Originally Posted by pad11
Okay, here's another question for ya! My current 7700 has the following DESKTOP processsor: Intel® Pentium® 4 670 Desktop Processor w/ HT Technology 3.8GHz 800MHz FSB 2MB. No, my MOBO has never died, lucky me!!! So the m17x is rumored to offer a 2.83 Duo Extrememe processor....Now, given all my other current system specs (see my sig!), if I max out an m17x w/ 4 gigs ram, 2.83 ram, etc., with two 8800s, how much of a performance boost am I going to get in reality?
Just curious as this will only be my SECOND high-end purchase so my experience in comparing high end systems is limited at best and I'm not too proud to admit it
When we are talking desktop, it's about cheapness (not quality, but pricing) and performance. Heck, if laptop compartment could perform better than desktop, why would desktop still exist? It would be redundant if it works like that. It will be like all those huge handphone/cellphone brick that has less features (in terms of computers;performance) AND obvious physical weaknesses like big size which eat space alot.
as laptop user/enthusiast, we are slightly MORE concerned about the mobility and "All-in-one" as our preference. But now, as technology evolving, somehow Alienware (arima or whatever, but technology) can equipped a high-end parts inside those tiny little box which must fall into some specific width and height to be recognized as laptop species. So all in all, we get the best performer we could get without missing all the mobility and all-in-one features.
In more technical explanation,
gaming is one of the most demanding applications can be found for computers/laptops. So if all you do is gaming, then of coz if you compare side-by-side a laptop (or even one of its compartment) with a desktop (or even one of its compartment), desktop will have the extra yard.
Fear shall you not young padawan, if you still reading this, I have one great news for ya. Laptop comes best every time you move it. Desktop is really suck at when we try to compare that. Even if you move to next room. You are "travelling" with your screen monitor, keyboard, mousepad, bluetooth, internet connector, dvd drive and what not. That's 1 - 0 laptop.
And like I mentioned above, all in one packages, I have an Alienware p2 predator DESKTOP with me now, but I found it's extremely annoying in terms of the amount of spaces it's eaten for all the basic computer component. My LCD, mouse, keyboard and rig-tower eat much more space if we compare with a laptop. And here's the key, even with all those extra spaces taken, I still don't have bluetooth which requires me to get one of those USB-powered bluetooth. But still, occasionally my bluetooth keyboard are not responding bla bla bla maybe due to different configuration or whatever it is. Another point of "all-in-one" package, laptops service or even drivers, comes in one package as well. It's much easier to get the drivers for specific kind of laptop since it comes in one. Compared to desktop, with huge possibility of configuration, sometimes you heard people complaining couldn't run some games accordingly with their "supposed" desktop performance, just because of one or more driver isn't working properly.
When we are talking bout the Sager and m17x in specific, I would say get m17x as it has all laptops component (which is explained above) but if you don't mind THICKNESS and HEAVINESS (which isn't the features that a mobile plaftorm users/gamers are looking for), then get the Sager. Heck, even with the amount of space given in the Sager, I would say in the long-term, it isn't enough to hold the heat that released by a desktop component. Maybe it will hold for like months, but I see it's a m7700 dejavu. Not all of us are self-initiative users u know, some will just let the dust caked beneath their Sager and eventually get an overbaked np8938 or whatever the series is. Performance is tempting, but think again. If performance is what you see, might as well consider a desktop. Because with that huge and heavy features, it will be the same like having a desktop if it doesn't move much but around your table/workstation.Sorry for the long reply
, but I really hope it helps you, since I see you are in dilemma, I think if you went with Sager, I could see you will ultimately regret later in the future.