Dell Set to Introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom?
Code-named “Heineken”, the official names of these new computers will be OptiPlex 740 and 740 Enhanced. The OptiPlex 740 comes with either a single or a dual-core Athlon 64 and GeForce 6150LE graphics/chipset combinations. The 740 Enhanced introduces triple-core and quad-core Phenom processors. These Phenoms are mounted on GeForce 6150LE/nForce 430 motherboards, but oddly enough, Dell will not use an integrated graphics subsystem.
The manufacturer opted to continue to use the old motherboard, while the graphics subsystem will be Nvidia’s Quadro NVS 210S, a decent entry-level card for the multi-monitor era. One of the more interesting system specs is the number of USB 2.0 ports, which is set at seven (the Intel-based OptiPlex 745 features eight ports).
Remember the triple-core Phenoms that AMD spoke about last year? Really, a way to use quad-cores that don't quite make the grade. This would be their first "public" appearance.