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Are you the proud owner of an XPS M1730 laptop unit from Dell, which you've purchased before January 2008? Do you want to enjoy better quality graphics on your portable rig? Well, in that case, you're in luck, because the company has just announced that now the GeForce Dual 8800M GTX card is also available as an upgrade option and not only for new machines, as it happened up until now.

As a blog entry by John Blain, Consumer & Gaming Liaison, on Direct2Dell, informs us, the card is now available for purchase directly from Dell, either as a standalone part or with an installation service. However, as expected, the prices for the two options are pretty different. Thus, as a standalone part, this thing will set you back around $1,100, while the professional service will cost you up to $1,218.99.

As Mr. Blain points out, the GeForce Dual 8800M GTX graphics card is actually able to boost the performance over the older Dual 8700M GT cards by no less than 49%, and can score a very impressive 13,496 3DMark ‘06 points. Furthermore, the same source informs us that Dell Labs noted an average of 43 frames per second in Crysis as opposed to 30 frames per second on an identically configured XPS M1730 with a Dual 8700M GT, and 21 frames per second on an XPS M1730 with the single 8700M GT. Which should be reason enough to try to get this thing, even if it's quite expensive.

Last, but certainly not least, here's the latest goody from Dell: a vlog (video log, or video guide) of how you can install the GeForce Dual 8800M GTX yourself. So, if you're the DIY type of person, watch the video (courtesy of Dell's Louis Bruno) and start working on the guts of your laptop. In the end, it will be all worth it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxSdDyC7vto
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13496 on a LAPTOP?????

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I predict a large number of calls into Dell's tech support center.

"Uh, I followed the instructions in the v-blog and now my laptop won't power on."

I very loosely use the word followed.
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That is pretty damn impresive for a laptop

Too bad its WAY overpriced. Hell, you can put together a full desktop that gives better FPS on crysis for the same price as that ONE video card.
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post #5 of 10
True, I just chose the parts for my new Rig... and It costs $1166...

Bad thing though, carrying 50 lbs around to game around the world is kinda hard (without counting it not having a battery life superior to 1 sec)
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I predict a large number of calls into Dell's tech support center.

"Uh, I followed the instructions in the v-blog and now my laptop won't power on."

I very loosely use the word followed.
"warranty void lol, have a nice day"
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For that price I would rather carry my rig and monitor around. Forget $1100 for one part of the laptop!
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post #8 of 10
hehe dual 8800GM GTX? sucks the money from your walet twice as fast and the battery life out of your laptop even faster.
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Die battery life! Die!
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wow... laptops are supposed to be portable. being able to game is just a plus...
a plus not worth $1100 thats for sure.

does this void warrenty? I'm sure they have a sticker that you have to tear to open up the laptop... And does the 1219 include cross-shipping?

no thanks...
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