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Dell XPS 720 H2C Edition Gaming Desktop PC Announced

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Dell XPS 720 H2C Edition Gaming Rig Supports Overclocking of Multiple Components

Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) today expanded its internationally recognized line of desktop gaming systems with the XPS™ 720 H2C Edition, a performance junkie’s dream built around a variety of premium technologies designed for overclocking.(1)

The XPS 720 H2C Edition pushes the limits of extreme performance with Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) memory technology. The system ships with 800MHz Corsair DOMINATOR™ EPP memory modules (factory overclocked(1) to 1066MHz) combined with Intel multi-core processors (factory overclocked(1) up to bin+3). Additionally, BIOS switches allow users to manipulate the speed of the front-side bus and chipset through the Windows operating system and third-party applications such as nVIDIA nTune.(2)

To help ensure optimal operating conditions, Dell’s patent-pending, two-stage liquid H2C Ceramic cooling technology can deliver optimized thermal controls with minimal power.

“Hard-core gamers and technology enthusiasts continue to challenge us to push limits, and we relish turning those challenges into reality,” said Glen Robson, general manager, Dell’s worldwide gaming products. “Dell is committed to delivering the best PC gaming experience available, combining leading-edge hardware and accessory innovations with the most extreme games, and the XPS gaming products are designed to do exactly that.”

Technology Advancements Deliver Extreme Gaming
The XPS 720 H2C Edition showcases a number of other technology advancements. For example, “Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa,” by NCSoft, due out this fall, delivers new levels of environmental complexity with its multi-threaded code primed to take advantage of multi-core processors. The recently released “CellFactor: Revolution,” by Artificial Studios, Timeline Interactive and Immersion Games, takes full advantage of the AGEIA PhysX™ Processor to deliver realistic movement and environmental interaction at incredible speeds without degrading overall performance.

Systems configured with dual SLI-enabled nVIDIA GeForce graphics cards will be ideally suited to take on this year’s highly anticipated DirectX 10 gaming titles, as well as next-generation OpenGL titles. The cards also support connections to large high-resolution displays without impacting realism or fluidity of game play. Hard-core multi-taskers can set up dual or even quad-display stations to combine game play with productivity applications.

Let There be Light – with Dell’s LightFX Technology
Dell has expanded the LightFX™ toolkit, originally introduced on the XPS M1710 notebook computer, to the XPS 720 H2C desktop. LightFX is a unique application that allows users and developers to manipulate the multi-colored perimeter lighting LEDs incorporated into the XPS 720 H2C Edition.

With LightFX, enthusiasts control three light zones (back, front/top, front/bottom), eight intensity levels, and 16 colors, with the capability to create unique lighting scenarios that match specific game activities such as breathing or heartbeat. The technology also supports the development of custom lighting effects including flashing, strobe, chasing and cross fades between colors and zones, or tie lighting effects to gaming events such as fire, damage or life drain. More about Dell’s LightFX technology and the software developer’s kit is available at http://www.dell.com/lightfx.

The Nitty-Gritty Details
With a starting price of $5,999, the XPS 720 H2C Edition features:

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 at 2.66GHz (factory overclocked(1) to 3.46GHz) combined with nVIDIA nForce 680i SLi MCP (D)**
  • Dell H2C thermo-electric/liquid cooling system
  • 2GB 800MHz Corsair DOMINATOR DDR2 memory featuring EPP (factory overclocked(1) to 1066MHz)
  • SLI-enabled dual 768MB nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards
  • Dual 160GB(3) SATA 3GB/s 10,000RPM hard drives that support RAID 0, 1 0+1(4) and 5(4)
  • 2X Blu-ray disc drive
  • Sound Blaster™ X-Fi™ XtremeMusic (D)** sound card
  • 24-inch UltraSharp™ 2407FPW widescreen digital display with Dell AS501 10-watt flat panel speakers
  • Choice of Microsoft Windows Vista™ Home Premium or Windows XP Media Center
  • 2.44mm-thick aluminum case with high gloss Piano Black paint and 1KW power supply
  • One year At Home(5) limited warranty(6) service and support

** Certain components may differ from the retail version

Optional Upgrades

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6800 at 2.93GHz (factory overclocked(1) to 3.73GHz)
  • SLI-enabled dual nVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics cards
  • AGEIA PhysX Processor
  • 27-inch UltraSharp™ 2707WFP widescreen digital display
  • Dell WL6000 5.8GHz Wireless rear 5.1 speaker system with subwoofer

More information is available at http://www.dell.com/gaming. The XPS 720 H2C is available immediately in the U.S. and will be available the next few weeks in Europe.

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  1. Overclocking may cause system instability and reduce the operating life of your system components. Dell Tech Support will verify the full functionality of the CPU at the factory default setting and support the CPU performance settings available within the system BIOS. Dell does not provide technical support for any hardware or software issues arising from any third party application, such as nVIDIA nTune 5.0, used to enable overclocking.
  2. Dell does not support any third party applications not installed by Dell in the Dell Factory, including nVIDIA’s nTune utility.
  3. For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
  4. RAID 0+1 and RAID 5 not available as factory install, only as a customer configured option after purchase
  5. In-Home service provided via third-party contract with customer. Technician will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based troubleshooting often the next business day. For Next Day service which includes weekend, service must be confirmed by provider by 5:00 pm local customer time on the preceding Thursday. Availability varies. Other conditions apply.
  6. You can get a copy of our limited warranties and guarantees by writing Dell USA LP, Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. To purchase warranty only or for information on other service options, please call 1-800-915-3355 or visit dell.com/warranty.

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