Originally Posted by island_vibe
Hey everyone; I'm also interested in a Precision M65 and would be glad to get some hands-on information about the machine. Gerry, why did you opt for the Precision line over the Latitude line? How does the matte screen look (light leakage, contrast etc.)? How did the machine manage with Oblivion? Playable with good detail? Any problems with the game not recognizing the Quadro hardware?
Also, does anyone know of the differences between the Quadro 350m and NVS 120 found on the Latitude d820? Core and Mem clocks, benchmarks? Is it just that one chipset is approved for workstation use? The so-called "tech specs" on the NVIDIA website aren't very explicit.
I've been lurking for awhile and have found these forums immensely helpful. Thanks guys.
Hi Island vibe,welcome to notebookforums.
I picked the precision because I still do a few solidworks projects and have found the precisions very easy to sell due to having a few contacts in the MCAD industry,openGL certified graphics make life much less painfull [no software crashes,corrupted unusable files]if you use an openGL based design programme,Dell gave me a very good price on the M65 that wasn't that much more than the 820.
I was initially interested in the XPS1210 but it seems they are not going to sell them in this part of the world,then the D620,but we still don't have the option of the nvs110 in NZ,so it was back to 15.4" and I'm glad I paid the extra over the D820 just for the solidworks benefits.
The matte screen is excellent,better than my M70 which had a bit of leakage,Dell seems to be getting the QC right on the screens again,its not super bright like the xbrite/truelife etc but is sufficient even outside and no glare or reflections.I give it a 10/10.
With oblivion,it didn't recognise the quadro so the game set everything to medium 640x480 with bloom on,I tried it at 1024x768 with the same settings and it didn't play very well also had quite a lot of artifacts in the sky.Downloaded from laptopvideo2go 84.25 and their inf and it played shitloads better,also ran a bit warmer too,nowhere near as hot as my D610 or M70 though,new driver seemed to fix the artifacts aswell so I would think there is a bit of performance to be had with future drivers.I wouldn't exactly rave about the performance in this game but it is perfectly playable and looks pretty good,have to remember the 350M/120M are low/mid range graphics which is probably why it runs so cool and has excellent battery life.
Core clock is 450mhz and memory is 700mhz,I think I saw somewhere that the NVS120m is 425/700 so that probably accounts for nvidia's 10w versus 15w consumption,they are both glorified 7400's if you want to think of it like that,the 350M has the openGL enchancements enabled in the bios,things like hardware accelerated lines and antialiasing,letting you have more than 3 openGL windows open at a time,and in the case of solidworks,realtime material rendering,don't really know what the office side of the 120M offers but in D3d I doubt there will be any difference between the 2.
All in all,I would highly recommend a M65,especially for the price,but if you have no need for the openGL optimisations I would get the D820 NVS120M