Hey im getting a dell xps 17 for super cheep and i wanted to know some stuff about it that reading specs cant really tell me.
First off heres the specs:
2nd Gen intel core i7 2670QM Clocked at 2.0 with turbo up to 3.1
8gb DDR3 ram (2Dimm)
17.3 inch 1920X1080 HD screen
nVidia Geforce Gt 550M with 1gb of vram with optimus
dual 500gb 7200rpm HHDs
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 (for sound)
anyway can some people tell me:
1)How does that graphics card hold up to intensive games? (Say shogun 2 or BF3 for example)
2)What is the ventilation like on this? Will i experience some really hot temperatures?
3)Would this machine be capable of a screen recorder say fraps recording a minecraft video? At what setting would i get nice playable FPS?
4)Is the fan loud or distracting?
5)How is customer support with dell?
6)Hows the sound? Does it sound like an average laptop, a bit better?
I have already searched the web for answers for these but i didnt get any good answers. I have never had a nVidia card so i was curious how this performs? Anyone with this laptop or who has worked with it i would love some feedback.
1. Reasonably well. Not as good as a desktop card.
2. Terrible. It's a laptop, there's probably a vent on the side and one fan.
3. Possibly. I'm not up-to-date on mGPUs.
4. Depends on the load.
5. Bloody horrible.
6. Depends on the onboard audio; it will be as good as most computers unless they have a dedicated sound card + amp.
I wouldn't recommend a laptop for gaming or intensive tasks. A desktop, for less, will do the same job just as well (unless you get a massive discount). Dell customer support is terrible, and Dell overprice massively. Under high load, the laptop can heat up to dangerous levels.
Get a desktop for the same price, and keep it for a while. Upgrade it gradually, and it will last much longer than any laptop you buy now.
well im not getting it from dell, i looked at there prices and my jaw dropped. but yeah im getting this from a 3rd party seller and comes with a 1yr waranty, so yeh