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Dell XPS 710 H2C Edition Gaming Desktop

Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP 27-inch Widescreen Flat-Panel Monitor

Dell E228WFP Widescreen 22-inch Flat-Panel Monitor
Plus official release of 22" and 27" LCDs and a complete Home Media Suite

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 thats 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:

  • Intel Core Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor factory overclocked to 3.2 GHz
  • Two NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards with quad scalable link interface technology
  • 4 GB 667MHz DDR2 memory
  • Dual 160 GB 10,000 RPM hard drives (with room for two additional hard drives)
  • Dual optical drives
  • Dell UltraSharp 2007WFP 20-inch widescreen flat-panel monitor with Dell AS501 flat-panel mount speakers
  • The Razer Tarantula gaming keyboard and Razer Copperhead gaming mouse
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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:

  • XPS 410 core 2 duo, 2GB memory, 1 terabyte RAID disk array, DVD/RW
  • Loaded with Windows Vista when available
  • Creative Precision Monitor speakers
  • Full suite of entertainment software
  • Creative Live! Voice webcam
  • 27-inch flat panel monitor
  • Dell Photo All in One 966 printer
  • Linksys 802.11 draft N band router
  • Linksys powerline AV bridge
  • Digital cable tuner for premium HD TV
Pricing for this monster bundle has not yet been announced.

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How much for 27"?
By dijuremo on 1/10/2007 1:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
You have to be totally retarded to pay $1399 for a 27" DELL LCD monitor when you can get a 37" Westinghouse LVM-37w3 shipped for under $1200. The difference in resolution from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 is not that such a big of a deal, so the Westi is still a better purchase. Expect the Westi to come down in price in the upcoming months as there is a rumor running around that all LCDs will come down in price dramatically in the first half of 2007.

RE: How much for 27"?
By praeses on 1/10/2007 1:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
I can't fit a 37" on my desk. I'ld have a hard time convincing my boss that I need a 37" tv to work efficiently.

RE: How much for 27"?
By dijuremo on 1/10/2007 1:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
If he knows about pricing, will he want that you want to pay $1399 for a 27" Monitor, while a 37" is nicer and less expensive? I do not think bosses like to spend money for the heck of it.

Who said you need a desk? Hang it from the wall... or maybe your cubicle?

Oh well, and do not show your boss this video, it will certainly not convince him to get you one... ;)

RE: How much for 27"?
By ZeeStorm on 1/10/2007 1:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
You'd be surprised how many companies rather pay more money and get less. Government does it all the time.

RE: How much for 27"?
By aGreenAgent on 1/10/2007 3:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I know a lot of businesses that are Dell exclusive. So it really doesn't matter, for a lot of companies, what the competition has, just what Dell has.

RE: How much for 27"?
By DEredita on 1/10/2007 4:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. Here computers/monitors must be from Dell, Apple, or SUN.

RE: How much for 27"?
By yacoub on 1/10/2007 8:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly he's not talking about at the office but at home. You would be stupid to use something that large right in front of your face on a desk anyway because you'd get neck strain and eye strain simply trying to take in the whole picture.

RE: How much for 27"?
By Dactyl on 1/10/2007 9:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly you didn't read the post where he said a smart boss would choose it over the 2207.

RE: How much for 27"?
By retrospooty on 1/10/2007 1:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
You have to be totally retarded to pay $1399 for a 27" DELL LCD monitor or a 37" Westinghouse LVM-37w3 when you can get a Dell 30" 3007WFP 2560×1600 resolution for $1274. This particular deal is expired, but its back every couple of weeks, sometimes even cheaper.

RE: How much for 27"?
By dijuremo on 1/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: How much for 27"?
By retrospooty on 1/10/2007 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
I understand your liking the westy, but I have seen one up close, and the res is nowhere near high enough for a 37 inch display. Its like taking your 20" CRT capable of 1600x1200 and running it at 800x600... Its all grainy. Great for TV, but not for a monitor. Not to me anyhow.

