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Dell introduces another range topper

Dell has unleashed the new XPS 700 for the European market. The XPS 700 features the same case design of the previously announced Dell Concept PC, but features slightly watered down hardware specifications. Whereas the Concept PC featured a blazing fast NVIDIA Quad SLI graphics subsystem, the XPS 700 can only be optioned up with dual GeForce 7900 GS SLI graphics cards.

The XPS 700 can be had with a 3.73GHz Pentium D Extreme Edition 965 processor, 2GB dual channel DDR2 533MHz memory, 1TB SATA RAID 0 (2x500GB drives), 16x DVD burner, 13-in-1 media reader, Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music card and a Ageia PhysX physics accelerator card.

A base system will run you £1,375 ($2,581 USD) while a fully decked out system will set you back £3,763 ($7,065 USD). Expect to see the XPS on our shores shortly.

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By Brainonska511 on 5/25/2006 9:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like they finally shifted the "Gaming" XPSes to the BTX form factor.

Though, I still think it looks like some kind of futuristic microwave

RE: .
By JBird7986 on 5/25/2006 9:57:44 PM , Rating: 3
Well, you could certainly cook something on that CPU...

RE: .
By Brainonska511 on 5/25/2006 10:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
Even though you may be able to cook something on it, at least it is a 9xx series processor and not a Pentium 4 or a Pentium D 8xx processor. They'll probably shift it to Conroe when it comes out anyway.

RE: .
By bamacre on 5/25/2006 10:33:28 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, but they will need to go to a different motherboard and chipset, which means, another new model #.

RE: .
By Thorburn on 5/26/2006 3:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Unlikely, the motherboard will almost certainly have Core 2 Duo support, much like the Rev 304 D975XBX does.

Blazing Fast Quad-SLI?
By Goty on 5/25/2006 10:50:26 PM , Rating: 3
As far as I can remember from the Quad-SLI articles I've read, Quad-SLI is currently so hindered by driver issues that it's almost always slower than any regular SLI box, and that's when the games will run at all! I think sticking with a two-card setup was definitely the best choice here.

RE: Blazing Fast Quad-SLI?
By bamacre on 5/25/2006 11:21:46 PM , Rating: 3
With a 4-card setup, they indirectly make you think a 2-card setup is logical, when in fact, it's insane. :P

RE: Blazing Fast Quad-SLI?
By Samus on 5/26/2006 2:40:26 AM , Rating: 3
My thoughts exactly. SLI is really a niche' market in concept. The thought of having four and even two video cards is inefficient on so many levels.

RE: Blazing Fast Quad-SLI?
By Goty on 5/26/2006 7:04:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you have to admit that the people buying these sytems obviously have a lot of money to throw around and are probably primarily concerned with the fact that they can SAY that they have and SLI system and could probably care less that it may or may not benefit them enough to justify the increased cost.

Why 7900GS?
By nrb on 5/26/2006 5:14:32 AM , Rating: 2
Why do you suppose they're only offering 7900GS and not 7900GT or 7900GTX? Seems odd.

Maybe the power supply couldn't take it...?

RE: Why 7900GS?
By Chillin1248 on 5/26/2006 9:55:54 AM , Rating: 3
Perhaps to try to keep price down, though it seems odd to do that with a P4 EE chip. Perhaps since this is catering to a crowd that does not know the difference between the 7900 GS, 7900 GT and 7900 GTX except the price?

RE: Why 7900GS?
By Sazar on 5/26/2006 4:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously doubt it.

The psu is 650W at least from the boxes I have seen with dual-displays.

Cost could be one reason. Availability another perhaps.

Maybe the active bundled sku's are simply not active currently.

Not so good news for MS
By crystal clear on 5/26/2006 6:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
There are reports circulating that DELL & GOOGLE have reached an agreement,whereby Google software will come installed
on DELL computers at factory.The full works-homepage,browsers etc etc.
Source-BBC tech site

RE: Not so good news for MS
By crystal clear on 5/26/2006 6:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry not browsers but toolbar.

broken link
By nrb on 5/26/2006 5:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and your Dell link is broken. At the moment when I am composing this post, this link is valid:

I've no idea if it will remain valid.

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