It's not that I'm hedging capital purchases. I can put off the purchase 4-6 weeks and get by. I am on my third Dell Inspiron over the past 6 years and in each case discovered the series was discontinued within a few months after purchase. I understand technology and that's life and so on and, at $3,000 per laptop, can deal with it.
However, I'm committed to spend $5,500 - $6,500 for a high powered workstation and would prefer to stay with Dell. Dells' M-70 cannot be configured with dual 60G 7,200 RPM drives, nor the P4, and they have started pulling all their notebooks off the P4 processor.
The people I know who use the software I do, tell me to stay with P4. Dell says PM, because that is what they are selling. BOXX, EUROCOM, HYPERSONIC (all using the Clevo unit) say P4 because that's what they are selling. Hence my call to INTEL today. They say P4, even if I purchase today. If heat becomes an issue, and it will running 3d rendering 10 - 12 hours a day, they advise me to use third party devices to add cooling under the unit. However, they told me that they are close to releasing the P4 Centrino.
With Dell I am also limited to a 60G hard drive, if I want 7,200 RPM. With individual file sizes in REVIT of 10 - 30 MB, 60G will not last. Hence my question if anyone heard recently about the release date for the 100MB 7,200RPM hard drives.