Dell has built a batch of new systems around Intel’s new 9xx series chipsets catering for both the corporate market and for the first time, hardcore gamers.
On the corporate side, Dell has two machines that slot into its Optiplex line of business desktops. The GX280 can be specified with either Pentium 4 or Celeron processors and thanks to the new 915G chipset, users will be able to enjoy greater performance due to the presence of DDR2 SDRAM, PCI Express, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet. It also features the new Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, which is the rather long winded name for Intel’s new DX9 standard integrated graphics.
Ease of management is always a priority with corporate systems and to cater for this the GX280 offers built-in diagnostics. The diagnostics are provided by a small utility that is located on the hard disk and can be launched by hitting F12 at boot. The diagnostics detect hardware components and then attempt to troubleshoot in order to minimise downtime. The GX280 is available in three different chassis – a small form factor and small desktop, both of which can be mounted either vertically or horizontally as well as a mini tower variant.
However, if space is really at a premium, the very cool looking SX280 will be of interest. It’s so small that the whole system can, in fact be mounted on the rear of one of Dell’s monitors.
Despite its size IT Managers won’t have to compromise on features, as the SX280 uses the same technology as the GX280. The only real loss is the lack of parallel port, and no internal upgradeability. However, the machine uses full size S-ATA hard disks ensuring standard desktop performance, and has the same installation image of the GX280 simplifying company wide deployment.
As well as the gaming orientated Dimension XPS we’ll also be getting in a SX280 so look out for those reviews. In the mean time you can find out more at www.dell.co.uk.