2 8700 GTs are just 2 8600 GTs in sli, with a higher clock
I think they clocked it enough to match a real 8600 GT (Desktop). and I kno that dual 8600 GTs don't come close to match even the 9600 GT. they don't even match 1 8800 320 :S.
I think that they perform along the lines of 3850. I'd suggest trying to get a laptop with a 9700M GTS, which is about as strong as a 9600 GT (Desktop). and you don't have the hassle of sli. or if you can push for a 9800M GTX which is as strong as a 8800 GT (desktop).
EDIT: Just a general chart.
9800M GTX (8800 GT Desktop) > 8800M GTX (slightly slower than 8800 GT, it can be oced to match 9800M GTX) > 3850 X2 (Between 8800 GT and 9600 GT Desktop > 9700M GTS~8800M GTS (Just under the 9600 GT desktop) > 8700M GT sli (slightly slower 8600 GTS Sli Desktop) > 8600M GT sli (slightly lower than 8600 GT in SLi Desktop
Thanks for the info - I guess Dell just wants to use "SLI" in all its ads for the XPS. Looks like I'll be going for an HP instead, since they do have the 9xxxM cards. I don't suppose you would have a general recommendation between HP and Dell for a decent gaming laptop that will last a few years?
Another look at the Dell site, and it appears the more expensive XPS gaming laptops have SLI 8800M GTX, which would appear to top the mini-heirarchy you've listed.
I just bought an HP dv5t laptop with a 9600m gt inside. I haven't really played any games on it yet, but i'm sure it'll be a solid performer. i do not think that hp has a laptop with a 9700m gt card but the 9600m gt is decent.
yes it would be, but its going to kill your wallet. I honestly made a cheaper computer at alienware, so you should look into that, a laptop with a 8800M GTX was 2100 or 2300, and at dell it woudln't give me the option for single, so it ended up being 3000$.
I got a Toshiba Qosmio X300, P7350 Core 2 duo (Centrino 2), CPU 2.0 ghz, 9700M GTS, 4 gigs DDR3 1066 RAM, 320 Gig HD 5400 RPM
And it plays every game out maxed out (AA 4 max, except CSS which it can do 16XQAA)
Grid runs at 40 fps avg frames with all settings on Ultra/High (since only some are ultra, and others only have High option).
I installed Crysis, but it was playable for some parts on high, but for most I needed to do Med, sometimes even lower.
COD4 is flawless though 60+ frames with 4X AA
Its 17.1 inch though, so I don't know if you like them that big.
Price 1599.99 CAD
EDIT: I'm grabbing my gf's P8600 (2.3 I think can't remember) since she doesn't need that fast and it will be temporary till I get my P9500
So here's another doozie: according to Wikipedia, the nVidia Quadro NVS 160M is 9800M-GS based. The article also says that it's sometimes possible to re-flash a quadro as the equivalent desktop version (and vice versa), allowing use of the drivers for that version. The question at hand, then, is two-fold:
(1) How closely can you get the 160M to behave like a 9800M GS, if it's even possible?
(2) How much would the performance differ if you could?