RE: How much for 27"?
By afkrotch on 1/10/2007 11:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad there isn't a single game out there that will support 16:9 ratio. So would be pretty worthless for someone like me to buy.

RE: How much for 27"?
By wuZheng on 1/11/2007 12:44:57 AM , Rating: 2
There are a few games that support 16:9 aspect ratios. The most prominent of which would be Half-Life 2 and all its modifications and episodes. Thats all I remember off the top of my head though... should be some more.

RE: How much for 27"?
By retrospooty on 1/11/2007 11:41:50 AM , Rating: 2
Q4 supports it as well, and I know FEAR can, with some minor config help.

By Polynikes on 1/10/2007 1:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the fact that the PC alone is gonna cost like $4000 probably... skimping on the RAM is just weak. Why on earth anyone would buy such an overpriced piece of crap is beyond me.

RE: DDR2-667?
By retrospooty on 1/10/2007 1:36:48 PM , Rating: 2
People with alot of cash to spare, and no time/knowledge to build thier own system will buy it... not going to be a high volume though for sure.

RE: DDR2-667?
By sviola on 1/10/2007 3:15:02 PM , Rating: 3
Actually is not that overpriced, as, if you try to DIY, that computer would cost around the same:

C2Q = $1100
Mobo = $250 (as it's SLI, probably you get a 680i)
DDR2-667 = $600 (4 GB CL3)
GPU = $ 1200 (2x 8800GTX)
HD = $ 480 (2x Raptors)
Optical Drives = $ 40(2x)
Copperhead = $ 60
Tarantula = $ 100
2007 WFP = $350
MCE = $110
Case = $150 (Thermaltake Armour)
850W PSU = $270 (Thermaltake ToughPower)

Total =~ $4700

Add the fancy cooling system and you'll get close to the $5499.

Plus you get DELL warranty.

I prefer assembling my own computers, but if you don't have the time or just want to game and not worry about what's inside (the same as buying a car), it's well worth it.

RE: DDR2-667?
By frobizzle on 1/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: DDR2-667?
By MrDiSante on 1/10/2007 6:30:20 PM , Rating: 3
4GB DDR2-667 for $600? Are you joking. That's absurd - in August I bought 2 gigs for $210.

a) That's in Canada and we always get ripped off compared to the prices in the States b) I don't like e-tailers, so that's only with what was available and in stock in Toronto c) the GA-965P-DS3 motherboard wasn't (or isn't don't know about the current BIOS) friendly with OCZ RAM, so that was out of the question d) that was Canadian dollars which is about $180 American e) that was nearly half a year ago.

Now you're going to tell me that 4 gigs of DDR2-667 is $600 dollars? I haven't looked up the rest of the prices, but I can assure you that that one oughta be around $350.

RE: DDR2-667?
By Some1ne on 1/10/2007 7:46:27 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, many of that guy's prices seem overly high.

By Alphafox78 on 1/10/2007 1:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, im running a E6600 @ 3.2Ghz on air.. Holy crap, I didnt realize I needed ceramics to cool it!! I better stop using it till I get some ceramics!! holy ceramics!!

seems that theres a new buzz word out there...

RE: 3.2Ghz
By JazzMang on 1/10/2007 1:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
Peltiers are not new.

RE: 3.2Ghz
By yacoub on 1/10/2007 8:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
They are for Dell, wiseguy. Plus most of the commonfolk who buy Dell haven't used them before. Stop confusing overclocking gamers with the average over-priced-Dell buyer.

RE: 3.2Ghz
By sdsdv10 on 1/10/2007 6:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Read the forums at Anandtech or other overclocking sites. Cooling an OC'd Quad core QX6700 is a lot tougher than cooling a OC'd Core 2 Duo. The TDP is 125W to start (just what you expect from two Conroe cores on a single die), with an OC is only goes up from there.

$5K for that!?!?
By edge929 on 1/10/2007 2:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
10 years ago you could pull that "this PC costs 5 grand" crap but not anymore. My first PC was just over $3K with monitor, no printer, about 3rd down from the best back in 1997. Since then, the most I've paid for my "enthusiast" computer obsession is $1000 for a full system, less the monitor.

