Originally Posted by Pirx
No, it means nothing of that sort. This is nothing but idle speculation based on next to no information. First of all, it is perfectly conceivable that they have already planned for a cooling solution which could deal with more heat dissipation. Second, next-generation cards may indeed give you performance similar or higher than the current top end, without requiring more cooling. Sure, you may not get the top-end of the cards coming out by the end of this year in these Inspirons, but you didn't get these in the previous generation either.
Speculation based upon limited information is still better than conjuring up cooling systems based upon no information. If they had planned on using a new cooling solution in this already existing system, ground work for it would need to have already been implemented in the hardware. And you know that they would have advertised a new cooling system like mad. It would make no sense to keep that secret. It would bring a larger share of the gaming notebook market to Dell. It would also make people buying systems now, wait to buy this new system with awesome cooling. Also, I didn't say top of the line I said "high performance". The go 6800 was a high performance card when it came out, as was the 7900 GS. These are high performance cards for gaming. Both put into the inspiron line.
|Besides, it makes perfect sense for Dell to restrict the top-of-the-line graphics cards to their XPS line. The Inspiron are not, and were never meant to be gaming machines. Get an XPS if you want that. The Inspiron are middle-of-the-road general purpose laptops, and they serve that purpose quite well. They also compare favorably to offerings of Dell's competitors in that area.
It does make sense for dell to restrict the top-of-the-line
gpus to the XPS line. But if the rest of what you say was true they never would have offered the aforementioned high performance cards. The 17" Inspiron was always sort of the "poor man's XPS", and it was meant to be a gaming machine. You want proof? Compare the 9300 with the XPS 2/M170, then compare the 1705 with the M1710. Notice anything? They're the same thing. These systems were designed with the XPS series in mind. And it was cheaper for them to only design one computer for both lines. The only differences between these systems is what hardware was offered at purchase time
. The parts are interchangeable (barring the XPS lid LEDs). I have no doubt that, this time, when we do see the new high end XPS the parts will have a different form factor than the inspiron parts. And the reasoning behind it will almost certainly be to eliminate switching parts (read:GPUs) between them.