Dell's next-gen XPS sports Core 2 Duo, SLI

— 1:37 PM on May 12, 2006

PC Perspective has uncovered some interesting details about the Dell "Next-Generation Gaming Desktop" being touted at E3. According to an information card sitting in front of the machine at Dell's booth, the system is "Intel Core Microarchitecture Ready and NVIDIA SLI-Certified," suggesting a Core 2 Duo processor and dual NVIDIA graphics cards. A peek at the back of the machine confirms the SLI part, as fan exhaust ports and DVI outputs from two graphics cards can be seen. PC Perspective claims these are Quad SLI cards because their fan exhausts lie above their DVI ports, but considering the position of what definitely looks like a Creative X-Fi sound card, this placement is consistent with a BTX case form factor. Going by the fan grill design, the graphics cards are most likely a pair of GeForce 7900 GTXs. Nonetheless, the potential combination of the Core 2 Duo with SLI is interesting, as NVIDIA did not mention Intel compatibility in its nForce 500-series announcement, and SLI is notoriously closed off to third-party chipset vendors.

Along with its next-gen gaming desktop, Dell also showed off an XPS "Mobile Entertainment Concept" that looks like a laptop with a detached keyboard. According to a Dell insider, this machine is dubbed the XPS M2010 and features a 20" LCD with a 1680x1050 resolution, an Intel Txxxx processor (meaning either Core Duo or Core 2 Duo), and ATI Radeon X1800 graphics. Additionally, the insider says the machine has support for two 2.5" Serial ATA hard drives, and that its detachable keyboard is wireless.

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