DDR2 667? For $5K I'd expect the new Dominator RAM from Corsair for crying out loud. At LEAST put in DDR2 800 modules. What's that? 2GB sticks aren't that fast? Then put in 4x 1GB modules!!!

Space shuttle technology........ I haven't laughed that hard in a while...

RE: $5K for that!?!?
By therealnickdanger on 1/10/2007 3:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
But... but... BUT LOOK AT IT! It looks like a futuristic engine! That's gotta be worth the price by itself!

RE: $5K for that!?!?
By Azured on 1/10/2007 3:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
Space shuttle technology........ I haven't laughed that hard in a while...

As said before, peltier elements are nothing new, in fact, they were discovered back in the nineteenth century. They just happen to be used in space shuttles aswell as the USB coffee heater, or several other exotic cooling solutions (like the Titan amanda or the CoolIT Freezone).

RE: $5K for that!?!?
By afkrotch on 1/11/07, Rating: 0
Not bad
By Murst on 1/10/2007 1:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
Dell certainly has changed a lot over the last year. I never would have imagined Dell to actually sell AMD processors and overclock their CPUs. The competition from HP has finally made Dell focus more on home users (although they certainly didn't abandon their business partners).

By nurbsenvi on 1/10/2007 1:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
At the similar spec (without all the special hardwares) Mac Pro could reach $6000 and doesn't even support 8800 series GPUs.

Who needs Mac PCs apart from Macjahadeen purists?
I wish Apple had just concentrated on cool gadgets and offered OSX on normal PCs.

By BladeWing on 1/10/2007 3:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really care so much about the components dell puts in it, I'd rather do it myself but, I just want that case, it's just possibly one of the best looking cases I've seen

By darklight0tr on 1/10/2007 6:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm....$1399 for the 2707WFP is outrageous, given two factors:

1. The 3007WFP is almost $125 cheaper.
2. Samsung is set to launch the 275T 27" LCD monitor next month (February) with 92% color gamut coverage and 3000:1 contrast ratio for a MSRP of only $999! It will have VGA, DVI-D, Composite and S-Video inputs.

I'm now considering the Samsung 275T if that MSRP holds because it looks like it will be a great monitor at a great price.

I really surprised at Dell's pricing for the 2707WFP. If both the Samsung and Dell prices hold, what reason do you have to purchase the 2707WFP when you can get the 275T for $400 cheaper?

By sparkz on 1/10/2007 7:19:05 PM , Rating: 2
I was able to see this machine up close as well as the innards this week at CES and I'll have to admit, the build quality appears to be very solid with very thoughtful layout of the components. Pricing wise, if you broke it down, I don't its a bad deal. Obviously if you built it piece by piece it would be slightly cheaper but there is a market for 'boutique' PCs. It did win an award in it's category for best of 2007 innovations either first or honoree.

By InTheNameOfMyself on 1/11/2007 2:01:23 AM , Rating: 2
Kind of looks like a web server, doesn`t it?

By daftrok on 1/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: Ugh...
By Murst on 1/10/2007 1:06:28 PM , Rating: 4
Lol, I'd have to diagree there. This looks way better than the pile of plastic crap that alienware offers.

RE: Ugh...
By daftrok on 1/10/2007 3:09:07 PM , Rating: 1
RE: Ugh...
By dice1111 on 1/10/2007 3:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
Beauty is definatly in the eye of the beholder. I'm not a big fan of either to be honest.

RE: Ugh...
By afkrotch on 1/11/2007 12:03:42 AM , Rating: 2
WTF is that ugly ass piece of crap!?!? Is that suppose to look good?

RE: Ugh...
By masher2 on 1/11/2007 11:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone who finds that case attractive probably has a video of themself practicing ninja moves floating around on YouTube.

RE: Ugh...
By Thmstec on 1/11/2007 5:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well we can all agree apple has the best case :)

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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