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Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop with latest Core i5-520M 2.4GHz (4 threads and up to 2.93 GHz)
Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop with latest Core i5-520M 2.4GHz (4 threads and up to 2.93 GHz)

Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop with latest Core i5-520M 2.4GHz (4 threads and up to 2.93 GHz)

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Dell have just released their new Inspiron 1546 laptop with Core i5-520M 2.4GHz processor - this supports four threads and will turbo boost up to 2.93GHz making it significantly faster than most Core 2 Duo processors. It only comes with an HD 4330 graphics card so this laptop is not really aimed at the gamer - there are currently no graphics upgrades available but I'm sure that will change over the coming weeks.

The Dell e-value code for this model is N0056409.

Components
Intel® Core i5-520M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz, 3M cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
1 year of coverage included with your PC
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection
No DataSafe Online Backup 2GB (Direct)
FailSafe® Theft Protection - track and protect lost or stolen laptops - 30 days free trial
15.6" High Definition (1366x768) WLED
4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
320GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
Primary 6-cell 48 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module - European
1.3 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
Obsidian Black

32 Comments

nice find, but the build quality of inspiron isnt that great, one can add another £60 and go for Studio version i guess

Original Poster

The Studio only has the older Core i7 quad core cpu - the new i5 dual core is built on the latest 32nm process and has a better turbo mode than the i7 plus a lower 35W TDP. Will be interesting to see some performance benchmarks comparing the i7-720QM to the new i5-520M - although the i7 runs 8 threads it will run at a much lower clock speed so the i5 running 4 threads may run quicker?

- Simon.

brookheather, the i5-520M may give comparable performance but I would buy it over the i7 part for lower TDPs and hopefully a better GPU. Been waiting patiently for the Arrandale parts to come out so looking at all the new notebooks the only problem with the i3 and the i5 will be integrated (Intel) graphics...

Original Poster

frogman;7458708

the only problem with the i3 and the i5 will be integrated (Intel) … the only problem with the i3 and the i5 will be integrated (Intel) graphics...



This one has discrete HD 4330 graphics though I'm not sure how much better this would be than the new Intel HD graphics.

- Simon.

brookheather;7458759

This one has discrete HD 4330 graphics though I'm not sure how much … This one has discrete HD 4330 graphics though I'm not sure how much better this would be than the new Intel HD graphics.


It does seem pointless to add a low end discrete GPU to a system that has a GPU on the CPU die. :thinking:
Intel's GPU isn't great but it's a lot better than before which makes the gap between the two even less.

Frustrating stuff - either make it a cheap laptop with a cheap / integrated gpu, or stick something with some welly in it! This halfway house lark is lame!

Getting so bored trying to find a decent laptop at a sensible price, I may resort to a desktop, but just doesn't work for my needs tbh. Chop chop Dell!

Wonder why you can't get this with Window 7 Pro...? Might be tempted otherwise.

Yeah, same - and despite it being in Small Biz, it offers Office student/home and no Office basic option. Randomtown. Looks like a bit of a Friday afternoon job to me.

Agharta;7459030

It does seem pointless to add a low end discrete GPU to a system that has … It does seem pointless to add a low end discrete GPU to a system that has a GPU on the CPU die. :thinking:Intel's GPU isn't great but it's a lot better than before which makes the gap between the two even less.

It actually helps the CPU to run a little faster. 3rd pic down: anandtech.com/mob…705

I'd rather save £15 or so than the minimal advantages from a discrete GPU.

Original Poster

ta2;7460501

It actually helps the CPU to run a little faster. 3rd pic down: … It actually helps the CPU to run a little faster. 3rd pic down: http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3705I'd rather save £15 or so than the minimal advantages from a discrete GPU.



So in other words having the GPU on-chip (and no discrete graphics chip) creates more heat so to keep inside the TDP envelope it reduces the maximum performance of the processor...

We are reaching a phase of incredibly sophisticated and elegant computing solutions. Arrandale isnt far short of being a system on a chip. The CPU, GPU, buses and controllers are all integrated onto a single package. So dell only go and throw away many of the advantages of this pretty marvelous advancement by including a low performance, totally unneccesary discrete GPU. What a surprise.....

ta2;7460501

It actually helps the CPU to run a little faster. 3rd pic down: … It actually helps the CPU to run a little faster. 3rd pic down: http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3705


But games will be GPU bound so the extra potential CPU performance won't even be utilised.

Agharta;7460919

But games will be GPU bound so the extra potential CPU performance won't … But games will be GPU bound so the extra potential CPU performance won't even be utilised.



People don't just use CPU performance in laptops for gaming though. I do some CPU intensive software development for example.

Meh, tired of laptops with great processors and crap GPU's. Getting boring now.

Just give me a decent midrange graphics card in a decentish CPU for £600.

xenny;7461693

People don't just use CPU performance in laptops for gaming though. I do … People don't just use CPU performance in laptops for gaming though. I do some CPU intensive software development for example.


Of course people use CPUs for other things especially on a laptop with a weak graphics card. :thinking:
You missed the context of the discussion; someone suggested that using a discrete GPU allowed the CPU to clock higher but that’s only potentially going to happen if the GPU is being heavily used which usually means gaming. :thumbsup:

Great stuff! been waiting for these new chips to start rolling out. Now all we need is for PC world and Comet to get their ass in gear and the prices should tumble, bring it on!

