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Graphics Boost: Dell Inspiron 8600 Gets ATI MR 9600 Turbo

Clandestine Reshuffle

It's been more than eight months since NVIDIA's GeForce FX Go5650 graphics processor was considered among the best in its class for Dell's best-in-its-class notebook, the Inspiron 8600. Since then, ATI has debuted its Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo, with 128 MB video memory, which Dell has chosen for its Inspiron notebook with $190 added to the price tag.

Now, Dell's entry-level 8600 notebook uses the GeForce FX Go5200 with 32 MB video memory, which is also DirectX9 capable, but slower. The system is also available with 64 MB video memory for an additional $70.

We have already included the Inspiron 8600 with GeforceFX Go5650 graphics processor in a comparison , when the Mobility Radeon 9700 was launched. In the present review we would like to see whether the Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo with 128 MB of dedicated video memory offers enhancements. We also look at several interesting options for the Inspiron 8600 series.

But first, we would like to offer a few explanatory remarks about the Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo's name.