Originally Posted by anettis
I think the answer to this question can be deduced based on potential profits. DELL is in the business to make money. Sure they could sell perhaps hundreds or even thousands of 7800 cards to i9300 owners but they would rather sell GEN 2 units to tens or hundreds of thousands of eager buyers. If it got out that a stock i9300 could easily be on par with a GEN 2 (via a supported DELL upgrade) there would be a massive drop in sales of GEN 2 notebooks in favor of i9300 notebooks. The GEN 2 is probably one of the most profitable notebook models so it is against DELL's financial interests to ever put the highest caliber mobile GPU in any other notebook than its current "ultimate gaming" model. Plain and simple.
A vast majority of people outside the 18-25 age bracket would quickly pass on the xps due to excessive bling and only a WUXGA screen option which is a tad small for aging eyes. The XPS is a boutique niche market and as such is not Dells tops seller even if it is famed as Dell's flagship lappy. Though I would agree with you they probably do see a good profit margin on this product.
We will be seeing a 7800 GTX on the XPS M170 (lexus line) and a 7800 go card upgrade for the 9300. t XPS M140 ( also lexus line, what? you didnt really think they were gonna call them lexus did you?) will be the 14 inch widescreen laptop which will most likely carry a powerful graphics card too. As these lappies will be above the current pricing tier of the XPS gen2 (remember these are lexus line) its possible the current xps gen2 may not see the 7800 gtx though this is speculation on my part, there has to be some incentive to pay more for the xps m170.
I see alot of people on the forums drooling over this new card and chomping at the bit to sell their current systems to buy this new one due to the 7800 go gtx card, I would strongly urge anyone interested in buying new or upgrading to take a look at anandtech and tomshardware to get some factual information about these cards, as ive mentioned before, they are little more than a speed bump, higher clock and memory gddr3, from an architectural standpoint, there's nothing really innovative this time out as there was with the 6800 series over the previous generation of nvidia's.
But there are those people out there who absolutely must say my wee wee is bigger than yours look and see for yourself. You guys know who you are, spending all of your money on electronics and bumming rides to work because at age 27 you still dont have a car. Oh well, to each his own I suppose but the smart consumer will stay out of the pissing contest, at least for this round.