Originally Posted by SolApathy
If you look at the benchmark scores it does not make sense. The Sager is pulling considerably higher numbers with a lower spec than that eurocom. I have a feeling those numbers are are inaccurate & I dispute the results they got.
those SLi 7950's willl cook the 8700m in native res. As far as DX10..Meh... I would not even consider that as a deciding factor when making a purchase, since it is still immature, and Even games like Crysis, which will ( but does not currently in beta, support DX10). The DX9 graphics are breathtaking. If you have seen a nuclear detonation you know what I am talking about...
As I said in my earlier post... When Dell rolls out the "upgrade path" for the 1730 I would invest in it, but until then I would personally remain with the SLi 7950's.
don't get me wrong, I love Dell, and the M1730 is no slouch... It just is still in it's infancy & needs time to mature, just like DX10...
Whats the difference between the 9260 and 9261 [I couldn't find it]?
Because dukefrukems review of the 9260 with the X6800 and 7950sli scores within a 100 3d06 points of the eurocom in that PC mag review,he also has a few game framerates as well but unfortunately different games to the other review.
So the PC mag review is really the nearest thing we have at the moment to a comparison of the dell to a couple of other 7950 sli notebooks that compares apples with apples....and even then,thats not really apples to apples...because the dell is hindered by running Vista and a newer series of GPU's which probably have a bit of driver tweaking yet to come.
Even then,the M1730 is hardly being smoked by the others in everything and compares pretty favourably IMO overall.
As you imply,maybe there is bit of backhanding going on to make the others look worse or the Dell better,I know AW has done so before today to reviewers,and it wouldn't really surprise me as I have no previous experience of this particular publication to judge.....but then again,maybe the 8 series graphics cards operate a lot more favourably with SLI than the 7 or 6 series did,even with technically inferior [except shader wise] graphics chips.
I am surprised that the X6800 wasn't dominant in the productivity benchmarks as well,so yeah,who knows but the people doing the review....*shrug*