I recently bought a top spec Dell XPS M1530 notebook and really did get a lemon, it had a hardware fault which would cause all sorts of errors but intermittently so hard to identify. In the end I just had to return it.
So having sent back my XPS M1530 I was looking to find something to replace it, I have a top spec Vostro 1700 but thats just too big and heavy.
While dell were giving plenty of discount on the main site I bought a Vostro 1500 with Intel Celeron Processor M 540 (1.86 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB) with the intention of swopping the cpu for a spare 2Ghz T7200.
I have a spare 100Gb 7200rpm hard drive so was happy to only get a cheap slower 80Gb one with it to keep the cost down.
I selected the rest of the spec to match the M1530 as best I could.
Celeron 540 (1.86GHz, 533, 1M)
15.4 WXGA+ True Life (1440x900)
Black cover Camera 2Mp
2048 MB 667 MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x 1024 MB)
Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA (5400RPM)
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
90W AC Adapter - 2 wire
Primary 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion Battery
256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
European - Dell TrueMobile 355 internal Bluetooth Module
Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini-PCI Card EUR
Dell Black 5-Button Bluetooth Travel Mouse
Genuine Windows XP Home SP2 including Media
I have had it a few days now and thought I would see how well it performed with its celery cpu.
Out of the box it produced 3027 with 3Dmark 06
Farcry ran at max everything with ease.
Crysis GPU bench produced a playable 36fps @ 1440x900 low detail
dropping to 15fps @ 1440x900 medium detail.
I changed the dell supplied video drivers to forceware 169.04 and tried again.
3Dmark 06 was up now at 3161 but it only added one fps to the 2 crysis gpu tests.
Having overclocked the graphics on the V1700 with ease and no overheating I thought I would try the same on this one, I used Atitool 0.27 and set the GPU at 600 and memory at 500.
3Dmark 06 went to 3738 and the Crysis GPU tests showed 1440x900 Med 20fps and low gave 41fps
Compare this against the M1530 that had T7500 2.2Ghz cpu and 8600GT with DDR3 memory running much faster.
It gave 4329 marks in 3Dmark 06 and 2 more points on the Crysis fps.
So the Celeron isnt doing too badly in the tests above.
I admit it may not do so well in cpu intensive benching but for my needs I was impressed how well it did perform.