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Dell Inspiron 9300 Multimedia Laptop Beast!

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Xelon, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. Xelon

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    :thumbsup: For those interested, I've just ordered the New Dell Inspiron XP9300 Laptop, which can be used as a HTPC, Fast Gaming Rig, or a general all purpose speed Demon.

    The Specs are:-
    New Centrino 2 (Sonomo) 1.83 GHz Pentium M Processor\Chipset.
    Geoforce 6800 Go 256Mb PCI-X16 graphics
    17" Wide Screen WUXGA TFT Display
    1 Gig of DDR2 533Mhz RAM
    DVI (so I can hook it up to a Largescreen LCD)
    Integrated Bluetooth 2 Module (Wireless Kboard Mouse etc.)
    Plus the usual USB2, 1394, Wi-Fi & 80 Gig 5400rpm HDD

    It can also play media without booting into the OS (apparantly) and when used in conjuction with an ext. USB2 TV Tuner and MCE 2005 it can double as a great HTPC (Hopefully).

    Sorry to sound like I'm bragging, I'm not, havn't purchased a Laptop since 2001 and that's just bitten the bullett, also a few members have expressed interest in this and the forthcoming Inspiron XPS Gen2 Laptop.
     
  2. MikeTV

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    Congratulations!

    Now I don't want to dampen anyone's excitement, but a 1.83 GHz Pentium doesn't sound very fast (by today's standards)? Then again, I'm not really up on Intel chip speeds/specs nowadays, and perhaps it is. How would it compare with say, a 3ghz intel or 2.6 Amd desktop, for instance?

    I'm just wondering if it may struggle with hidef material, and some recent games, for instance?

    I also noticed it doesn't seem to have spdif output, which may be a problem for some.
     
  3. dealmaker

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    Xelon,

    I've ordered mine as well. I went for:

    the Hi-res screen - 1920 X 1200

    The 256mb video card PCI-express

    1 gig memory

    60gb - 7200 rpm hard drive

    DVD writer option

    Didnt get bluetooth - maybe an oversight?


    Standard was a 1.7ghz Processor isnt it??- I've just gone with that.

    Decided to go with this is preference to the XPS Gen 2 - because I saw VERY little difference in specification (other than the fancy perimiter lights - which I liked the sound of!) - and frankly the XPS Gen 2 looks horrible!

    Should be here at the back of next week.
     
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    Mike,

    These are "Mobile Processors" - the new Sonoma is wideley acknowledged to have DOUBLE the equivalent processing speed of an equivalent P4 - so a 1.83 GHz is equivalent to a 3.6GHz P4 in a desktop - at least thats the received wisdom from my "IT experts"
     
  5. MikeTV

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    Thanks. I'm sure your experts are correct. Sounds like a great laptop/HTPC at those speeds.
    :thumbsup:
     
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    the newer dothan cpu has 2mb cache, 533fsb and really shows the other chips the way forward.

    a 2ghz dothan can easily match a 3.4ghz p4 when playing games.

    some game benchmarks
    http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_con...A9AE7E596AF0EEBD48560631EC678AE496611B6A3DB21
    these were done using the older 400fsb dothan processor on an aopen motherboard specially deisgned to use the mobile processor. Also please ntoe the
    chipset used was only capable of agp4x, whereas the amd and normal intel cpu's had the benefit of agp 8x
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