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Old Sep 27th, 2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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Macbook vs. XPS M1210

http://www1.ca.dell.com/content/prod...HS1&l=en&s=dhs

Was configuring a macbook and this dell, and thought to myself if they can fit a nvidia 7400 go into a 12.1 inch laptop, it shouldn't be that much of a problem to fit it in a macbook. lets face it, the intel 950 is great for some people, but for those of us who want to do some light gaming on the side, the 7400 would be great. Even if it were just a BTO option costing a extra $100 for the white macbook and blackbook. Also, it still wouldn't bring the lines into conflict with the macbook pro.
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Old Sep 27th, 2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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yea but look at how that thick that ugly arsed lookin laptop is...
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Old Sep 27th, 2006, 02:06 PM   #3
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There's no room in the MacBook for a graphics processor. Keep in mind that they cannot get rid of the GMA 950 whether they add a better graphics processor or not (the MacBook Pro has the GMA 950 inside it too, it's just disabled). As for light gaming, I'm not sure why the GMA 950 would be bad, games are definitely playable on it. You will never ever get desktop graphics quality on a notebook -- a desktop ATI x1600 absolutely smokes my Mobility x1600.
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Old Sep 27th, 2006, 06:58 PM   #4
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No room? The 12.1" notebook I linked to has the exact same intel graphics chipset as the macbook (GMA 950) by default, but they include the option to use the far superior Nvidia 7400 GO integrated graphics, which actually allow for the possibility of playing games like Doom 3, albeit with moderate settings.

Anyhow, the "there's no room" argument is bunk
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No trust me, the MacBook was taken apart by someone who confirmed there was no room in the MacBook. The XPS 1210 has a thicker chassis and I would guess 30% more interior space for the computer components. Go to your local Apple dealer and a Dell mall kiosk and you'll see for yourself.
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Old Sep 27th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #6
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No room? The 12.1" notebook I linked to has the exact same intel graphics chipset as the macbook (GMA 950) by default, but they include the option to use the far superior Nvidia 7400 GO integrated graphics, which actually allow for the possibility of playing games like Doom 3, albeit with moderate settings.

Anyhow, the "there's no room" argument is bunk

The "no room" argument really isn't bunk. There is NO space inside of them for a dedicated graphics card (as far as I can tell). Also, that notebook (The Dell one) is far thicker than the MacBook Pro.

Take a look here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacB...-Optical-Drive
Not as good as hands-on experience, but still gives a general idea.
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graphics card argument aside, this similarly priced dell comes with a lot more RAM (1gig vs. 512mb) and a bigger HD (100gb vs. 60gb) along with DVD burner standard

edit: its a Core 2 Dou processor on top of that!
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graphics card argument aside, this similarly priced dell comes with a lot more RAM (1gig vs. 512mb) and a bigger HD (100gb vs. 60gb) along with DVD burner standard

edit: its a Core 2 Dou processor on top of that!
But if you look carefully, I think you'll notice one important missing feature on the Dell, No Mac OS.
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But if you look carefully, I think you'll notice one important missing feature on the Dell, No Mac OS.
Thats for sure! but now that we are in the intel world... it really is hard not to do strictly hardware to hardware comparisons. Even Mr. Jobs gloated about these comparisons during his keynote recently.
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That's not an excuse for Apple to cheap out. People still need/want that extra 40 GB of hard drive, that DVD burner, and that extra processor performance. Don't you?

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But if you look carefully, I think you'll notice one important missing feature on the Dell, No Mac OS.
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