Originally Posted by melshaw
The scores for the 8600 aren't terrible but I was expecting them to be higher than the 7900. Not a couple thousand points less. Sounds like your testing a 6800 not a 8600. Dell s really going down the hill. They just keep screwing up more and more lately with design and performance. They sacrifice design looks for performance with the new M1730. They sacrifice performance for looks with the 1720. I don't understand this approach at all.
I have both laptops right next to each other, 1705 and 1720 . . so definitely testing the 8600 (which I am not impressed with).
The 1705 and 1710 could/can be configured/modded for similar performance, dell is choosing this time around to prevent that, and forcing a performance difference from their midrange insprison brand, and the xps.
So the inspiron gets shafted with the 8600 max, and the xps will get the 8700 and 8700 in sli.
Now people here can't just buy the cheaper inspiron and add parts to get xps performance. wise for dell forcing people who want performance to get the xps, bad for us who wanted to by the cheap value gaming machine and mod it upwards. The 1720 is just midrange and averge now with the rest of the market in terms of gaming performace . .
For this reason, and the lack of dvi port, this 1720 I am testing is being shipped back, and a nicely equiped xps m1710 is on its way as my 1705 replacement.
I just feel bad now for the general public looking for a decent gaming card, it looks like they will now be force into the xps line, as the 8600 is just midrange. .
take a look at this mobile performance chart to get an idea of where these mobile cards rank in terms of performance:http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...ist.844.0.html
but again I'm not trying to put you down, or your new 1720, I just want you to realize that the 8600 is a just midrange dx10 card, and when compared to the previous generation's higher-end dx9 card, the 7900 . . it sucks .
Originally Posted by pdonket
To be honest, none of us think the 8600GT is a terrible card in general....but in comparison to the 7900GS it is
worse. I would hate to think of how bad it would crash and burn on a DX10 application.But to be honest, if you're happy with it...great. It's all in the eye of the beholder.