By Ardjuna Seghers
Reviewed: 4 Dec 2008
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I think that a very important point was missed in this review - novatech will sell you any of their machines without windows allowing you to buy and install XP seperatly without waisting money on a vista licence.
@whybother: That's a very good point, and something I meant to mention in the review but just plain forgot to do :SThanks for bringing it up! On a seperate note, as a long-time Vista-hater myself I must admit that after using it for a while I do find many things annoying going back to XP (like the way it selects file extensions when you change a file's name)
@Ardjuna Would the graphics on the next model up, the X70 MV, Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS 512MB DDR3 Graphics, make the gaming performance much better, I am struggling to find the best gaming laptop for about , any ideas would be very grateful, I have looked at the HP HDX16-1005EA 16in Blu-ray Notebook but is out of stock at Comet and Laskys who have the best price.Dave
The 9800M GTS is significantly better and should give you real gaming performance.
@Ardjuna, you say that 'The 9800M GTS is significantly better and should give you real gaming performance.' Which is installed in the Novatech X70MV, but the X70MV has the Intel P8400 Core 2 Duo Mobile running at 2.26Ghz where as the X50MV Pro has a Intel Core 2 Duo 9500 running at 2.53Ghz. Would the difference in processor make a significant difference? because if I were to spend more on the X70MV for the Graphics card, im downgrading the processor. Is it worth it? Any help would greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
@Mitchell:Damn the lack of auto-comment notification! Sorry for the late reply Mitchell. If it's still of any help, the simple rule when it comes to gaming is: video card over processor anytime. As a real-world example, I can still run must games perfectly on my PC at home which uses an outdated AMD Athlon 64 X2 3500 only because it's paired with a relatively modern and powerful GeForce 8800GT. Almost any game will run on a Core2Duo at 2.0GHz or above as long as it has a decent graphics chip to back it. In the above scenario (in terms of gaming, anyway), the small CPU clock-speed jump will make hardly any difference compared to a better video card, so the 'downgrade' is more than worth it!
@Mitchell:PS The comment you refer to was by my colleague Andy, not me :)
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