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Old 01-21-2012, 11:58 AM   #16
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Hi All,

Thanks for Great Thread. Thanks to all who have given suggestions on this thread.

I am in same situation and looking for same type of laptop for same type of requirement as of Vikas027.

Hi Cascade9/Vikas,

Can you guys please suggest which is the Exact Laptop model having XPS 15 with a i7-2760QM. I am based in London,UK and hopefully i will be able to get one in UK. But i did some search but can't find a laptop with XPS 15 with a i7-2760QM.

And also is there any other Laptop model came in market these day?

Please help me in deciding which laptop to buy having :-

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) - Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) - Yes

on which i can practise - Vertias Cluster Server and VMware ESXi.

Thanking you all in anticipation.
 
Old 01-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #17
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Hi All,

Thanks for Great Thread. Thanks to all who have given suggestions on this thread.

I am in same situation and looking for same type of laptop for same type of requirement as of Vikas027.

Hi Cascade9/Vikas,

Can you guys please suggest which is the Exact Laptop model having XPS 15 with a i7-2760QM. I am based in London,UK and hopefully i will be able to get one in UK. But i did some search but can't find a laptop with XPS 15 with a i7-2760QM.

And also is there any other Laptop model came in market these day?

Please help me in deciding which laptop to buy having :-

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) - Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) - Yes

on which i can practise - Vertias Cluster Server and VMware ESXi.

Thanking you all in anticipation.
I would suggest you to call Dell Customer care, they can help you out.

For Veritas Cluster Server - I practiced on my office Laptop, Compaq 420 (4 GB RAM) using Starwind 5.7 for SCSI-3 PR Luns.
I was able to create some good test scenarios using 3 or 4 VMs.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #18
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Thanks Vikas for your reply.

I will call Dell and will update you how it went.

Also, do you know any other company which makes VT-x & VT-d enabled laptops?

Best regards
 
Old 01-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #19
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Thanks Vikas for your reply.

I will call Dell and will update you how it went.

Also, do you know any other company which makes VT-x & VT-d enabled laptops?

Best regards
I cannot recall the model, but HP Elitebook had VT-x and VT-d enabled laptops.
 
Old 02-17-2012, 01:43 PM   #20
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Hi Vikas

Hi Vikas,

Will the below type of Laptop will be good:-



First Link - Listing ended :-(
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Dell-XPS-15-L...#ht_3930wt_977


http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Dell-XPS-15-L...#ht_4056wt_977


Please let me know your thoughts.

Best regards
 
Old 02-18-2012, 08:05 AM   #21
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Hi Vikas,

Will the below type of Laptop will be good:-

First Link - Listing ended :-(
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Dell-XPS-15-L...#ht_3930wt_977


http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Dell-XPS-15-L...#ht_4056wt_977


Please let me know your thoughts.

Best regards
Hi,

I am assuming you have same requirement as I had.

If you have this budget, I will prefer the cheaper laptop which has VT-x and VT-d enabled.

Call Dell (or check on intel site) and ask which one has both.
 
Old 02-19-2012, 03:56 AM   #22
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I am getting this Laptop

Hi Vikas,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

I contacted Dell & below spec is available for £799.00 & it is "Certified refurbished" laptop with 1 year warranty. Please let me know your thoughts.

Brand new is around £1,250.00 ( with 1 year warranty). So i think refurbished is cost effective in terms of Laptops (although it is very expensive) as it is also coming with 1 year warranty.

XPS L502x

XPS L502x
Processor: Intel Core i7-2860QM (2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.60 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz (2 DIMMs)
750 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
8X DVD +/- RW DRIVE
15.6 in HD WLED TL (1366x768)
Graphics : 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Graphics card
TV tuner : Only Internal DVB-T TV Tuner, No External Antenna
English Genuine Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (64Bit OS)
Back Up Media Not Included
Wireless: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (2x2 b/g/+ Bluetooth Combo Card)
LCD Back Cover : Silver WLAN


I personally don't like HP - so have not contacted them, but would like to know from you of any other company apart from HP & Dell you are aware of, then please share with me.


May i also request other members of this thread to share your thoughts on the above spec. & any other company they aware of.

Requesting prompt reply.

