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Dell's latest XPS notebook brings Core Duo support and GeForce Go 7900 GS/GTX graphics

Dell has unleashed its fastest notebook for the consumer market, the 8.75 pound XPS M1710. The XPS M1710 leverages the power of Intel's Core Duo processors and dedicated 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS and 512MB GeForce Go 7900 GTX mobile GPUs.

According to Dell, the XPS M1710 delivers 35% better performance than its predecessor thanks to its support for Core Duo processors up to T2600 and up to 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory.

As is the usual case with an XPS model, the M1710 comes fully loaded with a magnesium-alloy reinforced RoadReady chassis, TrueLife 17" UXGA display, 5-in-1 card reader and an optional TV tuner.

The Windows XP Media Center Edition based XPS M1710 will be available in Metallic Black for a starting price of $2,600. A Special Edition Formula Red model will be available for $3,400.

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Price drop ... Hopefully!
By kristof007 on 4/18/2006 10:39:22 AM , Rating: 2
2600 isn't that bad at all in my opinion. I mean that's probably with not with four gigs of ram and stuff. I plan to buy an XPS notebook soon for college. Hopefully with the introduction of this, the models featuring the 7800 GT/GTX Go cards will go down in price.

By the way my friends just bought that and they were like "Yea we are getting top of the line." I'll have to be sure and laugh at them =).

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By hstewarth on 4/18/2006 10:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
This is going to be nice notebook especially with these GPU's.. but the one I am waiting for is a XPS Notebook with Merom ( Next generation - like the Conroe and Woodcrest ) processor.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By Shark Tek on 4/18/2006 12:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is going to be nice notebook especially with these GPU's.. but the one I am waiting for is a XPS Notebook with Merom ( Next generation - like the Conroe and Woodcrest ) processor.

If you keep thinking like that you will never buy a notebook, because every year that pass manufacturers tells what they have on mind for the future. But is true what you say those Meroms are going to kick some ass.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By Perium on 4/18/2006 1:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
I dont agree with you. The Memrom has x64 and VT enabled. Now if you want the notebook to last you need these. I dont see how anyone spending that much in a pc wouldnt want it to last? Its not like were dealing with something that is to far out to realize. I know there will allways be something better, but in this case your buying a chip with planned obsolecence which anyone that has common sense would stay away from.

The only good thing is that there are rumors that memrom will be the same socket/pincount.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By ninjit on 4/18/2006 4:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's "Merom" not "Memrom" - at first I thought you made a typo, but you wrote it twice.

I'm also waiting for merom before buying a new computer, mostly for 64-bit memory support - I do a lot of environmental modelling, and 4gb of address space just doesn't cut it.

However, the current Core Duos already have VT enabled, as evidenced by Parallels Virtual machine for the new MacBook pros, but I think it has to be supported in the BIOS from the manufacturer.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By hstewarth on 4/18/2006 6:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
You probably don't know the reason why I stated this.

One thing I currently have 1.5Ghz Pentium M notebook and with Vista coming out the Duel Core notebooks don't buy much - especially with the fact that Meron's are going to better for it - 64 bit, faster boot with NAND flash and other things.

Also the technical designed of Meron is very similar to the Conroe and Woodcrest - this is important - with such things has faster instruction sets.

Actually I was looking on Dell site and I might instead desired M90 style notebook for my desires for 3d graphics.

Basically I don't need a new notebook and maybe by the release of the Merom release, that may change.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By bombledmonk on 4/18/2006 11:09:52 AM , Rating: 2
The prices have dropped actually, Dell is clearing out their stock of M170 notebooks with 7800GTX cards for around $1350 w/ a 2.0 P-M, 1GB RAM, and a 60GB 7200RPM HD, that's a monster machine for he price. slickdeals or fat wallet will keep you up to date if you watch those sites.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By kalaap on 4/18/2006 11:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
then swap out the athlon for a merom....

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By spwrozek on 4/18/2006 11:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
...since Dell uses athlon processors....

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By bob661 on 4/18/2006 2:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
then swap out the athlon for a merom....
Your geek pass has been revoked. Idiota.

RE: Price drop ... Hopefully!
By Shark Tek on 4/18/2006 12:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
After expending six years on college I highly recommend you a small notebook. Like a 14 inch one with great battery duration. Right now I own a HP Special Edition Turion64 Notebook that came with a 12-cell battery pack and I can be without plug-in the cord almost 5 hours. A friend has a XPS 17in and he hates every time that he needs to bring the notebook to the university for the weight and the lack of battery life.

still got an Intel
By Saist on 4/18/2006 11:02:06 AM , Rating: 1
no thanks dell. Swap that Intel out for an Athlon, and Maybe gamers might be interested.