Not to go off-topic exactly, but is there any kind of laptop out there with a good CPU and semi-decent graphics card in a 13-inch screen size? So far all I can find is Samsung Q320

cubed;7462583

Not to go off-topic exactly, but is there any kind of laptop out there … Not to go off-topic exactly, but is there any kind of laptop out there with a good CPU and semi-decent graphics card in a 13-inch screen size? So far all I can find is Samsung Q320


There's only so much you can do with smaller form factors due to cooling restraints.

Original Poster

cubed;7462583

Not to go off-topic exactly, but is there any kind of laptop out there … Not to go off-topic exactly, but is there any kind of laptop out there with a good CPU and semi-decent graphics card in a 13-inch screen size? So far all I can find is Samsung Q320



You can get a Dell Inspiron 13z with 512MB NVidia G105M graphics card - is that good enough?

- Simon.

brookheather;7463322

You can get a Dell Inspiron 13z with 512MB NVidia G105M graphics card - … You can get a Dell Inspiron 13z with 512MB NVidia G105M graphics card - is that good enough?- Simon.



Definitley! The card could even be 256MB, but I just want 4GB RAM and a fast processor.... something better than T6000 series.

Great news finally seeing these chips being used! Good for the console Market too!

Agharta;7461973

Of course people use CPUs for other things especially on a laptop with a … Of course people use CPUs for other things especially on a laptop with a weak graphics card. :thinking:You missed the context of the discussion; someone suggested that using a discrete GPU allowed the CPU to clock higher but that’s only potentially going to happen if the GPU is being heavily used which usually means gaming. :thumbsup:



Surely if the integrated GPU is shut down it'll give more CPU clock and power dissipation headroom than if it's in use at any level?

xenny;7465079

Surely if the integrated GPU is shut down it'll give more CPU clock and … Surely if the integrated GPU is shut down it'll give more CPU clock and power dissipation headroom than if it's in use at any level?


Typical CPU loads are unlikely to push the power consumption to a point where maximum Turbo Boost isn’t accessible so if the thermal cooling is well designed then it’s likely that the CPU will still manage to reach maximum Turbo Boost speed even with the on die GPU enabled.
Just don’t try running extreme benchmarks and expect to hit the max TB speed though as they tend to push the power envelope a lot more than real world scenarios.

please take atleast 3 year warranty for any dell...from experience..

Does anybody know if Dell changed the design of this insprion ???

I don't like the old Insprion style. If possible, I would like to see the pic of this model.

fullmoon;7490490

Does anybody know if Dell changed the design of this insprion ???I don't … Does anybody know if Dell changed the design of this insprion ???I don't like the old Insprion style. If possible, I would like to see the pic of this model.


Look on Dell's website as I doubt they'd expect you to buy without seeing a photo!

Agharta;7490727

Look on Dell's website as I doubt they'd expect you to buy without seeing … Look on Dell's website as I doubt they'd expect you to buy without seeing a photo!



That's very helpful Agharta.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/lapyiwin/Delli5.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/lapyiwin/DellInsprion.jpg


As you can see from the pics above, they are different insprions and different designs. When I click on that link, yes, it does take me to the product configuration page BUT I can't see proper pic of Dell Insprion i5 laptop as it only shows small pic.

Have a look at ]here

I wouldn't be asking if it is very simple thing like you said.

fullmoon;7490807

I wouldn't be asking if it is very simple thing like you said.


It’s simple when you know how; isn’t it always the way. :thumbsup:
Go to this link and click on the 'Design' tab, although they don't have a 3D view as far as I can see.

Agharta;7493606

It’s simple when you know how; isn’t it always the way. :thumbsup:Go to th … It’s simple when you know how; isn’t it always the way. :thumbsup:Go to this link and click on the 'Design' tab, although they don't have a 3D view as far as I can see.



Thanks. I found it. I am now sure this laptop has the design and power I want.

Last question is which color would you go for?

Hi guys. I'm currently looking for a laptop from Dell and i had narrowed it to the New Dell Studio 17 with the CPU upgraded to the P7450 and the Inspiron 15 core i5.

I decided to get the Inspiron however the GPU as mentioned before is low. What's the possibility that the graphics option can be changed and when?
brookheather you have said that the GPU options may change within the next few weeks, what's the reason?

BTW guys i don't know much about laptop specs, but i want to get a laptop that will not need any upgrading for at least 4 or more years hence the new inspiron with the core i5 and ddr3 ram.

Thanks and i hope i get many replies as I'm driving myself insane on which laptop to buy.

@Waqy

Heh - funnily enough, I popped on to see if anyone was still posting on this thread. I was looking at the XPS 16 (~£1,000 with the upgrades I need) or this one for much less, but with a crummy GPU by all accounts. The XPS 16 also seemingly has heat issues noted by lots of places.

Been waiting to see what happens since this original post - nada so far. Got bored of waiting yesterday and live chatted a less than helpful Dell Sales spod. Essentially, there WILL be new i3 and i5 models, but she couldn't give me a date... I suspect that basically, if it ain't on the script, they can't answer the question.

Prices have been going up of late, but there have been better deals (in my opinion) in the last 2 months. I'm hanging on for a bit longer - ideally I want the i5, with Radeon HD 4670 or similar, 4Gb of 1333Mhz, and a 9-cell battery for
Good luck hunting...
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