Originally Posted by Studio54
I am a little wary of a 35% coupon on a brand new release by Dell. Mike Dell has something up his sleeve. There has to be a reason why Dell is willing to shave a 1/3 of the price on one of its better Inspiron(a brand new generation release at that) models guys........
There is no free lunch. If u don't need it or can afford to wait, then wait and see what gives. Thats my recommendation.
As others have pointed out it includes all Inspirons, but it IS strange that they didn't exclude the 9300 when they did the XPS 2.
We may have gotten one of the answers today: The clock speed and memory on the i9300 GeForce 6800go is NOT the newer, faster GDDR3 version like the Sagers are using, it is the slower, DDR version. Not that it is a slow card by any means but the performance delta between the i9300 and the XPS 2 for games is now MUCH larger.
The clock speed for the card in the i9300 has been confirmed by a couple people as:
290/300 (600 DDR)
The "Ultra" 6800 in the XPS 2 is:
450/550 (1100 DDR).
That is a pretty significant difference in GPU speeds. The thing about it is, until people actually started getting i9300's delivered, you couldn't find ANYTHING anywhere about the clock speed in the i9300. Dell was mum on the subject as were the few review sites that looked at it (the fact that this information was left out of reviews by sites like Extremetech - who are known for their love of specs - makes me believe they were under a pre-release limited NDA of some sort).
That more than anything makes be believe there is a lot of back door marketing going on here. Not that it is wrong or illegal - Dell can market it's products by withholding information all they want, they just can't lie about stuff that isn't there - but it's nice to know all the same.