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Desktop Graphics Ambitions: ATi Mobile Radeon 9800

Test Setup

For the test, ATi furnished us with an Inspiron XPS, only available on the U.S. market. The European headquarters for Dell sent us the Inspiron 9100, intended for the European market. For purposes of comparison we have also included the results from three DTR notebooks already tested - the Dell Inspiron 8600 with Nvidia Geforce FX Go5650 graphics chip, an Athlon64 notebook with MR9600 graphics processor and an early presample of the "original XPS" from Dell.

Dell Inspiron XPSDell Inspiron 9100Dell Inspiron 8600
TypeTwo-Spindle / ModularTwo-Spindle / ModularTwo-Spindle / Modular
Dimensions (WxHxD)358mm x 54mm x 272mm / 14.10" x 2.13" x 10.71"358mm x 54mm x 272mm / 14.10" x 2.13" x 10.71"357mm x 36mm x 276mm / 14.10" x 1.42" x 10.87"
Weight of unit4260g / 9.37lbs4260g / 9.37lbs3510g / 7.72lbs
Weight of charger and cable1140g / 2.51lbs1140g / 2.51lbs440g / 0.97lbs
Battery Weight700g / 24.71oz700g / 24.71oz470g / 16.59oz
Pointing Device(s)Touchpad +TrackstickTouchpad +TrackstickTouchpad +Trackstick
Display Size15.4"15.4"15.4"
Display Resolution1920x12001920x12001920x1200
CPUPentium4 3.40 GHz HT (Northwood)Pentium4 3.20 GHz HT (Prescott)Pentium-M 1.7 GHz
Memory TypePC3200 DDR CL3.0 (infineon)PC3200 DDR CL3.0 (infineon)PC2700 DDR SDRAM
Amount of Memory512 MB512 MB512 MB
Chipset Northbridgei865Pi865PIntel 82855PM (MCH)
Chipset SouthbridgeIntel ICH5Intel ICH5Intel 82801DBM ICH4-M
Graphics ControllerATi MR9800 256 MB DDR 350MHz/ 300 MHz (core/memory)ATi MR9800 256 MB DDR 350MHz/ 300 MHz (core/memory)Nvidia Geforce FX Go5650 128 MB DDR 300MHz /325MHz (core/memory)
Hard drive bay2.5", 9.5 mm height2.5", 9.5 mm height2.5", 9.5 mm height
EthernetBroadcom 570x 10/100/1000 MBitBroadcom 440x 10/100 MBitBroadcom 440x 10/100 MBit
Bluetooth-RadiooptionDell Truemobile 1450 (802.11 a/b/g)Dell Truemobile 1300
ModemBCM V.92 56K ModemBCM V.92 56K ModemPCTEL 2304WT V.92 MDC Modem
AudioSigma Tel C-MajorSigma Tel C-MajorSigma Tel C-Major
Battery Capacity97Wh95Wh72Wh
DVD-/CD-R/RW-DriveCD-R/RW SN-324FDVD+RW GCA-4040NNEC ND-5100A
HarddiscFUJITSU MHT2060AH ATA-6 60 GB/5400rpm/8 MBHitachi Travelstar HTS726060M9AT00 ATA-6 60 GB/7200rpm/8 MBFujitsu MHT2060AT PL ATA-6 60 GB/4200rpm/2 MB
PC-Card Slot(s)1x type II ( L)1x type II ( L)1x type II ( L)
Floppy DriveNoNoNo
USB ports4x USB 2.0 (B)4x USB 2.0 (B)2x USB 2.0 (2x B)
1394 ports1x (L)1x (L)1x (L)
IR portYes (F)Yes (F)IrDA 1.1 (L)
Serial PortsNoNoYes (B)
Parallel PortsNoNoYes (B)
VGA outYes (B)Yes (B)Yes (B)
DVI outYes (B)Yes (B)No
PS/2-ConnectorNoNoNo
Headphone/Microphone/ Line In ConnectorYes(L)/Yes(L)Yes(L)/Yes(L)Yes(L)/Yes(L)
Video-In/OutNo/Yes (S-Video)No/Yes (S-Video)No/Yes ( B, S-Video )
B=Back side, F=Front, L=Left side, R=Right Side

Blackbox-M11 (Dell XPS Presample)Yakumo Q8M Power64 XD
TypeTwo-Spindle / ModularTwo-Spindle / All-In-One
Dimensions (WxHxD)358mm x 54mm x 272mm /
14.10" x 2.13" x 10.71"
333mm x 47mm x 285mm /
13.1" x 1.85" x 11.2"
Weight of unit4400g / 9.68lbs3985g / 8.77lbs
Weight of charger and cable1300g / 2.86lbs735g / 1.62lbs
Battery Weight650g / 22.95oz675g / 23.83oz
Pointing Device(s)Touchpad +TrackstickTouchpad
Display Size15.4"15"
Display Resolution1920x12001024x786
CPUPentium4 2.40 GHz HTAthlon 64 Mobile 3000+
Memory TypePC3200 DDR CL3.0PC2100 DDR SDRAM CL2.5
Amount of Memory512 MB512 MB
Chipset NorthbridgeIntel 865K8T800
Chipset SouthbridgeIntel ICH5VT8235
Graphics ControllerATi MR9700 128 MB DDR
445MHz/ 263 MHz (core/memory)
ATi MR9600 64 MB DDR
350MHz /200MHz (core/memory)
Hard drive bay2.5", 9.5mm height2.5", 9.5mm height
Ethernet10/100 MBitVIA compatible 10/100 MBit
Bluetooth-RadiooptionNo
ModemSmart Link 56kSmart Link 56k
AudioSigmaTel C-Major AudioC-Media AC97
Battery Capacity95Wh98Wh
DVD-/CD-R/RW-DriveDVD+RW-DrivePanasonic UJ815 A
2x/1x8x/
/16x8x24xDVD-R/-RW/
/CD-R/-RW
(Multi-DVD)+2x DVD-RAM
Harddisc80 GBSeagate Momentus ST94011A ATA-6 40 GB/5400rpm/2 MB
PC-Card Slot(s)1x type II1x type II (R)
Floppy DriveNoNo
USB ports4x USB 2.04x USB 2.0 (R,B)
1394 ports1x1x (F)
IR portYes (F)Yes (F)
Serial PortsNoNo
Parallel PortsNoYes (B)
VGA outYesYes (B)
DVI outYes (B)No
PS/2-ConnectorNoNo
Headphone/Microphone/ Line In ConnectorYes/YesYes/Yes/No (F)
Video-In/OutNo/Yes (S-Video)No/Yes (S-Video)
B=Back side, F=Front, L=Left side, R=Right Side