Future Upgradeability of MXM3.0 Type B GPUs

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  1. abclht

    abclht Notebook Enthusiast

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    After a lot of researching, waiting and saving I am finally ready to pull the trigger on a new gaming-class notebook.

    I am seriously considering the Sager NP8255-S (Clevo P157SM). A big selling point of a Clevo is the user ugradeable GPU but really how practical is it? Is there any guarantee that the MXM3.0 interface will be used on future notebook gpus past the 780M/880M or Radeon 8970M?

    Also, I have seen 780M's going for $800, which is 60% the cost of the model I am planning to buy (with an 8970M). If I were considering an upgrade 3-4 years down the line I might as well just buy a complete kit rather than bother with an upgrade at that price.

    Just wondering what you guys think. If it really is not an advantage I might consider a non-upgradeable gpu type notebook from MSI or Asus or others that have RAID-0 and SPDIF, which are my biggest priorities.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Prostar Computer

    Prostar Computer Company Representative

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    The crux has less to do with a revision to the MXM standard and usually more to do with whether the system's firmware/BIOS will support the next gen. Of course, BIOS modding sometimes makes that possible, though that is left up to the community and not provided by the ODM/OEM.
     
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    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    Yes with sager systems it comes down to firmware vs physical slot. The 7xx series was never nodded in but the improvement over the 6xx series did not really inspire much effort.
     
  4. Silverfern

    Silverfern Notebook Deity

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    I would honestly just go for desktop. I had a p150em for a year and then sold it. just wasn't practical for the price and size. I ended up getting a gaming desktop, which had more performance for less than half the price and a ultrabook (zenbook with 620m)
     
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    You can't recommend a desktop without knowing the usage pattern of the machine, what if they want gaming performance in several places?
     
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    abclht Notebook Enthusiast

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    When you consider price alone, yes desktops will always rule (and I have a decent rig). I want a powerful laptop on the go since I travel once a month. Thanks all for the comments. I will probably not consider an upgradeable gpu as a buying point.
     
  7. Silverfern

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    you can always get a thinner laptop that can game to some point, since you are only gonna be travelling once a month. I game on my ultrabook now and then
     
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    Slovedon Notebook Guru

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    Mobility trumps performance for many people (or alternatively, mobility trumps lower prices at the same performance point). It's not just about being able to take it with you on a monthly trip. I can't go back to being confined to one corner of one room to have high performance, after being used to the freedom to game anywhere, especially since it allows me to easily game in-person with anyone. Also, it's nice having only one machine.
     
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    that's what I felt too when I got my clevo, but after a few months of carrying it day in day out (I go to university), it just became too heavy for me. I never thought I would switch to a desktop either, but I did. as for files, I use skydrive so sync all my school work files.
     
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    abclht Notebook Enthusiast

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    There will always be a trade-off between price, weight & power/features. You can't have it all so you have to prioritize what is most important to you. The "right" buying choice is what works best for each individual.
     
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