The M1710 Strikes Back

We revisit the venerable Dell XPS M1710. This time it comes with the latest Core 2 Duo T7600G which is overclockable. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Almost one year ago we reviewed the Dell XPS M1710 gaming notebook. The model we reviewed back then was a great example of good design, features, and price. While you can certainly buy more expensive and faster performing mobile Windows game systems out there, the XPS M1710 struck a nice balance.

During that examination of the XPS M1710, we also revealed that it ran the Engineering Sample Core2 T7400 CPU fine without many issues. This got us excited about the possibilities of upgrading easily by dropping in just the CPU and while keeping the excellent hardware in the M1710.

Fast-forward to today and we now have an updated Dell XPS M1710 notebook. While physically it isn’t much different from the XPS M1710 we reviewed in August 2006, it does have some key updates including an updated Core 2 CPU, faster NVIDIA graphics, Vista, and the possibility of Blu-Ray.

Dell XPS M1710 Notebook Review - Overclocked T7600G - Mobile 53



  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7600G (2.33GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)

Operating System 

  • Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium
  • Genuine Windows Vista™ Business
  • Genuine Windows Vista™ Ultimate


  • 17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™,Red
  • 17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™,Black


  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM
  • 4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM

Hard Drive

  • 120GB SATA Hard Drive
  • 160GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 80GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 100GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 200GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

Video Card 

  • 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7950 GTX

Optical Drive

  • Blu-ray Disc Drive (BD/DVD/CD burner w/double layer BD write

Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed)

  • Norton Internet Security™ 2006, 30 Day Trial

Hardware Support Services

  • 1 Year Return to Depot Service and Technical Support


  • 80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Sound Options 

  • Integrated SigmaTel HD Audio
  • Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™ HD Software Edition

Bluetooth Options 

  • Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
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