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My Dell Inspiron 1520

posted Feb 21, 2011, 2:53 AM by Samuel Gomes   [ updated Sep 26, 2011, 6:29 PM ]
Okay. This one was long overdue. I know I am lazy! Well, here it is... I bought this system somewhere during 2008. I have'nt had any major issues with the system apart from 2 hard drive and 1 optical drive failures. I'll give the benifit of the doubt to Dell here as both of these are mechanical parts and are subject to wear and tear. Anyways, lets start with the processor, memory and motherboard first.
Most of my R&D happens on this system now as I have given up my old P4 system. Let's take a look at the system graphics department. Shall we?
Okay. That is the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. Couple of things that you want to take note here is that the video memory is standard DDR2 running at 400 MHz. This is something that Dell should not have done as it really hurts the GPUs performance and become a bottleneck. Nevertheless, the system can easily pull off games like TrackMania Sunrise Extreme at max settings (without AA). My system was ordered with an LCD panel running at 1440x900. So things look kinda nice. I ran Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on this for a while and switched to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (beta, RC, RTM... as and when it became available).
As always, I use 64-bit operating systems only. This is the only way you can use the full potential of your x86_64 processors "long mode" performance improvements.
As you can see, this system get a Windows Experience Index of 4.7. Which is not bad at all. The bottleneck here is the hard drive. Which is pretty obvious as it runs at 5400 RPM only. Below are some more interesting stuff.
Well, that's all there is to it. Next up is my custom made all AMD desktop, where I do most of my grunt work. Hopefully, this will be sooner than you think. :)