Dell XPS 630 Gaming Desktop System - HotHardware

Dell XPS 630 Gaming Desktop System

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If you've followed the tech sector for any appreciable amount of time, you've no doubt heard the tale of Dell Inc. - one of those stories where a guy with a dream founded a company and eventually built it into a corporate giant.  Right from the beginning, Michael Dell believed that the future of PC sales involve building and selling customized IBM PC-compatible computers directly to home users.  The first computer of their own design, labeled the "Turbo PC" helped the company gross more than 73 million dollars in its first year alone.  And by the turn of the century, Dell would become the largest seller of personal computers, with sales reported to be close to $25 billion dollars.

All good things must come to an end, as they say, and the last decade brought with it a global PC sales slump, as well as increased competition from manufacturers including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Gateway.  When Dell lost its PC sales lead in 2006 following the union of Compaq with HP, Dell looked for a new avenue to increase their ownership base: gamers.  Acquiring Alienware in March of that year, Dell gained some insight into leveraging their own customizable selling base with the hardware specs that more discriminating users craved.  To further their efforts, Dell even partnered up with Vivendi Universal with product placement in their expansion pack F.E.A.R. Extraction Point - a move mostly unheard of heretofore.


Screenshot from F.E.A.R.

The past couple of years we have seen Dell's focus on gaming desktops with their XPS series sharpen, and today will see their latest offering, the more affordable XPS 630.  Dubbed the "new challenger", the 630 is the beginning of a refresh of the XPS line, with updated specs and component choices.  Available in black or red, the Dell XPS 630 is a customizable machine with support for dual graphics cards and the latest processors, and if we may say so, looks that kill.


   

Available in black or red

Dell XPS 630 (as shipped in bold)
Specifications and Features

Processors

  • Supports Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad processors
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz

Operating System

  • Runs Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium, Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate, Genuine Windows Vista Business, Genuine Windows XP Professional
    • Windows Vista Home Premium

Graphics

  • NVIDIA SLI Single/Dual options (8800 GT or 8800 GTX), ATI CrossFire Single/Dual options (2900XT)
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    • 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTs - SLI Enabled

    Audio

    • Integrated 7.1 Intel High Definition Audio, Optional Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic (Vista Only) 
      • Integrated HD Audio

    Memory

    • Up to 4GB Corsair DOMINATOR Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (800MHz)
      • 2 x 1GB Samsung PC2-5300 modules 
        (5-5-5-12)
      • 2 x 1GB Hynix PC2-6400U modules
        (6-6-6-18)

    Hard Drive

    • Up to 2TB Hard Drives 
      • Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
        16 MB Cache, 7200rpm, SATA II

    Optical Drives

    • 48X Combo Drive, Optional 16X DVD+/-RW Drive, Optional Blu-ray Disc Drive 
      • LG HL-DT-ST 16X DVD-RW

    Front Panel I/O Ports

    • Centrally located Power Button
    • Optional 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
    • 1 x Microphone-In port
    • 1 x Headphone-Out port
    • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    • 1 x IEEE 1394a port  

    Back Panel I/O Ports

    • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
    • 1 x PS/2 Mouse port(green)
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    • 1 x IEEE 1394a port 

    Power Supply Unit

    • 750 Watt MAX model DT50E

    Physics Game Accelerator

    • Optional AGEIA PhysX Accelerator

    Bezel Color Options

    • Bezel can come in red or black

    Light FX 2.0

    • 4 Independent light zones controllable by user through NVIDIA control panel

    Dimensions

    • 7.83" (W) x 19.32" (H) x 22.05" (L)
       (199mm x 491mm x 560mm)

    Weight

    • Estimated weight starting at 39lbs.

    Price

    • Starting price listed at $1,119 ($1,639 as tested)


    The Dell XPS 630 we evaluated was close to what an end-user might expect to receive, minus documentation and possibly a few other accoutrements.  It's positioned as a mainstream gaming system with a base price about $1,199 U.S. Dollars.  Also note, gamers can choose to upgrade the 630 model to improve upon their own experience.  Upgrades include Core 2 Duo Extreme and Core 2 Quad processors, CrossFire and SLI configurations, extra memory, hard drive space, and more.


