Dell and Gateway both launched new Core i7-based systems today, coinciding with Intel’s launch of its new microarchitecture. Dell brings two systems to the game, with the Studio XPS for content creation professionals and the XPS 730x for gamers with some money to spend. Gateway goes directly after the budget gamer market with the FX6800-01, a capable system at an affordable price.
Dell has put their new Core i7-based Studio XPS and XPS 730x desktops up on their website just as Intel launches the platform today. With a starting price of $949, the new machines provide a pretty distinct value: getting a desktop with the new (and expensive Nehalem-based processors from Intel is a great deal.
The Studio XPS line is geared toward content creation and multimedia enthusiasts; considering that most companies launching a Core i7-based desktop at this point in time will be targeting gamers, it’s a unique stance to take. Built with a new Core i7 920 and 3GB of DDR3 memory, the HyperThreaded beast should make short work of most encoding tasks you could throw at it.
Dell also launched their new gaming desktop, the XPS 730x. The new high-end gaming desktop carries a much heftier pricetag than the Studio XPS, unsurprisingly, with a starting price of $2599.
That $2599 will get you a Core i7 940, 3GB of DDR3 RAM and a fast 640GB hard drive. It also uses an ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB card. If you’ve got the cash to spend, Dell’s got the hardware to give you, and the starting price of the highest end XPS 730x runs at $4849. For that you’re getting a Core i7 965 Extreme Edition that’s been factory overclocked to 3.73GHz, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a GTX280 1024MB.
Dell isn’t the only company launching the new platform, however, and Gateway has its own series up and running. The new FX6800-01e is available directly from BestBuy.com and has an asking price of $1249.99. Similar to the Dell Studio XPS, the new FX6800 uses a Core i7 920, 3GB of DDR3 memory and a Radeon HD4850 512MB video card.
We already have a Studio XPS from Dell in, and so far it’s fast. Very, very fast. And it isn’t even a “gaming” desktop. Stay tuned for our review this afternoon.
Dell XPS 730x on Dell.com
Dell Studio XPS on Dell.com
Gateway FX6800 at Bestbuy.com
Gateway FX6800 at Gateway.com