RE: still got an Intel
By bombledmonk on 4/18/2006 11:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
Right.... I'd consider myself quite far on the pro-AMD spectrum, but I can appreciate a good CPU for what it is. This is especially true since I bought an E1705 with a 1.66Ghz Core duo. It easily trounces the 3800+ pretty much equalling the 4200+. And yes, that's in games too. Gamers can be quite interested especially with a good portion of the major titles comming out starting this summer and beyond will be multithreaded.

RE: still got an Intel
By Johnmcl7 on 4/18/2006 11:27:10 AM , Rating: 2
A dual core Core Duo is a much better choice than a single core Turion (still no dual core) or a desktop A64 which would mean the machine would have to be larger, hotter and poor batterylife (look at the Clevo D900K). AMD still have quite a bit to do to catch up with Intel in the mobile market.


RE: still got an Intel
By Araxen on 4/18/2006 12:11:31 PM , Rating: 2
It would be a much better laptop if it had an AMD processor in it.

RE: still got an Intel
By Brainonska511 on 4/18/2006 12:35:12 PM , Rating: 1
Not really.....

The Core Duo is the best mobile chip right now (battery life and performance). So put down whatever it is you're smoking.

RE: still got an Intel
By toant103 on 4/18/2006 12:41:56 PM , Rating: 1
waiting for AMD fanboi to come in

RE: still got an Intel
By bob661 on 4/18/2006 2:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
waiting for AMD fanboi to come in
Waiting for the Intel fanboi to STFU.

RE: still got an Intel
By Phynaz on 4/18/2006 3:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
Awwww, What's the matter bobby?

RE: still got an Intel
By AmbianceForce on 4/18/2006 1:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
"It would be a much better laptop if it had an AMD processor in it."

Inept comments like that casts you into the same lite as an Intel zelot 4 years ago. For the record, my last 3 PCs have all been AMD based, but it does not mean I am not willing to weigh the competition and buy the best deal when I go shopping for another. Now, if you want to retract your comment and do some homework, here you go:

"How good is Intel's Core Duo mobile processor? Good enough that Apple chose to put it in the iMac, and good enough that Intel chose to base its next generation microprocessor architecture on it. But is it already Intel's best CPU? The Tech Report has managed to snag a micro-ATX motherboard for this processor and compared the Core Duo ( ) directly to a range of mobile and desktop CPUs from AMD and Intel, including the Athlon 64 X2 and the Pentium Extreme Edition. The results are surprising. Not only is the Core Duo's performance per watt better than the rest, but they conclude that its 'outright performance is easily superior to Intel's supposed flagship desktop processor, the Pentium Extreme Edition 965.'"

By hstewarth on 4/18/2006 11:27:03 PM , Rating: 2
This whole AMD vs Intel thing is going to really change this summer. Intel is going to be really back into the game and coming back extremely hard.

Remember that the core-duo here are only 2.16Ghz at most and they don't have the performance enahncements of next generation Conroes and Woodcrest. This includes single cycle SSE2/3/4 instruction set and other things.

Now imagine with top of line Woodcrest is 3Ghz instead which is almost 50% speed advantage just in Ghz. Not only that the Woodcrests have FB-Dimms which according to specs are 4x memory performance of current mememory technology. You take on top that the Woodcrest machines will have dual cpus and dual independent buses and these buss are going at amazing speed of 1333Mhz. Top that out with SAS drives..

Well thats not the normal Conroe, but I hoping to build a dual 3Ghz Xeon 5160. I know this machine will be atleast 2 or 3 times faster than my 3.2Ghz p4 by sound of specs. But it could be a lot more than it.

I predict a lot is going change this summer in computing.

By suryad on 4/19/2006 11:33:52 AM , Rating: 2
True Conroe could put the dampers on AMD's steamroller machines but I doubt it.

By Eomer of Aldburg on 4/18/2006 10:22:36 AM , Rating: 3
beastly! Wish I had the money for one of those, would be the "cool" kid at my high school for once.

RE: wow
By PLaYaHaTeD on 4/18/2006 10:29:29 AM , Rating: 3
Hehehe, you have so much to learn....

RE: wow
By Worthalter on 4/18/2006 10:33:02 AM , Rating: 2
we the people at weird news received the information that buying this notebook you quailify for a rebate in a wheelbarrow at home depot. ( )

RE: wow
By glennpratt on 4/18/2006 1:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, ...

RE: wow
By mezrah on 4/18/2006 3:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
...promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

RE: wow
By tobrien on 4/18/2006 11:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
on does not simply become cool by buying a computer

Nice machine...
By suryad on 4/18/2006 6:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
...but I would get a Sager. I mean if I am not worried about battery life as is quite evident in that monster XPS, then I would go get a dual core FX 60 in my laptop with the 7900 gtx, dual 100 gig 7200 rpm hdds, dual dvd burners and 4 gigs of ram and built in 1.3 mp vid camera and never worry about upgrading. In fact I own the first gen XPS and boy that machine still rocks. Too bad it is hotter than a Balrog...but oh well gets the job done and fast too!

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