When it comes to unreleased notebooks, the folks over at Notebook Italia are kings of getting the
information out to the public. Today, the site has the scoop on Dell's new XPS
M1730 gaming notebook.
The XPS M1730 will take the place of the XPS M1710 and as
its name implies will feature a 17" screen. The notebook will have a wide
range of Core 2 Duo processor options and will also offer the 2.6GHz Core 2
Extreme X7800. As is the case with most notebooks introduced these days, up to
4GB of DDR2 memory is supported. Dell will also offer Intel Turbo Memory in
512MB or 1GB varieties
The base machine will feature a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GS
graphics processor, while forking over more dough will get you a GeForce 8700M.
Other niceties include Intel PRO/Wireless
4965AGN network card, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the option of a Blu-ray optical
According to Notebook
Italia, the XPS M1730 will officially launch on August 27.
quote: It won't perform nearly as well as the 7950... totally different class of card. The 8700 will likely perform on the same level as a desktop 8600GT, but likely not as good as the desktop 8600GTS, certainly no where near the 8800.
quote: The GeForce 8700M GT will be the top chip in NVIDIA’s Mobile stable replacing the existing GeForce Go 7950 GTX. NVIDIA claims 3DMark05 scores of 10,371 with the GeForce 8700M GT on default settings. In comparison the GeForce Go 7950 GTX scores 9,395 in 3DMark05. The GeForce 8700M GT is also 27-34% faster than the GeForce Go 7950 GTX in Half Life 2: Lost Coast and Far Cry.