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Finally made up our minds :)

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  • Finally made up our minds :)

    Well we went out and ordered the NP9262.
    It was confirmed this morning.

    The specs.

    Warranty: 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty

    - Operating System: ~Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Installed
    - AC Adapter: Full Range Auto Switching AC Adaptor
    - Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (12 Cell)
    - Case: Basic Black Business Case - Incl
    - Sound Card: Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
    - Camera: Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
    - Wireless Network: Built-in IntelŪ PRO/Wireless 496 a/g/n
    - Bluetooth: Internal Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR
    - Memory Card Reader: Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/
    - Raid: HDD Raid Settings - OFF
    - Secondary Hard Drive: ~ 160GB 5400RPM (Serial-ATA 150)
    - Primary Hard Drive: ~ 250GB 5400RPM (Serial-ATA 150)
    - Optical Drive: ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +
    - Exterior Finish: Standard Finish
    - Ram: ~ 4,096MB DDR2 800 (2 SODIMMS) D
    - Video Card: 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce M8800 GTX
    - Processor: ~Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz w
    - Dead Pixel Policy: Standard Dead Pixel Policy
    - Arctic Silver: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    - Display: 17" WUXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear

    end specs.

    Ok some of you may wonder about some of our choices.

    We did a lot of research to get where we are now, notice we are at XoticPC, and here are our decisions.

    The CPU: Not much software out there at this time supports multi-cores. Some video rendering programs and a couple of games, not much else. The dual core CPU will actually beat out the Quads in over 80 percent of the software tests due to a higher clock speed. Also 65 watts vs 95 watts is a consideration.

    The two slower hard drives.
    There is not much of a difference between the 7200 rpm drives and the 5400 drives laptop drives. Maybe as much as 10 percent as tested in real life. And the heat factor is a lot better for the drives that are below 320 GB, and below 7200 rpm.
    As far as not going to raid? That is a question I am still asking myself, two 5400 rpm drives would be a lot faster than one 7200. However, when a VISTA update crashed this little lappy, three days ago, we were thankful that we had Kubuntu installed on another partition so we could rescue the data on the Vista partition prior to re-installing Vista. We lost no important data and I saved all of my wife's 17.8 GB of pictures. Because of this I became a HERO with her. So the smaller drive will have a new install of Kubuntu.

    One GPU vs SLI: Lets face it since I want to play all the games I missed in the last five plus years I won't get around to playing the ones that can benefit from SLI until the next series of GPU's come out. LOL
    Sometimes living on a boat is like living in a cave.

  • #2
    Originally posted by RaderCad View Post
    ...I saved all of my wife's 17.8 GB of pictures. Because of this I became a HERO with her...

    LOL I went through a similar situation where we thought we might loose the first year and a half of my first sons life! we now store our pix on a minimum of 2 seperate drives It is good to be a hero every once in a while
    Sager NP5792
    Alienware M11x-R1
    WUXGA Glossy
    11.6" WXVGA Glossy
    2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
    1.3GHz CULV Core 2 Duo OCed to 1.76GHz
    GeForce 8800GTX
    GeForce GT 335m
    4,096 DDR2 667 Memory
    4,096 DDR3 800 Memory
    200 Gb 7200 RPM SATA 150
    128 Gb GSkill Falcon SSD
    64 bit Vista Home Premium
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium


    • #3
      It shipped

      Shipped today from XoticPc to my cousins hobby farm in Paso Robles, CA.

      Sometimes living on a boat is like living in a cave.


      • #4
        Congrads! Enjoy .
        Sager NP5792

        Microsoft Windows Vista Premium 64-Bit
        17" WUXGA
        Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz
        4 GB DDR2 667 RAM
        1 GB Intel Robson Turbo Memory
        500 GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus HD
        nVidia GeForce 8800M GTX 512MB GDDR3



        • #5
          long time getting stuff installed

          We got the beast and what a beast. Quick and cool. Cool? Yes that is right, it runs cooler than the $500 throwaway under-clocked Toshiba in every way. Nice for us.

          Having a heck of a time getting 3DMark06 to complete without hanging gota try compatibility mode next.

          I have got Quake 4 and all of the Orange Box installed and updated thought steam, got the Lost Coast for free. Had to go in and set up and start every game so they would work in Steam off line mode but now I got them in the beast ready to go.

          The wife is happy with the 'developing' of her raw digitial pictures on this beast as it just fly's through it. Even the writes to the new .75 Terabyte drive is 5 times faster than the Toshiba.

          Kubuntu was even easier to get up and going on this beast. Only driver I had to go out and look for was the sound card.

          Will post more later.....

          Sometimes living on a boat is like living in a cave.


          • #6
            Congrats on purchasing the fastest laptop yet
            Personal Quote :
            Angelina can make your fps rise faster and faster.
            Your laptop will always lag next to her
            I would configure her with bigger...
            Na, she`s perfect.


            • #7

              Got it to run in compatibility mode, all settings standard, no Over Clocking.

              Overall score 9544.

              Drivers are

              Seems OK but could be a little quicker considering the posts on this web site.

              Not going to mess with any other drivers yet.
              Sometimes living on a boat is like living in a cave.