Originally Posted by tinymouse
I am really frustrated from waiting for m5750 and also I am reading that it FREEZES!
! I am seriously going for m9700.
Please, anybody here can confirm me that this is good decision since I can only afford Single GPU & 1.8GHz CPU at the moment (with upgrading in few months)? Will the power of single 7900GS be enough for running WUXGA LCD?
Thanks a lot!!!
The m9700 with a single 7900gs is going to be much faster than a 5750. I loaded and played some games today, and with CSS the single card actually did better than the dual in SLI.
I setup the game in widescreen 1920 x 1200 and used their recommended settings for video. Everything was set high except I think AA was low and AF was shut off. At that resolution it doesn't matter much.
I ran the stress test in CSS, and the single card at stock clocks returned 115.7 fps. The SLI actually did about 95 fps, but I remember reading a post on how you have to set up SLI for CSS so I should be able to get about 160fps with SLI at that resolution.
To say the least, I was very impressed with the single card performance. I played a bit with just the single card and it's quite a bit faster than my desktop with a 3.2 p4/6800 ultra OC.
The difference between the 256 and 512 versions of the cards won't be much of an issue either if you plan to go SLI in the future. Most games now don't use more than 256 memory unless you're running very high resolutions and settings. That's a good argument for why AW should offer the 512 as a single card option for future games, but as of now it's not an option. I think getting a single 256 and planning to add a second later is a good plan, or if you can just wait a bit until you can afford the dual cards originally so you don't have to deal with adding the second card or sending it back for them to do it. The heatsink assembly is pretty complex, so it wouldn't surprise me if they won't end up requiring it to be sent in for that upgrade. Then again you might find the single card is fast enough for you and not spend more than you need.
I would guess the single card will do fine for quite a while, even with the newest games, and then you can always add the second card. I'm pretty sure AW plans to offer that as an upgrade in the future. You can call sales and ask to make sure.
And I don't think the freezing issue in the new dual core laptops are inherent to the line. I suspect it has to do with the memory as DDR2 is new, and most companies are running higher CAS ratings than AW. AW was using very high performance DDR2 so it wouldn't surpise me if there was an occasional bad stick. A lot of these cases were resolved just with a reinstall of the OS. The others obviously have an issue but if in fact it's an issue with the platform, Alienware will identify the cause and resolve it quickly.