Michael Dell started off the second day of CES by using his keynote as a launch point for a few of Dell's new products, some of which we have known about for some time now. Official today for the U.S. market is a new XPS gaming desktop, two new widescreen flat-panel displays and a Digital Home Media Suite.
The XPS 710 H2Ceramic Edition desktop, perhaps known as “Black Ice” in some circles, comes in a midnight-black chassis and offers patent-pending cooling technology for a ‘cool’ $5,499. Dell developed the H2C design to better cool the processor – an important feature for a system that comes with a factory overclocked Intel quad-core. The base configuration includes a factory-installed Dell H2C two-stage cooling solution with a fan, liquid-to-air heat exchanger, TEC fluid chiller, and circuitry that regulates the fan and TEC voltage to cool the processor efficiently during normal and over-clocked operation
Dell’s H2C cooling system is a custom two-stage process. First, a liquid-to-air heat exchanger that works like a car’s radiator removes most of the heat from the processor. Then, a fluid chiller removes more heat with ceramic-based thermoelectric cooling modules like those used in space shuttles to transfer heat from the sunny side to the cold, dark side in space. Sensor controls help prevent the formation of frost or condensation by helping to keep the processor slightly above ambient room temperature.
As part of the XPS “Black Ice” cooling system, Dell also enlisted the help of Canadian company CoolIT Systems for its MTEC Technology. CoolIT brings its PC systems cooling experience to help integrate a charged ceramic substrate (also called a peltier) into Dell’s system.
“The demands for high-performance computing have increased exponentially in the last few years. To satisfy this demand, industry leading companies like Dell incorporate the best possible processing hardware into their systems like the new XPS 710 H2C. For optimal performance the processor must remain chilled at very low temperatures and that’s where our patented MTEC technology excels,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. “With MTEC incorporated into every new XPS 710 H2C system, gaming enthusiasts can now maximize performance from their quad core processor right out of the box without the need for excessive add-ons,” adds Lyon.
“CoolIT Systems and Dell engineers partnered to produce the revolutionary H2C Cooling System,” said Joe Curley, Marketing Director for the Dell XPS line. “Our new technology establishes a new standard in efficiently reducing CPU temperatures and optimizing computing reliability for the ultimate high performance gaming experience.”
The XPS 710 H2Ceramic Edition desktop also comes with:
Dell’s first 27-inch monitor, which was first reported on last year, features a 1920 x 1200 resolution, ms response time with 1,000:1 contrast ratio, integrated 9-in-2 media card reader and four USB 2.0 ports. The monitor provides 92 percent color gamut coverage of the NTSC color space thereby enabling more accurate color reproduction. The UltraSharp 2707WFP is available immediately in the U.S. and starts at $1,399.
The Dell E228WFP widescreen monitor first reared its head in Japan, Australia and Canada prior to its official U.S. announcement at CES. Available now, $329 will buy you a 5-millisecond response time and 22-inches of widescreen
Finally, one of Michael Dell’s focuses during his Tuesday morning keynote is a bundle of products aims to “gear up” the family room of a home with a PC package that can also serve as a digital cable terminal. The Dell Home Media Suite, available in the United States after the introduction of Windows Vista later this month, will include the following: