Dell XPS 730x H2C Intel Core i7 Gaming System

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The Dell XPS experience starts when a very tired delivery man knocks on your door to drop off the system. The box is simply massive at 21"x28"x30.5"; complete with weight warning symbols. Opening the box, you are greeted by two smaller boxes and the system itself, wrapped in protective foam. Each of the two smaller boxes are full of the various accessories and gadgets included in your order such as a keyboard, mouse, gamepad, etc.

 Dell XPS 730x box  Dell XPS 730x Ear Force HPA2  Dell XPS mousepad
Dell XPS 730x Packaging and Accessories

Also included are a few freebies. Every XPS 730 system comes with a free tool kit with all of the various screwdrivers you would need to tinker with your system, a free Dell XPS metal mouse pad and a free set of XPS branded Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA2 surround sound gaming headset. The Ear Force HPA2 offers true surround sound thanks to four individual speakers per earpad and its own dedicated amplifier. While we aren't in the business of reviewing headphones, we have played with the Ear Force HPA2's before and we found them to be excellent headsets for games and movies. They offer good surround sound positioning and excellent bass. Also included is a leather XPS branded binder full of all of your manuals, guides and driver disks.

 
 

Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA2 Surround Sound Headset

Once you've got your system hooked up and you're ready to frag, pressing the power button greets you with a mighty roar from the system's fans. On start-up, all of the systems fans blast away at full power for a few seconds then settle down to a very quiet hum. At full power, the system is very loud, although it never got anywhere close to full power during regular usage. We rather like the effect and it's fitting that a high-end gaming system would start with a mighty roar rather than a anticlimactic whimper.



Design & Build Quality
Chassis Construction and Exterior

For the XPS 730x update, Dell didn't change the chassis. It's the same aggressively styled 21.9 inch tall, 50 lb monster used by the original XPS 730. We aren't complaining as we found the chassis to be superb in our review of the original XPS 730.

Dell XPS 730x exterior
Dell XPS 730x in Stealth Blue (click for larger image)


For our original XPS 730 article, we evaluated a unit in a Victory Red color scheme. This time our sample is dressed in Stealth Blue. One thing is for sure, the blue is certainly stealthy. While under studio lighting the paint job certainly does appear to be a deep blue color, under most lighting conditions the paint job appeared black as night. This might be an important consideration if you're adamant about the color of your chassis. The paint job is still of very high quality, it just might not appear, in normal lighting conditions, to be quite the color you were expecting.

Overall, the case is of the same high build quality we found in our review of the original 730. The XPS 730x offers four 'stealthed' optical drive bays and the two 3.5" bays are hidden behind a flip-down door emblazoned with the XPS logo. The horizontal V-shaped bar on the front of the chassis holds a row of connections including two USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire port, the microphone port and the headphone port. The power button is located in the apex of the V and it is backlit by a bright white LED when the system is powered on. Located directly under the power button is a hidden HDD activity LED which only becomes visible when it flashes.

The entire chassis sits on a black base which slightly elevates the case and provides two metal fold-out feet which help to stabilize it on uneven surfaces like carpets and rugs. We definitely recommend using the fold-out feet, even on relatively flat surfaces, since at 50 lbs the XPS 730x is pretty heavy and you don't want it to tip over and crush a toe.


Dell XPS 730x front   Dell XPS 730x back
Dell XPS 730x (Front & Back)


The XPS 730x retains the advanced lighting system of the original 730. The entire chassis, inside and out, is illuminated by dozens of user configurable multi-colored LEDs. The LEDs are divided into 5 separate zones and each zone can be controlled independently of the others. The color of each LED is a composition of three colors (Red, Green, Blue) and each color can be adjusted to any one of 16 brightness settings (including off). This theoretically gives you 4096 colors to choose from across 5 zones for millions of different combinations, and that's just the start. The LEDs can also be set to change depending on what applications are running and even in response to user configured events such as receiving new email. If you prefer a more subdued look, the LEDs can be set to a neutral white or even turned off completely.


Dell XPS 730x color options
Dell XPS 730x Color Options (Click for larger image)


The XPS 730x is available in the same three color options as the original 730; clear coated brushed aluminum, Victory Red and Stealth Blue. Most XPS 730x configurations are available with the optional X-panel windowed side-panel and a windowless version is also available if that is more your style. Since the chassis hasn't changed much from the original 730, we didn't go into too much detail here. For more pictures of the chassis in Victory Red and a detailed analysis of the chassis and its build quality, check out our review of the original XPS 730.

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That is a pretty setup what i don't like is the lack of space that it has inside. because of all the hardware! I might be buying a 730x next year!

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Where is the ECC? As memory becomes faster and faster, we need to start verifying that it actually works with ECC. EETimes have written articles on the likelyhood of single bit errors which are correctable with ECC starting to become a monthly occurence on most hardware, it is imperative that we start looking to correct single bit errors and track single bit errors rates.

It is unacceptable to pay massive premiums for high end hardware and leave ourselves open to the possibility bits are being flipped randomly and this not only leads to system instability but also potential data loss. I have always had ECC even on my "gaming rigs" and they are all solid and never crash. Not crashing is the first order of business even on a gaming rig.

Intel made a huge mistake making Core i7 CPUs with the ECC support apparently supressed. Its a big slap and an FU in the face of those willing to pay top dollar, but we are also entitled to the security ECC provides. Shameful we have these conversations in late 2008/early 2009.

Whats next, taking out ECC from hard drives, NAND and other storage devices to make them denser?

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ECC? I remember when a pair of those were like gold ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$)

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Is there any info on how loud the new 730x H2C is? I have a Velocity Micro Raptor I want to replace. It is sooo loud you can't speak in a normal tone of voice with the PC on. I need a good gaming rig, not an aircraft engine....

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Hi I would like to know the cost of this system in dollars. My location is in pakistan's city karachi please let me know the shipment cost along with the system in $.

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@Qasim:

You're asking about a system that was reviewed almost three years ago. The place to buy one of these would probably be www.EBay.com

If you're interested in a newer model, try going to www.dell.com and looking around. They will sell you a PC straight away.

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i tried ebay as well but didn't found this pc on it please guide me from where i can purchase this system

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Qasim:
i tried ebay as well but didn't found this pc on it please guide me from where i can purchase this system

These PC's are over 3 Years Old.

You cannot buy one just like it anymore.

Go to www.dell.com and order one that is like it in some ways.

 

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