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June 11, 2003 3:27:08 AM

Ok here is the notebook that i am probably going to get, now the reason that im posting here is that i want to know if with these specs it can run games like BF 1942, UT 03, and warcraft 3 smooth or not too choppy. Heres the specs:
P4 2.8 ghz processor 533MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
512MB DDR RAM (which i will upgrade to 1024MB later)
Sound Blaster Pro 3D Audio
ATI Mobility RADEON 9000 128MB DDR
June 11, 2003 7:37:05 PM

It will run everything with ease. Although it is not the most advanced gaming notebook on the market.

RaPTuRe

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June 11, 2003 10:20:23 PM

What do you think is the most advanced?
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June 12, 2003 1:44:37 AM

Yes it will. Cool machine, I have an older one and it rocks. But maybe you'd like to wait for the newer 9600 mobility, plus I think those won't come integrated, so you'll be able to upgrade it eventually, however right now it's the fastest notebook you can get.
June 12, 2003 6:33:53 PM

<<<What do you think is the most advanced?>>>

I think the Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705, or Dell Latitude D800 are the most advanced.

<<<But maybe you'd like to wait for the newer 9600 mobility, plus I think those won't come integrated, so you'll be able to upgrade it eventually>>>

That depends on the manufacturere. Alienware/Sager/Eurocom etc. and Toshiba choose not to mount their graphics array on a separate PCB, where as Dell does. Its ultimately up to the manufacturer.

<<<however right now it's the fastest notebook you can get>>>

Not really.

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June 13, 2003 6:50:00 AM

when do the R9600's start to come out and on what notebooks??
June 13, 2003 8:18:21 AM

<<<however right now it's the fastest notebook you can get>>>

>>Not really.

Oh, you're right, just checked their website, go to customize and put a 3.06 and 1 gig of corsair ram. You could also throw in a DVD-rw. Now, yes, it's the fastest one you can get.
June 13, 2003 7:22:39 PM

Im not sure. In the next month or two I believe.

<<<Oh, you're right, just checked their website, go to customize and put a 3.06 and 1 gig of corsair ram. You could also throw in a DVD-rw. Now, yes, it's the fastest one you can get.>>>

a 3.06GHz notebook may be the fastest processor you can get in a notebook, but 3D Performance is nothing to marvel at. If that notebook breaks 8000 3DMarks, I will be impressed. Not to mention that it should be classified as a notebook because it ways as much as some desktops, and battery life is shocking. It also has a sub-par LCD screen.

RaPTuRe

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
June 14, 2003 10:39:36 AM

>>a 3.06GHz notebook may be the fastest processor you can get in a notebook, but 3D Performance is nothing to marvel at. If that notebook breaks 8000 3DMarks, I will be impressed.
Ok, then enlighten me, I'm guessing the other ones you mention use something better than a Mob 9000

>>Not to mention that it should be classified as a notebook because it ways as much as some desktops, and battery life is shocking.
I guess you mean "weighs". Ever heard of the term "desktop replacement"? You think an Alienware is for guys traveling overseas, using their notebooks on batteries?

>>It also has a sub-par LCD screen.
Oh, so you've seen one I bet. Usually you have to go a bit further than just writing statements.
June 14, 2003 8:55:19 PM

<<<Ok, then enlighten me, I'm guessing the other ones you mention use something better than a Mob 9000>>>

Yes the M9 was the first DirectX8 mobile graphics card. It was followed some time later by the GeForce 4 Go 4200 which is much faster, and is also DX8. The M10 (Mobility Radeon 9600) and the GeForce FX Go 5200 are both DirectX 9 cards and will absolutely obliterate an M7 or an M9.

<<<I guess you mean "weighs">>>

I do. It's late ok? ;) 

<<<Ever heard of the term "desktop replacement"?>>>

Yes. I have a "desktop replacement" Dell Latitude D800. Pentium M 1.6GHz (Performs like a P4 2.4/2.5GHz), GeForce 4 Go 4200 64MB (that gets 10149 3DMarks in 2001SE, and 1300 in 3DMark 2003). I use it for Video Editing & Encoding, and kicking people at LANs. It weighs 7 pounds, and the battery lasts for 4.5hrs. up to 7 with two batts. That is a desktop replacement.

<<<You think an Alienware is for guys traveling overseas, using their notebooks on batteries?>>>

No, but that is what "notebooks" are primarily designed for.

<<<Oh, so you've seen one I bet. Usually you have to go a bit further than just writing statements>>>

Yes actually. I had a Sager that was all but identical to the Area 51. I sent it back. But one of my friends has an Area 51, he's constantly having difficulties with it even though he won't admit to it.

RaPTuRe

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June 15, 2003 10:52:14 AM

Hmmm... you know I haven't been able to find the Dell you refer to, they mention the 4200 go but it doesn't appear in the configurations. I found another notebook with the 5600go, do you know anything about that one?
And the AW I have, even though it's a bit old, has one of the best displays I've ever seen, . A guy I know has a Chameleon, and is just as good, maybe a little bit better, but that probably has to do with the crazy color effects it gives when you change the viewing angle.
June 16, 2003 7:09:20 PM

<<<Hmmm... you know I haven't been able to find the Dell you refer to, they mention the 4200 go but it doesn't appear in the configurations.>>>

http://www.dell.com/us/en/bsd/products/model_inspn_insp...
http://www.dell.com/us/en/bsd/products/model_latit_lati...
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/product/pdf_fil...

<<<I found another notebook with the 5600go, do you know anything about that one?>>>

Yes, its the GeForce Fx 5600 Mobile. It is a DX9 card and will perform well in FUTURE games. With a P4-m it scores about 8000 in 3DMark 2001SE, and 2000 in 3DMark 2003.

<<<And the AW I have, even though it's a bit old, has one of the best displays I've ever seen, . A guy I know has a Chameleon, and is just as good, maybe a little bit better, but that probably has to do with the crazy color effects it gives when you change the viewing angle.>>>

I agree, the display on the Sager/AW is very very good, but its not the best I've ever seen. In terms of Clarity, it would have to go to the Dell UltraSharp (W)UXGA, but the easiest-to-look at LCD I've seen so far, is the Toshiba CASV(Clear Advanced Super View) - it looks stunning.

RaPTuRe

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