Originally Posted by tombo77
I don't get it. I have a way more humbly spec'd 8600 and video editing is a breeze and I can play Call of Duty for hours. Video editing does not use 3d accerleration. Maybe the final rendering time might be quicker with a more powerful processor but thats pretty much it, I edit video all day on a desktop P4 2.4 with a TI4200 and it dosen't hiccup.Im guessing you have a different issue going on. The 9600 should not heat up during video editing at all.
I'd check to make sure the fans are coming on as well. You certainly don't need an XPS for video. And from what I have read around here the 9600 Pro is fantastic for games as well. Hell I have a 5200 and run them fine.
I agree, Tom, that my freeze-ups don't make any sense. I first noticed the problem when running Maya 5, a few weeks ago. After 30 minutes, or so, my 8600 would just freeze...and I'd lose all my unsaved work. It got to the point where I'd feel the top-left area of the keyboard get very warm and then another freeze would happen.
It got even worse when I'd play a game like Far Cry. Within 15-20 minutes, I'd suddenly hear this very loud (I mean LOUD), high-pitched shrieking sound, followed by a few seconds of static, and then a freeze. I experimented with different resolutions, anti-alias settings, graphics options, etc. The higher the settings, the sooner the shriek-static-freeze episode. Again, the same area of my keyboard was hot as these freezes took place.
I suppose it could be a bad video card, but it only acts up when I use more graphics-intensive apps and games. UT2004, Call of Duty, Painkiller, Max Payne 2 all run fine, as do my apps like FrameMaker, RoboDemo, and Microsoft Office. I just kinda concluded that the 8600 wasn't capable of running really hi-end programs. I'm gonna contact Dell, this afternoon to see what might be done.