Originally Posted by Okle
since the graphics cards are made for two different mobos, no, not unless Acer decides to make the 17-whatever with a radeon. it does seem kind of dumb, but then again you could look at Acer's rationale with the ferrari (a 4200rpm hd in a computer named after a sports car? come on!
). just ask some of the Alienware A-51m owners what they think of their geforce5700's, since some of them got that on their comps.
The Aspire 1710 series is a bit different than other notebooks there. The graphics is actually on a seperate graphics card, but it's proprietary and made by Acer for the notebook. All they would need to do, is design a new card based on another GPU and offer it for an upgrade/new model. However, I don't really see them doing that for a Mobility 9700, since the Go5700 is so close in performance.
Personally, I'm kind of hoping that the announced (but as yet no specs released) Aspire 1800 is an update of the 1700, huge notebook with a 17" desktop LCD, with PCI-Express, new upgradeable graphics (of couse), SATA desktop drives (74gb Raptor in a notebook?), desktop memory, and all the nifty features that go with those new chipsets.
Now there's a man's notebook! More power! (lots of grunting noises) Not one of those ultra-portable things with integrated graphics and a 4200 rpm hard drive.