August 9th, 2005, 20:59 PM
Dell XPS 600 first to offer dual x16 SLI
Nvidia continues to aggressively expand the reach of its dual-graphics card technology SLI - and has found a new high-volume partner: Dell offers a new high-end nForce SLI x16 chipset and two GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards in its new XPS 600 gaming system. The standard SLI chipset moves into the mainstream market.
Usually, Dell only renovates its prestigeous Dimension XPS desktop gaming PC with the arrival of major new hardware architectures. Nvidia's new nForce SLI x16 isn't exactly a new architecture, but it was reason enough for Dell to redesign the XPS case design and depart from the "Gen" nomenclature. The new XPS carries the number 600 (instead of "Gen6") and is not only Dell's first SLI-capable desktop, but also the industry's first PC to come standard with dual x16 connects that are provided by the new Nvidia chipset.
Instead of cutting one x16 port into two x8 interfaces, the nForce SLI x16 offers two full-bandwidth, PCI Express standard-compliant, connects for dual graphics cards. The arrival of the new chipset repositions Nvidia's SLI marketing: The nForce SLI chipset goes even deeper into the mainstream. SLI mainboards are hitting price points of about $80, SLI-capable PCs already are playing south of the $1000 mark. Driver-based SLI is enabled via a new driver and PCI Express and is targeting PCs below $800.
Full story: Tom's Hardware Guide
August 10th, 2005, 03:55 AM
The basic XPS 600 system will come standard with dual 7800 GTX graphics cards, a Pentium 4 640, dual 16X DVD-ROM and 48X CD-RW drives and a 160 GByte harddrive for $3100.
A bit pricey... and without a DVDR drive???
August 10th, 2005, 04:42 AM
What's a Pentium 4 640?
August 10th, 2005, 04:52 AM