Originally Posted by gbryant
Hmm, that Asus S96J is just looking better and better. I have a newbie laptop question: if I decide to upgrade to a barebones model that has a better GPU can I pop out the CPU/RAM/HD and put it in the new model in the future? I'd be happier buying this laptop if I know there's atleast somewhat of an upgrade path.
There is an upgrade path for the S96J. Intels next CPU Merom will be a drop in replacement. From Anandtech: "Earlier today Justin Rattner mentioned that Merom platforms would offer more than a 20% increase in performance relative to the current Core Duo T2600 (2.16GHz) processors with no impact on power consumption. During a separate briefing, Intel's Mooly Eden showed a benchmark pitting a Dell Core Duo system against the same system with a Merom processor (Eden literally swapped out the Core Duo CPU and stuck in a Merom processor, partly to showcase its backwards comptability). The benchmark was a custom Quake 4 timedemo, with the Core Duo system scoring 106.6 fps while the Merom system scored 134 fps: advantage Merom by just over 25%."http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2715&p=2
If you want to use parts on new machine you will probably be able to use the HD, optical drive, and OS. Obviously you would not want to use CPU...what is the point. You might also be able to use ram depending on what happens. It looks like Santa Rosa (which is what is replacing Napa) will be running at a 800MHz or 1066 MHz FSB so I'm unsure about ram.
To give you an example... My 2 year old notebook died and I want to use its parts:
I have the following from old notebook:
1 gb DDR 400 ram
80 gb 7200 7K100 HD ATA6
DVD 8X burner
If I get the MS-1039 I only need to buy the CPU. If I get the S96j I have to buy CPU, HD (because mine is not SATA), and ram (because mine is not DDR2). I'm still leaning towards the S96j...