Originally Posted by fetishista
- Which of these notebooks, Dell M70 or Inspiron 9300, combines the best performance in gaming and design programs (rhino, pro-engineer, catia v.12, studio tools, 3d max, autocad,)?
- Does Mobile Workstation graphics card ( nvidia Quadro Fx go 1400) support games ok?
I concur with the other supporters of the M70. However you are asking for performance for two not identical needs: (1) games (2) CAD etc. The M70's gpu is specifically optimized for CAD work, so it is hands-down the one to get for that. On the other hand, it is no mean gamer, too.
But it's gpu is around 10% slower on 3Dmark 2001 compared to the 6800 option on the i9300. To put that in perspective, an Nvidia QuadroFX Go 1400's 3Dmark 2001 score is around 17,000 (at least prior to any overclocking) compared to the 6800's 19,000. For most of us, that is not going to materially affect our gaming experience. Anyway, the true game-focussed user is not going to look at either the M70 or the i9300 but rather the Inspiron XPS Gen 2, with its 6800 Ultra. The brief here is both CAD and games, and the M70 serves the two masters really well (though aimed squarely at CAD).
The observation already mentioned, the matter of size difference, is substantial, both positive and negative. The i9300 (and the XPS Gen 2) has a much bigger screen, and that is very nice...until you have to lug it around. The M70 is quite heavy enough: and for me, big enough.