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Dell's OptiPlex 755 is Gold EPEAT and Energy Star 4.0 certified

After years of the "bigger/faster is better" philosophy with consumer products, it appears that the tide is changing. While auto manufacturers are still cranking out potent pavement-pounding machines, many are looking to improve their corporate CAFE numbers with more fuel efficient vehicles. Corporations too are looking to become more efficient with the use of hydrogen fuel cells for power generation.

In keeping with the energy efficiency kick, Dell is introducing its new OptiPlex 755 series which features a Gold Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating and is Energy Star 4.0 compliant.

According to Dell, the release of the OptiPlex 755 furthers the company's aim to be "most green technology vendor" in the industry.

"Our commitment to customers is to eliminate complexity throughout the lifecycle of their IT assets," said Dell Product Group director Darrel Ward. "We designed the OptiPlex 755 to be the most flexible and versatile business desktop available to date with innovations in systems management, eco-design and services."

The OptiPlex can be configured with up to a Core 2 Duo E6850 processor, 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 256MB ATI Radeon 2400 XT graphics processor and up to 250GB of HDD storage space.

Dell's new OptiPlex 755 lineup is available in mini tower, desktop and small form factor varieties. Prices start at $592, $582 and $582 respectively for each after a $50 instant discount.

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By phaxmohdem on 8/27/2007 8:26:30 PM , Rating: 3
I think if keeping Al Gore happy is truly their company goal, they should add a wattage calculator under the price of the system in their online configurator, so people can actually see how the components they choose affect energy consumption.

RE: Wattage
By Etern205 on 8/27/2007 9:29:39 PM , Rating: 3
The most energy processor is the AMD Athlon X2 3800+ EE SFF
which has a TDP of 35w.

I think that what TDP is for, if it's wrong then please correct me. Thanks!

RE: Wattage
By pyr0m on 8/27/2007 9:42:18 PM , Rating: 2
What did you mean by "most energy" there?

If it you meant "most energy efficient," VIA just released a product with a TDP of 1 watt, but the AMD one is certainly more useable.

TDP is short for Thermal Design Power, which is the amount of cooling required to use the product, and is fairly closely related to efficiency.

RE: Wattage
By nerdye on 8/27/2007 10:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you are correct on via recently coming out with a 1 watt x86 cpu, would you buy that processor instead of an amd x2 in a mid size desktop system to run windows or linux, do you think dell would sell more of those to the target audience of these pcs? I think not.

RE: Wattage
By TomZ on 8/28/2007 12:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
If it you meant "most energy efficient," VIA just released a product with a TDP of 1 watt, but the AMD one is certainly more useable.

Just to be clear, energy efficient means the most amount of computing work done per watt. Without benchmarks, I'm not sure if we know for sure whether the Via part is the most energy efficient or not.

RE: Wattage
By jonmcc33 on 8/28/2007 11:39:45 AM , Rating: 2
You can't compare the new VIA CPU to normal desktop CPUs. It will never see the light inside a desktop. It's more for smart terminals and similar where the CPU processing power doesn't matter at all. But with a smart terminal you will get a low power draw and very little heat.

Honestly, I don't know why they don't use mobile CPU technology in desktops (like Dells). I recall how they made a Socket 479 for Shuttle systems and they ran super cool and used barely any power.

RE: Wattage
By TomZ on 8/28/2007 12:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
I agree about using mobile CPUs for desktop applications. Maybe the reason it's not done much is because of cost?

RE: Wattage
By Diesel Donkey on 8/29/2007 12:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. A quick check on Newegg reveals prices around twice as high for similarly clocked Intel mobile vs. desktop CPUs.

RE: Wattage
By herrdoktor330 on 8/28/2007 12:08:20 AM , Rating: 2
In the wattage for mainstream performance, AMD is the lowest Desktop, however that's not counting the Pentium M chip being used in a desktop config. But the lowest watage mobos and CPUs are in the VIA camp. I tried googling it but the most comprehensive article I could find was the following:

I would love to see a bigger comparison to really prove what platform uses the least power and delivers the most performance.

RE: Wattage
By mathew7 on 8/28/2007 3:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
I really can't confirm or deny. I made myself an Athlon X2 (TDP 65W) router because in idle the wattage is lower than any desktop Core 2 Duo. This is because AMD power savings reduce the clock/voltage of the processor to lower levels than Intel (1000MHz for a 2.1GHz processor, whereas my Core2Duo slow down only to 1.6GHz from 1.83GHz). But under load I think the Core2Duo would have lower consumption/higher performance, but I can't compare beause of the MB.

RE: Wattage
By MDE on 8/27/2007 11:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
Then they'd lose a boatload of cash on their overpriced CPU and RAM upgrades.

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