updated 03:55 pm EST, Tue January 29, 2008
XPS M1730 Gains 8800M GTX
Dell has upgraded its XPS M1730 desktop replacement notebook to include two of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800M GTX graphics chipsets in SLI. The custom-order option eclipses the dual 8700M GT that was previously Dell's fastest option and makes a top-spec XPS M1730 one of the fastest portables available for gaming. The Texas PC maker boasts that a top-spec XPS rivals the 3D performance of even high-end desktops and is 49 percent faster than the next-best option for synthetic tests such as 3DMark06.
Each of the 8800M GTX chips in the M1730 are clocked at the factory-default 500MHz core speed and come with 512MB of 1.6GHz effective (800MHz actual) video memory. The option is available as of today in both the standard version of the 17-inch notebook and the World of Warcraft Edition and adds $1,000 or $700 to the price of the respective models. Both the single- and dual- 8700M GT graphics options will remain in place.