Integrators are on their guard following moves by Dell to raise its low profile in the PC gaming market.
The high-performance PC sector is an integrator stronghold in which there are still decent margins to be made. Dell has recently started putting more resources behind its XPS gaming line, including products, marketing and alliances.
The PC giant has announced that it will introduce dual graphics cards on its flagship XPS 600 PC. The system will run two of nVidia’s GeForce 7800 graphics cards using its nForce4 system level interface (SLI) X16 Intel Edition technology.
The SLI technology allows for two graphics cards to be run simultaneously and has been a common feature of system builder gaming PCs in recent months. The Dell decision is a big boost for nVidia’s SLI technology.
Jen-Hsun Huang, president of nVidia, said: “The introduction of the new Dell XPS 600 with our nVidia SLI X16 MCP validates SLI technology as a new gaming standard for enthusiasts. There is no better endorsement than having the world’s largest PC maker include our latest technologies in its flagship product.”
John Medica, senior vice-president of Dell product group, said: “Our new Dell XPS 600 provides customers with the ultimate gaming and multimedia experience. Dual graphics and nVidia SLI technology set new standards for how gaming machines should be configured, built and played on.”
A basic XPS 600 system starts at about $2,700. However, a system costing more than $5,000 can be configured with dual-core Intel Pentium D processors, up to 2GB of double data rate 2 (DDR2) RAM running 667GHz, dual GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards from nVidia, 19in LCD panel, DVD rewriteable drive and 1.5TB of storage through the use of three 500GB hard disk drives.
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