Specifikationer for det testede system er:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
- 2GB DDR2 667MHz memory (2x 1GB sticks)
- Proprietary nForce 590 motherboard
- GeForce 7900 GTX graphics card
- 2x Western Digital 250GB HDDs in RAID 0
- Creative X-Fi
- 16x DVD-ROM, 16x DVD±RW
- 750W PSU
- Windows XP Media Center Edition
Udover at teste systemet ser bit-tech.net også på hvordan Dell XPS700 er opbygget invendigt
Kabinettet er opbygget i 3mm aluminium hvilket naturligvis er et plus - sammenholdt med at kabinettet er opbygget med hensyn til BTX standarden har Dell, ifølge bit-tech.net lavet et meget lydsvagt system.
Bit-tech.net har dog ikke kun roser til overs for det nye system fra Dell. Bl.a. er udvalget af RAM ikke helt optimalt
Som konklusion på testen skriver bit-tech.net:
With that in-depth look under our belt, can we recommend that you splash out your cash on the Dell XPS 700?
Performance: We were severely disappointed with the performance of the system in our benchmarks. It was unable to compete with the comparable Intel rig that we assembled, mostly because of the incredibly slow memory that it was shipped with. Gaming performance was ok, but didn't really showcase the awesome potential of Core 2 Duo. We were disappointed by the lack of overclocking options in the BIOS and the inability of the system to run SLI.
Build quality and looks: In contrast, the system clearly looks the business. The aggressive styling, the high quality chassis material and the internal layout all combine to give a system that looks great on your desk and performs well internally when it comes to heat. The LED lighting system is quite neat, and the arrangement of components inside makes for easy upgrading and maintenance. It's not as tidy or well-built as an Alienware system, but it's better than every other Dell we've seen - it would benefit from some time being spent on the cabling if you choose to pick one up.
Value: The system offers reasonable value for money as a base spec with a single card, a decent Core 2 Duo processor and storage. However, the cost of uprating the system with options is ludicrous, almost as bad as (dare we say it) Apple. The extra cost required for poor-spec memory is outrageous, and whilst video card prices fluctuate, the 7900 GTX hasn't been £390 in, like, ever. If you want to extract the best value out of this system purchase, buy the smallest amount of memory you can and add in your own, and ditto graphics and, to a lesser extent, storage.
Dell has done what many thought would be beyond it - created a decent gaming system that hardcore enthusiasts would be happy to have on their desk. The engineers have nailed the industrial design and the core internal design, but the guys haven't quite managed to get the components and the pricing right. But for all our ragging on the component specifications, Dell has really got the core of this system spot on, and for that it earns our Recommended award. However, we hope Dell takes our comments on board and sorts future machines out with the kind of components that will really make the Core 2 Duo processor shine - and at the right price.
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