Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors were announced two weeks ago
with much fanfare from the hardware editors and the enthusiast community. Intel
had brought a great-performing chip to the market that was faster than
every processor currently available and was much cooler than its Pentium-D
predecessor. Today, there were a slew of new desktops and workstation announced
that use Intel's new Core 2 processors for desktops, so let's get started.
Gateway has announced
new desktops based around the new Core 2 processor: the FX510XG and the
FX510XT. The $2,199 FX510G comes equipped with a Core 2 Duo E6400 processor
(2.13GHz), 2GB of PC5300 memory, 320GB SATA II, 21" widescreen LCD, 16x DL
burner and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics card. The $3,999 FX510XT brings a
Core 2 Extreme processor (2.93GHz), 4GB of PC5300 memory, 1TB of storage (2x
500GB SATA II in RAID-0), 21" widescreen LCD, 16x DL burner and dual ATI
Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire graphics cards.
On the Dell front, there
are three new Core 2 offerings: two desktops and one workstation. The XPS
410 and Dimension 9200 can be equipped with a variety of Core 2 processors and
up to 4GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory. Hard drive options range from a 160GB SATA offering
up to 500GB with DataSafe data protection. Also available are ATI graphics
solutions along with AGEIA physics accelerators. The machines come loaded with external
ports including two front/six rear USB 2.0 ports, an optional front Firewire
port and an optional 13-in-1 media reader for photo enthusiasts. Operating
system options include Windows XP Home, Professional and Media Center 2005. And
of course, both are Windows Vista ready. The XPS 410 and Dimension 9200 will
start at $1,595 and $1,674 respectively.
Dell's latest workstation offering is the Precision 320.
This monster can be equipped with Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processors and
fits right in with any company needing a high performance OpenGL platform.
System memory is scalable up to 8GB and both ATI and NVIDIA graphics solutions
are available. Hard drives up to 750GB are available as are numerous RAID
configurations. Prices start at $1,050 for the Precision 390. For those that
would like to see the Precision 390
in action, Digital Video Editing has posted a
review of one equipped with a 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme processor.
Samsung has a new Core 2 Duo solution of its own. The new BZ60
desktop is powered by a Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB of PC5300 memory, a
320GB SATA II hard drive and a GeForce 6200 graphics card. Pricing is not yet
available for this Core 2 offering.
And we can't forget Alienware's
new Core 2 gaming desktops: the Area-51 7500 and the Area-51 ALX. Both
feature Alienware's new P2 chassis, can be equipped with Core Extreme
processors, NVIDIA SLI graphics solutions and can support up to four SATA hard drives
in a RAID configuration. The Area-51 ALX
ups the ante by offering an NVIDIA Quad-SLI graphics solution. Alienware's
Area-51 7500 starts at a mere $1,799 while the Area-51 ALX isn't even warmed up
yet until you fork over $5,999.
quote: There's no reason to pay such a high ransom.