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Gateway FX510XG

Dell XPS 410

Alienware Area-51 7500
Here comes the first wave of Core 2 Duo

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.

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RE: good news for the early adopters...
By vladsimi on 7/27/2006 11:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
I just bought a Dell Dimension 9200 this morning for $679 + $50 Updrage to an E6400. Thanks to a typo on their small business site I got a Core Duo 2.13GHz, 1GB of DDR2 @ 667MHz, 320GB SATA2 AND a Dell 20.1" LCD. Actual price would have been $1,674 + $50 upgrade. Not bad almost a grand off! Needless to say the "glitch" was fixed shortly there after...

By phaxmohdem on 7/28/2006 10:46:59 AM , Rating: 3
Some might consider that 'grand theft' ;)

RE: good news for the early adopters...
By bob661 on 7/28/2006 11:29:56 AM , Rating: 3
on their small business site I got a Core Duo 2.13GHz
Did you get a Core Duo or a Core 2 Duo? Big difference!!

By vladsimi on 7/29/2006 1:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
My mistake, it IS a Core 2 Duo. I don't think Dell sells Desktops with mobile chips...

RE: good news for the early adopters...
By johnsonx on 7/28/2006 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 3
You let us know if you actually get your system at that price. I don't think Dell is required to honor orders that are the result of a typo or error.

By vladsimi on 7/29/2006 1:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
You are right that they are not required to, but since it was the first day and the ad was only up for a few hours they did honour it. I have my email confirmation.

RE: good news for the early adopters...
By Locutus465 on 8/1/2006 8:43:03 AM , Rating: 2
Really? That's interesting, to the best of my knowledge brick and mortar stores are required to do so. Then again I beleive that such laws are usually state laws, so I could see how they get around it.

By johnsonx on 8/2/2006 3:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
There are laws regarding bait-and-switch advertsing tactics. But I think any prosecution of such things would have to show a repeated pattern of such behaviour. I know my local Fry's Electronics almost every week has some sort of typo in their newspaper ad, of which they post a correction on the wall in the store. I doubt anyone has been able to force Fry's to honor the original ad price.

RE: good news for the early adopters...
By rushfan2006 on 8/3/2006 9:07:28 AM , Rating: 2
Really? That's interesting, to the best of my knowledge brick and mortar stores are required to do so. Then again I beleive that such laws are usually state laws, so I could see how they get around it.

Well you are only partially correct. There are laws against false advertising. But in today's highly competitive marketplace and very litigious (I know my spelling sucks society its extremely rare to catch a store on this. Why? Well all they have to do to get off the hook on false advertising (at least prices wise) is print a simple "Not responsible for typographical errors" disclaimer. Then even if it says a brand new 55" HDTV is $400 instead of $4000, there is NO LAW at all that states they have to honor it.

Most often then not the reason PEOPLE THINK its a because its just good business to do the customer a favor and honor minor prices if the paper ad says something is $20, but it's really supposed to be $25...its good business to just honor that $20 in the face of a highly angered customer...however they are doing it because they want to please you NOT because the LAW says they must.

By Hypernova on 8/5/2006 9:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
IIRC there was a case in Taiwan where they mislabeled a batch of plasma TVs on web order as $6000TW instead of $60000TW and had to honor it.

It might suprise many how easy it is to miss a zero.

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