I'm looking at two possible laptop solutions with the exact same chassis/chipset, one has a x1600 and the other a 7900 GTX, is it possible to get the x1600 model and switch out the x1600 to the 7900 at a later date?
But that machine, from what I can see never was factory equiped with a 7900 GTX. That means that you may have 2 problems. Fitting a 7900 GTX into the case or slight inconsistancies that arise from the 2 platforms (going from ATI to nVidia).
I could not find any systems modded on the internet either, that leads me to believe the true answer is, "No" do you have the chassis already?
I guess the question I'm really asking though is how swappable they are. Is this something that I as the consumer would be able to change, or are the power requirements for the two cards different such that the motherboard needs modification or soldering is involved? Thanks =)
The Clevo and the Sager are the same box. Sager just rebranded it.
I'll tell you, I am not too pumped on that system couple reasons:
17" with WXGA+ that's sots big, I don't think you are going to be happy with it, WXGA is a good middle of the road size for a 15.4" but SXGA+ is better for a 17", WXGA+ is kind of a bastard of the two. You're wasting a lot of real estate by not having the SXGA+ resolution IMHO.
The MR x1600 has ony 128 MB, shared "Hyper(diaper)" memory doesn't count, it's junk. Think of this, the video card is "sharing" system memory on an Intel chipset no matter how hyper the mother fruit is it still has to send the command through the CPU to hit the memory controller then to the system RAM which has to go through its latency cycle, turn around and lend itself to the video card. It's way too slow. Not only that with 128 onboard the video card is taking a good chunk (when available) of your system memory (this can go up to 512 MB so thats 384 MB sucked out of your system.
I think there's better systems out there. What's the entire cost on this dog and what are the specs?
The graphics card is actually something I was wondering about. Is the amount of RAM simply a variable on the same product name (the M56P in this case), or is a difference in RAM cause for a product renaming? Cause I've seen many different M56P cards out there, some with 128, some with 256.
The amount of RAM for the video card is dependent on how much it initially comes with. They can basically add or subtract as much as they want. In this case it is hard to imagine the very small aount of money they saved not going with 256 MB.
No, a desktop PCI-e card will not fit in a notebook, they are specialized, and not "readiy" available.
I own a Sager 9880. And yes, theoretically it is possible that a video card can be upgraded. BE WARNED most notebooks videocards may NOT be upgraded. They all have the same size, footprint, etc. But mostly, it's MOTHERBOARD limited. Go to notebookforum.com you will see many upset people who have believed that they would have a machine that would have upgradeable graphics when in fact they do not. The only advantage to the modular video card is that you can take it out to send to the manufacturer, (almost guaranteed I've had to send mine in 3x) saving you money on shipping for an exact replacement. This is the only advantage I see. And anyone that tells you these video cards are upgradeable are not being honest or are misinformed.
In no way was I referring to you being dishonest. If thats how you interpreted it I'm sorry . I just wanted to let him know that these companies "Hype" the fact that the vid cards are interchangeable. Which they are. However they are not able to upgrade the video cards in almost ALL situations. To buy a laptop based on the presumption that it is upgradeable is not practical because in reality they are not. To do a side jump or actually go to a lower card yes, there are exceptions, like you indicated.
My mistake. I am an idiot at times. I got beat up at Anandtech forums after I got thrown off so I am all weirded out.
I was just having flashbacks and stuff so that was all me man... sorry.
You are right that all this stuff is portrayed as just his "bolt on" or "drop in" upgrade, which in most cases is not. This freaking Intel Yonah to Merom "drop in" upgrade better be real or I am going to go Chicago Union Style on the CEO of Intel and blow his house up.