I've not had my hand on one of them yet (mine should be delivered by this Thursday Jan, 8th) however according to the reviews, there aren't that many con's but plenty of pro's to these systems -- htt...
I've not had my hand on one of them yet (mine should be delivered by this Thursday Jan, 8th) however according to the reviews, there aren't that many con's but plenty of pro's to these systems -- http://hothardware.com/Articles/Dell-XPS-730x-H2C-Intel-Core-i7-Gaming-System/. For me, personally, I have no doubt when it comes to processing speed of the i7 quad-core hyperthreading performance CPU, quoted "The fastest processor on the planet...", and teaming it with one or two (or may be three) nvidia GTX280 or ATI 4870 X2 graphic cards really puts these systems up to its name "Extreme PC".
Con's that I personally can think of:
(1). The motherboard has only 3 slots of memory which support up to 6GB of RAM (3x2GB maximum when ordering) making the future memory upgrade very costly and while the only OS selection itself is Vista 64Bit Premium or Ultimate. Vista 64Bit OS can support up to 16GB for Premium and 128GB for Ultimate -- not that one would need 128GB for a home PC but 12GB would be nice for a start (a wise man once said 640K of memory was plenty - back in the old MS DOS days and yet here we are now...). I have no idea how much a single 1x4GB DDR3 module would cost if one needs to upgrade the RAM righ now -- $400/$500 a pop maybe and you will need to buy 3 of them all at once, NICE??. Dell should have picked a MOBO with 6 slots for their 730x i7 systems.
(2). It's expensive but....
(1). It comes with excellently well-built-sexy-case with ATX standard (MOBO easily upgraded/replaced in the future)
(2). H2C cooling system (if selected) to keep CPU cool for overclocking -- for those who can't live the stock speed
(3). And nice warranty
Well worth it!! I intend to have a long term relationship with this beauty!! I selected the i7-965 with H2C cooling system.
Hope this helps!!
PS: I have had a short term relationship with one of the 730 H2C systems for about a week and I loved it very much (Intel QX9770 @3.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, Vista 32 Bit, dual nVidia 9800 GX2). I was a happy camper but after 5 days of use, she decided to blast off into space -- the system fans just cracked up to 100% speed and it was loud like a jet about to take off and then it started to show thermal problem during reboots. Since I've just owned it for about a week, Dell service folks recommended me to return it which I did (they tried to save her over the phone but they could not).
I've just placed an order for an XPS 730x on 12/22/08 and I have a question in regard to the "length" of an SLI bridge connector for two graphic cards. This system will be shipped with a...
I've just placed an order for an XPS 730x on 12/22/08 and I have a question in regard to the "length" of an SLI bridge connector for two graphic cards. This system will be shipped with a single nVidia 9800 GT which I plan to replace with my EVGA 9800 GTX+ which I already have at hand (and I'm in the process of buying another 9800 GTX+ for SLIing). The confusions started when I started to look for an SLI Bridge to purchase since Dell doesn't supply one (That's what I've heard and not sure why not since the connectors length themselves can be different from each motherboard make/model). Boy, they do come in different lenghts!! Which one, in length wise, would I need to purchase for this XPS 730x?
Thanks in advance and have a Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!