      

      

    Our evaluation system came stocked with an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT and 2GB of Samung DDR2-667 memory.  Although the base unit ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 processor, we opted to test the XPS 630 with a Core 2 Quad Q6600 running at 2.4GHz.  For added benefit, we also took Dell up on an offer to test not only some faster RAM in the form of Hynix DDR2-800 sticks, but also doubling up the number of GPUs by throwing in an extra 8800GT in SLI.  The keyboard, mouse, and mousepad look capable enough for most users, although the mouse is a simple two-button scrollwheel variety.  As with everything else, these two component can be exchanged for higher-end peripherals such as Razer's Tarantula Gaming Keyboard or a Microsoft Sidewinder USB Laser Mouse, for an additional cost.  The choice is yours.

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     I seen the 630 at Best Buy the other day for the first time it looked fantastic!! All decked out in its RED and Chrome running a E8400! Dang good looking Rig!

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    dam it looks good.

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     I am actually deciding right now to buy one. with a Quadcore. Question is should i buy a watercooling system and cool the system even more? or should I just leave it like that.

     

    voice your opinion...

     

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    I heart my watercooling. It is a high cost of entry though.

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     I just ordered, a nice XPS 630 Q6600, 4G 800 Mhz, Dual 3870 which is nice, according to the HH review.

    and I'm already looking which watercooling system i should pick...

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    Are you looking to build one yourself or buy a kit.

     

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    GIGABYTE GH-WIU02 3D Galaxy II Liquid Cooling, that is kit that i'm looking and is pretty good...

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    As far as kits go that one is very nice. Very upgradable as well. Get some extra clamps though. I have heard reports of them leaking.

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     the earlier one, had the problem i think is revision 1, this is totally updated revision and since is not new. i mean they had a lot of time perfecting it. and people trying it. now comes with a 120mm instead of 80mm which mean that i put it in the back and puff... extra cooling for my quadcore...

     

    http://flickr.com/photos/animefan/2820969471/ <- check out that link this dude has dell xps 630 with a watercooling system...

     

    confirmation...

     

    223-5578

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    XPS 630, Intel Core2 processorQ6600 (2.40Ghz,1066FSB) w/Quad Core Technology and 8MB cache

     

    313-6079

    1

    Red Bezel Chassis

     

    311-8296

    1

    4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

     

    330-0341

    1

    Dell USB Keyboard

     

    320-6315

    1

    No Monitor

     

    320-6533

    1

    Dual 512MB Radeon ATI HD 3870

     

    341-6286

    1

    500GB NCQ SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache

     

    330-0283

    1

    Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup

     

    420-5769

    1

    Internet Search and Portal

     

    420-6436

    1

    Vista, PC-Restore, Dim/Insp

     

    420-7622

    1

    DELL SUPPORT CENTER 2.0

     

    420-8522

    1

    Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium Edition, English

     

    420-8873

    1

    Dell Dock Consumer

     

    420-8874

    1

    Dell Video Chat

     

    310-9573

    1

    Dell 2-Button Optical Mouse

     

    410-1867

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    ADOBE READER 9.0 MULTI- LANGUAGE

     

    313-6080

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    16X DVD+R/RW

     

    420-8152

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    Roxio Creator 10 Dell Edition

     

    313-6085

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    X-Fi PCI Sound Card

     

    313-6138

    1

    No Speaker Requested

     

    410-1184

    1

    McAfee SecurityCenter 15-month

     

    412-0148

    1

    No Internet Service Provider Requested

     

    412-1397

    1

    No Productivity Software requested

     

    412-0360

    1

    Soft Contracts - Banctec

     

    902-0931

    1

    Warranty Support,1 Year Extended

     

    950-3338

    1

    2 Year Limited Warranty

     

    960-8700

    1

    Warranty Support,Initial Year

     

    989-2478

    1

    Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Extended Year(s)

     

    980-7181

    1

    Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, 1 Year Extended

     

    989-2477

    1

    Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Initial Year

     

    985-7920

    1

    Type 3 - Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year

     

    988-0099

    1

    To activate your online backupaccount, go to Start, Programs, DataSafe Online

     

    988-7707

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    2GB DATASAFE ONLINE 1.1 FOR SDO/DIM/INS/XPS

     

    420-9518

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    DATASAFE ONLINE 1.1 2GB FOR DIM/INS/XPS

     

    330-0172

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    S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forDHS Desktops

     

    310-8626

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    You have chosen a Windows Vista Premium System

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    Looks like a very nice rig. Good to here that is the revised version. I just read a review and it seems to get good temps. If your getting the red case I use this coolent in my waterloop. It has a very nice red to it and didn't change my temps at all from plain distilled water. Cheap a dirt too.

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