Doom 3/Quake 4- Settings- ALL ULTRA HIGH- 1600x1200- 30-60FPS
FEAR- Settings-ALL HIGH-1024x768-30-100FPS
Bioshock- All High, 1024x768-20-40FPS
Crysis- Struggles but playable at 1280x1024 Medium Settings 15-25FPS (Told ya the GS was a trooper)
These benches were done w/ 2 not 3 GB of RAM!!!
Update- So I installed a 7900GTX, which replaces the 7900GS. All I can say is WOW!!!
Gears of War- 1920x1200 20-35FPS. ALL HIGH, NO VSYNC
Bioshock- 1920x1200- 20-30FPS. ALL HIGH, NO VSYNC
These benches were done with 3GB RAM!!!
If I overclock it, these FPS will go up and up and up (except maybe Crysis)......
Dell claims that all models are 'Road Ready' and are fit to stand up to the natures of traveling. There is no flexing on the screen and more importantly, no rippling effects appear if you apply pressure to the back of the screen. The keyboard is slightly flimsy, its easy to push down on one key and see the rest of the keys 'flex' around it. Not a major concern for me because I use a Logitech external keyboard for typing. In fact I never touch my laptop, so its in excellent condition as far as cosmetics go.
Im running a 6 Cell battery so maybe if you move around alot, go for a spare battery or opt for a bigger capacity battery such as a 9 Cell. There are 7 different options for 'dimming' down your screen brightness which is also another way to conserve battery power. You may even go into the 'battery optins' and choose 'Minimal Power Management' for maximum efficency. I generally have no problem watching 3 full 45 minute episodes of Prions Break on setting 5/7 before i have to reach for my adapter to recharge.
As for heat, this baby doesnt get that hot (must be use to it from my sauna like showers). While some heat is given off, its not enough to 'burn' you or send you the ER w/ 2nd degree burns.
Also, if you're worried about battery life, maybe look into the Intel GMA 950 or the ATI X1400 as they need less power to run then the 7900GS, and should give you some extra battery life. However, if you must have a GS, know that the card will clock itself down when running on battery to save power
With the after market upgrades Im up to about $1875 USD
*PowerHouse-Lots of muscle to get sh*t done.
*Excellent platform-Easily handles most current PC games.
*Media Buttons- Allow for maximum convenience.
*Solid Constrution- Holds up well to daily rigors of life.
*Screen- Amazing quality, very sharp crisp clean look.
*Ports- Excellent port placement and lots of USB/Media Ports.
*Flimsy Keyboard- Will do fine, but wears easily w/ extended use.
*Battery Life- Could be longer, adjust your settings to your prefs.
*Tech Support-Hope you're ready for thick accents and no experience
Sennhesier RS130 Wireless Headphones
Take a look at the pics and you can see they have a comfortable fit and you forget you even have them on due to their extremely light weight. They are excellent for doing chores around the house or simply sitting at the computer doing whatever. Excellent range and battery life for the low low price of $60 US Highly reccomnded 99/10.