Originally Posted by mycrx
wow 600+ reviews and not much help, anyone have any faith in the 1720? hell i like it alot better then my old junk box/plain looking 1705, i honestly cant tell a dif in bf2142 heck, first thing i though was dam i think this looks a little better then my 7900gs.
the chassis may look better, but the lack of dvi/hdmi sucks . . especially to those that use digital monitors like projectors/plasmas/lcds. . Also the IQ on the 8600 vs 7900 is identical, however performance is not, the 7900 at stock is faster, and overclock it blows it out of the water
Quick comparison of similarily spec'd systems, stock on Doom 3 (timedemo 1)
9400/e1705 with 7900gs
Low: 161.1 fps
Medium: 162.2 fps
High: 155.0 fps
Ultra: 116.4 fps
Dell 1720 with 8600
Low: 96.7 fps
Medium: 97.5 fps
High: 91.7 fps
Ultra: 59.7 fps
Seriously . . Look at DOOM 3 Ultra settings ..
Dell 9400 with 7900 gpu = 116.4 fps
Dell 1720 with 8600 gpu = 59.7 fps .. . really? . . thats nearly half the speed!
(asking why? bandwidth ... basically its because the 7900 has a 256bit memory bus found on higher end cards, vs the lower end 128bit memory bus of the 8600) . .
and future games are going to show this high-bandwidth requirement trend more and more . . you'll see.
btw I have both systems with me, and I agree the 1720 looks a bit nicer (more modern), but the 1705 is a much better system (gpu and ports).. (the 1720 was a replacement for my brothers 1705, which I will be returning, they are now sending out an m1710 to replace that instead