Originally Posted by AirForceElite
how would that affect on E1705 and XPS M1710?
how much would prices go down do you think?
Well considering that the Intel Pro platform includes so many new technologies and improvements it'll make Vista seem like you were upgrading from XP SP1 to XP SP2. The advancements are going to be all in the hardware. Vista is just the update to remove all the legacy crap and backwards compatibility that is keeping things so bulky and slow nowadays.
And if you've seen the G80 comparisons - and single card is as powerful as 7900GTX SLI or 1950XT Crossfire combos, for about 60% of the price.
This will mean that the E1705 will have to become an E1706. The number of changes will require additional modifications to the motherboard and video module board designs to accommodate the new device data paths. The biggest change will be in the video modules, because the G80 GPU is 2.5 times the volume of the G71 GPU because of the sheerly massive transistor count. Plus the additional, fatter GDDR3 memory needs room too. So video modules for future top-end laptops will get bigger, which means re-aligning other motherboard components to minimize the space needed and allow proper cooling.
There's just so much coming at us soon as consumers that anyone who's waited this far should wait another 9 months before doing anything. You want to allow everything to come out and let the OEM's make those products first. This is why a mobile G80 will likely be delayed, and also plays a role in the desktop area also. Until Vista and Intel Pro platforms come out, a G80 will be more power than your computer can actually utilize.