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Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

BDA116 version: the Dell XPS system kicks some serious ass, and if you've got a problem with that, piss off

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I just got a Dell XPS system, loaded almost to the hilt. 3.6GHz, 1GB DDR2 (yeah, I'll get more eventually), 400GB SATA, 74GB Raptor, Audigy 2, 20" LCD (model 2001FP), 16X DS/DL DVD, and the top-of-the-line ATI X800XT 256MB card. I've thrown in my 'old' 200GB and 160GB drives (the one remaining 160GB that I have will stay in the old system that I have; shame when the smallest drive that I have is a 160...), for a total of 834GB in the box. The system (minus the 74, 200, and 160 drives), complete, was ~$2000. To put that in perspective, the 400GB drive, CPU, RAM, and graphics card alone cost about that much, if bought 'cheap' separately on the net.

Anywhooo, running a preliminary ATITool benchmark (the spinning fuzzy die) gave me a 400 average frames per second, or nearly 400% faster than my 'old' system (which in itself was able to run Far Cry, Doom III, etc at the highest settings, with only minor slowdowns when lots of particles, shadows, and environmental effects were being displayed simultaneously). The 400fps are before overclocking, optimizing, tweaking, etc. In other words, it's a sick, sick system. Alienware's best, probably costing about twice as much (not including a top 20" LCD), might get these numbers.

I'll run 3DMark05 and Aquamark3 once I'm done setting up this machine, but if the rough benchmark is any indication, I will be even more blown away by those scores.
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That's some serious horsepower
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

What, only ONE cpu?
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

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What, only ONE cpu?
It's HT, which is close enough. If modern games utilized dual CPU's, there'd be more systems being sold with them, but it's still very rare, and pretty much reserved for graphics workstations, etc. They're simply not cost effective for consumer use. Of course, you probably already knew that

Even Alienware's best, a $5000+ machine, has only one CPU
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

Dell sucks arse...I'll put my Acer P75 with 16MB of Ram up against your "gamer" anyday. Don't make me get my IBM 286XT out of the garage.

Cool system really! Can we see a pic of the inside?
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Dell sucks arse...I'll put my Acer P75 with 16MB of Ram up against your "gamer" anyday. Don't make me get my IBM 286XT out of the garage.

Cool system really! Can we see a pic of the inside?
Bring it. I'll have my VIC-20 waiting for yo' ass



I'll post a pic once I get home. The box is still undergoing surgery, so I only have to snap a pic.
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

So why do u need almost a TB of storage for again?
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So why do u need almost a TB of storage for again?
Porn.
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...Even Alienware's best, a $5000+ machine, has only one CPU
Did sombody say Alienware?

*Goose looks over at his Alienware tower and grins...*
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

I just got my XPS system a week ago... It is pretty sweet. My last system was a P3-600 so the 3.4 is much nicer. I hooked up two monitors for the bigger desktop... very nice.
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...yes, lots of that, but there are also DVD's, video edits and editing, music, years of personal docs and pics, modern video games (3-4GB apiece), modern apps, etc.
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

OK, still not fully optimized, but pretty damn impressive already: 6043 3DMarks (3DMark05)

...and a 69980 with Aquamark.
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OK, still not fully optimized, but pretty damn impressive already: 6043 3DMarks (3DMark05)

...and a 69980 with Aquamark.
I just ran the same benchmark on my old, tweaked and optimized system. It scored... 1053 3DMarks, which means that my new system is literally 5.74 times faster when it comes to game performance
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Re: Dell XPS first impressions (drool/brag thread)

you lost me at "Dell."
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