS video card will be higher end/faster but it does not, currently, have a duo processor available.

Are you looking for the best overall gaming or 3d performance or more for pretty good performance but not bleeding edge?

The cost of the notebooks are not cheap since one is the flagship and the other is relatively new.

I would search for the specs on the mobile versions of the gfx cards on google.


Yeah, I have tried a little bit googling and can find Go 7800GTX specs but nothing about Go 7800.

I want good gaming performance, but I wont be using it for gaming 80% of the time. It will be used to work Windows, Multimedia apps, web applications, work related stuff (some of which can be quite intensive) and I think the world is going Dual Core right now and things may become more and more reliant on these types of CPU. As I said, I want longevity. More important than anyhting. I dont want to be using a out-of-date laptop in a year's time. I want it to be able to keep up with the new technologies and softwares coming out for a good few years. I know this is impossible to achieve 100% but I have had my current laptop for 6 years and it has been serving me well until the last year maybe when its started to REALLY feel its age. I bought top-of-the-range back then too, so I attribute this as the reason for its long life (Its a Pentium III 800 which now has 512MB RAM after upgrading and a ATI Rage II Mobility VIVO graphics card).

Both of these laptops are in the price range I'm looking at. I think this is a good investment.

npras42
01-17-06, 08:59 PM
Thanks, wheeljack12. :) Still looking for the other card though... :<

wheeljack12
01-17-06, 09:53 PM
found the specs for the whole geforce 7xxx go series, enjoy!

http://www.behardware.com/news/7932/nvidia-releases-the-geforce-go-7-serie.html

npras42
01-17-06, 10:20 PM
YOU ABSOLUTE LEGEND. That's exactly what I wanted to see. :) :) Thank you very much for finding that for me.

wheeljack12
01-18-06, 12:01 PM
Let me know what you end up getting. I can say that I have played madden 06 on the 2.13 laptop. Very smooth gameplay with all video and audio settings on highest. Mind you I added a Creative Audigy 2 laptop to it, so it's helps a little more also than the cpu based onboard sound. On the bad side, Creative attempted to make a driver to let the laptop speakers be used but it didn't work. So, I ended up getting a pair of 5.1 zalman headphones.

maddbomber83
01-20-06, 12:18 AM
I have one of the XPS Gen 2 2.13 2gb 7800 go gtx. The thing is a beast, beats my desktop no problems (in sig).

If I were in your shoes I would wait and get the duo though. I'm sure once a year or two I will be able to upgrade my vid card no problem, but how long will I be able to upgrade the processor?

Also vista is around the corner, do you want to move to the 64bit world? Its coming. Maybe not this year or next, but if your talking about 6 years?

npras42
01-22-06, 04:34 PM
Okay, well time for an update as you asked. I was going to do this when I got the laptop but Dell say it will take a few weeks.

When I had posted this thread I had already ordered the XPS M170, but they were taking forever with delivery, and then I saw this newly released Inspiron 9400.

With your help on the graphics card, and looking at the performance of the Centrino Duo CPUs, I have changed my mind, cancelled the XPS M170 and ordered the Inspiron 9400. Its actually a bit cheaper and I think its more future proof. Its also not quite as chunky which is a small bonus for me I guess. On the downside it doesn't look as good from the pics, but I don't think I will be disappointed.

About 64 bit, I'm not too worried. Vista will continue to support 32-bit too, and I don't think I will find incompatibilty issues anytime really soon. Truthfully, 64-bit is just not an option with the price in mind.