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.