Originally Posted by mZimm
Teh hardware is the same on all motherboards for the M1710. The Creative HD audio is just a software upgrade that uses the sigmatel audio card. They don't cripple anything, you can just use more advanced features of the card if you buy the audio upgrade.
This is funny. They dont cripple anything. Just dont give you everything the hardware can provide. Basically, as I said before, they dont give you the "optimal" driver until you dont pay $30. There is nothing wrong with it, it's actually smart, as I stated. They carefully market it so that they dont get flamed by mass public. ("Software Upgrade" gives you this and that. ) They are basically the same company , or associate that plan this out to make some money and control the market share. You see all these Dell notebook with sigmatel chip? Again that's nothing wrong with having a smart plan to make money. It's like our 7900 GTX 512. Nvidia can ask us to pay $50 2 months down the road and they will give us 7950 GTX 512 with a "Software Upgrade", which is just a driver update, and it wil perform 20% faster than 7900 GTX. Would you pay for it? $50 for 20% faster? For sure, that's a good deal. But when you think about it more, you will feel you get ripped off, but still good deal at the same time.
When you buy 1710, you pay for 7900 GTX performance. You didn't expect 7950 performance, so there is nothing wrong. If nvidia give you more performance, then you have to pay for it. Seems fair, right? But if you pay for 7900 GTX chipset's maximum performance, and expect nvidia to do a good job on updating it to keep it optimal (that's what ATI and Nvidia doing every month). Then you dont expect nvidia to charge you for that, right? It's like you bought a Honda prelude from Honder dealer , and after you bought it, the salesman tells you if you pay Honda $1000, Honda can tell you how to activate the Vtec2 and give you 50 more HP.