Originally Posted by victor8600
It could be similar to i8600. After around a year (?) of selling i8600 with Nvidia 5650/ATI 9600, all new i8600 were sold with slower graphics cards. Probably because Dell wanted to sell i9100 or something.
You have a point there
... But (!) i9300 is on sale for how long? - Approx. 6 months if I'm not mistaken. Besides a lot of customers just can't afford the XPS2. It's too expensive. Even for me the extra $400 is alot fo a PC! That's why I'm interested in the i9300. If Dell removes the 256Mb GPU option for the i9300, a lot of customers will be forced to buy their PCs elsewhere. For example let's look at the last few 40% off coupons. All of the 3000 or 4000 units were gone in less than a day. And the majority of those systems were pretty much high-end configurations w/ the 6800Go GPU. These systems were bought by customers who can't afford the XPS2 and its superior Ultra 6800 GPU. So in my opinion Dell has to sell the i9300 (or something similiar) w/ the 256Mb card (!!) for about the same money as today i9300 w/ the 6800Go. One of the key elements, why everyone wants i9300 is (in my opinion): 1) good 256Mb GPU, 2) good CPUs, 3) big 17" Widescreen LCD, 4) Centrino label, 5) somehow affordable, etc
So, if Dell removes the 256Mb GPU option on the i9300, this notebook will merely become one of those overpriced but generally OK notebook w/ an average GPU. A lot of Dell customers don't expect to spend their money for sth like that. They are after the systems that offer sth more! On the other hand if Dell is preparing to replace the today nVidida GPU w/ a better and faster 256Mb GPU and keep the price tag about the same ... Well ... then I'll be all over it
Oh well, I might be way off w/ my thoughts
I'm just ranting because I still didn't catch a good 40% off deal on the i9300
And I can't even imagine how it would be working on my future machine that would have (just) the X300 for example.