"Can't slow the Gen 2 down!"4.5 starson by mobilePCpilot
Pros: amazing fps
Cons: Can't put a battery in the drive bay.
Summary: You just can’t slow the Inspiron XPS Gen 2 down. Well not on AC.
For the number crunchers, here is my XPS Gen 2… 2 GHz Pentium M, 1 GB ram, 60GB 7200rpm hard drive, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra, XP Pro.
I had (and returned) an Inspiron XPS Gen 1 (3.4 GHz Pentium 4, 1 GB ram, 60GB 7200rpm hard drive, 256MB ATI Radeon 9800, 132WHr battery, XP Pro . It was a so-so machine that ate batteries as finger food. Not that I cared about battery life.
If you look at the numbers the XPS Gen 1 should have been the faster machine. The Pentium 4 being 70% faster with “equal” video cards, ram, hard drive, etc. But it is not so.
I got both laptops to run mostly Flight Simulator 2004. I added 38 meter terrain mesh and “real roads” for my VFR bush flying.
The XPS Gen 1 was all right at about 20fps with all settings at ultra high and 1280x800 no AA/AF. Now that isn’t anything to sneeze at, but this is intended as a cutting edge gaming laptop. And with FS 2006 expected it wasn’t going to cut it for the $ spent.
The new Gen 2 has serious wow factor. With equal settings I’m getting about 60fps!!!
So I thought what the hell, let’s try to bring this machine to a crawl. I turned _everything_ to maximum. If I could make it hard for the computer I did it. And it still came in with 20fps. This is still very flyable. I tried the same on the Gen 1 and got 5fps.
I noticed that the “maximum performance” is a different setting when on battery. So I tried my “crawl” test again on battery. I got 15fps. With more testing I found that the fps are about half of what I get on AC, no matter what the settings.
I’m not getting into all of the other cool things about the Gen 2 because you can find that info elsewhere. Just how fast this laptop is; which you can’t find anywhere.
Being able to fly in the Alaskan bush, priceless.