kelnerrr
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Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

There's a 30% off promotion on current XPS15 on Dell's site. It ends Apr 19, so I have a big problem now. To buy the old one with the off, or to wait for the new Ivy, hoping it won't be much more expensive with similar power.

What would you recommend? Is there any reason to wait for the Ivy? Is it worth time? Do you think it'll be much more expensive? The one I built on Dell's site is ~$1500 AFTER 30% off.

Thanks for the advice.
Kelnerrr

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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

There are some features of Ivy Bridge that might be worth the wait/cost.  Prime among them is integrated USB 3.0 support (the current XPS uses an add-on chip, which means you can't boot from a USB 3.0 device in USB 3.0 mode).

That said, if you're going to need the system in the near future, note that new launches come with delays - though Intel will release IB within two weeks, widespread availability may be some weeks or months off.  Witness what happened with the Intel Cougar Point chipsets for Sandy Bridge, for instance.

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dgkpcon
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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

Yeah,i remember that debacle

E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

Wait for the new model and see if it fits your needs. It will be improved in many ways.

The CPU, intel Ivy Bridge, is cooler and draws less power than Sandy Bridge. That alone is a huge advantage for a notebook/ ultrabook in addition to the native USB 3.0 support. The GPU will most likely be from the new nVIDIA GeForce mobile series, as  the XPS tradition goes. The nVIDIA GeForce GT 630, GT 640 and GT 650 are the most likely GPUs to be featured in a new DELL XPS 15. The GT 640 is featured in the Acer M3 and is a very nice GPU:
www.engadget.com/.../acer-aspire-timeline-ultra-m3-review
With DELL quality screen, build and finish, this might turn out to be a really nice laptop!
I am waiting for it to be shown, because I have saved up money for a new laptop and I want a nice and sturdy machine.

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s_elliott_h
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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

I currently have an XPS 15 L502X with an i7-2620M (Sandy Bridge) & an Nvidia GeForce GT-540M.. 

First, do you know off hand if is it possible to upgrade my current pc to the Ivy Bridge cpu & the 6xx series GeForce gpu?

Second, do you feel that it's at all necessary or worth the money & trouble? I ask being I have a tendency to lean toward overkill.

I tried googling but all I discovered were conflicting suggestions etc.

Thanks either way,

Sean 

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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

It is not possible to use the new Ivy Bridge CPUs, nor is it possible to upgrade the system.  If you want the newer technology you'll need a new notebook.

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s_elliott_h
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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

I figured as much. Thank you so much for the help and insight, much appreciated!

Sean

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harry 22
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Re: Wait for Ivy Bridge or buy current Dell XPS 15?

Im watng for a xps15 ivy bridge from a mnth but they dint relese yet nd nt cnfirm the release date .I can wait only for a week now othrwise I go for hp envy17

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