Dell launches AMD-based Dimension desktop PCs

After years of shunning AMD, Dell has finally launched some desktop machines powered by AMD processors today. The new systems, dubbed Dimension E521 and Dimension C521, will become available tomorrow with a choice of AMD’s Sempron, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 X2 processors. They will come with Windows XP Media Center Edition as well as optional TV tuners, and AMD tells us the machines will be certified under the AMD Live! brand. The Live! certification mandates a Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 processor, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP Media Center Edition, away mode BIOS support, and a compact form factor.

Presumably, only some configurations of the Dimension C521 will have AMD Live! branding, since Dell says the machine is half the size of the Dimension E521 and will start at just $359. The Dimension E521 will be even cheaper, with its base configuration to cost a scant $329. Both systems will go up for sale tomorrow in conjunction with an Intel version of the Dimension E521 dubbed Dimension E520 that will start at $719 and include Pentium D or Core 2 Duo processors.

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    • duffy
    • 13 years ago

    One wonders how Dell survived all these years with so many Intelbots suddenly insisting on the fastest CPU on the market in their Dell system.

      • SGT Lindy
      • 13 years ago

      Dell made it on soley on low prices from a brand name. AMD will gain market share for Dell if the Dell/AMD offerings hit a certain price market.

      99% of users dont care at all about what brand of CPU they have…..its all about price. If what they buy is slow to them they will upgrade usually RAM on the advice of a Best Buy employee….or a video card if its slow in a game.

        • Bauxite
        • 13 years ago

        99% of users /[

    • LicketySplit
    • 13 years ago

    Damn..did the earth just stop turning on its axis:)

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 13 years ago

    who cares?…AMD will not get more marketshare until they develop something that can beat a C2D or C2Q on Joe’s desktop. period.

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    This is clearly a huge win for AMD. I think it is worth noting that AMD has done something truly remarkable over the past 6 years — they have stared down a near-monopolist that had all of the advantages that a monpolist has (mindshare, marketshare, huge resources, etc etc), they have been ruthlessly efficient in capitalizing on the many mistakes of that monpolist by actually giving people what they want. AMD had to make few mistakes, while Intel had the luxury to make many, and still AMD has survived and even prospered. It’s pretty cool.

    Yet, at the same time, there are some ironic twists here. Dell is no longer the market-share expanding dynamo that it once was, and AMD no longer has the technological advantage it once had. So, whereas this would have been a tremendous coup and endorsement of AMD’s K8 back in 2003, not to mention a case of Dell actually paying attention to technology and customers, it is instead a belated, clumsy attempt by Dell to correct years of mistakes, at a time when it is almost too late, both for Dell and AMD.

    Put another way, this seems to almost be an award for AMD’s past success more than an indicator of its future successes. When it comes to endorsements, Dell is no longer worth much (not sure that it ever was). I actually think Apple picking Intel over AMD says a lot more about the future, because Apple came into the x86 market with no prior biases and just picked the company that they thought had the best roadmap. Also, Apple actually provides some value-added technology-wise, whereas Dell is just a website with a phonebank of PC technical support people, so I tend to give apple a bit more credit.

    anyway… that’s my $.02

    • Perezoso
    • 13 years ago

    I’m waiting for a Dell/AMD notebook. Yes, I’m a cheap bastard.

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