Best regards,
Amar
 
Old 02-19-2012, 06:54 AM   #23
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If you want VT-d, dont get a i7-2860QM. It doesnt have that function. *edit- damn dyslexia, chekcing trhe worng model number....

I have never thought that paying 60-70% of full retail for a 'refurbished' laptop is a good idea. Warranty length is shorter (1 year vs 3 years) and its a laptop that has already had problems, or else it wouldnt be refurbished.

I also think that unless you _have_ to get a laptop, a desktop is a better idea..you'll get more 'bang for you buck' (or 'performance for your pound', LOL). More performance, more options, less cost, desktops are a better investment than laptops.

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Old 02-19-2012, 07:27 AM   #24
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Thanks Cascade9

Thank you Cascade9.

i7 2860QM (Intel® Core™ i7-2860QM Processor 8M Cache, 2.50 GHz) > do have VT-d enabled, please check below link:-

http://ark.intel.com/products/53476/...Cache-2_50-GHz)

After placing on this forum the details of Dell refurbish laptop, that Laptop got sold under 30 mins , as it was in my Basket & i refresh the screen after 30mins & it got sold - it seems someone from this link purchased it - I am Happy for who-soever purchased it, but at least he/she should pay me my finder fee.

Cascade9 , did thought of looking into the Desktop options, but its really confusing - whether to buy the Company (Dell, HP, etc) Desktops or go for self assembled ones? And it seems Desktops having i7 2860QM are coming to be same value. In UK everything is dam expensive.

If you know any companies for Desktop, then please guide me. But I still have my first option set for Laptops due to easy of mobility (It will be great help if you can tell me any other companies making such specification of Laptops or else It seems i have to buy it from USA :-)

Best regards,
Amar
 
Old 02-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #25
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Bloody heck, thats what I get for posting when I'm tired or pissed off. Opps. Sorry about that....

Anyway, I always build my own desktops. I've never seen a corporate desktop that is anywhere near as good as something you can build (or even get built for you) for the same money.

You wont find any desktops using a 2860QM. Its a 2860'M'obile CPU, and uses uses a BGA-1023 socket, that is not avaible with desktop systems.

The closest thing yuou get to a 2860QM in desktop systems is a i7-2600/i7-2600K. The 'k' version is mainly for overclocking, though it does have the slightly faster HD Graphics 3000 intergrated video, the normal 2600 only has HD Graphics 2000. Not that it matters that much, if you want faster video for gaming or simialr a 30-50quid video card card is faster than the intel video. Both are faster than the 2860QM (2860QM- 2.5GHz, 3.6 GHz 'turbo'. i7-2600/2600k- 3.4GHz, 3.8GHz turbo). Both do VT-d and VT-x-

http://ark.intel.com/products/52213
http://ark.intel.com/products/52214

About 200-250 quid. A motherboard to suit would be about 100 quid or less, 8GB DDR3 (2x 4GB) would be 50 quid or less. 750GB-1TB HDD would be 50-100quid (dependig on how fast a drive you want). 25-30 quid or less for a DVD-RW drive. Add a case, power supply, keyboard, mouse and monitor, and thats pretty much it.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #26
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This link might help some.

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-laptop.html
 
Old 04-02-2012, 02:40 AM   #27
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I would say you have very slim chances on using esxi on a laptop. We tried on desktops with intel chipsets and it didnt work, and laptops usually have modified hardware and customized components. So dont get your hopes up. Best is a desktop with components that are explicitly stated to work on their site.
Also Intels virtualization has some issues with virtualbox (extreme slowness compared to AMD) even with full desktop i7 CPUs.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...204_virt&num=1

I dont know how this relates to the apps you plan to use, but be aware and do some digging before shelling out the cash.

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #28
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Hi All,

I know this thread is pretty old now but just wanted to share a piece of information to ones who are looking to have a powerful laptop which runs well on Linux.

Yesterday, I met a guy who had ThinkPad T430 Laptop (Intel Core i5-3320M Processor and 8 GB RAM) running on RHEL 6.3 x86_64. I was pretty impressed to see how swiftly it ran 4 Virtual Machines.

Hope this info helps someone.
 
  


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